Czech This Out! – Tasting Notes: Dark Star Black Coffee Pilsener (4.8% abv)
This is an unusual beast in these parts; yes, it’s a Lager; yes, it’s on cask; and yes, it’s black; oh and a final yes, it’s very good indeed!
Inspired by a trip to the Czech Republic this beer plays heavily upon the intrinsic coffee flavour of the unfiltered Budweiser Budvar Tmavý Ležák (colloquially known as Budvar Dark, and much easier to pronounce) brewed by Budweiser Budvar Ceske Budejovice (the original Budweiser brewery in Prague).
Dark Star with their trademark zeal for authenticity have brewed this dark lager, with Czech malt, hops, presumably Saaz , from the Zatec region, and a traditional Czech yeast strain. The natural coffee flavour of the malt has been enhanced by the addition of coffee beans after fermentation to give an excellent replica of an imported beer that is seldom seen in the