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

Photo of CampusCrew
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
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

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

Photo of warpedrevolution
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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

Photo of Benish
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of indiapaleale
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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

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 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 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 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 DrewBeechum
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 LuckyJohn
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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 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 mhewes
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of kagent777
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

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Photo of jbsteiny
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of Irish12
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of elihull
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of TeamSeinfeld
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%

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