Bernard Dark | Bernard Family Brewery

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Bernard DarkBernard Dark

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Bernard Family Brewery
Czech Republic

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by karait95 on 12-12-2010

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Reviews by SmashPants:
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3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: embossed 500mL brown bottle, caged top. Standard boring euro label.

Appearance: great appearance - almost pitch black, with subtle brown highlights. A good two-finger tan head emerges, thick and creamy, and drops to a rock one-finger with good retention. Great lacing also.

Aroma: roast malts and some chocolate, some heavy molasses notes too. Quite nice for a dark lager.

Taste: burnt coffee, light sweet chocolate and some standard lager grains. Some amount of fruit behind it too. Not mind-blowing, but quite nice. Carbonation seems a bit low, which is odd.

Aftertaste: dissipates rather quickly, I think due to the lack of carbonation.

Mouth feel: this almost ruined the beer for me. The carbonation is exteremely low for a lager, almost tastes flat. I'm thinking that the jostling it got on its trip from Sydney to Brisbane may not have helped the beer, so I won't pre-judge.

Overall: quite a decent Euro dark lager ruined by the lack of carbonation. It felt flat, which I believe may have been a fault from shipment rather than by the brewer's design, so I won't pass judgement until I try it again.

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Photo of superspak
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into lager glass, bottled on 4/28/2017. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1 finger dense and rocky light tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, toasted dark bread, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of coffee, caramel, smoke, herbal, grass, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity of roast/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, toasted dark bread, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of coffee, caramel, smoke, herbal, grass, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/grassy hop and roasted bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, light coffee/smoke, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity and robustness of roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance, and zero acrid/astringent hop/roast flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from hop/roast bitterness. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is an outstanding schwarzbier! All around awesome complexity and robustness of roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Clean and rich Munich/roast malts, with just enough hops to balance sweetness. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of davidperez
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a hefeweizen glass, it pours a very dark brown with some red hues when seen against the light, with a two-finger head, sudsy, foamy, with excellent retention. Actually this is one of the nicest heads I've seen in a lager. Good lacing too.

Nice bouquet. Chocolate, toffee, caramel, roasted malts.

The flavor follows the nose. You can taste all those flavors perfectly blended in, rich and rounded beer. There is also a hint of dark fruits and cherry, and at first a metallic flavor but it faded rather quickly. The roastiness blazes the path to the bitterness in this beer, balancing the upfront multifaceted sweetness. There is also a slight earthy quality to its bitterness. Nice amount of carbonation. Long finish, medium to full body, smooth.

A very nice beer.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12,5 % Plato.
Poured into lager glass.
Pours dark reddish/brown beer with thick bubbly beige head, long retention.
Smell - bready, toasted, sauerkraut.
Taste - toasted malts, rye bread, nuts, pleasant bitter finish.
Light body and medium carbonation.
Excellent czech dark lager.

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Photo of supermedved
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of innominat
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Robertas
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml swing-top bottle. Been a while since I've had a beer from the CR, the country that helped me cut my beer teeth way back in the mid-90s.

This beer pours a clear, very dark ruddy brown hue, with sharp cherry cola highlights, and two hefty fingers of puffy, loosely foamy beige head, which leaves some decent sudsy rock arch lace around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, faint bittersweet powdered cocoa, red wine touched dark muddled fruit, a subtle grainy sourness, and earthy, subdued leafy hops. The taste is more toasted, bready caramel malt, gritty baker's chocolate, sour milk and grain notes, a free-radical earthiness, and some lager-friendly leafy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is fairly restrained, or just inert at times, after that somewhat unexpected initial outburst, the body a bare medium weight, and generally quite smooth, hints of both clamminess and smoothness providing the mindfuck of the day. It finishes a bit off-dry, the roasted character of the malt still most prevalent, abetted by the lingering cocoa, all against the remnants of the weak hops that were.

A pleasant enough dark Euro lager, nicely toasted, and complex by the same sword. Perhaps I'd get a bit tired of the increasingly pithy mouthfeel, but if I recall correctly, switching between this style and the local Pils easily obviated that minor quibble, at least when drinking in Prague.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Vinicius
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of Pelicanrocks
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

L: thin and brown with a dark brown head, but looks black in the glass.
S: sweet malts with slight hops and musty wet grain aroma
T: just like there aroma....this starts sweeter then the hops add bitterness while all along this tastes like grain and water
F: thin and watery with a bitter finish

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Photo of humulus
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Harkrank
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of javiernano
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of kurgan3
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of parintele
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of headlessparrot
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alextat
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of AlfredoMoreno
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bought on a whim and glad.

poured a deep black body with tan head

nice roasted flavours with a slight but not unpleasant sweetness coming through.

not much aroma but the roast is there.

nice carbonation was expecting a heavy fizz from a 'lager' but instead was greeted by a good mouthfeel

must try more :D

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Photo of gnikola
1.25/5  rDev -66.7%

Photo of Ctiry
4.92/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

When you consider this is a lager type beer than you will be very surpriced by the taste. Intence smell and taste of caramel and a little coffee. Full body taste. There are visible yeasts inside the bottle but the yeasty taste was not recognized. Crispy beer which I love to drink together with a steak from urugay ;) The pop top bottle is very nice. The brery dont pasteurize the beer! On of the best dark lagers wven recognized on World Beer Awards.

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Bernard Dark from Bernard Family Brewery
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 81 ratings