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Cherny Bock - Bohemian Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

46 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bohemian Brewery visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The word Cherny litteraly means ‘black‘ in Czech referring to the color of the rather surprising dark Schwartzbeir with gentle bitterness to appeal your palette. A true gem to be discovered by specialty beer lovers.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-16-2004)
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Reviews by Zorro:
Photo of Zorro
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%

Dark black colored beer with a medium sized brown colored head, could pass for a stout.

Smells of chocolate covered cherry only not so sweet. Slight smoke and medicinal smells. Distinct smoky cherry scent.

Starts out dry and smoky beer. Smoke char and coffee with just the slightest cherry flavor. Mostly this is dry and smoky.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall an OK beer that is best with smoky food.

Zorro, Apr 13, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #49 (Feb 2011):

So happy to see a black "craft" beer come from a can, and with a sturdy lacing to boot. Smells of brown bread and chicory, clean but semi-roasted. Semi-chewy, malty mouthfeel, and enough carbonation to bring a refreshing quality out. Mild roasted flavor, similar to a mild roasted iced coffee, and some carob powder. Maltiness stays dry, hops ring in with a kiss of flavor and bitterness, just enough to keep the malt in check and leave the roasted flavors intact. After the first few sips, we realize we've started quaffing. Cherny Bock just raised the bar for canned 12-ounces real high.

BeerAdvocate, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this can.

The beer pours a dark reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of dark fruit, as well as some toffee and caramel malt. The flavor is similar, with toffee, caramel, cocoa and a lot of dark fruit. There is also some dry nuttyness in the flavor. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

12 oz can served in pint glass.

A - dark brown, near black and about 99.9% opaque. Nice tan head dies to partial coat rather quickly.

S - dark toasted malt; a little earthy

T - dark toasted malt with sufficient hops to add to flavor in addition to balancing any malt sweetness.

M - excellent carbonation and mouthfeel except for a body that is slightly too thin. Rather dry finish for a 4% ABV.

O - Easy to recommend if your are looking for a canned schwarzbier or bock. Otherwise, still worth a go even though there are some better choices.

chinchill, May 18, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%

Poured from a inch or so above the the glass gives this a big rich light brown head.

The aroma is roasted malt with an almost sweet molasses adding to this dark colored beer.

Sweet roasted caramel malt with some molasses and a slight counter of hops bitterness holding on.

A full bodied beer with a rich mouth feel, a enjoyable drink that leaves a dryish lightly roasted aftertaste.

LXIXME, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of jamesDaExMoBeerGuy
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%

At the brewery itself.

Dark tall 22 oz glass poured with an inch of maple head.

Smell was toasty, roasted, nutty - not harsh and a bit on the subtle side.

Taste is initially sweet and heavy on the malt. Turns to a more nutty/coffee flavor. finishes very smooth, heavy, with just a bit of bitter on the finish.

Nice beer, great for a slow sipping moment.

jamesDaExMoBeerGuy, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of kmperkin
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%

From a can into a 12oz Epic Brewing glass

A: Very, very deep brown, almost black. Pretty well totally opaque. A bit of creamy, off white head at the start that laces nicely.

S: Toasted malt, bread. Not exactly a strong aroma overall.

T: Roasted malt, caramel, and a very vague hint of coffee. A bit of hop flavor balances this out without stealing the show.

M: Carbonation seems spot on. Body is a bit thinner than I was expecting. Finishes somewhat dry, which I really like as I wouldn't want the malt in the beer to stick around and become cloying.

Overall, I am impressed with this beer. A good one to sit and have a few of at a go.

kmperkin, May 28, 2011
Photo of digitalczech
4.7/5  rDev +24.3%

Another canned beer I absolutely love. This one is probably on the top of my list. It's funny getting used to dark beer coming out of a can. But this one is full of surprises.

A - It's a dark dark red,brown. Unfiltered but leaves a nice thick head with great lacing. I've had this straight from the can and poured into a glass. The head from pouting into a glass is beautiful!

S - Malt... Nice roasted malt.

T - Wow... great tastes come through some bitterness but a sweet coffee and chocolate undertones to pull it above. I actually have had this beer on a separate occasion paired with a chocolate brownie. It went really well with it.

