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

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BA SCORE
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175 Ratings
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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 16.94%
Wants: 12
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stoutman on 03-04-2004)
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Reviews by doktorhops:
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3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
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).

doktorhops, Feb 25, 2011
More User Reviews:
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3.92/5  rDev +5.4%

supermedved, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of Weizenmensch
4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500mL brown bottle with gold foil, best before 12.07.05.

Appearance: Chestnut and proud with good head retention for the duration of the beer. Lacing everywhere. Quite effervescent.

Smell: Not overpowering, but hints of licorice and chocolate. This beer is best served cool so volatile characteristics are limited.

Taste: Refreshing but complex - pleasing candied sugar and toffee on the palate, malty but subtle. Generally sweet, goes down very smoothly.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly and creamy. Although this is easier to achieve for a midstrength dark lager than for a bock or quadrupel, mouthfeel is nonetheless very enjoyable.

Drinkability: Impeccable. You could drink heaps of these and still have the same creamy, understated toffee feel without being disturbed by too much ABV. I think I'll have a second one right away in fact.

Notes: I've always liked this beer, and its best quality is the way it keeps after travelling - this tastes the same out of the bottle in Australia as in a Bratislava bierkeller. My favourite beer of the style, and most similar styles.

Weizenmensch, Mar 22, 2005
Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

chinchill, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of rastaman
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

OK, i only ever sampled this once, and yes i will resample again, given the hight ratings given so far, mine was sweet with a raisiny chocolate flavour, short finish and quite a syruppy texture, i'm starting to think my bottle may not have been as fresh as it could have been.

rastaman, Aug 06, 2002
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

rhoadsrage, Apr 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

bearbreak, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice dark, thanks to Radek bought in Poland. Wine brandy colour, bit of lace. Licorice, bit sour, despite malting including caramel. Tad chocolate malt as well. Bit of roast. Not complex, easy drink. A particular dunkel style, OK but not that I seek out.

Sammy, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of sfprint
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had at the Prague airport bar., poured into a very nice fluted glass.

A: Dark amber wood red.

S: Roasted malt, slightly sweet.

T: Pleasant roasted malt flavor.

M: Reasonably smooth, with a slight sour after taste.

D: For a dark beer, quite decent.

sfprint, May 03, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

avisong, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of Fatehunter
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Fatehunter, Feb 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

fr0wn3r, Sep 15, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev +19.4%

Markonius, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of jackndan
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Very deep and rich amber appearance. Light tan head, with some stickiness/Belgian lace. Wonderful rich chocolate/coffee smell. Unbelievable dark, rich taste. This beer tastes very much like cocoa. I can not imagine drinking more than one of these at a time, as one bottle would take the place of a whole German chocolate cake and a cup of sweetened espresso.

jackndan, Mar 24, 2002
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

GregaR, Sep 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

donahuer, Jul 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

PaF, Jul 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

RD1163, Apr 06, 2013
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3.3/5  rDev -11.3%

myzerov, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

CrazyDavros, Jun 20, 2011
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Graphirus, Sep 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Anze, Oct 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

alexkor, Apr 10, 2014
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Kozel Cerny (Kozel Dark) Velckopopovicky from Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
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