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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.
12.8°

http://www.pivo-merlin.cz


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
mataipeter (27) - - APR 4, 2014
Nice color, sweet aroma and great head... malt taste and nice bitterness, not too strong though

3.5
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
lord_totenkopf (310) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 29, 2011
Very dark colour, small head. Some chocolate and caramel in the aroma with mild sweetness. Full-bodied, quite satisfying beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnar (5099) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAR 8, 2011
On tap @ Prague Beer Museum. Pours black as Coke with a big creamy tanned head. Aroma of dark malts, light roasted coffee. Taste of light burnt malts, dark caramel. Dry mouthfeel. Lingering light bitter chocolate aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (5932) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11021) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2011
Black with a firm and lasting tan head. Aroma of caramel and toffee with weaker notes of chocolate and licorice and a touch of diacetyl. Sweet malty flavour with lots of toffee. Somewhat thin finish

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ogreface (1344) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 23, 2011
Pivo söröző, Budapest Köszönet Gerard Duchemin! Éjfekete színe van, szinte teljesen átláthatatlan. Habja olyan, mint egy forró, habos kakaónak, világosbarna, krémes, párnaszerű és nem tart ki túl sokáig. Illata fekete csokoládés, pörkölt malátás, kissé gyógynövényes és élesztős. Ízében is ott a fekete csoki, pörkölt babkávé, sötét gyümölcsök, kis fanyar élesztő, pirított magvak és maláta, megfejelve egy adag finoman kesernyés komlóval. Közepesen testes, kissé vizes és finoman szénsavas. Utóíze kissé fanyar és keserédes, kiszárítja a szánkat és sokáig érezni is ezt. Kissé a stoutokhoz lehetne hasonlítani, de nem annyira testes és kissé fanyarabb, de kellemes kis délutáni söröcske.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swooper (1243) - Cambridge and Kladno(Czech Rep.), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2011
0,33 l bottle, nice burn caramel malt aroma, deep dark black colour, brown foam ,light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, slick feel, soft carbonation, long finish, nice new dark beer from k-brewery

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marko (3878) - 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!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (34188) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2011

Bottle 330ml. @ home.

Clear dark black brown colour with a large, frothy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, beige to light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, bread, roasted, caramel, light to moderate chocolate malt. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, dark chocolate malt, roasted, dry, bread, licorice notes. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110814]


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