Pivovarský dům

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Lager - European Dark
Ranked #34
Ranked #24,905
3.88 | pDev: 20.36%
Pivovarský dům
Czech Republic
Notes: Coffee Beer

Dark lager with a soft yet distinctive caramel and coffee flavour. It is a very popular type of beer, especially for our lady clients, but nobody who likes coffee and beer should skip it. The glass is decorated with coffee beans.

Tmavý ležák s karamelově jemnou, a přesto výraznou chutí kávy. Je vyhledávaným pivem zvláště u naší dámské klientely, ale neměl by je vynechat nikdo, kdo má rád kávu i pivo. Zdobí se kávovými zrnky.
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Big78CJ from Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Typed from notes taken in June 2006.

This beer was served jet black with a coffee bean floating on top. Very dark black beer with an intensely potent coffee smell and flavor. This is one of the better European coffee beers I have ever had. Mouthfeel was moderately chewy for such a dark beer. I would love to get another one of these, but alas I came for the nettle and should try it before i destroy my palate.

Oct 11, 2007
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stcules from Italy

3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost black in color, with a tan head, quite good.
A strong coffee note in the smell, with a toasted malts backgrund, and light cocoa notes.
At the taste again a lot of coffee, but it is still well balanced.
Coffee, roast, panna cotta. Good and very drinkable.
Average to light body.
Long aftertaste, again coffee, plums, roasted hazelnut.
Good beer.

Mar 28, 2009
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Enygma from Minnesota

3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I liked this beer. The appearance was quite nice, with a thick frothy brown head that took a while to die down. It smelled way too much of coffee though, there were a few hints of malt, but not very well balanced. Luckily the flavor didn't reflect this at all, and the beer was much more well balanced, quite impressively as a matter of fact. The mouthfeel had medium carbonation and wasn't awful, however something about it seemed a bit off to me. It was definitely worth drinking, although I don't think I could drink this all night it'd be a good after dinner drink.

Mar 30, 2005
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weeare138 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Oct 21, 2013
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ark57 from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a dark brown with some light edges. The aroma smells mostly like coffee/espresso. It tastes of roasted grains and espresso with some sweetness. It may have a lot of coffee character, but this is unmistakably beer. I'm not really a coffee drinker, but am quite impressed. A great brew to have with dessert.

Jun 16, 2004
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hungryghost from District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this after dinner, instead of actual coffee.
Dark, dark brown in the glass with a tanish brown head. Coffee bean floating atop. Some mild lacing, not as much as expected.
There were light hints of malt in the aroma but the smell was primarily coffee.
The flavor was primarily coffee, a little bitter at times like burnt coffee. There were hints of bitter chocolate, and roasted malts. This beer was a good compliment to my meal but I wish it had had more body.
Mouthfeel was decent but a bit thinner/watery than I would have liked.

May 23, 2006
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Charthepirate from New York

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coffee beer
-Poured on tap, served with a gorgeous billowing slightly dark head and a coffee bean floating in it. Head left a mild lacing as it disappeared.
-Smell – bad coffee and decent malt. Pretty average.Wasn’t looking forward to this from the smell.
-Flavor. Yummy. The first sip was watery with a taste of bad coffee. But as I drank more and the beer warmed up I got a much more pleasant flavor. The coffee, malt and light hops really came together. A very tasty beer once I got used to it.
-Mouthfeel slightly above average Medium Carbonation and the coffee flavor is a bit abrash at first.
-Drinkability. Flavor is wonderfull unique but I don’t think I could drink this beer all night.

Dec 02, 2003
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SCW from New York

3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 29, 2015
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wl0307 from England

3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted this beer on tap at the brewpub last week. It came with very dark brown hue and a brownish tight head decorated with a single coffee bean on the top of it, making it look almost like ice coffee with coffee-flavoured milky froth!! From the aroma, I couldn't identify whether real coffee (and which kind of coffee) or coffee beans were added during brewing, as the the thin aroma of coffee was mixed with the rather sour nose of the beer base... mixed nose of lightly roasted wood, coffee and sour edge of chocolates, but apart from the main theme the smell is overly simple. The taste is quite tart and coffeeish, with a more maltier body sustaining in the background; finished with a bitter and sour taste along with, of course, more watery coffeeish flavour... Not too bad, but the body is way too thin to match the heavy taste of coffee, hence unbalanced for my taste. Having little experience of coffee-flavoured beers and this one being the first coffee-based lager I've tasted, I find this brew quite interesting. But coffee-flavoured stout or porter, e.g. Dark Star's Espresso Stout, surely provides far better balance and complexity than the lager-counterpart, I think.

