Kilikia Dark | Beer of Yerevan JSC

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Beer of Yerevan JSC

Style: European Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 34
Photo of dimwit_flathead
2.56/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

After having a mediocre experience with Armenia's Kotayk Lager Beer at Jon's market, I was loath to try another cheap Armenian beer. However I decided to risk it as it was dark.

It pours like a Dr. Pepper from a green bottle. The aroma is like burnt caramel. The taste is all right, but leaves a woody taste in the mouth as if I had just chewed on an oak branch. Not amazing. Sorry, Armenia.

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Photo of PlinyMeNow
2.59/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It's a one-note malty, fizzy, see-through brown lager. There is grain, yeast, malt flavoring (like the kind in milkshakes), some caramel and bread. On the positive side, the taste was fairly clean. Easy to drink. Low alcohol, high carbonation, light-medium body. I am not a fan.

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Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I purchased a bottle of Kilikia Dark for $1.39 USD in Glendale, California, USA.

Look: Kilikia Dark had barely any foam.
Smell: Kilikia Dark had an aroma of cinnamon mixed with wheat.
Taste: Kilikia Dark had hints of burnt cinnamon mixed with wheat.
Feel: Kilikia Dark had medium carbonation.

Overall: Kilikia Dark is a dark beer with flavours of burnt cinnamon mixed with wheat. People who seek a low-alcohol/mellow/medium carbonation beer should try Kilikia Dark.

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Photo of cmf
2.65/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 1 pint old fashioned retro green pint bottle with a setback top (think art deco skyscraper....). The beer poured with a nice even inviting foam head, but was difficult to pour from the shapely bottle. The fluid was grainy and thick with a translucent amber or ruby color. The aroma was mostly sweet malt with a strong yeast overtone. Toffee? Metallic? The taste was a bit industrial. I am little worried about QC. Very creamy malt mouth feel and chewy bread aftertaste.... Not the greatest beer, but then, it does come in a very cool bottle (not the same bottle as in the picture below)..

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Photo of stevoj
2.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Tres Bonne Cuisine. Pours out a caramel brown with a huge, fluffy beige head. Malt dominates this brew, aroma very sweet and musty. Taste is a bit more even, some nuttiness to go with the sweet malt.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

not everyday you get the chance to drink beer from armenia, so im providing some leniency for what must be a beer that took forever to get here, and came in green glass. thats a couple of disadvantages right from the get go, but the beer in the bottle wasnt bad, especially considering these circumstances. chocolate brown to deep deep amber in color, showing light through only when held to the light, and with some very fine sediment swirling as well. it smells like stale malt, no mistaking that, but it has a cool nutty element and chocolate malt in it, as well as a definite lager yeast strain. the yeast has done its job well, as the beer has a round bready element in the finish, and is plenty dry. take the staleness out, and the grain bill would be simple yet clever and the beer would be on par with most in its category from europe. carbonation was just fine, and the medium body i found appropriate for the style. obviously this experience would have been enhanced by fresh beer, or travel to armenia itself, but its cool to get to try something like this. exotic

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a moderately dark amber with a generous head that quickly shrinks to nothing. Of moderate strength, the flavor is ok and quite quaffable. Match it with Armenian food for the best taste!

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Photo of mactrail
2.77/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Looks nice enough in the Duvel tulip with brownish amber color and a thin mustache of foam. Stays sudsy enough on subsequent pours and adequate carbonation on the tongue.

Not really dark, either in color of flavor. Fairly malty, especially for a Euro Lager sort of beer. Grainy, not too sweet. Has that musty edge that seems so common among the many sorts of Euro Swill. Hint of pomegranate tart-bitter. Doughy, rustic, wheat flavors. Ends with something not entirely like hops.

For a lower-alcohol lager sort of beer this actually has some flavor. From the 500 ml bottle bought at Europa Market in San Francisco.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.21/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, roasted nuts, and a slight cocoa aroma. Taste is much the same with a metallic flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp but thin mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is drinkable but nothing I would go after again. Definitely the best of the 4 Kilikia beers I have tried so far.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

While I wouldn’t say that this was an excellent beer it definitely was the welcome surprise of the evening.
I picked up a bottle of this from a Russian market in San Francisco’s Richmond district. No idea whatsoever as to what it would be, other than the utterly vague and meaningless description of “dark.” It’s anyone’s guess as to how long it was sitting on the shelf, and the green glass bottle does not bode well when it comes to an extended shelf-life. Still, my curiosity was piqued enough to pick it up. 4.4%, sessionable!

