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

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Samuel Adams Chocolate BockSamuel Adams Chocolate Bock

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2,616 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,616
Reviews: 1,122
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.85%
Wants: 60
Gots: 194 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews by TownDunkel:
Photo of TownDunkel
4.34/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams Chocolate Bock ... can you say Yes Please!

Appearance - Chocloate brown with a nutty brown head

Smell - Weak smell that is hoppy but doesnt give away all the awesome flavors

Taste - Awesome... First it is smooth and dark that turns to a cocoa and milk choclate finish. Only beer on par with this is Left Hand brewing Chocolate Stout

Mouthfeel - Great, smooth, satisfying, great carbonation that makes it stick around like it should

Overall - This is a hard beer to beat!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Retroman40
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a deep brown, almost black color with a moderate head but lacing throughout.

S - A mild cocoa with some hint of malt - no hops at all.

T - Chocolate with a hint of sweetness from the malt.

M - Almost velvety smooth with a sweet finish.

O - This is "Yoo Hoo" for adults. Nothing you want to do a session with, but like a lot of Samuel Adams Specialty beers a nice change of pace.

Photo of Mit
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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

Smells of roasted malt flavours chocolate....some

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.

Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow $14..99 a bottle well I guess you do what you gotta do,pours darn near black with a big rocky head that amazingly left no lace (would have gotten a near perfect score if it did).Big chocolate aroma to be expected seemed to be more of a milk chocolate than cocoa with a light orange note,alot flavor melding going on here of course a big dose of chocolate I also picked up a hint of smoke in there finishing very earthy and nutty very nice.Did not seem to be overly thin like others have said seemed right on to me,extremely drinkable and goes well with my wifes chocolate pecan pie but the that price is scary.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark, fairly opaque brown color, with garnet highlights. The tall, light brown head has a dense, foamy and frothy texture and good retention. Some foamy rings of lacing stick to the glass.

S: Mostly sweet in the nose. Some sugar cookie-ish sweetness, plus some caramel/toffee character. Light cocoa character stays mostly hidden behind the upfront sweetness, unfortunately. Vague notes of vanilla and nuts are detectable.

T: Sweet up front, with firm toffee/caramel notes. A persistent brown sugar character, actually. Chocolate flavor is much better than the nose initially indicated. Vanilla and nuts provide some flavor depth. There's little, if any, hop bitterness to balance.

M: Medium bodied. Velvety smooth, with creamy carbonation. This would be much better if it weren't as (relatively) thin in comparison. A pleasant aftertaste.

D: This is basic and borderline cloying, but momentarily tasty. A bit too sweet of a base bock is partially rescued by a very pleasant chocolate flavor. This needs more heft, more bitterness, and more carbonation. As it stands, it's a bit too thin and one-dimensional, even for a dessert-y bock.

Photo of sgoodship
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this handsome devil up at Binny's in the South Loop, Chicago for $12.99. I was all for giving this an A but then.. well, you are going to have to read my review:

A: Dapper bottle. Without much coaxing, this beer gladly gave me a nice 2 finger oatmeal colored head. Fluffy at first but a craggy as it dissipated to a dusting with a nice ring. Some spotty lacing. Reddish brown liquid - almost black. A little bit of mahogany light showing through at the bottom of the glass.

S: Roasted malt like a porter but more hoppy. Cocoa is there in force. As the drink warmed, got a nice sweet milky vanilla smell. Yum. Seemed to become more of a nice but more generic roasty malt toward the second half of the drink. Seemed to lose some of its oomph.

T: Very tasty initially. Almost like a combination between a Sweet/Milk Stout and a Porter. Very consistent with the smell. Nice roastiness colliding with sweetness. The chocolate taste is really nice and I could have done with it being turned up a notch. One thing I did notice was that the second pouring felt significantly thinner and more watery tasting with an odd kind of sickly sweetness. If I'd have had the initial experience all the way through, I would have been a very happy man.

M: Medium body and felt really milky smooth at the beginning. The second half of the drink was a thinner - very disappointing.

D: Very drinkable brew. There was some promise but it never completely followed through and I did end up feeling that it wasn't worth the money.

