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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (4032) - 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund (6745) - 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 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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dragonblaze99 (353) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quinten (1060) - zaandam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2006
black, some dark red under a lamb..color. thick dark medium head, nice bitter and fully schwarz one,...some: chocolate, roasty, banana, raisin, and basement aromas. Most cheap black I had.

   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tenghave (404) - Taastrup, DENMARK - APR 25, 2006
En rigtig god Schwarzbeer. Øl købt i Tyskland og er på 5.0 %. Brun med flot lysebrunt skum. Duften er brændt og sød. Smagen er brændt krydret med sød karamelsmag og let bitterhed. Eftersmagen er den samme. Den bedste schwarzbeer jeg hidtil har smagt. Meget let drikkelig - og rigtig god kold.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2005
Dark brown/red color. Dates and caramel aroma. Similar taste. Mostly malt on this, little-to-no hops noticable at all. Smooth taste and mouthfeel. Good dark malty beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
EithCubes (5633) - 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.

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