Brewed by Pivovarnya Moskva-Efes
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Moscow, Russia


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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 2.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Stariy Melnik iz Bochonka keeps on expanding its product range and proudly presents in Russia its new variety of beer – Stariy Melnik iz Bochonka Barkhatnoe – bottled dark draught beer. The very first drop transports you to the familiar bar with its relaxed and cozy atmosphere. Its flavor is unexpectedly soft – new dark beer is easy to drink as if it is truly velvety! Stariy Melnik iz Bochonka Barkhatnoe comes in ‘signature’ 0.5 l glass bottles, their shape similar to that of a real beer barrel. For customers’ convenience the bottle has a twist-off cap. The abv of product does not exceed 4.5%. This new product is expected to be warmly welcomed by target audience of Stariy Melnik iz Bochonka – modern urbanites who formed a habit of drinking genuine draught beer.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
omhper (23713) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (15805) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 16, 2011
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FatPhil (14075) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 4, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (12170) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 27, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown color with a nice big off-white head. Toasty malt aroma with dark bread and some caramel. Sweet flavor, a bit sugary, but not cloying, with malt, kvass-like notes and light toasty hints. Finish is also quite sweet. Light-medium-bodied. Surprisingly quite decent and easy-drinking.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kevnic2008 (11414) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - SEP 8, 2012
Dark brown colour with medium head. Aroma is caramel. Flavour is caramel, malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pivnizub (10180) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle:Deep ruby-amber coloured, stable and lacy off-white head, sweetish toasty-roasty nose, some malty bitterness in the background; light to moderate sweet-bitter flavour, light bodied, but quite soft; sweet toasty-malty finish, ending with a delicate bitterness. Surprise, a decent Dunkel, better than expected...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
olio (9370) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 25, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Quack-Duck (9164) - Down South, GERMANY - FEB 16, 2013
bottle, delivered by pivnizub! Deep brown colour, mid-sized beige head. Aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. Medium-bodied, malty base with chocolate and caramel, hits of coffee. Lingering chocolatey finish. Much better than expected.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
laiti (8081) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 24, 2012
50 cl bottle @ home as ”Старый Мельник Из Бочонка Бархатн& Rated on 29.04.2011
Aroma is somewhat sweet with syrup and some cheap licorice. Flavour is sweet wity syrup, kvass and some honey I’ve usually found in Latvian lagers. Quite unusual and better than I expected.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Cuso (7815) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 24, 2013
Bottle from Gurthnar, many thanks for sharing it. Brown colored beer with medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, black berries, hints of coffee. Taste, roasted malt, some berries, caramel. Very sweet beer.

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