Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2008
Back from a Czech Republic pub-crawl this is part of my express ratings for the “typical” Světlý 11°- (Czech light Pils), Světlý 12°+ (Czech Pils), Polotmavý (Czech Amber Lagers) and Tmavý (Czech Black Lagers). Non-typical beers will receive personalized descriptions after the express ratings.TaktikMTL (7790) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2008
How: Tap at Pivovarsky Klub, Prague
The look: Dark ruby body with medium beige head
To me a typical Czech Tmavé (Czech Black Lager) is: Dark malts and barely any roastiness sensation. Some dark fruits flavours (raisins with a little figs, dates and prunes) wrapped in smooth dark caramel (borderline toffee) and a subtle chocolate note. A bit bready. Moderately sweet without much hops presence and only a mild bitterness (voluntary unbalanced it seems). Very smooth body, like a watery cream.
This one: As above, very typical.
En fût. Pinte dégustée chez Pivovarsky Klub (Prague, Rép. Tchèque). Arôme: Odeur de céréale grillée avec une pointe de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée très foncée. Présence d’un large col mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel brûlé avec une pointe chocolaté. Courte durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps et la texture sont mince. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de caramel en arrière goût. (Rating #1519) MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2008
My Bottom Line:Quack-Duck (9484) - Down South, GERMANY - MAY 27, 2007
Prunes and figs shower the caramel maltiness with their fruity sagacity, as chocolate roams on by adding complexity to this sweet Tmavé.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the brownish copper.
-The fruity sweetness in this may recall brown rum at times.
-The body is soft and well-rounded, the archetypal Tmavé build.
-That fruitiness (prune-driven) could get annoying to those who don’t like this kind of fruit.
On tap at Pivovarsky Klub.
aroma of roasted malt. Beautiful colour and large, creamy and consistent head. Not as sweet as many Czech dark beers, quite dry and full of taste (coffee, caramel and roasted malt). pivo (2685) - GERMANY - MAR 17, 2007
Light toasted malt nose, dark clear brown color, fluffy biege head. Nutty middle, woody dry end with a lingering peatiness. Thin, but a good example of a Schwarzbier.
motelpogo (7704) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 1, 2007
on tap, berlinerbierfest. decent shade of purple with a thin head, aroma of plum and caramel, reasonably sweet, flabby mouthfeel, golden syrup, traces of burnt toast, average pivnizub (10612) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JAN 5, 2007
Flip-top bottle:Deep amber coloured, mid-sized tanned head, lacing and quickly diminishing to a small, stable creamy layer; a mix of dark malt, toasted and roasted malt in the quite dry aroma; robust dry (malty-) bitter flavour, light bodied; lingering malty, a bit coffeeish finish with a little sourness detectable. A good example, well crafted............. MiP (15667) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2006
Draught. Weak, slightly roasted, but pilsnerlike aroma. Dark brown colour, small creamy head. The flavour is quite roasted, as well as the aftertaste. Flavour also has a little fruitiness. A bit thin, but this is of course Schwarzbier. YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2006
On tap at the Internationales Bierfestival in Hamburg 2006: nice brown color, nice medium head. Sweet caramel taste - roasted malt in the finish. Decent. ganache (5896) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2006
Tap at the Leipziger Bierbörse, where it was listed as a Schwarzbier (and tasted closer to one than a Dunkel). Rich, frothy, creamy, lacing tan head, very dark ruby color. Slight roasty flavors and a very dry aftertaste. Where’s the aroma though? Very weak. Oily, medium body. A Disappointment.