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


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RATINGS: 50   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund (4956) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
EithCubes (4747) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2006
Bottled. Mine’s the German version, only 5.0% but with the blonde model on the label. Black pour with a bit of dark ruby shining through under light. Light brown head. Coffee aroma with a little subdued roast sweetness. Burnt toast taste with some sweetness. Long lasting aftertaste, very pleasant. A little one dimensional, but solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cuso (4295) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3843) - 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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3148) - Radom, POLAND - FEB 12, 2012
bread, spruce, earthy, coffee, smoke, butterscotch, brown, rocky head, brown foam, cloudy, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, medium body, sticky, oily feel, average carbonation, bitter,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 17, 2007
50 cl bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a dark brown color with a half finger thick light tan head. Very light spotty lacing. Aroma is toasted malt and esters. Flavor is much of the same. Light to medium body. Thin palate. A decent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2005
Syrup aroma. Very sweet and slightly metallic. Not as clean and balanced as the German Schwarzbiers. Caramel flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Loads of sweet malts in the nose, notes of caramel and some molasses. Very dark brown body, with a medium sized off-white head. Sweet flavor, notes of molasses, and a light burnt malt note, slightly thin finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Tranquillity (1410) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 24, 2006
Slovak version, 0,5l bottle. Quite a good beer. Almost black with a head that disappears completely quite quickly. Aroma of keys in handsweat :) The taste is fulfilling, strong roasted coffee with something bittersweet that I can’t put my tongue on... The bitterness comes out stronger in the finish.

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