Zamkowe Dark
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Lager - European Dark
Ranked #101
Ranked #45,054
3.12 | pDev: 10.58%
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scruffwhor from Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice mahagony amber color with a beige head thats lasts pretty well, along with the nice carbonation. This is a nice looking beer. Not to mention the can looks bithcin', but thats not affecting my appearance rating of the beer itself.

Some caramel malts with a little brown sugar and some tin can aromas melded in with a little banana powder. Odd, but not repelling.

You get some odd fruity esters on the front of the palate. The middle and finish caramelizes the flavors and adds some odd banana and exotic fruit flavors to the finish of this beer.

This beer is a bit oily on the palate and lingers a bit after after every sip, coating the tongue well. This is an ok beer, but seems to sweet and fruity in a way that just seems to not fit for me.

Sep 04, 2010
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BeerNinja007 from New Hampshire

2.45/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

I got this 500mL can for a mere $1.49 at Johnstown Beverage in Johnstown NY. The can artwork makes me a bit skeptical, at first I thought it was a trendy energy drink kinda thing, but it claims to be a beer, so here goes. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

This thing started spewing rabid foam as soon as I popped the top even though I hadn't shaken or disturbed it at all. I had to move fast to get it over the glass, barely avoided making a mess. The volumous umber head settled quickly to a solid brown brew with red highlights. Smell is thick and sweet, molasses, licorice. It makes me think of gingerbread spiked with anise. The feel is thin, watery, and flat. There's not much malt, and as for carbonation this beer clearly suffers from premature ejaculation. (After making that analogy, I'm now even more glad that none of it got on me.) Taste is a less sweet version of the smell, almost completely dry.

Sep 03, 2010
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BMoney575 from Texas

3.08/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on 7-17-10

Pours a very dark brown color, with a foamy tan head and lots of bubbles. Lacing is thick and clingy, and lasts a long time. Very nice.

Smell is sweet malt, notes of caramel and brown sugar, with a hit of dark fruit and raisins underneath. Decently complex, and much better than I expected.

Taste is none of the smell, slightly malty and beery and enormously bland. The finish is watery with a hint of bitterness, a little banana, and a strongly earthy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thin, fizzy, and disappointing.

Drinkability suffers from the mouthfeel and absence of good flavors.

Overall, at $2.00, I got my money out of it.

Jul 17, 2010
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stoutman from Michigan

3.4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Red-tinged amber with lush, off-white head. Nutty malt aroma, medium depth. Nose of wood casks and sweet beet sugar. Malty body with high residual sugar content and very low attenuation. Crystal and Munich malts seem noticeable. No noticeable hops. Sweet, on the verge of cloying. Sweet alcohol on the finish. A rather sweet European amber/dunkel.

Mar 29, 2010
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asabreed from New York

3.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16.9 oz. can into a pint glass. I bought this because it was fairly cheap, because I had never seen it before, and the can looks like an old-school death metal record cover in some ways. Gotta love it.

Appearance: Not really dark as much as an amber, with mimimal off-white lacing, kind of soapy, and hardly any retention. Color's nice overall, though, which saves it.

Smell: Kind of like apple juice concentrate in a way, with big residual sweetness aromas. Interesting, but almost seems like a fruit beer, and seems a little too sugary and syrupy.

Taste: Big malt sweetness and residual sugar up front. Reminds me of a lot of the Baltika beers. Someone said something about the Polish and Russian darker brews having similar characteristics, and I agree most of the time. There's a bit of apple juice concentrate and mild sourness too, which is interesting, but it becomes a bit too sweet, and with more darker and roasted malts, it could probably be more balanced.

Mouthfeel: A bit heavy because of the sweetness, but a nice burst of creamy carbonation saves it from cloying territory.

Drinkability: Certainly glad I tried this, but it's a bit too syrupy and sugary by the end, in the residual way. Not a lot of depth and character, and overall average. It was worth a shot, though, in the end, for a one-time try.

Jun 10, 2009
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aerozeppl from New York

3.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought only for the super trashy can. Looks like something a bunch of dudes with tribal armbands would sit around and drink while talking about maximizing their workouts.

