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


on tap

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RATINGS: 194   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (8935) - Albertslund, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2011
Bottle. Black colour with a large beige head. Aroma and flavour of roasted malt, caramel, fruit and licorice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Quack-Duck (8921) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8789) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Camons (8402) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2011
Bottle @ Oasen, Praque. Pours dark brown, reddish tone, with a creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, light smoke. Taste is roasted mal, caramel, dried fruit. Medium body, soft carbonation, dry finish. 290711

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olio (8197) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Skinnyviking (8073) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2011
Draught. High creamy and long lasting light brown head. Pitch black body. Sweet and sugary coffee caramel aroma. Very sweet coffee caramel roasted malt flavor with low carbonation and a short aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
motelpogo (7701) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 14, 2011
on tap at a couple of k brewery pubs around pilsen. black, thick, lasting creamy head; aroma of vanilla malt, dog biscuits, cocoa powder; inoffensive tasting, light choc-mint. seems to be being pushed quite hard, i guess to fill the hole left by the disappearance of kelt

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (7621) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 11, 2011
330 ml bottle.
Pours a pitch black colour with a beautiful brown head. Aroma of roasted malts and milk chocolate. Flavour of roasted malts, milk chocolate, mild coffee and sweet fruits. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation and a dry roasty finish. Low ABV and loads of flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Svesse (7262) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUL 28, 2015
(Can) Dark brown colour, almost black, with frothy, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with black rye bread, caramel, chocolate, coffee and a touch of liquorice. Malty, roasted taste with notes of black rye bread, coffee, chocolate, liquorice, dried fruit and a gentle, roasty bitterness in the finish. Medium body, with a touch of sweetness. Well balanced and tasty, but not the most intruiging dark Czech. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (7165) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 6, 2014
330ml bottle from Premium Czech Beers online. Pours black, thin tan head. Light roast and caramel aromas. Taste is more caramel, light nuttiness, light chocolate. Clean finish. Not bad.

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