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

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83
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1,114 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 1,114
Hads: 2,628
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 65
Gots: 203 | 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 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)

Photo of MUTINY
4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Long quick review. This brew never seems to get enough love in my opinion. Every aspect about it is subtle & nuanced, it pours beautiful - near-opaque with a light-caramelly head that lingers briefly. The nose is chocolate & dense maltiness with a hint of hop & booze (you really have to search for that booze). Altogether this beer smells so enticing to me. The flavors are dense but mild. Well-defined chocolate plays overtop a crisp hop hit that floats above the deeper malt notes. There is a trace of smokiness. This brew has a light, undercarbonated feel & I love it! I always look for this beer when it's around. (627 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 Jomolieri
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For anyone who likes a smooth creamy sweet beer from time to time this is a must try. It was like a chocolate beer milk shake.

I had it as 12oz bottle and gotta say it was one my favorite chocolate beers ever. I just wish it was more available. (250 characters)

Photo of ZebraCakez
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a fantastic black color with one finger of caramel colored head that hangs around for a while.

S: A little weak, a mix of chocolate and faint malt aromas.

T: Chocolate and more chocolate. There is a hint of malt in there, but everything is pretty subtle. This is basically a candy bar in a bottle.

F: Thick and creamy, as it should be.

O: If you like chocolate your going to love this one, and it is a fantastic dessert beer. If it were available in six packs, I would probably have it around a lot. (512 characters)

Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown almost black color with a nice 1 inch tan colored head that takes a little while to dissipate leaving good lacing down the goblet glass.

Smell is a little weak but I can make out some chocolate malts and the lager yeast smell.

Taste is really good. Those chocolate malts really come through as the dominant taste in this one. Once the chocolate subsides a bit, there is an onrush of sweetness that reminds me of chocolate milk. Chocolate is the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the fuller side as you would expect with velvety texture.

Overall, a really good beer. I couldn't drink 20 of them in one sitting but definitely a nice beer to wind down with in the evening during the holidays. (721 characters)

Photo of Jon_Hendricks
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Appearance: deep brown, almost black color

Overall: Has a chocolate and coffee taste. Very malty. Sweet finish/aftertaste. Okay for a change of pace beer. (159 characters)

Photo of Mit
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Pours a black reddish colour with zero clarity..mocha head that quickly dissipates.

Smells of roasted malt flavours chocolate....some hops...coffee...

Very pronounced coffee and chocolate flavours. Almost chocolate milk flavor. Very tiny hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a little thicker. Almost like a syrup. Seemed perfect for the beer.

Overall this was quite good. Im not sure i could have tons at a time...i feel that it would get too cloying. I would buy again for sure. (482 characters)

Photo of Foyle
2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pours a 2" thick cream colored head that fades at a moderate pace. Color is a dark reddish-brown through which very little light can penetrate. Lacing is light.
Aroma: fairly mild, I do detect some mild milk chocolate, a hint of hops, and some roasted malts. Mouthfeel: mouthfeel is between light and medium with a decent amount of carbonation. Finish is not very dry.
Flavor: there is no doubt about the chocolate presence in this beer. It is almost a little overwhelming to my tastebuds. I love to eat chocolate but drinking it in a beer I find myself enjoying only in rare cases. Other than the chocolate, there is some hop bitterness,but not much, in the finish and some roasted malt flavor in the middle of the taste. (736 characters)

Photo of Retroman40
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a deep brown, almost black color with a moderate head but lacing throughout.

S - A mild cocoa with some hint of malt - no hops at all.

T - Chocolate with a hint of sweetness from the malt.

M - Almost velvety smooth with a sweet finish.

O - This is "Yoo Hoo" for adults. Nothing you want to do a session with, but like a lot of Samuel Adams Specialty beers a nice change of pace. (435 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark chocolate brown, pretty much black, with a creamy mocha ring of head.

S: Malty and chocolatey nose, not much else.

T: Malt, milk chocolate, medium roast coffee and roasted malt.

M: Medium bodied and smooth enough.

O: Not really what I expected, but then again, it doesn't stray too far from what I expected. It's decent, worth a try. Recommended. (367 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep, dark brown. Tiny lace remains.
Smell: Roasted chocolate and malt.
Taste: Roasted chocolate and malt.

I love this drink. It will be missed. Thankfully I saved one last bottle (I was going to compare the 2012 and 2013, but oh well). The aging didn't negatively affect the taste at all, and it was just as delicious as I remembered. The malt is big, and the roasted smell and taste was delightful. It is nicely smooth and creamy. If offered, I'll get it again. (476 characters)

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Dark Brown color, with a thin, light brown head. The head did not last long.

