PorterPounder (5830) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Complex Russian Lager. Lot of flavors battling around here - kind of grows on you after awhile
but by the end of the 16.9 oz you are glad you only bought one. Fruity, slightly malty aroma. Quickly dissipating white head - orangeish appearance. Kind of a rotten vegetable flavor - similar to some Marzens I have had. Overall, very yeasty. Not altogether bad - just not an everyday beer. Bit of a funky aftertaste.
larsniclas (5827) - Billdal, SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2003
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden with a lasting head.
Some hensfood in the nose.
Quiet bitter with flavour from hop and some bitter herb.
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Golden coloured. Slightly fruity aroma. Sweet and fruity flavour. An average lager from Russia.
thedm (4997) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This bottled brew poured a small sized head of frothy large sized of unnoted length white colored bubbles that left behind a fair lacing. The body contained average carbonation, was transparent and light orange in color. Its aroma contained notes of mild malt hop . Its mouth feel is initially smooth with a lingering palate and a mild malt hop bite in the finish. Its flavor contained slight astringent malty notes. A very average brew.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2005
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Hazy golden color liquid that seems to pour rather thickly. Small lid of dirty white bubbles. Dry industrial malt aromas. Pale honey sweetness followed by yeasty malt and an odd melon like flavor. A hint of herbal bitterness. Just when I thought it was safe to start drinking some of these again.
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 19, 2004
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Plastic bottled, 1.5 liters, 4.8% ABV, 14% gravity, drank @ fridge temp, brewed 5/2004, BBE 8/2004) Golden color with small but lacy head. Slightly sweet, quite mild, neutral aroma. Quite fruity, sweetish flavor with some bitterness towards the finish. Smooth, light to medium-bodied palate with balanced carbonation. A very easily drinkable, smooth and reasonably refreshing lager. Quite a nice surprise, considering that it comes in a large plastic bottle with only cyrillic text (except for "beer") on it! After 1.5 liters, you'll be begging for more...
Aurelius (4506) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Interesting aroma that's a cross between malty lager and Belgian golden ale yeastiness. A stern Cossack on the label, a good sturdy homebrew bottle, honey-golden brew and a tall white head earn this a 5 in appearance. Flavor is lightly sweet, malty and strongly tinny-bitter. Loses fizziness quickly, good viscosity, finish lingers tart and mid-tongue bitter. Tinny on the lips.
hotstuff (4353) - Indiana, USA - DEC 16, 2004
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Small white head that was mostly diminishing with fine-small sized bubbles, transparent, carbonated, fair lacing, and a yellow hue. Aroma was malty and sweet. Flavor was sweet, malty and tingly tasting. Tingly mouthfeel. Light-medium bodied beer. Not much going on here.
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2003
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2004 On draught at Balsjoj Festival Piva, Moscow.
Golden color. Aroma of hens food. Somewhat bitter all along. I had hopes for worse...
DrnkMcDermott (2855) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2004
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2008 0.5 l bottle. I just discovered my favorite thing about Russia: you can buy beer and liquor at streetside kiosks, some of which are open 24 hours, the local stuff is rarely more than a dollar, and you can pretty much drink from the bottle while walking. Of course the problem is that you usually get what you pay for. This a St. Pete brand; it’s actually a bit darker than the usual pale lager, kind of whiskey color. Walking with the open bottle kicked up enough foam to run over the top. Taste is pretty malty and nicely balanced by bitterness... but this seems to have some bottling or production problems, because it had that gross wet salty peanut smell of contamination. Too bad, because this had some potential.