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


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RATINGS: 202   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (16972) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (16519) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
Can. It pours a clear looking dark brown beer topped by a small, dense, dark beige head. Malty, wort-like aroma with caramel and chocolate note. Some raisins. The flavor too is wortish, with chocolate, raisins and some caramel. Hints of bitterness. Medium body, and a very soft carbonation level, semi-dry, with chocolate, raisins and toffee in the finish. Drinks easy, but it’s rather unexiting. 140118

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (16196) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dedollewaitor (15577) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2011
Tap @ Prague Beer Museum. Pours black with a creamy lasting head and lacings. Nose and flavor is sweet and roasted. Diacetyl and caramel. Smooth with a bitter roasted end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (15296) - Sřnderborg, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2012
Bottle, 4.7%. Roasted bready aroma. Almost black colour. The flavour is mildly bready. Medium bitterness. Subtle hint of coffee. Well-rounded.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theis (15152) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (14267) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
gunnfryd (14181) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 27, 2015
KRS 181014. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, butterscotsch, fruit. Flavour is fruit, roasted malt, coffee, butterscotsch, caramel. Medium body. Ordinary beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (14162) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Bottle from a shop in Prague. Pours very dark brown with a fizzy tan head. Aroma is faint dark malt. Med minus nbody. Flavor is dark malt and some hop. Pretty good, but it’s a thinnish dark beer. Quite drinkable, but lacks pizzaz.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (14057) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 17, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2016 330ml bottle (K Supermarket, Kamppi) (6:4:6:4:13=3.3)
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.
Rerate: Tap (Beer Museum, Prague) (6:4:6:3:11=3.0)
Sweet black tea aroma. Bland sweet tobacco and yeasty soy taste. That exagerates things a little, it’s at relatively low levels. Not as good as before.

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