ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2 oz bottle into a footed pilsner glass.
A: Pours a dark chestnut color. The head is a creamy-looking one finger offwhite shade. It fades away at a decent rate, but leaves a miniscule ring of lacing on the glass.
S: There’s a pleasant nuttiness at first, with even more pleasant grassy hops hidden beneath that. Hints of coffee abound; the aroma has a real hazelnut vibe I enjoy. The aroma could be a bit bolder, otherwise I really like it.
T: At first, the hazelnut qualities from the aroma trickle down to the flavors. After that, it transitions to more raisin-y tone near the back end, before a touch of hops cleanse the finish some. It’s too sweet, I think - some more grassy hops on the back end could have really made this one special.
M: This is a bit more lumbering than one would expect from a 4.5% dark lager; this has both a positive and negative effect. On the plus side, it helps give it a richer feel, but at the same token, it doesn’t have the drinkability it should feature. Carbonation is soft, which is a good match for the treacly texture.
O: Being a Czech dark lager, I expected more Saaz hops. It’s certainly well made, but like I said, it’s just too sweet at the end of the day. Still pretty good.
djoeye (762) - Tromsř, NORWAY - FEB 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50 cl bottle 4.5% b@Kilpishalli.
Aroma; sweet malts, ginger, cardamom, citrus, clover, hints from ginger snap dough.
Pours a light beige buggly head, on dark red brown clear body.
Some scattered laceworks and one curtain below.
Taste; sweet malts, tofee, ginger, cardamom, sweet grass and hints of citrus.
Sweet n easy to palate. Finishes sweet too, malts, caramel.
Overall nice but maybe too sweet, but luckily no liquorice in this.
Bamsen78 (2293) - Sřnderborg, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draught @ Fox and Hounds, Aabenraa. Pours clear dark ruby with airy off-white head. Clear aroma of malt, caramel, and nuts. Sweetish flavour of caramel malt, yeast, and molasses. Bitter-sweet, rather unbalanced finish. Drinkable but far from exciting.
nimbleprop (4150) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 23, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle pours a dark amber with some very thin head. Nose is OK, it has some nice pumpernickel bread notes, bread crust, mild toast, there’s a little off putting apple, cola and a hint of spice. Flavor has some fake vanilla, mild clove, caramel sweetness, some cheap wine, just lots of sweet. Lost a lot of the breadiness in the flavor. Watery finish. Kinda meh.
inbirraveritas (1182) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 20, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled, 0.5 l.
Shows a clear dark brown/ruby with a creamy and lasting beige head on its top.
Nose of sugar.
Easy aroma ruled by sugar and caramel underpainted by some brown bread.
Rather sweet finish escorted by shy roasty and hoppy notes.
Easy drinkable, average.
HenrikSoegaard (9999) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Dark red amber colour. Moderate malty and light hoppy aroma. Moderate sweet and light bitter very caramellic flavor. Short light bitter finish. Watery palate.
dfinney23 (1377) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I don’t remember seeing this one in the Czech Republic. Maybe they export it all since it’s not that great. Roasted malt. Sweet.
kjc51478 (383) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 5, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml Bottle. Appearance is opaque brown color with light, beige head. Aroma is simple with notes of malt and sugar. Taste is also one-dimensional with sweet malts and cane sugar - zero hop bitterness present. Palate is light-bodied, thin texture, flat carbonation, and a sweet finish.
unclemike (2152) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Medium high creamy lasting off-white head. Clear dark ruby body. Sweet cocoa roasted malt caramel nuts aroma. Sweet and yet ligh peppery roasted malt caramel cocoa honey flavor with a fair amount of hops bitterness. Low carbonation. Long sweet finish
Japalo (1022) - DENMARK - DEC 25, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle@carolinevej. Small head. Clear brown. Intense brown sugar. Caramalty. Sweet. Too sweet.
BeerandBlues2 (9003) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home. Pours clear dark tawny with a medium, frothy beige head, medium retention with spare lacing. Aroma is toast and cookie malt with nutty notes, dates and figs with earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with dark fruits, faint hops and bitterness, a clean lager character and a sweet finish. Medium to light body and medium carbonation.