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

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Reviews: 1,114
Hads: 2,627
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 65
Gots: 202 | 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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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 1 pint 9.4 oz bottle into 19oz pilsner

Appearance: Pours black with some brown showing through the light on the edges. Thick tan head leaving behind a decent lace.

Smell: Very malty and sweet. Coffee and chocolate- smells a lot like a doppelbock.

Taste: Roasted malts with a good chocolate flavor and a slight coffee finish. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body and very smooth. Only a slight carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good beer and I love it, but not quite worth the $14/bottle price tag. I would love to have it again, though only on a special occasion. (584 characters)

Photo of Hhawk06
4.52/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Limited release for Valentine's Day, great bottle too. Paid 15 bucks for the 25.4 oz. treasure. Used a belgian chalice for this one, it poured very black but when held up to the light, a very slight ruby red tinge appeared. It had a big tan and foamy head. The smell was great, the cocoa odor made it oh-so-tempting. Very silky mouthfeel. Doesn't seem like the run-of-the-mill chocolate bocks in that it is more a cocoa powdered backdrop than pure chocolate. It finishes softly and makes you lust for more. Really this brew is simply divine, greatly crafted and pure! I'm strongly considering another purchase before they are off the shelves. (642 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
4.52/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red-black color with one finger of head. A little bit of lacing on the glass. The smell is rich and malty, almost smells like mocha espresso. Very nice aromas. The taste is smooth and rich with lots of malty sweetness and a great chocolate flavor. Everything blends together so well. Fantastic. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and strong. The drinkability is good too. A nice chocolatey treat! (404 characters)

Photo of psugrad98
4.52/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite beer from the winter variety pack.

Pours dark brown with a light hint of redness. Sweet nose with hints of fresh chocolate, sweet malt, balanced by slight floral aroma.

Smooth and sweet with hints of dark chocolate. Lightly carbonated and slightly syruppy with mouth coating palate and slightly bitter finished.

Nicely balanced and quite drinkable, though due to the richness of it, it does better as a first beer as subsequent repeats tend to overwhelm the palate.

Very good for the chocolate lover in us all. (526 characters)

Photo of botham
4.52/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pilsener glass. pours dark chocolate brown with amber highlights and two fingers of light tan head. no lacings.

aroma is of caramel malts and chocolate malts, along with a base of roasted malts and light floral hops in the background. nicely concentrated.

taste is of caramel and roasted malts, with a lightly nutty character and a mild alcoholic note. finishes with residual chocolate and caramel.

mouthfeel is very smooth and silky on the palate with a creamy finish. excellent.

drinkability is good. this is a full flavored bock with a rich profile and solid proportioning. an excellent brew from the Boston Beer Company. cheers! (650 characters)

Photo of cro250klr
4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

While I'm not a big fan of Sam Adams brews in general, I just had to try this. There's no doubt the packaging had something to do with it, as the bottle is now a pretty cool looking flower vase. The first pour, right to the last, was nice. The creamy head lasted till the very end. Even in the smokey atmosphere of the bar the nose can pick up the roasted malts, along with the fruity, cocoa/chocholate aroma. This is one smooth beer. The light hop, roasted malt, chocolate flavor is incredible. I had to do a double take to make sure this was an Adams creation.
After downing one 750 ml I ordered up another. My wife, not a beer drinker, tried it and loved it. So we shared. Before I knew it the second bottle was gone. I decided on just one more because now a friend had arrived and, nice guy that I am, we split the last one three ways.
Tab Time. WHAT THE @%&*!!!! Twenty two dollars a bottle!! While I enjoyed the hell out of this beer, and would certainly like to have this around for the holidays, 66 bucks for three beers is a lot of jingle. After the three bottles I didn't seem all that buzzed up so I checked. At only 5.60 ABV this has to be the most expenive beer brewed anywhere. I'm glad that I can say I tried probably one of the best chocholate bocks out there. However, that is one insulting price. Someone ought to resurrect Sam Adams and show him what this stuff costs. He'd probably say, " Look at what they're charging for this beer. The hell with the tea tax. Let's dump the bock in the bay." (1,518 characters)

Photo of Jdmpolk
4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- A dark almost black center with a mahogany red sides. Little to no head with what little there is colored a grey tan.

Smell is crisp and clean, no hop aroma. Malt aroma is sweet with a hint of tartness.

Taste is sweet and malty. Very rich and roasty. Carbonation provides an effervescent brightness to the tail end. Slight bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, almost creamy. The body sticks around coating the palate similar to a roasty caramel.

Drinkability pretty effortless and easy to drink. Flavor could get repetitive after a few though. (560 characters)

Photo of SACraig
4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beer on 8/26/09, a few months after its "best by" date of April 09. I personnally thought that this beer was outstanding. Smooth, clean but flavoriful. Subtle but complex. I am only sorry that I will likely not be able to find more.

