Podiathingg (4) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(1) from the brewery (2) Alaus Namai, Villnius. Very dark brown beer, spicy malty aroma. not particularly full bodied, well balaced taste with enough bitterness to match the malt. very easy drinking.
KyotoLefty (6145) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Alus Namai. Fascinating nose--honey, spice, bread, some hay and pears. Medium brown with lace. Tasty flavor, caramel, straw, ligtly fruity. Nice taste, though thin. Nicely drinkable.
Glouglouburp (5938) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: The ultimate terroir beer. Something to be experienced.
How: Directly at the brewery (very good) and also tap at Alaus Namai, Vilnius, Lithuania (not as good)
The look: Muddy brownish-copper body with almost no head. This beer is not much to look at.
In long: My pint at the brewery was surprisingly hoppy with dirty herbaceous and leafy hops. In both versions the beer pushed the rustic farmhouse character to the extreme, like the smell your old grandma dirty house along with the smell of your dirty old grandma. Taste is loaded with earthy malts, kind of dirty old stuff, some dirty leather. The herbaceous hops add a light spiciness in the finish. The version at the brewery was probably the most hoppy beer I had in Lithuania, although that isn’t saying much. Minimal carbonation. Yep, that was quite something. This Ramūno Čižo beer along with the Mozūro Linkuvos Šviesus and the beers from Jovaru Alus (also Lithuanian breweries) redefined what I thought a Terroir beer could be, like a magical beer that grows in this neighbourhood and when you drink it you feel like you can taste the ground it grew on. And the Ramūno Čižo was the most ‘Terroir’ of them all. This is a beer that was really worth drinking, especially the version I had directly at the brewery, this rating is not just a shameful Lithuanian tick, and sometimes I’m happy to enter a rating just to push down other ratings I’m ashamed of.
adis (8) - Vilnius, LITHUANIA - APR 30, 2012 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beer, started to brew in 1927 by grandfather of Ramūnas Čižas. Original roasted malt, unusual yest and real atmosphere of Lithuanian countryside.
TaktikMTL (5628) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - APR 2, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
En fût. Pinte dégustée chez Alaus Namai (Vilnius, Lituanie). Arôme: Légère odeur de seigle. Apparence: La couleur est brune noirâtre. Saveur: Léger goût de céréales avec une pointe herbacée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement aqueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement fruité. (Rating #4202)
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Earthy rusticity, wooden hops and delicate smoke roam within this Keptinis, offering a rough-and-ready time-travel brew.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the muddy dark brown (even when served at the brewery).
-The nose is rather timid.
-Carbonation is extremely low, even for a Kaimiškas Alus.
-The mouthfeel is rather dry.
-This is very drinkable despite the overt rusticity.
On tap at Alaus Namai and at the brewery itself.
Plaas (83) - Alkmaar, NETHERLANDS - MAR 7, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another Lithuanian "baked beer". The malt is said to be baked/toasted, which gives this beer a unique taste, like Keptinis. Some cinnamon, nuts, slightly smoky even - and then honey. This is as Lithuanian as it gets: baked malts and honey. There is some nice aromatic hops in the finish. Very, very good.
TBone (12333) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 16, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Murky nut brown color, steady creamy off-white head. Malts, wort and dark bread in the nose. Medium-bodied, low carbonation. Bready, worty, sweetish beer. This is like drinking some wheat beer from the brewery tank 3 days after brewing. Like Per wrote, really really interesting beer.
larsga (6120) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2013
Second rating at the brewery: Coarse beige head. Hazy dark brown body. Intensely fruity banana aroma with earthy caramelly musty notes. Dryish resiny earthy fruity taste, surprisingly clean. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft, smooth, kind of flat mouthfeel. Dryish earthy banana aftertaste with roasty vaguely smoky rye notes. Really nice. Clean and easy-drinking. (0.4l draft at the brewery.) 4,6,4,7,15 = 3.6.
Initial rating without knowing what it was: Medium beige lasting head. Hazy deep red body. Rye and banana aroma with earthy floral herbal notes. Sweetish herbal floral taste with earthy fruity notes. Mild soft mouthfeel. Light body. Not much taste, and it quickly fades to nothing. Aftertaste has faint hoppy nettle notes. Disappointing, really. (0.5l draft at Alaus Namai, Vilnius.) 6,4,5,3,12=3.0
mjs (4438) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught at Alaus Namai, Vilnius) Poured brown and cloudy. Head was medium sized and white. Aroma was herbal and sweet. Palate was medium bodied with low carbonation. Flavours were malts, sweetness, herbs, butter and bitterness. Aftertaste was sweet and bitter.