Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
How: Tap at Pivovarsky Klub, Prague
The look: Almost black body with a medium tan 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 but thinner. Below average.
FatPhil (15151) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 7, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle (alko)
Dark red, thin head. Rather nondescript sweet burnt malt aroma. Not unpleasant, but just lacking any real details. Taste follows that theme. It’s an OK full roasty body with pleasant carbonation, and there’s some slightly grassy hops, but nothing really jumps out of the glass. A little buttery in places. Walnut paper hoppiness in the finish, and again a little grassy. I can believe that a non-pasteurised non-filtered version of this would be pretty good, but the dead version is a little dead.
sayravai (4707) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 4, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottled) Hazy, very dark ruby with a small, tanned and firm, lacy head. Roasted-malty aroma with some coffee and licorice, and hints of chlorine-grassy hops and bloody iron. Roasted-malty, slightly sweet flavor with some dark fruit and a dryish, mildly ashy finish. Medium-bodied, slightly foamy-carbonated palate. A reasonably balanced dunkel, but nothing more.
oh6gdx (26006) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 3, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Reddish amber colour, small beige head. Aroma is malts, caramel and some very wooden notes. Flavour is quite much the same along with chocolate and a lot of wooden notes. Some mild sweetness lurking in the background too. Aftertaste is wood and some caramel.
MartinT (9617) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Pumpernickel-like bready dark malts develop chocolate and cherries until the carefully-sequenced hop bitterness and dryness sets in. This is a straightforward Tmavy Lezak fit for pleasant conversations.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-Bobbing foam playfully tops the red-infused blackness.
-That bready nose reminds me of some knedlikys sitting in gravy.
-Roastiness is present and agrees with the subtle chocolate.
-This one shares many similarities with U Fleku’s Tmavy Lezak, but the former is cleaner.
On tap at Pivovarsky Klub.
DruncanVeasey (8063) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap, Pivovarsky Klub. Smells like earwax initially (heaped tan foam). Underlying beer exudes wood, blackcurrant and grapefruity hop. Silky chocolate, bread, caramel, brown sugar and a gnaw of barrelwood. Bit too sweet but very tasty.
jonas (7185) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JAN 24, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle kindly provided by pivnizub. Ruby brown, huge golden brown head which cant wait to get out of the bottle. Roast, dust and caramelized sugar nose. Medium roasted base, light spicy notes, herbal hop balance - a small skunk hiding in the back. A bit light on the palate, thinbodied, light carbonated, quick fnish.
JPDIPSO (6002) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 6, 2008
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear umber color when held to the light. Diminished light beige head. Sweet dark caramel, light chocolate and hint of herbal hops. The sweetness in the aromas carries over to the flavors. Water syrup with some roasted malt that only distracts a little from all the sweetness. A bit of bitterness in the middle, but still not enough to undo all the sugar.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2008 Bottle 50 cl. Courtesy of KimJohansen. Clear orangey brown with a small, rough off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt. Medium body, lightly sweet roasted malt. Finishes dry. Good and clean. 131108
(Bottle 50cl) Courtesy of Hildigöltur. Clear, reddish brown with a rough, off-white head. Aroma of burned caramel and a whiff of butter. Medium body with sweetish, burned caramel and some roasted maltiness. The finish is lightly burned. 5/3/6/3/12=2.9 191207
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Brown colour with a little head. Light aroma of malt and hints of roastedness. Sweet flavour of malt, little watery and hints of coffee and roastedness.