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Malka Keha (Stout) | Malka Brewery

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Malka Keha (Stout)Malka Keha (Stout)
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3.66/5
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66 Ratings
Malka Keha (Stout)Malka Keha (Stout)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Malka Brewery
Israel
malkabeer.co.il

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jlindros on 08-12-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,503
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
66
pDev:
9.56%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
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

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Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of smithj4
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of flagmantho
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
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

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3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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2.84/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

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3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Malka Keha (Stout) from Malka Brewery
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 66 ratings
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