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


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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Editor’s note: Previously ABV was 5.5%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogivlado (6031) - Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 7, 2004
Sampled draught on Belgrade Beer Fest2004. -chocolate and light toffee flavor, slightly smoked aroma, mild roasted finish

   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).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (13849) - Sřnderborg, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2004
Bottle. Black. Nice liquorice flavour and long ditto aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (5790) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2004
Bottled. Dark brown, white head. Dry, hoppy and malty aroma. Rather sweet flavour with chocolate and coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (11704) - 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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3845) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund (5345) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (20182) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2002
Mahogany colour, rich head. Coffee and cream aroma. Sweet and malty, low bitterness. A plain but tasty dark lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dragonblaze99 (354) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2002
Faint, but pleasant aroma. Strong coffee overtone, nicely offset with the slight sweetness. Good mouthfeel. A very pleasant beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
opiate (199) - Sandy, Utah, USA - FEB 15, 2002
I had this on tap at the ’Slovakian House’ during the 2002 Winter Games here in SLC. I consider myself very lucky. This was a great beer. I couldn’t get my head around the idea that it might be a Schwarzbier (my boss kept saying it was) and I wasn’t convinced because this beer has much more depth than any schwarz I’ve tried. It was rich...malty...a touch of roast in the beginning. A small burst of toffee toward the middle..and a clean smooth finish. Then a superb...and I mean superb aftertaste. I love beer like this...there’s something special about it for sure. Maybe I got the royal treatment by having it fresh on tap...as the other review isn’t that great. But it was an incredible beer in my ever so humble opinion.

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