Fix Dark - Hellenic Breweries Of Atalanti S.A.
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United Kingdom (England)
2.54/5 rDev -17%
Mykonos island: 13 May 2013. 33cl bottle poured into a tumbler (twice) while sat in the sun on my holiday studio terrace in Ornos.
Reddy brown body with a beige head that tried to hang around but failed.
Fizzy, malt extract induced taste and aroma: not good. This was the worst beer I had during my two weeks on holiday (and I had some poor stuff!). My scores are kind.
05-24-2013 12:28:42 | More by BlackHaddock
3.48/5 rDev +13.7%
"Fix Dark." Premium Beer. BB: 12.2014. .33cl brown glass bottle has a stylishly minimalist black label and a branded pry-off pressure cap. I bought this at a Carrefour supermarket in Kardamena, Kos. Reviewed from notes. 5.2% ABV. Brewed by: Olympic Brewery S.A.
The label claims it's "Limited Edition," which I surmise is a crock of shit. Nice marketing gimmick, though.
Served at fridge temp and allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
No bubble show forms as it's poured.
HEAD: One finger wide. Pale khaki colour. Decent creaminess and consistency. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is below average - about 1 minute.
BODY: It's a dark cola-esque brown-black reminiscent of a schwarzbier. Nontransparent, but not opaque; there's some translucence about the bottom of the glass. I see no yeast particulate or hop sediment.
It appears to be adequately carbonated, and I don't notice any egregious flaws. That said, it's not a unique or special appearance for a beer of this style. It's generally appealing; it looks like a dark beer.
AROMA: Surprisingly pleasant, actually. Cream, hazelnut, sassafras/sarsaparilla notes, almond, pecan, schwarz malts, and dark bread. I think the pecan is actually the dominant note, but this aroma suggests a very well layered beer with excellent amplitude of flavour.
I'm surprised how good the aromatics of this beer are given the brewery. It errs on the sweeter side, to its benefit. I'm hoping the taste is as good as the smell. It's a mild aroma overall in terms of its intensity. I'm really looking forward to trying it.
TASTE & TEXTURE: It's nice. There's a guiding note of dark bread throughout, but while it has the flavour of dark bread, the texture isn't too filling. The nutty notes are dialed down from the aroma, which is disappointing, but the pecan does come through and complements the schwarz and dark malt foundation quite well.
A bit of creaminess gives the texture a nice soft supple feel, which works well alongside the apt smoothness and wetness of the brew. It is a biteen overcarbonated, unfortunately, but overall it's almost a refreshing beer - which is tough to do in one this dark.
No overt alcohol or other off-notes plague the flavour profile, and it has a clean feel and taste; there's no yeast or sediment. Additionally, the texture isn't oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh. The mouthfeel here complements the taste quite well. Surprisingly well executed.
I like it.
OVERALL: Overall, the beer - while simplistic - is well-balanced and boasts some unexpected subtleties (particularly in terms of the well executed nuttiness). To give it some comparitive perspective, I'd say this has as much if not more pecan character as/than 512 Brewing's Pecan Porter. Sure, it could boast far more complexity and intricacy, but the depth of flavour is above average, and this far surpassed my expectations for a dark beer from such a large Greek brewery. Based on my limited sampling of their products, this is easily this brewery's best offering.
It's very drinkable - even in the summer sun - and I'd love to try it on-draught. While I don't consider it a world-class example of the style by any means, I'd recommend that any beer fan visiting Greece try this - if you must drink beer instead of wine.
07-05-2014 17:56:35 | More by kojevergas
3.44/5 rDev +12.4%
Dark ruby pour, almost black, a modest cap of foam that doesn't really rush tho.
Nice dark chocolate in the smell, a clear nuttiness, low coffee powder, not bad.
Taste starts with some nice dark chocolate/cocoa powder and surprises with some clear nut peel. Add some faint coffee notes and a bit of dark spice, some very faint dark fruit and a roasty bitter finish. Nice aftertaste damaged by a small lager "zestiness", crisp, but lingering.
Light to medium, a bit fizzy, didn't feel watery tho.
A nice dark lager with some clear special notes, really liked it.
08-05-2014 10:42:14 | More by dcmchew
3.51/5 rDev +14.7%
A: Dark brown semi-opaque with ruby tinge, medium low carbonation half a finger of light beige head.
S: Malt, molasses, light breadiness like a German Pilsener, dough.
T: Clean linen, light stone fruit, dough, light dull bitter on the end. Very light beer, much like a German Pilsener but dark, not as hopped, smooth.
M: Light to medium body, medium low carbonation.
O: I Love that its from Greece (my first) light and dark, mild, great Belgian style bottle with a cool label. As a beer its somewhat lacking but fine.
09-10-2013 12:30:35 | More by patre_tim
2.28/5 rDev -25.5%
Tasted from a 33 cl bottle bought in Greece.
A - Deep dark brown with red highlights but very clear. Almost looks like a red wine when held up to light. Tan head is thick and creamy and fairly persistent. Good lacing.
S - Aroma is roast grains but with unpleasant metallic and cardboard notes. No hops noticeable.
T - Taste is all smoke and dark, roasted flavors, but not burnt like a stout. A mish-mash of metallic, smoky flavors with little hops or malt to be found.
M - Thin body. Low carbonation. Low hops bitterness. No alcohol noticed.
O - A beautiful looking beer, but not very enjoyable taste or aroma.
11-20-2012 20:04:21 | More by Radome
2.78/5 rDev -9.2%
Drink it in Greece.
A-Dark cola color,with decent carbonation and few fingers foam,lasting few minutes. Foam is darker.
S-Metallic smell,with some caramel malt.
T/M-Drinkable beer,but with above average taste. Mostly caramel in the mouth. Medium carbonation and bitterness.
O-Really nothing special,but you could drink it few in a row.
09-09-2012 10:16:10 | More by djura
Fix Dark from Hellenic Breweries Of Atalanti S.A.
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