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Brewed by Pivovary Topvar - Pivovar Šariš (SABMiller)
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Velký Šariš, Slovak Republic

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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.16/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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Topvar 11 % tmavý výčapný ležiak je charakteristický svojim typickým buketom, ktorý je zmesou vôní špeciálnych sladov a kvalitného chmeľu. Lahodnosť piva spočíva v harmonickej kombinácii svetlého, bavorského, karamelového a farebného sladu. Má výraznú tmavú farbu, sladkastú karamelovú príchuť a primeranú, miernu horkosť.(from the website of the brewery...)


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JorisPPattyn (7814) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 7, 2010
My sample is definitely the "Premium" bottle as in the pic. The "Marina" caption in nowhere mentioned. But instead of 4.1, the ABV is given for 5.2%! Medium dark beige head over near-black beer with ruby reflections. Dry chocolate/cacao powder aromas, dark malts, dark grains, burnt barley. Very stout-like initial flavour, soon relieved by a more sweet flavour, slightly liquorice-like. Definite roasted components - more Schwarz than Dunkel, IMO. Sweetness is not syrupy, leaving a dry-ish, softly carbonated and light-to-medium bodied beer. Not bad, pretty dry Dunkel to sweet-ending Schwarz. Many thanks to the Urselian Slovak gang!!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ogivlado (5584) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 8, 2010
Bottled 500ml. -as Topvar Premium Tmave. Dark brown coloured, medium sized pale beige head, pleasant coffee/chicory nose. Roasted malt, coffee and chicory with notes of (milk) chocolate. Nice roasty and bitter finish. This one was very pleasant surprise.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnar (5155) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUL 21, 2010
Bottle from Tesco, Bratislava. ABV 5,2 %. Pours nearly pitch black with a small tanned head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark caramel and some liquorice. Taste is fresh and crisp, light roasted malts, coffee and toffee. Ends dry with a dark chocolate character, very good dunkel.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Cuso (4278) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 17, 2011
Bottle. Brown color with medium beige head. Aroma, coffee, roasted malt. Taste, pretty the same plus caramel. Nothing special.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marko (3896) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 11, 2010
11% that’s weaker than the 10° used to be? Go Slovak Republic :D. 0.5l bottle, Topvar Premium Tmavé, brought by ogivlado from Bratislava and shared with me (thanks!)
Poured a very dark red-brown, almost black with a medium sized tan head that went away at a medium pace. Quite impressive. The nose showed promise too, dusty macchiato, pleasant chocolate, sweet and nice. And, to our delight, the taste fulfilled the promise. Nice bittersweet roasty coffee maltiness, notes of chicory, long roasty bitter aftertaste. A superb, well, I’d put it under schwarzbier but it doesn’t matter, a superb dark lager, especially for the strength.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
armando629 (2405) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 9, 2009
Light dessert dunkel one. Althought the beer has a lower gravity, it is a nice one. It has a dark brown body with a huge and stable foamy beige head. In the nose i can feel some roasted grains, cocoa, some coffee, a light sourish yeast perfume. Medium bodied beer with a nice roasted character, cocoa-dark chocolate taste, some caramel, toffee. Fine roasted aftertaste.The beer was a positive disappointment. Not the biggest boom of the slovakian beer tradition, but a nice and easy drinkable dunkel stuff.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ElDesmadre (1496) - Mikołów, POLAND - JUN 16, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown, frothy, rocky, lasting head. Aroma is some roasted malt, vanilla, some coffee and carmel, less toffee, hints of dark bread and earth, a little bit of wood. Very interesting, better than the taste. Mainly caramel, toffee, coffee but overall watery. Light to moderate bitterness, some grassy hops. Thick palate, watery taste, additionally pervaded by the presence of synthetic sweetener with its astringent handling of the tongue.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
estpiwo (1277) - ESTONIA - DEC 23, 2009
Bottle. Brown color with nice creamy head. Aroma of roasted malts. Light beer, some coffee or roasted caramel flavor, Finish is dry. Good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
inbirraveritas (1216) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 12, 2010
0.5 l bottle as a gift. Presents a (nearly black) dark brown colour and a medium beige head on top. Roasty, caramell-liked nose, crispy start, the taste is sweetsour and a bit cardboard’s reperesenting, too. Flavour’s of coffee and toffee, the aroma is yeasty, grassy, roasty and caramell malty. The finish is coffeebitter and dry. An average dunkel with a medium body.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rok1024 (1056) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - FEB 1, 2014
Dark brown to black appearance, medium head. Caramel, honey and coffee aroma, roasted malts. Medium high sweetness, malty, decently rounded. Good dark beer.


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