A - dark but held to light very clear. Foam was nice but min lace
S - Malts and the chocolate notes come through
T - Great. Flavoriful but not heavy. The chocolate comes through subtly but clearly. Nice.
M - Maybe its best quality. Smooth, clean finish. Only the nice flavors linger.
D - Awesome (540 characters)

Photo of edbeer
4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - dark but held to light very clear. Foam was nice but min lace
S - Malts and the chocolate notes come through
T - Great. Flavoriful but not heavy. The chocolate comes through subtly but clearly. Nice.
M - Maybe its best quality. Smooth, clean finish. Only the nice flavors linger.
D - Awesome (296 characters)

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.54/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The attractively packaged bottle says "Best Before April 2009" so I guess it's safe to assume that the beer was fresh enough. I had been storing it in my beer hutch for a few months. Then, knowing it was about time to drink, I chilled it to about 45 degrees. I served it in my Amber Bock tulip glass.

A: Huge, milk chocolate-colored head dies down to a compact layer of foam on top of the black body. There are hints of dark brown color at the edges, but otherwise, this beer doesn't allow much light through. Sadly, no lace is present.

S: A wonderful chocolate smell! I gives props for getting the chocolate aromatics to be so full and rich. Semi-sweet and bitter chocolate in the nose. Roasted gains and toasted malt hold hands with the complex cocoa aroma. It comes off as earthy and sweet. Vanilla in the background.

T: Acrid roasted grains show themselves up front. This is followed by a rich, velvet-smooth chocolate flavor towards the swallow which lasts long into the aftertaste. Sharp, bitter bite at the back of the mouth. The chocolate shows a lot of character in this beer...a lot of individuality. It is sweet, but never cloying. Definitely a dessert beer.

M: Extremely smooth. Oily mouthfeel. Full-bodied and chewy. Modest carbonation. Very reminiscent of Young's Double Chocolate Stout, but with more body.

D: Liquid chocolate dessert. Definitely drinkable. The alcohol is low, and the taste is incredible! The world-class Swiss chocolate was not wasted on this brew; the character comes through and is showcased in the aroma and taste. My issue with this beer is the whole "Bock" classification: this is not a bock. Just call it "Chocolate Stout." What is wrong with that name? Sam Adams just likes to call dark beers bocks. Like "Triple Bock". Right... (1,774 characters)

Photo of BadBadger
4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A very fine beer. This chocolate bock pours a nice dark color. A good size head forms and lasts. The smell is pleasing: sweat malt and hints of chocolate. The taste is nice: nutty and slightly chocolate. Smooth mouth feel, Certainly a beer to be worth searching out and enjoying. (279 characters)

Photo of marburg
4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow. I think this is a phenomonal beer. I'm going to completely ignore price as a factor because if I sampled this without knowing what I paid for it, I'd be floored.

Deep, doppelbock-ish lacquered dark wood colors with a large tan head that's easily ressurected at any point with a quick swirl of the glass. Served between refridgerated and cellar temp, this begins with only faint aromas -- chocolate, of course, and ginger ale. As it warms, the chocolate is unleashed. And I mean un-friggin-leashed.

Smoooth, satin sheet texture on the tongue. Absolutely easier to drink than chocolate milk. Mild nutty, grainy undertones are swallowed by the obvious dominating force here: chocolate. Chocolate malt, chocolate milk... Very little residual bitterness. Seems like more of a dry, baker's chocolate finish. Very full beer in terms of flavor and intensity -- but if taken as something to be shared, savored, and possibly/probably with dessert, it's perfect.

I can't really register any significant complaint about the beer itself. Even the bottle was cool. Given the build up, I have to say that I was perhaps even looking to find fault with this. But I can't find a whole lot; maybe it's a bit thin. And it's a bit one-dimensional -- the chocolate is exceptionally potent here -- but that's what this beer is aiming for, and it achieves it and then some. (1,363 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.56/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decided to open this up while serving dessert while some friends were over. Ruby brown in color, with a short spotty head. Aroma is a wonderful combination of chocolate, coffee, raisin, plum, and mild alcohol. The flavor is an exceptional balance of roasted malts, huge chocolate, mild coffee, and a wonderful nuttiness. Nice sweetness, but note overly so.

The mouthfeel is smooth, and the chocolate rides the tongue long. Medium / heavy in body, extremely drinkable dessert brew. Worth seeking out. (502 characters)

Photo of HimerMan
4.57/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the House of Brews 05 batch, and several 2006 bottles.

Truly a wonderful chocolate beer, not for people who don't like chocolate. Brewed and fermented over Scharffen Berger chocolates from California.

Aroma is truly of a chocolate elixir that has absolutely no alcohol taste in the or smell.

The dichotomy of drinkability for this one is that it is one of the best bottles to split with someone while it is one of the best beers to keep all for yourself.

All chocolate flavor, no carbonation - truly a wonderful chocolate bock.