Photo of wrycon
2.94/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks dark as night. Want to say it's slightly brown, but hard to tell. No real nose to speak of - some chocolate. Initially tastes bitter and watery like a bock. The chocolate pops its head in during the mid-point, but drops out just as quickly. Then ends bock-like, pretty clean with a small sour and large malt finish.

Like it? It's ok

Photo of Dmann
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting beer to say the least. The beer poured a dark brown color with a nice tan head that faded quickly and left a nice pillow of foam on the top till the last drop. The smell was very good especially as the beer warmed with a wonderful dark chocolate and cocoa scent. The flavor was good too with a healthy dose of sweet chocolate at first, then the malt kicked in followed by a slight hoppiness and a dry dark chocolate finnish and aftertaste. The beer is kind of one dimentonal, but what do you expect from a beer claiming to have a large chocolate flavor? I dig it but I would never buy it again at it's current price point.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is either the 2004 or 2005 version I had; the bottle label said to drink it by March 05 for "brewery freshness."

Looks pretty much just like SA Black lager. Black if you're looking at it straight on, and a translucent brown during the pour, or held at an angle.

Smells a lot like the black lager as well, with some more noticeable nuttiness and sweetness.

Not really all that sweet, or chocolatey. Theres tones of gourmet chocolate, which is great, but this isnt exactly in the same league as Young's double chocolate or Rogue chocolate.

Nice full mouthfeel with a flavor that sticks around long after you are done drinking.

Really, this is a great-tasting beer. The problem is the price. It is not affordable and the price doesnt make much sense. I'd be interested to find out where most of that $15 per bottle is going. High costs for using gourmet chocolate? High costs for the bottle design & packaging? Who knows. You're certainly not paying for a high alcohol content, since this beer doesnt have one (5.6%). Stick with Samuel Adams double bock if you want a full-flavored, high alcohol content, yet affordable beer from Boston brewing co.

Photo of Aaron420
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yes I got this from the wonderful Winter Mix Pack, and poured it into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass(Yes I am that guy that insists on matching beers with there breweries pint glass) but back to the review.

A: It pours a deep rich chocolaty brown almost black, with a head that is somewhere between a white and a tan. The head disappears rather quickly leaving no lacing.

S: Guess what, yep that's right this one had a rather chocolaty smell to it with a m ix of malts and a hint of nut.

T: Nothing to over powering in the taste department some malts and chocolate, with what i can only describe as a nutty finish.

M: It has a very smooth medium body with a nice touch of carbonation.

D: All in all this was a very drinkable beer, i could easily see myself sitting down on a cool winter night and putting down 5 or 6.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

In a pint glass the beer was a very dark brown, nearly black color, with just a whisper of a head.
Very pedestrian aroma, some faint chocolate and roasted malt.
The aroma came through better in the taste. Sweet, very sweet, chocolate with a better malt presence.
This beer was way too sweet. So cloying it wasn't that much fun to drink, and certainly no more than one at a time.

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A nice dark brown, with a light brown head.

S - Chocolate. A mix between chocolate syrup and cocoa powder, but not much else.

T - Again there is a chocolate syrup flavor that is just too much. I would like it to be a bit more subtle. It is also really, really sweet. In fact, there is a hint of cherries, so it tastes a lot like cherry coca cola. No other malt flavors or hop flavors to speak of. Again, it is really syrupy sweet.

M - Medium body and light carbonation.

D - Low abv and medium body could make this really drinkable, but it is so sweet that one is enough. It is definitely a dessert beer that you sip.

Photo of warnerry
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from last 12/2010

A - Pours deep brown/black with two fingers of head.

S - Smells like chocolate and grain. Also a slight sour smell that isn't that pleasant.

T - Taste is better than the smell. This particular chocolate taste is akin to Cocoa Puffs, not dark smooth chocolate. Pretty pleasant though. Also a nice malt base.

M - Medium mouthfeel . Chocolate is rich enough to be filling.

O - Mostly enjoyed this seasonal. Pretty drinkable, though I wouldn't want more than two in a sitting.

