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

Samuel Adams Chocolate BockSamuel Adams Chocolate Bock

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Ratings: 2368
Reviews: 1104
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.8%

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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 maddogruss

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a pint of this from the Cloverleaf Tavern in West Caldwell, NJ.

A: Pours A dark brown body with a light tan head that was fairly thick (at least two fingers) that reduced later on but had pretty solid retention and lacing.

S: A slight chocolate smell with an additional wininess to the beer that seemed a bit off and surprising; I was expecting more of a malt smell to it.

T: A sweet, chocolate taste with a sweet, coffee and chocolate malt aftertaste. The beer itself reminded me of a chocolate Tootsie Pop.

M: A medium-bodied beer that was also velvety smooth and very nice on the palette.

D: An excellent mouthfeel and taste combination. While the beer itself was fairly sweet, it turned out to be very good. I was concerned about it possibly maintaining style, but the maltiness made itself more evident towards the end of the beer. A good drinking beer overall.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2008 19:16:30 | More by maddogruss
Photo of kleffman


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to this beer for awhile, and the bottles are rather exorbitantly priced. Luckily O'Briens got a keg.

Pours a dark brown with not a ton of head, but what is there is a creamy tan head. Slight retention.

Aroma consists of a bold chocolate, light caramel and roast. Really enjoyed the nose on this one.

Decent flavor, chocolate, bready flavors similar to some bocks but it's a rather small beer and as such is slightly lacking in "big" flavor. I would love to see this brewed up to around 8% or so. I think it would improve a lot.

Mouthfeel is light, medium carbonation, and drinkability is rather high since it's a small beer and good tasting. I definitely enjoy it, but would never spend the amount they want for a bottle now that I've tasted it. Worth a try once, but not exceptional. Worth seeking out though.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2008 08:07:54 | More by kleffman
Photo of Brianmerrilyn

New York

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My second tasting at Skibbo's on East Tremont.

A: Pours a dark black with ruby tints, swelling tan two finger head with sticky lace over my cup and a firm collar.

S: The nose was roasted malts, earthy smell, and plenty of cocoa.

T: The flavor follows the nose with crystal malts adding further texture to this thick beer. A bitter coffee finish changes up the taste and moves into a ester yeasty section. Not much in the hop category.

M: Much thinner than I would have expected from the nose and body. Chalky dry finish add to the complexity of this years batch.

D: A strong coco earthy beer. Something I'll have to try in the bottle under much better circumstances.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2008 02:21:40 | More by Brianmerrilyn
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cole's. Really pricey as a bottle (and on tap) and not worth it compared to many good and better chocolate-powered beers now available. Chocolate liquor, thinned down but still above average mouthfeel for a beer. A nice one though.A little chocolately and simple in aroma. Drop of vanilla.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2008 04:23:46 | More by Sammy
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at GingerMan in NYC...
Saw bottles of this stuff going for upwards of fifteen bucks in stores...
Deep, dark hue with a creamy, rich, tan, frothy head...
Smell wasn't as powerful as anticipated... Roasted malts in both the nose and on the tongue, cream nuances, cocoa powder, and of course, chocolate...
Creamy, rich mouthfeel....
Decent drinkability

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2008 01:28:00 | More by dsa7783
Photo of beckje01


4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2008 19:36:52 | More by beckje01
Photo of mnstorm99


3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour was a great black color, but there was litterally no head for me to review, and I watched the pour, it wasn't the bartender.
Aroma is malty, but not much nose to find in this one, slight detections of chocolate and biscuit are there.
Taste is nice, chocolate comes to the forfront with some biscuit and caramel to round it out, not much hops, but I do get a touch (small) of spice in there from them.
Mouthfeel is nioce and smooth, thick, and this is a very drinkable beer. Good, but nothing real exciting to me.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2008 14:59:33 | More by mnstorm99
Photo of caskstrength


3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap.

Nice black pour with thick head.

Smells sweet, some chocolate there if you're looking for it.

Not too thick, given the name I was expecting more body, but pretty light for a "chocolate bock." Nice sweet smell, something new.

Has a unique sweetness to it, a nice "chocolate" aftertaste. Worth trying, but not something I'm going to be seeking out.

A decent beer with some unique features, but that's about it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2008 01:25:44 | More by caskstrength
Photo of neenerzig


4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap about 2 1/2 weeks ago at The Winking Lizard tavern on Coventry RD. in Cleveland Heights. Served to me in a tulip glass. This beer is a very dark brown color with slight ruby/amber highlights when held tot he light. The head is maybe 1/4 inch when served, quickly settling to a very thin ring lining the inside of the glass. Not much lacing either. The aroma is a bit weak, sweet malt and chocolate aromas. Has a sweet, roasted caramel malt flavor with noticeable chocolate and a bit of coffee, rounded out with a slight hop presence. The chocolate lingers in the aftertaste. Has a crisp, smooth, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink. Sure is worth a try, but not something I see myself spending $13.00-$16.00 on for a bomber.


Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2008 15:59:50 | More by neenerzig
Photo of TurdFurgison


4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle cost $14.99 but looked pretty, so I made it a gift to my wife. Then I drank it with her. The beer looks dark brown to the point of black, thin lacy head. There's a lot of chocolate in the smell, not a whole lot of bock. The taste is extremely good, sweet chocolate and sweet malt, really nice as a desert beer. The body is just a little thicker than water, making it seem like a chocolate milk beer. Nice for after-dinner but not for sociable imbibement.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2008 02:21:42 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of Douglas14


3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown color with light edges and a nice head that leaves good lacing. The smell is maple syrup upfront with some lightly roasted coffee in the background. The taste is similar in that it is more maple syrup and molasses chocolate. This is a nice beer but nothing I'd go out of my way for.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2008 14:56:15 | More by Douglas14
Photo of UDbeernut

New York

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had ontap at Winkling Lizard Cleveland Heights

a: served in a sniffer, deep brown color with no head and slight lacing

s: nut, chocolate, and coffee notes

t: sweet chocolate really dominates the flavor, hint of coffee and what I think is vanilla

m&d: full bodied but fairly drinkable due to carbonation

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2008 15:49:11 | More by UDbeernut
Photo of adamette


4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Winking Lizard in Mentor about 30 minutes ago. Review from notes and from memory. Served in a clean, clear snifter.

A Thick brown head over a dark, deep purple translucent body.

S Not a strong smell at all. I struggled to note some dark chocolate smell.

T Carbonation followed by dark chocolate. Really great aftertaste of a woodsy, deep lasting dark chocolate and roasted malt flavor. This has one of the longest aftertastes in my memory.

M Full but not overwhelming by any stretch.

D Really good for a full beer like this.

Notes: I was really impressed with this. Everyone should give it a go.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2008 02:26:41 | More by adamette
Photo of kasper

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ The Gingerman in NY

Pours a few shades from black with a billowing foamy brown head that eventually settles to a ring, leaving wet lacing legs all over.

Really hard to get aroma of anything off this beer. Very disappointing. Maybe a tad of cocoa and molasses, but it's faint.

Not a lot going on here some. Nice chocolate malts. Slight cocoa taste through the sip, some german spice. Overall, sweet and milky, but very simple.

Lighter than I expected. Nice fluffy velvet feel. Airy.

There really isn't much going on in this brew. Tastes kind of like a twist on a chocolate stout. Drinkable and refreshing but noticeably straight forward.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2008 01:29:22 | More by kasper
Photo of Homebrew63

New York

3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried a few tastes during the brewery tour a few years back. It was touted as more of a desert type brew and tasted like a cake. I did not love this offering.
A: Pours very dark much like Guiness in color and body

S: Coca and very sweet in the nose.

T: I will admit that my palate is not as fine as some but it was too heavy in body and very sweet. Not very beer like in my opinion.

M: Mouth was sweet and thick like a desert.

D: If your into porters and dark beers and like coca based beers then have at it. I was not blown away.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2007 03:29:26 | More by Homebrew63
Photo of Gatch


3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at their Dec. 19th tasting. I hate to say it, but I was unimpressed. The real positive I could say is that once it warmed to about cellar temperature, the expected aromas and flavors started coming out.

This was served from a tap and was very cold, which masked a lot of the flavors and aromas. Even when they started coming out, it was a weak cocoa type flavor with the aroma being the same with a little raisin as well. The head was thick and the color was great.

This really reminded me of Michelob Amber Bock in both aroma and taste. It just seemed watered down and lacked a true body. I wouldn't go out of your way for it. I still love Samuel Adams and they have an incredible fan base. This won't shy me away at all, I'm sure they will make up for what the Chocolate Bock lacked in the next beer I try.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2006 03:34:13 | More by Gatch
Photo of Umbra


4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2006 18:26:34 | More by Umbra
Photo of HimerMan

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2006 01:56:15 | More by HimerMan
Photo of UncleFlip


4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks a lot like a very dark cola- wiht some ruby edges.

Smell is very chocolatey, with a strong malt undertone.

The taste initially is smoky and malty at the same time, but chocolate quickly takes over.

The mouthfeel seems a bit fizzy for a stout, but it's not enough to take away from this beer.

Very drinakble. I rather enjoyed this one.

Be well

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2005 01:08:47 | More by UncleFlip
Photo of PopeJonPaul


3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"Your chocolate is in my Bock!" "Your Bock is in my chocolate!" Two great tastes that go great together? Well, kind of...

