tomer (1644) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - JUL 13, 2012
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle, small stable bubbly head, clear dark brown colour with some burgundy taints, aroma of cheap port with caramel and dark bread with some metalic notes, same caramel and dark bread dominate the flavour, quite sweet with very little sourness and almost no bitterness. Why must russian dark beers almost allways resemble kvass?
Petronius (55) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Twist off cap bottle. Chestnut brown with a very thin head. Toffee, bread. Sweet malt and syrup, virtually no hop smell/flavor. Sticky, mid body, mid sourness. Meh
olio (5895) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 25, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
50 cl bottle.
Rated on 20110429.
Pours brown color with small head. Aroma of yeast and malts. Flavor of malts, yeast and some fruity notes.
Grzesiek79 (3125) - Radom, POLAND - MAR 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
rotten eggs, cooked vegetables, earthy, smoke, ginger, spruce, herbs, chocolate, brown, sparkling, frothy, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, medium sourness, light body, creamy, lively, bitter,
Powertrip (999) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 6, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Single bottle purchased from a grocery store in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia on 03/06/2012. Colour: Extremely dark red with no head. Nose: A very distinct and dominant burnt sugar aroma - clearly some nice toasted malt. Lots of dark grains. Taste: Medium sweet, medium-light bitter, medium-light sour. The caramel is abundant and plays the lead vocals here. A one-man band.
Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 16, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Chestnut brown. Has the aroma of bread, lots of sugars. This has a good dark sugary character. A bit like an American Dark with deep Asian sugars. It’s sweet, but the flavours are nice.
FatPhil (9120) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 4, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
500ml bottle (Stockmann, Tallinn)
5 Incredibly sweet caramel and toffee aroma. It’s just pure sugars all the way.
4 Very deep red. Brief head.
5 Very simple taste, not much character at all, just a dull sweet roast that’s more caramel than malt.
3 Smooth palate, pleasant carbonation. More sugar in the finish. Late finish has a slight hint of earthy hops.
10 Well, it’s pretty trashy as a formula, but slips down easily enough. Desperatly short of any character apart from caramel.
omhper (19212) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2011
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottled, thanks SaintMatty! Clear nut brown, rich firm head. Sugary nose. Super sweet with spun sugar and sweetened caramel. Light-mediu mbodied with syrupy mouthfeel, no bitterness. A cloying mess.
estpiwo (1268) - ESTONIA - MAY 8, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Dark brown color with creamy head. Fruity tones in aroma, maybe instant coffee also. Caramel taste, sweet malty tones. Bitter finish. Little surprise for me, more better than other Melnik brews.
lusikka (5993) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 29, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
500 ml bottle.
Pours a dark brown, slightly opaque colour with a small, white, foamy head. Aroma of bready malts with syrup. Flavour of sweet bready malts, syrup, rye bread with some mild vegetable notes. Medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel and a dry, syrupy finish.