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


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RATINGS: 146   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.


   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
dnstone (2126) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Poured dark amber-brownA hint of tartness, like apple peel. A bit tart of flavor (similar to a milk mild). Notes: Czech ’11

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heavy (2116) - Split, CROATIA - FEB 28, 2011
0.33 l bottle from a local bar, where I had already found few new Czech beers before. It poured dark brown body with bigger brownish head. Nice caramel and black bread aroma, had also little bit of dried fruits. Typical, weaker flavor, but had fine coffee malt, which reveals more things as it gets warmer. Especially pronounced are raisins, quite sweet generally, with some mixed grainy and coffee dryness. Thinner in body with longer coffee and sugary finish. Fine, maybe a bit too sweet for the style, but it’s a fine beer anyhow.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kavu (2072) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brandman (2054) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 19, 2011
Draught at Vltava. Brown to black body, light brown head. Aroma of some roasted malt and caramel. Semi sweet flavour with hints of chocolate and roastiness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
vipinvelp (2047) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - OCT 8, 2012
Very dark brown, almost black. Darker brown foma head, but dissapearing within seconds. Weaker malty aroma with some nuts flavor. Taste is watery, not too much flavor. Pitty. Similar aftertaste is almost not present. (Velp 201210)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vignale (1975) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2014
Flaska frĺn SB. Fasta sortimentet dec-13. Julmustfärgad, klar, medelhögt skum som snart försvunnit. Väldigt fina rostade aromer av svart bröd, mörk sirap, kaffe, soja. Lätt kropp, men inte tunn, mycket smak som är välrostad och frisk pĺ samma gĺng. Perfekt balans, lätt beska, viss sötma men den tar inte över. Precis sĺ jag tycker en schwarzbier skall smaka.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomat (1975) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2014
On tap @ CBF 14. Dark reddish brown with a tiny tan head. Malty and toffee tones. malt, caramel and hops. Medium body with a nice bitter sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Furseth (1947) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2014
Can: Black colour, big brown head. Aroma is dominated of caramelly, coffee, cocoa,, sweet maltynes. Flavor had a thin mouth feeling of, coffee, caramelly, burned popcorn, cola,thin body, medium bitter coffee, finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheCametron (1730) - CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 16, 2012
Keg at Prague Beer Museum. Pours Black/Brown with a thin off-white head. Roasted Malt and caramel. A bit of chocolate. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kschep (1706) - DENMARK - SEP 12, 2011
nose is blackberry, roasted malt, weak rye, cane sugar, caramel, feel is mediumwatery, carb is quite low, taste is sweets, weak woody notes, earth, light bitter hops, later licorice

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