yespr (47567) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2008
From tap at Prazsky. Pours dark brown with a red glare and a creamy tan head. Mild butterish and roasted malt aroma. Flavour is sweet, light toasted and berry fruity with a mild spice note. Goes into a mixed finish of roasted malt, sweet fruity accents and mild bitterness. Nice one. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2008
In short: An intense fruity, slightly sour complex lager. Wonderful (on tap at least)TaktikMTL (7975) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2008
How: Tap at U Valsu (Prague, Czech Republic). Called Rohozec Dark 12° (not 13° although I assume it’s an U Valsu mistake)
The look: Clear ruby body with a large beige head
In long: Intriguing fruity and herbal nose. The beer smelled like a fruit pie sitting on a pile of autumn tree leaves. Attack of sweet craneberries, wildberries and raisin pie. Finish mixes quite a bit of woody and leafy hops with a superb flavourful sourness of medium intensity. Wonderful beer that is totally different from any other Czech Tmavý I’ve had over there.
WARNING (why oh why…): Yet another poorly rated Czech beer that I found wonderful on tap. It’s not uncommon that a Czech beer is wonderful on tap while the bottle is pretty crappy. I’ve had a few experiences like that (X33 being the most extreme example). Many Czech lagers in bottle are not to be trusted. Get this one on tap or don’t get it at all. This beer is really great on tap. During my stay in Czech Republic I went three times to U Valsu and the last 2 times were just for drinking this particular beer. Comparing the tap and the bottle version of this beer is like comparing apples and oranges, fresh juicy apples and old rotten oranges.
En fût. Pinte dégustée chez U Valsu (Prague, Rép. Tchèque). Arôme: Odeur de céréales grillées avec une pointe de chocolat. Apparence: La couleur est brun rubis. Présence d’un large col beige crémeux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Odeur de caramel fruité avec une pointe de chocolat. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture crémeuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût fruité et légèrement sucré. (Rating #1506) MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2008
My Bottom Line:raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - MAR 22, 2008
Waves of wealthy bread froth into caramel nuances as fruity, dark chocolate surfs on by till a careful herbal hop undertow cleanly takes all back to square one. Subsequent gulps of this masterful Tmavé are plentiful and become nearly necessary.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam covers the clear burgundy brown.
-That maltiness is so complex and so appeasing, offering segue after segue of flavor.
-The body is succulently straddling chewiness and comfortable drinkability.
-The hop finish as characterful as their Svetlé 11’s, but it is able to dry out the back end wonderfully.
-I will taste a bottle soon to see if the same quality is to be found there, but I wonder after all these so-so ratings.
On tap at U Valsu, Praha.
Bottle 0.5 l. Deep red brown, foamy head. Nose is slightly roasted malty, strongly berryish and floral, quite attractive. Flavor has malts, dark berries, currants and winegum sweet and sourness. Nicely hoppy and a bit bitter. Very much like some of the dunkler bocks.
Quack-Duck (9533) - Down South, GERMANY - FEB 3, 2008
bottle from Pivní Galerie. Dark brwon colour, clear, large beige head. Sweet and malty nose. Full-bodied, sweet and malty with hints of caramel, toffee and roasted malt; tiny touch of fruit. The finish is rather hoppy which makes an interesting contrast to the malty start. wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 30, 2008
Dark brown hue with some red clay highlights underneath a short, foamy, mocha coloured head. Light aroma overall; cocoa, toffee and dark bread. Behind that, dry grass, nickels, light smoke and artificial grape flavouring. Slightly overly-sweet throughout the flavour with elements of toffee and bread. Finishes with a strong note of grape soda. I’m reminded of beeswax at times, both in the flavour and texture. Building metallic astringency. Medium bodied, sticky/waxy texture, fizzy carbonation. The first ten seconds of the aroma and the appearance were as good as it got with this one -- epic fail.
50cl bottle, bbe 08.04.08. Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 12, 2007
Near black colore with red hints, medium sized beige head. Roasted and grainy aroma with chocolate, syrup and some dry cardboard. Medium bodied. Flavor is overly sweet with this syrupy and grainy-bready note, aftertaste turns to lemony one with some metal and chocolate. Even mild alcohol comes up in aftertaste. Looks and smells better than tastes. Furseth (2165) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2007
Bottle: Deep red amber colour, with a nice creamy head. Aroma of lots of malts,citric, sweet nose. Flavor is werry malty and sweet, thin body, and a short malty/sweet finish. rlgk (18844) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2007
(Söderbärke 2007) Amber color, offwhite head. Roasted malt aroma, chocolate, cocoa, toffee notes. Malty, sweetish flavor, chocolate and with toffee notes. A great dark czech beer if you ask me....