BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - DEC 3, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Light reddish amber, good head formation. Dark fruit, malty aroma. Light palate, sweet malty fruit flavor, slight astringent bitterness in the finish. Touch of chocolate in the aftertaste.
omhper (18749) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2003 Bottled. Nut brown. Aroma of caramel and cellar. Roasty, some yeasty flavour, salty finish. A decent example of old soviet style lagers.
Oakes (11408) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2010 Amber and slightly hazy. Inch thick head. Caramelly, toasty almost malta-like aroma. Tastes much the same. Decent but limited macro dark.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bright copper with a light tan head. Sweet caramel and a touch of smoke in the nose. A light bitterness in the body is rounded with some sweet malt and even a little smoke. An ok Dark from this obscure brewery.
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 23, 2002
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Amber color with a foamy tan head. Malt and caramel aroma and flavor. Musty.
Nuffield (3612) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2002
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Keeps a white head over a copper body. Dusty aroma, and a bit of caramel in the tasting. Fizzy carbonation in mouth. In the end, difficult to stomach, despite being a slight step above the usual international fare.
joet (2039) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - SEP 26, 2002
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear deep amber with an abundant lofty rocky off-white head. Light medium body but fully hopped with an aroma of perfume and vines. There’s flat malt with some light fruit esters in the aroma but not much sweetness to taste. Unusual and interesting less malty version of the style.
Ernest (6012) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2002
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2005 Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain, caramel, cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, husky. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Finally showed up locally, and the nose is back to an approximation of what I remember, but it’s just too grainy/husky to be terribly enjoyable. Still, quite a bit better than would be expected from this region of the world.