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Brewed by Pivovar Černá Hora (Pivovary Lobkowicz)
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Černá Hora, Czech Republic

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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Origin of name: This beer is named after its unique garnet red-brown color (darker than most dark beers). The color of Černá Hora Granát could lead its consumer to call it a "black beer". Taste: it is characterized by its fullness, sweetness and very dark color. A high proportion of Bavarian, caramel and coloring malt based on a longstanding recipe gives the beer its unmistakable caramel taste and markedly influences its bitterness. It is distinguishable by its good head and vigor. Has won 1st place in category of dark lagers upon competition - "The Golden Cup PIVEX - BEER 1999". Winning competition "Dočesná Žatec" in 1995 -1999 years


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
shrubber85 (8998) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2011
Bottle. Light chocolate malt aroma. Dark chestnut color with moderate head. Slightly sweet chocolate and mildly bitter herbal hops flavor. Light body. Okay but very light.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (8741) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2015 First rating
Draught at Dum Vina u Zavojy, Praha - though bloody expensive!
Served as "Cerny Hora Granat 12 tmavy lezak".
Very dark brown color, fluffy lasting brown head. Acidic malty scent. Acidic metalliic malty taste. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness. Paid 70 kcz for a 30 cl draught beer, the second most expensive beer for me ever in Prague. It wasn’t worth it...
At least it gets a new rating.
5/4/5/3/9=2.6

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Draught at Cernohorska pivnice in Brno on May 18, 2009.
Slight bit hazy dark copper to brown color, fluffy light brown head. Malty and huge butterscotch scent. Butterscotch, malty, sweet taste. A bit thin mouthfeel, rather low CO2. Low bitterness. Herbal hoppy aftertaste.
6/4/6/2/11=2.9

Draught at a bar close to the tram stop Břevnovský klášter in Prague. On May 21, 2015.
Clear dark brown to black color, tan head. Sweet, roasted scent. Butterscotch taste, also roasted. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
7/4/6/3/12=3.2

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (8726) - GERMANY - JUL 9, 2007
(bottle, bought in Germany as Granát Pivo Tmavý Lezák, 4.5% abv) Murky brown, almost black colour with a big and dense foamy beige head. Sweet and slightly dusty aroma with roasted malt and caramel, a touch of cacao and herbal hops. Mild bitter flavour, light bodied with a soft to medium carbonation. Roast-malty taste with caramel/toffee and cacao; moderately dry finish with a burnt malty and light herbal hoppy bitterness. A bit light bodied but well-rounded Tmave.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8598) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2011
draft. sweet porter-like roast in the nose with mild calcium and vitamin yeast. medium-light body, rough and minerallic, pasty and dry... in that dried-flaky-chalk-pieces way. lightly sour and tart late.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Quack-Duck (8568) - Down South, GERMANY - NOV 17, 2007
bottle from Pivni Galerie, 4,5% ABV. Clear, dark brown colour, nearly black, medium-size head. Fruity aroma with hints of caramel. Malty flavours dominate, slightly hoppy, hints of roasted malt, caramel, raisins and bitter chocolate.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2005
The Lure:
Dark chocolate and roasted nuts slither sensually onto the fruitiness. Vegetal notes worry through the roastiness.

The Festivities:
Roasted malts offer bitterness towards the end, and chocolate sweetness upfront. A mineral dryness and vegetal leafiness don’t exactly blend well with the aforementioned malt evolution. Either this beer is much better on tap (which is highly possible), or it is very variable in bottles. Or both. Anyway, I feel I didn’t get the quality some of my fellow raters tasted.

Transcendence:
Forgetting something in the stove just a little too long.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (8442) - Tel Aviv, - FEB 28, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks kerenmk. Clear brown with a beige head. Aroma has mild roastiness with a light smoky note, malt, caramel, a bit of dark bread, a nutty hint and a faint diacetyl note. Slightly roasty flavor, slightly smoky, with caramel, some bread and a dry, more roasty, slightly bitter and herbal finish. Medium-bodied. Not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8432) - Ursel, BELGIUM - FEB 24, 2014
Dirty-beige head, slowly collapsing over clear but dark-chestnut beer. Nose is sweet-chocolate & liquorice; further undergrowth, dark leaves, brown bread and rainwater. Rather dry, woody and again leafy flavours, with an undercurrent of sweet bread-and-chocolate. Rather good balance, as there is also a touch of acidity. Warming up, just a tad too much caramelly sweetness welling up. Very present carbonation, spritzy. Medium bodied at best, creamy head thanks to its stability. More dry than bitterish. Surprisingly good tmavý, certainly seen the deplorably poor polotmavý. Thanks, Peter!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skinnyviking (7767) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2009
Draught. Low but lasting off-white head. Verz dark red brown bodz. Hard roasted caramel hops malt aroma. Bittersweet malty caramel nut hops flavor. Low carbonation. Short aftertaste.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
motelpogo (7239) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 24, 2003
bit of a nothing beer. cola sweetness with a bit of soy and quite thin for a 12 degree


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