ekstedt (4913) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
RSBEG08 grand tasting. Clear copper, medium beige head. Grainy malt aroma with some roasted dark chocolate notes. Quite thin for its abv, dry with medium bitterness. Dull.
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle at the RBESG08 Grand Tasting. Alround rating: A dark malt and sweet lager with some berry notes, but really uninteresting.
cgarvieuk (12201) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at RBESG08 ... Dark brown ... sweet woody nose ... slight sour ... little liquorish ... malty
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Drank in the café of Zagreb’s university library..Marko was telling me that this changed a lot over recent years. I had never had it before, but as it is, it has little to do with a porter. As a started, it was very pale, clear red to dark caramel coloured. Its head faded fairly fast also. Its texture is certainly lager-like and there ain’t no roastiness in there. It could be a mediocre dunkel, as the maltiness possesses the nutty, almost leathery/plumy/apricot-like tang of munich malts. Its fatal flaw, to me, is the extreme sweetness. Syrupy fruitiness makes it hard to drink while the body is actually light-medium at most.
jerohen (1932) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 21, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled at Tolkiens House, Zagreb. Clear brown coloured, small brown head. Malty aroma, some caramel. Sweet watery flavour. Short finish. Easy drinking, but not really complex. I’m surprised to see the high ratings.
heavy (2046) - Split, CROATIA - AUG 25, 2007
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2007 New review based on old, idiotic review:
0.33 l bottle. Poured reddish brown body with smaller medium creamy head. Aroma exactly what beer of its type has to have, it’s strong with chocolate, caramel, fruity... Flavor stays beyond a bit, quite watery for what I expected, but still interesting, fruity, caramel, some coffee... Finish is fine, wuite short and very pleasant. Here I have to mention I tried three more later, two latest were spoilt...yeah, drinkable, but sour like flemish sour ale. I think the brewery should pay a bit more attention to hygiene, obviously there are many rotten batches, as I’ve been warned already before...But besides, if ok, it’s really delicious.
vjekoo (15) - CROATIA - MAY 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, not so hard to find it in Croatia anymore, nice taste, not too much CO2, light caramelisation aftertaste. i think this is best Croatian beer. recommended.
Joc (1) - CROATIA - JAN 4, 2007 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2007 An excellent dark beer, but very hard to find. Definitely the best beer in Croatia and of course my favourite.
pivoljubac (6) - Velika Gorica, CROATIA - NOV 16, 2006 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great dark beer, probably the best in Croatia. Quite hard to find, since it’s not brewed in a mega-brewery lika Karlovacka pivovara or Zagrabacka pivovara.
Crnipapar (10) - Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 20, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Because of this beer I seriously considered for some time to go to brewerie and buy a whole barel. I remember the humble beginning of this brewerie when I first purchased couple of bottles and every one had burst after the opening and spiled half its content. Today this is the best dark beer in Croatia but hard to find. It has creamy brown head that holds for some time but not to long, caramel and honey flavor and something indescribably complex, body is medium, aftertaste is pleasantly bitter and it lingers for some time. This beer is unbelievably drinkable due to virgin mountain water and there lies its only fault and the reason for my barrel.