Brewed by Budějovický Budvar
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
České Budějovice, Czech Republic


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RATINGS: 583   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Prémiový tmavý ležák doplňuje tradiční nabídku piva z pivovaru Budějovický Budvar, n. p. od roku 2004. Je vyroben stejným postupem jako originální světlý ležák, za použití nejvybranějšího žateckého chmele, moravského sladu, vody čerpané ze 300 m hlubokých artéských studní a tří druhů speciálních barevných ječných sladů: mnichovského, karamelového a praženého.

Charakterizuje jej výrazně tmavá barva, suchá, jemně hořká karamelová chuť bez dominance sladkosti. Vůně je delikátní po praženém sladu.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
REDBOSOX (80) - Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 31, 2008
It’s a HELL of a lot better than the Budweiser we know. Budvar is supposedly THE original Budweiser. This dark lager was pretty good. It pours a nice dark brown with a smooth head that goes away quickly. The aroma was above average. It would have been better if it didn’t have that typical green bottle skunky smell. It doesn’t taste skunky at all thankfully. The finish is good. Overall, a good beer that would probably be better if it was in a brown bottle. I’ll have to try this on tap someday.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EFC1878 (315) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2008
Bottle from Oddbins. Pours dark brown with beige head that quickly dissipates. Roasted malt predominates in the nose but reveals nice hop characteristics (Saaz) on closer inspection. The initial hit is of roast malts eventually being balanced by a hint of sweetness. Long hoppy finish. Despite its appearance and the use of stout-type malts the end result is surprisingly light. Fantastic stuff and, if you can find it, the cask version is even better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SHIG (3934) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Bottle: Poured a black color with a thin light brown head. Aroma is thick coffee bean and roasted malts. Taste is coffee thick black with a bitter finish that keeps the tongue lively.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iammarc (385) - Inverness, SCOTLAND - AUG 15, 2008
Bottle 50cl, Oddbins. Dark dark dark appearance. Thin lacing - short lasting head. Sweetish aroma. Roasted taste, a bit nutty. A little chocolaty. Would have preferred it to be stronger to give it a bit of more character, but nonetheless a good decent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjs (5312) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 12, 2008
(Draught on 2008-08-08) Deep dark brown. Clear. Tan-coloured medium-sized head. Malts and metallic aromas in nosw. Medium-bodied dry palate with lot of carbonation. Malts, bitterness, roasty flavours and sweetness. Harsh and bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
as (168) - Belgrade / Hamburg, - AUG 8, 2008
0,5 l bottle. Reddish black colored. Very big, nice and foamy head. Very easy going, smooth Dunkel, with the usual set of aromas included : nuts, roasted malts, dark chocolate, caramel. Bitter aftertaste. Like the others have said, a bit boring but then again quite good dark beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gunnfryd (12395) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 3, 2008
Bottle. Red dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malt, caramel. Flavour is sweet, roasted, coffe, caramel. A little bit boring beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sirPino (883) - Zawiercie/Sosnowiec, POLAND - AUG 2, 2008
No 465
Rated: 16.07.2008
Bottle green, 500 ml
Appearance: Pours reddish, dark, deep and perfectly clear body texture, carbonation of the body is rather mild, head is off white, cappuccino like in colour, there is decent lacing, head is frothy in texture, initially medium, slowly decreasing to small but still lasting as a small beige - brown cloud on the body surface.
Aroma: Very mild and gentle aroma of dark slightly toasted malt notes of chockolate, caramel, coffee, nice dark character, cappuccino, a note of Plzen malty touch at the background manifesting itself in grainy accents.
Flavour: Very pleasant roasted barley grains, strong bitterness binding your tongue of hoppy origin is that what creates an adventurous experience of dark chockolate and cacao. Very clean, focused and well rounded ingredients. When it comes to maltyness: Plzen malt, Munich malt, caramel malt, burned, roasted malt is balanced with herbal hoppy nose of Saaz hops. Some minerality. Finish duration is long. Very nice coffee and dark chockolate finish with gentle warmth on palate. Alcohol is perfectly hidden.
Palate: Body is light to medium, texture is wattery to dry, finish feel is chalky, medium astringent with nice herbal Saaz hoppy and a bit smoked nose and long bitterness on palate, no alcohol in taste but slight warmth is felt on palate, great brewmaster job.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yngwie (15376) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 23, 2008
Bottle. A clear, dark brown beer with a beige head. Slightly oxidizied aroma with a little touch of smoke. Sure on the malty side, could use a little more balance, but quite good. The flavor is on the other hand a bit boring, roasted and malty, lacking on the hops and bitterness. Coffee-like finish. Medium body with a decent carbonation level. Except for the "dark" part, the beer is quite boring. Easy to drink though. (080620)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Finn (4710) - Tromsř, NORWAY - JUL 22, 2008
Bottle 0,5l. Dark ruby red colored - almost black. A large creamy tanned head. Pleasant aroma of nuts and malt. Modest flavor of biscuit and malt - like bread. An evolving nutty and fruity dry aftertaste with hints of coffee and chocolate. Refreshing and quite good. KI=6.

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