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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2006
Bottle. Deep brown with red highlights and a frothy tan head. Malt, caramel, smoke, hops, bitter chocolate. Medium body, watery. Somewhat sweet flavor with notes of smoke and citrus and dough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Stefano (1891) - Thisted, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2006
Pours a dark brown body with a reddish glow and a nice and foamy off-white head. Aroma is thin stout-like with notes of roasted malt. Flavour is actually nice too, but the mouthfeel is a bit too mild and thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aurelius (4574) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2006
Cereal and crackerjack caramel aroma. Dark brown, cereal/grainy, dry, very light astringency, lightly bittered, graham charactistics. Medium body. LIght cocoa in a medium finish. Pretty smooth, a bit indistinct, session.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerloverEJ21 (131) - Georgia, USA - OCT 13, 2006
I really like this beer! On the pour, beer is thick, syrupy, black. Head was dark, and thick, about an inch from the top. Smell is wonderful. Chocolate noise. Taste is refreshing. Hints of roasted coffee, maybe some toffee. Very thick on the palate, slippery almost. Fairly clean finish. I think if this beer had a little bit more complexity, maybe a higher abv, it would go a long way in the beer world, but for me, its a keeper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2006
Nice. It pours a deep mahogany body with a modest beige head. The aroma is a smokey molasses with lightly roasted malts. Nicely carbonated. It’s got the flavor of sweet roasted malt, chocolate covered caramel, and a peppery spiciness. Fairly clean finish. I’m surprised at the low ABV, but who cares when it tastes like this.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3412) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2006
Dark black w. a thick chocolate head. Slight coffee aroma. Very intense flavor with a tad of smoked rye and cola rounding out the mix.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - SEP 30, 2006
From a 500 ml. euro brown bottle with a born by date on the back label, 28.06.2006. Poured a red hued Coke Cola brown with a foamy pale tan/beige head that left ringed sticking. Aromas of roasted caramel and chocolate, vanilla and a subtle grassiness. Good carbonation and a lightly slick, softly crisp, smooth medium bodied mouthfeel. Pleasant tasting, roasted malts, chocolate mainly with touches of sweet caramelized malts, a soft spicy, grassy bitterness and a dryish roasted malty finish. Smooth, easy drinkability, a very quaffable Schwarzbier.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
onystrom (1321) - Magellan Hunter! - Skanderborg, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2006
Dark brown color with fine head. This is a very watery schwarzbier with almost no taste. But okay its ABV is like a light beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tmoney99 (11610) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2006
Bottle. Poured dark brown with a large light brown frothy head that was mostly lasting with fair lacing. Moderate roasted sweet malt aroma. Medium body with lively carbonation. Medium sweet roasted flavor with a medium sweet finish of short duration.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2006
A Mes rate: Smokey roasted malt and barley nose with some slight barnyard too. Great appearance. Once of the darkest bodies I have seen. Slight egg in the flavour but with lots of roasty coffee and caramel plus slight notes of straw. Finish is treacle toffee then coffee and very clean. Only thing that really lets it down is the thin mouthfeel.

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