Brewed by U Medvídků
Style: Doppelbock
Prague, Czech Republic


on tap


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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   EST. CALORIES: 378   ABV: 12.6%
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Polotmavý Speciál. Kvašení a dokvášení v dubových sudech. 33 Plato.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11101) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2008
Bottle, bought and enjoyed @ U Medvídků, Prague.
WOW! How is this a 3.01 beer? Pours a wonderful muddy red with a very small, creamy yellow head that almost disappears as I pour. I don’t know what to expect from this apart from the label saying 12,6 %. Very nice aroma of strawberries, caramel and green apples. Some maltiness behind it, but all seems to gel extremely well - no sign of alcohol. Low carbonation and very oily mouthfeel. Flavour is extremely fruity, the strawberries again coming to the fore, some apples again and now raspberries. Also pineapple and caramel. Quite vinious, but nowhere do I feel 12, 6 % (until I get up and try to balance on the bar). So sad that this is rated so low.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (30631) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2008
33 cL bottle at the brewpub. Pours golden amber and hazy with a lacing tan head. Berry citric aroma, quite inviting. Full bodied. Flavour is mild citric to berry fruity with a mild acidic touch. Dry wooden barrel note. Finish is a mix of barrel and berry fruity flavours with notes of overripe fruit. Solid, smooth and nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20217) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 2, 2008
Bottled. Amber colour, mediumsized beige head. Aroma is leather, some chocolate and sweet malts. Flavour is very sweet plummy malts along with mild chocolate, spices and also the alcohol, which fits this beer perfect. Raisins in the finish. As it warms up also some notes of honey become evident.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
armando629 (2404) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 5, 2008
What the hell have you tasted? This is a good and strong beer with a big personality. Dark brown body with a small delisicious head. Fruity and liqueric aroma of chocolate, raisins and toffee. Fine taste with oily and fruity mouthfeel, plum and raisins, chocolate, some coffee or toffee...Complex, syrupy body.I like it....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2008
Aroma of sweet caramel with malt and mild smoke. Pours a clear brown color with a ring of tan lace. Very sweet flavor of caramel and malt, not too good. The body is light to medium with a liquorous texture and gentle carbonation. Average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pivnizub (8729) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - APR 13, 2008
On tap at the "U medvidku", Praha: Deep amber coloured, quickly vanishing beige-brownish head; dried fruit, roasted malt in the sweet-caramelly nose; full sweet flavour, full bodied, a bit sirupy; leather and tobacco in the sweet finish, rounded by a shy bitter aftertaste. Absolutely not my cup of tea, but a very interesting cough-syrup....

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TaktikMTL (5628) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - APR 10, 2008
Bouteille de 330 ml, avec bouchon de céramique, partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez Glouglouburp. Arôme: Odeur de caramel fruité. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée foncée. Présence d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel fruité avec une pointe d’alcool. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Présence de caramel fruité en arrière goût. (Rating #1603)

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Glouglouburp (5938) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2008
UPDATED: APR 10, 2008 IMPORTANT NOTE: My score is for the bottle because I suspect that’s what most people will experience. However the tap and the bottle are two TOTALLY DIFFERENT beers.
Score for Tap: 4.6
Score for Bottle: 1.6

In short: A fantastic Scotch Ale (one of the best I’ve ever had) calling itself a European Strong Lager
How: Tap at brewpub (U Medvídků, Prague)
The look: Clear dark-ruby body with a large beige head
In long: Intense caramel and fruits nose. I could literally smell this beer two feet away. Body is as smooth and thick as one can hope. Lots of caramel covering a fruit cake fresh out of the oven. Figs, dates, and all other dark fruits. Some liquorice. Very sweet but not sugary and surprisingly highly drinkable. A masterpiece.

In short: A problematic (borderline gross) sweet toffee and rotten dark fruits melting pot.
How: Bottle, fresh, purchased directly at brewpub (U Medvídků, Prague) and drank one week later
The look: Clear amber body with a beige ring of foam
In long: Nose is unpleasant old garbage bag with organic detritus. Taste is very sweet toffee/caramel (almost cloying) and rotten fruits. Body is syrupy and lifeless. A light out of place sourness. Gets gross pretty quickly.

IN CONCLUSION: What can I say? The tap is a masterpiece and the two bottles we had were both gross. Despite being both gross the two bottles we had were slightly although they were purchased the same day at the same place. How can a pub brew such a masterpiece on tap that turns up to be such a crap in the bottle is as inexplicable as why Tarzan doesn’t have a beard.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2008
Now this is truly puzzling. First, here are my comments for the tap version at the brewpub:

My Bottom Line:
A stunning caramel malt deployment unfurls onto the overjoyed tastebuds and nostrils, exploding into orgasmic and seismic sweetness and comfort. Even though this is bottom-fermented, you could say it’s one of the best Scotch Ales out there.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A puffy cloud of foam hangs on to the deepest burgundy.
-That decadent caramel maltiness develops plums, raisins and other juicy dessert fruit.
-The nose on this one just won’t quit delighting the malthead. It even reminded me of a Reyne Descosse.
-The finish is not too syrupy for such a huge sipper.
-This is absolutely stunning as an evening sipper; and this, from the Czech Republic, of all places! 4.6/5

After having had such a momentous sipping experience at the pub, one had to buy a few bottles, right? Well, these bottles smelled of mushy peas and reeked of alcohol. The body was as luscious and full of caramel and dried cherry-like dessert fruitiness, but that farty excrescence was more than bothersome. Obviously, they have a masterpiece on hand at the brewpub, but they are not able to faithfully reproduce the experience in every swing-top bottle. It’s a shame because this beer has incredible potential. Get it on tap, please!! 2.5/5

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Bottle (bought at the brewpub and consumed in my hotel Nov 07, BB 06/08). Virtually no head. Body is dark brown. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, molasses), with notes of alcohol and corn syrup. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, soft/flat carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Ugh...clumsy, syrupy, simple, dull. Depressing.

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