einherjar (497) - Rijeka, CROATIA - JAN 8, 2018 strafefire (8) - - FEB 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
Dark brown color, smalle beige head. Aroma roasted malt, sugar. Taste roasted malt, coffee, light bitterness, light to medium body. Not bad. Tasche39 (472) - SPAIN - DEC 4, 2017
Buena cerveza lager negra, sin mucho sabor a torrefacto, sabores dulces y frutales, muy refrescante. glacier (304) - Warszawa, POLAND - OCT 28, 2017
Kolor czarnawy. Piana słaba. zapach kawowy, palony, słodkawy. Smak lekko kwaskowy, palony, kawowy. Przeciętne. EHSRanders (2102) - Tjele, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2017
Can. Dark brown color With large creamy off-white mostly lastning head. Malty aroma. Sweet and bitter flavor. Oily palate. dnicolaescu (2787) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - OCT 4, 2017
CAN 50 CL. Almost black, clear ruby highlights, dark beige head. Light roast and hop spice, nice warm dark malt aroma. Clean and classic. The taste is also clean, but somewhat bland and thin - dry, a faint baking chocolate note, light roasty bitterness. Thinnish and over-carbonated, lacking a smooth(er) mouthfeel. Clean and boring.
biilz (274) - SPAIN - SEP 11, 2017
При глотке происходит взрыв ржаного хлеба и солода который не отпускает тебя еще несколько минут. К сожалению это портит впечатление. Но а в общем пиво зачетное. rami_pl (4778) - Warszawa, POLAND - AUG 16, 2017
Rami Rami is drinking a Kaiserdom Dark by Privatbrauerei Kaiserdom at Powiśle
Pozytywne zaskoczenie. Intensywny, karmelowo-kawowy, nieco mineralny, lekki, dlugie posmaki, slodki, pijalny midovark (1131) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 6, 2017
1 l can shared at home. Pours pitch black colour and beige head. Roasted malty-coffee nose, followed by the same notes in taste. Finishes with coffeeish bitterness. Light bodied, softly csrbonated. Not bad. jmgreenuk (10322) - 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 (10258) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - JUL 9, 2017
1 litre can shared with Jmgreenuk.
Thin beige head. Clear black pour. Some chocolate. Pretty decent.