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.
OllieBBommel (1088) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 16, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance: clear dark brown with beige head.
Aroma: flowery hops and roasted malt
Taste: some chocolate and medium bitter
Palate: smooth, medium bitter-sweet body, low CO2
erling1000 (36) - - SEP 4, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
An almost black, dark lager bier with creamy head. Aroma is roasted, malty, coffee. Taste is bittersweet. A giod beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
tomciccateri (1002) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml can in Beijing at 10 RMB ($1.60). Nice dark malt aromas. Medium body. Slightly creamy mouthfeel. Even dry-sweet flavor balance with late, mellow black malt notes. A nice break from national rice beers.
chapmanli (34) - CHINA - AUG 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2014 canned,dark brown body with white heading,heavy sweet and toasted malt,little bitter, basement aromas
BelgiskOlklub (899) - Viby J, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown/black clear body and a white creamy head with nice lacings. Aroma of coffee and roasted malt, The taste is heavy sweet and light bitter. Sticky texture.
RexTalionis (2427) - FINLAND - JUL 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark mahogny in color with a fluffy tan head. Chocolate, roasted malts and dark syrup in aroma. Roasted malts and dark chocolate in taste. a clean and nice schwarzbier.
Vinx (63) - ITALY - JUL 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark chocolate, liquorice and dried fruit aroma, not roasty, dark color with beige foam, well balanced bitter/sweet ratio, medium to low carbonation, clean finish with a subtle bitter aftertaste. I really love this style but it’s so hard to find it here in Italy!
Rex_Remes (18) - Bonyhad, HUNGARY - JUL 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice nose: chocolate, coffee, nuts. Good looking beer: dark brown, clear, with a fair amount of bubbles, a little bit sticky on the palate. Nice malty taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, with some rich/roasty flavors. With some lingering graininess.
Toomio (195) - Joensuu, FINLAND - JUL 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tylppä Portermainen. Hyvä patina ja savustunut aromi. Tummaa mutta pientä vetisyyttä.
yngwie (13555) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 24, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. An almost dark brown beer topped by a dense light beige head. Roasted aroma with dark chocolate and coffee. Some burnt notes in the far back. It’s full-bodied and soft on the palate, semi-sweet. Roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee, some bitterness. Lasting roasted, chocolate-ish finish. Overall, a bit too lagerish, but quite nice anyway. Sort of like a porterish lagerbeer. 140724