Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2008
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
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 in some non-beer-geek restaurant in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
The look: Dark brown body with a 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 a bit sweeter (too sweet) and syrupy than average with some liquorice flavours. Something felt “artificial” about it. Inferior Tmavý.
Tranquillity (1451) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2008
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Canned. Medium brown colour, thick beige head. Sweet, sugary aroma with malt. Taste sugar and roasted amlt. Quite full for its strength.
Quack-Duck (8383) - Down South, GERMANY - MAR 20, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
draught at Plzensky Dvur Smichov. Dark bwon colour, large and very very creamy head. Sweet and malty, full-bodied, hints of roasted malt and caramel. Slightly hoppy only. Surprisingly good.
masto (77) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 19, 2008
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear dark red brown, fluffy lasting light brown head. Mild sweet aroma. This used to be a favorite but now it tastes just candy sweet with a bit of roasted malt. Good malty and a bit hoppy finish. I suspect artificial sweetener. Average dunkel.
Skinnyviking (7595) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. High fluffy but lasting light brown head. Very dark clear red brown body. Roasted barley malt aroma with a bit of caramel and notes of butter. Very sweet and mild roasted barley malt flavor with caramel. Low carbonation and a short sweet aftertaste.
DruncanVeasey (7439) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
3.8%??! Tap, all over Prague. Ruby tints and beige lace. Sweet malty chocolatey sessions. Cocoa Pops milk with dunked butter cookie. Simple, sweet, beautiful late morning/lunchtime beer...almost a drainpour by evening...way too sweet to be serious. Dark malts beaten to death with the sugarspoon. Overly saccharine tasty restorative.
uhre (384) - DENMARK - FEB 17, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma is very sweet and malty. It looks dark brown with a beige head - good lasting. The flavor is very sweet and a lot of malt characteristics.
KimJohansen (10347) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2008
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown with medium off white head. Aroma is sweet with caramel and malty notes. Sweet caramel flavor with metallic notes. Ends watery.
Maria (10187) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark and malty and the flavour is sweet, but not cloying, and it has notes of caramel. It’s easy to drink but it could have more depth. (Early rating, and too short)
kappldav123 (5370) - GERMANY - JAN 4, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The bottle looks good, the beer in the glass also. Fine foam. The beer is modest malty, a little bit sweet, not penetrating. Not bad, good beer!