A: Really nice color. Deep brown and red with almost a hint of purple thrown in. Minimal amount of off white head.

S: Big disappointment here. Smells like fruit concentrate. Apples. Slight musty smell at the end

T: Not good or bad. Very forgettable beer. Very malty with only a slight hint of sweetness.

M: Again very forgettable. Med body with low carbonation.

D: Easy drinking for sure. Not a bad price for a passable beer. Just not something I would actively seek out again.

Apr 21, 2008
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TheTrevor from New York

3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer poured a reddish brown with a fluffy single-finger head. The scent was fairly subtle with some regular lager scents and a bit of toasty maltiness. The malt also comes through in the taste as well, starting off with a definite malt sweetness that gives away to some dark fruit and caramel tastes that are very pleasant and finishes fairly clean with little hops. The mouthfeel is fairly thick with a middling amount of carbonation. This is a pretty heavy-sitting lager and I don't think I'd be able to drink more than one of the large 500ml cans at a time. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised from this beer I picked up on a lark because I thought the can was so goofy looking.

Feb 23, 2008
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MTNboy from Germany

3.41/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Reddish Brown hue. There is a very good head and lace a little more than two fingers.

Smell- The aroma is faint but mainly smells of roasted grain.

Taste- A great sweet malt taste that is roasted but not burnt.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied.

Drinkability- I liked it was good with a variety of foods.

Feb 22, 2008
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oberon from North Carolina

3.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

There are alot of Polish lagers showing up around here in the Buffalo area an its kinda cool to see.This beer poured from the can (a trashy looking can at that) a deep clear bronze/russet with a large tight one finger head that settled into a creamy top.Pretty clean lager aromas slightly toasted with light caramel and honey notes,wow pretty sweet on the palate almost sugary in the finish overtop mild toastiness with a faint drying earthy note underneath the big sweet finish.Pretty creamy mouthfeel but the sugary sweetness is a bit much for me to drink maybe even a whole can.

Jan 13, 2008
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Phocion from Minnesota

2.82/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I saw this sitting at a local liquor store for$1.99 for a 500ml black can, decided to pick one up just to try something new. Very interesting-looking can, and if I didn't know better I'd think it's an energy drink rather than a beer. Pours a dark amber with a healthy two-finger frothy head that surprisingly seems like it's here to stay. When it finally does begin to recede, huge chunks of rocky foam are sticking to my glass. Surprisingly beautiful to look at.

Well, after taking my first whiff my hopes have sunk a bit. Fruity and caramel... unfortunately the fruit is a combination of figs and plums, but mostly an extremely artificial smelling apple aroma, like a cheap concentrated apple juice blend.

Flavor is somewhat better than the aroma; it thankfully doesn't taste quite like apple juice, but instead there's a slightly earthy hoppiness and a light hint of roasted malts.

Very crisp but with a disgustingly sweet finish. I have no problem with milder flavor profiles, but if it is then the least they could do is try to balance their beer... this one is just way too one-dimensional. Not impressed at all and I'm thankful I only picked up the single.

Jan 07, 2008
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iceball585 from New York

3.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brownish amber color, semi-clear, thin white lacy head

S- Dried fruits, dark malts, sugar, hops

T- Caramel, dried fruits, molasses, dark malts, brown sugar, slight hops finish

M- Medium body, slightly fizzy, crisp bite then oily finish

D- Worth buying again

I really didn't know what to expect w/ this one. It was recommended to me by a good friend. It's actually pretty good. Not too much flavor but just enough to make it something I'd considering getting again.

Oct 13, 2007
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jjayjaye from New York

2.96/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber color with ruby hues. It sports a deep light tan colored head that resists fading, but ultimately settles to surface with small eruptions from carbonation.

Has an earthen malty aroma of a British ESB.

The mouthfeel is light, almost bland, with a slight hop and light carbonation.

The flavor is on the malty side but not sweet, with a lingering aftertaste.

Drinkability - I'm not particularly fond of this one. I will eventually understand the the technical term for this strain of ingrediant, but until then my beak serves me. The flavor and the smell are similar. I won't be going back for another one of these.

