ElGaucho (2116) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bought this beer in bottle at a market in Pskov, Russia. I was pleasantly surpised. It rivals Baltika 6 as the best Russian beer I've had (which isn't saying too much). Roasted malt aroma with some sweetness. Reddish brown body with white, frothy head. Avg. sized head that is mostly eroding. Looks like a coca-cola with less carbonation and with a frothy head. Not much lace to speak of. Flavor is rich and malty; dry and chalky. Pleasant. If I lived in Russia I would probably buy nothing but this and Baltika 6 (until I find another winner).
SilkTork (5020) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is pre-Pilsner style lager, chocolate dark and lightly touched with a ruby red glow; though it has more in common with a sweet stout than a lager. It is very hard to get any information at all on this beer - it took the help of a Russian friend to track this down to the Efes brewery in Moscow (the place I bought it had the brewery down as Old Miller) - but the same brewer has a pale version of this called, simply, Old Miller. The nearest beer I've had to this would be Negra Modelo from Mexico, but this has more character - more chocolate, more roasted barley flavours, more melting barley sugar and little dazzling displays of citric fruits star dancing across the tongue: now lemon, now grapefruit, now lime. Wow! A beer to die for. This is one to seek out.
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - MAY 15, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown-amber color. Regular dark beer with a lot of caramel, but not impressive (and tastes a bit like old beer).
omhper (18347) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2003
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottled. Chestnut brown, Richly malty with soft mouthfeel. Still it gives a bold and clumsy impression, and points are also deducted for the syrupy finish and lack of complexity.
rauchbier (3499) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Black brown, low head and condition. Initial roast barley aroma soon overtaken by a solvent/alcohol note. More roast flavours in the mouth with hints of raisins but the finish becomes thick and syrupy-sweet.
RichardGretton (4111) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dunkel appearance with slightly dark wheat beerish flavours, and a floury thick palate. Not too bad at all.
leaparsons (7493) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Quite an odd beer. Similar to a malt liquor, but lighter. There are strong alcohol notes and a chemical nastiness in the finish.