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Velebitsko Tamno

Rating: 3.75

Another Croatian beer now, this one is a dunkel from Gospić in the Lika region of the country and is one that I tried a couple of times whilst in Croatia recently. I first picked a bottle of the beer up from a Spar supermarket in Zagreb early on in my trip after being intrigued by the fairly old styled label on the bottle and that fact that is worked out at under 80p when I bought it. The beer is from the Ličanka brewery which was founded in 1997 and comes in at a respectable 6% abv. having been 5.1% up until 2010. The beer is brewed following the Reinheitsgebot and is one of two main beers from the brewery, their pale lager being the other but I never had am opportunity to try that one this time round sadly.

Velebitsko Tamno

Appearance (4/5): Dark chocolate brown with a finger-sized, tan brown head that turns into a foamy surface layer after a minute or so and has the odd patchy spot as well.
Aroma (7/10): Lightly roasted malts and some caramel give the nose a fairly sweet start with some darker, ripe fruits following soon after. There’s a few sugars making an appearance and I could detect some faint coffee and subtle hops around the middle and towards the end. There was some burnt toffee towards the close and the balance seemed to be a good one.
Taste (7/10): Roasted malts and some dark fruits kick things off before some caramel comes through an imparts some sweetness. There is some burnt sugars and earthy malts around the middle before some toffee sees things out.
Palate (4/5): Creamy, smooth and quite rich on the palate with a good balance and some nice sweetness throughout. The beer was easy to drink with some touches of bitterness and subtle carbonation levels on top of a medium to full body.

Overall (15/20): This one was a very nice dark lager, there was a good roasted malt taste and plenty of sweetness throughout as well as some nice bitterness to help balance things out. The beer had plenty of flavour but thankfully didn’t overpower and it was easy to drink, part of the reason I picked it up more than once whilst in Croatia.

Brewed In: Gospić, Lika, Croatia
Brewery: Pivovara Ličanka
First Brewed: Brewery since 1997
Type: Dunkel (Dark Lager)
Abv: 6.0%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Spar (Zagreb)
Price: 7.99 kuna (approx. £0.77)

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