Feb 17, 2007
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

3.14/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Zamkowe Dark is a beautiful shade of reddish orange-bronze; perhaps my favorite beer color of all-time. The cap is spectacular as well. It's orange-tinted golden ecru and has a firm creaminess, similar to what one might see on an IPA. The edges of the foam stick to the glass in spots, leaving thick chunks of lace as they lose contact. I don't care what style this beer is or where it was brewed, it looks fantastic.

The nose brings things hurtling back to earth... and just manages to avoid a crash landing. It's a decent enough nose for a dark lager, although it's really no better than average in a general sense. It's minimally dark malty with a hint of musky hops. A damn shame given the appearance.

I feel the same way about the flavor, more or less. Why does so much Polish, Russian and Ukrainian beer taste similar? Do they all get their ingredients from the same supplier? There's an underlying oddness to the flavor profile that, in this case at least, doesn't quite ruin things. Lightly toasted caramel malt (I'm guessing) leads the way and identifies the beer as a member of the stated style. I could also buy Munich dunkel lager, for what that's worth.

A decent amount of musty, musky hoppiness manages to keep the modest amount of malty sweetness in check without too much difficulty. There's isn't enough of interest here to make me want to dole out the praise, no matter how tepid. I'm struggling with whether to call the flavor average or slightly above average. And the winner is...

For the style, the mouthfeel is just about where it ought to be, perhaps a shade lighter. A lack of bubbles does it no favors though. This stuff goes down easily enough and would be nicely sessionable if one enjoyed the flavor more than I'm enjoying it at present.

Zamkowe Dark comes in a cool looking can that is a dramatic improvement on most of the labels one finds on beer from this part of the world. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find a translation for the name. The word reminds me of something that might have appeared during a fight scene on the old Batman TV show (Slam! Bam!! Zamkowe!!!). I haven't really summed up the beer itself because there isn't much to say. Drinkable, yet forgettable.

Jan 23, 2007
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UnionMade from New York

3.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

First, the can is hilarious. 500ml packaging replete with what i can i=only describe as gothic heavy metal awesomeness. Usually, this would be a huge turn off, but at just over $1 a can, and being new in the US market from my homeland, I'll give it a shot. It evokes an image of crazy polish headbangers throwing out the devil horns at an Iron Maiden concert whilst flailing their heads maniacally.
The beer pours pretty nice. Clear, walnutty brown, like aged woodstain on a 70's Gibson SG, topped with a bountiful, off white head. The foam settles into a light misty coating, keeping pretty solid throughout. I could ask for a bit of lace aside from the small flecks after I take a sip. Mellow roasty aroma. entirely typical for a dunkel lager, clean without much else going on. Just a hint of raisin and walnut. The flavor starts with sweetish dark malts, mellowed with a good lagering. Mostly toffee and a hint of chocolate, moving into slight prune/raisin fruitiness. The brew finishes with soft chocolatey flavor and a hint of walnut. good, lasting toffee presence. Fairly dry. Light bodied, with smal bubbled, mellow carbonation. An easy drink, with good flavor that's not trying to assault your tastebuds. For the price, this is great. I could buy a double deuce of Colt 45 for just about the same.
Try not to be turned off by the awful packaging. This is a pretty solid beer, a little different from the strong pale lagers you usually find from Poland. According to the can, they've been around for 684 years. They must be doing something right.

Jun 24, 2006
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budgood1 from Minnesota

3.07/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

.5 liter aluminum can. black with large white letters spelling out zamkowe with black gothic letters spelling out "dark".

pours out a very dark amber colour, with a lively thick tan head. it's a damn nice looking beer in the glass. thin lace on the glass as i suck it down. faint toasted graininess on the nose. nice euro lager flavour, the toasted graininess reminds me of beck's dark in character but with a more metallic taste (from the can?) and a super clean and dry finish. the body is light and the mouthfeel is of the prickly carbonation so usual in lagers. it's quite drinkable.

this is a new beer and was given to me to sample from my favourite beer store manager. a lager with a bit of flavour is always ok with me. while definitely nothing special, it's worth a try.

Mar 11, 2006
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