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

bottled
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RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchDrebus (4515) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2014
Bottle @ benzai. Black colour with a medium sized beige head. Smells malts, slightly roasty, sweet. Tastes roasty, some coffee, some iron. Medium body, soft carbo.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AndySnow (4514) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 11, 2013
Draught. Black colour with a tan head. Fruity malt aroma. Flavour is malty, caramel.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ClubGonzo (4500) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 24, 2014
Can. Dark ruby-hued brown body, medium creamy off-white head. Nose is metallic tones of chocolate, grains and hints of nuts and straw. Taste is chocolate, grains, mild caramel and hints of straw and bitter grass. Light to medium body, medium carbonation. Fair enough dunkel, but nothing remarkable.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jfb (4417) - Freising, GERMANY - NOV 22, 2012
(draught) pours a darkest black-brown colour with a creamy beige head. aroma of espresso and brown sugar, with notes of paint thinner, wheat and bubble gum. flavour is mostly roasted malts, caramel and barnyard, heavy liquorice, some physalis and soy sauce. light to medium-bodied with soft carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marko (4175) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 6, 2011
Bottle at the Mosquito pub in Split. That one, together with its competitor Na Kantunu a couple of meters away carries a pretty good selection for Croatian standards, this one carrying a strong import selection and the other one a strong domestic selection. Sadly, the only 2 places, apart from some random supermarkets where I might get a tick at these days in Split. Anyway, to the beer, sorry for the random rambling. This poured a black body tinged a little with amber along the edges. Sharp malty nose, loaded with raisins, full but strange and didn’t sit that well with me. The taste did though, slightly lean/almost watery, but carrying a pleasant soft, creamy coffeish malty roastiness ending with a single bitter note from the hops, that lingers awhile. Nicer than I imagined it would be!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (4157) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle. Black with a small head. Malty and a well balanced medium body. Impressive and as good as many German beers of this style.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
RichTheVillan (4049) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2014
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; dark brown pour with a creamy mocha head, sweet brown sugar aroma, taste is sweet caramel, with a hint of roast and some vegetation.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Iphonephan (4008) - McLean, Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2012
On tap at the beer museum Prague. Dark cola pour with a thick tan head. Faint chocolate aroma. Quite smooth and balanced.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hermod (3893) - Vantaa, FINLAND - FEB 10, 2011
33cl bottle from Stockmann, Vantaa. Poured dark brown color with an almost brown head, nice lasting lacing. Aroma is roasted malt with quite strong rye notes also. Highly carbonated. Flavor is roasted and caramel malt with some chocolate also. Finish is quite dry. Decent, but there was some odd notes in the aroma I didn´t like.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (3889) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2013
330 ml can. Dark brown with tan head. Aroma of coffee, bread and minerals. Taste is smooth and nice, coffee, toffee with fairly long finishing coffee taste.


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