MoritzF (8389) - Bochum, GERMANY - AUG 10, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle) Very dark almost black coloured with a moderate beige foam, slowly lacing. Moderately sweet aroma of dark malt, slightly roasted and sugary with caramel, liquorice and notes of mocha. Bitter flavour, light to medium bodied, smooth carbonated mouthfeel. Strong malty, moderately roasted and minimal sugary taste with caramel and mocha; dry and bitter malty finish with hints of liquorice in the aftertaste.
EithCubes (4702) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark malt with caramel and brown sugar, expecting toffee and a little grit. Pretty light brown lacing head, of the sort that forms a myriad of shapes. Opaque dark brown. Taste is roasted and sweet, includes fnotes found in the nose, also reminds me of artifical sweetner. Thinner body than expected from the scent. End is medium-dry at best, but there’s something very alluring about this one that gives way to craving. Tart with a bit of acidity and cocoa powder. Too sweet for large-scale consumption.
jonas (5592) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUL 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Big roasted brown sugar aroma. Hazy dark red brown, gorgeous lacing creamy brown head. Surprisingly lightbodied, but thats not a bad thing - quite delicate sugary roast flavor, coal, a bit chocolate. Quick finish, a hint of licorice in the aftertaste. Pleasant and easy to drink in the current summer heat. Thanks to pivnizub for providing this gem!
Ungstrup (29022) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A red-brown beer with an orange head. The aroma is very sweet with lots of caramel, but also light notes of licorice. The flavor is also very sweet with lots of caramel and some licorice - it is like candy, just like Danish Hvidtřl, though more than doubled in ABV. The mouthfeel is very carbonated, before the dry roasted end sets in. Nice one.
pivnizub (8727) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - SEP 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2008 Bottle (Pivni Galerie): Very dark, almost as black as a raven (czech: havran), thin brownish lacing head; mainly malts in the nose (also roasted malts, molasses), some fruitiness; quite dry malty beginning, roasted malts, chocolate and caramel in the taste, ending in a distinctive bitter (cacao) - malty , a bit longer lasting; quite medium (!) bodied; absolutely not sweet, well balanced; a very, very pleasant Dunkel !
Sigmund (4933) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Pivni Galerie, Prague. The PG beer list says ABV is 4.9%, but the brewery website says 4.5%. Plato is 11%. "Havran" seems to mean "raven" in English, acccording to the website. Black colour, moderate tan head. Nice lacing. Malty aroma with notes of leather, liquorice and tobacco. Easily drinkable, moderate but nice roastiness, hints of liquorice. A slight sweetness in the aftertaste. Very good.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Although 2 months past it’s expiration date this still tasted surprisingly fresh. Why do they use such a short date? Light chocolat aroma with flowers. Very dark ruby color, beige/brown head, very nice lace. Sweet, chocolat, roasted, light bitter. Soft and light bodied.
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown. Toffee, caramel aroma along with a little coffee. Interesting flavour, little syrupy but still quite thin. Also caramelly and slight roasty and sweet. Longlasting flavour. Not as fullbodied/sweetish as Herold Dark but similar. Purkmistr comes to mind but it’s been ages since I had that one.
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very deep, almost opaque, red/brown colour. Malty aroma, with some woody edges. Toffee and caramel join the malt in the flavour. Not bitter, but there’s a slightly tart acidic edge. Some sweetness too. The balance doesn’t seem quite right. Overall, an interesting and quite appealing beer. 500ml bottle, bought at Kent Beer Festival. BBE 12 September 2004.
MiP (13478) - Sřnderborg, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Dark with creamy head. Mild, pleasant flavour of malt and chocolate.