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Brewed by Malka Brewery
Style: Dry Stout
Yehiam, Israel

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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Irish stout beer, characterized by roasted flavor, dark chocolate and coffee with a velvet texture. Bira Malka is produced in small quantities using a traditional methods, natural ingredients and water from a well located in the Western Galilee area which cotribute to its unique flavor.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfood (25) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Black and opaque with reddish fringing and a durable medium brown head. The aroma is the standard roast and chocolate grain combo with a slight mineral pungency. The taste is outstanding, all the virtues of a dry stout with just enough caramel and dried fruit to make it stupidly drinkable. At a mere 6%, I guess you couldn’t get hurt too much, but this is a beer that you want to devour. That intense ’drinkability’ does mean that the body is a bit light and those of us who like to chew our stout may be a bit disappointed. The finish is remarkably persistent, you’ll be tasting this beer long after it’s gone.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
krumbum (500) - truckee, California, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Big rich earthy almost farmy chocolate scents. Thick black with with a slowly fading froth brown head. Taste is hop bitter, coffee bitter, and raw chocolate bitter all at the same time. The bitter just slowly fades away.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomciccateri (995) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 26, 2013
from a ~33cl brown bottle at May 5th bar in Jerusalem. pours an opaque black color with a tan head. coffee aromas and flavors. Medium body with creamy mouthfeel. nice dark malts flavors dominate flavor profile. slightly dry finish. Nice creamy stout. Note: bottle lable dos not say "handcrafted" as does image on this page. Freahness date on nottle reads 2014.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EdKing (1786) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2014
Bottle shared at the Gunnar tasting at CBC Clerkenwell care of ChrisO. Opaque dark black, thin tan head. Nose is lactic, milky, dark chocolate, black coffee, minerally. Taste is wow, really rich, cocoa nibs, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, slight black coffee. Very rich pure dark chocolatey. I love this!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (10413) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2013
Bottle at home in London. Many thanks to Tomer for the trade! Pours deep brown with a sturdy, dark beige foam head. Some greasy, meaty dark malts in the nose, bit of tangy cocoa, moderate roast and the bottom of a coffee pot. Light to medium sweet flavor with plenty of ashy roasted malts, chocolate, faint licorice, dark malts, well toasted sugars, light bitter burnt wood and earth. Light to medium bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Light sweetness to finish, some flinty dark malts, pleasant bittersweet cocoa, light roast, ash, mellow tobacco, low bitterness. Very drinkable stout. There are actually some really rewarding layers to this beer. Nice work!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eRock_2013 (199) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2014
I think this beer has confirmed for me that Malka is my new favorite micro-brewery in Israel. This is an excellent stout, I thoroughly enjoyed a bottle of this and I don't normally prefer stouts. Pours a very black color with faint ruby accents, also long lasting dark tan head. Aroma is standard coffee and roasted malt. The taste however is superior, a clean roasted malt base with a sweet chocolate-rather than dark chocolate- flavor, along with light coffee bean notes. Medium bodied, very smooth and drinkable. Finishes with a chocolate bar aftertaste. Very well done, highly recommended.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvikar (3370) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JUL 31, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2009 From bottle 33cl, pours total dark quite oily for a stout, has a medium chocolate head that lives a nice lacing, an excellent complex aroma of chocolate, nuts, plums, liquirice and some roasted malt tones, dry on the tongue starts with english smoked flavors, accompanied by dark chocolate, espresso, and finishes bitter with a long bitter sweet aftertaste, texture is medium to full. An impressive stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20486) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2013
Bottle at Papsø. Pitch black coloured with a small beige head. Sweet and roasted aroma of dark chocolate, licorice and dried fruits. Sweet and roasted flavour of dark chocolate, licorice and dried fruits. Roasted finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2479) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2013
Bottle from Canal’s EHT. Pours out black with a small tan head and a solid amount of carbonation. Aroma is of deep roasty malts, lots of chocolate, light earthy coffee. Taste is dry cocoa powder, roasty/toasted malts, coffee grounds, chocolate and some light drying bitterness on the back. Solid

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Godofthecellar (649) - NYC, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2013
11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Poured a dark brown almost black. Whisp of head. Smell of coffee, toasted nuts and chocolate. Flavor was toasted almond, chocolate and accents of espresso. Mouthfeel was smooth and incredibly.dry. felt like a paper towel was stuck to my tongue. Overall pretty decent


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