Herold Bohemian Black Lager - Pivovar Herold Březnice A.s.
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3.89/5 rDev -2.8%
Pours almost pitch black, a few dark brown tinges, one finger tan head and then a rich sticky lacing.
Smell of dark malts, low cocoa, some raisin and other dry fruit, burnt sugar, faint nuts.
Taste starts with rich roasted malts (faintly smoked) and some dark chocolate, livened by some juicy raisin and plum, sweetened with rich caramel. Gets a bit darker, with light coffee (some cream in there too), faint charcoal and dark bread crust. Decent Saaz hop presence in the finish, with a nice bitterness that separates itself from the roast.
Medium body, mildly carbonated, smooth, on the easier to drink side of dark lagers.
Lots of local tradition involved here, great ingredients, a very good beer.
06-27-2014 16:32:36 | More by dcmchew
3.5/5 rDev -12.5%
The beer is black, black and slightly red, a tan head leaving some lacing.
The smell is sweet, dried fruits, syrup, nuts and soy sauce.
Tasting of nut fudge, syrup with vanilla, waffles and red dried fruits.
Medium high carbonation, small bubbles, a medium small body and a dry finish.
A light, fruity and sweet black beer.
07-04-2011 18:13:24 | More by rarbring
3.48/5 rDev -13%
Served on draught into a Staropramen pint glass at the Czech Inn, Dublin.
A: One finger head of fair cream but poor retention. Hazy dark copper cola.
Sm: Very light nut-hoppy scent.
T: Nutty hops, vanilla, slight caramel body. Finish complements the body, which is well-balanced.
Mf: Adequately coarse and nicely wet.
Dr: Not badly priced for Dublin, and worthy for fans of the style.
03-11-2011 00:18:19 | More by kojevergas
4.1/5 rDev +2.5%
A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color and poured with a finger high tan head.
S: There is a lot of sweetness in the nose, which has aromas of dark malts and some hints of cherries.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of dark toasted malts and cherries.
M: It feels light-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down very smoothly and is quite sessionable.
12-10-2010 13:07:18 | More by metter98
3.73/5 rDev -6.8%
The colour is pitch-dark. The finger thick head is yellowish. Some lacing occurs.
The smell is creamy and fruity. Some roasted notes and chemical hints of paraffin and diacetyl.
The taste is Creamy with mild roasted flavours. Fruity flavours of apples, cherry jam and fruit drops. Chemical hints of candlegrease. The creamy aftertaste is rather mild with mild neutral bitter flavours and just a touch of smoke.
The carbonation is medium strong; the bubbles are very fresh. The liquid is smooth.
A very pleasant and smooth schwarzbier, although I could live without the candlegrease flavours. It might go well with mild delicatessen like Italian mortadella. Or perhaps a Brie?
07-06-2010 10:38:23 | More by bark
3.73/5 rDev -6.8%
Poured into dimpled stein. Taken from notes. Reviewed in 18 - 05 - 2010.
Appearance: Pours a jetblack brew with a one finger tan head with a creamy light brown rim that slowly recedes. Head retention is acceptable and lacing is minimal.
Aroma: Intense aroma of sweet chocolate with assertive notes of cacao and coffee with underlying notes of hop greeness.
Taste: Cacao upfront, with roasty and smoky undertones. On the back there is cedar and hops. There seems to be a metallic off-taste aswell.
Palate: Herold is a bit heavy on the palate, with spritzy light carbonation and low to medium bitterness. The alcohol is very well hidden.
Drinkability: Surprisingly unremarkable. Very drinkable but uninteresting. As far as style guidelines go, i wouldn't call it a straight forward Schwarzbier.
05-19-2010 11:44:17 | More by endovelico
3.95/5 rDev -1.3%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Pours dark brown, not that far off from black. It started out with a one finger dense tan head covering the top of the beer, and it lasted pretty well into drinking the beer.
The aroma has roasted malt with some caramel and cocoa to it. The taste shows a lot of the cocoa and caramel that the nose had but not a lot of roastedness. It has a very smooth not very bitter, not very sweet quality to it.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation. It has a nice appropriate mouthfeel to it, not too thick or heavy and a decent amount of carbonation.
Drinkability is pretty good, it has some good roasted malt flavors but is also pretty smooth and drinkable. It was a nice enjoyable and flavorful beer.
