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

Kozel Černý (Dark)Kozel Černý (Dark)
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Munich Dunkel Lager
Ranked #75
Ranked #36,027
3.71 | pDev: 15.36%
Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
Czech Republic
Kozel Černý (Dark)Kozel Černý (Dark)
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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Photo of woodychandler
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.

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Photo of tone77
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.

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Photo of shambeano
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.

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Photo of RichardLeahy
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.

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Photo of JamFuel
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.

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Photo of 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.

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Photo of mooseisloose
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.

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Photo of elnachooo
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.

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Photo of Beginner2
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.

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Photo of janubio
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.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
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.

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Photo of Ant777uk
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.

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Photo of Homebrewer_Dave
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.

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Photo of Smakawhat
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.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
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.

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Photo of Jsteez
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!

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Photo of SCproUA
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 !!!

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Photo of Lucas_Druid
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had a canned 500ml version of this that apparently also contained sugar. This is a very barebones dark lager which offers very little complexity. The draft version of this might be much better, but the one I had doesn't leave much of an impression. Not the best dark lager the Czech Republic has to offer.

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Photo of Redrover
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one a bunch while in Prague. I had it both on tap and from the can. This review is for the canned beer.

500 ml can poured into a glass, the beer is light brown with amber highlights. It had a smallish tan head.

It has a very nice aroma of coco and lightly toasted malts.

The beer have a nice malt base that adds a light roast and some chocolate notes. I'm impressed by how the brewer filled out the taste as its only 3.8%.

The mouth is silky smooth and really nice.

Color me impressed.

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Photo of JimKal
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft in Prague. Dark brown with a nice light tan head. Nice lacing on the drink down. While the mouthfeel was light it was pretty good for a beer with 3.8 abv. The taste was roasted grain with some chocolate notes. I enjoyed it so much I had another.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle - Pours dark brown, finger tan head. Medium carbonation. Smell - roast, coffee. Taste - caramel, coffee, light matls, crisp finish. Enjoyable.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Format: a solid 500mL brown embossed bottle with a decent macro label.

Appearance: a clear dark brown with two fingers of beige head fluffing away to a creamy half-finger. Decent patchy lacing.

Aroma: some sweet milk chocolate with bitter cocoa, a touch of caramel and molasses. Pretty good for such a low ABV.

Taste: the taste follows the nose - chocolate, toffee, caramel and molasses. Really quite nice, with a touch of liquorice.

Aftertaste: sweetness from the malts and bitterness from the cocoa. Still nice.

Mouth feel: light to moderate in body with a great carbonation that is both refreshing and also brings all those flavours forward quite well.

Overall: this one was a bit of a surprise after Kozel's pilsener. This is a good-quality, well-rounded dark lager that is very refreshing in the heat, as well as well priced at AU$62 for a case of 20 x 500mL.

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Photo of djura
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Darker ruby color with tick white head.
S- Malty, yeasty, fresh and grasy.
T/M - Lots of chocolate malt in it, sweet, balanced with right amount of carbonation. Loe bitterness.

O - Unusual lager, but in the positive way. Very good.

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Photo of Iztok
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can to a gulden draak tulip glass.

A: A very pretty beer. Dark with reddish hues. Leaves a big two finger head of foam that dissipates after a few minutes, leaving nice little lacing.
S: Smells nothing special. Toasted malts. Some yeast. Smells slightly sour.
T/M: Very refreshing. A lot of toasted malts, chocolate, licorice, sweet root. Some bitterness in the background. Some roasted nuts. Slightly sour. Low alc. medium to low carbonation
AfterTaste: Long aftertaste, leaves a lot of slightly sour and bittersweet aromas in the mouth. Very good food beer.

A very good light dark beer. Great from the can.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On-tap (500ml) from U Pavouka in Prague Old Town (49Czk):
Dark, caramel brown bordering on black with a tan brown head come lacing that stuck to the sides as I worked my way down the beer.

Light malts & roasted notes with caramel & toffee. Relatively light on the nose & features a hint of chocolate and some darker malts too.

Light to medium malts with some caramel & good sweetness. Some bitterness & roasted flavours appear along with some burnt toast with faint chocolate at the end.

Smooth & creamy with a medium body and moderate carbonation that went well with the clean and crisp feel to the beer that was slightly wet in the finish.

The beer mirrored what I've come to expect from Czech beers of late, highly drinkable, enjoyable with little to no off-flavours and very easy to drink.

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