Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Bernard Dark | Bernard Family Brewery

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
85
very good
12 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
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
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
67
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
35.28%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
18
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 67
Photo of biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

 1,415 characters

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

 1,285 characters

Photo of bark
3.01/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

 774 characters

Photo of FLima
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

 454 characters

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.58/5  rDev -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

 310 characters

Photo of Dentist666
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

 278 characters

Photo of heygeebee
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

 387 characters

Photo of clarknova
4.46/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

 184 characters

Photo of SmashPants
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

 1,119 characters

Photo of karait95
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Excellent color for its type ! A true black beer with a big head that leaves a layer of mixed bubbles on top of the beer, light almost not pass

S: Even you can feel toasted barley a little more of intensity was expected, also can be sensed some caramel or melted sugar inside.

T: Same as with smell, something else was expected, something more complex something more for a schwarzbier, yes it is toasted and it has some sweetness.

M: Mouthfeel is good, it has a lot of thing going on, first sweetness that change for a little hops bitterness but then bittersweet and of course refreshing.

 594 characters

Photo of davidperez
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

 778 characters

Photo of Ctiry
4.92/5  rDev +30.5%
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.

 451 characters

Bernard Dark from Bernard Family Brewery
3.77 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!

    Subscribe