Formerly brewed at Pivovarnya Moskva-Efes
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Moscow, Russia


on tap


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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 2.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Stariy Melnik iz Bochonka keeps on expanding its product range and proudly presents in Russia its new variety of beer – Stariy Melnik iz Bochonka Barkhatnoe – bottled dark draught beer. The very first drop transports you to the familiar bar with its relaxed and cozy atmosphere. Its flavor is unexpectedly soft – new dark beer is easy to drink as if it is truly velvety! Stariy Melnik iz Bochonka Barkhatnoe comes in ‘signature’ 0.5 l glass bottles, their shape similar to that of a real beer barrel. For customers’ convenience the bottle has a twist-off cap. The abv of product does not exceed 4.5%. This new product is expected to be warmly welcomed by target audience of Stariy Melnik iz Bochonka – modern urbanites who formed a habit of drinking genuine draught beer.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (13906) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 27, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown color with a nice big off-white head. Toasty malt aroma with dark bread and some caramel. Sweet flavor, a bit sugary, but not cloying, with malt, kvass-like notes and light toasty hints. Finish is also quite sweet. Light-medium-bodied. Surprisingly quite decent and easy-drinking.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
tomer (3375) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - JUL 13, 2012
Bottle, small stable bubbly head, clear dark brown colour with some burgundy taints, aroma of cheap port with caramel and dark bread with some metalic notes, same caramel and dark bread dominate the flavour, quite sweet with very little sourness and almost no bitterness. Why must russian dark beers almost allways resemble kvass?

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Petronius (55) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2012
Twist off cap bottle. Chestnut brown with a very thin head. Toffee, bread. Sweet malt and syrup, virtually no hop smell/flavor. Sticky, mid body, mid sourness. Meh

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
olio (9941) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 25, 2012
50 cl bottle.
Rated on 20110429.
Pours brown color with small head. Aroma of yeast and malts. Flavor of malts, yeast and some fruity notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grzesiek79 (4226) - Radom, POLAND - MAR 12, 2012
rotten eggs, cooked vegetables, earthy, smoke, ginger, spruce, herbs, chocolate, brown, sparkling, frothy, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, medium sourness, light body, creamy, lively, bitter,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 6, 2012
Single bottle purchased from a grocery store in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia on 03/06/2012. Colour: Extremely dark red with no head. Nose: A very distinct and dominant burnt sugar aroma - clearly some nice toasted malt. Lots of dark grains. Taste: Medium sweet, medium-light bitter, medium-light sour. The caramel is abundant and plays the lead vocals here. A one-man band.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (16969) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 16, 2011
Chestnut brown. Has the aroma of bread, lots of sugars. This has a good dark sugary character. A bit like an American Dark with deep Asian sugars. It’s sweet, but the flavours are nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FatPhil (15567) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 4, 2011
500ml bottle (Stockmann, Tallinn)
5 Incredibly sweet caramel and toffee aroma. It’s just pure sugars all the way.
4 Very deep red. Brief head.
5 Very simple taste, not much character at all, just a dull sweet roast that’s more caramel than malt.
3 Smooth palate, pleasant carbonation. More sugar in the finish. Late finish has a slight hint of earthy hops.
10 Well, it’s pretty trashy as a formula, but slips down easily enough. Desperatly short of any character apart from caramel.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
omhper (24630) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2011
Bottled, thanks SaintMatty! Clear nut brown, rich firm head. Sugary nose. Super sweet with spun sugar and sweetened caramel. Light-mediu mbodied with syrupy mouthfeel, no bitterness. A cloying mess.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
estpiwo (1319) - ESTONIA - MAY 8, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown color with creamy head. Fruity tones in aroma, maybe instant coffee also. Caramel taste, sweet malty tones. Bitter finish. Little surprise for me, more better than other Melnik brews.

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