Kozel Cerny (Kozel Dark) Velckopopovicky - Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 224
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.18%
Wants: 13
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: grdahl on 08-24-2001

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Photo of SmashPants
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Format: a solid 500mL brown embossed bottle with a decent macro label.

Appearance: a clear dark brown with two fingers of beige head fluffing away to a creamy half-finger. Decent patchy lacing.

Aroma: some sweet milk chocolate with bitter cocoa, a touch of caramel and molasses. Pretty good for such a low ABV.

Taste: the taste follows the nose - chocolate, toffee, caramel and molasses. Really quite nice, with a touch of liquorice.

Aftertaste: sweetness from the malts and bitterness from the cocoa. Still nice.

Mouth feel: light to moderate in body with a great carbonation that is both refreshing and also brings all those flavours forward quite well.

Overall: this one was a bit of a surprise after Kozel's pilsener. This is a good-quality, well-rounded dark lager that is very refreshing in the heat, as well as well priced at AU$62 for a case of 20 x 500mL. (870 characters)

Photo of djura
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Darker ruby color with tick white head.
S- Malty, yeasty, fresh and grasy.
T/M - Lots of chocolate malt in it, sweet, balanced with right amount of carbonation. Loe bitterness.

O - Unusual lager, but in the positive way. Very good. (236 characters)

Photo of Iztok
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can to a gulden draak tulip glass.

A: A very pretty beer. Dark with reddish hues. Leaves a big two finger head of foam that dissipates after a few minutes, leaving nice little lacing.
S: Smells nothing special. Toasted malts. Some yeast. Smells slightly sour.
T/M: Very refreshing. A lot of toasted malts, chocolate, licorice, sweet root. Some bitterness in the background. Some roasted nuts. Slightly sour. Low alc. medium to low carbonation
AfterTaste: Long aftertaste, leaves a lot of slightly sour and bittersweet aromas in the mouth. Very good food beer.

A very good light dark beer. Great from the can. (624 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On-tap (500ml) from U Pavouka in Prague Old Town (49Czk):
Dark, caramel brown bordering on black with a tan brown head come lacing that stuck to the sides as I worked my way down the beer.

Light malts & roasted notes with caramel & toffee. Relatively light on the nose & features a hint of chocolate and some darker malts too.

Light to medium malts with some caramel & good sweetness. Some bitterness & roasted flavours appear along with some burnt toast with faint chocolate at the end.

Smooth & creamy with a medium body and moderate carbonation that went well with the clean and crisp feel to the beer that was slightly wet in the finish.

The beer mirrored what I've come to expect from Czech beers of late, highly drinkable, enjoyable with little to no off-flavours and very easy to drink. (797 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours no head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is mild roasted malt, dry hay and grain. Pleasant.
The taste is roasted malt with mild lemon and molasses.
The texture is thin and smooth with moderate carbonation.
It's a nice dark lager, easy to drink. (250 characters)

Photo of jlindros
2.85/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent fizzy 1 finger head fades fairly quickly, dark semi clear chestnut mahogany color.

Nose meh, sweet syrupy adjunct aromas, macro beer syrup, little corn stalk or fermented corn syrup, fruity and bit vegetal, no hops.

Taste starts syrupy again, more fermented corn syrup and like vegetal catchup like flavor, syrupy and sticky, no hops again. Finish is sticky sweet, finally faintest hint of hop bitterness, more corn syrup, kinda macro tasting, touch of metallic.

Mouth is med bod syrupy, very little carb.

Overall quite unimpressed, close to the worst Czech beer I got from Prague. Not sur eif this was a bad batch, or just a poor overall beer but the reviews seem to be better than this. Not sure. (709 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark chestnut; large frothy tan head, long lasting

Aroma: Malty; sweet; toasted malts; light hops

Taste: Juicy malt with sweet notes on start; smooth through mid with a pretty well balanced finish; quite good example of a Dark Lager

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores (320 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.29/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a deep brownish color with a healthy tan head that fades slowly to good lacing.

S: Aroma of dark fruit, roasted malt bit of chocolate and spice.

T: Taste of dark fruit, some chocolate, roasted malt and bit of coffee in the background. Very mild bitterness and a slightly sweet finish.

F: Moderate body, a bit on the light side. Smooth and creamy but missing something to make it distinctive.

O: Decent beer but comes up a bit short for a Czech beer. (466 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a strange)
Do:18.08.12
A- This beer pours a clear but dense glowing garnet red body with a creamy thick beige head supported by a sea of microbubbles.

