Afanasy Tyemnoye | Afanasy Pivo (Brau Service)

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Afanasy Pivo (Brau Service)
Russian Federation

Style: European Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by inebrius on 09-28-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by Backer2004:
Photo of Backer2004
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was left over from a beer tasting we had over New Years. wanted to try it because it would be a first from Russia. Very interesting bottle shape and label. Poured above average light chocolate colored with a slight head. Tastes and smells of sweet malts, no bitterness to speak of. Pretty good choice depending on the price at which you can find it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of IronDjinn
2.2/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Managed to find bottles of this sold in singles, and as I found an option of not having to pay $17 Canadian for a 6 of it, the prospect became more tempting, given my past experience with the pale lager. Came in the geometrically bevelled, cudgel-like triangular bottle, a red label this time with the viking biting his thumb, the Norse ship thermal symbol on the back of the label. The best before dates on the back are also not marked off.

Pours out a cloudy/murky amber walnut colour, small fizzle of head that lapses to nothing in a matter of moments. The aroma is of wort and strong carmelized sugar. Flavour contains that sweet sugary caramel flavour, which masks some astringent off flavour on the aftertaste, of which I can only hope comes from some hop content, but I have my doubts. Mouthfeel is bland and nondescript, not quite watery, but not full either. More off flavours the farther down the glass I get. Perhaps the original product in Russia is far better than what I got my hands on here in Canada, perhaps I got an old bottle, but I can't say I'll be returning for more of this stuff at any given time, let alone finishing this glass. At least I have one more cool bottle for homebrewing.

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Update on 4/3/04 - almost a year after my original review. I think I was too harsh originally, as this has become one of my regulars. The color is burgundy under a dark tan head that actually lingers well down the glass, leaving sparse but not insignificant lacing. The nose is sweet - too sweet - caramel. The mouth is prickly and medium bodied. The taste opens with sweetness - caramel and sugar. This is followed by a good fresh hoppy bite in the finish. The aftertaste return to sweet. Sugar is an ingredient here, and it shows. Still, this is a very, very drinkable brew. I might even miss it when I leave Russia.

From 4/5/03: A decent brew. The color is a bit darker than an amber, but not quite a porter. The head is white and thin, disappearing quickly without any trace of lace. The smell and taste are malty, with a hint of hops - it needs more. There is a pleasant hoppy aftertaste, which lingers long enough to make you take another sip. This beer is certainly drinkable, but leaves you wanting more - more quality, that is.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arrived a very cloudy dark amber with short crown and limited glass ring in its aftermath. Carbonation appears weak.
The body is a medium plus.
Aroma has a worty composition with something extra..
Very sweet tasting ...very little hop presence until the end.
The linger is seemingly well balanced but plays to the malts to end.
How odd is that?

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Nesued
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being Slavic, I was quite interested that I haven't come across this beer before a visit to a newly-opened Russian eatery in town. The recommendation from the owner directed me to this brew.

As mentioned in previous reviews, yes indeed this beer has a malty slant which is quite a nice change of pace.

Presentation is a nice dark color with a minimal head.
Smell is mild and not at all overpowering.

Taste is well worth it, if you can locate this brew via your typical establishments or wholesalers. I had some trouble locating this one outside the eatery.

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Photo of AlexAfonin
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of brentk56
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a murky medium amber body with a small head that quickly dissipates to a ringlet; no lacing

Smell: Sweet caramel prodominates; smells like wort

Taste: Very sweet caramel malt flavor dominates the start and is paired in the finish with a slight hoppy bite; slightly phenolic on the finish

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy with a very modest level of carbonation

Drinkability: Not a bad beer; quite different, but the sweetness limits the amount of this one would want to consume

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The light brown/amber brew pours with a good head, but is every so slightly cloudy in the glass. It has a huge sweet malt aroma with definite caramel. The flavor is crisp, with good bitterness and sweet malt that goes into a dry finish. The body is medium light.

I had to do some research to find out this was even the brew I tasted. The bottle has little to no markings, and the label and the backaging don't have very many clues either. The giveaway was that the beer is a Dunkel. The label says Tver Beer and Dark. That is just about all. It does have a thermo-sign lable that shows up whenever the beer is cool enough to consume. The bottle is a rising cone shape and very heavy when empty. It has to be one of the coolest beer bottles I have ever seen. The importer is in Johns Island, SC which is a small place near Charleston. Not really a location you look to for beer importing. Also the ABV as listed on this brew is above the SC limit. The bottle and packaging doesn't list any limit on it.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brownish red, almost like tea. Decent head that stayed around for a little while. Light lacing of the glass. Quite a bit of malt in the taste. Almost a little chocolatey to me. Indeed impressed, and will most likely buy this one again.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.5 oz pyramid shaped bottle into a pint glass.

No head whatsoever forms. Maybe some tiny white speckles on top but nothing more than that. Quite dark looking; cloudy, orange brown, prune juice look.

This beer is very comparable to a scottis ale. Very malty in flavor and aroma. Also smoky. Definitely malts in the smell. Notes or whiskey in nose as well. Nothing in the way of hops. Not overly malty though. Very balanced.

Clean finish with a sweetness. A very drinkable beer.

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Photo of MAB
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I liked the bottle and shape of the bottle- very unique, unless you're buying soya sauce.
The beer itself had that Eastern European flavor- sweet but thick, and almost buttery. Tiny bubbles in a beautiful amber color. Definite nose, with what I thought were Sasz Hops coming through.
I wanted to like it more than I did. I think Ocacim, from Poland, is a better beer. This one has a definite taste and it didn't quite agree with mine. I would have preferred a bit more carbonation, I think, to make it less syruppy.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of inebrius
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Scored this at the local supermarket. Quite a find for the outlay. Malty! Nose of sweet and toasted malts. A creamy draught hollers malt yet is subdued by a near perfect dose of bittering hops. Mild alcohol kick and a nice long finish make Afanasy Dark a pleasure to drink.

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Afanasy Tyemnoye from Afanasy Pivo (Brau Service)
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 14 ratings