martjoobolut (2924) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 6, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
1,5L bottle (from Špunka). Pours dark brown with beige head. The head stays for a moment. Aroma is nice full black bread, raisins, malt. Flavor is sweet, rye bread, caramel, and faint acidic notes. Body is watery, carbonation is rather high. Overall: nice low alcohol brew, maybe a tad bit too watery for me. At least it isn’t too acidic like most of the commercial kvass/gira/kali.
agent_persik (669) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber color, medium beige head. Aroma of caramel, malt, rye, dried fruits. Sweet taste has similar notes. Thin body and strong carbonation. Usually, I don’t like kvass/gira to be very sweet, but for this one it works well. Nice one.
RexTalionis (3489) - FINLAND - OCT 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Bambalyne, Vilnius. Dark copperbrown in color, small head. Dark bread, sweetish syrup and dark fruity notes in aroma. Bready notes, light cellar and roasted raisins in taste. Nice for this abv.
Marduk (6166) - Reval, ESTONIA - SEP 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2l pet bottle. Deep copper color. Tiny to small head, doesn’t last long. Sweet, bready, raisins, bit milky aroma. Sweet, bready, caramel in flavor. Maybe bit too sweet, but still very drinkable.
FatPhil (13653) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap (Taura Brewery Tap, which may be where this was brewed)
One of the best giras I’ve had. So full of rye-bread, raisins, and a bit of butter. Gentle spicing too gives it a lovely cakey tang. Utterly delicious, and so refreshing. OK, fairly sweet, but that’s what you expect from a gira.
larsga (7251) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small head immediately disappears. Deep dark brown barely translucent body. Oily honey and rye aroma with treacle and earth notes. Dry-sweet plasticky earthy syrup taste with rye notes. Mid-to-full body. Soft, mild mouthfeel, somewhat flat. Dryish caramelly rye syrup aftertaste with herbal honey notes. Very nice. Lovely session beer. (Big bottle at Bamb Alyne, Vilnius.)