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

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2,576 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,576
Reviews: 1,110
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 45
Gots: 140 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of Crundy
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: very dark brown with a caramel colored hue, dark tan colored head, a good deal of carbonation and sticky lacing

S: thick sweet rich chocolate and caramel or toffee, roasted malt aroma, a mild astringency, molasses as well

T: very sweet with a touch of bitterness on the finish. big toffee and chocolate sweetness with feint roasted malt bitterness. some hints of coffee and molasses

M: smooth, creamy and velvety, leaves a bittersweet aftertaste. light bodied

O: overall this was a pretty good beer but it was way too sweet for me. The flavors were pretty straight forward and this made for a highly drinkable beer. So its not my favorite but it was pretty good.

Photo of matt062286
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very dark black with a ruby red glow when held to light. One finger of wispy tan head that dissipates quickly. Minimal head retention, low lacing.

S - First thing I thought was a bavarian creme filled chocolate frosted donut. Light malt aroma and a trace of hops.

T - Overall a light flavored beer, surprising despite the darkness. A light chocolate and malty backbone. Reminds me of caffeine free diet cola. Underwhelming for a chocolate beer and/or bock.

M - Low carbonation, medium body.

Photo of TheMistler
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had thought strongly about getting a bottle of this but could not justify the price. Saw it on draft and my desire to sample this beer was sated.

It actually kinda looks like milk chocolate, a creamy brown. Dark to the point of being nearly but not completely opaque. Light certainly peaks through. It has a creamy, tan head that displays decent retention and pretty darn good lacing. Whispy cap.

Malted milk balls on the nose, with some dark fruit. Crisper than those analogies might immediately indicate.

Okay, for taste, I can comment on what I my overall impression was and what I tasted upon examination, for lack of a better term. In depth: dark fruit malt notes, and roasted characteristics that help a slight dark chocolate flavor that seems to sweeten to milk chocolate. A rather bland dusting of chocolate powder in the aftertaste. Overall: It tastes like root beer.

The beer is crisp, maybe overly carbonated. It not only tastes like root beer, it drinks like a soda as well. So drinkability is high, but not really for a good reason.

Photo of BigBarley
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a silky, deep black, that shows dark amber highlights when held up to the light. Thin, tan head sits atop. Decent retention.

S - mild cocoa scent, roasted, smokey smell, very mild charred caramel background. Nothing strong here, mild disappointment

T - Splash of sweet chocolate up front, mild biscuit malt taste right behind. I would recommend drinking this at room temperature for a more sweet, enjoyable flavor profile. Not very dark flavor, all things considered, but it tastes like what it promises... Chocolate Bock. Easy flavor to drink all day

M - Thin, easy drinking, with foamy carbonation. If you swish it in your mouth you get a foamy, flavorful effect. I'd recommend drinking that way.

O - this is an enjoyable beer, nice, sweet chocolate flavor. The problem is that there's not enough of... anything really. Not enough body, not enough smell, not quite enough flavor. It's enjoyable, but I'd like to see a stronger example of this (so I think I will).

Photo of jvillefan
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: A very dark brown with a one finger head that disappears immediately.

S: Almost non-existent. There are very subtle notes of chocolate.

T: Chocolate malt but is very one dimensional. There is a subtle taste of brown sugar in the background. There is no caramel, hops, or special yeast character present.

M: Very watery and has poor carbonation.

O: Not that good of a beer. There is a large amount of improvement to be done.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
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 aranheaney
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased as part of a 12 pack winter sampler, poured into a DFH Snifter:

A-Jet black, a bit of off white head that is quickly gone and leaves no lace

S-roast, a hint of cocoa, maybe some malt

T-different, the roast and malt are present and there is a bit of a sweet almost milk chocolate finish

M-clean, well carbonated and nicely balanced

O-ok, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it again...

Photo of beernut
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opened on xmas eve. Poured somewhat dark brown in color with a tan head that quickly faded. Little lacing is left when drinking. Aroma is cocoa, a little sweet aroma too, nothing much there. Taste is lite, a hint of cocoa is present, not real malty either. This beer isn't heavy at all, so drinking a few of these with your buddies will be no problem. Disappointed somewhat, being i am a huge fan of SA. I paid $13.49 for a bottle and for that I expected a stronger beer with a higher abv.