M - This beer is alive. Nice carbonation to it. Small tiny bubbles. I guess that's because it's a lager and not a force carbonated Ale.

D - Very drinkable. It's not a heavy beer. My girlfriend loved this beer too. That's saying something! I could session this beer. Very drinkable!

digitalczech, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

12 oz can at 45 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours black with red highlights and a finger of light tan head that falls into clumpy collections of retention and laces very well.

S: Sour fruits, light roastiness, a little cocoa, and oats.

T: Sour dark fruits, cherry, light coffee, chocolate, bready notes, and light metallic notes.

M: This has a light body with a little creaminess and an empty finish.

D: This is very flavorful for such a light beer.

bucklemyshoe, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of Bung
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%

12 oz. Black/brown pour, frothy white head. Retention is pretty low.

Malty, some toast and roast. Earthy peatiness.

Taste is quite dry. Ashy roast, charcoal and cocoa. A smokey leaning take on the style for sure. Finishes with a smoked peat tang.

Taste and mouthfeel improve as it warms. A bit carbonated at first. Goes down very easy.
I find schwarzbier so drinkable in general. They are my choice for a session beer if I can find them.

Bung, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%

A very nice, rich dark brown pour with a nice light puff of head on top. Nice gradual sinking of this led to some modest lacing on the sides of the glass and a light broken crown across the top.

Nice roasted malts in the smell, hints of a campfire like peat, but really was too light for the style. The earthy grains made up the majority of the aroma along with a nice caramel touch. The flavor was nice. Clean, sharp, nothing too terribly strong at all. Rich malted grain, like smoke in the finish and a smooth, medium consistent feel. Not bad at all. Very drinkable and an easy little afternoon session beer.

mikesgroove, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of Irish12
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Irish12, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of JamnesCameron
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%

Poured into a New Belgium globe. Pours a deep, deep garnet, almost black without intense light to shine through. With a big, light tan head that drops fairly quickly. Leaves nice lacing.

Aromas of light roasted malts, caramel malt. Earthy hoppiness.

Flavors of light roast, light maltiness. No real hop bitterness. A touch of sacchrine sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thin, almost watery.

Overall a decent beer, not very aggressive, thin, but that artificial sweetener flavor is a real put off.

JamnesCameron, May 07, 2011
Photo of warpedrevolution
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

warpedrevolution, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%

Pours black with a thin light brown head, giving it something of an espresso appearance.

The smell is roasty and coffee/chocolatey, some earthiness in background.

The taste is of dark roasty, chocolate, a bit too roasted/smoky/charred for style, but not too much and works well here. Anyway, Czech versions tend to be a bit roastier than the Bavarian versions, and this brewery has a Czech/Bohemian theme. Finishes dry.

A bit too thin for style, but holds up well, esp. considering the 4% abv cap that is imposed on the brewer - a bit tough to do for this style.

Very modest abv lends towards high drinkability, but so does the smoothness it has and overall nice taste.

jwc215, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of Benish
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Benish, May 17, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%

Served from a can at SAVOR 2011 into my nifty new SAVOR goblet.

Pours a fairly-dark brown color with a light tan head. Some lacing as it goes down, though not too much. Thin collar throughout. The nose starts off with a few nice notes of chocolate, roast, and bitter coffee, though this eventually fades into some grain and accompanying tannins. The flavor is equally grainy, but the beer isn't ruined, as there are some nice roast and coffee elements to fill things out. Light to medium body with good carbonation. Too grainy, but not all that bad.

Thorpe429, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%

My dear CANQuest (TM) buddy, indiapaleale, sent this to me in order to have me pose the question "When is a Bock not a Bock? When it is a Schwartzbier!" Now I know, but low marks for truth in advertising.

From the CAN: "Beer-IINBO-Bier-Biere-Cerveja-Birra-Pivo-Cerveza-[plus some Japanese or Chinese]"; "Handcrafted"; "Brewed to the strict standards of the German Purity Law - The Reinheitsgebot. This dark & rich award winning lager is brewed using only the finest European barley, malts & hops. We hope you enjoy our small batch craft beer as much as we love making it. Na Zravi! [Undersigned] Brewmaster".