Photo of twi1609372
5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm pretty shocked to see nobody else gave this beer a 5. I'm also surprised at some of the bad reviews. this is an exceptional beer. so what if the alcohol content is only 5.6%? and the price is $15, this inst a beer meant to be drunk every day. it's made for a special occasion. If you want raw alcohol drink 25 bud lights, you wont get anywhere near the taste but you will get a lot of alcohol.the taste is blended just right so you know it's beer but you know it's a different beer. It's a "chocolate bock" it will be somewhat sweet, get over it, it's not as if it was dark bock, you know it's sweet before you drink. The only question "is it too sweet?" and "is the beers flavor aside from the sweetness too low?" You don't want to have two distinct flavors so great that they compete with each other and i think the mixture Sam Adams came up with was good. It a beer with a coco taste. you taste both but neither totally dominates the other, although it may be a bit sweet for some tastes.

Photo of shapudding
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Well, figured I would finally break down and do my 100th Karma point, what better than chocolate and beer to do it with?

Poured a lusciously dark chocolately brown that lets no light through most of it, except when you hold it towards the light, you can see a bit of rootbeer color shining through. The thick, beautiful, light caramel/khaki head settled down to leave only a thickish covering about a quarter inch thick.

Scented heavily of molasses. Thick and sweet. Oakiness. Light scent of chocolate malts in there... but it seems to be more the sweet, heavy, molassassy smell that I get.

Thick and creamy, bit of foaming up in your mouth... Feels a bit like a melted milkshake for the body.

Tastes of chocolate malts, touch of vanilla beans, bit of oakiness in there maybe? Bit of darkened toast in the aftertaste. Slight cola flavor. The sweetness is not overwhelming, just noticable. The flavors are not as intense as I would have expected. Guess I thought there would be a blast of chocolate, this is more on the level of a chocolate fountain soda... Don't get me wrong, this is good stuff.

Drinkability, well, this is sooo not a session beer. Bit too heavy for that. I had heard that it was not a bottle to sit down by yourself with. My beerbud that gifted this to me (thanks o'blithering one!) said he sipped his for about 3 hours! But I was feeling a bit greedy, and really find this a nice one to sip by yourself and relax with. Good for a couple tulips full when relaxing at home. Would not think about having it when about to head out for playtime!

Nice presentation with the bottle, yeah, no points given for it, but it does look pretty impressive!

Photo of generallee
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Information on the label lists the ABV at 5.8% and includes a freshness date. ("Enjoy Before Month Notched" Apr.)

Appearance: It pours out of the bottle a dark reddish/brown color and appears very dark in the glass with some deep crimson highlights. Its head is tall, thick and tan in color. As I drink, it fades to a thin foamy layer with a ring of sticky foam at the edge of the glass. This makes lots of slick lacing on the glass with a few spots clinging to the glass.

Smell: It has a modest and nicely balanced aroma. I get some dark malty sweetness with hints of caramel, milk chocolate and dark cocoa powder. Also there is a hint of earthy/leafy hops in the background.

Taste/Palate: The flavor starts by matching nose with notes of caramel, creamy milk chocolate as well as darker and dryer cocoa powder that seems to add a touch of bitterness. The hops add a touch of mild bitterness them selves but only just enough to keep things from becoming too sweet. The plate is smooth and silky with soft carbonation. It's not too heavy or sticky at all and slides down easily, finishing fairly quick and nicely balanced.

Notes: This is an outstanding beer and a highlight of the 2010 winter mixed 12 pack.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a decent, creamy, light brown head that retains well. Smells of slight roastiness, semi-sweet malts, hop spice. perfect amount of chocolate in the taste...and just a touch in the aftertaste. Noble hops in the finish, slightly roasty, caramel. Velvety mouthfeel, slick finish, perfect carbonation. Good but I was expecting something totally different and better. When I had it 4 years ago, it seemed better.

Photo of Guden
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep brown with clear amber highlights and a small tan head. Not much lacing.

S- Toasty, and bready malts with raisins and definitely the chocolate. Its complex and interesting.

T- Fairly different than the nose with the chocolate really taking over in the front, the malts coming through in the middle and a light bitterness balancing at the end. Really good balance and the chocolate flavor is great.

M- Amazingly smooth and creamy with low carbonation and moderate to high body. Really spot on.

D- I would gladly purchase this again, it feels and tastes great in the mouth and really walks the line with the bock character and chocolate both balancing.

Photo of Jason
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer could easily be mistaken for a brown porter. I really did not get that traditional malt flavor that is associated with bocks nor did I get that lagered character either. The head was a bit fizzy and that told me right away that the body was going to be a tad thin which it was. The only saving grace was the chocolate in the aroma and flavor which was pleasant though seemed to be too sweet for me. A decent chocolate brew but I expected more body and a heartier character for what the bottle was going for.

Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$11.95 for this attractive bottle at the Liquor Barn in Lexington, Ky.
Appearance: Pours a clear, dark mahogany body with garnet hues when held to light. One finger tan head retains quite well and is creamy in texture, gradually falling to an nice cap. Sheet and patch lace adorn the glass.

Aroma: Milk chocolate, some roasted malt notes, and a hint of floral/herbal German type hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with a medium full body.

Taste: Aged on a bed of Scharffen Berger premium chocolate, it's no surprise that an overwhelming chocolate presence dominates the taste. To its credit, this has more character than a mere chocolate bomb. Some roasted malt bitterness, raisin and toffee notes, and Bavarian style floral hops are all in the mix, and add a pleasant complexity. Excellent work by the Sam Adams brewmasters to lend some balance to all the chocolate sweetness.

Drinkability: Very well constructed, and one of the best chocolate flavored beers I've tried. This would be an ideal pairing with a chocolate dessert, and is a nice "Special Occasion" beer, standing alone. Not at all difficult to finish the big bottle just for the heck of it, but it's a tad overpriced, in my opinion.

Photo of fdrich29
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok so no false advertising here folks, the bottle says chocolate and you get a rich, chocolatey beer.

Bottle has a pewter/silverish badge on the front simply saying Samuel Adams Chocolate Boch (a few inches below the $14.99 price tag from Gordon's Liquors in Waltham..ouch).

Once poured the head which was nearly three fingers tall disappeared quickly before my eyes. Very sweet smell coming from the glass, which eerily weaves a tale of murder in the pitch black night.

For some reason I expected each sip to taste somewhat different from the last, but as I got closer and closer to polishing off the bottle I was pleasantly surprised with the same chocolate flavor with every taste.

The drink feels smooth and silky, as if someone melted down some fine chocolate and put it in the bottle. The taste lingers in the mouth long enough to make you pick your glass right back up again for some more SA goodness.

Price tag aside, this is a very drinkable dessert beer. I was surprised at just how drinkable, as this is a bock after all, just don't tell the kid in your who thinks its a drink from Herseys.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 bottle...
Decided to break this one open as a dessert beer.
A muddy, dark brown in color with less than 1/2 a finger of off white head...thin lacing.
Decent aroma with chocolate, caramel malt, molasses.
Taste is pretty good...a nicely balanced malt to hop to chocolate balance, not one winning out over the other. I expected this one to be a lot sweeter, especially after two years, but this is not the case.
It does start to take on more of a thin port-like quality with time and will most likely pick one up to try fresh.
Mouthfeel was on the thin side and the carbonation was perfect for me...really added to its drinkability. A special occasion brew and not one I'd reach for on any given day.
Still good.

Photo of MisterDeeds
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pouring from a 750 ml bottle.

Dark pour with a bit of tawny amber showing through in the light.

Smell is very odd. Sanitary clean-like, almost medicinal.

Taste is unusual for the name. I don't taste very much chocolate, and it doesn't seem like a bock. Hmmm.

Feels very thin, almost watered down.

I have heard very good things about this brew, and am left wondering if I got a bad bottle. If this is it, it doesn't live up to it's hype.

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1 inch head, clear, high carbonation

Smell: chocolate and roasted malt

Taste: sweet milk chocolate, roasted malt, and caramel.

Mouthfeel: sweet, medium bodied, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I like milk chocolate and this certainly shines through in this beer. A tasty holiday treat, I am glad this got included in the variety pack. I could have several.

Photo of badbeer
2.33/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark brown with a creamy brown head, little lacing. Strong powdered cocoa smell, but wasn't very impressive to me. Taste tasted like chalky powdered cocoa; someone else mentioned floury and a bit buttery, I'd have to agree. Light bodied, highly carbonated, pretty much the opposite of what I think would have paired good with this. Drinkability is low as I didn't even finish my portion of my glass. Glad the bottle was shared, would have been upset to have paid all 16 bucks to pour the rest down the drain. Overall, I think this might be right up some people's alley, so don't let my dislike discourage you. Probably worth a try, but I won't be buying it again. A not so good beer from a normally solid brewery.

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Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 2,616 ratings.