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


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RATINGS: 216   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!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cantabrian (1102) - 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 Murphys 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rychuku (55) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
phfyysik (1196) - 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!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
faroeviking (10693) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 4, 2017
Blikk. Hon er heilt klr, djb og myrka brn, ltil hvd, myrkahvtt. Stt anga, kgv, karamel, hlvvegna brennt og okkurt av myrkrum fruktum. St hlvvegna brennt karamel og malt og okkurt av royki er vl til smakkurin. Meira aftrat kemur aftan, og okkurt er sum at hon sjlv knna hevur lagt til.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
jandorris (613) - Warsaw, POLAND - JAN 27, 2017
Backlog. Przenoszenie ocen z innego serwisu, z czasw przed założeniem konta na ratebeer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
josanguapo (1513) - SPAIN - NOV 23, 2016
From Alcampo. In Bavaria glass. After dinner. Watery, with roasted-metallic notes that at first displeased me but in the long run I got used to and even enjoyed. Very foamy, requiring 2 pours, but with a pretty foam

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
juvedp (72) - CHINA - NOV 13, 2016
Aroma: roasty malt. Black color, medium head. Taste: lightly bitter, medium sourness, some chocolate flavor. Medium body, abrupt finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
TorpedoTuba (7) - - OCT 28, 2016 does not count
Can, room temperature. Flavorfull, but unfortunately tiny and non lasting head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
YantarCoast (1254) - Moscow, RUSSIA - OCT 11, 2016
500ml can. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee. Taste is dry, dark bread, roasted malt, medium bitterness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
martjoobolut (3871) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 24, 2016
1L can (as gift). Pours black with beige head. Aroma is potatos, roast, metallic notes. Flavor is sweet and bitter, roast, malt, metallic notes, potatos. Body feels light, but its rather sugary so it doesnt feel very watery. Carbonation is on the high side. Overall: drinkable.

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