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


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RATINGS: 200   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
monk191 (1680) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 23, 2016
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kdd230 (5) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2016 does not count
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 rather watery. A rather nice dark beer and a pleasant surprise at the price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartyW (101) - DENMARK - MAY 28, 2016
Can consumed after hockey practice. Aroma is sweet with malt, syrup, roasted notes. Flavour has roasted malt, caramel, chocolate malt, dark sugar. Quite decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BKHansen (62) - Praestø, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2016
500 ml. dåse. Næsten helt sort med flot skumkrone. Aroma: Karamel, korn, lakrids og tørrede frugter. Smag: Risrede malte, lakrids. Afsluttende med en let sødlig og mild bitterhed.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Diabobale (436) - Vallata, SUD ITALIA, ITALY - MAY 8, 2016
Nero limpido con riflessi rubino, schiuma fine avorio non persistente. Al naso metallico e pane nero, lievissima prugna. In bocca pane nero e mais, finale erbaceo.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tapthis (225) - Baytown, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2016
Darkb brown in appearance. Good head, lacing, and decent carbonation. Tastes of lightly (green) roasted malted grain, green coffee. Absolutely no bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tognetta (669) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - APR 8, 2016
Negra rubi, sem precipitação, espuma marrom de boa formação e pouca persistência. Aroma de cereais de média torrefação, café e cacau abaixo do esperado. Paladar de leve amargor e dulçor. Corpo leve e média carbonataçao. Final lembra achocolatado aguado, café fica mais evidente, cereais continuam presente. Razoável.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grzesiek79 (3851) - Radom, POLAND - MAR 30, 2016
No niezły to schwarzbier czuc tu Bamberg w nozdrzach. Mocno palone, gleboka ciemno brazowa prawie czarna barwa nieprzeswitujace piwo z jasno brazowawa pianka spora i trwala nawet. Malo akcentow slodowych przewaza palonosc ziaren kawy i nawet wedzonego slodu. Lekka nostalgia za Rauchbier mi się objawila. W smaku jeszcze sporo wedzonych sliwek, rodzynek i gryczanego miodu. Bardzo dobry Schwarzbier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ziobarba2000 (42) - Roma, ITALY - MAR 27, 2016
Bottiglia da 0,50. Schiuma abbondante e persistente. Carbonatura abbondante ma adeguata. Colore marrone bruno. Aroma fortemente tostato. Gusto pieno con sfumature di liquirizia e castagna. Finale breve. Consiglio 7/10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sissio (1164) - Orsenigo, ITALY - MAR 9, 2016
0.5L bottle. Dark clear, cappuccino brown head. Roasted malts with a hint of smoke, light caramel, some chestnut honey. Easy taste with woody roasted notes, some cocoa and caramel, unfortunately also a metallic note. Ok for an easy bbq party.

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