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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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2,508 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,508
Reviews: 1,105
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.85%
Wants: 41
Gots: 113 | 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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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark mahogany color with a nice beige colored, 1 finger fine-bubbled head. Decent retention and lacing. Nice looking bottle as well.

I swear this smells just like cocoa krispies cereal! Dont get any hops on the nose, but nonetheless it smells really good. Nothing too overpowering.

Flavors are not at all overwhelming, quite drinkable. Roasty and toasty subtle notes complement the cocoa well. Somewhat creamy and 'milky' feeling in the mouth, but at the same time thin bodied. Would not want to follow an imperial stout or IPA with this beer as the flavors are truly subtle. Overpriced? Yes, but definitely tasty.

twiggamortis420, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of ppoitras
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle from Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge, MA. Bottle presentation is an overall plus, helped by kind of cool pewter-ish label stuck to glass, but hurt by the fact that a) my bottle doesn't have the hangtag, b) the plastic "foil" is kind of cheesy, and c) the fact that the "foil" leads one to believe the bottle may be corked, which in fact it is not. None of which affects this review, it's more style issues for those who care.

Poured in a pint glass, formed a reasonable head (very fizzy, could hear the bubbles breaking) on top of mahogany but still translucent liquid. The faded rather quickly, leaving a thin layer of foam on the surface, with minimal bits of lace abandoned on the glass as time (and beer) passed. Only the slightest of aromas of the chocolate that is hyped to be present, at least to my untrained nose. Drinking certainly shows that the chocolate is there, even if the aroma did not indicate such, with a nice malty body and a very smooth chocolate undertone that magnifies upon swallowing.

Had been saving this bottle for a special occasion, and the first review since my first child (daughter) was born seemed appropriate. The price of $14.50/btl seems to limit this one to novelty beer, and probably will not be repurchased, except for sharing with others to share the experience.

ppoitras, Feb 06, 2004
Photo of TheSarge
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks great! Lots of tan head that crowns about two fingers, along with a dark copper colored body, which has no haze

In the aroma and taste I get metallic hops, a good bill of roasty malts that equate to a slight coffee and toffee quality, and a hint of chocolate.

Nice, blunt, smooth and a little oily. This is a well balanced beer and not too chocolaty like I thought it was going to be.

TheSarge, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of Umbra
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Romantically first sampled this on tap at the brewery tour finale, and have since had it in bottle around the fine Valentine holiday.

I only was able to try a pitcher of the beer at first, fresh off the tap. It is dark and rich in color. The smell off the glass is all chocolate. It went down smooth and was easier to drink than chocolate milk.

The first flavor explosion was chocolate. There is a hint of vanilla and coffee lingering on the tongue along with...more chocolate. I think it is a perfect compliment to a Valentine’s Day gift and/or something for a chocoholic. Liquid fudge w/ alcohol goodness, why it's the best of both worlds.

Much better on tap than aged in the bottle, but I have been remiss to see it anywhere but Jamaica Plains on the tap. Appears to sell well either way. Future plans with this would surround some kind of tasty dessert.

Umbra, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep brown color, ruby and chestnut colored edges when held to some light. Thick tan head stays around and laces up strong.

Some light roasty aroma, with chocolate and also some fruity esters are noticeable. Great rich chocolate flavor, mildly roasty. Mostly a sweet flavor with little to no bitterness, and a nice semi-clean finish, that does leave me with a lingering prune flavor. Not a lot of complexity in aroma or flavor, but delightful in it's simplicity.

Nice body on this bock and a great smooth mouthfeel, reminiscent of some cask beers I've had. You know it's in your mouth, but it's soft and velvety.

ZimZamZoom, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of ChimRichels
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - deep mahogany with ruby edges with a fizzy head that dissipates quickly despite an aggressive pour.

S - Smells fairly mild. Some notes of caramel and rye bread dough. A hint of smokiness.

T - Tastes of espresso with dark chocolate. Tastes sweet and even cola like at times.

M - a little dry in the mouthfeel, but smooth and creamy

D - Very delicious and drinkable

ChimRichels, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of briman
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a clear dark brown, with about a one finger tan head that dissipated quickly.

Smells sweet, with chocolate/cocoa being dominant. As the beer warms up it tends more towards a cocoa smell or maybe a darker type chocolate, almost like opening a can of hot cocoa mix.