Try this, definitely. Cheers! (586 characters)

Photo of nriech
4.6/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark great smelling beer. Great to sit back, relax, watch a movie and just smell, taking a few sips now and then. Rich taste, lots of chocolate. Dont gripe about the price, this one is worth the $12-14 you're gonna pay as its not an every day drinking beer. Im keeping one of these on hand for those visitors who havent tried anything but the standard american beers, definatly a convertor. Try drinking with some Guinness marbled swiss cheese, a perfect match. (466 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.6/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This hardy brew is making its first appearance ever in Iowa this year, and so in spite of its ridiculous price (15 bones for a bomber!) I figured I kinda *had* to try it. Kickass bottle, too.

Nice pour, very dark brown with big, fairly retentive offbrown head.

Smells very malty, earthy, big nodes of peat and dark malts. No chocolately malt, no bock malt. Pretty tame.

Tastes a heck of a lot better than it smells, thank god. Big, chewy chocolate malt starts things off, light and smooth, moving into a long lasting, zippy bock malt, and then ending on a bittersweet rush of dark chocolate that fades out into a light, lingering european hop. Wonderful, hugely complex.

Goes down like silk and feels great in your mouth. You know how after you drink milk your teeth feel kind of smooth, pleasantly slippery? This is like that.


I tried having a Millstream Schok Bock soon after this, and the taste difference was night and day. Millstream's is an excellent example of the style, IMHO, but SA just blows it away. (1,026 characters)

Photo of chrismg
4.63/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Not exactly black but one dark brew. The head is off white with a decent amount of lacing.

S - It certainly smells like a rich dark chocolate bar. The smell doesn't exactly hit you over the head but it's certainly a presence of chocolate and nuts.

T - This beer definitely lives up to its name! It's very chocolaty and creamy. I feel like this would go great with a simple vanilla ice cream. I'm very pleased with this one!

M - Medium/Heavy. It's creamy and goes down slow.

D - I'm in no rush to plow through six of these. It's easy to take my time drinking this one! (578 characters)

Photo of Duxx
4.64/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a couple of these at a christmas party last night. Just drinking them out of the bottle so I can't say anything about the appearance.

The taste very chocolate with just a hint of malt sweetness. There was no pronounced hoppiness. I have been looking for chocolate stout recipie for a home brew batch. If I could get this taste in my homebrew that would be awesome.

Mouthfeel was creamy with minimal carbonation that was just right for a chocolate beer.

As for drinkability, there were 2 in beer cooler and I had them both. Would of liked to have had a couple more. (571 characters)

Photo of lsrose
4.65/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer set me on a binge of chocolate stouts and other malty beers this whole winter. I went through lots of the variety packs just to get this beer, and I still have some of the my lesser favorite ones lingering around.

This is a wonderful chocolate winter beer. Hopefully, Sam Adams will continue to bring this beer to a higher profile and release it in 6/12 packs next year or even on tap. (397 characters)

Photo of acehart1
4.68/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2005 vintage, sampled on Jan. 22, 2011.

This has gone from a 22-year old out of control Snooki-like girl to Stiffler's mom. Incredibly well-balanced, dangerously smooth. This stuff mellows out a ton...Very, very nice. It said to drink the bottle by March 2005, but we didn't listen. Got damn. (293 characters)

Photo of hdofu
4.7/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as part of their seasonal pack this year... it poured cola with a dark cola color. Smell is intensely of cocoa, taste is intensely smokey cocoa with hints of a strong vanilla finish. It has a pretty thick mouth feel and very little alcohol burn.This beer really is different, but different can be a good thing, this is not a session beer, it shouldn't be one you'd go to for a beer fix its more like most chocolate beers, a desert. (440 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
4.7/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2nd to last bottle remaining from the winter 2008 release.

Poured from the 22oz. bottle into a stemmed glass.

The color is a nice dark brown to black with a light brown had with about three fingers two fingers of some really nice looking foam.

The smell is malty with some dark chocolate flavor that is pretty right up front. There is also some slight vanilla aroma.

The taste is pretty creamy, with a nice malty chocolate flavor. Is a bit like Chocolate milk with the warming feeling of alcohol to give a slight bit to the taste. Is pretty tasty even with a little age on it and is better than some chocolate stout I have had.

The feel to this beer is a pleasant medium bodied bock with a pretty light feel with some wisps of alcohol that does tend to make this beer feel heavier at times. (799 characters)

Photo of camillo13
4.7/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I had this in two different forms. The first serving (750ml 2006?) was among the best beers I've ever had. I wish the second time (2011, 12oz) was as good. The numbers I've awarded are based on the first dosage.
The mouthfeel was smooth and almost silky, the second time was in 12oz bottle form and more watery.
The chocolate was was balanced with bitterness from the dark malts and chocolate nibs inclusion. The 12oz form was less balanced and frankly less good.
Wish Sam would release the 'big bottle' version again. (518 characters)

Photo of TBCE
4.74/5  rDev +28.8%
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! (171 characters)

Photo of RonaldWilsonReagan
4.74/5  rDev +28.8%
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. (300 characters)

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 1,114 ratings.