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Chodovar Zámecké Černé

Rating: 3.9

My first beer from the Chodovar brewery based in the town of the same name, in the Tachov region of Czech Republic, this one being another bottle that I grabbed at Prague Airport last month when leaving the country. This one is one of the darker offerings from what is the oldest brewery in the west-Bohemian area of the country. This particular brewery, whilst not being one I was aware of until picking up this bottle, is apparently famous for being the ‘Original Beer Spa’ and for roughly £25 offers visitors the chance to have a beer bath whilst enjoying a few bottles of the breweries flagship pilsner. The beer bath is essentially a dark lager and water blend in copper tubs that is said to have medicinal benefits, although I’d probably advise against drinking it.
Chodovar Zámecké Cerné

Appearance (5/5): Chestnut brown in colour with a very creamy looking, quite light tan coloured head that sits very nicely on the top and shows little signs of any movement initially and holds well even as I worked my way down the glass, leaving a little lacing on the sides too.
Aroma (7/10): Earthy malts and very subtle hops with a touch of spice in there as well. Some chocolate and a touch of sweetness with some caramel came next and there was a very faint hint of coffee coming through as well. Strong and well-balanced on the nose, this one came across as quite a good smelling beer.
Taste (7/10): A well-balanced mix of chocolate and caramel with a pleasantly sweet taste and some subtle hints of spice complimenting the nutty taste that also features some coffee. The taste seems to mirror the aroma and is quite pleasant whilst still being subdued and not too in your face. Some roasted malts, a touch of sugar and some bitterness round the drink off nicely.
Palate (4/5): Smooth, very smooth in fact and with a subtly sweet taste that hints at some spice. The body is medium and the beer has low carbonation levels that help the beer down. The finish is clean and wet with some light to medium bitterness closing things out.

Overall (15/20): I was pleasantly surprised with this one, I wasn’t expecting a whole lot going in but it was certainly a good beer and one well worth seeking out if you can find it. The aroma and taste very quite similar and the beer was exceptionally smooth with a mellow, well-balanced flavour and mouthfeel. Very nice stuff and quite easy to drink as well, this is a beer I’d be happy to pick up again if I very find it closer to home.

Brewed In: Chodová Planá, Okres Tachov, Czech Republic
Brewery: Pivovar Chodovar
Also Known As: Chodovar Černá Desítka 10°
First Brewed: Brewery since 1573
Type: Dunkel/Tmavý
Abv: 4.2%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased:  Prague Václav Havel Airport, Prague, Czech Republic
Price: 60Czk (£1.80 approx.)

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