Cherny Bock | Bohemian Brewery

BA SCORE
84
good
61 Ratings
Cherny BockCherny Bock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bohemian Brewery
Utah, United States
bohemianbrewery.com

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-16-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
61
Reviews:
38
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
13.75%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of Dave1999
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
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 thee 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...

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Photo of nmann08
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CPAles
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nichol
2.71/5  rDev -27%
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.

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Photo of benloho
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MFMB
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of casapy
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BigGold
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of misternebbie
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Metal_N_Brew
4.88/5  rDev +31.5%

Photo of yemenmocha
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Peteld
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of TeamSeinfeld
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of Benish
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of FullSailAle
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.17/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of mpyle
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of LuckyJohn
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of elihull
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mhewes
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Irish12
3/5  rDev -19.1%

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Cherny Bock from Bohemian Brewery
3.71 out of 5 based on 61 ratings.
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