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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 166   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.
12.8°

http://www.pivo-merlin.cz


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2361) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 26, 2013
On tap at the newly opened World Beer Museum in Osaka. 650 yen for 300ml served in a stemmed glass with the breweries logo on it. It poured a lovely inky black with a tan head, was served too cold though. The aroma was pretty weak at first but as it warmed up you started to get more coffee notes over the sweet malty base. The flavor started off coffee, then chocolate malt with a burnt bitter chocolate finish. Quite nice to drink and one of the cheapest things on tap so pretty decent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alusmamuts (498) - LATVIA - APR 21, 2013
Dark, almostvblack with brown cup. Roasted cofee and chocolade notes, medium bitterness and some soreness in taste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Psytron (1395) - Turku, FINLAND - APR 13, 2013
Smell of roasted barley. Very dark brown, brown head. Roasted, almost porter-like. One could briefly even assume it is one. Aroma of cocoa, chocolate, roasted malt, ash.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olio (6522) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 7, 2013
33 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20110312.
Pours dark brown, almost black color with a small head. Aroma of bready malts, dark fruits, yeast, caramel and brown sugar. Flavor of sweet dark malts, caramel, sugar and licorice notes.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Sebilinz (610) - Linz, AUSTRIA - MAR 29, 2013
Bottle. Very creamy nice tan head Nose :caramel, aroma: looks better than it tastes like a "lagered" stout, but not bad at all.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rlgk (11486) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 26, 2013
Draught at Restaurant Jama, Prague. Dark amber/brown beer with a nice beige head. Malty roasted aroma, dark chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, cocoa powder, solvent notes. Roasted chocolate flavor, caramel, biscuits, bready and with some licorice.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (10784) - Randers, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2013
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Black colour. Moderate malty and light hoppy nice aroma. Moderate bittter roasted flaor. Week caramellic notes. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate. OK schwartzbier.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Goomersindo (4) - SPAIN - FEB 6, 2013 does not count
33cl bottle. Intense appearance. Creamy head. But disappointing taste. Diluted flavours. Hidden bitterness. Watered hops. Won't repeat

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Leini (919) - SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2013
330ml bottle. Chocolate, coffee, fudge and a flowery touch. Short medium bitter finish. Lacks depth and identity.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lopisar (223) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2013
Smells dark almost like a porter. The taste is like a watered down porter, dark but still light.


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