Smell: Nice mix of aromas. Can detect both from the chocolate and roasted malts, which makes for a nice sweet aroma.

Taste: Nice combination of chocolate and malt flavors. The mouthfeel is smooth, but a little thin. A sweet drink due to the combination of the malts and chocolate makes this an enjoyable beer to drink, but not very complex. A very nice long aftertaste that continues to please.

This is a nice Chocolate Bock from Sam Adams. Although I would like the taste to have a little more hops to balance the sweetness of the chocolate, this is a beer I would enjoy drinking all year round. (727 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Solid, opaque black with a light tan head, quick to fade, with some lacing.

S - Definite chocolate nose, cocoa and sweet malty highlights. Suggests malted milk balls.

T - Following the nose, the front is malted milk ball as beer. The close is a bit drier, but still quite sweet.

M - Brisk. A bit heavy on the tongue, slightly slick, but still quite light.

O - A beer that actually delivers chocolate-oriented flavors without coffee or char that so frequently comes in chocolate stouts and porters. I love those, and in part this illustrates why - the bitter bite that close most stouts or porters is needed here in order to avoid fatigue. (650 characters)

Photo of scanny24
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorites. I realize this beer has been replaced with the Cherry Chocolate Bock, which I have yet to try. As far as the now unavailable Chocolate Bock, it will be missed. I had it both in bottles and on tap and the chocolate flavor was right on par. Not too overpowering, not bitter at all, just right. I looked forward to this beer every year and was disappointed to see it go, however, I will withhold judgement until I try the new variation. To be continued, I suppose... (484 characters)

Photo of yuenglingfan101
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent beer everytthing i described in the Cherry Chocolate Bock this beer deserves a 4.9 rating but i cant rate beer at 4.9 with my options on the menu but not a bad beer one of my favs especially when i could get it but now its replaced by the even better cherry chocolate bock. there is a reason why i save the chocolate beer to the end (342 characters)

Photo of dbossman
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark brown with a creamy, velvety cream-colored head--decent retention; decent lacing

S: Grainy and pretty subdued; some subtle chocolate syrup aromas but pretty simple with not a whole bunch going on beyond wet grains

T: A lot more chocolate in the flavors but more like hershey's chocolate syrup than anything; I wish the malts were richer to play off the chocolate; instead it's just a lot of chocolate syrup that almost becomes cloying

F; Medium body with some creaminess

O: It's not an awful beer but it just doesn't have a ton going on and as I said, the sweet chocolate flavoring does become just too much (619 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A deep black with a medium lasting tan head on the pour. Aroma is of sweet milk chocolate and caramel malt. Taste is of dark caramel malts, and sweet milk chocolate flavor. A medium body and slightly creamy mouth feel on the palate with light carbonation. Finishes with a sweet dark malt and chocolate flavor with light bitterness. Overall a tasty and delightful after dinner drink. (382 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock combines our carefully roasted malts with the robust flavor of premium dark nibs from Ecuador. We slowly age the brew on a bed of cocoa to impart bold flavors of rich chocolate and a smooth velvety finish. Cheers!" Brewed in the style of a Bock, although it varies a good deal from this style. Available exclusively as part of the Winter Classics Collection for several years now.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle to a snifter. Served north of 54º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a semi fizzy creamy foam head of a mocha cream tone. Retention is below average, head thickens to a shallow cream but doesn't linger long. Body color is deep dark brown with ruby highlights and high clarity. Carbonation is spritely and plentiful. Head quality is shallow for this otherwise decent looking beer. It's obviously much darker in color than the average bock. 3.25

(Smell) As a bock, it stands that this beer has a similar bready malt character but also a semi-sweet cocoa nib backbone. Lager characteristics are still noticeable, but a sweetness with a coffee and mild earthy hop contribution does make things more complex. Potency is above average- the beer shows a lot more than it hides. It's a very inviting aroma overall. 3.75

