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A rich, dark, malty Czech lager with a roast character that can vary from almost absent to quite prominent. Malty with an interesting and complex flavor profile, with variable levels of hopping providing a range of possible interpretations.
This style is a combination of the Czech styles tmavý ležák (11-12.9 °P) and tmavé speciální pivo (13-14.9 °P). More modern examples are drier and have higher bitterness while traditional versions often have IBUs in the 18-20 range with a sweeter balance.
Bohemian Brewery Cherny Bock 4%, Budweiser Budvar B:Dark tmavý ležák, Devils Backbone Morana, Kout na Šumave Koutský tmavý speciál 14°, Notch Cerné Pivo, Pivovar Breznice Herold, U Fleku Flekovsk&y