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.
nybol (131) - DENMARK - SEP 30, 2015
2.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tydelig smag af chokolade. Lidt flad i kulsyren. Ville godt have lidt mere dybt i den for at være rigtig god.
puredelusion (160) - Lviv, UKRAINE - SEP 23, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
0,5 bottle. Pours dark brown/black color with medium, sticky off-white head. Aroma of malt, prunes, roast. Flavor is light sweet, with notes of prunes, nuts, dark chocolate. Aftertaste is medium and light bitter. Light to medium body, soft carbonation, watery texture.
bax (1304) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Can 22/9-2015) large beige head, dark amber red color, slightly sweet chocolate aroma, fit body. BB date 09.07.2016.
Gorm (1834) - Sandnes, NORWAY - SEP 21, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Svart farve med beige skum som ligger. Lukt av nøtter, kaffe og karamell. Smak av nøtter, vørter, kaffe og karamell. Det Gode Brygg.
TorbenJensen (1278) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2015
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It has fine persistent foam and smells wonderful hard roasted malt with touches of rich licorice. Taste wise the first sip is a little water and anonymous, but it develops in the mouth and become better. Behind the first impression hides the taste of dark rye bread, hard roasted malt, a little nuts, licorice and maybe a little dark chocolate. It lives probably not quite up to expectations for a Schwarzbier, but I want to take it in defense precisely because it is so easy to drink and have most of this beer types characteristics.
esp0r (2390) - NORWAY - AUG 16, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Ultra Bryn enjoyed at home
Pours dark, black in glass, massive tanned head. Smell of dark malts, hints of coffee, soil, caramel, toast and hay. Moderate sweet, toasty malts, dark malts, grass and hay, Moderate bitter, hay finish. An ok schwarz i guess. Not very exciting, but no flaws either. It’s definitly an ok beer
Vighals (2132) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2015
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Litersboks.Colasvart med høyt beige kremete skum som ligger. Lukter lite, noe metall, noe røkt og kakaobønner. Medium - fylde. Ssmaker lett bitre kakaobønner og kaffe. Kort. Lite kullsyre
Lowenbrau (2713) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - JUL 27, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle. July 2015.
In short: sweet dark lager.
Pours hazy dark copper with frothy off white head. Moderate head retention,poor lacing. Malty, liquorice, sugary nose. Medium body, average carbonation, crispy texture. Taste is quite sweet, raisins, plums, malty.
tfredvik (1463) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 26, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear black body with a small head. Malty and strong aroma of dark caramel and chocolate, and coffee in the back. Strong flavour that follows the aroma, with a tad more emphasis on the coffee. Light sweet and moderate bitter taste. Thin, light-bodied and watery on the palate, moderate carbonation. Another schwarzbier that fails to impress me.
[50 cl can shared with josteirk at Steenbo the Summer House, enjoyed 6 months before BB date]
sinte (418) - Udine, ITALY - JUL 20, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown body with an average, frothy, tan head, mostly lasting with some lacing.
Moderate-to-heavy malty (roasted, caramel) aroma with light yeasty notes.
Moderate sweet and light-to-moderate bitter flavour.
Light-to-medium body with watery texture; soft carbonation.