Brewed by Budweiser Budvar Ceske Budejovice
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
České Budějovice, Czech Republic


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RATINGS: 507   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Glouglouburp (6022) - 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 late-night (when all the good beer bars are closed) at some very cool pub in Prague but with a sucky beer selection
The look: Dark brown body with medium 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 less of everything and a bit more toffee flavour. Hints of black liquorice. Body felt a bit empty. Too clean.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Plovmand (6501) - Helsinge, DENMARK - APR 2, 2008
Bottle. Pours dark brown with medium floffy head. Aroma is malty with some roastiness. Flavour is dark candy sugar and dark malts. Good bitterness. Pleasant dunkel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
evilempire (132) - sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2008
draught at Moldava station, Ceske Rupublika. A smooth, dark, roasty flavoured beer, with a fairly dense, lasting, head. actually somewhat similar to a strong mild, with a coffee & chocolate aftertaste. certainly preferred this to any of the brewery’s pale offerings. tasted all the better for costing 35p, a tenth of the price in most UK pubs

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maria (10164) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2008
Dark mahogany with a red hue and a huge, nice and creamy head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt and caramel. The flavour has sweetness and notes of roasted malt, caramel, candy sugar and a suitable, slightly citrussy, bitterness in the finish, and at the end also slightly dry. It’s smooth, mellow and pleasant.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 20/20
haf (528) - Gijon, SPAIN - FEB 25, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2008 las que puntúo con 2.4 son las que he probado pero no me acuerdo de la cata

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5218) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2008
Tap at Ship Centurion, Whitstable. Named Dark Lager. Light mouthfeel. Coffee grounds flavoured frisky carbonated lager. Blur of caramel in the finish. I’ve never quite got dark lagers. The light, clean body of a lager is fine for delivering a crisp, refreshing, thirst quenching drink that also cleans the palates - but when you combine it with dark, considered flavours there is an uncomfortable and unsettling clash. This was new to the Ship and the regulars were keen to try it - but it wasn’t proving popular with either the lager drinkers (nah, give us the Bitbuger) nor the ale drinkers (I prefer the Elgood’s Black Dog). I suspect the novelty of a black lager will soon wear thin, and the Budvar will be going home.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skinnyviking (7069) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2008
High fluffy but lasting off-white head. Very dark red brown body. Lovely roasted barley malt aroma with a bit of caramel and hints of cocoa. Mild and yet hoppy caramel coffee flavor. Low carbonation. Long coffee like aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Russo (1685) - Campinas, BRAZIL - FEB 17, 2008
Bottle in Moscow. Dark brown color, with a thin beige foam. Sweet Coffee aroma and notes of chocolate and toffee. Flavor is balanced betwen sweetness and bitterness, notes of toffee and average carbonation, Mouthfeel is a little bitter at finish.

Portuguęs: Cerveja marrom escura, com uma espuma bege e fina. Aroma adocicado de café e notas de chocolate e caramelo. Sabor balanceado entre o doce e o amargo, notas de caramelo e média carbonataçăo. Retrogosto um pouco amargo.<P>

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
masto (77) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 15, 2008
Cask. Roasted malt aroma, roasted malt taste. Boring and disappointing. 160208

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 15, 2008
500 ml bottle given to me by my friend JP upon his return from Prague, served a few minutes out of the fridge from a Coors Banquet fluted glass. The voluminous dark tan head fills 1/3 of the glass, large-bubbled and decaying slowly atop the translucent molasses-hued body....faint burnt-grain notes, a hint of chocolate, but also alas some light skunkiness in the strong nose....the body is roasty, rather dry with just a bit of light chocolty residual sweetness certerpalate and fading rapidly....strong carbonation, fairly intense bitterness at the finish, all underdone by a very weak, thin body. Potential, but....

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