Brewed by Backus y Johnston (SABMiller)
Style: Schwarzbier
Lima, Peru


on tap


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.21/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Formerly Malta Polar.
Brewed at the Ate plant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtw (1101) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Bottle from Lima, Peru and it pours a dark brown with very light carbonation and a brown-egg colored head. Sweet dark malt and typical schwartz aroma and flavor - caramel, molasses, brown sugar, with minimal hops simply for counteracting the malt. Best at night when Peru cools down after the sun has left...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (10152) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2004
This is better than the Negras I had in Argentina. Deep dark beer with a nice moka head. Sweet fruity chocolate aroma. A bit too sweet to the mouth but enjoyable vinous taste, a little roasty or woody.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUL 24, 2006
Bottle. Poured a dark brown color with an average creamy off white head that settled to a ring and left light lacing. Sweet aroma of honey and malts. The flavor had sweet malts, caramel, honey, and a very nice roastiness to it. Maybe lightly smoked also. Light body with a sweet malt after taste . Went well with my beef heart and chicken gizzard dinner down here in Chiclayo.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bkurtz (831) - PERU - FEB 8, 2009
Poured dark brown with a nice off-white head. Dark rosted malts with the flavor of chocolate and coffee. A sweet dark beer, the kind I like mixing with a lager. Cheap, sweet, dark beer, but I like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nekronos (3633) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAR 17, 2009
VEyr nice indeed, but no that good as to have an overall over 3. It’s too sweet and enjoyable but not too quality.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11972) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a thick beige head. Aroma of roasted malt. Flavor of roasted malt and chocolate. Good Peruvian beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GT2 (8510) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 5, 2011
650mL in "Pilsen Polar" guise. New label and new name. This poured a clear cola brown with a large, healthy, dark tan head. Rocky retention and suddy lace. Sweet coffee nose with milk chocolate. Taste is salty, small metallic, mild raisin and plum. Not bad at all. As it warms, taste gains too much blood iron. Not my favorite, but a big step up from most Peruvians beers and by far the best dark beer in Peru. Granted, the only other one I found was Cusquena Malta (Negra), which is quite poor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
scanovajr (630) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - OCT 22, 2011
A dark brown beer with a creamy beige head. aroma is roasted malt and coffee. Taste is malty and sweet, notes of coffee and chocolate. Nice texture. Solid beer

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fiulijn (14990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2004
Very dark. Sweet aroma, with light roasted malt. Drier than Cusqueña Malta, less sweet, more roasted malt, light liquorice.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
Oakes (12723) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2001
What is going on down in Peru? They have Japanese running their country (well, not any more I guess, but for decades they did) and guys named Backus and Johnson brewing their beer. Not that they did a good job with this one. It is very dark brown in colour, with little head; brown sugar, toast & coffee in the nose (though that makes it sound better than it really was); thin body, sugary taste, cloying finish.

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