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


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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Editor’s note: Previously ABV was 5.5%

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bierkoning (12581) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2011
Bottle from Cuso, thanks! Dark brown color. Apple and milk chocolate in the aroma. Malty sweet flavor ith roast, milk chocolate and caramel. Some partly hidden grassy hops. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
rosenbergh (10696) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2012
500 ml bottle. L8259. BB 14/03/2013. From Cuso. Ďakujem moc!
Dark reddish brown almost black colour with small to average sized tan head. Mildly roasted malt, liquorice, cough drops and mild buttery sweetness in aroma. Flavour is grainy and toasted malt, mild bitterness, chocolate and mild sweetness. Watery but otherwise quite nice Schwarzbier. Maybe a bit too sweet too? But definitely drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Camons (10455) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2014
Bottle @ Johns. Pours very dark brown with a offwhite head. Aroma of malt, light caramel, nuts, light hops. Flavor is malt, caramel, wood, nuts, light bitter. Medium body, soft carbonation. 280314

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (9532) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2016
Thick, dense beige head over deep redbrown beer. Impressive clear chocolate nose, as opening a bar of chocolate, then mineral water, dark green leaves, bread. Good dry bitterish initial flavour with a sweet undertone. Again chocolate, leafy and bready. Finishes empty, however. Human sweat warming up. Feels very carbonated; light body, slick. Impresses at first, only to loose it in the end. Ďakujem, Peter!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Quack-Duck (9181) - Down South, GERMANY - SEP 9, 2012
bottle from cuso - thanks! Deep brown colour, large beige head. Sweet and malty, caramel, roasetd malts, shy hints of coffee. Decent stuff, a tad on the sweet side.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tderoeck (8219) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2015
28/IX/15 - 50cl bottle @ the turd (di)mansion (home) - BB: 20/I/16 (2015-1427) Thanks to Erwin for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown beer, creamy beige irregular head, little stable, adhesive, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: sweet, malty, caramel, grains, hay. MF: ok carbon, medium to light body. Taste: bit sweet, some caramel, malty, grains, hay, green banana. Aftertaste: grains, hay, caramel, bit sourish, some chocolate, bitter touch, metallic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cuso (7828) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 17, 2010
Bottled. Almost black color with medium brown head. Aroma, chocolate, caramel, roasted grain. taste, starts sweet with caramel, continues coffee with nice bitter finish. Drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 16, 2001
was excited to try a 12% dark beer but it was a little sour and didn’t have the residual hoppiness that makes czech dark beers so distinctive. thick and with plenty of international roast

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogivlado (7254) - 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund (6756) - 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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