Taste is what you'd expect, sweet, malty with chocolate/cocoa dominating.

Medium bodied, very smooth, didn't really get a good feel for the carbonation, probably because I was too busy noticing the chocolate.

Pretty much a dessert beer, very drinkable, but maybe no more than one in a single sitting for me.

briman, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of WinthrHOPHEAD89
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (a part of the winter mix pack) into an irish style pint glass.

A - This beer pours pitch black in appearance, but is actually a very dark ruby red when held up to the light. This beer generates a very cratery and marshmallowy 4 finger head. This beer appears to have no carbonation, and leaves some very nice lacing on the glass.

S - The smell of this beer is surprisingly more malty than chocolatly. Not overbearing, but not bad. Not really much else to say.

T - The taste of this beer is not very strong, but fairly rich and balanced in flavor; with the chocolate and malts going hand in hand. The chocolate flavor here isn't as bitter as some chocolate stouts can be, but still very rich and milky tasting. The alcohol is not noticable at all in the taste.

M - The mouthfeel is very velvety. Which is pretty traditional of most of bocks, especialy the way Sam Adams does them. This beer is medium-full bodied, but not too syrupy. This bock goes down very very smooth.

D - The drinkability of this bock isnt as intense as some of the other bocks Sam Adams has to offer, like the Double, or even some of the Imperials they have, but still fairly low. This is not the kind of beer one should just slug back. This is one that can be enjoyed with a nice dessert, or by itself. But 2 of these should be enough to not feel overwhelmed.

O - Overall this is a pretty solid release from Sam Adams, but at the same time not something to go absolutely crazy over either. Its just a shame this is not released in 6 packs. I would certainly consider buying a 6er of this if they had it. Would def recommend. Solid 1 thumb up.

WinthrHOPHEAD89, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled this beer while on a tour of the brewery. At the time it was unreleased, and it may not have been the final recipe. I thought that it pleasantly blended the chocolate notes into a reasonably complex bock. While I am no expert on the style, I found the beer to be enjoyable from nose to finish and easily my favorite of the tasting.

AllThingsNinja, Feb 05, 2004
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark brown color with only a small amount of light making its way through. there is a thin off white head that quickly fades.

the beer has a sweet, chocolatey, malty aroma with no bitterness from hop or grain, its a little boring

the name of the beer is delivered through the taste it is a very sweet chocolatey beer with a pretty clan finish

the beer has a medium mouthfeel due to sweetness and is very drinkable

rowingbrewer, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of beckje01
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black color with no activity and a light whitish head.

S- Light chocolate nose.

T- Super malty then a dry chocolate malt flavor, interesting. The taste ends with a nice dry chocolate it's very good overall.

M- A touch thin but ok.

D- Very drinkable and enjoyable.

beckje01, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of quasimoto
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black with hints of red, and a one inch head of off-white foam. Threre is very little lace.

S - Sweet malts, smoke, and something that reminds me of cherry pie. Very intersting aromas.

T - Sweet malts with bakgrounds o dark chocolates. Its almost like a port wine. A complete dessert beer.

M - Smooth, creamy, no bitterness. Very easy to drink.

D - Its a nice fine quality dessert beer.

quasimoto, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of ThaBobfather
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a creamy nearly black color with ample medium bodied tan head.
Smells strongly of roasted malts, with some toasted chocolate, and maybe some coffee bean.
Taste is a well blended mix between milky chocolate and bitter, roasted chocolate. The malts really keep the flavor balanced.
Finish is crisp and our malty flavor stays as a great after-taste.
Pretty drinkable with it's body, the chocolate makes it smooth.

ThaBobfather, May 30, 2009
Photo of fountainofyouth
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of Sam Adams's winter variety pack. Bottled poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: One-finger off-white head. Color is deep brown, darker than most bocks. There's a good deal of ruby red and amber when held up to light or around the edges of the glass. Leaves minimal lacing, but sugary residue is left on the glass for a few seconds before it slides back into the body of the beer.

Smell: Mostly very sweet aromas, of dark fruit and caramel. There's a darker, roastier background that doesn't quite fit with the fruit but doesn't destroy the smell either.

Taste: Very chocolatey, indeed -- but not bitter cocoa like a stout. It's more of a soft hazelnut-chocolate, more suitable for a bock. Behind the chocolate is a sweetish mix of figs and caramel malt. No discernible hops.

