Black Lager (Černé Pivo)
Notch Brewing

Black Lager (Černé Pivo)Black Lager (Černé Pivo)
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Style:
European Dark Lager
Ranked #6
ABV:
4%
Score:
87
Ranked #10,447
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 11.56%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
84
From:
Notch Brewing
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  15
Gots
  11
SCORE
87
Very Good
Black Lager (Černé Pivo)Black Lager (Černé Pivo)
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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 84
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phineasco
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KenHeadley
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had it as a 16oz draft poured looked like I was in a treat for a Bavarian Black Lager. Not exactly but as close as it gets. The malt chocolate and caramel blend had a solid taste as well as a hint of hip peeking through. I drank 3 nights straight and enjoyed. My lower number "feel" comes from an overpour one night and the glass felt like a milk shake sticky.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
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 boston_beer_2017
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jaystar
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Closest thing to a great bohemian dark I've had this side of Prague! So smooth, full-bodied but not heavy. Roasted but creamy; hint of bitterness and sooo smooth. Thanks Notch! Wicked!

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Jason
3.82/5  rDev -4%
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 WanderingFool
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
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 BeerResearcher
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
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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Photo of horshack7
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It pours a dark brown with about one finger worth of head that thins out quick.

Aroma: Figs, molasses, faint plum, raisins, dates. A little bit of brown bread in the tail end.

Taste: Very crisp to start. Quite sweet, molasses, brown bread, figs, ripe banana, raisins.

Notes: Top to bottom this one is solid very drinkable. Cheers.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.22/5  rDev +6%
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 smcolw
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of deciding39
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle served in a...not sure what this is. Footed pilsner glass? Sounds right.

A: Pours a deep, opaque jet black, with only the slightest hint of crimson near the narrow foot of the glass. A tight, one-finger tan head forms and recedes slowly towards the walls of the glass, leaving a ring with fine bubbles and very impressive lacing.

S: Roasted malt and dark cocoa fill the nose, with an ever-so-slight floral note. Very clean, quite mild.

T: Sweet chocolate and caramel up front, almost reminiscent of a tootsie roll. The flavor shifts in the middle to nicely roasted malt with flavors of bitter cocoa and mild coffee. Finishes clean with a soft noble hop bitterness. Filled with flavor, but not overly complex. I think refined is the word I'm looking for, although that sounds like an awfully pretentious word to use to describe a beer!

M&D: Medium-full bodied with only the slightest chew and a low alcohol that doesn't bite at all. Carbonation is light enough to not sting the tongue and distract from the flavor, but present enough to provide a little levity and to contribute to a nice dry finish. If I could find this on tap, this would be a regular for me. I could drink this all night!

Absolutely fantastic. I would absolutely make this a mainstay, provided I could get it on tap regularly or in sixers/twelve packs. The flavor is bold but its contituents are all well balanced and below the cloying threshold. Remarkably similar to some of my favorite schwarzbiers. Highly recommended!

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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Black Lager (Černé Pivo) from Notch Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 84 ratings