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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.37/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Inspired by the black session lagers of the Czech Republic, Notch Black Lager is malty, toasty, and infinitely drinkable. Černe Pivo is Czech for “Black Beer”, and is a style wholly indigenous to the Czech Republic, yet with little awareness in the US.

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2.9
Travlr (24639) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Bottle courtesy of jslot, thank you! Hazy dark brown color, small head. Aroma of nutty cocoa and nutella. Taste is medicinal chocolate soda.

3.2
Leighton (21231) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2012
Bottle at Sander’s place, NYC. Pours rich brown with a creamy, tan head. Some dusty cocoa in the nose with light leaves, dirt. Flavor ain’t nothing special. Light roasted malts, some plastic, dirty bitterness. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Light sweet finish, light roasty cocoa, some leafy and dirty bitterness. Nothing special.

3.2
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 24, 2012
22oz bottle, thanks jslot38. Tan head atop cola black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, some smoke. Taste is moderately sweet, roast, bittersweet chocolate, some caramel. Light-medium body.

3.5
GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 23, 2012
651mL thx to Justin. Clear schwarzbier coffee pour. Tan head. Nose is lemon tea, coffee, hazelnut, chestnut. Taste is tangy, chocolate, nutty, coffee. Pretty good stuff. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
solidfunk (8941) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 26, 2015
Better than most dunkels but I feel like that means it isn’t a dunkel. Light roast and some lightly soured malt, dunkel styke. Pours black with decent head. Average carbonation. Light bitter finish with some hint of sourness. Tap at Lord hobo.

3.4
radagast83 (8050) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle provided by jslot38. Thanks! Well I noted it had an awful aroma - but i don’t remember why I noted that or anything else, ah well. Anyway, poured a ruby-cola color with a small off-white head. Aroma was sweet roasted, chocolates, and toffee. Flavor was likewise.

4.1
GenDV138 (7277) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2014
16 ounce draft at Row 34 poured into a standard pint glass. Pours black with ruby brown hues and a light tan head, maybe half a finger. Decent lacing. Aromas of sweet and bitter malt, caramel, cocoa, light wheat. Tasting notes of cocoa, coffee, roast, dark chocolate. Medium body with a dry finish, medium carbonation. Pretty interesting and tasty, very enjoyable.

3.3
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Bottle shared by jslot38: pours a slightly transparent dark mahogany with a stringy-lacing off-white head. Has a lightly sweet toasty dark malty nose with some mild roast and dark chocolate. Starts with good fullness and light sweetness with some toasty dark malts and a touch of dark chocolate. Finishes drier and bittersweet.

4
nuplastikk (6252) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2013
22oz bomber shared at a DC tasting. Brown black, very light delicate body. Takes a style that is made pretty sub-standardly all too often, and really perfects it. Great clean example of the style.

4.1
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - JAN 21, 2017
Poured into a pilsner glass, the appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a finger’s worth of white to off white foamy head that dissipated at a good pace. Some rings of clingy lace. The aroma starts off with a sweet dark fruity blissful malty milk chocolatey goodness. Light dark chocolate, moderate bready sweetness. Sly rugged roastiness. The flavor yields to the sweet bready side first but then opens up into a great balance. Rich bready and roasty aftertaste flowing into the finish very nicely. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a great sessionability about it. Smooth bready lager lingering yet rugged but low key enough to flow nicely over my tongue. Overall, as a black lager this was exceptionally well done to have as much going on as it did.


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