SilkTork (5738) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2003
This is pre-Pilsner style lager, chocolate dark and lightly touched with a ruby red glow; though it has more in common with a sweet stout than a lager. It is very hard to get any information at all on this beer - it took the help of a Russian friend to track this down to the Efes brewery in Moscow (the place I bought it had the brewery down as Old Miller) - but the same brewer has a pale version of this called, simply, Old Miller. The nearest beer I've had to this would be Negra Modelo from Mexico, but this has more character - more chocolate, more roasted barley flavours, more melting barley sugar and little dazzling displays of citric fruits star dancing across the tongue: now lemon, now grapefruit, now lime. Wow! A beer to die for. This is one to seek out. RichardGretton (4770) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2002
Dunkel appearance with slightly dark wheat beerish flavours, and a floury thick palate. Not too bad at all. sayravai (4710) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 3, 2004
(Bottled) Dark red color with a small but lasting head. Quite dry, malty and ashy aroma. Chalky and neutral, somewhat sweety-sugary, malty flavor. Medium-bodied, smooth-carbonated palate. A very nice and tasty, sweetish and quite full-bodied brew. Definitely worth tasting, while not quite earth-shaking. rauchbier (3891) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2003
Bottled. Black brown, low head and condition. Initial roast barley aroma soon overtaken by a solvent/alcohol note. More roast flavours in the mouth with hints of raisins but the finish becomes thick and syrupy-sweet.
ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2003
Bought this beer in bottle at a market in Pskov, Russia. I was pleasantly surpised. It rivals Baltika 6 as the best Russian beer I've had (which isn't saying too much). Roasted malt aroma with some sweetness. Reddish brown body with white, frothy head. Avg. sized head that is mostly eroding. Looks like a coca-cola with less carbonation and with a frothy head. Not much lace to speak of. Flavor is rich and malty; dry and chalky. Pleasant. If I lived in Russia I would probably buy nothing but this and Baltika 6 (until I find another winner).
tarmok (1432) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUN 17, 2015
dark mahagony clear liquid with white head. Aroma: roasted malts, caramel, Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, roasted malts, caramel. Palate: light body, creamy, average carbonation, long bready finish, BeerSkull (1373) - SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2011
Clear malty flavor with a slightly burnt nuance and with elements of sweet syrup, fruit and wine. Despite the rather special taste it’s surprisingly pleasant. If you find it’s definitely worth testing! rok1024 (1272) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - MAY 16, 2014
Clear dark appearancew with medium low head. Caramel and sweet aroma, very sweet taste. Average Dunkel. ectuohy27 (1179) - ESTONIA - JAN 26, 2014
Sticky sweetness (flat cola notes evident, and this bottle isn’t that old--production date 2 months ago in Tatarstan), some toasted malt, almost bizarrely alkaline finish...that said, not terrible (I bet the earlier 6+ % abv version was better, but now it clocks in at 4.6% abv) Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 11, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2004 Sweet, malty and even slightly roasty aroma above the glass of beautifully ruby liquid. Taste is malty, winey, fruity (plums and cherries) with fine dose of bitterness in the aftertaste.