Cherny Bock | Bohemian Brewery

BA SCORE
84
good
60 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:
60
Reviews:
38
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
13.75%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of MFMB
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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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Photo of Bung
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of andythejerk
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of rickyhansing
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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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 pokesbeerdude
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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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 Jsteez
3.71/5  rDev 0%
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!

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Photo of jamesDaExMoBeerGuy
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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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 drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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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 Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of elihull
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of drewbage
3.45/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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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 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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Cherny Bock from Bohemian Brewery
3.71 out of 5 based on 60 ratings.
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