Malka Keha (Stout)
Malka Brewery

Malka Keha (Stout)Malka Keha (Stout)
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Style:
Stout - Irish Dry
Ranked #181
ABV:
6%
Score:
83
Ranked #37,078
Avg:
3.68 | pDev: 9.51%
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
68
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Malka Brewery
 
Israel
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  10
SCORE
83
Good
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Samlover55 from New York

3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle into Nonic Pint
BB 7/25/19
Pours dark black with a rocky dark brown head that slowly recedes
Aroma is burnt coffee, cream
Taste very much follows, with dry coffee taste along with subtle dark fruit finish
This might find cliche but this beer is dry
Overall this is a solid beer,  if a bit one dimensional

May 14, 2019
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I’ve never had an Israeli stout and I saw this at the store so I thought I try it. It was good but not the best stout I’ve had.

Look: very dark brown, almost black, with a thin mocca head that does not stay.

Aroma: The aroma was toasted malts, and a little bit of chocolate and coffee, and perhaps licorice.

Taste: There was toasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, some coffee flavor, and again perhaps some licorice. However, it was on the light side, maybe not as full flavored as I had hoped.

Feel: It was medium bodied and surprisingly carbonated, a bit dry, but easy drinking for a stout.

Feb 20, 2017
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lot: L12C11.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, milk chocolate, earth, and char aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, earth, and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid cocoa and roast characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Apr 19, 2016
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popery from California

2.84/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The beer is very black. I have to tilt the beer a bit to get any brown. The head is fizzy and light brown. Aroma shows off a lot of acidic roast right off the bat. Some weak coffee. A touch of actually pretty good chocolate, which I wish was amped up considerably. While the taste doesn’t have much of a true roasted malt flavor, the acidity of black patent malt dominates the taste. There’s some light dark chocolate - again, a stronger chocolate presence would do wonders for this beer. Some simple malt sweetness, though the finish dries out satisfactorily. Odd mineral character. Feel is thin and a bit fizzy. This beer mostly emphasizes elements of the style that I don’t like. That said, I can appreciate the effort and the brewery’s intention.

Aug 02, 2015
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown, nearing black, opaque body with a quarter inch of beige collar. Milk chocolate, vanilla, lactose. Melted milk chocolates, light roast. Light bodied and easy going. Solid.

Jun 02, 2015
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

May 26, 2015
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Auraan from Arizona

4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

May 06, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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

Feb 14, 2015
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Svingjo from Canada

3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Jan 31, 2015
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Severdali from Texas

3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark black with just a tinge of transparent brown. Moves like a thicker beer, for a dry stout.

Smells of dry roasted malt, right in-between milk and dark chocolate, dark fruits

Tastes milky and slightly dry, slight booze note, black coffee, charcoal, and acidic even for a dry, but I like it. Dried out-milky finish.

Jan 04, 2015
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flagmantho from Washington

3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 330mL bottle into a clear mug.

Appearance: extremely dark brown; nearly black with a finger of frothy tan foam atop. The head doesn't stick around all that long, though.

Smell: nice roasty element with a bit of chocolate character and some alcoholic fruitiness. It's not especially dry, but still pretty good-smelling regardless.

Taste: drier than the aroma with a decent roasty flavor. There's a little bit of astringency and acridity from the roasted malt, but that's stylistically appropriate.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and a decent creaminess. Not bad.

Overall: it's a pretty middle-of-the-road stout, but it is also well within style guidelines and relatively drinkable. Not too bad at all.

Nov 29, 2014
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MartzMimic from Oklahoma

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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.

Oct 04, 2014
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Samp01 from New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Sep 26, 2014
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.68/5  rDev 0%
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

May 16, 2014
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

Nov 22, 2013
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bootled 7/16/2013.

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.

Oct 17, 2013
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GuinnessAtRogerWilco from New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Sep 22, 2013
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biboergosum from Canada

3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Sep 17, 2013
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wordemupg from Canada

3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
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

Sep 10, 2013
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

Aug 12, 2013
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Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 68 ratings