S- The clean lagered toffee aroma has a faint coffee roasted note and a mellow pot caramel hint comes through as it opens.

T- The mineral water and toffee hints have a slight tin taste to it with some water taste in the finish. There is a spicy note in the finish with some bread crust hints and a faint bitter Noble hop aftertaste coming through as it warms. There is also a touch of sulfur flavor at the finish when it is pretty warm.

M- The light mouthfeel has a scrubbing fizz and no real alcohol heat noticed.

O- The nice crisp clean bock turns a bit mineral water and a bit sulfury as it opens up. The fizz grows and scrubs a lot of the malt flavors away. (830 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby brown which leaves a two finger creamy head that stays and lots of lacing everywhere,the smell is fruitcake,cherries,caramel candy and marzipan,the mouthfeel is just over light bodied and disappointing with tastes of caramel candy,toffee malts,herbal hops,cherries and finished with a milk chocolate bittersweetness and overall not the worst and tasty enough for something of this low ABV cheers. (414 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very dark, almost black in body with a ruby tint, thin head and good streaky lacing.

S - Roasted malt, iced coffee, faint bread and raspberry.

T - Follows the nose yet too faint. Needs more impact.

M - Thin bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Not bad at all for the style but I need more in the way of aroma and flavour from my beer. Just too bland. (355 characters)

Photo of PragueBeerGarden
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Velkopopovický Kozel Tmave 10° begins with a creamy tan foam, almost no aroma, and has a dark, reddish brown color. This is a sweeter lager, with a lighter, more liquid, smoother body. With a pleasant flavor of burnt sugar and caramel, you can taste the dark malts, alongside a hint of coffee and chocolate. Towards the end, you’ll notice a mild hopy bitterness, and the sharply carbonated bubbles add a nice little bite. (428 characters)

Photo of skypup
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased half a flat from Gas Station in Rozvadov, Czech Repubic

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a 500ml Kozel glass.

A: Clear dark tan, with a two finger head that dissipated fairly quickly

S: Roasted malt and a touch of caramelized sweetness

T: Roasted caramelized malts.

M: mild carbonation, fairly light in body despite the style.

D: This is a drinkable beer. I make a point to hit the border to get this beer at least every other month. (448 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can served into Nerrebro Bryghus stemware in Copenhagen, Denmark. Reviewed live into wordpad, and then transcribed when internet was available.

A: Four finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and good retention. Very soft and appealing. Colour is a solid nontransparent dark brown.

Sm: Very nutty. Cream is also plentiful, but pales in comparison to the nut hops. An aroma of average strength.

T: Nuts, nice cream, some very light roast, and barley. The nuts come through most on the climax, but it's not enough to give the beer a real flavour or direction. Simple, unbalanced, and decently built. The cream is probably its best feature.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but uneven and inconsistent. Doesn't match the flavours of the body either.

Dr: Pretty drinkable, well priced by Danish standards, and decent quality. Danish beer drinkers on a budget rejoice; beer sommeliers out for quality ignore. (903 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle dated Nov. 9 2011.
{I had this beeer just 2 days ago on tap in Prague and the bottle version, at least with the interval of nearly 2 days, indistinguishable.)

A - very dark mahogany rather than black (cerny); clear with a tan head that has good retention.

Aroma: very pleasant medium toasted malt with hints of spicy hops.

T - slightly sweet with a fine malt flavor; very little noticable hop contribution.

M = excellent creamy mouthfeel with medium body.

O - exceptionally drinkable beer: my 1/2 L was gone in no time. (541 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a large, light tan head.
Aroma comprised of caramel, chocolate and nutty malt. Very sweet smelling.
Similar flavours with caramel, nuts and lots of bready malt. Very low bitterness. Quite sweet.
Body is a bit watery, carbonation is too high.
Super easy to drink though. (291 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark red/black colour - good head.

Very malty on the the nose.

Quite sweet malty taste, very drinkable however, and I would not normally put those words in the same phrase. Balanced mild coffee bitterness.

HOWEVER, I have had two of these, both within BB dates. One tasted very integrated and smooth, the other less so, with more of a harsh aftertaste, tho not a hoppy bitter one which would have been more acceptable. Mouthfeel is quite thin, I guess in line with ABV.

And I can't quite get my head whether this is a winter or summer brew, it has elements that would complement both seasons.