04-08-2010 23:41:55 | More by billab914
4/5 rDev 0%
Pours black with a tawny head - identical to stout at a distance. No lacing. Nose is mulch and Marmite. Pine sap, woodsmoke in the middle and spicy Saaz to finish. Lively, oily with a light to medium body.
Dark, wintery flavors. May be too much to have more than a couple, but still close to the perfect example of the style.
Edit: Drinkability to Overall.
11-01-2009 22:43:41 | More by StJamesGate
3.35/5 rDev -16.3%
A: Dark black color. With a one finger brown head.
S: Smell of roasted malt and chocolate.
T: Toasted malt with some coffee undertones. Slightly sweet.
M: Medium body and nice carbonation.
D: Very drinkable. Good representation of the style..
10-27-2009 00:58:23 | More by thesyko56
4/5 rDev 0%
A - Poured a black color with a brown head that leaves lacing behind
S - Is of roasted malt with chocolate scents
T - Roasted malt and bitter chocolate at first then a slight coffee finish
M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it
D - This is a style that I'm starting to like more these days and I think this is one of my favorites so far it has a better stronger taste and is easier to drink then the others I've had its worth a try sometime
09-15-2009 19:19:13 | More by armock
United Kingdom (England)
4.13/5 rDev +3.3%
I get at least one of these each time I go to the supermarket. Poured into a pint glass from the GBBF.
A - Almost black with a slight red tint on the bottom of the glass. The head is perfect tan and lasts well into the beer and leaves a decent lacing.
S - Burnt/roasted malts, dry fruits, chocolate, a whiff of an open field.
T - toasty, malty, cocoa powder, bit of coffee, and a little sweetness.
M&D - great carbonation, easy to drink, very quaffable (not sure if that's a word but you know what I mean). Nice body, could drink it all night.
08-16-2009 11:33:25 | More by thepeter
4.03/5 rDev +0.8%
This was poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute.
A - deep, dark, nearly opaque amber color with a thick tan head that settles a bit - great lacing
S - roasted malt
T - rich roasted bitter-sweet malt character with a touch of hops on the finish
M - medium body, moderate carbonation
D - This is a nice Schwarzbier - certainly fits the bill for the style. It might use a touch more hops though.
08-06-2009 00:03:39 | More by scoobybrew
3.98/5 rDev -0.5%
Received in July shipment of my Beer of the Month club.
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit pint glass.
Appearance: Near black with ruby highlights. Tan foamy head that leaves active lacing.
Smell: Chocolate, roasted and caramel malts, and coffee. Somewhat subdued overall.
Taste: Major chocolate with coffee and roasted malt notes. Somewhat bitter at the end, which seems to be mostly due to the roasted character, but the Saaz hops seem to add a slight spicy bitterness as well.
Feel: Moderate carbonation, somewhat thick full body (not nearly as light as other Schwarzbiers). Finishes dry. Becomes quite creamy as it warms.
Drinkability: Seems slightly off-style for a Schwarzbier; of course Herold never claimed it was one, calling it a Bohemian Black Lager instead. Regardless, great lager overall, but not as refreshing as some due to the heavy character.
08-02-2009 00:40:20 | More by bsp77
3.63/5 rDev -9.3%
Dark color, with dark red edges. Beige head, one finger, quite compact.
Lightsmell, a lightly toasted malt, chicory, some burnt note.
At the taste again toasted, burnt, burnt coffee, chicory. Good, intense and pleasant.
In the aftertaste again toasted and burnt notes, and then a long bitterness of chicory and bitter herbs.
07-30-2009 12:45:30 | More by stcules
4.13/5 rDev +3.3%
Bottle from a BOTM Club...
A - Rich, deeo dark mahogany bordering on black. Rich, thich khaki head wich lasts a few minutes. Good lacing
S - Dark roasted malts, chocolate and dark fruit notes
T - Roasted malts with a decent amount of bitter dark chocolate. Some coffee notes thrown in with a touch of sweetness.
M - Medium bodied, decent carbonation (dont let the huge head fool ya). Nice coating of the palate without being sticky or lingering.
D - Very, Very nice dark lager. Drank along with a Sam Adams Black Lager and this blew it away.
07-29-2009 15:34:33 | More by rfgetz
Herold Bohemian Black Lager from Pivovar Herold Březnice A.s.
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