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

bottled
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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   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


3.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
goozen (3001) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2014
Bottle 0,33ltr: Black coloured brew with an dry bitter taste with hints of roasted malts and coffee.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
_angst_ (2854) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2011
Sampled @ SBWF 2011 on September 29. Pours black with a thick mocha head. Smell has some fresh fruit notes combined with butterscotch. Smell is rather dry with some ash and a distinct sourness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marduk (2800) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 6, 2012
0,5l bottle. Almost black color. Medium thick beige head. Sweet roasted malts, caramel, faint coffee in aroma. Coffee, roasted bread in flavor. Good beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tommann (2769) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2014
330ml bottle. Pours very dark brown with a medium head. Aroma is nutty chocolate, caramel and coffee. Taste is watery with caramel to start and coffee on the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (2697) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 5, 2012
33cl bottle. Pours opaque black with a generous head - looks like a stout in fact. Nose of toffee and a hint of cream. The taste has loads of toffee, perhaps rolling into praline or Crunchie Bar. The palate is medium to rich in taste and texture with a long but elegant tangy finish. Overall, good beer, not what i expected in terms of style.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holmen1 (2581) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 9, 2014
Fra fad pĺ Tap1 mai-14: under betegnelsen Merlin Tmavy 4,8%. Mye aroma og smak av sřlbćr og rřstet malt. Mild og fin bitterhet ogsĺ i ettersmaken. Třrr og lettdrikkelig. Frister til gjentagelse.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pilsnerrogge (2514) - Finspĺng, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2014
Canned:
Eye: Dark brown with a large, fluffy head.
Nose: Dark fudge, chocolate, brownies.
Mouth: Smooth and dry.
Tongue: Roasted malt, coffee, fudge, chocolate.
Brain:A very pleasant beer hidden in a cheap-looking can!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
armando629 (2415) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 22, 2011
0,33 l, bought at Pivo Söröző, Budapest.
Black body with a medium froathu beige head that diminishes quickly to a small lacing one. Dark chocolate, roasted-earthy grains in the aroma with caramel and yeast, minimal hop. Lively carbonation, medium dense body, earthy and roasted grains, dark chocolate and espresso in the flavor. Roasted grainy aftertaste with some fruity sweetness.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VsXsV (2323) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2014
Can. Opaque black liquid with small to medium tan head. Aroma of pumpernickel, chocolate, butter, bread, biscuit and caramel. Taste is light sweet and light bitter with notes of butter, pumpernickel and biscuit. Light to medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Diacetyl.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kavu (2293) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 9, 2011
Pours very dark red with a high brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, flavor is roasted malts, coffee and liquorice. Good.


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