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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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2,426 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,426
Reviews: 1,105
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 17.08%
Wants: 32
Gots: 83 | 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 Bighuge


3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This clear deep garnet colored beer throws out a nice bubbly head of light brown color with a yellowish tint. The retention is not good and soon there is just a bubbly brown collar left. Aroma is of fine chocolate, slight roasted tones and bready malts. Chocolate is the first thing that strikes my palate. A fine, bittersweet dry cocoa powder like chocolate taste. The bready malts form a foundation under the chocolate tones. Hops add some bitterness, but this beer has more chocolate properties than it does bock properties. A little disappointing, but somewhat tasty nonetheless. I just wish it tasted a little more like bock and a little less like a chocolate candy. The mouthfeel is nice a silky smooth. The body is about medium. The slightly cloying properties render the drinkability of this beer average.

I bought this bottle to enjoy with my wife on Valentine's day, then I got home and remembered that she doesn't like beer. Whoops. An honest but calculated mistake on my part.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2004 05:48:20 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of the Holiday variety pack. Enjoy before May 2011.

A: Poured a dark chocolate Hershey bar color, with carbonation that I could still see when I peered into the glass. The 2-3 finger light tan head dissipated within seconds.

S: It's almost as if cocoa was dumped into one of Sam's regular line-up beers, such as Boston Lager. A very faint candy sugar scent could still be detected upon closer inspection.

T: Well, this was definitely the most chocolatey beer I've had in a LONG time. The Rogue Chocolate Stout and Souther Tier Chokolat may have a run for its money now in terms of chocolate content, but not in terms of taste. SA did a nice job tempering the sweetness.

M: Medium bodied, with a very creamy mouthfeel in general. No real compaints here.

D: This is a true dessert beer through and through. If that's your thing, then cheers to you!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 19:48:20 | More by Chaney
Photo of arizcards


3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up two 750 ml bottles from my local supermarket for $3.00 each last September. Looks like I scored a coup if this is still good. I had one Christmas 2005 and it was pretty decent. I have been a little reluctant to crack the 2nd one since the freshness expiriation was March 2005. Here we go...
The beer poured opaque black with a good long lasting tan head. Nose was initially strong of cocoa but is now a hint of sweet chocolate and the malts. Taste is pretty much in your face cocoa malts with a slight hop finish. Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth and creamy when swirled. Drinkability is pretty good. This is definitely for chocolate lovers but personally it would be better if the cocoa was given a bit of a reduced role in the recipe. I am surprised the beer has held up and it is enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 22:10:04 | More by arizcards
Photo of jcartamdg


3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a one finger head that disapates quickly into nothing. Aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. Taste follows the nose but with chocolate as the star a bit sweet but not crazy. This is tasty, a good dessert beer but not a more than one beer

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 05:34:52 | More by jcartamdg
Photo of jman892


3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours dark, cola like brown. Fizzy one finger tan head. Not a awhile lot of lacing.

S - Very mild in the nose. Perhaps a bit of roasted malts.

T - Sweet chocolate right up front, In the middle, and on the back end. There is a bit of a metallic taste mixed in, but overall, pretty straightforward chocolate, as advertised.

M - a bit thin on the mouthfeel side. Very highly carbonated

O - I enjoyed this, not especially complex, but is tasty, and a nice find in the winter mix pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 21:35:44 | More by jman892
Photo of phichifiji00


3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown almost black with a red hue. Pours 1 inch of tan head that fades fairly quickly. Moderate lacing.

Smell: roasted malt, chocolate malt, coffee.

Taste: chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: medium-full bodied. Minimal carbonation. Smooth.

Overall: drinkability is high. Not very complex. Good chocolate flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 23:37:35 | More by phichifiji00
Photo of boilermakerbrew


3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours almost like a stout. Not quite black, but a very deep brown with a frothy, creamy brown head. It's about two fingers and sticks around awhile with ok lacing.

S- Dark chocolate roasts off the bat. Some underlying spices, maybe cinnamon. Other darker, deep malts almost in there.

T- Starts off bock-y, then comes with the chocolate. Traditional malty flavor followed by a semi-sweet chocolate flavor. Not very complex, but fairly satisfying overall flavor combination with the malts and chocolate.

M- Fairly light and very carbonated. Very smooth, but carbonation gives an odd feel on the palate.

