emerge077 (45) - RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
An unusual Polish Kvass from the deli, zero english on the label. BBD: 02.03.14
Sleek 1L plastic bottle with a clever design incorporating a minimal brown label and a mustache logo.
Poured into a tumbler glass, it’s a dark brown color, showing clear garnet red in the light. Thin layer of fizz on the surface that disappears after a minute. Some rising carbonation visible in the high clarity liquid.
Smells like raisin bread toast. Clean and pleasant, not overly sweet or artificial.
Taste is similar, toasted raisin bread with a medium level of sweetness, it finishes dry and toasty. Slightly fizzy soda carbonation. Bready and raisiny, maybe slightly tangy. More roasty than most other Kvass varieties, which makes me wonder if there’s roasted barley in this. Overall it’s a pleasant drink, a departure from the glut of overly sweet/artificial commercial Kvass’ out there (although it is clearly sweetened). I’ll get this next time the Kvass-Kraving™ hits.
Translated ingredients from the label:
Water, rye flour, malt (4%) rye and barley syrup, glucose - fructose syrup, sugar, acidity regulator, lactic acid, hop extract, carbon dioxide.
Distributed locally by Stawski.
Derbeth (435) - Kraków, POLAND - JUL 27, 2014
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
PET bottle. Dark brown colour, quickly disappearing head more similar to the one in cola than in a beer. Aroma is caramel, a bit of corn. Heavy cloying sweetness. Soft carbonation. Not bad, but too sweet and cloying to make it a good thirst-quencher.