Zhiguljovskoje: A mouth full

Here’s one that almost took me to the promised land.  Almost.  Light gold, very effervescent and capable of floating a decent 3/8″ thick head.  The hoppiness in the bouquet leans toward dry, not floral, more toward rusty.  And that is not a bad, just a hard essence to describe.  There is a hint of grain and berry there is well.  The mouthfeel is great, and the flavor is wonderful.  Rich malt, more grain and a hint of bread.  The problem arises here.  The finish is dry, it lingers and makes the salivary glands get going.  But the lingering…just keeps lingering.  Frankly, the aftertaste hung around too long and became unappetizing.  I didn’t finish this beer for fear of tasting it all night.  Too bad, because it had such promise.  This beer was brewed by Baltika, who in my experience, seem to just miss more often than the hit the mark, and I’ve tried at least 3 of their beers since they became available in the States.


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