Master Tmavý 18° - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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3.31/5 rDev -15.1%
Served on-draught earlier tonight at a bar in Bratislava, Slovakia. Reviewed from notes. Served into .4L Master branded stemware. Cost was 1.60 euro. Expectations were average.
No bubble show forms as it's poured.
HEAD: Pours a 3 finger wide head pf pale khaki colour. Good creaminess and thickness. Has a smooth, even complexion. Nice consistency. Spotty inconsistent lacing. 4-5 minute retention.
BODY: Solid opaque black colour. No yeast particulate or sediment is visible.
Looks good for the style. I'm looking forward to trying it. It's not unique or special, but there are no obvious flaws here.
AROMA: Cream, dark malts, bready malts, hints of bready yeast, and I think a faint hint of vanilla.
No alcohol, off-notes, or overt hop character is detectable. Overall, it's a muted aroma of below average strength, and suggests a somewhat bland flavour profile.
TASTE: Dark malts, chocolate malts, cream, and some faint breadiness. Simple and balanced. A pretty plain dark beer. I do like it, but there's not much subtlety, intricacy, or nuance here. Average depth, duration, and intensity.
MOUTHFEEL: Smooth, wet, creamy and nicely, aptly soft. Well-carbonated. I would like a fuller body and more thickness, but overall this texture does suit the taste well, and it's well executed, with good presence on the palate. Not boozy, oily, harsh, astringent, gushed, or hot.
OVERALL: It's drinkable and enjoyable. I'm surprised how light on the palate it is for a dark beer. I'd probably get it again at this price point, and I'm glad I tried it, but I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners in terms of quality alone. It's likable but unremarkable, and far from world class. Gets better as it warms.
06-17-2014 20:28:33 | More by kojevergas
3.84/5 rDev -1.5%
Another beer I picked up in Prague, now enjoyed in Israel.
Pours a mocha colored fizzy almost 2 fingered head that fades at a med pace, nice lacing, dark mahogany molasses color with barely any light coming through.
NOse nice dark malts, a little cocoa chocolate like, hint of a roasty aroma, touches of fig and date like dark fruits, some caramel and hint molasses like dark sugars, touch of toffee.
Taste semi sweet, creamy darker malts, little cocoa and hint of roast, hint of creamy coffee too, light powdered cocoa, into an iced mocha like flavor. Bitterness is present, with a bit of earthy slight grassy hops. A hint of an estery booze comes through with warmth, covered slightly by the sweetness, which brings a bit of caramel and molasses, hint of toffee. Finish is still a bit sweet but attempts to dry, more bitterness ramping a bit with some spicy hops, booze kicks up a bit too as it slightly tingles, and more molasses toffee flavors lingering.
MOuth is med to a bit fuller bod, a bit creamy, nice fluffy carb.,
Overall not bad, nice porter flavors, a bit on the Belgian porter like style with the esters and dark fruits, nice malts, decent hop profile, booze comes off a bit too much though overall for only being 7%, but still a nice beer.
08-02-2013 18:00:15 | More by jlindros
4.85/5 rDev +24.4%
I have no idea who brought this to me, but I do recognize the picture. I might as well crack it open and see what's what.
From the bottle (loosely translated): "The premium materials and a special furnace Experienced Sladku Pilsner Urquell Master VAM brings a unique taste experience."; "Special dark beer."; "Drinking and driving don't mix."; "Pilsner Urquell beer specialties."; "The delicate flavor."; "Dark [beer]".
Any Baltic Porter, in my eyes, is going to have to measure up to Baltika # 6. We'll see ... I got two dense fingers of deep-tan head with decent retention off of my pour. Color was a deep-brown with ruby/garnet highlights. Nose had a chocolaty aspect along with dark, dried fruits (raisin, prune). Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but approaching it and the taste was like a liquid Cadbury Fruit & Nut bar, sans the nut, although a student recently described me as "a nutty teacher". Man, I thought that nothing could ever match my beloved Baltika # 6, but this is really making me sit up and take notice! Heavy lacing began to appear as I worked my way through it. Finish was semi-dry, with an appearance of a smokiness to go along with the fruit and chocolate. I have been watching the commercials for Viking River Cruises recently and I would love to take a trip into the Baltic States and hit up the Czech Republic while in the area. Hell, I might even look for a bride while I'm at it! To my old drinking buddy and owner of the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern, Stosh, this one's for you.
10-23-2012 23:45:18 | More by woodychandler
3.75/5 rDev -3.8%
A: Beautiful creamy head and a near black soda body.
S: Toasted wheat crackers, perhaps also oat-y, but overall not a very strong smell
T: Kind of sweet. Hmm, I feel ambivalent about this one. It has a nice toasted and well rounded flavor, but I find it too sweet, like when you put too much sugar in coffee.
M: Smooth and implied creamy.
O: So many great qualities, but the fact that it's overly sweet really bring it down for me. Otherwise a very very good beer.
10-18-2012 23:32:45 | More by sfprint
4.13/5 rDev +5.9%
.4 L on tap in tulip glass at Na Parkene Beer Pub; Plzen, Czech Republic
A - Deep brown with a thick tan head
S - Distinct roasted malt.
T - Caramelized malt with a hint of coffee and toasted nuts
M – creamy on the tongue, heavy body and light carbonation
D – Decent beer, but a little heavy at a sitting for more then one.
09-25-2011 19:20:44 | More by skypup
3.93/5 rDev +0.8%
This beer is very dark with a great tan head. There is lots of head and lots of sticky thick lace. It has a burnt coffee taste with some chocolate tones. It is a very bitter sweet flavored beer. There is a burnt sugar aroma. The body is medium and there is not much for carbonation.
07-15-2011 18:12:13 | More by MTNboy
3.95/5 rDev +1.3%
.4 L draft in snifter at brewery's restaraunt in Pilsen
A - near black and opaque with reddish mahogany at edges/ Generous creamy tan head that leaves patchy lacing. Remnants of head lasted until the end during an entire meal!
Aroma - rather faint and not enticing aromas of medium and dark roasted malt.
T – markedly more flavorful than aroma suggests: a somewhat spicy rich malt flavor that leads to a fine and lasting finish featuring dark roasted malts. Excellent balance of sweet and bitter, perhaps leaning towards bitter.
M – Exceptionally creamy feel with perfect (med) carbonation
O – not great in every respect, but the wonderful mouthfeel alone makes this worth seeking out.
Paired ok with brocolli in cheese sauce; excellent with pork in gravy.
07-04-2011 05:45:50 | More by chinchill
4.65/5 rDev +19.2%
Tasted on Dec 2010.Served in 33cl bottle. Pitch black in your Snifter. Thick & creamy crown. Small Bubbles & extended foam, beige in color. In nose toasted malty notes & a gentle hop aroma. Your mouth will receive a caramel & licorice flavor. Dry & smooth bitterness in your palate. Good carbonation. At the aftertaste will return caramel & tosted malts. Easy to drink, medium body, refreshing & kind flavor. You´d better remember it´s 7.0 ABV
04-09-2011 22:40:41 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Master Tmavý 18° from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
86 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.