The Crack & Glug produced a finger of foamy deep-tan head with good retention. It may not have been a Bock, but it was certainly Schwartzer (black) in color - black as a witch's heart, allowing zero light penetration and only deep-ruby highlights at the edges. Nose gave off notes of coffee, charcoal and chocolate. Nice. Mouthfeel was a little thin but the taste was both roasty and smoky, very much like a smoky chocolate. Nice. Finish was lingering with that same smokiness, especially, with the chocolate bringing up the rear. I probably would not take this to the beach, but as something for the winter and Hula in the Coola Day, it would be suitable.

woodychandler, May 11, 2011
Photo of DerwinWentworth
4/5  rDev +5.8%

DerwinWentworth, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +5.8%

A: Poured from a can to a pilsener glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, off-white, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of malt, coffee and tiny bit of hops.

T: Tasted mainly of malt, but there was also a mild coffee element added to the mix. Different from most Schwarzbiers in some respects, but still a pretty tasty beer.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: One of the better American versions of a Schwarzbier. Very drinkable.

avalon07, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of mactrail
1.8/5  rDev -52.4%

Dark brown in the glass with plenty of foam and regular carbonation. But what a weird flavor. Sourish, oxidized, dishwatery. A spoiled fruit nose as you try to sip. Totally undrinkable.

The story with this is a few days ago I opened a can I had bought a year ago. Gahhh! So I dumped that one and bought a new one. So I was amazed to find this can has the same taste. I have had this on tap at the brewpub as well as local restaurants over the years, and always thought it was really good. So they must have some problem.

From the 12 oz can bought at Emigration Market in Salt Lake.

mactrail, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of 4000qtrap
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: Slightly smoky, a bit like asian barbecue sauce. Not too intense, but since it's quite odd that might be a good thing.

Taste: Roasty and slightly smoky caramel malts up front but still retains its crisp refreshing quality. Interesting. Bitter smoke and light, really diluted coffee in the middle. Finishes clean, real clean. Too clean.

Note: Interesting, but not complex and not too intense. But kudos for doing something different.

4000qtrap, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

Purchased a six pack of this from the Jubilee store. $8.99. This beer is not 5% though, it is definitely 4% otherwise it wouldn't be sold at the grocery store. Into a Michelob Celebrate snifter.

A: Without a doubt the darkest non stout/porter I've encountered, black with a cream colored head right at 3/4 of an inch that sticks around for a little while. Nice spots of lacing as it recedes. Completely opaque.

S: Smells a lot like cola, no other way to describe it. Reminds me of RC Cola. A bit of roasted malts, and a definite lager yeast profile. Cola smell is definitely weird.

T: Thankfully not a huge amount of cola finds its way into the taste. Light bit of graininess, with a nice roasted finish. Fairly sweet with a light little bit of smokiness. Not a punch in the mouth, just a simple dark lager.

M: Medium bodied with lighter carbonation, fairly sticky on the lips, with a moderately dry finish. Pretty nice.

O: A nice little session beer for the winter and spring months, not overly complex but still a satisfying beer. I wouldn't have any issue with putting a sixer of this away over the course of an afternoon. Another winner from Bohemian.

pokesbeerdude, May 21, 2011
Photo of mpyle
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%

Deep cola color with reddish hues. Sparkling clear as best I can tell. Good sized tan head, creamy and long lasting.

Some rich malt sweetness in the aroma, also a slight metallic smell. Hint of a buttery, diacetyl smell.

Taste - Nice malt sweetness up front, but also a tartness that seems out of place. Can't find an expiration date, but might be slightly oxidized. Has that "off" bitter flavor, and other items discussed in the mouthfeel.

MF - light-moderate body and surprisingly high carbonation. A bit drying on the sides of the tongue, reinforcing the idea that this beer is past its prime.

Overall - Think this beer has promise for a 4% bock, but will withhold judgement on this one given what may be an out of date sample.

mpyle, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of ElitistB
5/5  rDev +32.3%

ElitistB, Nov 24, 2011
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Cherny Bock from Bohemian Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.