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Chodovar Zámecké Černé

Beer sellers: Zlý Časy / Pivkupectví

ABV: 4.2%
Origin: Chodová Planá, Plzeňský kraj, Czech Republic

Zámecké Černé

Incorporating ancient cellars cut into granite and completely dominating its small village home west of Plzeň, the Chodovar brewery traces its written records back to 1634, though much of today’s structure is the result of an 1862 rebuild. It’s host to several beer related events and in 2006 brought together two Czech passions when it opened a hotel and spa, U Sládka (‘the Brewer’), incorporating beer baths and a ‘beerarium’ restaurant in a former malthouse with beer sommeliers in attendance.

Zámecké Černé (‘Black Castle’, also known as Černá Desítka, or ‘Black 10’ after its degrees of original gravity in the Plato/Balling system) is a decent, honest example of a standard Czech dark lager. It’s very dark brown, with amber highlights, a light beige head and a very malty and caramelly aroma reminiscent of malt breakfast cereals. The sweetish, biscuity, caramel-tinged palate is lightened by some spices and a slight tangy, physali note. There’s a little drying hops and toast in the finish, reminiscent of bourbon biscuits. I’ve got a soft spot for sweet, gentle beers and this one certainly hit it.

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