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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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2,603 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,603
Reviews: 1,120
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.85%
Wants: 55
Gots: 173 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 2,603 | Reviews: 1,120
Reviews by micmillon18:
Photo of micmillon18
2.58/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Sam Adams has a notching system on the side of the bottle to tell when the beer is good til. This one should be solid til june of 2011. Got this out of the winter variety pack.

A - Pours a dark brown color with a head that dissipates quickly. No real lacing to be found on the glass.

S - Dark chocolate. thats all I can smell.

T - Dark and Milk chocolates throughout. However, I would argue that the chocolate flavoring is much too strong. It's almost a soda beer, like they took a lager and just poured chocolate syrup in it. The chocolate flavor doesn't balance well with the rest of the beer and unfortunately it seems we have another Sam Adams Cherry Wheat situation here. Its not a bad taste, just slightly overpowering.

M - Thin but the carbonation is in check. Syrup like in someways; thick but not in a pleasing way.

D - I'm having difficulty finishing this one due to the profound chocolate flavors. Sam Adams makes a great bock in their Winter Lager, which balances its cinnamon flavors quite well. I wish they had created that same kind of balance here. If you enjoy chocolate with your beer than this one should be a hit with you. Otherwise it just feels like a poor attempt at a holiday brew, one that is poorly balanced.

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 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.

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 mojohawk21
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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 OhioBobcat
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of npala86
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Tiernan
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of tohe9384
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of J2L
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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 markallmon
5/5  rDev +38.1%

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 jonny1138
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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 kuishinbo_tantei
3/5  rDev -17.1%

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 SD-Alefan
2.75/5  rDev -24%

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 BK2084
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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.

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