omhper (25128) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2003
Bottled. Nut brown. Woody whiskey nose. Sweet, bold and malty. Clean woody finish. Much more elegant than the everyday Russian lager. FatPhil (16102) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 31, 2008
500ml bottle - thanks SaintMattyRatman197 (14838) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Deep copper orange, healthy tight head. Baked bread aroma, a bit fruity - raisins. Slight hint of alcohol (drunk at room temperature, so that’s less surprising). Fairly soft palate. Grainy and buttery, a little bit woody. Sweet spiciness too, almost peppery. Long woody finish. Quite sophisticated beer, covers the alcohol pretty well. Worth hunting out, very good nutty lager.
Bottle poured a clear golden amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of fruittiness, carmel and light honey. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of fruittiness, honey and light carmel with a crisp dry sweet finish. DSG (14784) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 9, 2010
Bottle. Clear amber color with stable white head. Aroma of malt, caramel and light toastiness. Sweet malty flavor with caramel, some bread and a drier, slightly bitter finish with spicy/peppry notes light alcohol hints. Medium-bodied. crossovert (12934) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2017
500 ml impressively embossed twist-off bottle. It pours an amber color, reminds me of a typical Russian "malt liquor" decent to start but at it warms gets pretty gross.
Rune (12777) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 23, 2008
Good looking 500ml bottle. Clear, golden-brown body under a rocky, off-white head, slowly reduced to a thin layer. Plain, but vague malty aroma. Grainy flavour balanced with notes of caramel sweetness. Rounded, dry bitter ending with a little alcoholic tint. Medium carbonated and moderate to full palate (thanks to Per Einar for this air-borne bottle from Arkhangelsk, 22.05.2008) JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2011
Deep amber pour with some thin white head. The aroma is fairly caramelly and slightly sweet. A little bit of clean toasted malt and a touch of sweet vanilla-like character. There is a little bit of light sweetness. There is some peppery character as well with a little bit of clean lagery sweetness. It’s actually a decent Vienna - which for Russia is pure awesome.
PorterPounder (7970) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2006
Half-time Liquors, Tallahassee, Fl, - 500 ml. bottle. Nice, dark orange to light brown pour with a thin, but sticky white head. Aroma is sweet and caramel-like with some molasses notes and a hint of chocolate. Full bodied flavor is rib sticking with hints of caramel, molasses and a back end of alcohol. The alcohol blends in well though and does not distract. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy and this one stays strong throughout. One of the better Russian beers I have experienced. Ernest (7695) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (grain, bread, caramel), lightly hoppy (herbs), with a light note of solvent. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky. Medium body, watery texture, fizzy carbonation, lightly alcoholic. A step up from the Klassic (better aroma for sure), but still industrial, grainy, and fizzy. Marduk (7694) - Reval, ESTONIA - AUG 24, 2013
500ml bottle. Clear redish amber color. Small white head, stays. Malty, papery, sweet notes in aroma. Alcohol, very malty, grainy flavor. Slightly papery aftertaste. Medium bitterness. Just purely to enjoy that bitter aftertaste I could have another one.