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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 mactrail
1.8/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of yemenmocha
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of Irish12
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of brentk56
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a slightly translucent chocolate color with a sturdy tan head that leaves some webs of lace

Smell: Toasted black bread and walnuts

Taste: While the black bread flavor leads off, the flavor moves in a sour cherry direction (perhaps thinking this was a cherry bock when I looked at the can) by mid-palate; after the swallow, the roast and black bread returns but the sourness lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; a bit puckerish

Overall: Not sure why I am detecting flavors in this beer that other reviewers haven't noticed but my can definitely had a sour edge in it that didn't fit the style

Thanks, Douglas88, for the opportunity

Photo of Zorro
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of mpyle
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of 4000qtrap
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of drewbage
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampeld from a sampler size glass at the brewpub.

Pitch black with brown highlights and a tall tan head

Aroma is roasted fruits and nuts.

Deeply roasted with an almost stout like approach the beer. Honest approach is this is a stout with a lager yest which isn't bad but isn't a bock.

Good smooth flavor but for the roast.

If you look at this one as a stout with a twist, I think you've got an understanding of it. But it is tasty so don't let the Bock thing throw you for a loop.

Photo of elihull
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer #20 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

Oh, this is a schwarzbier. Right on. I just figured since it had the word "bock" on there, that it would be, you know, a bock.

It's a bit to sweet, which, oddly, reminds me of a bock. Quite malty as well. Pretty easy to drink, but the sweetness just seems to be overdoing it. A decent beer. Just not sure it really fits to style

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer served in a wine glass. Beer is dark brown and clear with a tan head of small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass, bad retention, low carbonation.

Everything about this beer is light, light in flavor, light in body, light in aroma, it is sweet in the nose.

Beer si sweet and light in body, there is a minimal bitterness at the back of the beer that finishes the whole thing off. It is an easy drinking unoffensive beer that I rather enjoy. Cherny means black in Russian, well not "Cherny" but CHORNY, but I think that's what they were getting at.

Photo of jamesDaExMoBeerGuy
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Jsteez
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pokal glass.

A-Deep black; not translucent. A thick, creamy tan head. Excellent retention and nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The bubbly head remains on the surface throughout consumption. Great looking brew!

S-It smells of burnt molassess, licorice, coffee, and sweet malt.

T-Burnt molasses and coffee; hints of licorice; sweet roasted malt goodness! I could smell small traces of hops. Nice dry and bitter aftertaste. Refreshing!

M-Light-medium bodied. A little watery and it is almost disappointing, but the complex taste saves this beer from becoming a below average brew.

Overall-This brew is a good beer that needs to be marketed in more states. I know it would be popular. If you want a nice tasting, lighter black beer, buy this and enjoy. It is well-balanced and sessionable. Cheers!

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Bung
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of rickyhansing
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a can, poured into a glass.

Appear: Deep brown, nice head and some lacing.

Smell: Subtle but nice, slightly roasted grain and dark bread.

Taste: Pretty nice, subtle roast and caramel. Hop bitterness is doing a pretty good job of counteracting some of the sweet malt.

M: Good body, creamy.

Overall this is a good session beer, subtle enough that I can drink a lot of them yet interesting enough that I won't get too bored.

Photo of andythejerk
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I first tried this beer several months ago and I remember I really loved it. I just tried it again and still liked it, but not as much. It still had a fantastic burnt/nutty flavor with lingering chocolate aftertaste that stays with you long after the beer has gone down (in a good way). It just seemed like it was a big too fizzy. The head started out sizeable and stiff but dissipated relatively quickly, leaving behind a nice lacing for the remainder of the glass. Overall a very enjoyable pint, and worth drinking again.

Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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