Ochakovo Premium Black Light | Ochakovo

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Russian Federation

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by NeroFiddled on 12-02-2006

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Impressive upward cascading bubbles on the initial pour. Starts with three fingers but settles to a thin beige level of fine bubbles. Spotty lace. Solid brown color where a touch of bright light can pass.

Lots of dark caramel aroma. Sweet. Reminds me of smelling molasses.

Much drier than the smell indicates, but there's still an element of melted brown sugar to the taste. There's also the presence of black patent burnt malt. Nice contrast. Appropriately thin body. Good carbonation. The finish is bitter. This is really a nice Black Lager.

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Photo of NightINgale
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown, almost black body, with a rich brown head. Head retention is poor, however. I got some nice lacing, nevertheless, since the beer was very fresh.

S- A very nice roasted aroma, with strong hints of coffee and chocolate.Some coffee notes hit the nose first. Some light floral aroma too.

T- Kicks in with a mocha chocolate malt flavour. You also taste some grassy hops and dark fruits here and there. All in all the flavour is quite complex, for such a light beer.

M- Light to medium bodied, quite smooth, with moderate to low carbonation.

D- Very drinkable and quite flavourful for a 3.9% beer. Good one.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had to try this since I'd never had a Russian made beer before. It was good, if not great. The dark brown to black body was topped by a small, lack-luster tannish head. The scent was mainly of yeast, but I didn't smell some chocolate malts too. Decent malty taste. Not much hops, just chocolatey, roasted grains...relatively speaking since we're talking about a dark lager. I mean, this is no stout, so while the chocolatey malts are there, the favor is more subdued than your heavier, more flavorful beers. Having said that, this one had a decent mouthfeel and went down very easily with just a slight sourness from the yeast. It's a decent dark lager, on par with Dixie Brewing's Blackened Voodoo.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz tall, slender, clear bottle. Poured into a pounder glass it forms a tan milky head that falls to a thin cover and an outer ring. Ruby red around the edges and black at the core.

Initial reaction was that this was a delightfully light and packs enough complexity to keep it interesting. Charred wood comes into play along with a partially smoked backend. A soft watered bakers chocolate layer combines with some toasty bread nuggets to settle this down. Plenty of bitterness that sort of "Spikes" around 3/4 of the way through then lends way to more smoke and finishes fairly clean.

Notes: Refreshing dark beer? Look no further. A diamond in the rough.

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Photo of Zorro
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in the glass this gives me a clear very dark brown beer with a brown head. I have never seen a dark lager with brown head before.

Despite the clear glass this has no trace of skunking at all. Slightly sweet with a good amount of patent malt in the nose this has a slight chocolate aroma. There is a little bit of spice cookie or cake scent in this one.

The taste begins sweet and chocolate flavored malt with no real aftertaste. There quickly develops a coffee candy and caramel taste to this beer with a bit of grassy hop after taste. After a bit the candy part of the equation falls away and you are left with coffee and chocolate and grassy hop flavor.

The mouthfeel is good and thicker than I would have thought.

Drinkability is quite nice. Who would have expected a good Schwarzbier from Russia? Tasty beer, just be sure you get it from a place that stores it's beer right.

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Photo of BlindPig
2.76/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured a little hard and got about a 3/4" tan head on a pretty black body with some brown hues in there.
S- Some coffee notes hit the nose first. Some light roasted aromas, few grass notes and some lager yeast comes to mind. Metallic also comes through a bit.
T- There is a over whelming flavor of metallic in here. There are some light coffee notes but then just a swarm of metallic. I could see it being pretty decent if this metallic flavor to it wouldn't come in so strong. I have no clue how old this beer is since I just found it at some small mediterranean grocery store.
M- Thin to medium body with medium carbonation.
D- Like I said I have no clue how old this is but I could see this being decent fresh.

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Photo of stoutman
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark beer in a clear bottle. Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, white, mostly diminishing. Aroma is lightly malty (grain, husks), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers/honeysuckle). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. A very dark beer in a clear bottle. Surprisingly nice punch of honeyish-flowery hops in the nose, which was unexpected. Nice balance. This is an actually decent, definitely drinkable, and doomed to be underrated because the flavor is just not as expected from a beer of this color.

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Photo of xav33
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ochakovo Premium Black Light
1/2 liter bottle
Medium pour in a shaker
Unknown brewing, experienced 12/06

Poured a clear mahogany with an average fizzy light brown mostly diminishing head.

Smelt of strong molasses with light roast grain.

Taste was upfront strong sweet molasses and cola with moderate burnt grain taste followed by a moderate bitter sweet licorice and burnt grain taste on an average length finish. Palate was medium bodied, oily, softly carbonated and moderately astringent.

Overall, although not being too familiar with Schwarzbiers, I think this is a great beer overall. It reminds me of a lagered porter with lighter grain properties.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting beer. Clear bottle (but that's OK, generally dark beers protect themselves from skunking; and honestly, there aren't that many hops in here anyway). The back label is in Engliah, and actually advertises that it's a twist-off cap! - although that didn't help me, for no matter how I tried, I couldn't get it free - I just grabbed an opener. The US Government Warning label is wrong (consumption is spelled consumtion), although the added-after-the-fact label applied to the other bottle I bought from them is worse ("Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive car...". :P Anyway...

Ochakovo's Premium Black Light pours a clear, very deep-brown almost black body with a ruby cast and crimson and mahogany highlights. Its full head of creamy dark tan froth rises up and then settles gently back in. The head retention is pretty good and it leaves some very nice lacing about the glass.
The nose is rich with grainy and ceral-like malt with a chocolaty and roasty side. Very nice!
In the mouth it's medium bodied with a gently zesty, median carbonation.
The flavor displays a fairly rich palate with notes of dark caramel, cereal, dark chocolate and coffee. It's clean, and obviously a lager as there's no yeasty fruitiness present. Bitterness is limited to a balancing role, and stays beneath the maltiness doing just enough to anchor it. It finishes drying, with some lingering sweetish malt and a healthy dose of roastiness that rounds it out and dries it. Quite nice!
Overall, this may very well be the best beer that I've had out of the Russian Federation. If you're a fan of schwarzbiers, or even porters, I'd say this is well worth trying!

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Ochakovo Premium Black Light from Ochakovo
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 10 ratings