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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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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Creedence (314) - Montreal, Quebec, - MAR 29, 2014
Cask at NERAX. Black pour with a brown head. Burnt aroma. Very roasty flavour, with light dark fruit and a hint of lactic acid.


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.

4.4
Zgpt (51) - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2016
Nice and smooth for a lager, good smoky flavor, not too lagerish/bitter and honey finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
solidfunk (9407) - 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.

3.5
micmillon18 (37) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 9, 2015
Poured from a 12oz can into a dimple mug. Born on "10/16/2015" Aroma - Cocoa, roasted malt, dark bread. Not particularly potent. Appearance - Three finger creamy mocha head. Un-pierceable black color. Taste - Semi-sweet cocoa flavors mesh with the roasted, bitter roasted malts. Sweet flavors are reminiscent of iced coffee with milk. Lingering roasted and cocoa flavors. Palate - Light bodied but plenty creamy. Semi-dry. Overall - Fell in love with tmavy in Prague, with its pilsner-like body but porter-like richness. Happy to see Notch pay omage to the style and do an admirable job at it.

3
Kavu (5129) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 4, 2014
6 fl. oz. on tap @ Bukowski’s, Dalton St. Pours very dark brown with a low tan head. Aroma is dry roasted malts. Flavor is dry roasted malts with some hops in the finish. Watery, but decent.

4.1
GenDV138 (7702) - 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
WillRunForBeer (2766) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Tap at Ale House. Pours deep amber brown with a scant beige head. Aroma of caramel malt and smoke. Flavor follows nose. Caramel sweetness tempered by a fair amount of smoke and ash. Finishes dirty caramel.

3.2
two7offsuit (448) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Dark brown with tan head that quickly dissipates. Light bodied some coffee flavors. Easy drinking.

3
Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 13, 2013
Toasty coffee malt and singed hops aroma. Odd lactic undertone, wait till it warms if that’s not really apparent. Dark cola brown. The texture is kind of cola like too - nice and crisp and sometimes gritty, yet mellow as a whole. Bittersweet coffee taste. This one is about what the brewer describes, and can be abbreviated to something like dunkel with schwartz tendencies.


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