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Malka Keha (Stout) - Malka Brewery

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Malka Keha (Stout)Malka Keha (Stout)

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Reviews: 17
Hads: 59
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 18.23%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jlindros on 08-12-2013

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Reviews: 17 | Hads: 59
Reviews by GuinnessAtRogerWilco:
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3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Yards pint glass. Just got this beer at my store in the past week so giving it a go to see what it has to offer.

AP: This one poured pretty damned foamy from the off and had to let it settle a bit. Initial head filled half the glass then finally a good 1/2" thick dense tan cappuccino coloured head was the end result after a 2nd pour. Looking down on the glass it looks like an oatmeal cookie. The colour of the liquid is jet black. Decent lacing along the sides.
AR: Chocolate, cocoa, black bread, cake batter, light coffee notes and a bit of char and roast in the background. Smells pretty good.
T: Oh hell yes. The coffee really steps up in the taste. Not like a straight up coffee infused Stout, but it's solidly there, the main flavour. Nice slightly bitter chocolate notes as well with the roasted barley and malts, black bread and a tiny hint of vanilla that mixes with the coffee for a mocha-like taste. This is a basic yet well done Dry Irish Stout.
M: Low carbonation, medium body, fairly dry and somewhat cleansing finish. Pretty good and if the body was a bit heavier it would be even better.
OV: Nothing extraordinary here, but just a solid and nicely done take on the style. Good flavours and a nice finish were the highlights for me. This is a Stout you could kill off easily and want another.

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Photo of jeschaefer
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Auraan
4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a very dark brown body that appears black unless held to light with one finger of thick tan head. Overall impression of appearance is of a very nice stout. Scents of dark chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, licorice and black coffee at high levels, mingling together into a harmonious whole. Overall impression of aroma is of a fantastic dry stout, very true to style. Flavor begins with flavors of black coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malt, at high levels, with an undertone of dry lactic acid sourness. Middle continues these flavors, with a light sweetness balancing a moderate dryness. Finish is dry with notes of dark chocolate, black coffee and roasted malt with a light lactic and caramel character and notes of cola in the background and light notes of licorice. Aftertaste is dry with notes of roast malt, black, rich coffee and a a light creamy and dark chocolate flavor. Overall impression of flavor is of a fantastic dry stout, very true to style and excelling on all ways. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and creamy with medium carbonation and a dying feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of an excellent dry stout, one of the best examples I have tried. Overall this is a fantastic dry stout. It has an amazing aroma and flavor, coupled with an excellent mouthfeel that makes it a joy to drink. Well worth trying.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of JMS1512
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. Spare, sexy looking label, what with the Hebrew characters that I can't even begin to try to pronounce.

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with only the teensiest of basal cola highlights, and two fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and even a little creamy full-on beige head, which leaves some streaky spectral lace around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of moderately roasted caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, cafe au lait, some dark dried fruitiness, a touch of black licorice, and earthy, weedy hops. The taste is semi-sweet cocoa powder, dry, bready caramel malt, a hint of acerbic char, roasted coffee, mildly sour black plums, a suggestion of musty red grapes, and gritty, earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is generally quite reserved, the body a wavering medium weight, and mostly smooth, the chocolate essence fully commandeering that particular metric. It finishes off-dry, the sweetness of the chocolate inherently tempered, the various roasted components holding steady, and the hops gaining a certain vegetal essence, to go along with the standard earthiness.

A decent rendition of the style, brought to us from the unlikely brewing location of the Western Galillee region of Israel. Well flavoured, and enjoyable on its own, but I find it hard to imagine how this goes over in the middle of a desert. Beer geeks be representin', I guess.

