Kozel Černý (Dark)
Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.

Kozel Černý (Dark)Kozel Černý (Dark)
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Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
Czech Dark Lager
Ranked #52
Ranked #23,066
3.73 | pDev: 14.75%
Yesterday at 01:14 AM
Aug 24, 2001
Velkopopovický Kozel Dark beer is brewed to the original recipe using a special mix of dark malts, clean water from our own well close to the brewery, and a selection of the best hops. The caramelized malt gives this beer a unique ruby color and sweet flavor, thanks to which it is appreciated and respected all over the world.
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Rated: 4.08 by KeithGreatNorth from Canada (BC)

Yesterday at 01:14 AM
Rated: 4.53 by MakerMachiav from England

Nov 23, 2023
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Reviewed by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
473 mL can from Metro; best before May 21 2024 and served slightly chilled. An exciting random grocery store find for this beer geek, as I haven't tried a new Czech beer in literally years.

Looks brownish-bronze at a glance, but holding it to the light reveals its brilliant ruby red hues, as well as its crystal clarity. Just over an inch of creamy, foamy, buff-coloured head lasts for several minutes, soon whittled down to a tight collar and thin cap; not a lot of lace at first, but it does build up as you sip away at the glass. Its aroma is comprised of toasted nuts, bready dark malts, toffee/brown sugar sweetness and a touch of roastiness.

Mildly sweet-leaning flavours, with dark malts, toffee and toasted bread leading the way; hints of chocolate and nuttiness crop up shortly thereafter. Finishes with a flash of dark fruit, followed by more dark malt sweetness and toastiness dissipating into a malty aftertaste. Impressively flavourful for such a light beer. Light in body, with moderately crisp carbonation that adds some bite to this dark lager's smooth, satisfying mouthfeel. Fantastic drinkability, remaining tasty even as it warms.

Final Grade: 3.7, a B grade. Kozel Dark was a pleasant surprise, in more ways than one. I am not familiar with this style, and thus am in no position to argue whether or not it is a good Czech-style brew. As a dark lager in general, I found this a little on the sweet side, but it's still easy to like, and even easier to gulp back - a solid autumn session beer, for sure. I will definitely be buying more of this, and plan to try it side-by-side with Budvar Dark at some point, to determine which one I prefer.
Sep 25, 2023
Rated: 5 by BrisLoganite from Australia

Sep 18, 2023
Rated: 3.81 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois

Sep 17, 2023
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Clear dark red body under a huge tan head with good lacing. Sweet, caramel malt aroma Dark malts dominate the taste with an earthy, roasted edge. A light touch on the hop bill adds a modicum of bitterness for balance. Not a heavy flavor but it does have a fullness to it that easily leads to ordering another one.
Sep 14, 2023
Rated: 3.75 by travelguy from Ohio

Aug 16, 2023
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Rated by Manta200 from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Gift from Daniel H. in Germany
Quite sweet and malty caramel.
Jul 15, 2023
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Reviewed by Gatch from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Tall can picked up at a store in Skopje. Having just had a half liter on draft of the Budvar dark lager, this is a bit better. Still a bit muted and not as flavorful as I had hoped. Still, tasty rich roasted malt and a solid feel and finish.
Jun 24, 2023
Rated: 3.54 by WDJersey from Colorado

May 01, 2023
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Reviewed by pootz from Canada (ON)

3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Can: poured a clear cola color with a smallish tan cap...aroma of sweet dark malts and light grassiness....light bodied for a Dunkel, surprisingly smooth, silken mouth feel....front side has a nice chew of roasty, carmel malts, thin finish has some light hoppiness...not a bad light beer not to thin for a light but certainly not as satisfying as a full gravity Dunkel
Apr 18, 2023
Rated: 4.27 by connorthecynic from Canada (BC)

Apr 04, 2023
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Reviewed by EmperorBevis from England

3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottled and purchased from a Polish shop poured into a branded glass, for 4% abv Kozel though, to reveal a dark brown body with thick tobacco stain head
Aroma is cigar and treacle bonfire toffee
Flavour is dark sugars and light buttery esthers
Mar 08, 2023
Rated: 3.78 by Ananabiya

Mar 05, 2023
Rated: 3.85 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Feb 24, 2023
Rated: 3.75 by IRONRakkasan from California

Feb 24, 2023
Rated: 3.76 by CRObighit2 from Canada (ON)

Jan 24, 2023
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Reviewed by MrNo from Canada (ON)

4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Great beer to teach me that low alcohol doesn't necessarily mean something poor in quality. Altough I personally prefer regular lager to dark beer, I am happy to discover this Czech one.
Jan 08, 2023
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Reviewed by Jameshuw64 from Canada (ON)

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I purchased two cans from the Beer Store (Ontario Canada). I only realized later at home that this was a relatively low alcohol beer at 3.8%. On trying it I was expecting a thin, watery taste. but none of that. This is a flavorful beer with strong malt notes.. It may be a little sweet for some people but it worked for me.

The only negative was appearance - there is basically no head.

As some one who likes a session I think I will add this to my list of go to beers.
Dec 10, 2022
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Reviewed by LanceBiggums from Canada (AB)

3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Nice dark brown, with a ine finger light brown head that dissipates right away and leaves no lacing. On the nose, a dusty, musty smell, whiff of chocolate, maybe toffee or caramel, smells a bit sweet. The flavour includes sweet dark fruit, chocolate, and toasted bread malt. Next to no bitterness, not even from roasted malts. Extremely smooth, not much carbonation, and of course at 3.8% no alcohol taste whatsoever. Overall a delicious, unique, and very easy drinking dark lager.
Dec 10, 2022
Kozel Černý (Dark) from Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 366 ratings