Brewed by Kaiserdom Privatbrauerei
Style: Schwarzbier
Bamberg-Gaustadt, Germany


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RATINGS: 189   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
strafefire (8) - - FEB 10, 2013
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. Happy supping!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Erzengel (6745) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - FEB 12, 2016
*Bottle in Langkawi, Malaysia. Price about 1€ (4.90 MYR). Smooth dark beer with hints of roasted chocolate. Moderate bitterness, easy to drink with a fresh but still roasty bitter aftertaste and hints of malty sweetness. Nice stuff (probably the weather helped me liking it).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mauroruellas (734) - GETULINA, BRAZIL - JAN 31, 2016
Escura,negra com tons avermelhados,semi opaca.espuma bege volumosa,cremosa mas com baixa manutenção,no nariz,malte tostado e torrado,fermento,notas achocolatadas;na boca,malte torrado,caramelo,com leve amargor finalizando,boa carbonatação com formação de bolhas pequenas,corpo baixo/médio,final meio seco,retrogosto adocicado,boa "drinkability". Boa schzwarzbier,fiel ao estilo.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Arek (769) - Zielona Góra & Wrocław, POLAND - JAN 3, 2016
Bottle 0.5 l, Alma, Wrocław, Poland.
Ciemnobrązowe piwo z beżową, obfitą i puszystą pianą oraz słodowym i karmelowym aromatem. W smaku lekko wodniste, słodowe, karmelowe z lekko kwaskowym i wyraziście palonym finiszem.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Manslow (762) - Warsaw, POLAND - DEC 26, 2015
Butelka 0,5l Kolor ciemny z białą słabą pianą. Aromat słodowy, likier i cukier. Smak za słodki, trochę karmelu w tle śliwki suszone. Ogólnie takie sobie piwo, piłem lepsze.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
StevieT (1247) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 25, 2015
From a 1L can. Pours thick and dark, lasting head, malty with a nice mild roasted bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rekvium (340) - Odense C, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2015
From can. Pours almost black with a tan head. Aroma of light roasted malts, nuts, grass, cooked vegetables, very light soy. Taste is roasted malts, thin body, very light soy, hints of licorice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrOrla (1405) - Odense C, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2015
Can. Pours black brown with a tan head. Aroma caramel, grain, light roast, light licorice, light dried fruit. Taste is rather sweet, caramel, malts, light dusty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fellebag (1266) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 28, 2015
Can 50cl. Small white layer. Dark color, not too lively. Aroma is leather, berries, coffee. Taste is sweet with leather berries.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jultsu (485) - TAMPERE, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2015
BBE 09-16. Musta, pieni reunoille häipyvä vaahto. Lievän makea tumma tuoksu. Mummonmarjaisa maku, makean voimakas jälkimaku, ei muistuta juuri olutta ollenkaan.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
kevnic2008 (10530) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - NOV 4, 2015
Many thanks for this beer to Grzesiek79. Clear very dark brown with a big and lasting light brown head. Aroma is malt, a little chocolate.

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