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

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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
gnoff (7818) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2009 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 cent. Butterscotch, malty, sweet taste. A bit thin mouthfeel, rather low co2. Low bitterness. Herbal hoppy aftertaste.
6/4/6/2/11=2.9

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MartinT (7797) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Quack-Duck (7794) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
shrubber85 (7571) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skinnyviking (7000) - 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 (6579) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (6184) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 21, 2009
Medium beige head. Beautiful dark red body. Malty strawy raisiny aroma with roasty wild berry notes. Dry-sweetish strawy roasty papery taste with raisiny wooden notes. Harmonic and balanced. Mild mouthfeel. Clean. Dry wooden roasty wild berry aftertaste. Very nice, and highly drinkable, if slightly acrid. (0.5l bottle from Pivovarsky Klub, Prague.)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6071) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 30, 2008
On tap in a cellar bar in Prague. Very dark beer, beige head. Roasted malt, tast, bread crust when you forgot the bread in the overn for five minutes too long. A sooty sourness that plays around with sweet malt. Truly great.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (6004) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2008
Back from a Czech Republic pub-crawl this is part of my express ratings for the “typical” Světlý 11°- (Czech light Pils), Světlý 12°+ (Czech Pils), Polotmavý (Czech Amber Lagers) and Tmavý (Czech Black Lagers). Non-typical beers will receive personalized descriptions after the express ratings.
-------- /> How: Tap at Kralovstvi, Prague
The look: Dark ruby body with a large beige head
To me a typical Czech Tmavé (Czech Black Lager) is: Dark malts and barely any roastiness sensation. Some dark fruits flavours (raisins with a little figs, dates and prunes) wrapped in smooth dark caramel (borderline toffee) and a subtle chocolate note. A bit bready. Moderately sweet without much hops presence and only a mild bitterness (voluntary unbalanced it seems). Very smooth body, like a watery cream.
This one: As above but a bit sweeter and on the toffee side than average. A little prune juice flavour didn’t sit very well with the rest of the beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (5750) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - 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.


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