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


on tap

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RATINGS: 898   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Pours a dark reddish brown color. Aromas of roasted malts, bits of chocolate and coffee. Flavor has a nice bitter roast taste and a touch of hops on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SaintMatty (6734) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2008
Draught (Svejki Juures, Tallinn). Dark brown in colour with a tan head. Malty aroma with a bit of sweet coffee. Roasted taste with a hint of smoked ham and coffee along with some aniseed. Not bad although I could imagine it becoming rather sickly after a while.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Pours a dark ruby-brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee and malt. Similar flavors with some sweet caramel and grain. A good overall brew, though a bit thin on the palate. Refreshing.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
General66 (203) - Streator, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2008
500mL bottle shared with Illini08 and nimrod. I am embarrassed that this beer came out of my refrigerator. Poured a pretty mahogony color with a small white head that disappeared very quickly. This beers look was by far its best quality. The aroma was almostcompletely absent. The little that was there consisted of malt. The taste was also very bland. It had the consistency of water and I actually tasted a lot of spring water along with a little bit of malt. This beer did not necessarilly taste bad, there was just absolutely nothing going on with it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2008
500 mL bottle (born on date 25. April 2007). split 3 ways. Mahogany colored pour with a small off-white head. Almost no aroma. What was there was light caramel malt and maybe some smoke. Flavor was similar. Very watery and uninteresting. Nothing offensive about it though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
nimrod (73) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2008
Shared with General66 and illini08; thanks Bobby?? Poured mahogany red with small head. Very bland, watered down taste with some caramel malt and roasted aromas. This beer was extremely bland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2008
Dark brown almost black with medium head. Love the slightly smokey and coffee taste while it stays very refreshing and drinkable. Slight metallic bitterness in the finish is the main drawback. Just enough sweetness. It isn’t going to blow you away, but I’m a big fan. Every beer doesn’t have to be so big as too blow your mind. Well made and enjoyable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - APR 20, 2008
On tap, poured deep brown with a finger thick off white head. Nose was medicine sweet and malt. The flavor was a bit smokey, but also with the medicinal malt sweetness. Sweet, smooth finish was the highlight of this beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2008
Pours a nice brown colour with a slight off white head that fades instantly. Light coffee aroma and roasted malt. Flavour was light but nutty. Quite drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Meatmallet (126) - Salem, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2008
Pours dark with a good head that didnt stay around long vert little lacing. Smell is not very powerful but pleasant. Has a carmel and coffee aroma. Taste was very mild and had a watered down feel with light carbonation. Roasted coffee and malt flavors were good, I just wish a bit stronger. I think this is a good beer but it is one you need to be in the mood for.

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