Stowe Style - Tmavé Pivo
von Trapp Brewing

Stowe Style - Tmavé PivoStowe Style - Tmavé Pivo
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von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States
Czech Dark Lager
Ranked #12
Ranked #6,346
4.16 | pDev: 6.01%
Aug 25, 2023
Dec 11, 2022
This collaboration with Counter Weight Brewing of Cheshire, Connecticut, is the next offering in the Stowe Style series: a modern tribute to the original dark beers of Bohemia. Brewed with floor-malted Pilsner and dark malts, this roasty winter lager has a subtle sweetness balanced by spicy Saaz hops and is naturally carbonated using traditional techniques.
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Reviewed by Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from 16oz can into dimpled mug. Looks deep, dark mahogany color with a tan head that falls to a cap. No light comes through the glass. Aroma is roasted malt, brown bread, some earthy hops. Taste is roasted barley up front, some brown bread and earthy hops kick in in the middle, coffee, cocoa and more roasty malt in the finish. A bit of generic fruitiness filters in as it warms up. Feel is lighter than it looks, low carbonation level, but nowhere near flat. A bit dry in the finish, but not totally clean in the aftertaste. Overall, this is a tasty beer. Not totally off-base from a dunkle. I'd drink this again.
Aug 25, 2023
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Reviewed by Sheppard from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Drank out of the can, coffee on the nose. Some chocolate and anise in terms of flavor. The hop character is herbal but not in the spicy way. I did not get the smokey note that others did. This isn't Trosten after all. It was good, but something about it made it feel like it would've been better fresh.
Aug 20, 2023
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
From the pint can, it pours a clear brown color with a nice light brown head that slowly reduces to a thin layer. The nose gets roasted malts with some coffee. The mouth gets roasted malts with some smokey notes that linger.
Aug 12, 2023
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Good head production and decent retention.

Very roasty and fruity nose, with notes of pumpernickel, toast, prune, chocolate, coffee, and grape.

Flavor follows. It's a touch thin at times, not being the most rich or smooth of the style, but it's very good. Tasting notes include prune, light char, toast, Baker's chocolate, and raisin.
Jun 11, 2023
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Reviewed by mikeg67 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16 oz can. Pours brown with tall, long-lasting, foamy, beige head. Aroma is of toasted malt and grassy hops. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Taste of bready and toasted malt, toffee and herbal hops. Finish is long and very dry. Very nice brew.
May 19, 2023
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Best by 2023/04/22, apparently just got to this in time
Pours a very large frothy 3+ finger tan head with great retention, a bit of lacing, very dark brown almost black color

Nose fair roast and coffee, dark chocolate cocoa, baking spices, a little nougat, a bit of burnt marshmallow, very light smokey note

Taste brings roasted malt again, a little roasty slight burnt like notes, burnt marshmallow again, a little cocoa dark chocolate, coffee, baking spices, nougat but not sweet light bitter spicy hop note, dry finish, med bitterness for the style

Mouth is med bod, a bit soft lager like, med to lighter creamy carb

Overall a pretty nice Czech dark lager
Apr 22, 2023
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Reviewed by datstankadank from New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Pours massive off white head into pilsner urquell .3l mug. great retention, great lacing. smells of roast sugars and bread, coffee. sweet, slightly bitter, dry finish which leaves me wanting more. After taste is a slightly roasted pretzel, hops bring out the saltiness to it. robust lager, would highly recommend.
Mar 25, 2023
Rated: 4.18 by Manfrombelmonty from Massachusetts

Mar 17, 2023
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
On tap at The Village Tavern in Geneseo, NY.

This one pours a very dark black color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like roasted malt, dried fruit, herbal hops, and lightly chocolatey sweetness.

It should be no surprise that Von Trapp hit all the right notes on this one. It’s got just enough sweetness, but mostly roasty and herbal bitterness, with a nice chocolate creaminess on the back end.

This is creamy, but crisp and clean, with a very nice drinkability.

This was a tasty little dark lager, and I’m happy to have found it on draft!
Mar 17, 2023
Rated: 3.94 by MrDarcy from Massachusetts

Mar 12, 2023
Rated: 4.31 by acurtis from New Jersey

Mar 05, 2023
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Reviewed by keithmurray from Connecticut

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance - dark brown body with tan head

Smell - toasted malts, roasted grains, cola

Taste - roasted malts, light chocolate, cola

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, toasted feel upfront, easy drinking

Overall - this is a nice beer, good flavor and easy drinking and refreshing. Certainly worth a try

Price Point - $10.99/ 4 pack 16 oz cans
Mar 04, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Feb 20, 2023
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
on draft, served in nonic pint glass

black in color, thin cream colored head. Nice roasty malt flavor in the aroma and taste. dry finish. medium bodied.
Feb 18, 2023
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Reviewed by JayQue from Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Good one!!! I visited the brewery this summer and had a Dunkel. Was very surprised to see this beer in Total WIne, Chesapeake VA. Poured from a 16 oz can into an Amstel mug, this beer has a black color with plenty of reddish notes coming through. There was a medium sized frothy khaki colored head with good retention and some spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma and taste feature toasted, bready malt that is slightly sweet. There is also a balancing mild bitterness/dankness that keeps he beer from being a boring, one dimensional malty brew. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a touch of bitterness in the finish. A worthy session beer!!!
Feb 17, 2023
Rated: 4.15 by kuhndog from New York

Feb 13, 2023
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Reviewed by Braunmeister_1943 from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A surprise find at my local distributor! Very reasonably priced at $11.99/ 4 pack.

L- Deep ruby red.

S - Very faint roasted malt.

T- Light caramel and some dark bready flavor.

F- Delicate carbonation; somewhat thin

O- Very enjoyable dark lager!
Feb 12, 2023
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Reviewed by mmmbeerNY from New York

4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Never heard of Counter Weight brewing but love Von Trapp lagers, especially their dark ones so happy to pick 4 pack of this off shelf. Did not disappoint. Brown with reddish black tint color. Smooth creamy taste. Love that it is 4.5abv and still a malty, roasty, slight sweetness. Not watery.
Feb 07, 2023
Rated: 4.04 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Jan 27, 2023
Stowe Style - Tmavé Pivo from von Trapp Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 31 ratings