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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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1,136 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,136
Hads: 2,697
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 25.61%
Wants: 72
Gots: 237 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TinusTime on 11-20-2003

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Photo of CNoj012
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a very dark brown with a big light brown head. There is good retention and also good lacing. The smell is sweet roasted malts. Taste is the same with a huge injection of chocolate. Feel is full side of medium and slick. Overall pretty good, but in that abv range I'd much prefer a chocolate porter.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A truly surprising result. I had low expectations but this was really pretty tasty. Good looking beer, decent aroma, tasty, rich feel, overall a pretty good beer. While I am typically a fan of the bigger Sam Adams stuff their regular stuff is very much miss, miss, hit, miss, miss. This one is the 1 in 5 hit. Sam Adams gets prejudice often and this one is another example, Sam Adams hit.

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Photo of teromous
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Extremely dark brown body that appears mostly black but shows dark hues of brown in the light. Light khaki head that is creamy with a short profile and good retention. Decent lacing.

Aroma: There is a bit of a burnt caramel aroma but not really anything else. No chocolate aroma.

Taste: There is a nice light roasted flavor with a sweet caramel flavor and a touch of chocolate. It doesn't really have a strong chocolate flavor but it is there.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is a bit light and watered down but it has a nice smoothness to it.

Overall: It's a good beer and it is enjoyable and easy to drink. It doesn't have a lot of chocolate but it works well with the overall subdued flavor profile and lightness of the beer. The chocolate flavor of the beer is nice though...it just has a good taste to it. Unfortunately it feels pretty thin for a bock but if you discount that the beer is pretty good. If I'm looking for a chocolate beer I probably wouldn't buy this and if I was looking for a bock I probably wouldn't buy it either. I'm not saying it's a bad beer but it just isn't one I would buy given the alternatives. I would drink it again if I couldn't find anything else or if it was offered to me.

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Photo of lic217
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: black with red hues, tan head, nice lacing, head lingers
Aroma: big time chocolate
Taste: chocolate soda taste, but not sweet or bitter, just very chocolately
Feel: soft, thin, a little creamy
Overall: a chocolate beer, that tastes an smells of chocolate

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a dark black color with a caramel colored head. About 1 1/2 fingers of head the dissipate slowly without lacing.

S - A robust blend of aromas mixing together chocolate, nuts and roasted malts. Fairly strong scented beer though very pleasant to the nose.

T - Incredible! Loved the beer with the first sip. Dominated instantly with flavors of chocolate, dark and bittersweet - delicious. This blast of flavor is followed by a mixture of nuttiness and malts. Leaves a sweet, lingering aftertaste. Defiantly one of the best tasting beers I've had - personally.

M - Very solid, full beer. Perfect amount of carbonation and very smooth beer. Not much else - highly drinkable.

O - I've come to greatly appreciate SA's. A great brewery that I feel many overlook due to their size. This beer is certainly no exception - beautiful from the pour to the last sip. I haven't had all too many bock style beers, yet this beer makes me want more. All in all phenomenally well done SA, keep up the good work! Will definitely be drinking this one again.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
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 -0.3%
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 +4.4%
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 +1.6%
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%
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%
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 +19.1%
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 -4.1%
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 +35.1%
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 -1.9%
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 -0.3%
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 +5.4%
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 +10.6%
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 -7.1%
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 -4.1%
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 +29.2%
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 +17.4%
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 +29.2%
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 +15.8%
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 -0.3%
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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Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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