A dark malt bouquet permeates the fluffy head on this swarthy schwarzbier. Caramel and chocolate sweetly counter a dash of roasted malt scents, while a subtle lactic twang intensifies the aroma. This light-bodied brew spans the tongue with faint roasted malts threaded with caramel sweetness. Quiet, earthy hop
bitterness rises before the swallow, and merges with a touch of ash and a lactic bite for an assertively dry finish. Although Cherny Bock could benefit from heftier malts, it’s a quaffable beer with the style’s classic clean lager swallow.