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

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RATINGS: 164   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.
12.8°

http://www.pivo-merlin.cz


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (9596) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivnizub (9006) - 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…

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (8972) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (8487) - Tromsř, NORWAY - MAR 9, 2014
330ml can provided by djoeye. Clear rosewood coloured body. Slowly diminishing tan-coloured head. Spotty lacing. Roasted dark malty nose joined by dried fruits. Roasted malty flavours, hints of prunes. Bittersweet malty end, ashy dry. Medium bodied. True to the style (shared with Finn, Tromsř 05.03.2014).

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Meilby (8271) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2014 Can 330ml @ Geokkjer
Pours reddish brown with a off-white/tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and caramel. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is light to medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8229) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2011
draft. dark brown. robust porter-like chocolate malt roast in the nose, lightly chalky, lightly waxy. medium sweet, low bitterness, moderately rough malt with a quick finish. tasty but mostly lifeless and mild and doesn’t capture your attention at all.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Quack-Duck (8072) - Down South, GERMANY - SEP 25, 2012
bottle from Prague. Deep black colour, mid-sized, creamy beige head. Loads of roasetd malts, coffee, dark chooclate. Smooth and very well balanced.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (7979) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUN 13, 2011
UPDATED: APR 26, 2014 First rating
Draught at Prague Beer Museum on June 5, 2011
Dark brown color, light brown head. Sweet malty scent. Sweet, smooth, butterscotch taste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.
7/4/8/4/15=3.8

33 cl can from Systembolaget in Ludvika, sampled on April 23, 2014.
Clear deep dark reddish brown color, light brown head. Sweet, malty, dried dark fruits, cream, caramel scent. Sweet, malty, caramel taste. Roasted, sweet aftertaste. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
7/4/7/4/15=3.7

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (7897) - Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2011
A very smooth, very raisiny, slightly robust dunkel. It is dark in color but not too prevalent of roasty notes, some chocolate.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rosenbergh (7370) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2011
Draught at Vltava, Helsinki, Finland.
Black colour with tiny tan head. Roasted malt, some sweetness and butter in aroma. Flavour is mild hoppy bitterness, chocolate, toasted malt and lots of butter (diacetyl).


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