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


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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theis (13405) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2011
Bottle at EB Julebrygs Smagning. Black - light brown head. Roasted, caramel, butterscotch, sweetness, light coffee, thin body, toasted. Plain.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (12547) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 8, 2010
Bottled 330ml (KKK Kamppi, BB 04/2011)
Dark ruby-brown color, small beige head. Aroma is ryeish malty with sticky roasted-rubbery notes. Improves when gets some air in the glass. Medium bodied. Rye bread dominates the flavor, some toasted, burned bread notes, hops in the finish. Quite stylish Schwarzbier, although aroma is not the best and beer itself is kind of one-dimensional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11119) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2011
Black with a firm and lasting tan head. Aroma of caramel and toffee with weaker notes of chocolate and licorice and a touch of diacetyl. Sweet malty flavour with lots of toffee. Somewhat thin finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pinball (10844) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2011
at ekstrabladet julebryg event. clear brown, small light brown head. aroma is malty, coffee, caramel, roasted malts. flavor is mild toasted mild roasted malts, caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (10544) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rlgk (10534) - Göteborg/Jönköping, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
faroeviking (10289) - FAROE ISLANDS - JUL 25, 2011
De botella. Black colour, beige head. Sweet mild roasty malty caramel aroma. Ok mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet with roastish like maltiness and caramel along with some dark fruit and bit liqourice. Sweetish brew, ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madsberg (10184) - Sřborg, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2011
Draught @ Danske Bank Friday Bar. Deep dark brown coloured. Dense light brown head. ARoma of sweetness, light roast, some sweetness, and some spice. Has a sligt buttery note. Flavour of roast, light coffee, sweetness and herbs. Medium bodied. Ends on a roasted and ligth coffeeish note. Vaguely bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (9358) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 17, 2011
330ml bottle (K Supermarket, Kamppi)
6 Big sweet bready aroma, quite malty, a little oaty and biscuity, or even flapjacky.
5 Almost black, just some slight ruby glint. Large doughy tan head.
6 Very full bready taste, very roasted, quite burnt, a little bit carbony, oily and ashy. On the flipside, there’s a milkiness to the retronasals that’s quite mellowing.
4 Smooth and full palate, decent carbonation. The burntness and the hops together give a metallic feel, and the finish brings out the ashier aspects of the taste.
13 Not quite as sophisticated as the novopacke, for example, but a classic czech dark lager.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivnizub (8856) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - OCT 22, 2012
Lahev: Deep, deep amber coloured with ruby sparks, stable mid-sized creamy tanned head, moderate to solid sweetish toasty, fruity and nutty nose, also with a delicate leathery touch; moderate to solid sweet-bitter flavour, silky MF, soft, chocolatey traces in the drier bitter-sweet and molassy finish. Complex and great…

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