JorisPPattyn (9929) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 7, 2009
Good dense and finebubbled, dirty-cream head over cola-coloured beer. Sweet dark malts, dark bread, maybe some molasses and manure. Sweet, dark malts, more dark bread. Bit soft drink finish, but aftertaste is bitterish, even hoppy. Rather spritzy MF, if not fizzy; light bodied. Very drinkeable, rather agreable dark lager. Beats anything I had so far from Iceland by lightyears. adnielsen (10605) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2012
Tap @ Micro Bar. A bit hazy, dark reddish brown appearance with a tan head and good lacing. Toasty, nutty, caramel malty, a bit roasty, a little earthy aroma. Toasty, hazelnut, caramel, a little burnt cracker flavor. Pretty solid. kschep (1707) - DENMARK - JUN 6, 2014
Nose is decent roasted malt, some cake, rotten fruit whiff, sweet caramel throughout, feel is mediumbroad, taste is weak leaves, decent cola, caramel, old filter coffee, haukur (1948) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAY 12, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2012 The second beer from the first microbrewery in Iceland, this time a czech dunkel. The ingridients list is the same is in the pilsner version; Saaz hops, imported malt from the Czech Republic, water and yeast. Anyway ... Pours a dark red colour, very firm but thin head. Whole lot of lacing! More aromatic than the traditional Kaldi, small hints of hops, grass and malt. Taste is a bit dry, hints of dried fruits, malt, those distinguished saaz hops, small hints of nuts and biscuits. Very pleasant and smooth palate, nicely balanced carbonation. . Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - MAY 25, 2007
Pours a nice deep and dark reddish brown. Thin head, but persistent enough with some lacing.
The aroma has roasted, somewhat smokey and sweetly thick toffee malts. The smell reminds me a bit of a bigger porter... the Mini Me version.
It’s much thinner than I expected and really a refreshing beer. I’ve never been much into the Dunkels or, not counting Baltic Porters, the darker lagers in general, but this is an easily approachable beer.
Mostly smokey malts in the flavour with the hops being more noticable in mouthfeel and the aftertaste. It’s funny, but along with some lingering smokiness (again I think of much bigger beers for what flavours I notice, but of course there isn’t a lot of them) there is a hint of grass or even some mountain herbs, I’d venture.
What the aftertaste really reminds me of is picking norther crowberries in the fall.
There’s interesting stuff going on here, but I would like the beer to flaunt it some more and that mouthfeel is on the thin side for my tastes.
Still,in my mind Kaldi is the indisputed top of the Icelandic brew chain.
MartinT (9852) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2007
My Bottom Line:EHSRanders (2047) - Tjele, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2011
This accessible Dunkel’s bready pils malts form a chewy, drinkable body where roasted nuts and fruity caramel chit-chat with the herbal Saaz hoppiness until the very end of the sip. No world-stirring topics are undertaken, but a pleasantly honest moment is spent, and that’s all it takes to proclaim "goodness", really.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the reddish copper.
-The nose of this one is not as well developed as their Pilsener’s.
-This very much tastes like their Pilsener with a simple dark malt addition for colour and a slightly different flavor character; not that that’s a bad thing.
Bottle. Clear brown colour with large creamy off-white mostly lasting head. Aroma is roasted malt with notes of caramel. Sweet flavor. Oily palate. sunevdj (4084) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2012
On tap @ Gamli Barrin, Reykjalith, Iceland. Pours a clear cobber with an off-white head. Dry and sweet. Some notes of German hops. Also aromas of caramel malts and hints of toasted malts and dried berries. Medium bodied. Medium to soft carbonation. Dry finish. jimhilt (2610) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 27, 2008
Pours a three finger cream head that stays leaving a good lace. Deep mahogany color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Piney, malty nose. Flavor is roasted/burnt caramel, slight bitter finish. 330ml bottle 246 ISK ~ $2.95 Vínbúőin Hvolsvelli, Iceland. From my notes - 7/22/2008.
Hansen (8587) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2011
Dark brown and clear. Has an off-white head, mostly lasting. Aroma is sweet and light roasted. Flavor is moderate sweet and finish light bitter. Creamy texture.