Photo of LeRose
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark color as expected, but still lets light pass, picking up reddish tints. Head was thin and dissipated quickly in a Sam's glass.

Aroma didn't seem anything special. Could not really pick up much of anything.

Pronounced chocolate taste and very sweet, seems a little too carbonated. Definitely too sweet for my taste. Get a hint of cherry or raspberry fruit notes - not too pronounced. No hops notes, not much of a malt flavor either.

Nice add to the holiday mix, but not a favorite. As I said to the missus..."it's OK". Wouldn't rush out to buy a bunch of it, but drinkable in the holiday mix.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Saved this one for xmas with the fam.

Large, beige snowdrift head with good retention. Dark brown liquid with ruby highlights.

Smells like ovaltine.

Very sugary. Tastes like nestle quick mixed with a little butterscotch. Smooth and frothy mouthfeel despite being a little thin. Too sugary to drink a full bottle by myself, I'm glad I had the fam to help me with this one.

Good, but not $16 good.

Photo of fatmcb1
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown with a beige head. The head dies very quickly to leave a light ring.

Smells like a malt bomb. Brown sugar, roasted malt, and loads of chocolate.

Again, tons of malt. More of a milk chocolate taste as opposed to being very dark.

This beer is very thin, far too much for the style. It is amply carbonated.

This doesn't really come across as a bock to me. It is kind of complex, but not as the style intends. Also, the mouthfeel kind of ruins it.

Photo of srandycarter
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's too fargin sweet!

A - Nice dark body with 1 inch head reduces to ring. Lots of cascading bubbles around the edge. Webby lacing.

S - Light cocoa and sweet malt. Not much to say.

T - Starts off ok, but damn, twang!! Massive saccarine (sp) sweet kicks in. Too sweet. Hey, I live ST Creme Brulee, but this is a whole other level.

M - Creamy, carbed fine, no balance.

D - You have got to be kidding me. I am having trouble getting through a glass.

Photo of lovindahops
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- black as night. A frothy head with lacing all over the sides

S- bland cocoa powder clashes with a dry, dry theme. Not impressive

T- whoa that cocoa powder... blended with sugar and some roasted malt. Very watery and sugary. Really not that impressive

M- creamy, carbonated, sugary.

D- the brew is very drinkable. The problem is the beer is not as tasty as I wanted.

Photo of corby112
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Pours a deep dark brown, pretty much black, with a thick two finger frothy light beige head that has very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Sporadic chunks of lacing left behind.

Unfortunately the aroma i pretty bland with slight malt, sweet chocolate, nut and hops.

Medium bodied with a decent balance of roasted malt and sweet chocolate notes. There is also a subtle hop presence but this beer is all about the chocolate. It dominates the flavor but it isn't one dimensional. Slightly watered down making it easy to drink but not all that interesting. Decent but way overpriced. I won't be trying this one again anytime soon.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Brown with ruby highlight at the edges. Poured a 2 finger coarse cocoa-colored head that dissipated quickly. Laced in thick rings.

S: Lots of big bready roasted malts. Chocolate, and caramel.

T: Good malty bock flavor of big roasted malts. Caramel and vanilla flavor lingered. Chocolate was not very prevalent.

M: Medim body. Carbonation a bit lackiing.

D: The flavors did not go together well really hurting the drinkability of this one.

Photo of Mitchster
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I paid $16.99 for this bitch. Holy shit..this is about as much as I'll pay for ANY beer, so this better be amazing:)

Brewed with 2-row pale, Carmale 60, Munich 10, and Chocolate malts. Hopped with Tettnanger and Spalter.

5.5% ABV, OG=1.068, 230 cal/12 oz.

Pours to a brilliantly clear deep garnet, forming a sticky light-tan head with good retention and mild lacing. Aroma is rather mild considering what I was expecting....Herbal woodsy hops, chocolate is up front, but along the lines of fake chocolate extract..syrupy in it's aroma...vanilla, sweet caramel, burnt sugar, ketotic urine, but not heavy-handed. Mouthfeel is at once watery and pillowy soft with a suprisingly delicate body. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Taste is much like aroma with a sweet milk chocolate easter bunny undercurrent.The finish, though slightly oxidized, is more chocolate with a hint of smoke, honey, and toffee. This brew leaves a sticky, thick spit in the mouth, and despite being medium-light in body, tarnishes my belly with a syrupy fullness.

