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 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Stew41 (1736) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2006
Very dark chcolate brown with a fizzy but well formed head. Some lager notes on the nose, very faint roasted malts, and just a fraction metallic. Very similar in the mouth; the roast picks up a notch but still very much in the subtle mould, probably not inappropriate for the style. Drank at the end of the shelf life, and could have suffered a little as a result.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - APR 18, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown with medium head. Kinda mainstream. Very mild and non threatening. Almost boring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsga (6206) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 10, 2006
Big beige creamy head with some lace in it over dark red, seemingly black, body. Smoky, meaty aroma with some rubber. Sweetish, roasty malt taste, thinnish, with a lovely, velvety, sooty, burnt toast aftertaste. Silky smooth mouthfeel. Silky sootiness lingers. A very good beer. It could do with some more body, but I just love the smooth burntness. (0.5l bottle.)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (13711) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2008 50cl bottle. Very dark brown, lasting dark beige head. Of the 3 cernys I had I would say that this is my favourite. Malt aroma is better balanced, there is a more sour charcoal malt finish. Less toffee dominated, bit like a mild. Attractive roast malt aroma. good choc/coffee finish. Bit powdery.3.2/5.0 Re-rate On tap at Plachetnice, Plzen. More choccy than I remembered, good fullness. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyviking (7062) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2006
Bottle. Brown creamy and lasting head. Clear dark red body. Cocoa aroma. Cocoa flavor with some hops bitterness. Well done.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ha1ag (716) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - MAR 27, 2006
Can, BB Aug/06 Very light Czech dark bearl: Dark brown with thick beige head, slightly malty aroma with caramel, light body, watery, low carbonation. Maybe good for washing your shoes off.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
HenrikSoegaard (10530) - 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 Fadøl fået på Restaurant Golden Prag. + øl (50 cl) købt i Tyskland + på fad i Prag Sort-rød øl med højt lysebrunt skum. Smager som en mellemting mellem en dunkel og en stout. God humle. Bitter/brændt eftersmag. Karamel/malt duft. Er mild og let drikkelig, men har ikke de store nuancer.

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