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 13/20
larsniclas (6653) - 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund (6636) - 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 (5545) - 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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hildigöltur (5105) - Křbenhavn, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2006
Bottled. Dark reddish brown coloured. Notes of apples and dust in the aroma. Sweet caramel flavour with buttery notes. Rather thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2005
Bottled, said 5% ABV. Aroma of chocolat and a hint lactic. Black color, light brown head, good lace. Light sweet, light bitter, hint of chocolat, bit lactic in the finish, medium body. Although just 5% is the alcohol well present.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Marko (4852) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 6, 2015
Thanks Pornoguru for sharing this. Somehow missed it at the store... Dark brown. Toasty mild aroma, slightly sweetish. Mild, slightly toasty, slightly, just slightly tart taste. Not a good dunkel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gurthnar (4835) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 12, 2014
Bottle from Kaufland. Aroma caramel, roasted. Cleardark brown colour. Stable beige head. Taste is mostly malty, pretty good caramel vs roasted balance. Somewhat thin bodied. Hops lightly showing through. Overall okay Czech tmavy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Martinus (4437) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2015
Black brown colour, off-white head. Caramel aroma, malts. Sweet flavour, malts, caramel, light coffee. Bit thin. Finish caramel.
(from 50cL bottle @ the Turd (di)Mansion. Thanks for sharing, Erwin!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3933) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3851) - 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.

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