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Cherny Bock - Bohemian Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

50 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 5
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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Photo of ElitistB
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of Metal_N_Brew
4.88/5  rDev +29.1%

Photo of digitalczech
4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of warpedrevolution
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of kmperkin
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mk3
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just tried this tonight and being a fan of Bohemians Czech Pilsner I was anticipating a good brew.
I'm not disappointed

Next to a Pils, Schwarzbier is my next favorite.
At first I was hesitant about it saying it is a Bock since I'm not really a fan of Bocks and I didn't know what "cherny" mean't (I do now). but I took a chance.

My main experience with schwarzbier is with Kostritzer so I am doing a comparison with what I know.

All in all, it is a good, drinkable beer, but I wish there was just a touch more chocolate sweetness to it and it could be a bit more creamier but living in Utah, I know that the law restricts how far they can go with it.

All in all, it's a beer I will buy again and being only 4% you can have a "session" with it.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of FullSailAle
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice thick head and a smooth coffee finish. I really enjoy this beer and wish it were easier to pick up in stores. I am not complaining I work across the street from the brewery but its not easy to pick up where I live.

I like this beer immediately after their Pilsner or mixed with the Pilnser or Viennese lager.

I have to say that as much as I can respect that they have the beer in the can for the sake of recycling ease but I hope to see this in a bottle some day.

If you have tried this beer, but only out of the can I highly recommend going somewhere they have it on tap. You can find that on their website.

Drink. Enjoy.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of their top beer.

appearance: nice dark color.

smell: coffee and roasted malt

taste: not your typical dark lager from czech. Mush darker and more falvor, well done. good good roasted flavor.

mouthfeel: light bodied. very easy to put down. nice to have a eays drinkign dark beer with loads of flavor

drinkability: awesome beer, possbily their best

Photo of indiapaleale
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour - very, very dark brown with some slight hints of red/auburn when held to the light. The head on this is a good inch of coffee and cream colored foam which slowly fades leaving a thin bubbly head atop this intriguing brew.

Aroma - coffee grounds, vanilla beans, cocoa powder, burnt toast and plenty of good old dark-roasted malt. Cherny Bock has a great aroma, one that will certainly draw you in if you're not afraid of dark beer (you can be afraid of snakes or bears or even possums but you should not be afraid of dark beer).

Taste - lets start by saying that the second this hits your tongue you're going to notice that A) it is super smooth and B) it is a very light beer. The dark, roasty malt flavors are there but subdued and meld well with some light espresso and bitter chocolate. The finish is light on the tongue, its like it just fades away.

Overall - at a super session-able 4% alcohol, this is a beer that you could enjoy during a long afternoon outside. Great flavor for a beer this light and certainly a great option for anyone looking for another beer to stock their cooler with.

Would I buy more of it? - yes. This is another great canned lager variety from Bohemian.

Photo of LXIXME
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jbsteiny
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After a poor experience with Bohemian's Weisse (read: lemonade), I was wary about hitting this Bock, but it was the only dark beer at the slopeside bar. Happily surprised. Poured very dark -- nearly black, with chestnut highlights near the bottome. Nice head, but the bubbles were large, leaving a fine lace on the glass, but no retention. Subtle smell for a bock -- malty with a raisiny red wine scent. Nice taste -- toffee, hazlenut, and prunes, slightly sour. Slightly too fizzy, but I'd drink a few pints -- leaves a really nice sweet & sour finish.

Photo of TeamSeinfeld
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Benish
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of DerwinWentworth
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of kagent777
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can purchased through an actual grocery store here in SLC. Poured into my beer goblet.

Appearance: A solid brown with hints of ruby near the edges. I did not get too much head with this pour, but I think my glass may be not be totally clean.

Smell: Roasted malts with some coffee hints. Maybe a little bready as well.

Taste: A rich beer for 4.0 ABV. This one packs a lot of flavor into a low ABV beer. Roasted malt sweetness up front with some hops bitterness near the back end.

Mouthfeel: For 4.0 ABV this one has enough mouthfeel, but it is still slightly lower than I like. The carbonation is good and the finish is solid.

Overall: Next to BaBa, this is my favorite beer available in a Utah grocery store. I know that is not saying a lot. If you ever get the chance to have this on tap while travelling through Salt Lake City, give it a try. A very well done beer!

Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into my Dogfish Head goblet.

Black as a starless, moonless night. Nothing visible when held to a lamp except darkness. One finger of creamy tan head recedes quickly, depositing tiny globs of lace on the sides of the glass.

Nutty nose. Peanuts, cashews. Hints of milk chocolate and earthy hops. Maybe a touch of tangy toasted wheat in the back. Smooth and pleasant.

Flavor replicates the aroma, except there's a bit more earthy hop bitterness. Soft, nutty roast is still there, but is less profound amidst the light body and drying finish.

About that body -- it's as expected from a schwarzbier. Gentle on the palate, with a fair amount of fizz. Each swallow is light enough that you almost forget about it until the next sip.

Schwarzbier is a lesser-seen style that doesn't get a lot of recognition, but Bohemian may counteract that with this one. They've made a pleasant, flavorful dark brew -- which is probably why Cherny Bock took home gold in the "specialty beers" category of the 2013 AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival.

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5/22/2012

Can into a snifter.

A: Dark brown and opaque with a quarter inch of beige foam that quickly recedes.

S: Lightly roasted with notes of grain and a touch of chocolate. Earthy and clean with a light nuttiness.

T: Lightly roasted with toasted malt notes and a restrained nutty sweetness. Low earthy bitterness with a dash of chocolate. The finish is roasted, dry, and clean.

M: Medium body with high carbonation.

Overall: A nice Schwarzbier. Low in alcohol and highly drinkable.

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a pint. Was a dark brown/black in color not much carbonation, nice little tan hear. Nice lacing through the drink. Scents of malt and toffee/caramel. Very nice taste for a bock. Medium body with a great after taste. Since at only 4% ABV many could be had, a good session brew. Have not had a bad micro/craft brew yet from a UT brewery. Would recommed.

Photo of LuckyJohn
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Peteld
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%

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Cherny Bock from Bohemian Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.