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Staropramen Černý - Pivovary Staropramen

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BA SCORE
83
good

61 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 10
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pivovary Staropramen visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Rocko on 02-23-2003)
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Reviews by JTuomi:
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

JTuomi, Dec 26, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #68 (Spetember 2012):

LOOK: Dark ruby color, clear, ample head

SMELL: Thick caramel, hop spice, herbal, sweet, cooked parsnips, dark bread

TASTE: Creamy medium body, deep smoothness, heavy dark bread, faint caramel, steely, modest hopping, herbal, very malty, dried hay, chicory, semi-sweet finish

Quite the delicious treat we have here, this dark little number does our palates well. A good brief departure from over hopped or over hyped beer. A beer like this centers us, a pleasure to try this and we will certainly be revisiting it.

STYLE: Czech Dark Lager
ABV: 4.4%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

BeerAdvocate, Jun 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Jason, Aug 12, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Staropramen pours a dark brown colour with a tan head that disappears quickly, leaving a thin lace. It has a big roasted smell with some hint of chocolate and some caramel. The taste is a bit roasted with some hint of chocolate, coffee and caramel. The mouthfeel is a bit weak, but this is a lager.

anders36, Jan 31, 2004
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

mrbigpappa, Feb 05, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at White Trash Fast Food in Berlin

A: Very dark amber in color. Even head with excellent rentention.

S: Dark fruit, amber. Sweet but beautiful smell.

T: Flavor isnt as lcean and defined like the smell. Still amber yet the flavor is obscured by the astringentcy.

M: Low carbonation, astringent.

D: Fine. It's too bad it's more superficial characteristcs outshine the tasting experience.

sfprint, Oct 05, 2010
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2.88/5  rDev -20.9%

Lion088, Sep 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

wilfonzo, Jun 28, 2014
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2.58/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle. Pokal glass. Dark brown color & brownish amber to the light. Yellowish froth, close & lasting crown, some rings are left. Noble hop aromas & slight chocolate hints on the back. Roasted & dried upfront. Light body. Moderate carbonation. Watery texture. Low floral bitterness in the middle lingers into a light spicy & bitter/sweet finish. Very easy drinkable beer.

GONZALOYANNA, Apr 14, 2014
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2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes in a 33cl green bottle with a dark label featuring only words. "Beer" appears in eight languages on the front label, none of which is Czech. The rest of the front is in English, while the back label has the basic info in most former Soviet languages. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 11/26/03, I opened it on 10/22/03.

Pours a healthy clear reddish amber, much like a cola, but with almost no head whatsoever (also like a cola). The nose was mildly caramel (kind of like a cola...), while the mouth was prickly sweet, well, um, kind of like a cola. Doesn't taste like a cola, however. There's a touch of sour (too close to the best before date?) to go with the caramel sweetness. There's not much hop follow through at all, leaving a - ahem - cola-like sweet aftertaste. Nope, there are much better dark Czech lagers...

Globetrotter, Oct 23, 2003
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2/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Staropramen prager bier (dark) draft. 

A Beautiful amber color, clear, nice head. 4.5 

S Similar to a dunkel, no hops. 2.5 

T Nasty and old tasting. Maybe cellaring issues? Flat taste, no character. Astringent, but not from hops. 1.5 

M Thin, but had good carbonation. 2 

D Not very good. 2 

boss302, Oct 05, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma
Caramel/toffee in nose, very nice roasted scent with a bit of butteriness

Mouthfeel
Lower carbonation and light amount of bitteriness on front and sides of mouth

Appearance
Mahoghany/reddish in 1/2 liter stein. Poured initially with 3/4" head which dissipated with much lacing

Taste
Caramel light with some roasted taste and a little residual bitterness

Drinkability
High, love to give this a go for an evening

Overall
Much better than anticipated from what I'd seen of prior reviews. One of my favorite beers I had in Prague.

Review from notes taken during tasting at Starapromen brewery restaurant in Prague

jerryjeff, Jun 01, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

myxy, Jul 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell: sweet, slightly burnt malt, dark bread, some raisins, butter, some hops.

Taste: smooth, sweet and light taste of dark bread, raisins, some notes of coffee and chocolate, butter, syrup; some bitterness and flowery hops. Easy to drink, quite refreshing.

Im not a big fan of czech lager beers, but they know how to make dark lagers. This one is good stuff. Not exceptional in any way, but solid.

simonjohansson, Sep 28, 2008
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3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It was with great curiosity I bought this beer. A dark lager from Czech Rep. aint that common. It pours dark brown and the color resembles cola drinks very much, the similarities end there. :o) The head grows alot after the pourup so go easy. After a few minutes the head has settled leaving a thin lace on top.

The first thing that meet you is a big smell of raisins, which combines together with a slight touch of coffee. The taste isn't so big unfortunately, it's fruity and reminds a bit of porters. It's semi-sweet and not bitter at all, quite easy to drink. Overall I can't say I'm disappointed because I didn't expect much at all, but it's definately worth trying out. :)

Rocko, Feb 23, 2003
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2.73/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the Staropramen dark beer. It pours a gorgeous deep red with an offwhite tawn. Head is thick and billowy leaving a thin lacing.

The smell is very sweet, caramelly and roasted.

The beers flavor comes in basically sweet. Theres a little bite, but mostly the flavor comes in as sweet grapes and caramel. Far too sweet for my tastes, even by Czech Dunkel standards.

it's generally smooth going down, but the sweetness leaves my mouth feeling sticky afterwards.

There are much better czech dark lagers. This is too sweet, and the grape and caramel flavors don't mesh well.

Charthepirate, Nov 18, 2003
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4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(330 ml bottle). This beer has a beautiful ruby colour, and pours with a moderate head. Aroma is malty sweet with hints of oak. Flavour is mellow, just a tad too sweet in my book. Low bitterness. This is not a bad beer, but it lacks "bite".

Sigmund, Nov 17, 2003
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3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger cream head that fades quickly, leaving some lace. Clear deep mahogany color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Coffee bean nose. Flavor is roasted coffee some sweetness. 330ml bottle €5.80 Schönes Fräulein Restaurant Helsinki, Finland. From my notes - 7/8/2008.

jdhilt, Jul 24, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

cdwil, Dec 30, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown liquid with occasional red spark, elegant cappuccino head, low carbonation.

Smell complex, mixture of roasted malt, dry fruit, nuts and a hint of herbs.

Start malty, with a note of bitter chocolate, body firm and dry, taste perfectly balanced, finish bisquity-hoppy, pleasant bitter aftertaste.

One of the best Darks from the Czech Republic. Recommended!

ernie, Jun 17, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

bigred89, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

phaedrusovchaos, Mar 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

endless1408, Jun 01, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle from Budapest

Pours dark amber brown with yellowish head that dissipates to thin, but dense layer and produces patchy lacing. Quite rich aroma - light roasted malty, some caramel, raisins, apricots. Taste is similar - light roasted coffee, quite malty with slight fruity hops, nuts and roasted bittery aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is rather light with less than medium carbonation.

Overall, good dark beer, as it could be expected from Staropramen.

atis, Dec 09, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

SFC21, Aug 18, 2012
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Staropramen Černý from Pivovary Staropramen
83 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.