Brewed by Novoměstský Pivovar
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Prague, Czech Republic


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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   EST. CALORIES: 105   ABV: 3.5%
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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (16728) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2006
On tap at the brew pub. Ruby/chestnut with lasting thick beige head. Like a lot of these beers, lots of toffee, bit watery in mouth, a bit of hop one the end. But the toffee isn’t integrated and flies around giong nowhere. Not enough malt burnt/roasted flavours nor body. Not as good as the blond

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
larsga (7117) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 6, 2006
Big offwhite creamy head; dark brown almost black hazy body. Roasty, yeasty, acidic aroma. Taste is much like the aroma and a bit dry. Not really a very successful beer. (On tap.)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
pivnizub (9895) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - FEB 28, 2006
Tap (@the brewery): Hazy, dark amber to brownish coloured, lacing off-white foam; yeast, roast malt and sweet caramel in the nose; slightly sweetish and faint bitter flavour, quite light bodied; a bit dryer, short malty finish with an illusion of bitterness. Well drinkable, but not overwhelming...............

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Delicious. I loved it. See the pic at left which I took. Malty. Going back for more in Dec. 2005.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2005
On tap at the brew house. Pours almost black with a talll light tan head. Light roastiness and very smooth body with a bit of a fruity estery finish, maybe cherry and bread with a bit of chocolate up front. Very silky on the palate with a nice balance to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MartinT (8987) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2008 First experience on tap at the brewpub, in 2005:

The Lure:
Portentous caramel and its companion butterscotch cover the quaint roastiness. Another great lingering head (as is Czech tap tradition it seems) beckons a dive for a hearty sip.

The Festivities:
Just like their Svetlé, this beer’s flavors offer exactly what the aroma had sent. A few fruity esters become more obvious (cherries for example), and the caramel and butterscotch sweetness create a stout-y feel for a dunkel. Body is quite watery though, which doesn’t help the sweetness much. Gets heavier and more tiring through the pint. 3.3/5

The lightest item at a candy shop is still some sort of candy.

Second tap experience, in 2008:
A buttery touch didn’t agree with the dry roastiness and the fruity presence got dusty with because of the fatiguing yeast. Not nearly as good as 3 years ago. 2.5/5

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 26, 2005
On tap at the restaurant. Meaty brown color with a thin, light tan head. Mild yeast and malt flavors, but they don’t stick around long. The pils isn’t worth your time either, and the food costs twice what you’d pay in any other pub in the city. A complete tourist trap.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2005
Brown/redish colour. Thin head. Aroma from red berries. Chewy, sugary, malty flavour with hints of almond.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2005
Couleur très foncée allante vers le rouge rubis, parsemé d’une mousse légèrement beige adhérant très bien à la paroi du verre. Arômes très levuvés rappelant l’oxalide et le céleri amer laissant ensuite la vedette au malt torréfié, au caramel, aux biscuits grillés, à la cerise de terre puis finalement à une subtile touche de café. Relativement maltée et sucré en bouche, une touche de mélasse et de cerises noires nous ramène finalement encore au café semi-amer. On y reconnaît facilement la même signature de levure présente dans la version pâle. Allant droit un but et d’une simplicité prononcée, elle demeure très adéquate et plaisante à boire. Dégusté en fut à la brasserie même Prague, voyage Europe 2005.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (6287) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 2, 2005
500 ml swingtop bottle, bought at the brewpub. Colour of this unfiltered and unpasteurised beer is hazy reddish brown. Pours with an enormous light tan head, which soon diminishes. Aroma is very malty (typical dunkel) with caramel and hints of oak and yeast. Quite flavourful for a beer this low ABV, plenty of malts and toffee, but low on hops. Smooth and easy drinking. The bottles were overpriced by Czech standards, but a Norwegian won’t mind!

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