Jul 09, 2005
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dirtylou from New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewpub

coaster notes

appearance: served in a standard czech mug - amber/mahogany body

smell: interesting punch of coffee, toasted malt

taste: reminded me of furthermore oscura - another nice coffee lager, nice coffee bitterness, woody, roasted malt, rye. enjoyable - coffee comes out in an interesting way in a base lager

mouthfeel: medium-light, goes down easy

drinkability: good

Jun 06, 2010
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nickss from Texas

4.77/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appropriately coffee-black in colour with a 1/2" nitro-looking head topped with 4 coffee beans.

HUGE coffee aroma reminds me of Capital City's Fuel. Some mocha is entertwined with the coffee to create a beautiful combination.

Big rich coffee flavour. Bitter, yet thick. Fantastic moist chocolate cake combined with mocha. Fantastic.

Thicker than what I thought it would be. Perfect carbonation. Absolutely perfect.

This beer is nearly perfect in every aspect. Amazingly drinkable for a coffee-flavoured brew.

May 28, 2006
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metter98 from New York

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pivovarský Dům, Prague, Czech Republic

A: The beer is clear and very dark amber in color. It poured with a two finger high beige head that slowly dissipated and left a thin layer of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of coffee in the taste.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has coffee flavors. No bitterness from the hops is detectable.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is definitely very easy to drink and is quite sessionable.

Dec 09, 2010
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waiting4lunch from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Aug 24, 2015
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Keene from Washington

2.83/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ebony black and completely opaque with a thin tan head, Pivovarský Dům's coffee beer looks like a Stout or a Porter in the glass. Huge, artificial coffee aromas reveal the namesake adjunct with an unfortunate lack of subtlety. It smells like a full pour of sweet coffee syrup garnished with a chocolatey Tootsie Roll. More candy than beer in the aroma. On the lighter end of medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel, the flavor also suffers from a lack of nuance and wants for more balance. I can't imagine anyone ordering more than one of these. Some malty, dark chocolate bitterness and a smooth, subdued finish saves it from being altogether undrinkable. I'm sure this was a fun take 10 or 15 years ago. Today, it comes off as a one note cartoon.

Feb 25, 2018
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rukus29 from New York

4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

just back from prague with some updates/additions for this brewery. typed up from hand written note taken at the microbrewery.

A= Very dark red/brown (almost black), hint of cherry oak red at the edges, 1 finger of light brown head settles quickly and leaves a moderate amount of lacing

S= Dark coffee, good hints of chocolate and as it warms some bourbon, bitterness from the coffee apparent as well. Not really any earthy malt or hops presence.

T= Coffee, chocolate, and as it warms some bourbon/vanilla and black licorice. Sweetness in first three quarters met with the roasted bitterness at the end. The chocolate/coffee roasts leave a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Still no real presence of the earthy malts found in lagers or the hops you might expect from a Czech beer

M= Smooth, wet, mild carbonation, with a fluffy light body

D= Very drinkable - not too bitter and the darkness seems just right. Only issue might be a feel that is a bit too light. Could put these down all night though, especially if I'm not in the mood for the earthy malt flavors usually found in lagers.

Dec 08, 2009
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rdhutchins23 from New Hampshire

4.83/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

May be the best beer in this category...
If I could have brought some home I would have.
Great dark color
even balanced aroma and taste.
Excellent finish

Nov 17, 2015
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FreshHawk from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep brown to black color with ruby hues on the edges. Large beige thick, creamy head. Good retention with a fair amount of lacing left over.

S - Strong rich coffee smell is upfront and in charge. In the background there is some roasted malt and a hint of chocolate, but these all definitely take a back seat to the coffee.

T - Strong dark roasted coffee taste hits the mouth. The first couple of sips, it is hard to pick up anything else. Then some more roasted malt, slight chocolate, lactose and vanilla come out. There is a slight bitterness to the taste, but when the later flavors grew a bit stronger, it gained a bit sweeter taste that complimented the bitterness.

M - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Fairly creamy.

D - Pretty good drinkability, but it really depends on how much you are in the mood for coffee flavors. Bitter and sweet are well balanced.

Notes: 4% ABV. Not a bad beer, but it is somewhat reminiscent of an iced coffee as it is a bit one-dimensional. A pretty good coffee beer that is worth trying though. I had it after dinner and it made a very nice digestif/dessert.

Mar 29, 2010
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aztraz from Sweden

1/5  rDev -74.2%

Apr 05, 2012
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jessicapreuss from Brazil

4/5  rDev +3.1%

Sep 20, 2012
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dcmchew from Romania

2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Aug 17, 2016
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Jcarriglio from Florida

4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 20, 2016
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Dzu from Russian Federation

3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 18, 2015
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