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

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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Editor’s note: Previously ABV was 5.5%


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 24, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2005 (Bottle 50 cl) Bought in Germany under the name "Topvar Marina Schwarzbier" with 5,0% ABV. Dark, almost black, lightly off-white head. Very soft with some sweetness from the malts but also a lightly burned touch. 120205

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (22994) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2005
Bottled, black opaque, beige nice head. Sweet caramellish aroma. Flavour is sweet and a bit smoky. The aftertaste is a bit bitter and dry. Wellbalanced beer, but lacks something in taste. Good beer to drink while being social with friends.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 30, 2004
Deep dark red color, little beige head. Sweet and slight caramel aroma, some dryness and alcohol can be found also. Mild carbonation comes up in start. Sweet caramel flavor, ends with dry and mildly bitter palate. Still some body missing, good beer though.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogivlado (6428) - Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 7, 2004
Sampled draught on Belgrade Beer Fest2004. -chocolate and light toffee flavor, slightly smoked aroma, mild roasted finish

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Donatas (188) - Vilnius, LITHUANIA - JUN 20, 2004
Very good black beer. Export version slightly different from original. Tasted in Lithuania (export) ant in Slovakia (Liptovsky Mikulaš, original).

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (14488) - Sřnderborg, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2004
Bottle. Black. Nice liquorice flavour and long ditto aftertaste.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (6145) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2004
Bottled. Dark brown, white head. Dry, hoppy and malty aroma. Rather sweet flavour with chocolate and coffee.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (14386) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2004
Dark amber color, with a white head.Has a nice sweet aroma from toffee and sugar. Flavor is swwt as well, touches of toffee, and with a pleasant mild finish. Very nice...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2004
Bottled. Dark brown. Slightly smoked aroma. Rounded flavour of roasted malt and hops giving a fine balance. Oak-like palate.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund (5802) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 20, 2003
My 500 ml bottle (brewed and bottled in Slovakia, purchased in Finland) just says Topvar Marina Schwarzbier - with an ABV of 5%. I'm slowly getting the idea that the high % in the Slovakian name of all Topvar beers is NOT the ABV, but the malt content or something. This is a delicious Schwarzbier: Black to mahogany colour, good head, oily garage aroma with coffee notes ("coffee break at the garage"). Well balanced malty roast flavour with just the right sweetness - not very complex, but this proves that a well balanced beer does not necessarily have to be complex to be GOOD. In other words - a very drinkable and refreshing Schwarz. A nice roast finish makes you want another one. Yes, please!


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