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

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Style:
Lager - Munich Dunkel
Ranked #92
ABV:
3.8%
Score:
84
Ranked #38,506
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 15.09%
Reviews:
106
Ratings:
334
From:
Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
 
Czech Republic
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  24
Gots
  90
SCORE
84
Good
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Notes: 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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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: malty, chocolate, nutty, bready, semi sweet, mellow smooth mouthfeel. Same with the nose. Dark brown, semi clear, tan head and ringed lace. Medium almost light body. Easy drinker. 14 IBUs

Jun 18, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

(500 ml bottle). Moderate head, dark reddish brown colour. A very flavourful dunkel despite the low ABV - malty, rounded caramelly sweetness, low bitterness. Not bad - would like to try it on tap.

Rerate draught in Prague, compared to Krusovice Cerne: Sweeter than KC, smaller head, more carbonation, less hops, less roastiness, lighter body. Overall 13/20.

May 13, 2021
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DarknTasty from California

4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I poured this from a tallboy can. It has nice dark color. The foam dissipates quickly. The body and feel is very light akin to a Guinness or Boddingtons in body. The flavor is nice and malty, slightly dark bready, lightly sweet with a very smooth finish. Very minimal effervescence. This is a great intro to dark beer that's light and easy to drink yet flavorful.

Dec 21, 2020
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datstankadank from New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tall boy can, poured into pilsner urquell .5L mug. Grand4 finger head. Smell of dark roasted malt, not burnt at all, very sweet. Taste follows with a very balanced, smooth roasty sweetness. Exceptional quality product. Faint chocolate notes, dry finish. Very good.

Nov 24, 2020
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elNopalero from California

4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another find from the local Russian market.
Poured from a can.
Looks amazing, with a cola-colored beverage topped by a creamy cap that shows incredible staying power.
The aroma is bready, like a slice of pumpernickel with barely a smidgen of orange marmalade. The sweetness is kept in check, with a light carbonation and smooth finish. I enjoyed this. Sessionable and flavorful at 3.8% ABV!

Aug 06, 2020
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MrOH from Malta

2.99/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Deep ruddy brown with clear edges, finger of khaki head that doesn't stick around, nice lace though.
Aromas of dark fruit and caramel, a little bit of bread crust
Sweet. Dark fruit and caramel. Not nearly enough breadiness.
Medium bodied, a little light on carbonation
A bit too sweet for me to enjoy

Jun 29, 2020
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jonmikel from Spain

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Drunk at a restaurant in Olomouc (Moravia, Czech Republic). 0,5 l glass.
-Small foam head.
-Citric smell. Smoked meat
-Coffee taste.
-Some after taste but not huge. Fresh and chilly.

An average Dark beer.

Jun 10, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Today is T, 12 Mai 2020 & I am in deep isolation during the COVID-19 crisis, giving me ample time to clear out my backlog. This one will CANtinue a few days of imports for The CANQuest (tm). This one came to me from local, in-person trader @tone77 following a trip to Italy!

From the CAN: "Kozel Velkopopovický Černý (Dark/Black)"; "Kozel Dark Lager Beer".

I Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN a slow, steady, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. It returned the favor an CANoperated by first evincing a pseudo-cascade & then by settling into two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with excellent retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with cola highlights throughout. Nose had a pleasant roastiness with notes of caramel, licorice and semi-sweet chocolate. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste reminded me of caramel corn, or better, Cracker Jacks, since I also got a peanut-like flavor! Mmm. This was quite tasty & quite easy-drinking. I CAN envision a stein of this at a European restaurant with a nice central-European meal! I think that the BBT in Pittsburgh has closed, but the Red Plate & this would have been wonderful. Finish was semi-dry with a lingering smokiness. Mmm. YMMV.

May 12, 2020
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a very dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is full of bready malts. Taste is bready malts, nuts, a touch of chocolate, plenty of flavor for a beer under 4% abv. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a highly crushable beer.

Apr 18, 2020
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shambeano from Australia

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle. Best Before 03/11/20. Poured into a glass stein.
Look: A cola black, lets a little light through giving a reddish tinge where it does, About 2-3 cm of bubbly off white head that subsides to a thin film over the course of a minute.
Smell: A little grainy malt straight up, there is a little bit of roastiness in there too but I'm not getting much else.
Taste: A little roastiness, some yeastiness (soy/vegemite), some dark chocolate (like a fruity dark chocolate).
Feel: Lighter bodied, clean. Not too much bitterness, but a slight dryness at the end.
Overall: Tasty, I enjoyed it, could easily drink a 5-6 of these on a coolish night.

Mar 26, 2020
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RichardLeahy from Australia

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L. Dark brown with a red tinge, pours with a tight white foam head to about 1 cm. Head dissipates quickly to lacing. S. Pleasantly surprised here as there is a distinct yeasty/vegemite aroma and I rarely notice much smell to most beers. Fades to a grainy/malt hint. T. A little of the smell but a generally solid dark grain taste and dry finish. F. Smooth, moderate carbonation and easily drinkable. O. Solid dark beer, not heavy and easy drinking.