(Taste) This is much farther from a bock than it smelled, but is rather enjoyable on it's own merits. Moist chocolate brownie malts pair with a lightly toasted caramel bread and a touch of lactose sweetness. Bitterness comes from cocoa nibs and a mild earthy hop bitterness. Still notable in the background is a mild lager cleanliness, although it doesn't contribute much to the flavor of this beer, it adds some slickness to the texture and adds focus to the chocolate. It's most certainly chocolate-heavy, no doubt about that. Sweetness is not over-the-top, but might come close to cloying for a few. Very easy to drink for a dark beer. It flows very smoothly, and as it warms, the chocolate becomes even more noticeable. Perhaps sailing too far on the cocoa boat for some, but the taste is spot-on in my opinion. I personally enjoy the flavor, it really comes out in the upper 50's, and whether it's regarded as a stout, porter, or roasty bock, it holds a unique, enjoyable identity for itself. It's quite the filling beer. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is creamy and smooth with a smack of sticky milk-chocolate lactose sweetness on the finish and a mild bready chewiness. Body is heavy for a bock and medium/heavy overall. Alcohol presence is low, well overshadowed by the bread and chocolate. A very filling beer- certainly comes off as deep and heavy for a lager style but the textures are next to ideal for the flavors involved. 4

(Overall) This beer has received as much disdain as it has praise. Even for style purists, I can hardly see what the fuss is about. Make no bock about it, chocolate bock is a dessert in itself- chocolate hardly does the name justice. The balance, however is remedied by the lager strain and a moderate cocoa nib bitterness and earthy hop blend, so drinkability is still high, despite being a filling drink. This would make an excellent complementary dessert beer with something equally bold in chocolate flavor and depth. 3.75

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock
3.98/5.00

Vertical Reviews:

Winter 2011 (1 year, 6 months aged)

Head has thinned out a touch to a crispier froth, yet the same retention quality marks and colors remain. Aroma is a lot sharper and still maintains a bready chocolate malt tone for a mild sweetness, although the hop and coffee characteristics have faded and a mild tartness has set in. Flavor reveals a closer balance between chocolate and biscuity lager notes. Texture is slick and less creamy, a touch thinner and slightly drier although it still balances sweet over bitter.Some of the depth of the original beer is lost but it's far from the worst aging I've tried. Try saving one bottle at most for yourself, if you thought the fresh batch was too intensely flavored, this might be a bit more to your liking. I personally recommend a fresh batch of this beer.

Recommended age: Fresh (4,119 characters)

Photo of jmendels
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I took one sip of this and I was blown away. It's a perfect marriage of flavors - the richness of the doppelbock and and the semi-sweetness of chocolate. While some Samuel Adams offerings have a bit more novelty, this one has more substance. They show respect to the style while adding some new takes on it. (307 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 Grohnke
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown to black, with a light, short lasted, cola colored head.

Medium high chocolate, medium toasted malt, with a light caramel note. Light leafy, earthy hop.

High chocolate, medium toasted malt, medium light roast, light caramel. Medium light hop bitterness, and the leafy, earthy hop comes out faintly on the moderately dry finish. The beer finishes long, and unfortunately the aftertaste is strange and muddled, and distracting.

Medium light, oily body with medium high carbonation

Chocolate it is, however the bock characteristics fall a bit short. The mouthfeel is awkward, and the aftertaste is far from pleasing. Average on other accounts.. As with the Vixen, good idea, just missed on execution.

3.3 (729 characters)

Photo of wiscokid920
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Part of a Winter Sampler I'm finishing up before getting the Spring Thaw

As the name implies, the nose features huge chocolate sweetness. Basically tastes like carbonated chocolate milk. I do not pick up on the malt profile, but perhaps is masked by the loads of chocolate flavors. Way to sweet for my buds. Has some attempts of a spicey hoppiness to balance things out but way overpowered by the chocolate. Highly carbonated and a tad thin compared to Bock's I've had in the past. Could use more of a hoppy backbone to balance things out. Definitely a dessert brew. I nice one to try, but I wont go out of my way to seek it out again. (636 characters)

Photo of NilocRellim
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was poured out of a bottle and into a pint glass. It appeared dark brown in colour and seemed to smell more malty than chocolatey, but there was still a chocolate aroma to the nose. It tasted very malty and hoppy upfront, with a lingering chocolate cocoa after taste.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably not. (322 characters)

Photo of inglebk
2.99/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance. Almost black with a 1 finger tan head that leaves pretty quickly. Not much lacing at all.
Aroma. Chocolate, bready and sweet malts. Dark chocolate and coffee. Something a little funny I can't pick up.
Taste. Definitely chocolate. Coffee and water. Burnt oaky charred aftertaste. No hoppy bitterness that I can tell.
Mouthfeel. After the first sip it feels very thin and watery. Maybe had it too cold. Medium carbonation.
Overall. Not too impressed. Watered down and smelled a little funky. Glad it wad part of a variety pack. (540 characters)

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