Afanasy is the first beer I've ever had from Russia proper. It took some courage to try it, because past excursions into beer brewed by former Soviet states have not gone well. Plus, on the back it had "Best Before" with all the numbers and letters indicating month and year, but none of them were checked, which can't be good. However, I have to say that it was decent, and I did enjoy it. It had a very sweet, toffee-like taste to it, but it went down smooth, a lot like a stronger German dark beer. One distinctive thing I should mention is the incredibly gay-looking guy on the label, blond hair and beard, garish clothing, bright hat, on a Viking ship. Very funny.
Reviewed: July 24, 2004