Deep reddish brown with a creamy head. Looks good...
Coffee, mild sourdough and dark chocolate smells. Tastes basically like chocolate soda, a good chocolate soda but just too much. It is March 2005 after all, maybe it gets sweeter with age (I remember having this on tap before at Extreme Beer 2004 and I don't remember the chocolate flavor being this strong.) A bit of coffee in the finish, a little chewy in the mouth but this works, a chewier mouthfeel would turn this into a very expensive Hershey bar.

Pretty good beer, a fun experiment, even better at $4.50pint on tap (hell, that's cheaper than a bottle by a large margin.) Good for a pint, but too much would send me to WonkaLand.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2005 03:37:39 | More by PopeJonPaul
Photo of Truh

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unwrapped the foil and stood dumbstruck as a golden ticket was revealed with this one on 1/15/2005. 16-oz. pour (probably should have asked for a 10-oz. pour) at the Sunset.

Jackson Pollock frag of thin, barely covering head. Dark, caramel hue with just a touch of light at the point where the glass tapers. Boil, boil, toil and trouble cooked chocolate on nose with a tremulous malt underpinning. Roasted punch on mouth, with a creamy chocolate veil that embraces the flailing malt. Had a bottle a year ago, when first released, and was not impressed, yet this draught offering surprised me – more compelling than its progenitor.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2005 03:16:09 | More by Truh
Photo of bigbeerdrinka


4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at the Snakebite bar by accident (sam adams sent them the wrong kegs: lucky me!!!) Pours an opaque black color with a tiny white head about a quarter inch thick. Aromas are deeply of chocolate, cocoa, and a hint of roastiness. Initial flavors are quite chocolatey, with tones of toffee and coffee and a bit sweetness in the mix. Overall mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, almost like a giant milkshake. In the middle there are hints of caramels, roastiness, and molasses but there is absolutely no astringency present from the malts, which makes this brew quite smooth. The finish and is as sweet and chocolately as the beginning and truly reminds me of an alcoholic chocolate milkshake. As for drinkablility I feel like I could have 20 of these and just not notice, because there is no astringency and a lot of cocoa and chocolate like flavors.. A nice offering on draft!

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2005 05:41:04 | More by bigbeerdrinka
Photo of feloniousmonk


2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On tap at the Muddy Pig.
Served in it's own classy tulip-type glass, Chocolate Bock has an impressive appearance, fully, impenetrably black, with a fine, upstanding toasted tan head.
Aroma is fine as well, with hefty cocoa character wafting out of the glass.
Taste starts out good, nice chocolate, very malty, hints of fruit, but the body gives way after a while, and the finish becomes syrupy sweet, leading to an odd, medicinal tang, that stays too long on the palate, and ultimately repels. The first half of every gulp is good, but it ends badly, molasses meets Robitussin.
I was glad to find this on draft, for their was no way I would spend $15 on a 22 ounce bottle of this, fancy package or ingredients or no, especially not after the first reviews came in...a sample off the tap would be more economical. (And now that I had it, I doubt I could enjoy finishing a bottle.) I was not prepared, however, for the Muddy Pig prices. Six bucks?!? YOW!
One firmly in the "No, thanks" column for me.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2004 21:13:47 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of GClarkage


4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/21/04- On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- Served in a La Chouffe tulip glass.

Appearance- 3/4 inch creamy white head, nice deep brown-blackish color. Lacing was a bit hard to come by though.

Smell- Hints of chocolate and caramel. Not a huge chocolate smell though.

Taste- Whoa! Wasn't expecting this much chocolate after the sniff. Huge chocalate taste here. Kind of a combo between dark and milk chocolate. Maybe like cocoa but cool rather than warm. I'm liking this!

Mouthfeel- Tiny bit of carbonation is all that keeps it from a 5. Goes down super easy like a milkshake. Fairly thick as expected.

Drinkability- I could drink these all night long because of the low alcohol content. This is a winner in my book. The bottle price tag is outrageous though. $14 for a 500ml? JOKE! It's not that good. This stuff aint Cantillon or Dues. But, on tap for $3.50 for 12 ounces...you got yourself a deal every time.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2004 00:53:52 | More by GClarkage
Photo of Dogbrick


4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at Winking Lizard. More reasonably priced than the bottled version. Dark brown color with a medium thin and foamy beige head. Thin and sticky lacing. The aroma is mainly chocolate and cocoa, with a hint of malt. Medium-bodied and smooth with a semi-sweet chocolate flavor. Light hops balance the sweetness pretty well. The finish is mildly sweet chocolate with a hint of coffee. Enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2004 23:56:26 | More by Dogbrick
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82 out of 100 based on 2,368 ratings.