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


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RATINGS: 848   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
Editor’s note: Ratings of the Swedish 3.5% ABV version should also be entered here.

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.
9.7° 90 EBC.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sammy (9986) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2007
A serviceable shwartzbier, about middling mouthfeel, with coconut and licorice taste. Even with the small alcohol, its a soda pop, but it worked on this hot fall day. I don’t think I could have it everyday. Black colour and some licorice and molasses on the nose.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Pours dark brown with a fizzy tan head. Slightly sweet/stale aroma with a hint of old coffee that’s been left on the hot plate too long. Flavor is equally as weird with stale licorice notes and old coffee mixed with a corny sweet lager. Palate is light and fizzy, with a stale/sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Pours a very dark but clear ruby brown with a small tan head that falls quickly. Nose is not very strong, but carries malt scents and a slight robust quality to it. Flavor is interesting. Slightly smoked on the end. Things start off with a nice malty flavor and move on a bit of a tour to that slight smokey and roasted avenue. Feel is fairly bodied as far as the liquid feel goes. No real big attack of bubble on the tongue. Drinkable, yes. A pretty damn good beer actually. Worth trying, and could easily be a session brew considering the quality AND the price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (4288) - Georgia, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Aroma is strong, malty, and mouth-watering. It pours a dark reddish-brown, almost the color of cola, with a thick, tan head that does not stay for long. Flavor is malty with a hint of burnt coffee and a little hop bitterness. This beer is velvety smooth and pleasant to drink, best by itself.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kinz (3567) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Nice almost opaque black with brown highlights, nice head. Aroma faintly of powdered chocolate and sugar. Flavor was very muted, faint coffee and chocolate with an odd sweetness. Reading the bottle I see that the beer’s last ingredient was "artificial sweetner." Huh? That would explain the powdery sugary thing going on I couldn’t put my finger on. Not bad, but fairly thin and uninteresting overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrewboss (137) - New York, USA - SEP 18, 2007
Bottle................................good dark beer, but nothing special. Not my cup of tea, really.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jeverszeuge (637) - GERMANY - SEP 18, 2007
from keg. malty and sweet smell.starts thin, then gets sweeter with more aroma. sticky on the lips.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
heavy (2280) - Split, CROATIA - SEP 9, 2007
0.5 l can. Pours dark brown body with quite thick light brown head. Nice aroma of coffee malt some caramel, too. Flavor is quite flat, too watery with coffee again. There is also notable bitterness, which shows up in quite bitter finish. Too thin generally, this beer is disappointing, although not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2007
Pours the darkest possible mahogany. Any more opaque and it would be black. That said, the body looks a little watery. A small, off-white, bubbly film is all that shows for a head. Tiny little spots of lacing dot the glass in a completely random pattern. The aroma is a bit muted, showing mostly coffee and faint chocolate malts. I didn’t really pick much else up in the nose, even on a deep inhale. The flavor is again quite bland, showing only weak coffee and faint chocolate. There is a mild hop bitterness as well, though not really enough to make it interesting. The mouthfeel is borderline thin, and at just 3.8% ABV this one goes down like water. Slightly bitter coffee finish. This beer is drinkable, but lackluster and disappointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EHSRanders (1916) - Tjele, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2007
Bottle. Black colour with large creamy light brown mostly lasting head. Aroma is roasted malt and caramel. Sweet flavor. Watery palate.

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