Creamy reddish golden Scotch-malted alt nestles brown-sugared caramel nuttiness alongside subtle hop bitterness. Vanilla-creamed cherry, peach and spiced apple illusions come and go while wispy grape, orange and fig undertones barely register. Stronger grain roasted resilience would’ve been nice.
Rich honey-soaked barley-roasted moderate-bodied bock pours like prune juice. Barleywine-swirled caramelized molasses malting delicately seeps into heavy cream texture but staid dried-fruited finish could be more convincing.
Blah pale appearance, dank malt aroma, and slim flat head not redeemed by soapy phenol sourness. Soft-grained flow lacks full-bodied German traits, finishing thin, plain, and watery.
Soapy light-bodied yellow-hazed pilsner upset by off-putting cabbage-asparagus waft, acrid bruised lemon souring, and bitterly oxidized wheat straw finish. Mild chamomile tea, lemongrass, and vegetal illusions shade grassy hops.
Crisp, silky smooth, light-bodied Helles lager with papery Eastern Euro-like white bread malting loses dry-grained sturdiness by dankly phenol cardboard finish. Lemony hop setting consumes corn syrup sweetness.
Crystal clear, gold-hued, fluffy-headed, sharp hopped pilsner soft, unassuming, and mildly sweet by dreary finish. Made for those who enjoy cheap Bud instead of ‘real’ beer.
Modest amber-clouded tripel supports up-front white ale essence with dainty buttery flow and elevated carbonation. Dry grape esters burst through wheat wine insinuation, leaving yeast-soured green apple imprint. Placid floral hops tantalize perimeter and inform fruity finish.
“Rich and dark like a dobbel,” spicier than a copper ale, but nowhere near as potent as Affligem Tripel. Buttery, ginger-snapped, hop-fizzed holiday treat crowds wispy cobwebs of spongy lace above heartwarming medicinal center aiding earthen wheat-dried red grape musk and latent prune-ripened gunk. ’07 version brought creamier caramel malting and bruised orange-cherry vigor to brandy-soaked Chardonnay sumptuousness.
Rich amber-hued fluffy-headed ale counters wonderful double-hopped bitterness with soft barleywine sweetness. Chewy rum-soaked chocolate malting increases caramel-cocoa creaminess above peppery hop resin. Prune-fig backdrop and nutty bottom punctuate mellow yeast flow.
Unique narrow-necked octagon-edged bottle is unfortunately Afanasy’s most interesting quality. Mellow clear golden light body cheapens aromatic cotton candy wisp and frail butterscotch tongue by limiting grain depth. However, juicy orange-tangerine spurt, nice carbonation, and clean finish save this from being inferior.
Spotty prune-fig confluence picks up considerate dark caramel- toffee-butterscotch continuance as slightly syrupy nature recedes to blank mocha grained finish.
Lacey-headed, flaxen-bodied, water-softened German with noticeable yeast viscosity, pungent burnt wood frontage, smoked salami waft, and peppercorn finish. Off-dry hop effervescence caresses buttered mocha and distant prune nuances beneath. Carbonation holds up well, though advertised ‘wheat’ prominence lags.