Afanasy Tyemnoye

Well, interesting one this. 11.2 fl oz bottle that is a very attractive sight with its pyramid shape and some interesting raised lettering a the base of the bottle – I’m gonna keep this one, its decorative. ABC-3513 on the cap.
$1.19 from Michael’s in Marietta, GA, USA as a single. I was pretty sure this was a very old bottle when I bought it, so I took a chance – why not? A closer inspection of the bottle at home shows that it has the (odd) numbers 1-31, I-XII and 02-04 on the label that COULD be notched but it ISN’T! This makes this at LEAST 3.75 years old and I would bet much older than even that. I also see that the last review was in 2005. I wouldn’t mind betting that this beer is no longer imported and distributed in the US. Just a guess, but I would not be surprised.
Anyway, on to the beer itself. Pours with a decent color and a decent head. Head goes quickly to leave no lace to speak of. A bit murky.
Nose is extremely malty and I like it.
Taste is basically as expected with a malt base and very little bitterness. The problem is that there is a VERY earthy note – a bit like soil! I suspect this is simply a function of age. Some oxidation, but not to the extent that I think it is nasty, but that may be because I like malty beers. Either way it’s not great.
Glad I tried it, but I didn’t finish the bottle since I was concerned about the age.

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07/24/2008
Format:
bottle
ABV: 6.5 %
Appearance: 3
Taste: 2.5
Mouthfeel: 3
Smell: 3.5
Overall: 3
Total: 2.88
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