Brewed by Pivovar Protivín (Pivovary Lobkowicz)
Style: Schwarzbier
Protivín, Czech Republic


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RATINGS: 200   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Original. Merlin je výjimečný ležák, který lze pro jeho velmi tmavou barvu označit za opravdu černé pivo. Náš sládek jej vaří podle speciální receptury a při jeho výrobě používá vedle tří druhů sladu, křišťálově čisté vody z hlubinného jezera a kvalitního chmele rovněž pražený ječmen. Výsledkem je magická kombinace chutí s výraznou hořkostí připomínající stout, kterou ocení každý opravdový znalec.


   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Turtles (1784) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 28, 2016
Keg @ Vinárna U Sudu, Prague. Pours very dark with a creamy, long lasting, khaki head, good lacing. Looks like a Guinness. Sweet and roasted aroma, milk chocolate and coffee. Mid-dry and light mouthfeel, mild carbonated. Roasted and chalky taste, milk chocolate, cocoa, black coffee and caramel. Creamy mid-sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjs (6342) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 24, 2016
(Keg at Tlustá Koala, 20160613) The beer poured nearly black. Its head was medium sized and lightly brown. Aroma had burnt malts, chocolate and grass. Palate was rather full bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were burnt malts, caramel, sweetness, ash and bitterness. Aftertaste was burnt, malty and bitter. Quite decent schwarz.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ThreeCats (802) - ISRAEL - APR 18, 2016
Black with nice tan head and ruby highlights. Aroma has a ton of vanilla, sweet notes and a bit of roast. Taste is a bit acrid with roast notes and a bit of sweetness. Not the best example of the style I’ve ever tasted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Towey1989 (1666) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2016
Keg at Beer Museum Pub, Prague. A deep brown colour with a thick, foamy beige head. Aroma of roasted barley (like biscuit) some treacle, slight smoke and subtle nuts. Taste of roasted malts, treacle, caramel, some nuts, slight chocolate, a little smoke and late grain. Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. A dry, roasted, chocolate bitterness in the finish. What a surprising schwarzbier, more like a stout. Roasty, chocolatey, treacley with a decent bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (16377) - Hřjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2016
Tap @ Prague Beer Museum. Nice head with good suration. Color is dark brown. Aroma and taste are roast malt, caramel, notes of chocolate and little hops

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IOzh (113) - Kyiv, UKRAINE - DEC 18, 2015
330 ml bottle. Pours dark brown colour with small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, caramel. Medium body with average carbonation and bittersweet taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
gattinko (108) - Trnava, - NOV 15, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2015 Musím uznať že za tú cenu to mohlo byť omnoho lepšie ale jedno z tých lepších tmavých v supermarketoch ;)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bjakk (701) - Skagafjordur, ICELAND - NOV 15, 2015
Dark brown, cear. Nice brown yellow foam. Mild aroma of malt, sour. Sweet, toffee, burned sugar, with burned sugar bitterness in the aftertaste

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gegwilson (3042) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2015
Bottle from the Dram Shop, in Sheffield. Pours mahogany with a cream head. The aroma isn’t great. It smells like dog food to me. The taste is much better. Light spice and roast malt. Chocolate and coffee notes. Quite high carbonation, but a fairly creamy body. The finish is slightly metallic.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DoctorHU (397) - UKRAINE - OCT 23, 2015
Aroma burnt, coffee, malt. The taste is rather dry and at the same time karmelny. In the aftertaste of coffee, burnt crust of bread and a bit of charcoal, a little bitterness.

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