Brewed by Backus y Johnston (SABMiller)
Style: Schwarzbier
Lima, Peru


on tap


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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.2/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Formerly Malta Polar.
Brewed at the Ate plant.

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fiulijn (20604) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2004
Very dark. Sweet aroma, with light roasted malt. Drier than Cusqueña Malta, less sweet, more roasted malt, light liquorice.

Oakes (17815) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2001
What is going on down in Peru? They have Japanese running their country (well, not any more I guess, but for decades they did) and guys named Backus and Johnson brewing their beer. Not that they did a good job with this one. It is very dark brown in colour, with little head; brown sugar, toast & coffee in the nose (though that makes it sound better than it really was); thin body, sugary taste, cloying finish.

Lubiere (13954) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2004
This is better than the Negras I had in Argentina. Deep dark beer with a nice moka head. Sweet fruity chocolate aroma. A bit too sweet to the mouth but enjoyable vinous taste, a little roasty or woody.

bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a thick beige head. Aroma of roasted malt. Flavor of roasted malt and chocolate. Good Peruvian beer.

GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 5, 2011
650mL in "Pilsen Polar" guise. New label and new name. This poured a clear cola brown with a large, healthy, dark tan head. Rocky retention and suddy lace. Sweet coffee nose with milk chocolate. Taste is salty, small metallic, mild raisin and plum. Not bad at all. As it warms, taste gains too much blood iron. Not my favorite, but a big step up from most Peruvians beers and by far the best dark beer in Peru. Granted, the only other one I found was Cusquena Malta (Negra), which is quite poor.

PorterPounder (8070) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2002
Very impresed - sweet, thick, but not syrupy. Appearance - black as night. Thick Creamy head with slight caramel afteraste - great find at the local Pub. Will buy again (once I try everything else!)

decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 8, 2007
Thanks to Beer_Hawk for sharing this one at the Nashville gathering. An aroma loaded with malt for me. Nothing bad in the nose but nothing overwhelming. A deep mahogany pour with an excellent gooy lacing. A sweetish malt flavor not much bitter but is very smooth and has a lite pleasant bitter. Just a tad fizzy for me but the palate is strong in that it covers the entire mouth evenly. Overall a very good beer. thanks steve

Aurelius (5371) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2003 This was a really drinkable schwarz. Unexpectedly good. The aroma is rather one-dimensional raisinettes, but it smells delicious. Undeniably sweet, arguably even a little sugary, it doesn't tilt off too far -- in fact the sweetness helps support the roastiness. Good mouthfeel, fades off a little tartly then finishes with coffee. Good beer appearance, slight appearance dings for the twistoff and the squat bottle. Also, I don't know what the ABV is, but it's warming.

CapFlu (5128) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 7, 2004
(355ml bottle) Many thanks to my friend, Lubiere for bringing this back from his trip to Peru. Pours a thin, fizzy, almond head and a near opaque body. Nose of tart coffee and bitter chocolate. From my limited experience thus far with South America I am impressed - this is fairly full-bodied. Only mildly fizzy and oily yet good cocoa flavour. Good!

Nekronos (4174) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAR 17, 2009
VEyr nice indeed, but no that good as to have an overall over 3. It’s too sweet and enjoyable but not too quality.

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