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Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Chocolate BockSamuel Adams Chocolate Bock

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Reviews: 1,131
Hads: 2,686
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 25.68%
Wants: 73
Gots: 236 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: TinusTime on 11-20-2003

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BB Apr 2016 at 42 degrees into a snifter
Aroma of chocolate, fades away
Head average (2.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, fizzy, rapidly diminishes to two mm ring and small island
Lacing – none
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor – roasted malt and chocolate; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of MACrist
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

LOOKS: Perfect 5, in a pint glass. 2 finger tan Head, Great lacing (as with most SA beers??!) Looks like your average porter, very dark brown, ruby tints, small bubbles.
AROMA: Cereal, malt, mild sweet chocolate.
TASTE: Tastes chocolate like...like chocolate syrup added to milk...not bad. Malty sweet, but not cloying.
MOUTHFEEL: Nice upfront carbonation. Light to medium body. Fairly dry finish.
SA makes good beer, not great beer, IMO. This is like a lighter version of Boulder Shake Chocolate Porter which is stellar compared to this. Still, certainly not a bad beer.

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Photo of TLWalsh
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Part of the latest seasonal assortment pack. Pours deep and dark, almost black. Has a fairly dense vanilla head with medium carbonation. Very chocolatey aroma, sort of a medium malty semi sweet chocolatey taste. Nice and smooth mouthfeel. A pretty decent brew from SA, would likely be fun to use in certain cooking recipes.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours mahogany with a light brown head.
S- Roasted malt, marshmallow, chocolate.
T- Sweet, mostly chocolate and malt.
M- Medium body, low carbonation, if it wasn't so sweet it'd be easy to drink a few of these.
O- It's ok, nothing to seek out or go crazy over. A sweet dark ale. It would be a good dessert beer.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice looking beer in my glass. Would like the body a little blacker/more oil like but otherwise the head is really nice and billowy with good retention. Smell has a hint of chocolate at most. The taste is very sweet yet not heavy syrupy so its actually quite sessionable yet getting plenty of chocolate and vanilla sweetness. No roast, no hop bitterness. This tastes more like a milk stout than a bock but I think its a very nice sessionable flavorful dark beer.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

If there is something Sam Adams is good at it's simplicity. This is an admittedly simple beer. The carbonation is a little bit to high for my liking, but the simple chocolate flavor really works for me. Not a great beer by any chance, but a good beer - and a damn drinkable one at that.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.37/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams). Poured from the bottle into a nonic tumbler, this brew's head is three fingers thick and eggshell brown, with solid lacing, and a very dark brown, nearly black body.

I smell toasted malts with just a touch of the chocolate

Ok, I taste it for sure. Nothing too sweet or syrupy. I can still detect the malts as well. As it seems to be with the darker brews by Sam Adams, this has a balancing tartness at the end the rounds off the malts and chocolate sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium-light, smooth, and clean.

Overall, I'll choose to give Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) a 4.25. A good one to switch things up with; I may grab this throughout the colder months.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Very dark black pours, with a few hints of Amber. Light brown head that doesn't stick around too long.

Smell: Lots of milk chocolate, reminds of chocolate milk. The chocolate dominates, I get a little roast but not much.

Taste: Pretty much all milk chocolate and like the smell reminds me some of chocolate milk.

Feel: Pretty creamy mouthfeel, mild carbonation.

Overall: Lots of chocolate and not much else. It's drinkable but nothing special.

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Photo of wisebier
4.96/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L: dark black . Little Amber tints in light . Nice dark cream head that goes away fast.

S: a lot of chocolate cocoa malts

T: tastes like it smells. So good. Chocolate upfront and then sweetness to bitter at the end.

Really good beer. It is what it is. Job well done.

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Photo of jimboothdesigns
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good chocolate bock. Pours a very dark brownish black. Smell of sweet bakers chocolate and little else. Maybe a hint of orange/citrus. Thin to medium feel with almost zero carbonation. Bakers chocolate taste from start to finish. On the sweet side rather than bitter.

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Photo of RockRuler
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice chocolate aroma, a bit fizzy feel and a bit light on the palate. I'm glad I was able to try it. There are much better chocolate stouts but this one is worth drinking. Cheers!

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Photo of 2ellas
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with an average mocha head
smell is a hint of chocolate
taste is more cocoa than chocolate if that makes sense. I don't eat sweets but this was pleasant
Feels nicely carbonated with a good slickness
Overall a good beer for a mix pack. Glad to have tried it

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Photo of MarkLinton1
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of six offerings in the 2015 Samuel Adams Holiday Classics 12 pack. First time I've had the Chocolate Bock. Based on some other reviews I have seen, I feel this beer should rate higher. Very smooth mouth feel with crisp notes of chocolate, vanilla and a touch of carmel. Not too sweet and even a little smokey taste with some underlying hops in the background. Well pleased with this holiday 12 pack so far.

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Photo of pweis909
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I just picked up the winter beers 12 pack for the first time in about a decade because I see it has Chocolate Bock, a beer that I remember seeing several years back but never tried. What I forgot was that I had a chance to sample Chocolate Cherry Bock a few years ago and was sort of disappointed. This hits me in the same way.

