Kozel Cerny (Kozel Dark) Velckopopovicky - Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
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Reviews by doktorhops:
3.18/5 rDev -14.7%
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).
Serving type: bottle
02-25-2011 07:43:05 | More by doktorhops
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3.95/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
Serving type: can
06-12-2014 20:59:42 | More by Iztok
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.64/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
04-30-2014 09:54:06 | More by flyingpig
3.4/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2014 01:08:46 | More by Fatehunter
Kozel Cerny (Kozel Dark) Velckopopovicky from Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
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