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


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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   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 13/20
oh6gdx (23917) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 22, 2011
Draught@Teerenpeli, Tampere. Deep ruby red colour, small beige head that leaves some lace. Aroma is mild dark fruits, some slight notes of earth and mild sweetish malts. Flavour is quite much the same. Quite bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mattphilips (802) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 31, 2011
Fekete szín és világosbarna hab. Illata pörkölt malátás, kissé keserű csokoládés és karamellás. Ízében is ezeket éreztem, kiegészülve egy kis füstösséggel és aszalt gyümölcsös extra édességgel, de ugyanakkor kellően keserű is a végére.. Az itallapon a fantáziaszöveg az volt, hogy "stout jellegű", és amúgy tényleg eléggé olyan: csendes, száraz és kissé vizes. Egy próbát mindenképpen megér.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dedollewaitor (15096) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2011
Tap @ Prague Beer Museum. Pours black with a creamy lasting head and lacings. Nose and flavor is sweet and roasted. Diacetyl and caramel. Smooth with a bitter roasted end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
inbirraveritas (1418) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 9, 2011
Bottle from „Pivo Söröző”, Bp. Pours an almost pitch black with a ruby touch and a medium sized, dark brown and creamy head on its top. Sweet-sourish nose with vanilla and chocolate. Begins sharp followed by a sweet-sourish aroma of vanilla, chocolate and roasted malt. The dry finish brings dark chocolate and light notes of hops along, which remains at last in a long roasty aftertaste. Texture is slick, body is medium. Enjoyable stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (12190) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 17, 2011
330ml bottle (K Supermarket, Kamppi)
6 Big sweet bready aroma, quite malty, a little oaty and biscuity, or even flapjacky.
5 Almost black, just some slight ruby glint. Large doughy tan head.
6 Very full bready taste, very roasted, quite burnt, a little bit carbony, oily and ashy. On the flipside, there’s a milkiness to the retronasals that’s quite mellowing.
4 Smooth and full palate, decent carbonation. The burntness and the hops together give a metallic feel, and the finish brings out the ashier aspects of the taste.
13 Not quite as sophisticated as the novopacke, for example, but a classic czech dark lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Camons (8742) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2011
Bottle @ Oasen, Praque. Pours dark brown, reddish tone, with a creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, light smoke. Taste is roasted mal, caramel, dried fruit. Medium body, soft carbonation, dry finish. 290711

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (14656) - Sřnderborg, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2012
Bottle, 4.7%. Roasted bready aroma. Almost black colour. The flavour is mildly bready. Medium bitterness. Subtle hint of coffee. Well-rounded.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brugmanneke (283) - GERMANY - JUN 23, 2012
Black, opaque, with a brown head. Sherry or port and nutty aroma - on top of the roasted notes. Light bitterness, medium sweetness. Light to medium body, soft carbonation. Not for everyday, but still interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hetyu (115) - HUNGARY - JUL 19, 2012
Bottle - Nearly black with some deep red. Very thin beige head. Combined flavour: roasted and some cherry. Some bitterness and sweetness in the same time. Medium complexity. Liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjakopa (256) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - JAN 3, 2013
Pours a nice dark brown with medium head. A wonderful coffee roasted aroma with a light taste but very pleasant. A very drinkable "stout" type dark lager!

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