Malka Keha (Stout) - Malka Brewery
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Reviews by GuinnessAtRogerWilco:
3.99/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
09-22-2013 04:19:52 | More by GuinnessAtRogerWilco
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4/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Picked this up in Totowa earlier this week, having never drank a beer brewed in Israel before. This looked interesting for so many reasons and once I enjoyed it, I found out why. This turned out to be a great take on the style that wasn't terribly strong or heavy but had just enough body and complexity to hold me from start to finish. This wasn't that dry either, which made it easy to quaff without a glass of water to chase it at the end.
This had a nice dark pour to it with a moderately tan, fully head and some sediment in the bottle, but this was brewed back in July after all. Not a "motor oil" Stout by any means but certainly thick enough to be an Irish Dry Stout, with not a lot of carbonation present in the beer. Enough coffee, baker's chocolate, pumpernickel, and current in the taste, with all of those present in the smell in muted tones. Balanced, creamy, and not that dry, this had a nice mouthfeel to it and only the dark fruit and hint of oatmeal stayed around in the aftertaste. The alcohol was hardly perceptible from start to finish.
While this was not a session beer, I could easily see myself having another one in sitting had I bought more than one bottle. The lacing was somewhat present before sliding down the edges of my pint glass and there wasn't much of any bubbles in the carbonation, until I swished this around in my mouth. If there's such thing as an enjoyable "weaker" Stout, this would be a great example of it. Worth a go for someone who doesn't want to get knocked upside the head while drinking a beer this dark!
Serving type: bottle
11-22-2013 21:41:17 | More by JerzDevl2000
3.84/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Pours a very dark chestnut brown color that appears black in the glass with a two finger mocha head that slowly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Decent retention with spotty lacing left behind. Much darker than expected, especially the frothy dark beige head. Impressive looking.
Slightly smokey dark malt aroma with a nice balance of roast and sweeter notes. Robust with burnt sugar, oatmeal, toast and espresso bean followed by sweeter, dessert-like coco,ate malt. Subtle earthy hop presence as well.
Medium body with a slight creamy texture but also a bit watery if that makes an sense. Mouthfeel kind of reminds me of nitro. Some dry, roasted bitterness up front but not acrid or unpleasant. Burnt dark malts with hints of bittersweet dark chocolate, oatmeal and coffee bean followed by subtle resinous hops, lactic cream and lighter malt notes, notably lighter chocolate and caramel sweetness. The mouthfeel is a bit off but this beer is well balanced with some nice flavors complimenting each other. This style can be boring but this was pretty complex. I hated the pale ale but this is a good beer from this newish brewery that has me interested in trying more of their offerings.
Serving type: bottle
10-17-2013 06:49:40 | More by corby112
3.94/5 rDev +4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
09-17-2013 01:57:57 | More by biboergosum
3.74/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
330ml bottle poured into tulip 9/9/13
A black liquid with a deep cola edge, large and loose mocha foam has good retention slowly falling to a thin film leaving a thick ring followed by random patches
S plum and raisins, faint smoke, coco powder, coffee, leafy hops, earthy notes and faint licorice, smells pretty good
T more of the same really, fruity with some dark roast, plums a little sour but not a bad thing,
M a little thin for the color, not quite creamy, almost foams up and flattens out, aftertaste is char and coco but its a little faint
O decent beer and considering I didn't have high expectations I'm rather pleased with what I ended up with, smells and tastes good and it went down with ease
It's not every day I find a country tic, better then I expected and priced well enough, another interesting addition to the shelves here in Alberta
Serving type: bottle
09-10-2013 00:35:59 | More by wordemupg
3.73/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
08-12-2013 15:57:45 | More by jlindros
Malka Keha (Stout) from Malka Brewery
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