strafefire (8) - - FEB 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
After reading the several reviews on this particular brew, its safe to say that the overall oppinioins towards Kaiserdom Dark is of "meh, not bad, better than a Stella". Far be it for me to disagree with the general consensus, obviously this beer is not the finest example of the style available, and I would concur in light of offerings such as Kostritzer, Krombacher Dark and a particularly cheeky number brewed by a English lager specialist called Calvors.
So, what can be said about Kaiserdom Dark? I may be biased seeing as I am rapidly developing a penchant for the Dark Side in my beers of choice, but I honestly believe Kaiserdom is still a solid schwarz.
Is it black as night when poured? Check.
Does it have a decently foaming head with lingering lacing? According to the remnants in my Kostritzer latte glass, check (although by some form of thermodynamics, or possibly coincidence, the colder it is, the poorer the overall effect). Aesthetically speaking, Kaiserdom Dark is just as un-bashfully sexy looking in glass wear as all schwarzbiers.
Moving on to olfactory proceedings, on first cracking and pouring Kaiserdom Dark, there is a definite hint of roasted malts on the nose, more assertive coffee elements present if the beer is served slightly warmer than traditional pils temperatures. There is also some liquorice hints and and the suggestion of some form of chemical astringency from the bottle...glass detergent sealed during the crown capping perhaps? Have imbibed a fair few of these in the past with no astringent smells, hence the detergent theory.
So, all well if a little muted so far, what about in the taste? I find that kaiserdom is a rather well rounded beer, with a highly pleasant , if somewhat understated blend of coffee and molasses on the front, liquorice and very, very subtle smoked notes on the middle (more evident if you intake air as you would tasting wine), finishing with a subtle, choppy bitterness and almost a slightly sweet-and-sour note which strangely enough lends to a surprisingly refreshing taste experience.
In terms of body, Kaiserdom Dark has a carbonation level typical for the style, giving a rocky refreshing counterpoint to the predominantly sweet roasted molasses, however the medium-to-thin body may be off putting in the extreme to stout fans.
Overall? I genuinely do very much like Kaiserdom Dark. It is the beer I would gladly see on draft in pubs and instantly make it one of my trusty go-to beers with no reservations, however when racked against Czech dunkels such as Budvar or Bernard Dark or more refined schwarzbiers such as Kostritzer, I can understand the apathy on this board.
As a go-to safe bet beer however, a winning act once again in my books.
martjoobolut (3005) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 24, 2016
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
1L can (as gift). Pours black with beige head. Aroma is potatos, roast, metallic notes. Flavor is sweet and bitter, roast, malt, metallic notes, potatos. Body feels light, but it’s rather sugary so it doesn’t feel very watery. Carbonation is on the high side. Overall: drinkable.
Turtles (1991) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2016
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
500ml can from Irma Supermarket, Copenhagen. Black with a medium size beige head, good lacing. Malty sweet aroma, chocolate, hay, molasses and syrup. Mild carbonated, sweet and soft mouthfeel. Chocolate taste, hay, molasses and grains.
Achel (390) - Ioannina, GREECE - AUG 2, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear dark brown with a beige head. Sweet roast and nuts in the nose. Medium body, dry roastiness and a dry finish too. Not too bad.
Stew41 (1933) - Phuket, THAILAND - JUL 11, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Kinda sedate, even for the style. Smells and looks the goods (soft chocolate and roast) but the palate really doesn’t travel far. Chocolate doesn’t translate and leaves the beer in a bit of a flat spot. (Makro 190 baht for a big arse 1lt can).
LasseVPedersen (384) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - JUL 10, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can, 50cl. Pours almost pitch black with a huge, foamy with big bubbles beige head. Fine lacing. Sweet syrup malty aroma with roasted notes, bread, liquorice, cocoa and mocca. Chestnut honey, milky chocolate and roasted malt in the flavour. Bread and dry moderate bitterness. Easy drinkable. Roasty bitter aftertaste with thin body. Little boring perhaps, other than that quite alright.
tarmok (1195) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUL 9, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Black liquid with tan head. Aroma of roasted malts. Tastes same. Light body. Average carb
metalspice (663) - Jevnaker, NORWAY - JUL 8, 2016
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Klart colafarget med lavt skum. Duft av knekkebrød, høy og karamell. Samme i smaken sammen med noen søte toner. Tynn munnfølelse.
monk191 (1752) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 23, 2016
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a bad dark lager. Pours a very nice deep black with a tan head. Not much of any smell, slightly sweet, some vanilla. Taste is sweet, with vanilla, and a coffee finish. Had on tap at Beer Cafe in New Delhi.
kdd230 (35) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2016 Pours a big but short-lived beige head on top of a rich brown body. Roasted malts and toasted bread. Slight malty sweetness and moderate bitterness. Low carbonation that drifts away. Light-to-medium body but a little watery. A rather nice dark beer and a pleasant surprise at the price.
MartyW (109) - DENMARK - MAY 28, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can consumed after hockey practice. Aroma is sweet with malt, syrup, roasted notes. Flavour has roasted malt, caramel, chocolate malt, dark sugar. Quite decent.