RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
The Czechs are famous for the golden lagers of Pilsen and Budweis, but also have a history of dark versions. While some have a dark red hue, and are typically identified as “garnet”, there are also versions that are closer to black with a rich, spicy flavor. The most famous in that vein is the house beer at U Fleku, the 15th-century brewpub in Prague, and oldest brewpub in the world.

Stag Series #5 is modeled after the famous dark lagers of Bohemia. Our version features dark bread and caramel flavors that are accentuated by a decoction mash, and balanced by the spicy Saaz hops.

Ingredients: Malts: Floor malted Bohemian Pilsner, Light Munich, Caramunich, Carabohemian, Carapils Bittering Hops: Saaz Aroma Hops: Saaz


• Original Gravity: 14.0? Plato

• 5.7% Alcohol By Volume

• 30 International Bitterness Units

• 50 SRM

• Serve in a becker pint or glass

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mat42m (160) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Coffee like aroma. Interesting for a lager. Very dark stout like appearance. Taste is very malty. Sweet, spicy finish. Very interesting for a lager. Very unique and I’m a fan.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (6061) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Very dark brown. Roasted malt and a surprising amount of hops. When I think of dark Czech lagers, I think of dunkels and Viennas, not schwarzbier. Dry hops, and it is somewhat lacking in flavor. Still it is enjoyable enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Atom (2387) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2012
12oz bottle pours a dark brown with a faint amber hue and a large khaki head. Aroma has grassy hops, caramel, yeast, chocolate, and roasted malts. Taste is clean and well rounded, spicy hops and bitter roasted malts. Easy drinking, a really nice Czech Dark!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5351) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 2, 2012
A deep ruddy red brown body with a light brown colored head. The nose is sweet with some raw dough and almonds. There is also some potato. The taste is toasty with some bread crust and a little bit of toasted almonds. Carrots and a hint of tobacco finish this off. A nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Velkyal (321) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - MAY 30, 2012
pours dark brown which becomes a rich crimson when held up to the light. The head is light tan and lingers for the duration. It most certainly looked the part. In terms of aroma there was caramel, like toffee really, a hint of roasted coffee, though it wasn’t harsh and in your face about it, and the gentle, soothing spiciness of Saaz hops in the background. I wasn’t expecting the smooth flavours of bitter sweet chocolate to be at the fore in the taste department, but it was and it worked well, that roasty edge was there, like toast that is between done and burnt, and the bitterness of the hops kicks in at the end. I found myself sucking this beer down, well assembled, easy to drink and medium bodied, yes I liked it. Where I would put it in the spectrum of tmavé that I have drunk in the Czech Republic? Well ahead of the likes of Kozel and Staropramen, that’s for sure, so on a par with Bernard I would say (for the unitiated, that means pretty damned good).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (4183) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 26, 2012
Very dark amber colored beer with a medium, off white, tight, well lasting head.

The aroma is rich, malty, and nicely nutty. Some character of darker malts is subdued but very well finessed here, it’s got some chocolate and a mild hint of coffee.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, however more focused on dark malt. More coffee, less chocolate & certinally some herbal and spicy hoppiness throughout. A little bit of pumpernickel bread is a nice continuously present note to the flavor and some dark fruit lingers in the finish. The beer is very clean tasting and drinks very easily despite it’s subtle and well nuanced flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (10215) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2012
Bottle. Excellent brew - dark pour, gray-white head. Nose and taste of dark malts, a hint of prune, and spicy hops. Yummy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5876) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2012
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle from Heritage Liquors in Maplewood, MN. Pours a clear dark reddish brown colored brew with a creamy off-white head that has some nice retention and spotty lacing. Aroma of both roasted caramel and Munich style malts, a hint of floral hops, and a touch of dark pitted fruits. Taste is medium bodied, nice toasted biscuity dark malts, and a touch of spicy saaz hops. The flavor and finish is when the saaz hops really shine. Finish has a good balanced malt and spicy hop aftertaste the slowly disappears. A solid dark lager with a spice hop finish is the best way to remember this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guerde (1297) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2012
UPDATED: APR 16, 2012 (bottle) Pours a deep mahogany color with a medium sized light tan head. Aroma is strong of musty lager yeast, pumpernickel bread, dark chocolate, and toasty malt. Something else in here that comes across as plum. Flavor has a host of dark bread dough that transitions to toasted grain and light roasted coffee. Hops appear at the end to add just a slight zip of spice before quickly disappearing. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy, and the carbonation is perfect. Overall this is a really nice beer, and yet another tasty offering added to the Stag Series. Would like to see this introduced as a regular, because the Stag Series price for a beer of this style will prevent me from buying it again in the future.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Had this on cask dry hopped with Saaz. A pretty enjoyable beer with lots of flavor, especially with the extra hoppy flavor.

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