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

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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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3.8
   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!


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PLundsgaard (374) - Tranbjerg J, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2014
en rigtig god øl den har et meget flot skum en rigtig god duft farven er helt mørk (det står der også på dåsen) smagen er rigtig god

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TorbenH (804) - Frederikshavn, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2014
black, clear, tan foam, chocolate, roasty, coffee, nuts, medium body, thin feel, soft carbonation, medium sweetness, lightly bitter,

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
stouby (3686) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2014
Can at home. Clear dark brown with a large brown head, ok lacings. Aroma medium malty (caramel, roasted). Flavor medium sweet and bitter. Medium body.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GuideDogSaint (53) - Epsom, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2014
330ml bottle from Yatai supermarket, Changchun. Pours very dark brown to black with decent head retention. Some burnt taste and a bitter finish. A little thin. Not bad.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MotherBrother (683) - Aalborg, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2014
Yep, you guessed it, another random tick from the father in-law. Pour pretty dark, clear mohogany brown, with a two-finger sized tan head. Aroma is prett malty, with nuts, slight burnt caramel/sugar, weak roast, Maybe slight banana, in a non-barrel kind of Way. Taaste has some faint sweetness up-front, but is mostly bitter. Watery bodied, with a somewhat flat carb. Pretty decent.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (3847) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2014
Bottle. dark with a small head. Virtually no carbonation and left no lacing. Quite malty with a malty aftertaste that lingered for some time. Pleasant but fairly average.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
luttonm (2138) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JUN 12, 2014
1L can at Belgrade tasting. Very dark pour, very little light. Sweet coffee aroma. Creamy sweet body. Lovely schwarz. chalky, sweet.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
markoijelena (128) - SERBIA - JUN 2, 2014
1l Can from Germany.Try it at Belgrade beer tasting with my friend.Pour it water black colour with medium head.Taste and aroma of roasted coffe, caramel.Best one from this brewery.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ippopotamo36 (116) - - MAY 31, 2014
In Belgrade at a private tasting event. It pours an oily black with a tick foam. Nose of coffee, grass. Mouth is a bit watery but decent: coffee and malts. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rune (7760) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2014
500ml bottle thanks to djoeye for sharing. Brownish head to a mahogany coloured body, spotty lacing. Sweet dark malty aroma. Sweet taste of dark chocolate and caramel. Slightly roasted bitterness to the ending. Medium bodied. Sweet., but not overly sweet. Satisfying without further comments (Tromsø 14.05.2014).


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