heavy (1956) - Split, CROATIA - APR 7, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
05/04 On tap at restaurant Pilka, Cakovec (former brewpub). It had murky dark brown reddish body with medium half white, half ocher head. Aroma is faint, roasted sugar and caramel, with some faint hopiness mixing with sourness from being not pasteurized. Flavor was bitter, sour and sweetish, roasted sugar dominated, with lot of coffee and slight acidity well incorporating into the whole thing. Typical Schwarzbier, but lacks some body, although not as much as the Pilsener. Finish is long, bitterish and really nice. So, liked it, would be even better with more body, but fine...
Marko (3614) - Split, CROATIA - APR 6, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
1l fliptop bottle courtesy of heavy, who brought it from Čakovec (a huge thanks for lugging it around!)
Poured a murky red-brown body with a huge fluffy off-white spongey head that went away at a medium pace. The nose is predominantly caramel malt with some dusty yeastiness... a bit staleish but ok. The taste is ok, but not en par with the best in the country. Smooth mouthfeel, caramel, malt, some chewy and slightly acidulous hoppy bitterness somewhat "tainted" by roast in the background. Long, low, bitterish roasty aftertaste. All in all, it’s kinda pleasant, drinkable, but just too ordinary. Too light for its own good, lacking body. Has the same "faults" as the pale but they dectract from this one far more than they do for that one.
ogivlado (4990) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUN 18, 2003
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Sampled draught at Pilka, Cakovec, Croatia. -deep dark coloured, little pale-brown head, unpleasant smell, roasted coffee aroma, not so good yeasty finish