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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
HenrikSoegaard (10476) - Randers, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2006
Bottle. Creamy off-white mostly lasting head. Very dark amber colour. Week aroma and thin flavor. Very watery, but it is still an ok beer although I was a bit disapointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 20, 2006
Dark, dark brown with a generous beige head. Smells pretty good, some molasses and roast malt, with rye bread coming through on tasting. Falls away once it hits the mouth unfortunately, and this is essentially due to the low abv %. However, the low alcohol level means that more of the flavour develops in the mouth without being overpowered - not too much body, but a lasting finish. The more I drank this the more I enjoyed it. Certainly a good mid strength alternative.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jrohn92 (105) - USA - MAR 16, 2006
This is a nice thick dark beer with a fantastic sweet and malty flavor and a thick and creamy head of foam.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
tenghave (402) - Taastrup, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2006 Fadřl fĺet pĺ Restaurant Golden Prag. + řl (50 cl) křbt i Tyskland + pĺ fad i Prag Sort-rřd řl med hřjt lysebrunt skum. Smager som en mellemting mellem en dunkel og en stout. God humle. Bitter/brćndt eftersmag. Karamel/malt duft. Er mild og let drikkelig, men har ikke de store nuancer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
stouby (3716) - Holbćk, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2006
Can, in Rokytnice. Typical Czech dunkel: Dark brown with a large beige head, aroma moderate malty (caramel, coffee, chocolate), light hoppy, flavor moderate sweet and light bitter, average duration, light to medium body, watery, soft carbonated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
EithCubes (4818) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2006
My German-labelled bottled of this called it a Schwarzbier, clearly the same, though. Very dark brown pour, red under light, with a tan head. Chocolate, toasted malt, and caramel. Similar taste, pleasant roasted sweetness, not cloying. A little thin. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FrankJohansen (3602) - Sabro, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2006
Almost black colour with a creamy mostly lasting brown head. Rich aroma of malt and coffee. Nice full body despite only 3,8%.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
auderale (605) - Minot, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Bottle. Brown to almost black colored pour. Long lasting thick head. Malty, coffee aroma. Sweet coffee flavor. Not my cup of tea....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rsmeds (228) - Turku, FINLAND - FEB 5, 2006
Bottle. Very dark ruby-brown color - nearly opaque black. Foamy beige medium head shrinks to nothing, leaving a ring of lace.
Semidry aroma mainly of moderately roasted malt, with notes of burnt sugar and coffee. A hint of ash in the background.
Flavor likewise of mildly roasted malt with cold coffee notes. Sweetish, faintly chocolaty aftertaste.
Moderate carbonation, thin to medium body.
My favorite czech dunkel. Surprisingly full and aromatic for such low abv. Some added alcohol would probably make it even better, though. Wish they made a stronger version of this.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
MoritzF (8456) - Bochum, GERMANY - JAN 3, 2006
(bottle) Dark brown, almost black coloured with a foamy brown medium head. Quite shy sweet roasted malts aroma with traces of caramel, coffee and a faint hoppy touch. Initially sweet malty taste, light bodied, rather watery sweetbitter finish with a sourish touch and notes of chocolate and coffee. Not a very impressing Schwarzbier.

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