I gave it a vigorous pour into a tulip glass. I was surprised by the amount of foam that this produced. It was a billowy layer several fingers thick. It pours a malty coffee-stain brown, the color of raisins and molasses, with an aroma that’s malty and mellow, with a rounded molasses and raisiny sweetness to it.

It has a definite malty molasses-raisin sweetness to its flavor, with no discernible hop presence. It’s reminiscent of a Malta India (?—one of the Goya malt sodas) only with a much lighter body and finish, or a thicker, mildly alcoholic cola.

Actually, what it really reminds me of is a slightly more interesting Shiner Bock—which, it should be pointed out, isn’t really a bock to begin with.

To be honest it far exceeded my expectations. I found it to be a kinda quirky easy drinker that I’d pick up again to share or sip.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured light-brown/deep amber beer with light-tan dense 2-finger head, leaving some laces. Poor, but fresh toffee, caramel and malt aroma, maybe thereabouts crème brulée.
Taste - caramel, sweet malt, metallic notes and quite pretty aggressive hop ending. Medium carbonated with pleasant aftertaste. Drinkable, but specific beer, including properties both of dark lagers and red irish ales.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.27/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.16 oz. green bottle, though I'm wary of the significant figures,

A: Pours a medium amber, with a 1/2 finger off-white head. Good retention, spots of lace. Lighter than I thought it would be.

S: Nice nose, dark toffee malt, very malty, caramel.

T: Light caramel with a twinge of sourness, some grassy hop notes. Lemon, orange rind, metallic at times, with a bit of skunk.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, not particularly smooth.

D: An OK dark lager, not as clean as I'd like, servicable in the end.

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Photo of Zorro
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear brown colored beer with a reddish cast when held up to the light. Small tan head that doesn't last.

Smells malty and bready with a fruity yeast aroma. Sweet aroma for a beer smells like wort. What hops there are give this a earthy aroma.

Starts out sweet and lightly sour like a rye beer. Grain and raisin with a bit of an astringent bite. Mildly bitter but not heavy on the hops.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Something of a boring beer here, nothing especially outstanding. At best a little better than cheap lager.

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Photo of Douglas88
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Mazza resturant. Pours a awesome ruby hue with a small white head. The aroma is very nice; rich malts and berries. The taste is very nice; toasted malts, a really rich malt profile, like a german doppel. Also, a really nice fruity aspect, berries mostly. A nice surpirse.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 0.33L into Apline mug.

Caramel/bourbon body with bready tight head that dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving a bit of lacing. Very sparse visible carbonation.

EXtremely malt-forward boiled grain smell - slightly smoky. Not sure of hops, but there's represented...Saaz? Definitely dark bread scent. Hearty...not the freshest-smelling stuff but solid. I even detect a slight aroma of roasted squash.

This retains the husky malt character of the aroma. There is a metallic bite at first but it fortunately dissipates with warmth. More of a crispy taste than the scent indicates. Not the worst stuff in the world, by far.

The maltiness of this offering provides a nice, hearty feel - this should be good for a fall or cold-weather lager. Finish is a little tightening from latent malt sweetness. Hop kick emerges more on the piney feel than in taste. Decent.

This is a straight-ahead, sessionable offering from Armenia that is actually pretty decent. It's not something I would regularly seek out but it's solid for a spot start.

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Photo of aluskungs
3.93/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color is a nice copper with some haze to the beer. There is not much of a head (in fact there is none). You can see stuff floating in the beer, it's weird it just sits there, it doesn't move, it's suspended like fruit in Jell-O.

The smell is quite nice and different. I'm sure that this beer is past it's freshness date and has had some exciting adventures between Armenia and my computer desk here in Boston. Smells like wort, a sweet toasty wort. No hop aroma. Some sour smell maybe due to it's lack of freshness.

A dark flat liquid that I couldn't contemplate drinking warm. Big malt sweetness with a little alcohol bite at the end to keep the sweetness in it's place. Not much hop flavor. A bit sour. The taste is reminiscent of dates and molasses and grapes, a full complex flavor that is quite nice to sip and enjoy.

I was worried about buying this green bottled foreign beer for fear that I might have wasted my money (well not really, my dad gave this to me). I would get this beer again. A pleasant surprise from a beer I didn't have much hope in. Don't judge a beer by it's appearance!

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was one of those beers that I had to get for the novelty; found it on the shelves at Food Villa, a convenience store down the street. You never know what you'll find in that place. Bottle is thick and dark green with a cap stating "1952" on top. Label lists the contents at 11.16 Fl. Oz. - yes, that's precise...also, a quote from the back label, word for word: "Produced on classic technology with the best brands of hops, barley and carameled malt providet specially for "KILIKIA" beer". I didn't know hops were branded... :). Poured to a small (25cl) La Rulles tasting glass...

