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


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Editor’s note: Also ratings of the Swedish 3.5% ABV version should 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Palidor19 (2998) - Brandon, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2006
While it has a its dark toasty flavor, it seems to be a little thin on the palate. Medium malt and little hops. Average at best.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chargerfanjess (124) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 29, 2006
500ml can 3.8%. nice mellow toast on first sip. NO aftertaste with a slight exception of a toased malt. Much more body that a usual fake example of a Schwatrzbier. Very nice drinkable brew even from a can after sitting in a suitcase for 20 hours.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (11445) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2006
Dark amber, beautiful large and lasting brown head. Roasted aroma mixed with vegetables. Roasted and burnt chocolate flavor, some hops and with a quite distinct bitterness in the finish. A great beer to be a 3,5 at the swedish market!
Earlier Rating: 3/7/2004 Total Score: 3
Dark amber color, ok but quite quickly disappearing head. Aroma is hoppy and metallic, and gets close to being unpleasant since it is rather strong. Flavor is better from malts and dark chocolate. This was the 3,5 version, and I think it was better than most other beers with that ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marko (4053) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - JUL 20, 2006
0.5l can. Had this warmer than normal, so I might rerate it. Very dark brown/red colour, very big fluffy tan head. Malty and caramelly aroma, with hints of black bread. Caramelish malt owns the taste, with hints of raisins, which turns out to be nice, with some nice interplay with a roasty/ashyburnt end. Very light hopiness. Unfortunately, the slight wateriness, some acidity and an obvious metallic taste, ruin what might be quite a nice beer. Could be worse, but it’s still a bit of a letdown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerlady (556) - lucerne, SWITZERLAND - JUL 9, 2006
notes taken during last week brown head dark, dark brown with only a slightly reddish gloom, when holding it against the light smells dark-malty, some dried plums,something hidden honey-like, tasts: malt-bitterness, some citrus aftertaste dried plum ,slightly sweet malt and bitterness and something hidden like hay,

   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 (3468) - 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 (3828) - - 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.

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