Black Lager (Černé Pivo) | Notch Brewing

BA SCORE
87
very good
77 Ratings
Black Lager (Černé Pivo)Black Lager (Černé Pivo)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Notch Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
notchbrewing.com

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mduncan on 12-09-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
77
Reviews:
18
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
10
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by BeerResearcher:
Photo of BeerResearcher
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. brown bottle. Bottled on date stamped on label.
Served in a nonic tumbler.
It pours a stout-like color with a 2" mocha head and a little patchy lacing.
Smells of roasted malt on a bed of dried hay are balanced by a mild Saaz resinous hop fragrance. A very light whiff of sulfur is noticed in the background.
A very light taste of sweet chocolate malt carries flavors of saltless crackers, light lime-like hops, and just a hint of a metallic tang.
This is an extremely liquid brew (after the initial spritzy effervescence fades) that goes down slick and quick.
Impressive flavors for such a small beer!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Jason
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with a freshness date.

LOOK: Dark brown, garnet highlights. Healthy looking tan froth.

SMELL: Dark bread, mild charcoal, clean, herbal, dried grass

TASTE: Smooth, moderate sized body, carob, mild coffee, toast, light burnt raisins, peppery, kiss of brown sugar, herbal, dry finish

Very easy to drink but that is a given factor here, certainly a bold flavor profile for its size. Great to see Notch broaden their portfolio and further define their intent of brining sessionable beers to the public.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: minimal head, high carbonation, red/brown in color, clear

Smell: roasted malt and cocoa

Taste: roasted malt at the start, chocolate and cocoa that comes in the middle with caramel sweetness

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness, moderate-high carbonation, light bodied

Overall:For the style, this is one of the best I have had. I would make this more the a 3.5- 3.75 if not grading to style. I like to roastiness of this one. Not my favorite from Notch, but certainly one of their better offerings. I would pick this one up again.

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Photo of doremite
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of nmwhitehead
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass, the appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a finger’s worth of white to off white foamy head that dissipated at a good pace. Some rings of clingy lace. The aroma starts off with a sweet dark fruity blissful malty milk chocolatey goodness. Light dark chocolate, moderate bready sweetness. Sly rugged roastiness. The flavor yields to the sweet bready side first but then opens up into a great balance. Rich bready and roasty aftertaste flowing into the finish very nicely. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a great sessionability about it. Smooth bready lager lingering yet rugged but low key enough to flow nicely over my tongue. Overall, as a black lager this was exceptionally well done to have as much going on as it did.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a pint glass a thin but dark garnet brown/black with several fingers of airy tan head that settles down to about a half finger film.

Nose is lightly roasty, some chocolate notes.

A sip is pleasant light chocolate and dark malt with a roast undertone. Very mild bitterness that brings a clean semi-dry finish. Body is thin with light tingly carbonation - this extremely quaffable. I think this is what Guinness Black Lager was trying to be!

Great work, Chris! I'll reiterate the previous reviewer's note about the labels -- happy to get to reuse the bottle for homebrews!

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Photo of timbre
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of trevorpost
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of wesley14
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of liquorpig
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of lesdemonsamaporte
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of ppoitras
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/4" brown head over the almost opaque reddish brown brew. Head collapses promptly, with average slow-falling lace. Aroma is rich dark malts with coffee notes.

Taste is sweet dark worty character to start, pop of citrus in the middle, and then cruises through the close with a sedate bitterness. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is awesome. Session abv, session flavor, I'm sold.

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Photo of adjunctlager
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of snowmageddon
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfect beer for a chilly afternoon of working around the house, being able to have some beer with flavor without getting to tipsy to work.

Pours a nice creamy head that reaches almost to 1 finger but not quite, then fades at a med pace with a bit of lacing, over dark practically black beer that has hints of brown light sneaking around the edges.

Nose has some darker malts, hints of cocoa and caramel, creamy chocolate caramel candy bar, hint of roast. Then light lager like crispness and fruitiness, at least that style of malty and lager combination aroma.

Taste is fully flavorful but still light, nice creamy chocolate, plenty of caramel as well, and a little bit of a roasted malt coffee flavor; all that without the bitter charred roasty flavors. Soft malty flavor and overall feel like a nice lager, with light malts and crispness. An overall juicy malt like experience, with nice dark malts and crispness. Finish is dry with a bit of lingering chalky powdered cocoa, and caramel. A hint of earthy hop bitterness kicks in late on the finish.

Mouth is lighter bodied but creamy and rich, good carb.

overall pretty good. They def got plenty of dark malt flavor and kept the overall beer light and sessionable. Nice chocolate, caramel, coffee and roast without charred bitterness or acidity, hint of bittering hops, nice hints of lager appearance as well.

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Photo of jeff1973
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lumpy light beige head with plenty of webby lace on the glass as it recedes. The liquid is ruby brown where bright light shows through.

Typical darker malt aromas of semi-sweet chocolate, vanilla and mocha.

The taste matches the smell. Nothing special but no problems either. The liquid is thin as expected. And the carbonation is high as expected. There are notes of toast and nuts. Some light hop.

Overall, no hits, no runs but no errors either.

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Photo of mmmaaattt
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of WanderingFool
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notch Cerne Pivo pours a dark reddish brown/black into the glass with a small, fizzy light tan head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving no lace on the glass.

The aroma is faint with notes of coffee, chocolate and roast malt. Similar to a stout, but not as rich.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is soft, lightly carbonated and dry. The flavor is malty with chocolate, roast malt and light coffee. There's a touch of cereal grain in there too. It finishes slightly grassy and mildly bitter. Once gone the roast malt and chocolate flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a very drinkable, tasty beer. I could easily drink 2 or 3 at one sitting.

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Photo of stickynotes
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of nmann08
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Black Lager (Černé Pivo) from Notch Brewing
3.93 out of 5 based on 77 ratings.
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