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


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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
mikkellund42 (580) - DENMARK - NOV 16, 2014
Can. Pours opaque black with medium light brown head. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, cinnamon cookies, rye bread and apples. Taste is light to medium acidic and light bitter. Body is watery with lively carbonation. Finish is short mostly acidic with notes of caramel and malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mzaar (1723) - Varberg, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2014
Burk 50 cl. Svart öl med beigt skum. Rostad malt, kaffe, socker och choklad i såväl smak som doft. Lätt gräddig munkänsla, medelbeska.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ken1 (1037) - DENMARK - NOV 13, 2014
Aroma: Hay and roasted chocolate Flavour: Chocolate and slight coffee with little bitterness. Colour: Brown with an offwhite head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Enjoyit (3479) - Vadum, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2014
Black of color with a beige head. An aroma of roasted malt, sugar, caramel, nuts and tobacco. A flavor of roasted malt, metallic and toffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
llkc (479) - århus, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2014
duft: en smule duft af tobak. mørkt malt. karamel smag: græs. metalisk. kaffe. trist. lidt malt sød

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
gorkogrlo (176) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 24, 2014
Can. Brown, almost black color. Medium-big brownish head with some lacing. In aroma bread, chocolate, hay. Actually quite nice. But flavor profile is very light if you compare it with aroma. But there is coffe, bread and some metal notes. Light body. Overall: ok, but missing body complexity and fulness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
flemmingwillum (1033) - Nysted, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2014
Rating #1008, dåse fra Dagli’ Brugsen i Nysted

Flot sort øl med brunt skær og tæt skum. Duft af chokolade og ristet malt. Smagen er som en mild stout, let syrlig med chokolade og masser af ristet malt. Let bitter afslutning. Cremet men desværre lidt tynd fylde. Ok schwarzbier.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
swapp (200) - Kaunas, LITHUANIA - OCT 13, 2014
500 ml can. clear dark color with thin white head. taste are bi bit bitter with roast malt and caramel sweetness. aftertaste are light bitter with roast malt and hidden coffee notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
OllieBBommel (1123) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 16, 2014
Tap@Kaiserdom, Bamberg 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 Overall: nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
erling1000 (125) - - SEP 4, 2014
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

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