Moravius (1001) - Beijing, CHINA - SEP 21, 2015
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle (대동강맥주 2, 620 ml) from Potonggang Department Store, Pyongyang. - The name "black label“ is a bit misleading - the label is actually the same as the Taedonggang "green label“’s, the only difference being the small circle with the „2“ which has a black background, not a green one as it is the case with the other beer. But is it really a different beer? The back label gives the ABV as "5%이상" which means above 5%, not 5% as stated here. - Deep golden, nearly amber, good head. Aroma of caramel, biscuits and some rough hops which remind me of some cheap German supermarket Pilsener. Taste is a bit empty, with pronounced residual sweetness and blunt hops with notes of wet leaves. Medium carbonation, slightly salty mouthfeel. Rather sweet aftertaste with rough bitterness but without nice hop aromas. - I tried this together with Taedonggang 2 green label, and I didn’t taste any difference. For me, this is the same beer sold under two slightly different labels. But while the green label is sold in foreign currency stores, international hotels and restaurants, the black label can be found in ordinary North Korean shops.
PMgep (224) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2015
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Gift from CC, thank you! Great to try north Korea, but to be honest, this taste like most other south east Asian beer. Corns, no hops and bland.
MrBlueSky93 (507) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2015
2.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottles from most places across the DPRK. Probably the most common beer I saw whilst touring around there.
Golden in colour, decent 2 fingered head. Corny aroma with malts and some grass. Corny start, then some light malts and a crisp, grassy finish, some honey sweetness in there too. Nice!
JohnRMurdoch (4158) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 19, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
640ml bottle in North Korea. The commonest North Korean Beer. Golden amber, reasonable head. Corn malt aroma & flavour. Bitter sweet aftertaste. Decent lager.