Mouthfeel: Sugary and smooth, with a medium body. Very little dryness, leaving a pleasant mouth coating. Some soft, ticklish carbonation and no trace of alcohol.

Overall: A good brew, part of a great winter variety pack. Would drink again.

fountainofyouth, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of degerbah
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think that this is a perfect addition to the Sam Adams winter mix pack. Pours a very dark brown with little head. There is slight lacing around the top of my glass. The aroma is vaguely choclatey kind of similar to a cold cup of cocoa. The taste is choclatey and pretty much better than a young's in my opinion. More of a novelty taste, still a great beer to talk about over a christmas family gathering.

degerbah, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of gunnerman
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at the Total Wine in Boca Raton, FL. Poured a dark black with minimal head and no lace. For this being a chocolate beer I was expecting it to be motor oil black, but I was very surprised it was quite clear. The smell was a nice roasted blend of cocoa, dark chocolate and a bit of carmel sweetness. Taste was just like the smell heavy on the chocolate and cocoa flavoring, nice afertaste of roasted chocolate. Overall for the price I was expecting a bit more, the look of the bottle and also expensive chocolate probably drove the price up. I wish the alcohol would of been a bit higher as well for it being a special release.

gunnerman, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of Hefe
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on 2/21/04

Appearance: Dark brown with red/gold highlights and a lasting tan head that eventually dissapated to a thick and sticky lacing.

Smell: Malty and sweet with a mocha over tone.

Taste: Caramel, with a little plum and raisin. Mocha and roasted malt are also present. A touch of hops balances everything nicely on the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally creamy and smooth with very fine carbonation. Bravo!

Drinkability: As an after dinner treat, perfect.

One Caveat, the $15 price tag seemed a bit much, fancy bottle non-withstanding.

Hefe, Feb 22, 2004
Photo of kmo1030
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ruby mohagany colored with a light brown thick creamy head that shrinks to a thin film quickly. delicate chocolate smell with nuttiness, breadiness, and herbal hops; pleasantly this is not the chocolate bomb i was expecting. the taste further puts this expectation down, as the chocolate is very delicate here too. there is a butteriness as well as nutty flavors. there is a subtle bittersweet almost berry flavor in there as well as a little hops to round things out. excellent smooth chocolate flavor. this turned out to be a lot better than i was expecting. it has a surprisingly light body for all the flavor which lends to a good drinkability. a really good beer, but goddamn the price tag.

kmo1030, Apr 20, 2004
Photo of pilotgod
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark, almost pitch black. The head is typical for the Bock style with a little less than one finger of a tan color. Lacing is minimal with only a few bubbles able to really cling on.

S: The smell is fantastic, lots of cocoa comes through with notes of bittersweet chocolate, like a fine Ghiradelli or Godiva chocolate. A roasted, malty fragrance is also present and combines with the chocolate to give a nose not unlike hot cocoa.

T: The taste is good with the malted chocolate coming through in waves. It isn't quite as pronounced as the smell leads on, but is still very good. Some other notes are present as well, such as vanilla and a cream that combine to make this a pretty sweet beer, but not overly done.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. The carbonation is a bit more pronounced than in other Bock styles, but is not so much as to be "overdone".

D: When I can find it, I love to grab a few of these beers and save them for those gray, drab days of winter. This is like comfort food in a glass.

pilotgod, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of trkerrigan
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been waiting quite some time to find this brew in a bottle. I first tasted it at the Sam Adams Oktoberfest in Boston, and was blown away! At time I was pretty confidant that this was what Willy Wonkas Chocolate River was made of.

I am unsure if maybe the brew from the festival was just better, or maybe all that consumption affected my memory, but I am somewhat disappointed by the bottled Chocolate Bock. Although the actual bottle is very nice.

Appearance is everything expected. Basic dark brown little to no head.

I didn't get much out of the aroma, small chocolate notes, maybe toffee. I expected to just be blown away by the chocolate aroma, but wasn't.

Taste is still very pleasing. Chocolate, toffee, vanilla. But the overwhelming barrage of expensive Felchin Swiss coco flavor isn't there, and the intense sweetness that I would associate with a bock was missing. Just nice subtle hints of the key ingredient. Again nothing mind blowing.

I remember the flavor of the Swiss coco sticking to my tongue. But mouthfeel was light for a bock. Highly carbonated.