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Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 11-26-13

Pours like 10,000 mil old oil with 3 fingers of brown head. Decent head retention & lacing

S: Carob, roastyness & dark fruit

T: Roastyness, cocoa & carob up front. Dryness & roastyness as this warms, slight smokeyness as well. Black currants, roastyness & dryness in the finish &a little carob too

MF: Medium bodied, chewy

Drinks easy, a solid take on the style

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Photo of JT99125
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Azuf
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Tbub18
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Samp01
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep black with a medium brown head. Aroma of dark roasted caramel malt, cacao with some mild dark fruit notes. Taste is of sweet dark roasted caramel malt, cacao and some espresso notes. Palate is a medium body, slight creamy mouth feel with good carbonation. Finish is a flavorful dark roasted caramel and chocolate malt some distant dark fruit and mild liquorice notes ending with a moderate bitter dry roasted malt and espresso flavor. A very nice tasty brew.

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Photo of Magery
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Basoos1
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque in the glass with a light brown patchy head with light lacing. Aroma of toasted malt, licorice, mild dark dried fruit and coffee. Flavor is toasted malt, coffee, cocoa, hints of dark fruit, faintly mineral. Finishes with nice, lightly charred toasted malt and light grassy hops. Medium bodied with sharp carbonation. A good example of the dry stout style, with nicely flavored malt with good coffee and chocolate notes. There is an odd, mildly mineral and fruit component that sets this somewhat apart. A welcome, well made stout from a part of the world where I would not expect great craft beer.

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Photo of CraigTravor
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that quickly died down, leaving only specks of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of licorice are present in the nose along with notes of dark and roasted malts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is mostly dominated by flavors of black licorice and has accompanying notes of dark malts with subtle hints of roast and chocolate.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate but is also light and airy with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has rather bold aromas and flavors for being an Irish Dry Stout. The licorice reminds me a lot like what you would expect from a Russian Imperial Stout, but the body is lighter and airy, making it more true to the dry stout style. This beer was a pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of dsshuck
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of stumac
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of MartzMimic
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Pours black from the bottle with a minimal head that disappears quickly. The first thing you smell is smoke and charred wood, maybe a touch of unsweetened cocoa. The smoke only increases on the tongue. The chocolate is slightly more pronounced with just a bit of dark fruit hiding in the background. Medium mouth and very, very dry. It reminds me of a campfire, but a decent representation of the style.

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Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Irish stout beer, characterized by roasted flavor, dark chocolate and coffee with a velvet texture. Bira Malka is produced in small quantities using a traditional methods, natural ingredients and water from a well located in the Western Galilee area which contribute to its unique flavor.

Enjoyed at the hotel bar in Tel Aviv.

Big creamy darker colored mocha head that fades semi slowly decent lacing, just about pitch black beer.

Nose dark roast, very dark chocolate, bakers choc, coffee, caramel, mocha, cocoa, light chewy nougat.

Taste dark creamy malts, bitter earthy char like roast, coffee, dark roast and black malt, dark choc again and bakers, creamy cocoa, nice dark roasted coffee flavor. Char gets stronger too, with some spicy hops and fair bitterness. Bit of caramel and nougat too, hint of booze. Finish is fairly bitter with more spicy hops and dark coffee and char, little sticky sweet, some acrid roast.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, somewhat creamy and decent carb.

Overall quite impressed for a super dark beer in Israel. Despite the char and roasted black malts it was tasty and well balanced.

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Photo of Svingjo
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a dark black with a thick tan head. I was a bit surprised at how fast the head dispersed. It went from thick tan, to tiny bubbles and thin within ten to fifteen seconds. The nose has a nice roasted malt smell coupled with dark chocolate, prunes and coffee. Upon first sip you definitely find out where the dry part of the stout in its name originates. The chocolate and roasted malt is evident right away along with some residual hoppiness. It is crisp and finishes quickly but the roasted flavour does hang around for a bit. The mouthfeel is closer to a porter like medium than the fullness one might expect from a stout but an enjoyable beverage.

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Photo of nmann08
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sd123
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djaeon
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Malka Keha (Stout) from Malka Brewery
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