A: Chestnut brown and very clear with some gentle streams of carbonation. 1 Finger off-white head becomes a benign splotchy film. Minimal lace.

S: Roasted malt with nice nuttiness. Hints at a metallic sort of lager yeast smell, though I'm not sure where that would come from. Generally a nice smell but not long lasting.

T: Fairly robust nutty flavor with some roasted malt. Caramel character is marred a little by that tinny metallic character found in the smell, but no worse than a standard brown ale. Some clean hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Weak mouthfeel. Despite good flavor, this beer seemed watery and had very little lingering flavor. Mouthfeel could be considered light to medium and is smooth. But pretty average or a little below.

D: I wouldn't refuse another of these. It was decent and had some good qualities, but probably wouldn't seek it out. Price was rather high (I think they were charging $10/6-pack; they sold me a single for $2), so the novelty of trying this beer from Armenia was enough for me. Worth a try if you can find one...

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Photo of asabreed
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. A brew from Armenia, eh? Certainly my first, and I'm glad I'm getting out of the U.S., Germany, and Belgium for a bit to switch up the tasting.

Appearance: A light brown body with some amber and slight yellow. Head's thick at first, about 1", as I gave it a pretty vigorous pour. But it's gone fairly quickly, with some spotty and thin lacing remaining.

Smell: Certainly clean, some slightly toasted malts. Can't really gain much more than that, but it's definitely pretty nice, just not terribly noteworthy.

Taste: Clean and crisp at first, with some toasted malt, huskiness, and hop bitterness at the end. Finishes slightly dry, though some malt sweetness remains on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Not too much carbonation, a moderately thick body for a beer that doesn't seem to thick, which goes nicely with the carbonation. Also a little bit creamy.

Drinkability: This is an easy drinking beer, and it seems like it'd go really well with a spicy sandwich. Not sure if I'd buy a six-pack or anything, but for my first brew from Armenia, and considering the style, it's pretty tasty, and not too expensive if you feel so inclined to try it.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.85/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a two-fingered off-white head that fades quickly and leaves some lace. Medium carbonation and light bodied. Amber color. Nose is slightly malty. Starts with a good mix of malts and hops, finishes sweet and watery. $1.75 for a 12oz green bottle.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What do the strange shapes/letters/hieroglyphics on the label of the dreaded green bottle mean? Who knows? But I do see the word "Beer" and Dark, so it must be safe!
It pours a dark 40 wt. oily amber with a fast fading white head. The aroma is a bit sulfuric with a lasting sweet malty smell. Caramel, brown sugar and a hint of milk chocolate coat the tongue. A mild lime-like bitterness and a touch of metallic tang attempt to be noticed but are just no match for the sweetness. A light herbal quality remains throughout, though ever so slightly. This is my favorite beer from Armenia!

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Photo of Jason
3.57/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz slender green bottle with no freshness date, foreign characters make most of the label impossible to read.

Appearance: Mildly hazed tawny garnet colour with a firm and creamy lace with multi sized bubbles. Head retention is decent.

Smell: Creamy aroma with some notes of caramel and faint toasted malt and even fainter roasted. Milk chocolate comes to mind as well as a doughy pasty malt aroma.

Taste: Moderate body, crisp mouth feel with a well textured density. Unsweetened chocolate, perhaps closer to carob is throughout the initial burst of flavour. The toasted quality of the malt is something that grows on the palate for the better while it mingles with the chocolate and light malt sweetness. Rounded maltiness with full flavours of grain and husk. Hops are small on the bitterness and scramble to balance, hop flavour seems to go further with a faint yet pleasant herbal taste. Semi-sweet beer, a light touch of residual sweetness is in the end. The finish goes back and forth from chocolate/ carob to toasted husk.

Notes: This is one tasty dark lager with a big malt character for a small beer, the clarity and head are really the only faults of the brew which are not so far gone. This would go excellent with a turkey Ruben on rye and a Kosher dill pickle.

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Photo of ORM1
2.97/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well, what to say?
I used to get something caramel in taste from dark beers of Munchen style. This was very common pale lage in it's taste with little bit dark color. Dirty dark...
This might be call a water-Munchen style. :-)
ABV = 4,4%. May be this is not enought to be a dark beer.
Yes, you may drink this beer cold on a very hot day. But I can not imagine myself sitting somewhere in a bar drinking it.
Average impression is "disappointing".
Cost for 0,5l bottle in St.Petersburg is 18-19 rubles (~ 0,63 USD). Rather expensive for this taste. :-)

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Kilikia Dark from Beer of Yerevan JSC
Beer rating: 3.26 out of 5 with 34 ratings