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.
Bamsen78 (2417) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. Pours cloudy very dark brown with airy light tan head. Dark aroma of malt and caramel, with hints of roast and coffee. Bitter, roasty flavour, with sweetish notes of malt and caramel. Bitter finish, with metallic notes. Not bad, but nothing really illuminating.
Meilby (6459) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 13, 2014
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Can 500ml @ Sommerhuset
Pours clear reddish brown with a light tan head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel and hint of chocolate, metal and corn. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with a metallic finish. Body is light to medium, texture is thin, carbonation is soft to flat.
Dedollewaitor (13390) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 12, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can. Pours black with a creamy head. nuts, ashes, roast and coffee. Very thin. Short watery finish.
MiP (13047) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can, 4.7%. Faint bready aroma. Almost black colour, very dark brown, seems clear. Big stable tan head. Good roasted and bready flavour. Roasted aftertaste, mild coffee note. Thin mouthfeel as expected of the style.
leebotton (146) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma of corn, subtle hops just coming through. Chewy grain flavours with tobacco like taste. Complex and simple at the same time somehow. Interesting
Japalo (1047) - DENMARK - FEB 12, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can@home courtesy of Helle. Dark brown. One finger foam. Caramel, slight roasted notes. Sweet. Light easy to drink. A bite boring in the long run.
Plovmand (6178) - Helsinge, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. Pours black with a creamy beige head. The aroma is dark roasted and toasted caramel with some tobacco notes. The flavor is roasted and light ashy with some toasted notes.
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brnandersen (1672) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
50 cl. can. Pitch black with a huge, dense tanned head. Roasted aroma with caramel malts, dark malts, fruits and bread. Some ash and nuts. Taste is light sweet. Medium body with a creamy texture and an average carbonation. Finishes lightly sweet with chocolate milk and roasted malts. Okay beer for 7 Danish Kroners.
Niller (454) - Hammel, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2014
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can from Brugsen, Hammel. Dark brown to black colour with a beige head. Roasted malts. Hint of caramel, coffee and some chocolate. A bit watery. Light bittersweet finish.
Borup (5086) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can from Fakta, Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of roasted malt, hops, caramel and coffee.