gnoff (7818) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
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.
MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark chocolate and roasted nuts slither sensually onto the fruitiness. Vegetal notes worry through the roastiness.
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.
Forgetting something in the stove just a little too long.
Quack-Duck (7794) - Down South, GERMANY - NOV 17, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
shrubber85 (7571) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
Skinnyviking (7000) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
motelpogo (6579) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 24, 2003
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
bit of a nothing beer. cola sweetness with a bit of soy and quite thin for a 12 degree
larsga (6184) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 21, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.)
KnutAlbert (6071) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 30, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Glouglouburp (6004) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
DSG (5750) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.