Brewed by Královský pivovar Krušovice (Heineken)
Style: Schwarzbier
Krusovice, Czech Republic


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Harmony between taste and beauty - Dark beer is the traditional product of the Royal Brewery of Krušovice and for more than 100 years the production of this beer has not stopped. The beer has a full, sweet caramel taste and a light hop flavour. The high quality of the raw ingredients assures the excellent taste of the beer. There are several types of malt, natural spring water from the Křivoklát Wood and hops from the Žatec area.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
weedster (19) - - APR 27, 2014
Caramel, bread, chocolate, coffee lightness. Watery. Good for afternoon refreshment.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
fdomig (360) - München, GERMANY - APR 20, 2014
500ml bottle. Aroma is malty, toffee, sweetness. Appearance is dark black with a white head. Very watery. No aftertaste. Well, yo light.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Maarten1993 (283) - - APR 20, 2014
Drank with Thijs 20-4-2014. Very watery beer. Slight hints of coffee but its almost dark water. Not good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerandBlues2 (9588) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 19, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours clear black with a medium, frothy light tan head, long retention with light lacing. Aroma is nutty and chocolate malt, dates and prunes with woody and earthy hops. Flavor is lightly tart dark fruits and bitter dark malt, light hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Medium-light body and light carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (7096) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 18, 2014
Sehr dunkel rötlichbraunes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, Kaffee. Geschmack röstmalzig, leicht schokoladig, Kaffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
worldbeertaste (1619) - AUSTRIA - APR 17, 2014
Deep brown with a tan, thin, lasting, frothy head. Smells of dark malt like a schwartzbier, nut, caramel and raisin. Medium frothy oily body. Tastes of sweet caramel malt but a bit subdued under the dark malt, raisin and soft bitter roast finish. Herbal hops. Nice and easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kita (1028) - Koper, SLOVENIA - APR 6, 2014
Can, 0.50l, shared with Yuri. Clear almost black color with medium frothy off-white head and fair lacing. Aroma of caramel, roasted malt, chocolate and herbal hops. Taste starts with moderate sweet caramel, follows by roasted malt, coffee and chocolate, while finish is average bitter. Medium body, slick texture and soft carbonation in palate. Low ABV, but still pretty decent flavoured...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
CanCrusher (610) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - APR 1, 2014
Can 0,50L. Dark, ruby brown clear colour with large, creamy, light brown head. Mostly malty aroma of roasted malts, milk chocolate, cacao, caramel. Light bitter taste with some milk chocolate hints. Light to medium body, watery texture and soft carbonation.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Jashuel (1) - - APR 1, 2014 does not count
deep brown, medium strong head. Caramel aroma, roasted malts and hops. Medium sweetness, very well rounded. Good dark beer for summer days

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jmanock (21) - - MAR 27, 2014
pours a nice head and body that is on the slightly darker side for a black lager. kind of cloudy and not totally filtered. aroma is of grain, very slight chocolate and maybe even something sweet like bubble gum, but very faint. taste is quite watery (not surprising given the alcohol content), which is disappointing. this ends very dry with only a small amount of maltiness, almost no hops and almost no roast. just a little bit of sweetness and black bread flavor. i’d drink again, but only really for refreshment on a hot day.

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