Brewed by Pivovar Protivín (Pivovary Lobkowicz)
Style: Schwarzbier
Protivín, Czech Republic


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RATINGS: 202   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Original. Merlin je výjimečný ležák, který lze pro jeho velmi tmavou barvu označit za opravdu černé pivo. Náš sládek jej vaří podle speciální receptury a při jeho výrobě používá vedle tří druhů sladu, křišťálově čisté vody z hlubinného jezera a kvalitního chmele rovněž pražený ječmen. Výsledkem je magická kombinace chutí s výraznou hořkostí připomínající stout, kterou ocení každý opravdový znalec.


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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gegwilson (3400) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2015
Bottle from the Dram Shop, in Sheffield. Pours mahogany with a cream head. The aroma isn’t great. It smells like dog food to me. The taste is much better. Light spice and roast malt. Chocolate and coffee notes. Quite high carbonation, but a fairly creamy body. The finish is slightly metallic.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DoctorHU (448) - UKRAINE - OCT 23, 2015
Aroma burnt, coffee, malt. The taste is rather dry and at the same time karmelny. In the aftertaste of coffee, burnt crust of bread and a bit of charcoal, a little bitterness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrNosha (1827) - Baden Württemberg, GERMANY - OCT 3, 2015
Schwarze Farbe mit dunklem, sehr festem "Bauschaum". Das Bier riecht nach Rum, Weinbrandt und Rosinen. Der Geschmack ist Kaffe und erwas metallisch. Schokolade im Abgang. Sehr trinkbares, süffiges Schwarzbier ohne die typische unangenehme Süße.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TorbenJensen (1468) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2015
Dense compact foam covers a faint aroma of hard roasted malt with slight licorice notes. The taste is characterized by good dark caramel with a little roasted malt notes and licorice. It is a somewhat sweeter schwarzbier than German ones, and although I swear most of the German schwarzbiers, then I find in this Czech a nice balanced product where a gentle hop bitterness put a fine edge of sweetness. It is easy to drink and tasteful and quite live up to the good quality as you would expect with Czech beer. Really fine beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewtalita (273) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 2, 2015
Pours dark brown, with tan head. Stable and low foam. Carbonation quite high for this style. Aroma of coffee and chocolate and sour cherries. Palate is thin given but given its ABV quite normal. Taste is complex with sour roasted maltiness, rye bread, coffee and quite bitter noble hops ending. No chocolate in taste despite the aroma. Not a bad brew although lacks some complexity and robustness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
efeesse (448) - Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 7, 2015
Typical dark beer, with strong body, some foam in the top, medium bitterness, flat, (drunk on 50cl glass in Brno bar).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Serapac (377) - CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 2, 2015
Bottle. Black, small beige head. Aroma malt, hints of coffee. Taste sweet malty. Medium body, low carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Svesse (7959) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUL 28, 2015
(Can) Dark brown colour, almost black, with frothy, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with black rye bread, caramel, chocolate, coffee and a touch of liquorice. Malty, roasted taste with notes of black rye bread, coffee, chocolate, liquorice, dried fruit and a gentle, roasty bitterness in the finish. Medium body, with a touch of sweetness. Well balanced and tasty, but not the most intruiging dark Czech. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rasmus40 (18106) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2015
DŘE. Hazy very dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, bread and dark malts. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter. Sweet finish. 280515

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ascelja (1039) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 7, 2015
Bottle 0,33l. Black body, medium beige head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, raisins. Taste is dry with strong roasted bitterness, light sour on the end. Caramel, raisins, burn malts, toasted coffee. Medium body and carbonation.
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