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San Servolo Tamno Pivo

Rating: 3.7

The third and final San Servolo beer that I have to review now and one that follows quickly on from their flagship pilsner and their Premium Crveno Pivo, both of which I reviewed here previously with me really enjoying the former but finding the later to be a slight disappointment when compared to the pilsner. This one is a dark lager from the Bujska brewery and is another I had in the Mediterraneo Bar after discovering them to be one of the few places in Rovinj to stock this variant of the beer. This was one that I had high hopes for when ordering as I’d found over the course of my visit to Croatia and the surrounding areas that dark beers tend to be of a slightly better standard than a lot of the pale lagers you come across and given  I enjoyed this brewery’s pale lager quite a bit I was fairly confident of getting a good beer with this one.

San Servolo Tamno Pivo

Appearance (4/5): Dark caramel brown looking with a one centimetre head that is foamy and sits a light tan colour in the glass. Head retention is okay with the head halving in size over the course of the opening thirty to forty seconds and the body is an opaque one.
Aroma (7/10): The nose starts with some lightly roasted caramel malts and touches of sweetness before some burnt sugars and a faint chocolate aroma make themselves known. I could detect some light bitterness throughout but it was most pronounced right at the end. The beer seemed quite well balanced on the nose and also a quite earthy.
Taste (7/10): Matching the nose well, the taste kicks off with some lightly roasted malts and a pleasant caramel sweetness alongside touches of chocolate but this seemed to be even lighter here than with the nose. There was some bread and biscuit like flavours coming through with a faint hint of brown sugar and some earthy, quite nutty flavours as well. Some grain and toffee start to come through right at the end and the beer is a good tasting one yet I couldn’t help but feel it would have been better had it been a little stronger.
Palate (4/5): Light bodied but definitely not a thin beer on the palate, there was some touches of grain but for the most part it was a smooth beer with nice sweetness throughout and a fairly earthy, bitter one as well. There was fine carbonation and the balance seemed good, particularly with the nose making this one quite an easy beer to drink.

Overall (14/20): This one proved to be a fairly enjoyable dark lager, it was perhaps a touch light but there was some pleasant touches of chocolate coming through alongside quite an earthy taste that featured some pleasant roasted malts. It was a fairly easy beer to drink whilst not being quite as good as the brewery’s pilsner but I still enjoyed it.

Brewed In: Buje, Istria, Croatia
Brewery: Bujska Pivovara
First Brewed: circa. 2014
Type: Schwarzbier
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Mediterraneo Bar, Rovinj, Croatia
Price: 37 kuna (approx. £3.58)

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