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Style: Schwarzbier
Horsham, England

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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Inspired by a trip to the Czech Republic, this beer plays upon the intrinsic coffee flavour in the unfiltered dark Budvar. A dark lager, brewed with imported Czech malt, hops from the Zatec region and a traditional Czech yeast strain. The natural coffee flavours characteristic of these malts are enhanced by the addition of coffee beans after fermentation.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (4567) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Cask @ CPK. Black color with faint red highlights. Small, frothy tan head. The nose is sweet brown sugar, some milk chocolate plenty of coffee. The taste is initially lightly sweet creamed coffee, some raspberry fruits. The finish is clean with a slight edge of acid bitterness. Medium body, slightly watery. Light carbonation. Overall, a nice beer, quite unique and hard to categorize. A few found it to be a bit heavy on the coffee, but I thought the bitterness nicely balanced out some of the sweeter flavors.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bart (2941) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 11, 2012
Draught @ Craft Beer Co, London. Black coloured beer with a short off white head. Strong coffee and toffee roasted malty hinted aroma. Medium to full palate. Finish is strong roasted, clear coffee beans (Java?) bitter roasted malty. Very good brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerViking (2441) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2012
Cask at CASK. Looks like a very large espresso but smells more like coffee beans. Fascinating coffee and roast malt body with hints of red wine, then a bitter coffee and faintly herb-hop finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerCast_Rich (1863) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 23, 2012
[cask at the Caley Sample Room, Edinburgh] Black beer, thin off-white head. Nice mix of aromas – cold coffee and roasty porter. Starts right away like a coffee stout, before the pilsner’s lack of relative body arrives pretty quickly. That rapid finish is (by design) thin, yet also sweet, creamy mocha. Interesting stuff, and really rather nice [12042012]

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sm89walt (1754) - Northern Beaches, Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 24, 2012
Cask - The Craft Beer Co, Clerkenwell, London. Poured with a foamy lasting one finger beige to light tan head. Somewhat like a lighter version of their espresso stout but crisper & firmer, no doubt due to the pils element. Nice filter coffee profile with good choccy, roasted maltiness on the tongue. Light to medium body, firm & spritzy mouthfeel with a lingering dry coffee aftertaste.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ladnewton (1411) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2012
Cask at the CASK Pub & Kitchen (London branch) on 9th March 2012. Clear dark brown with pale brown to off white foam quickly decaying to ring and film and leaving partial lacing. Roast, fresh coffee beans in aroma. Main taste is of rich roastiness - bitter with coffee beans, smokiness and chicory. Finish is richly malty with fresh-ground coffee and strong bitterness yet rounded and delicate. Engaging texture, thickish body. Outstanding.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bobinlondon (1256) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2012
Hand pulled cask at the Harp. Deep ruby brown with a beige head. Coffee certainly snuffs out any subtle bottom fermentation characturistics but gorgeous all the same!

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
prawlie (1141) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2012
Pint at the Nags Head in Reading. Black beer with a lively, frothy head. Light coffee taste, lighter than a porter or a stout, a little chocolatey too. Light coffee aroma, but not that good a coffee! Overall its drinkable but their espresso beer is better.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CraftBeerNick (862) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2012
Cask at PSBH, 29th March 2012. Dark brown ale, good aroma, you get the cofee and malt. Follows though in the taste. Good beer, tried this next to the Dark Star Imperial, this in my view was far superior.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
omegamike (152) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2012
Aromas dominated by coffee. It tastes entirely of the coffee too (in no way a bad thing) but leaves a sour and sticky finish that vaguely ruins it... A mixed bag really, but an interesting concept.


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