Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 19, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: A sweet and sticky burgundy beer with liquorice and dark fruits flavors
How: Tap and bottle a few times in Transylvania/Romania
The look: Clear dark burgundy topped by a persistent small beige head
In long: Nose is black liquorice soft candy, bran muffin, notes of fresh tobacco. Taste is more of the same. Liquorice soft candies, black jelly beans, residual sugars, caramel, dates, figs, cookies. Medium body and medium carbonation. This beer is actually not all that bad beer when fresh on tap, however the beer has an oily sweet flavor that I just cannot drink in quantity, it therefore loses points for low drinkability. To give you an idea of the Romanian beer scene, this Ursus Black is currently the highest rated Romanian beer on with a current weighted average of 3.23 and an overall score of 74. So you can imagine the shit I was drinking in the weeks I spent there. On the positive side, my decision to spend my 2011 vacation in Romania was met by cheers and applause by every other nation on the planet.
estpiwo (1308) - ESTONIA - DEC 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Canned. Dark brown color with huge creamy foam. Aroma of roasted fruits. Taste was coffee like, some roasted malts, raisins maybe. Light smoky aftertaste.
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - DEC 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
А вот это уже серьезное вечернее пиво: темно-коричневое с рубиновыми искорками и невысокой мелкозернистой пеной, которая, впрочем, быстро улетучивается и забывается. В аромате и букете роль первого флуера играют карамельный и жженый солод. В букете особенно импонируют копчено-дымчатые нотки на водянистом, в общем-то, фоне.
Vargatul (138) - Bucharest, ROMANIA - NOV 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2012 Draught @ Robin Hood, Bucharest.
Dark brown liquid with a long beige head.
Aroma has notes of malt, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, alcohol.
Medium body, dry texture, bittersweet taste, bitter aftertaste.
tderoeck (5529) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
6/11/2011 50cl can @ Klaas’ place - BB: 2012 (2011-627) Thanks to Catrinel for the bottle!
Clear dark brown beer, creamy beige head, unstable, adhesive. Aroma: sweet caramel, some dried fruits, very ripe to rotten fruits. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: sweet caramel, mocha, bit of red berries. Aftertaste: mocha, coffee, brown sugar. A bit sweet, but not bad at all!
Preisman (1) - Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2011 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A very special flavor. Tastes as good as it smells. I need to find this beer in Texas.
heavy (2195) - Split, CROATIA - AUG 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
19/08 0.5 l bottle at Timisoreana brewery restaurant. It poured dark brown to black body with medium to big head. Coffee, some roasted caramel, slightly herbal hoppy in aroma. Flavor is coffee driven, orange, grass, fine caramel notes. Some good quality malt used here surprisingly, and it’s not thin at all, though it had shorter, fruity sweet finish. Interesting and much better than expected on the place. And it’s a schwarzbier, not dunkel.
luttonm (2774) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
.5l Bottle at Timisoara brewery with Heavy and Marko. Dark, clear cola brown. Thin white head. Toasted caramel, alc. Sweet toffee. off-sour, syrupy, cockta. Touch of dopple-bock sour (salvator). Pretty good.
Marko (4108) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 22, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at the Timisoreana brewery restaurant. Poured a clear, extremely dark red, almost black. Off white head. Sweetish nose, raisins and plums. Slightly cardboardy taste driven by dark malts and raisins. Slightly too fruity for its own good. Baltic Porter? Good one. Ok, but I expected more...
Holy (835) - GERMANY - JUN 30, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at a Rustic Pizza Restaurant an hour South of Cluj. I’m impressed with this beer! Full bodied, rich bitter (seemingly bitter) coco with an aftertaste that lingers. Very nice!