Brewed by Moskovskaya Pivovarennaya Kompaniya (Oasis Beverages)
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Mytishchi, Moskovskaya Oblast, Russia


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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.71/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
This sort of beer characterizes by a distinctive, barely suble, branded bitter. The unique taste of this velvety beer achieves by using six special malts at once: barely dark, barley light, biscuit, caramel, black and rye. “Zhiguli Barnoe Barkhatnoe” brews according to the classic receipt of velvety beer. Besides six special malts its consist of artesian water, surface yeast, hop and cane sugar. This beer is bottled in original dark brown bottles, highlighting rich amber color of beer. The novelty has not aesthetic but also practical advantages: there is an original ring on the bottleneck, that makes it more comfortable.
water, barley malt, rye malt, sugar, hops Alc. not less than 4.0%
Extract. early. 12% Wort
In 100 g: 6.4 g carbohydrates
Energ. value of 46 kcal
Bottle 0,5 l

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Manslow (584) - Warsaw, POLAND - NOV 11, 2015
Butelka pite w Rosji. Kolor brązowy wpadający w bursztynowy, piana beżowa. Aromat miodu i orzechów lekki. Smak alkoholu i chleba. Goryczka średnia, na podniebieniu łagodne, pijalne.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mansquito (4447) - Nueva York, New York, USA - SEP 25, 2015
Some place in Kyiv: pours clear brown with little head. Looks like kvass. Aroma is light roast and caramel. Taste is actually better than the taste. Some roast and toasted malts. Really not bad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
Alengrin (3670) - BELGIUM - AUG 1, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2015 Bottle from a Russian supermarket in Ghent. Creamy, very dense and thickly lacing, moussy, very stable, yellowish beige head over a clear, very dark burgundy coloured beer with deep cherry red hue, finely sparkling and actually beautiful to look at. Simple sweet malt aroma, mostly caramel, clear presence of iron, hints of grass, hazelnuts and chocolate powder. Sweet, straightforward caramel taste, thin, lightly oily body with medium carbo (less strong than expected based on the looks), clearly metallic, finishing in the same caramel maltiness but with a light grassy hop accent somewhere in the background as well as a very light roasted (coffee) touch. Simple, but a pretty sight and still fairly enjoyable in view of its style; the back label said ’Schwarzbier’ somewhere, and indeed it has a lot in common with Czech cerne, the Bohemian equivalent to it, though it would need some more roasted bitterness to fully classify as one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Grumbo (933) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2015
Bottle received from Dorin in Moldova. Poures a dark amber colour with a small off-white head, long-lasting, head. Aroma is sweet caramel, malt, dark fruit and chocolate. Medium sweetness, below average for style, light bitterness, medium body, sticky texture, soft carbonation. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
kto (383) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 8, 2015
pours clear red-brown with a creamy head and nice lacing. aroma rye bread, kvass, caramel, prunes. flavour the same, plus syrup. too sweet for a dunkel imo.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
sebletitje (8116) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 17, 2015
Bouteille 50cl split with Tomaz, from Russian shop in Berlin. Ambrée-brune, col beige. Arôme est léger malté caramel et fine note grillée, impression de drêche, houblon minimaliste. Palais est malté caramel, melanoide, léger sucre brun très allemand sorte de sucre candy et note de drêche sur la fin. Houblon apporte peu en terme d’amertume.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
cram (15) - - MAR 25, 2015
Fles gekregen van een collega. Rood bruin bier met een beige schuimkraag die niet blijft staan. Direct na inschenken geen schuim meer. Smaak is zoetig en waterig. Totaal geen kracht en weinig hop te bespeuren. Wat mij betreft geen aanrader.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Holmen1 (3898) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAR 13, 2015
Flaske på hotellrom i Berlin: klar mahognyfarge med kort beige skum. Et maltdrevet øl med forsiktig men behagelig maltpeofil. Kort ettersmak, men den beste av de ukjente russiske jeg kjøpte i den døgnåpne super’n på hjørnet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
pivnizub (9517) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - FEB 3, 2015
Bottle(kindly delivered by Quack-Duck!) Sweetish roasty and sugary-caramelly nose, presumably artificial sweeteners, too;mild sweet-bitter flavour, light bodied; short sweetish grainy-toasty finish. Not too unpleasant, but not really necessary…

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
Case (299) - GERMANY - JAN 18, 2015
0.5 bottle. The ring on the bottle makes it super comfortable to hold. Very practical indeed. I go on pouring it into a glass though. It pours dark red-brown with minimal beige head that is gone as quickly as it appeared. Great spectacle! Now let’s see what this classic velvety beer tastes like. The aroma is malty, a bit of caramel, all very subtle so as not to disturb your delicate senses. Taste is likewise hidden discreetly behind a velvety curtain of watery nothingness. I have no reference what the traditional beer style of "velvety beer" is supposed to taste like but the six different malts have been perfectly blended into a generic artificial sweetness. Could be worse.

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