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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vinivini (587) - BELARUS - MAR 27, 2015
Can. Pours deep brown with a frothy beige head wich is very stable. The aroma is a mixture of bready, flowery, fruity & plastic notes. Special. Light to medium body. Dry bready taste with light bitterness. A proper amount of hops in ending. It is not obligatory a real highlight but I’ll definitely remember this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DraftDodger (366) - - FEB 24, 2015
Copenhagen 21/9 2014. 50 cl can from Fakta. Pours dark brown - almost black. Head is light brown. Settles slowly. Aroma is coffee and nuts. Soft mouthfeel - Soft carbonation - almost flat. Taste is sweet with notes of coffee and raisins - only very faint bitterness. Nice Dark beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JaKeAFC (665) - ITALY - FEB 21, 2015
50 cl can. Black color with nutty brown head. Aroma is mild dark malts and toffee. Flat taste. Light body, watery texture. Some ash in the finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
susonagger (71) - spain, - JAN 28, 2015
De color negro aunque transparente a trasluz ya que se vuelve marrón oscuro algo rojizo. Con espuma esponjosa de color marrón claro. Forma mucha cantidad que se dispersa en poco tiempo dejando una capa media bastante duradera. Al final quedan nubes muy débiles y un fino borde pero también ha quedado el vaso muy manchado. En nariz bastante aroma en el que predomina la malta tostada y el café. También se nota muy levemente el lúpulo herbal y algo de caramelo. En boca es de cuerpo medio y poco gasificada. El sabor empieza siendo muy suave con un sabor dulce muy leve, de caramelo. Al pasar se nota el amargor de la malta tostada, con café aunque no es para nada fuerte. Tanto es así que se llega a notar el lúpulo con su amargor herbal en el final del trago. El postgusto es largo y amargo. Es aquí donde se nota el sabor amargo de la malta tostada con sabor a frutos secos tostados un poco más intenso aunque sigue estando equilibrada por el dulce de caramelo que intenta ganar su protagonismo. Se recomienda servir fresca 7º-10º C en copa tipo pils.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Milter (266) - Nyborg, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2015
Svart öl med beigt skum. Rostad malt, kaffe, socker och choklad i såväl smak som doft. Lätt gräddig munkänsla, medelbeska.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gunnfryd (12082) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2014
Can. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate ,coffee. Flavour is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee. Medium body. Boring beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
mikkellund42 (630) - 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 (1954) - 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 (1189) - 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 (3572) - 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.

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