The Sam Adams Chocolate Bock is a nice flavorful brew that goes down easy. ABV is pretty low (5.5%). So this is a very drinkable brew. But at $15 a pop you'll be dipping into savings if you want more than a few of these. That and they aren't that easy to find. The liquor store I went to only had a case.

I would still recommend at least giving this brew a shot. It is tasty.


I found this on tap. The flavor is much more intense. At $6 a class I would recommend over the bottle.

trkerrigan, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of ZeroSignal
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from the new winter mix pack

A - Pours dark brown, when held up to the light has a dark red hue; bubbly light brown head; about two inches with decent retention and minimal lacing.

S - Has more bitterness in the nose then I would have thought, with a good hit of roasted malt and a heavy cocoa note

T&M - Medium bodied with a tingling carbonation. Cocoa resonates at the front and back of the palate. An herbal and somewhat grassy hop note helps to balance and cleanse the roasted malts. Finishes with a malty hit that lingers.

D - A highly drinkable bock, which I was expecting to be way too heavy on the cocoa and was pleasantly surprised by the balance and depth of flavor. All this with a relatively light ABV make for easy drinking...I wish there were more then 2 in the mix pack.

ZeroSignal, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of Star80
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark brown with a rich tan head. Some lacing around the glass. Smell is dark bittersweet chocolate, some sweet malts and mild smoke. The taste of the beer is not overly sweet, has a depth of chocolate flavor and some tobacco leaf and mild bitter hop. Not too much going on with the hops but enough to balance the sweetness of the malt. I am no stranger to chocolate beer, in fact, Rogue Chocolate Stout is one of my favorite brews. This beer is somewhat similar but more malty than bittersweet or hoppy like that brew. Not nearly as much depth of flavor, but to be fair I am comparing a Bock (in the lager family) to a full blown ale stout. Also, there is no residual chocolate floating around in this filtered beer which is a mild disappointment in the mouthfeel department (yes, I want to drink my dessert in the form of beer). But should I expect that, from a company that filters all of their beers? Overall this is one drinkable bock and I am glad that the sampler pack included it this year. A well put together beer...

Star80, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of Agold
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was really happy about getting this in the Sam Adams winter pack. It is really dark, with some light coming through the edges. The head recedes to a slight coating, and this remains throughout the beer. The beer has a coco smell, with a bit of sweetness. The taste is really nice. It is coco and for some reason it reminds me really strongly of old sheet music, which i really really like. It is a bit sweet, but not cloyingly so. The mouthfeel is medium, with some lively, smooth, and fine carbonation. Extremely drinkable beer. This is one of the few beers which i would love to have a whole keg of, and would think nothing of drinking very often.

Agold, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of cvfish
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - This beer poured a rich brown color that produced a light tan head that had good retention and laced the glass nicely

S - From the nose on this beer I got malts, hot coco, caramel, and vanilla

T - The taste of this beer was nicely done, a rich malty taste that mixes well with the coco notes, and the vanilla and caramel finishes the palate off nicely

M - The mouthfeel on this beer had a light to moderate body that produced a moderate amount of carbonation

D - I know, this beer is very pricey, but the taste was great, but for a Bock, it felt a little light on the tongue and the price does hurt the drinkablilty, but I think this beer is still worth a try

cvfish, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New review of a fresh example. Thanks again, Robb, for looking out for me.

Appearance: The beer poured a really deep dark garnet color that I thought was hazy at first, but it was later evident that it was because of a bunch of bubbles rising. The head fell within a minute or so, but stayed a persistent layer across the top of the beer for some time.

Aroma: The aroma is dominated by the chocolate. It has a bit of sweet caramel malt there to give it some extra girth. There is a slight fruity thing going on to give it an aroma that is more like a piece of chocolate candy.

Taste: The flavor is also dominated by chocolate and it gives it a dry edge at the beginning of the profile. There is quite a bit of body to this beer and the chocolate gives it more of a silky edge in the finish. The finish also has a bit of a fruity edge to it as well as some bitterness that I believe is from the dark malts.

Opinion: Even though this beer is really drinkable, I almost wish that it would have a bit more body in the finish. The chocolate is a bit too strong for the supporting flavors that it gets. Still this is a nice beer to drink if it was more reasonably priced. Nice bottle, but it is a bit over presented for the beer that it actually is.

SkeeterHawk, Jul 25, 2006
Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,508 ratings.