Cherny Bock
Bohemian Brewery

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Style:
Lager - Schwarzbier
Ranked #125
ABV:
4%
Score:
83
Ranked #37,554
Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 16.8%
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
68
From:
Bohemian Brewery
 
Utah, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  8
Gots
  8
SCORE
83
Good
Cherny BockCherny Bock
Notes: 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.
Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 68 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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samedifferentthing

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The look is a dark amber to brown. Very minimal off white head. Slightly bitter malty roasted caramel taste. It is a medium to light body beer with a roasted coffee aftertaste. The beer is easy to drink and light.

Feb 01, 2020
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iguanodon from Utah

2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

[Original rating 2016-01-23] Can. Dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel. Taste is the same with a little coffee and chocolate. Not too bad though I’m not a fan of the style.

Oct 24, 2018
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Drinkbeereveryday from Utah

2.75/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Canned beer served into snifter.
Apprance - Pours very dark, but is also very translucent .
Smell - Very reserved aroma. Slightly sweet bready notes with only a few hints of chocolate. Slightly sweet.
Taste - Underwhelming. Tastes like a Utah beer for sure. It is clear that they have a skimpy malt bill on this beer to get it only to 4%. Some bready notes with reserved chocolate. Does not taste like a bock beer. Moderate malt sweetness.
Mouthfeel - very thin and moderately carbonated.

An easy drinker for sure, but a let down for a Swarzbier. Can we please repeal the 4% laws already???

Feb 18, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

this is kind of bad. there are really two ways to go with the 4% abv utah drafts. one is you water it down, at least in how it comes across. the other, like this one, is that you brew a normal recipe for a bock, and only ferment it part way. this seems half cooked to me, super sweet and not at all finished. i bet this could ferment down to like 7% abv at least if it was allowed to carry on. i think thats really unflattering, and something i dont really like at all. deep brown in color, a little amber to it, smell fading head, and a lot of body and sweetness. notes of fig and toffee to it, i do not dislike the malt flavor, and reckon its fairly traditional there, but its unfinished and super sugary, i dont taste lager yeast at all, and it ends up tasting like juiced raisins or something to me, hardly beer at all. my first from these guys, but its fully lackluster. this doesnt seem like a schwarzbier to me at all, the malt never gets that dark. id be interested to try some of their lighter stuff, but this one seems intentionally incomplete on the fermentation, and i find it pretty unsexy as they go. this was kind of filling for what it is, still very sturdy, maybe better in a winter context...

May 03, 2017
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Nichol from Utah

2.71/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

I'm surpised by the "BA Score" and rating "The Bros" keep giving to these Bohemian Brewery beers. I've yet to find one I enjoy, and the Cherny Bock isn't an exception. Like all of the other beers from Bohemian, it's watery and weak. A bock should be bold and full, but this is just...impotent. As I've said on reviews for other Bohemian brews I've tried, this one just isn't worth the time to articulate everything about it. Don't like it. Won't have it again. It's another deterrent for ever visting the Bohemian Brewery and restaurant that's less than 5 miles from my abode.

Mar 03, 2016
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FullSailAle from Utah

4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

May 03, 2014
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Zorro from California

3.17/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Apr 13, 2014
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mpyle from Maryland

3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Feb 13, 2014
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Phelps from Arizona

4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Jul 10, 2013
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mactrail from Washington

1.84/5  rDev -50.1%
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.

Dec 26, 2012
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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

Sep 13, 2012
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Jsteez from Utah

3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Sep 07, 2012
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jamesDaExMoBeerGuy from Utah

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Aug 31, 2012
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kagent777 from Utah

4/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

Jul 17, 2012
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Mora2000 from Texas

3.58/5  rDev -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.

Jun 03, 2012
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HopHead84 from California

4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

May 23, 2012
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LXIXME from New Mexico

4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Apr 08, 2012
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
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

Nov 12, 2011
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mk3 from Utah

4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Jul 05, 2011
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drabmuh from Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Jun 21, 2011
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Jun 07, 2011
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kmperkin from Indiana

4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

May 28, 2011
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pokesbeerdude from Colorado

3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

May 21, 2011
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rickyhansing from Utah

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

May 21, 2011
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

May 18, 2011
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