Mar 14, 2020
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JamFuel from Sweden

3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark, reddish brown with soft, tan head.

Smell is malty and a bit roasty with notes of dried fruit and fruity, floral hints.

Taste is floral and malty with some nice roasty, almost smokey notes. Hints of sweetness and dried fruit, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a nice dark lager, easy to drink but with quite a bit of flavor.

Nov 12, 2019
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Nofoba

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours a clear, dark, mahogany colored body. Thick beige head with little lacing.

It has an aroma of toasted malts, caramel, dried fruit, plum and rye with a little hint of alcohol.

The taste is mild, with toasted malts, rye, coffee and notes of dark chocolate. The finish is dry. The mouthfeel is light bodied, highly carbonated and with very little bitterness.

A mild, but very pleasant dark lager.

Nov 03, 2019
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mooseisloose from Florida

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Had many of these throughout the day. Nice dark beer some caramel some chocolate not sweet but not bitter, right down the middle. Goes great with spicy Czech sausage or Prague Ham with horseradish sauce and bread. A nice selection. Great ice cold.

Sep 17, 2019
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elnachooo from Spain

3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cerveza de color oscuro, de carbonatación baja y cuerpo medio. Aroma maltoso y a frutos secos. En boca es dulce pero no es empalagosa y tiene un buen final.

Aug 30, 2019
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Little is unusual with the Look and Smell for this style. But I always appreciate having a dark malt balanced with just right hops. Bubbly. Kozel is listed on the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" and given the interesting history the reviewer offered, it deserves to be on the list.

May 08, 2019
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janubio from Spain

3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted at The Situation. Dark colour, medium head and retention. Good lacing. Aroma of grains, bread, cereal, malts. Medium body, oily texture, good carbonation. Taste of malts, cereal, grains, bread. Classic Czech beer, good.

Apr 18, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, deep mahogany coloration with a medium, creamy head. Smells of bready, caramel malt with a hint of licorice. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by bready, slightly caramelly and lightly roasted malt with hints of smokiness and licorice. There's also a very light grassy/herbal note to this. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some roasted/smokey notes lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

Pretty nice Dark Lager with a good malt profile that subtly leans towards roasted/smokey notes and very light grassy/herbal hops for balance.

Oct 24, 2018
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Ant777uk from England

2.03/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Quite a pleasant aroma actually...

Not really a fan of this one...rationally it does taste pretty ok, it just doesn't really seem to be working for me, it's really heavy and doesn't have enough creaminess or smoothness...just tastes a bit flat and unexciting.

Feb 18, 2018
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Homebrewer_Dave from North Carolina

3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a nice dark beer that pours smooth. It has a good amount of foam initially and then retains just a small line of foam after pouring. Right away I'm liking this beer just based on look and pour. My first taste was the foam because I had to drink off some of it to be able to fit the rest of the can into my glass. That first taste I picked up a large note of caramel in it. After the foam faded however so did the caramel flavor. It has a decent smell to the beer but not a very large bouquet. Its not a real heavy beer and has just a hint of bitterness to it. Overall I'm liking it more and more. I'll probably wait a couple more months for when it gets colder before I get another.

Aug 13, 2017
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pokal style glass.

Deep red mahogany with excellent hues. Creamy light khaki top, with some fine pin head bubbles, a little bit of carbonation.

Really nice nose. Hints of hazelnut light roast, a touch of milk chocolate as well. A little bit of thickness too.

Clean light toffee, chocolate rich malted milk flavors on the palette. Slight creamy body. Rich but light. Faint hints of light drip coffee on the aftertaste.

Quite a delicious easy drinking dark lager.

May 29, 2017
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Dark brown with a small head
S: Malty and with roasty notes. Bitter chocolate. Burnt bread.
T: Mild flavors of black chocolate and some burnt bread.
M: Fairly thin
O: A nice session dark ale.

Apr 22, 2017
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Jsteez from Utah

4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Toasty, malty, and mildly nutty, with just a hint of sweetness in the aftertaste. Very brown and translucent when held to the light; clean. A nice mild flavor profile with a silky smooth backbone. Perhaps a little hint of brown sugar, nuts, and mild chocolate in the nose. Easy to drink many because of the mild 3.8% abv. A perfect creamy head that dissipated to a film around the edge of the glass. Like I said, drink several!

Dec 28, 2016
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josanguapo from Spain

3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

6 Marzo 2016. From Hipercor. In Bavaria glass. Playing Millenium 2. Watery and unpleasantly sweet. Finishing it is very tiring. Avg 1.5

27 Feb 2021. De Combini. En copa de hefe de Bavaria. En almuerzo, con garbanzos con chorizo + Donuts. Dulzona pero no la infamia que recordaba, y el cuerpo no resulta nada aguado teniendo en cuenta su abv. Avg 3

Mar 05, 2016
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SCproUA from Ukraine

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Delicious foam rich taste. Beer remarkably refreshing and gives energy boost for the day !!! It is not bitter, then the beer is not heavy smell of beer !!!

Feb 25, 2016
Kozel Černý (Dark) from Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 334 ratings