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.

BlackHaddock's rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
BlackHaddock (3479) - Shropshire, - MAY 8, 2012
500ml bottle, best before November 2007, drank in June 2007. I chose this beer (from my stash) because I had some Chilli Edam cheese my wife had bought for my Belgian beer night and I wouldn’t let her serve it because it would have ruined the tastebuds of everyone. I wanted to eat the cheese with a beer that would complement each other. My review is for the beer before I started eating the chilli cheese, although I enjoyed it more washing down the biscuits and cheese. Poured into my Gordon’s Finest Gold thistle glass, it looks great. Dark with an off white head. The aroma is of sweet malts, the taste is weak and thin, so too the mouthfeel. I thought this might be disappointing, I wasn’t mistaken, it will help wash down the chilli cheese.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
klas (231) - SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2014
Tap beer in Germany. Ordered a scwartzbier, but didn’t get a German one. Aroma and taste of coffee, toffee and roasted malts. Some sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
edsspoon (302) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
Bottle - Deep ruby red with a light brown head which quickly fades to a ring. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt, hint of vanilla and burning coals. Taste is disappointingly watery - a bit toasty, weak coffee, spice, hint of smoke, cocoa, medium sweetness. Medium body strong carbonation. Soapy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Leini (711) - SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2014
500ml can. Clear brown body with a medium white head. Hints of roasted malt, chocolate and toffee. Light palate.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
foxo82 (673) - Tamworth (via Leicester), Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2014
On tap at Penny Blacks, Birmingham. Smooth, creamy, big-headed water. Not great. Ineedmorecharacters

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
yy0pp (506) - - JUN 26, 2014
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bursprak (400) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2014
Shared 33 cl bottle. Pours light brown with a frothy beige head. Taste and nose has burnt malts, honey, some cereal and light vanilla.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
franktyrell (1) - HUNGARY - MAY 16, 2014 does not count
Real czech dark beer. Its taste is as beautiful as a young pretty girl with dark hair and brown eyes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rickzard (4) - - MAY 9, 2014 does not count
Very good dark beer from Czech! Strong taste but still not too spicy. Similar taste as Murphys stout or Guinnes.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Chopper925 (110) - Gross Gerau, GERMANY - MAY 7, 2014
Bottle. Pours in with a nice deep black clear colour, slightly brownish nice head. Aroma is a bit caramel with toffee and dark chocolate. Taste is well balanced sweet and bitter, nice toffee, coffee, dark chocolate aftertaste. Palate is fresh, with nearly a bit too much carbonation, but this makes it refreshing. Good overall dark beer, nice aromas, better than I´d have thought.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
weedster (18) - - APR 27, 2014
Caramel, bread, chocolate, coffee lightness. Watery. Good for afternoon refreshment.

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