Kmita Kolsch - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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3.35/5 rDev -0.9%
Pours a slightly hazy copper with a fleeting half inch cream head. Darker than any kolsch I've seen.
Aroma is grainy, with sweet caramel malt and light floral hop notes.
Flavor reveals a fruity character, with bready, toasted malt, caramel sweetness, and a slightly dry, floral finish.
Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and an astringent finish. There's significant alcohol warmth.
The fruity flavor is overwhelming. Review is not based on style, but personal preference.
12-29-2012 06:13:22 | More by barczar
3.78/5 rDev +11.8%
Appearance – This beer pours an amber color with a light tan head. The head is dense after the pour but the retention is limited.
Smell – The beer has a heavy biscuit smell with a strong caramel overtone.
Taste – This beer is interesting with a Belgian amber driving force but the bread, caramel and toffee notes come through with a dry finish.
Mouthfeel – A dry beer that seems a little harsh for a kolsch.
Overall – I was a little leery seeing a can of Carling Black Label on the label. A solid beer. This is not what I feel a traditional klosch beer should be like but then again, they are claiming it is a Polish klosch so who am I to argue. I would buy this one again but since it is on a rotating basis who knows when I will see it again.
12-29-2012 00:41:45 | More by pb9613
2.9/5 rDev -14.2%
Pours a light fizzy head that hits about 1/3 finger and fades at a med pace, but leaves a thicker creamy head covering with a bit of lacing, over hazy sediment laden darker reddish nectar orange color.
Nose is light, a little creamy malt profile, light yeasty esters and a hint of a vegetal like aroma, light wet hay and touch of grass, little aromatic malt.
Taste is light and herbal, vegetative like flavors, light corn oil like, light rancid oil, fluffy malt, little reddish caramel like malt, some fruity esters again, with a touch of that flavor from yeast fermenting too hot.A touch of herbal hops come through on the finish, with a dry finish but still a bit sticky, little malty and vegetal again.
Mouth is med bodied, too much body even, but at least decent carb.
Overall not good. Like a somewhat inexperienced homebrewer making some mistakes, and nothing what I would expect for a Kolsch.
11-03-2012 00:24:53 | More by jlindros
3.13/5 rDev -7.4%
Poured into a narrow pint glass, color is copper to amber, head is light tan and dense.
Smell is toast caramel, light biscuit, a little sweeter in the caramel note than most kolsch.
Taste is interesting, I'd put it at a mix of a belgian/french amber and kolsch; somewhat bready and toasted taste, with a solid caramel and toffee note and finishes pretty dry (bitterness from the hops?)
Mouthfeel is a little sharp for a kolsch, drying on the tongue in the finish but its preceded by pleasant balance.
Overall, an interesting take on a kolsch, as I mentioned more of belgian/french amber flavor profile with kolsch yeast flavoring and drying presence in the mouth.
10-22-2012 22:11:45 | More by mvanaskie13
3.1/5 rDev -8.3%
A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color (very dark compared to other beers in the style) and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head.
S: There are light aromas of grapes and biscuit malts in the nose that died down but never completely faded away.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some flavors of toasted malts along with a light amount of bitterness and hints of spicy hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, clean and quite dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The dryness persists through the finish.
O: This beer is quite unlike any other kölsch I've had before, especially in its appearance and amount of malts and dryness. It's also not very easy to drink.
10-19-2012 23:32:48 | More by metter98
3.28/5 rDev -3%
12oz bottle poured into a 200mL Rastel pokal glass. No date on bottle.
Appearance: Hazy copper-amber. Thin off white head at first, and then nothing. No lacing either. Poured slow and noted sediment in bottom of bottle - so I'm guessing some of the sediment came along which accounts for the haze.
Smell: Caramel and that was all I could pull out.
Taste: Caramel, sharp noble hop bitterness that becomes more tea-like as the beer warms up. Good, but significant contrast in flavors here.
Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and little bit sticky on the teeth. Nice thickness underneath. Otherwise nothing special.
Overall / Drinkability: An unusual contrast of flavors in this beer. Not like any kolsch I've had before. Glad I tried, but I could not see myself having very many glasses of this in a sitting. Drinkability leaves a bit to be desired, but definitely worth a try.
10-13-2012 22:37:14 | More by damndirtyape
2.9/5 rDev -14.2%
This is the darkest Kolsch I've ever seen, being darker than amber, perhaps even copper in color. A fizzy head is pretty short-lived and, despite consistent activity, doesn't have lasting power. It does leave just enough spotty lacing from a light foam to let me know it's got at least some substance to it.
This...is an interesting one. After offering me a note up rubbing alcohol on front (which doesn't translate to the flavor, fortunately), it shows off lots of sweet malts and very mils floral notes. The taste moves from sweet corn to steel but not adjunct, per se. There's a floral and even a touch of herbal hoppiness to this beer, but it's not vinous and the malts keep it from being dry. I don't know what this actually is, only that it's not a Kolsch. It's not a bad beer, as there's a good balance and depth of flavor despite the weirdness of it, but it loses points for adherence to style.
The feel actually isn't bad but, again, adherence to style is an issue. While not a big-bodied brew, it's downright heavy for a Kolsch. It's also not particularly clean.
I think Dark Horse is a great brewery in general, but it really swings on the spectrum with their beers. This is on the lower end.
10-05-2012 15:18:19 | More by Brenden
3.55/5 rDev +5%
Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish Head pint glass. The pour is light amber and slightly clear (dark for the style) without much head. I'm getting a little bit of malt aroma with a touch of apple fruitiness.
Very firm mouthfeel and nice, medium body. I get clean, sweet, fruity malt notes up front and a soft, balancing hop spiciness in the back of the mouth. The hops add just that touch of spice and do not make the beer the least bit bitter. It almost tastes like a Vienna Lager, except the malt is not as pronounced. Here, the malt sweetness is very subtle and delicate and merely adds body and a fruity component to the flavor.
A very easy-drinking and refreshing pour. I'm not sure how authentic this is to the style (it's so dark it doesn't resemble any Kolsh I've had), but it's quality is beyond dispute.
09-16-2012 02:15:38 | More by deadonhisfeet
Kmita Kolsch from Dark Horse Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.