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 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lowe1983 (1495) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2007
Pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. Lighter on the aroma then most schwarzbier. Aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate, not much coffee if any, a little smokiness, caramel, and some nuttiness. Flavor wasn’t too strong either. Flavor was watery with a stronger smokiness then I was expecting, roasted malts, chocolate, caramel and a nutty finish. Lingering flavor dies pretty quick. Not really a good schwarzbier.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (4861) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Bottle with a born on date of 28.06.2006. Medium sized fizzy tan head that mostly diminished with minimal lacing, transparent, visible carbonation, and a ruby hue. Nose was malty, nutty, caramel, burnt, and smokey notes. Flavor was malty, smokey, some caramel, and dry tasting. Fairly smooth and dry mouthfeel. Light-medium body. Didn’t set the world on fire for me as I still have a hard time acquiring a real taste for this beer style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 18, 2007
Pours a lovely deep, dark amber-brown with a small off-white head and nice lacing. Wonderful aroma with sweet malt and a slight note of buttered & blackened toast. The taste... oh my... this doesn’t really taste like beer - not even lager with a light roast. It tastes like molasses thinned-out and fermented on a bed of corn husks. The aftertaste is mercifully short-lived, and gives only the slightest indication of hops. Maybe I just don’t appreciate the finer points of a Schwartzbier, but I can’t seem to wrap my tastebuds around this one. Drainpour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
demitriustown (1184) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2007
This is the second time I’ve had to write this review because of computer problems, so I’m kind of pissed. I’ll make this short. Aroma is average. Malty, nutty, chocolate, espresso, and plums. Appearance is semi-translucent blackish-brown with a small tan head. Flavor is very malty, chocolate, coffee, and a roasted note. Palate is lightly bitter sweet with not a lot of carbonation. Overall, It’s a decent Schwartz beer. that is all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
opilec (10) - CANADA - AUG 13, 2007
Nice sweet nutty flavour in this black beer. Quite a light drink, as well, considering the type.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2007
Bottle sampled. Pours dark with ruby edges and a small off-white head. Aroma of sweetness, roast, and caramel. The flavor is thin, roast, sweet caramel, and mild bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
zibgrover (1) - USA - AUG 11, 2007 does not count
B.O.D 15/03/2007, A gift from my neighbor. Not bad, but not even close to my favorite. It seemed sweet to the taste, very little body, almost watery. Maybe a new category should be made for this one, like: Dark Light Beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
obguthr (5581) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2007
Soy sauce and cherry aroma. Cola colored with absolutely no head. Taste is dry, lightly sour with some wood and nut notes, of very little strength. Pretty enjoyable moss finish with hints of cherry. Similar to an english brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGod (5994) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2007
Bottle. Born on date (yes, it actually is called the born on date!) of 25.04.2007. Pours cola black nearest to Dr. Pepper. Small tan head. Nose is burnt caramel and dark bready notes. Fairly sweet. Taste is a little more toasty. Again burnt caramel, dark bready flavors, some light coffee-ish flavors (as if sweetened, though) and faint molasses. Body is creamy and smooth. Rather light. Mild carbonation. Finishes with more caramel and dark bready malts. Some more coffee hints come through. Not bad!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thedm (5612) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 5, 2007
This bottled brew from a bottle shop marked 20.06.2006 lot L260C0000 poured a large sized head of foamy fine to medium sized bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a transparent typically carbonated dark red brown colored body. The aroma was malty brown malt and smoky. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a mellow hoppy aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of mild hops brown malt and smoky. A decent one that I would consider buying again.

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