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


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RATINGS: 525   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jspruit (122) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 15, 2007
Had this at the Galway beer festival, but didn’t really take any notes then so I had to buy this at the local off-license here in Dublin. Poured from a 500mL bottle with a nice dark amber color like a cola with a 1-finger head that looked very cola-ish as well. The head settled to a small film and stayed on top throughout the drink. Roasted malts and caramely hints fill the nose upon pour. A bit smokey too it smells like. The flavors that you can smell upon pouring come through right away in the taste too. It is a bit dry and not too full, but quite pleasant. Some sweetness & stickiness comes later on your tongue at the end of each sip along with a slight bit of sourness. Goes down easy with plenty of taste, not as heavy as I would have expected. I like this beer and think that I could drink more than one in a session-but I am not sure if I would drink it all night long.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (6297) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2007
(Draught at White Horse, Parson’s Green, London, 30 Nov 2007) Dark brown colour, almost black, with frothy pale brown head. Malty, roasted nose with toffee, chocolate and coffee. Roasted, malty taste with notes of coffee, chocolate and cola. Not very bitter and not overly sweet. Quite nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ebarnes (239) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - NOV 25, 2007
On draught in Prague
Black with an ample tannish head. Aroma is smoky with some roasted maltiness. The flavor matches, Maybe a slight hint of chocolate, but not extreme. Not too heavy. Not bitter. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - NOV 21, 2007
50cl bottle from Russia, thanks to Chad. Grassy, roasty, and cocoa aroma. Flavor is woody with some smoke, saltiness, roastiness, and a little chocolate. Light to medium body is pretty smooth and rounded. Some bitterness in the finish, but mostly from the roasted malts, and the hops don’t make much of an impact. Also a little unclean and jumbled. It’s alright, but I guess I just don’t like dunkels too much.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
onlyrocknroll (379) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - NOV 6, 2007
Black with a medium head. Light malt aroma. Light body. Smokey, nutty and coffee notes. Enjoyable, although after two I felt the need to move on to something else.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2007
Almost black beer with a thin fading off-white covering. Faintly smokey, roasty aroma but the flavour seems a little too washed out and watered down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - NOV 3, 2007
Draft @ U Medvidku, Prague. Pours almost entirely opaque black with brown tones, lovely fluffy beige head that sticks around a while if you let it; almost like a lager stout: same chocolate roastiness, caramel and biscuit malts maple syrup, only lacking the heavy body and drawn out finish of a stout, which makes it a good bit more drinkable. Goes exceptionally well with goulash.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2007
Draught @ St. Albans BF. Due to many of my choices being already sold out, I was kindly given a glass to try while debating. I must say it was much better than expected, not amazing but my expectations were low. Sweet roasted malt and a bit of cocoa. Taste is much the same with a bit of coffee, caramel and some hop in the finish. Hey, don’t let the name fool you, they do a couple of good un’s...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2007
On tap at Bedford Arms Speciality Beer House, Bedford. Dark brown with a lively beige head. Slightly eggy malt aroma. Rather watery ashy malt taste with traces of chocolate. A little bitterness. Not up to a decent porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - OCT 21, 2007
500ml bottle: poured dark brown with a medium sized light brown head. Very rich smelling with roasted malts. Flavor is roasty, not near as rich as the aroma would suggest but still very nice. No residual sweetness lingering anywhere after swallowing. It’s not dry but in my opinion perfectly balanced. A very nice beer.

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