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Praga Dark Lager - První Budějovický Pivovar Samson

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80
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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 21.71%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
První Budějovický Pivovar Samson visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 06-15-2012)
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the brewers of beloved Samson Cerny comes this new arrival to the market. Sampled a couple bottles to get a more solid feel for it. Best by date: "23.02.13" so it's fresh.

Poured into a tulip glass it has a reddish copper color that glints ruby in the light. Initial two finger head of creamy light tan foam that settles to a healthy skim on the surface. After the first couple sips the skim parts, and a healthy collar of lace is left behind.

Light molasses and sweetened coffee in the aroma, some toasted marshmallow and sweet grains and coarse yeast. Flavors are similarly lightly sweet, toasted grains, molasses and honeyed toast. Feels a bit thin but not out of place for the style. Easy to have several, certainly no chore to drink. Simple but tasty enough, worth trying.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear dark mahogany red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin tan head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet nutty and toasted malts are present in the nose along with some hints of molasses.
T: The overall taste is somewhat sweet and has flavors of nutty and toasted malts with some hints of burnt sugar and molasses.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't have a very complex taste, but it is rather easy to drink.

metter98, Oct 10, 2013
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look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500ml bottle. Pokal glass. Brown color, very dark amber tints to the light. Beige tan froth, close crown & correct retention. Roasted, sweettish aromas & slightly hoppy notes. Some metallic odors. Sweet malty syrup flavors & cloying sensation. Light body. Moderate to high carbonation. Watery texture. Sweetish finish & slight earthy bitterness. Flat & boring.

GONZALOYANNA, Apr 14, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip.

A Dark ruby, nearly black. One finger of tan head that fades quickly.

S Very sweet. Chocolate. Malts. Roasted almonds. Delicious.

T Up front, very much like the the smell. Burst of coffee. Raisin. Honey. Quite rich. There is a lingering sour candy tartness.

M Medium, but leaning real close to syrupy. Carbonation prevents too clean of a finish.

O Nice complexity and layers of flavors but, honestly a bit overpowering. The coffee is a little too dominating. If this were subdued a bit, the subtleties of the other flavors would work better in the overall scheme. However still good. Plays like a brown or a porter. The sour aftertaste was unsatisfying.

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Served in a Local Option cervoise.

After enjoying the pils, figured I'd jump right into this guy, the cousin. It pours a clear dark sienna topped by over a finger of dusty wan khaki foam. The nose comprises husky barley and a touch of lightly watered-down maple syrup. It's insanely simplistic, yet still pleasant. Right on. The taste holds notes of darkly toasted malts, bruleed cocoa, and what seems like some blackstrap molasses. Things are darker, sweeter than I imagined, to say the least. Thing is, everything is too light to make it stick, so to speak, like a thick stout or porter would. I'm not sure what to think of this, frankly: Things are overly sweet, a bit too roasty-ish, a complete pendulum swing from the usual watered-down roast that normally finds its way into these Euro darks. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a relatively dry finish. Overall, I just couldn't deal with the near-cloying sweetness of this beer. It was all too much.

TMoney2591, Jun 15, 2012
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I was introduced to this beer at a social gathering so I wasn't really able to give it my full tasting experience attention but I liked it so much I decided to post. For me the rich, dark ebony appearance was very appealing enhanced by the bottle packaging. I didn't have access to proper tasting glassware but on direct pour some head appeared but quickly dissipated which was somewhat disappointing from an aesthetic standpoint but as I found out this in no way degraded the positive experience for me. Also, the lower carbonation made it much lighter on the midsection. Aroma was slightly raisiny, slightly chocolaty to me and again very inviting. Initial wash over the tongue was smooth and creamy, with a pleasantly sweet aftertaste which I loved and just balanced with the right amount of bitterness. Overall this beer for me is probably best in fall/winter months with bigger-flavored meals and would probably make for some fantastic recipes as well as complement some deserts but I thoroughly enjoyed it on a warmer evening.

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500 ml. bottle, pours a dark brown colour, with a small off white head that dissipates soon, leaving a small lace. Smell is very weak, some coffee and caramel. Medium to light body and too much carbonation. Taste of caramel, chocolate, some coffee and coke.

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Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep, dark brown hue with dark red highlights when held up to the light, plus a strong effervescence. Head is a thick finger of pillowy tan foam. I think it's quite attractive indeed.

Smell: sweet malt with a light element of caramel, toffee and dark fruits. It's a little too sweet for me, but otherwise quite good.

Taste: rich fruitiness with raisin, cherry and tobacco; finish is caramel and toffee. This style can be so good when executed well, as it is here; I'm a fan.

Mouthfeel: light body but with a huge carbonation and surprisingly satisfying creaminess. Bam!

Overall: I tend to like dark European lagers, and this is among the better of them. I'd definitely have this again.

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Another Praga I had to try because of good conversation about Czech Dark Lagers.

Best by 08.30.13 on the label.

A -- Clear, deep chestnut color with a creamy tan head that settles to a nice cap, leaving good, sticky lacing.

S -- Sweet, bready malts with a touch of molasses giving a good impression of Pumpernickel.

T -- Same sweet breadiness in the flavor with a mild touch of roastiness at the finish. Some hop bitterness and lingering sweetness in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is smooth and soft with a medium-heavy body.

O -- A very nice beer that's a cross between a Munich Dunkel and a Schwarzbier. I would love to sample this fresh at the source, it's the type of Dark Lager I love to find.

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Praga Dark Lager from První Budějovický Pivovar Samson
80 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.