Ernest (7322) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (grain, bread, caramel), lightly hoppy (herbs), with a light note of solvent. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky. Medium body, watery texture, fizzy carbonation, lightly alcoholic. A step up from the Klassic (better aroma for sure), but still industrial, grainy, and fizzy.
JPDIPSO (5657) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Seasoned" as in aged, as my bottle states. Clear copper color with a nice tall light beige head. Small amount of lace. Aroma of mild caramel and pale malt with a hint of grass. Toffee and nutty flavors. Light and airy feel. Light acetic finish that helps sweep away some of the sweetness. Alcohol comes out as it warms. Nice malt linger. One of the better russian lagers I’ve had.
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Caramel and a bit dusty aroma. Amber color, off-white head, fair lace. Sweet, caramel, hint of roastiness, light orange, nice bitterness, medium body.
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - SEP 30, 2003
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep amber color, light thin head. Some sweet maltiness and a touch of alcohol in the palate.
lizziesage (180) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 22, 2003
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A friend of mine brought this beer back to me from their recent trip to Russia. The aroma was rather insipid, slightly weezy and metallic. A nice light beige head crowned a light amber, slighly brown colored beer with superb clarity. Bochka Seasoned was soft on the tongue with barely creamy mouthfeel. The flavour was well balanced with the hops overwhelming the malt just a bit providing a sharp, dry swallow. There was something going on in the aftertaste (alcohol?); but, it wasn't that noticeable. The overall affect was rather full.
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2003
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Nothing special really. Amber colour. Quite malty and sweet, but not very full bodied.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Deep full amber colour with beige soft fine head. Sweet malt and grain aromas with bread like qualities (another one of those delectable beers that makes you hungry). The taste was just as more’ish. What I liked most was it wasn’t overly sweet like some Belgian’s but balanced more in keeping with Vienna or Bohemian style. Many thanks to SilkTork et al for his help in identifying this one.
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty violent. Nice appearance. A strenghful lager and a fullbodied brew. An averga beer.
omhper (23513) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Nut brown. Woody whiskey nose. Sweet, bold and malty. Clean woody finish. Much more elegant than the everyday Russian lager.
robertjm (852) - Albany, California, USA - MAR 3, 2003
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pretty amber color. Same malty-ish flavor that seems to come out in most Eastern European lagers. Not very exciting, but there is an aftertaste present. Head that quickly dies. Palate is a little harsh. While I'd drink it again, its not something that I would run out of my way just to get.