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


on tap

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RATINGS: 202   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4656) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 26, 2013
On tap at the newly opened World Beer Museum in Osaka. 650 yen for 300ml served in a stemmed glass with the breweries logo on it. It poured a lovely inky black with a tan head, was served too cold though. The aroma was pretty weak at first but as it warmed up you started to get more coffee notes over the sweet malty base. The flavor started off coffee, then chocolate malt with a burnt bitter chocolate finish. Quite nice to drink and one of the cheapest things on tap so pretty decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
_angst_ (4553) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bullit (4460) - Burgos, SPAIN - MAY 17, 2015
Tap @ La Vache folle. Black coloured with a beige head. Nose is toasted malts, bread, chocolate malts. Flavour is toasted malts, bread, bit of chocolate, hint of smoke. Nice bitterness, and fortunately not too sweet. Medium carbonation. Well drinkable. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
stouby (4455) - Holbćk, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2014
Can at home from Systembolaget. Clear dark Brown with a small Brown head. Aroma medium malty (roasted). Flavor light sweet, medium bitter from dark malts and hops. Light to medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vaiz (4329) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle at a camping in Hungary. Black pour, foamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, licorice, sugars, some caramel and slightly spicy. Flavor is slightly bitter, slightly sweet and in a nice balance. A bit thin, but well drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kavu (4175) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VsXsV (3964) - Stockholm, 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
vipinvelp (3884) - 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 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
goozen (3844) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2014
Bottle 0,33ltr: Black coloured brew with an dry bitter taste with hints of roasted malts and coffee.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
djoeye (3800) - Tromsř, NORWAY - JAN 21, 2014
0.33L 4.7% alu-can b@Systembolaget Boden (Luleĺ) Sweden. Beige head, almost light brown, lacings, and black-brown body with ruby tones. Scents of caramel malts, toffee, chocolate, grass, dust, hops far back. Tastes dark chocolate, malt, notes of licorice, mild bitterness under it. Creamy feel. Surprisingly short aftertaste, dark chocolate, black syrup, cream. Quite alright, not far from bock I think.

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