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


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RATINGS: 190   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blackisle (1291) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2014
Bottle 33cl. Opaque ruby brown color, one finger creamy light brown head, lasts for a while, good lacing; aroma roasted sweet malts, coffee, caramel, chocolate; smooth sweetbitter taste, dark chocolate, coffee; medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation; palate mild bittersweet, bit watery, but with lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Somewhat porter-like beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rockana (301) - Zadar/Zagreb, CROATIA - JUL 25, 2014
Pours dark brown with medium tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, some nuts. Light to medium body. Nice one.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ClubGonzo (4812) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 24, 2014
Can. Dark ruby-hued brown body, medium creamy off-white head. Nose is metallic tones of chocolate, grains and hints of nuts and straw. Taste is chocolate, grains, mild caramel and hints of straw and bitter grass. Light to medium body, medium carbonation. Fair enough dunkel, but nothing remarkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vaiz (3987) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle at a camping in Hungary. Black pour, foamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, licorice, sugars, some caramel and slightly spicy. Flavor is slightly bitter, slightly sweet and in a nice balance. A bit thin, but well drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gopherfan99 (983) - CROATIA - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle, dark pour with some ruby tints and a beige head, coffee and malt aroma, sweet taste of malts with hints of coffee and chocolate, light bitter finish, decent

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
MichaelAwesome (5914) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JUL 10, 2014
Quite a simple black one with an easy going soul. Some coffee mixed up with a bit of caramel and bit chicken broth. Not that bad but nothing special at all.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
McTapps (5926) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - JUL 10, 2014
Bottle from trade with mmahut - many thanks Marek! The beer pours out in a deep black colour with low head and medium body. Aroma of malt and roasted grains. Taste of grains, bread, malt and torf. Thin and rotten finish. Not my kind of beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (4525) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle. Black with a small head. Malty and a well balanced medium body. Impressive and as good as many German beers of this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchDrebus (4929) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2014
Bottle @ benzai. Black colour with a medium sized beige head. Smells malts, slightly roasty, sweet. Tastes roasty, some coffee, some iron. Medium body, soft carbo.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (10962) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2014
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared by Dutchdrebus. Opaque pitch black color, average sized light brown head that lasts for a decent while. Smell and taste malts, lightly only lightly some dark and roast malts, nicely bitter. A bit watery, but still quite decent.

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