Thursday, September 14, 2017

Praga Dark Lager

ChadPolenz (1840) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2017

DOB: ?(38110601)

2015 BJCP Category: 3D Czech Dark Lager

AROMA: Plenty of dark malt but no roasty/burnt notes. Some confectionery notes and a touch of cola or nuts. Low spicy Noble hops in the background. Oxidation and light-strike are noticeable, but not distracting. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Clear dark brown hue (17-40 SRM). Moderate tan froth never completely dissipates and leaves trace lacing. 3/3

FLAVOR: Malty sweetness throughout with prominent Maillard products. Notes of milk chocolate, caramel, cola, and bread are present. No roasted or burnt flavors. Low spicy hop flavor and gentle dry bitterness to offer some balance and prevent a cloying palette. Background note of minerals and oxidation are easily overlooked. Slightly sweet aftertaste. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body and carbonation. Very smooth. Not refreshing, but easily quaffable. Highly efficient at only 4.5% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Certainly an admirable example of the style. Though old, this bottle was enjoyable. Probably World Class when fresh. 8/10