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Tomislav Pivo | Zagrebaèka Pivovara D.d.

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Zagrebaèka Pivovara D.d.
Croatia (Hrvatska) | website

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by lacqueredmouse on 05-23-2008

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 41
Reviews by beerdrifter:
Photo of beerdrifter
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up while on a recent trip to Croatia. Dark brown mahogany pour with just a tinge of ruby. Two finger head with minimal retention and decent lacing. Earthy, malty sweet nose with hints of chocolate, metal and just a touch of black cherries. The taste follows suit with the chocolate and cherries becoming more prevalent. There's a slight smokiness to it and a subdued bitter hoppiness that nicely balances the sweetness. Dark lagers like this are typically quite sweet, but this was surprisingly drinkable with a nice dry, slightly bitter finish. This was by far the best beer we experienced while in Croatia. I'm glad I picked up several of these.

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3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up in Zagreb, the tall brown 1/2 liter bottle sports a red and gold label with an image of a mounted knight holding a sword and "Rex Croatorum" above. No ingredient info.

Poured a clear but very dark brown under a two finger tan head that fades fairly quickly, leaving a bit of lace. The nose is very sweet of candy caramel. The mouth is mildly prickly and fairly light. A candy sweet opening is followed by a good fairly strong dry hops bite. Nicely bitter and enticing. The aftertaste features a surge of spicey dry bitter. Nice.

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2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

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Photo of Berecki
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 0,5 L bottle into a chalice.

A- Very dark-brown, allmost black, with some dark-ruby coloring on a counter-light. Thick, not a long-lasting head. Very pleasant appearance.

S- Roasty and caramelly malts, a lot of fine grassy hops, some faintly present fruits.

T- A really well-built taste, finely ballanced, with pleasant bitter-caramel taste and a long aftertaste.

M- Moderate heavy, smooth, rich and almost chewy. Good carbonation.

O- Very fine dark lager, suitable for accompanying BBQed meat, as well as for a individual tasting.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

50cl bottle purchased at Buzz Bar in Dubrovnik for 24 kuna and served cold into a Tomislav tulip. 7.3% ABV.

HEAD: 2 inches wide. Gorgeous khaki colour. Of apt frothiness and creaminess, with a soft appearance and an even consistency. Nice healthy complexion to boot. Retention is rather good for a 7.3% lager - around 7 minutes. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Opaque solid black with deep Ruby hues. Nontransparent. Quasitranslucent; it glows enough to expose the Ruby (unlike, say, Guinness). I see no yeast within.

Promises a robust beer. Looks good for the style.

AROMA: Caramel weaves together the dark malts, schwarz malts, and chocolate malts that comprise the core. Hints of welcome cream and hazelnut. Teasing hints of dessert wine/red port. On the sweeter side, definitely. Vague fruit does emerge, but not with the intricacy of accompanying esters (as you'd find in an ale). The cleanliness of lager yeast is working to the beer's benefit in terms of a clean presentation of flavour, but I worry if that comes at the expense of complexity. In any case, attenuation seems spot on, and I find no booziness.

Roasted barley is sorely absent. The luxurious dark fruits (plum, grape/raisin, maybe prune) are the stars of the show, but I wonder if more of a cocoa dust character would better accentuate them, if not some burnt or charred character as well.

Aromatic intensity is above average. Suggests a nuanced, balanced Brew with ample subtlety.

TASTE: Subtle elegant dark fruits (plum, prune, date, faint grape) are complemented beautifully by the sweet dark malt foundation, with the straightforward sweetness of the dark and schwarz malts nicely accentuated by supplementary chocolate malts. Again, roasted barley is missed, and I'd kill for a cocoa dust accent to coax more depth of flavour and intricacy out of the fruit.

The avoidance of burnt sugars, charred malts, and smoke was a good call here; the plump supple fruits wouldn't be well suited by the harshness of the abovementioned.

ABV is well disguised. I find no off notes. To style, there's no noticeable hop flavour.

Definitely a balanced nuanced Brew, but there's room for still more intricacy of build. Cohesive, even gestalt, but not impeccably constructed.

I do wonder if more esters would help...

TEXTURE: The smoothness and wetness of the mouthfeel plays well to the fruit, and it has the beginnings of a delicate feel in spite of its more robust medium body, but an even more fragile mouthfeel would better highlight the subtlety of the fruits. I can imagine it better: more of a silky powdery creamy texture would improve on this already solid start. Unrefreshing (to style). Critically - it's not too bready, heavy, or filling like so many inferior beers in the style.

Complements the taste well, but doesn't elevate the beer as a whole. Near perfect carbonation.

OVERALL: The best beer in this style I've had in recent memory, Tomislav brings impressive nuance and subtlety to a style too often relegated to bready malty messes. One of the best Croatian beers I've had so far, and memorable in a style that's difficult to stand out in. Boasts a rare harmony of texture and taste, even if theres still some dialling in to do. Though it ultimately lacks the complexity and depth that would elevate it to world class level, it's a damned respectable effort and will please even the most discerning of drinkers. A must-try when in Croatia.

High B- (3.5)

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We picked up a 0.5L bottle of Tomislav while on vacation in Croatia.

A: Pours a dark, coffee-brown. Medium-size head, light tan and fairly thick.

S: Smoke, chocolate, and bready malt up front, with some sweetness and dark fruit underneath.

T: Roasted malt flavors come on pretty strong at first--chocolate, lighter coffee, with dark fruit and even a little tartness coming out more as the beer warms. It's not as sweet as I expected, and it actually gets pretty dry on the finish.

M: Medium body, with smooth, mild carbonation. A little bit of alcohol comes out on the finish, but not bad for a 7.3% abv beer. Quite drinkable.

O: This was by far the best beer we had while in Croatia, but it more than holds its own on a wider scale, too. If this were available in the States, I would certainly buy it. I don't have a great sense of the style, but in any case, this is a tasty and drinkable dark, malty lager.

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4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brought this back from Croatia. I really dig it - nice dark brown with great head. Smell and taste are actually reminiscent of Belgian ales. Nothing too original or outgoing about the character of the beer, but very good. Drinks great for 7.3%, also. I'd drink this regularly if I could get is around NY (no way). Recommended.

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3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

50cl bottle, with a red and white label, depicting a horseman backed by vaguely psychadelic sweeping red lines.

Dark reddish mahogany colour, with a stable, milk-coffee coloured head. Carbonation forms in fine streams of miniscule bubbles around the edges. Very decent looking beer.

Slightly sour roasted characters on the nose, maybe just a hint of smokiness. Overall, rather roasted and even a bit oaky, but subdued.

Quite a robust palate, strong roasted charring bitterness on the front palate, with a late smoky, maybe sour character to it that leaves you feeling like all the moisture has been effloresced from your mouth. Mouthfeel is quite creamy and smooth, despite the later drought on the palate.

Not a bad beer, and a great deal different from the normal Croatian fare of pale, nondescript lagers. Hides its alcohol well, but only due to its other dominant charred flavours. Overall, it's interesting, but I'd say the Croats do a better example of a pale lager than a strong dark one...

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