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Brewed by Bernard
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Humpolec, Czech Republic

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RATINGS: 367   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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Labeled as Bernard Dark in US

Strong black lager. It’s a special dark lager produced from five types of malt with a striking full flavour and light bitterness. Its special flavour makes it unique on the Czech beer market.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ekstedt (5317) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 13, 2008
Sampled at GBF 2008. Dark copper with a beige head. Chocolate, fudge, some burnt sugar, and earthy and herbal hops in the aroma. Slightly sweet initially, but with a dry finish and moderate bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SSSteve (3721) - - JUN 8, 2008
a dark pour, almost black, with ruby highlights. a large creamy tan head. very sweet caramel and milk chocolate aroma. flavor is roasty and lightly smoky. some beef jerky and chocolate. creamy texture with low carbonation. still has a slight metallic tinge, as do all the beers i’ve tried from bernard, but this one tastes pretty good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2008
Black with a beige head. Loved this! Aroma of dust, malt and dates. Wonderful sweet caramel taste with gooseberry sourness, espresso, ash and preserved plums. Some bitterness (just enough in fact). Excellent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
armando629 (2404) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 3, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2010 0,5 l bottle, Csakajosor.hu
Dark ruby near black body, medium foamy head what leaves laces on the glass. Roasted malt, some coffe, caramel and dark chocolate in the nose. Sourish yeast in the flavor with fine roasted grainy character, nice toasted caramel&toffee&coffee...Nice and drinkable, but not a dunkel rather a scwarz one...

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Izio (72) - GERMANY - JUN 2, 2008
Smoked, Roasted, creamy and light brown head, good head lacing, some yeast on the bottom, black color, Average/long after taste, Light to medium Body, Watery, Soft carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
berkshirejohn (4381) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2008
50cl swing-top bottle from Tesco. Black with a reddish tint and a thick cream head; fruity, malty, caramel aroma; spritz feel in the mouth with lots of burnt caramel flavour, some nuts and fruits as well, but the burnt sugar dominates; there is some coffee and chocolate on the finish, but again this is overcome by burnt sugar leaving a dry ending. This is certainly an assertive beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EFC1878 (315) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2009 Very pleasant Dunkel. Surprising initial smoothness for the style which gives way to a nice dryness in the finish with hints of chocolate and a coffee bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (5344) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2008
Savannah, Ga. - Habersham Beverage Warehouse, 500 ml swing top bottle. Very dark ruby red pour with a quickly fading dark khaki colored head. Slightly sweet aroma with hints of syrup and caramel. Flavor is similarly sweet with some nuttiness, caramel and a bit of molasses and licorice to round it out. Mouthfeel is thick enough. Best of the three Bernards I purchased.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SilkTork (5162) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2008
Cheap 500ml bottle from Prague Tesco. Pleasant dark lager. Dark bread malty with a restrained carbonation. Hints of licorice and tobacco. Slides down easy and accompanies roll mops and cheese rolls very nicely. Licorice. Chocolate. Tobacco. Smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
downender (6134) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2008
Bottle from Tesco. Almost black with hints of red, with a big, foamy off-white head. Aromas of caramel, dates, chocolate, some coffee roastiness and some grassy hops. Slightly chewy mouth feel, with some doughy malt, red fruit, caramel and dark chocolate. Finish was long and dry. Excellent.


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