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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 28, 2006
Pours a brown colour, with a dense head decent lacing. Toasted malt and chocolate aroma with some hops. Starts off with nice malt flavour of chocolate and bread and then gets sweet before having a dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Quillaraymi (89) - USA - AUG 27, 2006
Very dark chocolate color but not biter at all, it was actually very watery for my taste although it has a beautiful crown.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5134) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 25, 2006
The body is a very dark brown with a medium khaki colored head. The aroma is sweetened coffee with some molasses. The taste has some lightly roasted coffee with some bread crust. There is also a hint of unsalted roasted peanut shells. This is a light bodied beer that I like more than many of the European made Schwarzbiers I have had before. Those were too sweet. This is more balanced with some roast and the sweetness is reasonable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (2911) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 24, 2006
Poured a dark brown to black color, some red hues when held to light. Head was nice and had decent retention, no special lacing. The aroma was grainy with some light roast and a touch of bubblegum. Flavor was licorice, light coffee roast, light bubblegum, light nuts, some bready/cardboardy notes, as well. Mouthfeel was moderate to light for the style and the finish was dry with a lightly sweet touch in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wxman (1505) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2006
Deep garnet color with a thick off tan head. Aroma is maple syrup and spice. Smooth delicious taste of maple syrup, caramel, and mocha with the slightest hop bitterness. Very little aftertaste. A well above average brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Suttree (5317) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 20, 2006
Reddish black, with a big tan head. Rye bread and black pepper aroma. Flavor is coffee, pumpernickel and a crisp bitterness. Ingredients: Water, malt, hops, artificial sweetner (?)..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (8184) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Bottle from Super Saver. Dark brown pour with 2-finger brown head. Aroma of rpast malt, some rauch, chocoff, and a hint of urethane. Tastes roasty malty, a bit rauchy, with finishing notes of chocolate and tart cherries.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ibrew2or3 (7230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2006
Pours dark amber in color with virtually no head. I smell just a little bit of yeast and the lightest hint of malt in the aroma and nothing else. It has a light caramel flavor from the malt, slightly dryer grain malt and just a small amount of hops. It is light in body and is also a little watery. Overall the flavor is on the light side for a Swarzbeir compare to some I’ve tried in Germany. Maybe the bottle states it is a light beer in Czech and I just can’t read it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 5, 2006
500ml bottle. Dark with a brown tint. Rocky bone white head. Cocoa and vanilla in the nose. Medium bodied with chocolate and vanilla malt flavors. Toasty.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2006
Pours to an opaque dark brown with just a hint of ruby, and thick tan head that shrinks quickly to fair lacing. Try as I might, it was difficult to detect much of any aroma at all. Although body was thin and slightly watery, there was a nice chocolate-caramel flavor with a hint of malty sweetness. Finish was smooth and fairly long lasting. I just picked this up on a whim....glad I did. Not a bad beer at all.

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