omhper (21886) - 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.
FatPhil (11818) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 31, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle - thanks SaintMatty
Deep copper orange, healthy tight head. Baked bread aroma, a bit fruity - raisins. Slight hint of alcohol (drunk at room temperature, so that’s less surprising). Fairly soft palate. Grainy and buttery, a little bit woody. Sweet spiciness too, almost peppery. Long woody finish. Quite sophisticated beer, covers the alcohol pretty well. Worth hunting out, very good nutty lager.
Ratman197 (11760) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle poured a clear golden amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of fruittiness, carmel and light honey. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of fruittiness, honey and light carmel with a crisp dry sweet finish.
Rune (9661) - Tromsř, NORWAY - MAY 23, 2008
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Good looking 500ml bottle. Clear, golden-brown body under a rocky, off-white head, slowly reduced to a thin layer. Plain, but vague malty aroma. Grainy flavour balanced with notes of caramel sweetness. Rounded, dry bitter ending with a little alcoholic tint. Medium carbonated and moderate to full palate (thanks to Per Einar for this air-borne bottle from Arkhangelsk, 22.05.2008)
DSG (9317) - Tel Aviv, - DEC 9, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Clear amber color with stable white head. Aroma of malt, caramel and light toastiness. Sweet malty flavor with caramel, some bread and a drier, slightly bitter finish with spicy/peppry notes light alcohol hints. Medium-bodied.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep amber pour with some thin white head. The aroma is fairly caramelly and slightly sweet. A little bit of clean toasted malt and a touch of sweet vanilla-like character. There is a little bit of light sweetness. There is some peppery character as well with a little bit of clean lagery sweetness. It’s actually a decent Vienna - which for Russia is pure awesome.
swoopjones (7013) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle, Sochi Russa. lighter caramel colored pour, wet cardboard, caramel malts, toasted malts, decent
larsga (6919) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Medium beige head. Brown body. Faint red berries aroma. Dry-sweetish toffee sugar and alcohol taste with roasty wild berry notes. Sharpish dusty mouthfeel. Mid-bodied. Dry papery grassy aftertaste with very harsh bitterness and fruity notes. Not really very nice. (0.5l can, grocery store, St. Petersburg.)
Ernest (6905) - 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.
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Fiery amber, very clear, moderate to large off-white head, a few rings of lacing, no noticeable carbonation. Semi-sweet malt aroma, slight caramel like, a touch of hay and grass as well. Cookie dough and bready on the tongue, fairly clean, but lingering straw. Decent body, moderate mouthfeel. Finish is a bit sticky, but otherwise clean. Better than I had expected.