Brewed by Kaiserdom Privatbrauerei
Style: Schwarzbier
Bamberg-Gaustadt, Germany


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RATINGS: 221   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
The full impenetrable mokka coloured appearance with lucent red sheen is crowned by a creamy head. The roasted malt aromatic fragrance reminds of dark bread and fresh coffee. The velvety smooth malt flavour shrouded by a harmony of sweetness flows elegantly and cleanly along the gums. The well-proportioned body appears warming and is complemented by a fine bitterness which finishes calm and dry.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
strafefire (8) - - FEB 10, 2013
After reading the several reviews on this particular brew, its safe to say that the overall oppinioins towards Kaiserdom Dark is of "meh, not bad, better than a Stella". Far be it for me to disagree with the general consensus, obviously this beer is not the finest example of the style available, and I would concur in light of offerings such as Kostritzer, Krombacher Dark and a particularly cheeky number brewed by a English lager specialist called Calvors. So, what can be said about Kaiserdom Dark? I may be biased seeing as I am rapidly developing a penchant for the Dark Side in my beers of choice, but I honestly believe Kaiserdom is still a solid schwarz. Is it black as night when poured? Check. Does it have a decently foaming head with lingering lacing? According to the remnants in my Kostritzer latte glass, check (although by some form of thermodynamics, or possibly coincidence, the colder it is, the poorer the overall effect). Aesthetically speaking, Kaiserdom Dark is just as un-bashfully sexy looking in glass wear as all schwarzbiers. Moving on to olfactory proceedings, on first cracking and pouring Kaiserdom Dark, there is a definite hint of roasted malts on the nose, more assertive coffee elements present if the beer is served slightly warmer than traditional pils temperatures. There is also some liquorice hints and and the suggestion of some form of chemical astringency from the bottle...glass detergent sealed during the crown capping perhaps? Have imbibed a fair few of these in the past with no astringent smells, hence the detergent theory. So, all well if a little muted so far, what about in the taste? I find that kaiserdom is a rather well rounded beer, with a highly pleasant , if somewhat understated blend of coffee and molasses on the front, liquorice and very, very subtle smoked notes on the middle (more evident if you intake air as you would tasting wine), finishing with a subtle, choppy bitterness and almost a slightly sweet-and-sour note which strangely enough lends to a surprisingly refreshing taste experience. In terms of body, Kaiserdom Dark has a carbonation level typical for the style, giving a rocky refreshing counterpoint to the predominantly sweet roasted molasses, however the medium-to-thin body may be off putting in the extreme to stout fans. Overall? I genuinely do very much like Kaiserdom Dark. It is the beer I would gladly see on draft in pubs and instantly make it one of my trusty go-to beers with no reservations, however when racked against Czech dunkels such as Budvar or Bernard Dark or more refined schwarzbiers such as Kostritzer, I can understand the apathy on this board. As a go-to safe bet beer however, a winning act once again in my books. Happy supping!

jmgreenuk (9455) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JUL 9, 2017
Can courtesy of and shared with Deanso. Poured a clear dark brown with a thin off white head and some clingy lace. The aroma is roasty malt, caramel, burnt treacle. The flavour is moderate sweet with a dry, roasty, light smoke, caramel, luqoirice, hop bitter palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

deanso (10140) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - JUL 9, 2017
1 litre can shared with Jmgreenuk. Thin beige head. Clear black pour. Some chocolate. Pretty decent.

Lore (2746) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 11, 2017
dark brown colour, huge, dense beige head; aroma of cocoa powder, roasted rye bread, some plum jam and ash; taste is the same;a bit watery, but quite refreshing and enjoyable

saintbase (681) - Bydgoszcz, POLAND - MAY 18, 2017
Greetings from Bydgoszcz, Poland to all Beer Geeks and Hopheads around the world!

CH-303 (2248) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - MAY 1, 2017
Appearance: Very dark brown, slight tan head.
Aroma: Toasted, malt, slight earth.
Taste: Malt, toasted, slight bitter-sweetness. Ok.
Bought: Trade with Grzesiek79 - thanks!, 500 ml
Info: 28/4-2017, 106/300M, BB: 30/4-2017

Cantabrian (1131) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 12, 2017
Bottle from a wine store in China. Do they even sell this beer in Germany? I see this all over the place in China. Interesting beer. Aroma of chicken feed, more specifically the chick starter premix. Nice, but not bearish. The beer is black, with a very quick-to-disappear off-white head. The flavour follows the aroma. Actually, it is not too bad in the end. The taste is raw, yeasty, with straw and corn cobs, molasses, dry, with a yogurt acidity that I find in Murphy’s or in some milk stouts. Feels like bacteria are thriving at the bottom of the silo. Very farmyish. It is quite a decent body, which pairs well with this flavour, giving the beer a better finish than the first impression.

Rychuku (115) - POLAND - MAR 31, 2017
0,5l bottle. Smells of peanuts, caramel and a bit like cola. Beautiful, big beige head. Colour dark, almost black with red wine reflexes. Tastes of cofe, roasted malts, but the taste is overally faint. Body very light, pleasant, sour finish. Metallic taste detectable.

phfyysik (1274) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAR 20, 2017
1L can. Pours dark brown with brown high head. Aroma is caramel, some roast, malts, some sourness. Taste is roast, coffee, some caramel, grain, light milk. Drinkable!

faroeviking (10913) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 4, 2017
Blikk. Hon er heilt klár, djúb og myrka brún, lítil høvd, myrkahvítt. Søtt anga, kúgv, karamel, hálvvegna brennt og okkurt av myrkrum fruktum. Søt hálvvegna brennt karamel og malt og okkurt av royki er væl til í smakkurin. Meira aftrat kemur aftaná, og okkurt er sum at hon sjálv kúnna hevur lagt til.

jandorris (690) - Warsaw, POLAND - JAN 27, 2017
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