Overall, I like this beer, but not enough to get it outside of the "Winter Classics" pack. Fits well with the season, and I can't imagine drinking this outside of winter.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 02:35:58 | More by boilermakerbrew
Photo of aristeros


3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of the 2010 Sam Adams holiday mixed case. Poured into an imperial pint glass. Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights, three fingers of light brown head and moderate lacing. Smells strongly of sweet chocolate.

Very chocolate-milk up front, complimented by a creamy texture and light carbonation, fading to light creamed coffee. Doesn't taste like a bock at all; more like a Young's Double Chocolate Stout or a porter. I'd have been okay with this if they called it 'hot chocolate stout' or something.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are good, and the beer is interesting, just not one I would session with.

Weaker than the "holiday porter" offering in the same case.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 03:15:32 | More by aristeros


3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown coffee in color. Light passes through revealing a clear amber brown within. Thin off-white head and thin bubbly lacing that dissipated quickly.

S: Smokey roasted malt and sweet chocolaty coffee aromas.

T: Sweet, chocolately, and malty. A bit acidic and alcohol tasting on the way down. The smokey coffee flavor lingers on the tongue.

MF: A lighter body and sweeter than expected, a bit too sweet in my opinion. Good bitter chocolate and smokey malt aftertaste.

D: Decent smokey chocolate brew. A bit on the sweet side, but a worthwhile drink for the winter. A bit more bittering hop here would've done this one well. Had this one after shoveling the driveway. Was a nice, refreshing alternative to a hot cocoa.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 02:03:39 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, best before April 2009. Served in a mug, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch frothy tan head. Head retention is good, but not much lacing. It smells like chocolate, roasted malt, and some vanilla and earthy hops. I don't notice any hops in the taste however. I can taste chocolate, chalky cocoa powder, caramel and some vanilla. There's also a coffee taste in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's thin but creamy and has good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's very smooth and easy to drink. I think this is a decent enough beer, but it certainly isn't worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 00:47:41 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Super dark chestnut hue under a small, loosely creamy head. Aromas of toffee, caramel, and toasted malts with a fine dusting of dark cocoa sweetness that increases as it warms. Significantly more chocolate in the flavor...caramel, vanilla bean, and some nuttiness. Silky smooth medium body. Not bad...I think after one, I'd be ready to move on before it gets too cloying..but, not bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 23:43:36 | More by wedge
Photo of Wreckoncile


3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12-oz bottle into nonic.

A - Pours a deep opaque brown that borders on black. Very thin cream colored head that dissolves fairly quick and leaves no lacing.

S - Chocolate and coffee dominate the nose, but in a creamy sort of way, almost like a chocolate coffee creamer. Sweet initially, but fades a bit and gives off more of a raw cocoa bitterness towards the end of the sniff.

T - Immediately milk chocolate to start off the taste, with an almost dark fruity quality that comes through as after swallowing (plum-like) which fades away to leave a sweet bready malt aftertaste.

M - Feels more carbonated than it is at the start of the sip, and then smooths out to an almost stout-like smoothness in texture towards the end.

O - If you're a fan of milk chocolate, this is a very enjoyable beer. A bit too chocolatey in spots, to the point where it seems over the top. But a good seasonal Xmas time beer as it fits in with the holidays.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 04:57:30 | More by Wreckoncile
Photo of jdflyer06


3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up in the holiday sampler and poured into a 12 oz. snifter.

A: Dark brown, almost black with no head at all. Some faint carbonation makes its way to the top.

S: Some chocolate and the smell of imitation vanilla come through. Locorice and cream soda dominate. No detectable hop presence.

M: Somewhat creamy but thins out quickly. A bit high on the carbonation and a dry, clean finish.

T: Office coffee with french vanilla comes to mind foremost. Roasty with a mild chocolate flavor. Dry hoppiness makes it through but tastes less rich than I'd hoped.

O: I think it misses its mark in that the chocolate is somewhat absent and I was expecting a richer, more velvety mouthfeel. It's still not bad, but not what I was expecting. On the plus side, you could probably drink quite a few of these in a session and this would still pair well with desserts that incorporate chocolate or berries.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 04:27:20 | More by jdflyer06
Photo of aracauna


3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a very dark, almost black, ruby with a dense khaki head. The aroma is heavy with cocoa and a touch of dark chocolate. There’s a sticky sweetness in the flavor, but it refrains from becoming cloying. The body is slightly sticky. It’s rich and dessert like, but seems to be a little lacking in complexity.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2005 02:04:40 | More by aracauna
Photo of marcpal

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml big bottle split with wife and poured into chalice.
Bottle graphics: 4/10. Eh.