Appearance - Opaque, black, with a tawny head. The head recedes a little fast, reminding me of a cola,
Aroma has some chocolate w/ vanilla notes. Smells and tastes a bit artificially, you know what I mean. Nothing else going on here, except for possibly a slight soapiness. It is balanced so that the chocolate notes don't come across as too sweet or too bitter, hops are unobtrusive, presumably a light-moderate bittering charge. It's not bad, but it is a one trick pony. Dry finish, yet has a somewhat velvety mouthfeel. Would I drink it again? Well, the 12 pack came with two of these, so maybe once. I wonder if I still like Old Fezziwig?

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark brown, almost black in color with a very thin toffee colored lacing ring.

S - Dark chocolate, dark fruit, some molasses aroma.

T - Dark chocolate, cocoa, a touch of peat (based on the age of the bottle).

M - Medium body with little to no carbonation, velvety on the tongue.

O - Not bad but should have enjoyed this bottle before it got too old.

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Photo of RonaldWilsonReagan
4.74/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Love this stuff. All the wonder of a great porter (yes I’m aware it’s not classified as such) without the thickness or heavy mouthfeel. Chocolate is subtle yet great. Smell and taste both are amazing. I could drink several of these at a time, but unfortunately BBC makes them difficult to get.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.31/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Long quick review. This brew never seems to get enough love in my opinion. Every aspect about it is subtle & nuanced, it pours beautiful - near-opaque with a light-caramelly head that lingers briefly. The nose is chocolate & dense maltiness with a hint of hop & booze (you really have to search for that booze). Altogether this beer smells so enticing to me. The flavors are dense but mild. Well-defined chocolate plays overtop a crisp hop hit that floats above the deeper malt notes. There is a trace of smokiness. This brew has a light, undercarbonated feel & I love it! I always look for this beer when it's around.

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Photo of TBCE
4.74/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite winter seasonal beers. Missed out on it this year and am still a little depressed about it. Smooth with prominent chocolate malt flavor. Love this brew!

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Photo of Jomolieri
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For anyone who likes a smooth creamy sweet beer from time to time this is a must try. It was like a chocolate beer milk shake.

I had it as 12oz bottle and gotta say it was one my favorite chocolate beers ever. I just wish it was more available.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a fantastic black color with one finger of caramel colored head that hangs around for a while.

S: A little weak, a mix of chocolate and faint malt aromas.

T: Chocolate and more chocolate. There is a hint of malt in there, but everything is pretty subtle. This is basically a candy bar in a bottle.

F: Thick and creamy, as it should be.

O: If you like chocolate your going to love this one, and it is a fantastic dessert beer. If it were available in six packs, I would probably have it around a lot.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown almost black color with a nice 1 inch tan colored head that takes a little while to dissipate leaving good lacing down the goblet glass.

Smell is a little weak but I can make out some chocolate malts and the lager yeast smell.

Taste is really good. Those chocolate malts really come through as the dominant taste in this one. Once the chocolate subsides a bit, there is an onrush of sweetness that reminds me of chocolate milk. Chocolate is the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the fuller side as you would expect with velvety texture.

Overall, a really good beer. I couldn't drink 20 of them in one sitting but definitely a nice beer to wind down with in the evening during the holidays.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Appearance: deep brown, almost black color

Overall: Has a chocolate and coffee taste. Very malty. Sweet finish/aftertaste. Okay for a change of pace beer.

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Photo of Mit
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Pours a black reddish colour with zero clarity..mocha head that quickly dissipates.

Smells of roasted malt flavours chocolate....some hops...coffee...

Very pronounced coffee and chocolate flavours. Almost chocolate milk flavor. Very tiny hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a little thicker. Almost like a syrup. Seemed perfect for the beer.

Overall this was quite good. Im not sure i could have tons at a time...i feel that it would get too cloying. I would buy again for sure.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark brown to black. A tight bubbled, foamy head that has great retention.

Smells like sweet malts and lager yeast with some chocolate.

Taste exactly how it smells, with a little more chocolate that is mainly on the back end. Up front it is a lighter bodied, yet malty, carmely semi sweet base. The chocolate is very prominent in the finish and aftertaste. Not bitter. More like a Twix.

An very enjoyable beer that I would like to see more often.

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Photo of Foyle
2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pours a 2" thick cream colored head that fades at a moderate pace. Color is a dark reddish-brown through which very little light can penetrate. Lacing is light.
Aroma: fairly mild, I do detect some mild milk chocolate, a hint of hops, and some roasted malts. Mouthfeel: mouthfeel is between light and medium with a decent amount of carbonation. Finish is not very dry.
Flavor: there is no doubt about the chocolate presence in this beer. It is almost a little overwhelming to my tastebuds. I love to eat chocolate but drinking it in a beer I find myself enjoying only in rare cases. Other than the chocolate, there is some hop bitterness,but not much, in the finish and some roasted malt flavor in the middle of the taste.

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Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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