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

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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 14
Gots: 37 | 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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Reviews by doktorhops:
Photo of doktorhops
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
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).

More User Reviews:
Photo of Weizenmensch
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Photo of Mycore
4.54/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of my favourite dark beers

Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of rastaman
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

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)
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of sfprint
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of jackndan
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of MikeyMisfit
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of buschbeer
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this from a bar manager where I hang out. A waitress there is from the Czech Republic and bought it back with her on her last visit home.

I poured into a pint glass to an inch of tan head. It is a dark reddish brown and clear. I can smell the sweet chocolate immediately. It tastes sweet and of chocolate as well. I am very impressed. I was not looking forward to trying this beer, but it is quite tasty. It is easy drinking. This is way better than Pilsner Urquell. Too bad she didn't bring some more back.

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought in Prague early 2009, but is it brewed in Russia now? This brown 500ml bottle had 5 days left on its 'Best before date' when I reviewed it on a cold, wet and dark night in September 09.

Poured (twice) into a Westmalle chalice; looked good, dark, almost black body with a good, well formed tanned head. When held up to the light you could see it was clear and a deep reddy brown colour really.

The smells sent mixed messages to my brain, sweet yet bitter dark chocolate and liquorice esters vied for my attention.

The taste had no liquorice, and the bitterness of the dark chocolate also failed to turn up in the flavours, just the sweetness of the aforementioned dark chocolate was evident.

Lacks body and substance in its bottle form, drank from a tap in Prague I thought it sweet, but it had more depth of body and character. Disappointed with the wishy-washy bottled version and it is my last beer from prague that I obtained to review, wish I'd kept something else back now.

Photo of rec
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour had me excited with a deep copper body and two-finger beige white head. Unfortunately little lacing was present, which was dissapointing from an aesthetics perspective.

Sweet malt, roasted nuts and iced coffee come through strongest on the nose. There's also the presence of spice and hops.

My first sip wasn't a pleasant one - up-front you're hit with coffee which I'm not a fan of in any beer, but that bold flavour soon leaves the palette and is followed by mild-sweet caramel and nuts.

The aftertaste leaves a little to be desired, feeling a little flat, but the mouthfeel is quite fine with a good level of carbonation.

Overall it's not bad at all, much better than I had expected.

Photo of Globetrotter
2.91/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found in a Moscow grocery store, the bottle is Czech standard brown half liter, with a gold and black label featuring a goat holding a large frothy mug. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 5/12/06, I opened it on 01/14/06.

Pours a clear cola brown under a two finger beige head with decent body and retention, leaving a few lace strands. The nose is very mild - just a bit of grainy malt (not the expected caramel). Slightly viscous mouth with medium carbonation. The taste is mild all around, with some sweet caramel malt as the primary flavor. Essentially no hops to break it up, so the caramel lasts well into the aftertaste. It's drinkable enough, but also pretty ho hum.

Photo of david18
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at a very good beer pub in the Czech Republic. Good dark beer that was more like a schwarzbeer than a dark lager. Light in mouthfeel but with a great dark malt aftertaste. Could have had three or four more if it wasn't early afternoon. Would recommend

Photo of AlXalone
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish brown clear colour. Low level of quite plain looking foam. Lacing is a bit meager but stays nicely.

S: Caramellish, sweet, buttery scent. No bitterness to be found. Overall pleasant.

Taste is light, with a definite mead-taste with some raisins and caramel. Light hoppy bitterness near the end with a malty finnish. The level of carbohydrates in this thin and low ABV a beer make it seem a bit soda-like.

Mouthfeel is thin with medium to low carbonation.

D: This stuff goes down very nicely. The low level of alcohol and light body accompanied with a reasonably balanced allthough simple taste make it very drinkable.

Photo of Shiloh
2.63/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I personally feel that this particular beer is overrated.The colour is nice, aroma is somewhat grainy, almost full bodied with a disappointing taste...tad heavy on the hops with some lingering after taste.....The packaging was impressive tho........

Photo of grdahl
4.76/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite Czech beers...Richly dark and chocolate in flavor...I'm not sure if you can get this in the states but if you can I highly recommend it...a great everyday beer

Photo of Enygma
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a lot to say about this one. Average in about all respects, although I did like its appearance. Nice deep red color to it. Otherwise very simple beer. Lots of sweet carmel. this stuff is really sweet. A tiny bit of hops hits at the end, but it's barely noticeable. In all it's an enjoyable brew, but there's lots of much much better ones to be had.

Photo of rjimlad
4.8/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

How is this a B+?!
If this were the last beer in the world it would still be worth living in.
Pours a dark coca cola red with a rich brown head. Oooh, the coffee, ahh the mocha.
Flavour is perfectly balanced coffee and dark chocolate. Not too heavy and not cloying. Drinkability is spot-on and I just want to keep drinking it over and over again.
I'm drinking it with Whittaker's dark Ghanaian chocolate and if I die right now it would be in a state of grace.

Photo of Quej
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black as night, with lots of visible carbonation and a soapy head.
S - Smells of roasted malt, and burnt barley are mixed with the scent of hops and coffee.
T - Not as strong tasting as the smell would have you believe. Tastes like weak, old coffee mixed with soda water. Tastes almost like a cola with the slightly sweet taste of caramel and coffee. Needs to be stronger tasting. Perhaps it's better out of a bottle.
M - Rather thin and light bodied, and rather overcarbonated.
D - Decent enough, but I'd have a different beer, rathe than another of this.

Photo of TheSarge
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With the Bock on the label, I thought this was going to be a strong beer... Kind of misleading, but enought of that.

With a good solid pour, this brew produces vast amounts of light khaki colored crown. The body is well filtered and is dark ruby red in color.

The characteristics of aroma include roasted malts, and an herbal tone. There is a faint sweetness of sassafras.

There is a toasty sweetness to the brew, along with an herbal finish.

Overall this is a very drinkable beer. There is some complexity in the feel that is of kicking carbonation, but finishes into a mellow smooth and almost creamy beer. At 3.8% ABV this is a tasty and very sessionable beer.

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