omhper (18765) - 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.
Ratman197 (8869) - 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.
FatPhil (8353) - 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.
JoeMcPhee (8168) - 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.
Rune (7249) - Tromsø, 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)
Ernest (6018) - 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 (5984) - 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.
larsga (5893) - 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.)
swoopjones (5253) - 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
PorterPounder (5110) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Half-time Liquors, Tallahassee, Fl, - 500 ml. bottle. Nice, dark orange to light brown pour with a thin, but sticky white head. Aroma is sweet and caramel-like with some molasses notes and a hint of chocolate. Full bodied flavor is rib sticking with hints of caramel, molasses and a back end of alcohol. The alcohol blends in well though and does not distract. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy and this one stays strong throughout. One of the better Russian beers I have experienced.