bilcho1 (179) - Ruse, BULGARIA - DEC 2, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2018 500ml bottle from the Russian shop, drunk at home. Pours clear with an almost instantly disappearing frothy beige head. Lacing, for the few seconds that the head lasted, no bead. Dark brown in colour, almost identical to cola. Strong aroma of molasses, black treacle and burnt toast. Creamy in the mouth releasing caramel, treacle and toast flavours, underlined with medium sweetness and relatively mild bitterness. A slightly unpleasant bittersweet aftertaste doesn't help the experience. Overall, a mouth-filling 4% dunkel that is better than some. I am a little disappointed to see it is retired, as it deserved better!
Retasted in Jan 2018. New label suggests it is not retired. Tasting notes and scores the same other than low carbonation, possibly due to the twist cap; those things are famous for losing the bubbles. Gangstergafje (1358) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - OCT 30, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2017 30-10-2017; bottle; somewhere in Moscow, Russia.
The looks of the beer are nice. It is a nice Dunkel/Tmavý. The beer seems to be clear and has a lovely ruby red color. It is not to dark. On top of the beer some nice and soft almond coloured foam is formed. Foam retention is average. Not bad.
The smell of the beer is fine. Not to strong and not to special. It is a bit mild. I smell some mice malt aromas, some caramel and liquorice and also some dark fruits. There is also a nice tastiness. Some bitter hops are there, also giving some fresh fruity touches. Not bad.
The taste of the beer is nice. It has a nice sweet maltiness, with some touches of caramel and liquorice. There is some dark fruit to. Hops give nice bitters, but also some fresh acidity. Well balanced.
The palate of the beer is fine. Medium full body, smooth texture, but slightly thin. Carbonation is high. The finish of the beer is nice. It has some lovely sweet malts, syrupy touches and a bitterness from the hops. All in all, a nice beer. Good one. Piepenhenrich (1289) - Steinbach, GERMANY - OCT 16, 2017
From bottle in St. Petersburg. Transfer of an earlier rating without text recorded, rating only. fugitive (2061) - Athens, GREECE - SEP 9, 2017
Bottle. Color brown with medium head. Aroma malt, roasted, some caramel. Taste sweet, malt, some caramel, bitter finish. meatmanmd (194) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - FEB 3, 2017
Deep brown with creamy beige head. Aroma of roasted malts and caramel. Taste is light sweet, roasted malts, brown bread, a bit watery. Not bad for a mass dunkel.
tderoeck (10639) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 2, 2017
10/XII/16 - 50cl (?) bottle from a trade, shared with Erwin @ home - BB: 10/IV/16 (2016-1458) rayaron (2073) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - JAN 14, 2017
Clear red brown beer, big fluffy aery beige head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: very malty, some banana, caramel, chocolate. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: very sweet, lots of caramel, malty, chocolate, pretty oxidized (my bad, not taking that into account for scores). Aftertaste: sweet, caramel, pretty malty, chocolate, banana peel, dried fruits, sour fruits, spicy, very oxidized.
Bottle. Clear amber with beige head. The aroma has notes of nuts, caramel and some minerals. Sweet flavor with notes of nuts, caramel, dried and dark bread, sourish. Light to medium-bodied. Tony_Grayne (450) - Minsk, BELARUS - DEC 15, 2016
500 ml trappist style twist off cap bottle. Clear dark brown ruby colour pour. Very thin yellowish off-white head. Aroma: raisins, roasted malts, dark fruits, plum compote, sour yeast. Taste: light caramel, sour dark bread, notes of burnt sugar, ashtray, raisins. Light body. Dry finish. Drinkable.
MasDen (536) - Mogilev, BELARUS - OCT 29, 2016
Aroma: burnt malt, a bit caramel.
Appearance: dark red with small quickly disappeared foam.
Taste: bread, caramel, sweetness.
Palate: light body, high carbonation. TaxiDriver (1847) - Stadland, GERMANY - JUL 18, 2016
A malty and sweet aroma. The small beige fizzy head disappears fast, the body is black. A malty taste, some chocolate and licorice, quite sweet. The body is light, a little bit creamy with a flat carbonation.