And cheap in AUS!!! (623 characters)

Photo of crnipeter
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recently brought back from the trip to Czech Republic. Pour into the mug creates deep-coppery to dark brown body with red garnet tint topped by mid-sized, medium tan head that slowly recedes. Aroma is prominent nuttiness, caramel-like sweetness and mild chocolate. The beer is bitter-sweet on the palate and exhibits very clean lager character with pronounced nut-flavor, caramel, dark bread crust, noble-hop spiciness and mild bitterness perfectly balanced with malt. Finish is dry with lingering, distinctive nutty aftertaste. Light-medium bodied and foamy.

In short: A well balanced Czech approach to Munich Dunkel with clean lager character and pronounced nut aroma/flavor. (678 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours very dark, brown with red hints. The medium large off-white head is thick and creamy. Only some lacings.

S: Heavy roasted rich malt, some sweetness. Chocolate. Nice bitter hops. Almonds.

T: Rich heavy roasted malt. Dry from the bitter hops. Some dark dried fruits. Dark bitter chocolate and strong black coffee.

M: Aftertaste lasts for quite some time, and holds a nice bitterness. Body is medium to full and carbonation is very mild.

O: A very nice beer with a heavy maltyness. (503 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Seeing as how impressed I was with the Kozel Premium in a previous review, today I'm revisiting the dark (or "cerny" which is Czech for "black") a beer I also bought often in Praha.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a 500ml Stein glass.

A: The cerny poured well and had about a 3cm tan head before reducing to a 1cm lacing. Body presents as a deep ruby red which is quite nice for this style.

S: Roasted barley malts with a dash of floral hops. There is a slight hint of coffee but it's nowhere near as strong as the Irish stouts.

T: Roasted barley/chicory flavour from front to back with coffee bitters as an aftertaste. It has a woodiness to it as well. As far as dark lagers go this is borderline porter business here.

M: A bit too aggressive with the carbonation, my tongue was starting to go numb (or maybe this beer was too cold?). Too watery as well, though it can be refreshing at times I was hoping for something heavy.

D: It's a good refreshing dark lager, maybe not as good as some German ones I've tried in Munich but it does go down well on a hot day. Question is which beer will you be grabbing on a hot day; a golden pilsner or a dark lager? My money is on the pilsner or other golden lagers, to me a dark beer is better suited to the winter months (maybe I'm just old fashioned)... that being said it is a decent example of a dark lager.

Food match: Vegetable soup or beef stew with crusty bread, traditional Czech food (dumplings, sausages, pork and Svíčková). (1,489 characters)

Photo of ticklechicken
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - very dark brown, interestingly yellowish foam head, dissipates fast, a little lacing
S - malt and spice
T - rich malt flavor, chocolate, some bitterness, almost has a burnt taste to it, with a lasting maltiness
Ml - slightly thick and carbonated
D - strongly flavoursome beer that is perhaps too dominated by malt, but very drinkable if you enjoy malt like I do. (366 characters)

Photo of philphilphil
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this beer is represents what dark czech lagers should be like. The style is fairly restrictive. Served in guinness glass.
Appearance is like coca-cola with a large head, maybe an inch worth stays the whole time.
Smell is dark malts, indescribable, a tad above average.
Taste is to pils as a munich dunkel is to a helles.
Mouthfeel is thin but good.
Drinkability is decent, only draw back is hard to find. (404 characters)

Photo of kidman199
5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've tried this beer this year on a trip to Europe. This beer is THE best dark beer ever.
Paid it like $1.50 at my hostel bar. Cheap price, great beer. I really like the kind of chocolat/coffee aftertast. The only thing that is bad with this beer is that I can't find it back to Canada (Québec) ;) (298 characters)

Photo of MikeyMisfit
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: dark brown with slight hints of red

s: slight caramel

t: slightly caramel and medium roasted malt. beginings of a coffee flavor

m: deceivingly light on the palate. not much dextrins

d: can definitely put down a few pints and not feel anything.

All in all, a nice example of a dark Czech beer with some complexity and none of the heaviness of an English porter or stout. (377 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear and very dark amber in color and came with a two finger high beige head that slowly died down and left a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface. No carbonation is visible in the form of rising bubbles.
S: There are light aromas of caramel and sweetness in the nose along with some subtle hints of molasses.
T: The taste is slightly sweet and has some hints of caramel. No bitterness or hoppy flavors are noticeable. The finish is rather sweet.
M: It feels light-bodied and very smooth on the palate, although a bit thin and watery. There is a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: I could drink these all night because it almost goes down like water. (694 characters)

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