A: Shocker- dark chocolate brown. Clumpy, mountainous creamy head like hot cocoa. Tempts me to throw some marshmallows into this.

S: Semisweet chocolate, nutty and sweet. Smells of a Nestle Crunch bar after the first bite was taken. I get the hint of an octoberfest caramel as well.

T: Bittersweet/semisweet chocolate. Long way from milk chocolate. With such an abundance of chocolate, I do have a tough time tracking down the bock specs, more toffee brittle. Extremely bready making it unique. I don't say it often but this one needs to have the abv amped up to carry the needed flavors.

I guess the malts and types make it a bock but the vanilla taste seems counterintuitive. The vanilla aftertaste though is my favorite part of this drink.

M: Somewhat carbonated, thinner body than I anticipated. Not overly rich nor does it need to be. Light for a bottle presenting itself like this.

D: Got it as a gift but the price on this is a bit tough. I sure am glad I got to try it out. The shining points are the quality pure flavors, not fake which do make it worth a couple extra bucks.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 22:37:36 | More by marcpal
Photo of sirdrinkwell


3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep brown amber with slight auburn hues when held to the light; ultra thin ring of head with even slighter lacing that quickly dissipates...

S: mildly roasted malt and caramel character and super slight dry notes of chocolate

T: super mild peppery bitterness up front with an equally mild malty middle, followed at last by a subtle bit of chocolate on the finish

M: dry and crisp, thin bodied.

D: this is a very accessible and subtle bitter. Underwhelming but still pleasant. Of course, since the day Boston Beer company makes a true dud beer is the day non-Yankees fans become relevant. :)


Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 21:47:19 | More by sirdrinkwell
Photo of cpetrone84


3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a creamy but bubbly looking caramel colored head with a deep brown virtually black body.

S-the nose is decent but has aspects that lead me to believe it will be slightly thin and watery. the chocolate aroma is right up front, hints of cake and a touch of marshmellow. light note of lager yeast and a touch of grain in the back.

T-fuller than anticipated and more malt characteristics than the nose. roasted chocolate malts are there, buttery milk chocolate, marshmellow, vanilla, notes of toasted grains and some light hay like hops in the finish.

M-the body is a little thin especially falling off in the back. the carbonation is there and the feel is smooth and creamy. the finish is crisp and clean, very wet.

D-easy drinking beer with big flavors. the finish in all aspects, nose, taste, and body seems to fall thin and is somewhat watery. the flavors are still vibrant and the flavor and nose up front. the malt characteristics are rather light as the sweetness seems a little strong. still, easy to drink and reasonably tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 04:59:31 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of eballard


3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a medium creamy head. A rich chocolaty malt smell. A strong chocolaty flavor that is sweet and clean. The beer has a smooth creamy feel with a nice finish. This is a strong beer and was not meant to be drunk fast. I would recommend trying it if you can find a bottle. Have it on a relaxed afternoon and drink it slow.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 19:10:37 | More by eballard
Photo of Tballz420


3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Whoops, poured it like a madman, so theres a massive tan head on top of this black bodied beer. Considerable amber light hues, enough that its probably really as dark of a brown as you can get before it turns black on the spectrum. Lagered malt scent, nothing too impressive. Taste is a lagered malt one, mainly chocolate but id say theres more than one malt in there, some caramel influence. Just a light hop influence. Fairly full bodied, somewhat sharp but pretty smooth overall. Certainly nothing wrong with this brew, not a bad bock.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 03:01:05 | More by Tballz420
Photo of therica


3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= very dark walnut, modest tan head fading quickly, some lacing throughout consumption.

S= caramel. Then some dark hops and sweet chocolate. Then more dominating caramel. As it warms it becomes a bit more complex. At first I rated this 3.5 but raised it to 4.0 as it warmed.

T= chocolate and Boston Lager; slightly cloying and sweet, coffee, chocolate, slightly too much carbonation for my preferences. Letting it warm a little only brought out more sweetness on the tongue.

