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Bašta Polotmavý Speciál 12°
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Brewed by Pivovar Bašta
Style: Polotmavý
Prague, Czech Republic

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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.34/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   ABV: -
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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (6044) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2008
(Draught at Pivovar Bašta, Prague, 21 July 2008) Dark reddish amber colour with frothy, beige head. Malty nose with caramel, orange and lots of toffee. Malty taste with notes of caramel, toffee, nuts, apricots and blood oranges. Complex stuff with some spicy hops. Very nice one.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (12474) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 17, 2008
Draught@brewpub
Hazy amber color, small off-white head. Caramelly sweety, light hops in the aroma. Sweetish, a bit alcoholic. Kind of so and so beer. Basta brews are all drinkable, but not impressive.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (7687) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUL 2, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2011 First rating
(Draught at the brewpub in Prague on June 23, 2008)
Shady copper color, fluffy tan head. Spicy, sweet, alcohol, soapy hops scent. Hoppy, sweet but dry, taste, bitter and licorice aftertaste. Moussy mouthfeel, low bitterness. Also coffee in the aftertaste.
7/4/7/3/14=3.5

Rerate
Draught at the brewpub on May 23, 2009
Shady dark copper color, smallish but creamy tan head. Buttescotch scent. Sweet malty and butterscotch taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness.6/4/6/4/12=3.2

Rerate
Draught at the brewpub on June 2, 2011
Cloudy brown color, off-white head. Sweet, malty, herbal taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Some roasted aftertaste. Roasted scent.
6/3/6/3/12=3.0

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20252) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 1, 2008
Draught. Amber colour, mediumsized beige creamy head. Aroma is licorice, malts, mild apicing as well as some fruits. Flavour is bigtime licorice with some malts, mildly salted nuts as well as some slight hoppy bitterness. Some diacetyl is also coming in in the finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (19233) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 1, 2008
Draught at Pivovar Bašta Prague. Hazy amber, small brief head. Light oil and toffee up front. Medium sweet with light-medium body and rounded mouthfeel. Fresh and drinkabke, light and grassy. Short empty finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (5956) - 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 brewpub (Pivovar Bašta, Prague)
The look: Cloudy amber body with a large beige head
To me a typical Czech Polotmavé (Czech Amber Lagers) is: Hay and biscuit wrapped in caramel. Very light fruity notes with no specific fruits giving the impression of slightly fruity caramel. Moderately sweet. Sweetness is well balanced by dry grassy hops. Body is smooth. Medium carbonation.
This one: As above with the dry grassy hops head-to-head with a surprising lemony tartness in the finish. More refreshing but less involving. Still very good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (5658) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2008
En fűt. Pinte dégustée ŕ la brasserie. Arôme: Odeur d’houblon et de malt légčrement caramélisé. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée légčrement voilée. Présence d’un large col crémeux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goűt de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arričre goűt. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une etxture légčrement crémeuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légčre présence de caramel en arričre goűt. (Rating #1532)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2008
UPDATED: APR 1, 2008 My Bottom Line:
A caramel of cranberries develops quasi maple syrup trails as its luscious body slides down effortlessly. This highly talented Polotmavé is a feast for the malt lover.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A block of solid foam sits atop the hazy copper.
-That fruity caramel is complex and never too sweet; just expertly extracted.
-Subtle hop bitterness does not quite achieve balance, but I don’t care in this case.
-The fruitiness ramifies into plums, cherries or cranberries as it moves across the tongue.

On tap at the brewpub.


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