Bernard Dark | Bernard Family Brewery

Bernard DarkBernard Dark
BA SCORE
3.75/5
72 Ratings
Bernard DarkBernard Dark
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bernard Family Brewery
Czech Republic
bernard.cz

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by karait95 on 12-12-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22,972
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
72
pDev:
14.67%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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3
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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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Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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 olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Latarnik
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jesus. What the hell's up with this brewery? Last beer I had exploded carbon dioxide in my face, this one, I undo the fastening on the swingtop cap and the cap explodes with a violent pop that leaves my ears ringing and almost lifts the entire bottle off the table. I don't really need a heart attack with my beer.

Pours a deep brown in its stream, in the glass it looks very dark, although when held to light it does show a very deep red-black shining through. Head is frothy, but large bubbled, settling pretty quickly to a film of beige-brown. Lacing is good. Looks pretty decent.

Ooh, nose is very pleasant. Mix of dark fruit, light vinous acidity and a faint whisky-malt smokiness. Really pleasantly mixed together. Way better than I expected for effectively a generic Dark Euro Lager. Sweetness is very pleasant, and the malty, peaty note is very welcome. Really lovely.

Taste is also nice, with a good blend of sweetness, roasted malts and light earthy characters to round out the palate. Light crispness on the back brings it back to its lager roots, but this has a good deal of complexity despite this. Very pleasant.

Great dark Euro lager. Very smooth, but with a pleasant lightness on the palate that leavens the complexity. Drinkable but interesting - it's a great mix.

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Photo of bark
3.01/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

The colour is dark brown (90 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head is pale brown and compact; it sinks quite quickly leaving no lacing.

The smell is roasted with notes of grilled meats, chocolate, weak coffee. Charcoal and dried red berries. Metallic bitterness in the background. It is a bit weak.

The taste is smooth, just like an černý is supposed to be... Medium sweet roasted malts, smooth chocolate and a touch of coffee. Light body. The aftertaste brings more (dark) chocolate, BBQ spices, caramel and mature plums. The finish is a bit sticky with coffee-toffee, floral hops and hints of black pepper.

The carbonation is medium strong, the many small bubbles are long-lived. The liquid is smooth.

Not bad at all, but I want my černý even smoother.

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Photo of FLima
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black color with a thick caramel head with good retention and leaving laces.
Aroma of crude malt and hints of caramel and chocolate.
Flavor of toasted malts and earthy and grassy hops. Notes of burnt wood and caramels. Dry aftertaste with a lingering roasted note.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Pleasant Schwarzbier, not overly sweet and flavorful. Improves as temperature rises, though not really complex which is part of the style.

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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 Pearlstreetbrewingco
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of leitmotif
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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 AlexAfonin
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of rangerred
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of steverx8
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 schnarr84
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of heygeebee
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark mahogany, with a one finger tan head. Moderate lace.

Aromas of malt - both roast and sweet.

Taste is malt driven to start with, little hop balance. Some caramel and chocolate, but not overpowering

Mouthfeel well carbonated and crisp.

Well made simple beer. Its refeshing, and I could go a fair few. No overpowering aromas or flavours and in many ways better for it.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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

Photo of clarknova
4.46/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a first class Schwarzbier with an intense aroma of coffee and roasted malts. Very malty in taste but balanced enough to be a refreshing beer. Overall a full-bodied masterpiece.

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

Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Exeter
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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Bernard Dark from Bernard Family Brewery
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 72 ratings
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