M= overdosed with carbonation causing a slight burning on my tongue; caramel, sweet chocolate.

O= nice but... Overall, too sweet, too much carbonation and too much Boston Lager traits making it taste nearly like a macro-offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 03:21:51 | More by therica
Photo of JChristopher


3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Looks like a porter, hard to generate any head whatsoever... It's quite fizzy, semblance of a root beer more than anything.

S- Smells like a malty Hershey's bar. It's very pleasant, yet slightly faint.

T- I like the taste, quite a bit, I just wish there was more of it. I'm not so sure if this is true to the style of a Bock per se, but that doesn't detract from the fact that it is pretty tasty. It's very drinkable.

M- It's a bit watery to the tongue. Hearing "chocolate," one is bound to think of a thicker, milkier mouthfeel. I'm not getting very much. It's thin, but not intolerable by any means.

O-I find this to be a very pleasant, seasonal beer. It came in the Sam Adams Winter Seasonal 12-pack and it is one of two in the whole batch. I find this to be appropriate. I wouldn't even mind a third, but I'm not crazy enough to have a fourth. What Sam Adams has with this beer is good; they just need give it a little boost all around. More malts, richer maybe even smokier chocolate would be great, but above all, I'm missing out on that thick mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 05:52:31 | More by JChristopher
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a light tan bubbly head that turns to ring at the end of the pint. No lace.

Light coffee and hershey syrup scents. Very sweet, no malt aromas.

Sweet hershey syrup balanced with lightly bitter coffee. As the palate clears, you get this long lingering nutty flavor. No booze, not too sweet. This is what chocolate beer should taste like. Only drawback is the lack of malt.

Mushy and flaccid, needing some serious zip to it. Fuller bodied.

I really like this as a chocolate beer, particularly as a sipper. It is missing some elements, but it is very drinkable. As the pint progresses and warms, it is less desirable.

I still like this.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 00:13:36 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap served in a pint glass

Appearance – Poured a nearly pure black that let little to no light through when held up. There was a slightly off white head that was present upon serving which gave way rather quickly leaving almost no lacing.

Smell – Chocolate is heavy on the nose mixed with a slight bit of roasty coffee aroma. Some vanilla works it way in toward the end rounding out the aroma quite nicely.

Taste – Quite a bit of roasted maltiness starts the taste profile. Sweet chocolate then shows up and takes over the show though. The light vanilla that is present at the end of the smell is also present throughout the taste; its subtle but it ties together the transitions between the roasty maltiness and sweet chocolate quite well.

Mouthfeel – Fairly creamy with a moderate level of carbonation. It is very fitting for the style, but nothing all that exceptional.

Overall – When you are in the mode for something with a nice smooth sweet chocolate taste this one delivers quite well.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2012 00:41:53 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of thegodfather1076


3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Very mediocre presentation. Label is nice but nothing special and not eye-catching at all. Neck ring gives a small description of the beer.

Appearance: Pour out of a 12oz bottle into a 14oz Pokal glass. Pours out a deep dark brown with a 2 finger khaki tan foam head of medium density. Head retention is a very nice 5min 24sec before fading to a thin foam coating and ring.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of dark chocolate with a slightly nutty scent. Lightly roasted malt scents are detectable along with sweet caramel.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes again of dark chocolate with a toasted malt background. Not very complex.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Light bodied, thin, and watery with minimal carbonation. Average taste and not filling at all. Couldn't drink more than one of these. There is just nothing that would make me want to consume this again.

Overall/Comments: Very let down by this beer. This is an original concept and could have been a very good beer but everything about it screams AVERAGE. Consumed 12-2-12. Classified as a Bock at 5.8% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 09:53:40 | More by thegodfather1076
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3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought one of those mixed 12 packs last year and somehow I didn't get sround to drinking half of it. Strange, since this was the one I was most looking forward to. Best by June 2011.

Pours black with a soft drink head that not surprisingly is gone after about a minute.

There is a good deal of roast in the nose followed by licorice. The chocolate only comes out as it nears room temperature.

This tastes pretty good. The roast is immediately present followed by licorice and vanilla. Sugar candy in the finish with cream and a kiss of chocolate.

Overall, pretty good. Not what was intended as there should probably be more chocolate, but still pretty good for what it has become.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 03:54:57 | More by RomaniIteDomum
Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 2,426 ratings.