This beer is really a mixed bag. Heavy-handy, pretentious, and pompous, this beer is interesting for about 3 minutes and then becomes a burden. This beer seems to be a marathon in taste-bud fatigue, and it's exceptionally difficult to finish a 750ml bottle. Since it was packaged for Valentine's Day, perhaps it was intended to be shared amongst two dysfunctional shit-faced lovers trying to get their time-share resort groove on. Certainly, this brew, while perhaps special to Sam Adams, is not at all nostalgic to my tastes. Despite my ratings, considering the price of this bee-yatch, I give this brew "the finger". 400 brews down...snap!

Photo of MrOH
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown with a single finger of tan head, very little retention. No lace.

Cocoa, some sweet malt. Has a stale coffee/vegetal quality.

Sweet malts, a slight roasted tang, and then chocolate syrup. Interesting. Cocoa crispies in coors light instead of milk, but in a good way.

On the heavier side of medium, good carbonation.

Meh, if I have to drink a couple of these to get at the Old Fezziwig and Holiday Porter, it ain't so bad.

Photo of kindestcut
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I so wanted to like this beer. It sounded good. I like beer. I like chocolate. What's not to like? Well, it's complicated.

The Sam Adams Chocolate Bock poured a deep brown with a healthy tan head. The aroma was malty with an evident sweetness...surely a road sign to the combing taste.

Here;s where things went pear-shaped for me. I love sweet beers but this one is just too sweet. Plus, how exactly is this a bock? I could sense no lager qualities. However, there was definitely a chocolaty taste, no false advertising there.

This is a mediocre beer. It's not bad, just not as good as I wanted it to be.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
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
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
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 chinchill
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

served in pint glass

pours a very dark brown with a bubble tan head. Head disappears VERY fast!; like the 'head on a soda rather than a beer.

Unlike other chocolate beers I've had, the cocoa in this one is not subtle. There are some flavor components in cocoa nibs (the chocolate source for this beer) that I am not real fond of, but I think it is just the particular mix of hops, roasted malt and cocoa that doesn't work for me. The objectionable aspects of the taste appear in the finish and aftertaste. In addition, I found this to be too sweet.

O: I like chocolate and beer, and I am a fan of Sam Adams, so this beer was a great disappointment.

Photo of Heatwave33
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Bass Pint.

Color: Coca-Cola color with a tan head.

Smell: Very faint aroma here. Roasted malts and chocolate.

Taste: Chocolate, roasted malts and a hint of coffee.

Mouthfeel: This was the best part of the beer. Good carbonation, smooth with a light dry finish.

Overall: This beer had nothing overwhelmin in it at all. Thin body, chocolate dominated but wasn't very pleasant. Almost seemed like drinking chocolate water. Cheers.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cola color with a tight, off-white head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of mostly cocoa powder, a little fruits if you search.

Tastes of mostly chocolate again. Cocoa powder leads with a decent amount of sweetness. A bit of bread and some raisins come in, but they are all very slight and I don't particularly like the cocoa notes.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, an okay beer that's best use would probably be to introduce people to craft.

Photo of caskstrength
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap.

Nice black pour with thick head.

Smells sweet, some chocolate there if you're looking for it.

Not too thick, given the name I was expecting more body, but pretty light for a "chocolate bock." Nice sweet smell, something new.

Has a unique sweetness to it, a nice "chocolate" aftertaste. Worth trying, but not something I'm going to be seeking out.

A decent beer with some unique features, but that's about it.

Photo of Rifugium
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Ron's Original Bar & Grille, Exton, PA

Poured dark coffee brown with slight ruby highlights, with a small eggshell head that receded almost completely. Cocoa and burnt coffee on the nose. Taste of semi-sweet chocolate that fades away to bitter dark chocolate and roasted-nearly-burnt coffee. I wasn't too crazy about this one. Thinner than it appeared...light-medium body, maybe even a bit fizzy. Drinkable, but perhaps not more than one serving.

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