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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Delirium (636) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2006
Bottle. Pours amber, but black in the glass. Somewhat creamy off-white head. Aroma is chocolate but tart, with a good amount of roastiness. Flavor is mostly malt, a little roasty and slightly sweet, finishing with a bit of mild bitterness. The flavor is much weaker than the aroma and doesn’t really hold up that well, although it gets a little more pronounced at warmer temperatures, and a hint of cherries and chocolate begins to appear. Mouthfeel is light and a bit velvety. Overall an interesting beer, but a better appearance and aroma than flavor. Best drunk somewhat warm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayduke (3422) - Eureka, California, USA - JUL 2, 2006
From bottle in Aschaffenburg, Germany. Poured black with tan head and decent lacing. Srong malts and chocolate. Very rich. A nice dark beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUL 1, 2006
Had this at the Pivnoi Bar in St. Petersburg. Poured black with ruby highlites and a semi-creamy off-white head. Aroma is light chocolate and acid, like chocolate-covered cherries. Flavor is light chocolate, cherries, grapes. Velvety body. A very "soft" beer in all respects.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
strings (377) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2006
Bottled. I usually find most European dark beers to be a pretty safe bet in the flavour department, but this was not much of anything. Bit like a Tooheys Old with almost all the flavour removed.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
SSSteve (3805) - - JUN 23, 2006
cerne bohmisches schwarzbier. lightly roasted flavor with a hoppy lager. flavor is weak. watery texture. hoppy aroma with a hint of roasted malts. black in color with a small creamy tan head.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (5699) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2006
[Bottled] Black with a beige head. Rather, metallic aroma with notes of vegetables. Sugary and burnt flavour. Pretty ok to be a low alcohol schwarzbier.
Earlier Rating: 4/7/2003 Total Score: 3.5
Smells from tar, smoke and some chokolate. A bit thinner taste with a hint of tar. Really fresh with only some sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 10, 2006
Pours a transparent dark mahogany with a nicely-lacing tan head. Aroma of grainy nutty German malts and some lightly floral noble hops. Body starts lightly sweet with some grainy earthy character and a thinner, bittersweet finish with a lightly roasted maltiness. Fairly well-balanced, authentic and drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thegreenrooster (3269) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 9, 2006
Pour is a very dark red when held up to light with a nice sized tan head. Aroma is burnt smokyness and is nice when taking that first whiff. Flavor is where this one loses everything. Very watery and thin. So much so you get nothing, im sure there are hops and malts in here somewhere but damn if I can find them. Looks good and smells good but downhill after that.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (7954) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUN 1, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2008 Draught at Restaurace U Lisku in Prague, May 2006. Dark red brown color, beige head. Malty and burnt scent. Sweet and a bit burnt taste. Medium bitterness, perhaps a bit higher than a "normal" dark lager. Medium to big body. Refreshing feel in the aftertaste. A very nice dark lager taht I try to drink when available on tap in Prague.
Earlier Rating: 4/22/2006 Total Score: 3.3
A "Böhmischen Schwarzbier" specially brewed by Královsky Pivovar for the Swedish market.
A beer sold in a Swedish store other than "Systembolaget" may have max 3.5% alcohol in it.
Bottle from a local supermarket (Hemköp).
Verk dark red, beautiful ruby. Big lasting brown head. Roasted fresh scent. A bit thin mouthfeel. Sort of acid taste, probably from the soft water combined with dark malts. Also burnt and roasted taste. Slightly roasted after taste.

Draught at a pizza place in Zizkov in Prague
Clear dark reddish brown color, big fluffy tan head. Butterscotch taste, also dry and malty roasted. Acidic, sweet, butterscotch scent. Medium mouthfeel. Rather low bitterness.

(Draught in Plzen)
On June 27, 2008)
Clear dark reddish brown color, fluffy tan head. Sweet malty scent. Sweet, malty and a bit roasted taste. Moussy mouthfeel, low bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CamdenD (1094) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 29, 2006
This was a nice beer -- at 3.8, it’s a lighter weight dunkel, but still it’s nice to drink and full of a refreshing coffee aroma. Nice beer.

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