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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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2,443 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,443
Reviews: 1,105
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 17.08%
Wants: 35
Gots: 87 | 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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(Beer added by: TinusTime on 11-20-2003)
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3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before June 2004...opaque dark brown, good puffy orangish head of 1/2 an inch in a Schell German Pale tulip glass. Thick lace. Aroma is distant chocolate, pretty reserved, some sense of a Dubbel-like fruitiness. Plenty of chocolate in the flavor, unrolling and silky milk chocolate tones, almost mousse-like. Mouthfeel is lush with low carbonation. Slight astringency late, a little apple pie, but little hop to speak of. The beer is a little on the "one note" side -- pleasant and sweet, but all the laying over gourmet chocolate doesn't make this a particularly drinkable beer to me (or worth the $15). I'm sure the beer is what it was intended to be, but it took me a while to finish the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2004 15:36:33 | More by ADR
Photo of imasloth


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

A- Poured into a snifter, it comes out dark black with a two-finger almond-coloured head. Head disappears and evidence of carbonation only around edges of glass, none in middle.

S- Medium strength wet malt smell. No hops, no chocolate.

T- Sweet, malty start with a very nice cocoa flavor. Cocoa flavor lingers into aftertaste. (I'd been warned that the flavor grows old quick...) Gets a little malty over time and I think the cocoa fades. Still good.

M- For a beer so dark, it is quite light bodied. Little more to say about it ...

O- Like it. Don't love it.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 05:02:11 | More by imasloth
Photo of EgadBananas


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

A - Very dark brown, with a creamy milk chocolate looking head of about a finger. Little to no lacing.

S - Definitely some chocolate, toasted malts, slight sweetness, maybe even some fruitiness.

T - Slight bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, hints of sweetness, with a bitter finishing linger.

M - On the high end of light, a little creamy, and a tad too crisp.

D - Overall, the drink is good.

Good in the sampler, but I'd be a bit unsatisfied paying for a single big bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 02:45:46 | More by EgadBananas
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3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from bottle to snifter (although, I'm sure a regular pint glass would have sufficed to display the beer's character.) Dark brown with a hint of amber with the light's reflection. Dispelled head with almost no lace.

S - The scent improves with warmth. Much less boozy, with more chocolate and malt pushing through. Maybe a little caramel on the back end.

T - The taste matches the nose spot on. Not overly flavorful, but what's there is chocolate and maltiness.

MF - Flooded with carbonation and well-centered mass.

O - This is like a gateway beer for a diabetic. It's sugary substance and chocolate make it flavorful, but not necessarily in the "right" way. Sometimes, I feel like we experiment with flavors so much, we remove the "beer" element all together. With this brew, I feel like The BBC removed that beer element, and replaced it with a fun-size Tootsie Roll.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 09:23:43 | More by genitempo
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3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle into flute.

A: dark brown with a coffee-colored head that dissipates fairly quickly. Looks like a stout.

S: chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, dark malts, caramel, maybe?

T/M: Substantial mouthfeel with soda-like carbonation that dissipates quickly. Tastes like sweet dark chocolate with minimal bitterness. Lacks roasted malt flavors that one would find in a porter or stout. Sweetness is reminiscent of caramel. It says it's aged on cacao nibs, but the particular chocolate flavor in the beer doesn't reflect that. Cacao nibs are usually a little bitter, and there's almost no bitterness here.

Overall: Convincing as a chocolate beer. Not convincing as a bock.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 04:46:39 | More by MurphyMacManus
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3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours black with a one finger light tan head that quickly fades. Lacing is excellent

S- chocolate and I'm getting slight hints of nuttiness as well in there. Smells more like a brown ale

T- I'm getting chocolate, but it's more of a sweet, milky chocolate as opposed to the dark, bitter chocolate you usually get in most stouts. Then again, it's a bock and not a stout. Not sure if I like it...might be a little too sweet compared to what I'm used to

M- really creamy, and very, dare I say...smooth.

D- might be a little TOO much chocolate, if that's possible. I enjoyed it, but thank god it's only a seasonal

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 01:25:35 | More by bigfnjoe
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West Virginia

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

1 pint, 9.4 oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a reddish hue, frothy light brown head, and spots of lacing. Aroma is on the lighter side, sweet malts, a hint of cocoa, and a touch of vanilla. Flavor makes up for the lack of aroma. Sweet and roasted malts, a good amount of milk chocolate, vanilla, and a touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, creamy, sets sweet on the tongue. Pretty tasty beer, nice packaging, but just too damn expensive

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 01:30:57 | More by mtstatebeer
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New York

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

Pours a dark stained cherry wood that in the light looks ruby amber. There sits an inch of white head that stays for a minute atop glass with carbonation bubbles racing upwards throughout.

There are sweet roasted malts on the nose with subtle milk chocolate notes.

The initial taste is a very smooth milk chocolate with a silky mouth feel that is on the very high side of medium. The chocolate flavor is light and milky, and there are also some vanilla cream like flavors. There is a mild hop undertone that rises, and balances the rich chocolate malts. The finish is clean, with the chocolate malts dominating the extremely faint bitters imparted by the hops.

This is a nice chocolaty brew, and a great after dinner treat. I usually prefer the bitter cocoa flavors of dark chocolate, and the heavy body of stouts, over a light, and creamy, milk chocolate brew like this one. Still, a very enjoyable, flavorful chocolate bock.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 04:42:33 | More by BenjaminBlondbeard
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 2,443 ratings.