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

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BA SCORE
82
good

2,616 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 2,616
Reviews: 1,122
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.85%
Wants: 61
Gots: 194 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TinusTime on 11-20-2003

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Photo of Mitchster
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I paid $16.99 for this bitch. Holy shit..this is about as much as I'll pay for ANY beer, so this better be amazing:)

Brewed with 2-row pale, Carmale 60, Munich 10, and Chocolate malts. Hopped with Tettnanger and Spalter.

5.5% ABV, OG=1.068, 230 cal/12 oz.

Pours to a brilliantly clear deep garnet, forming a sticky light-tan head with good retention and mild lacing. Aroma is rather mild considering what I was expecting....Herbal woodsy hops, chocolate is up front, but along the lines of fake chocolate extract..syrupy in it's aroma...vanilla, sweet caramel, burnt sugar, ketotic urine, but not heavy-handed. Mouthfeel is at once watery and pillowy soft with a suprisingly delicate body. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Taste is much like aroma with a sweet milk chocolate easter bunny undercurrent.The finish, though slightly oxidized, is more chocolate with a hint of smoke, honey, and toffee. This brew leaves a sticky, thick spit in the mouth, and despite being medium-light in body, tarnishes my belly with a syrupy fullness.

This beer is really a mixed bag. Heavy-handy, pretentious, and pompous, this beer is interesting for about 3 minutes and then becomes a burden. This beer seems to be a marathon in taste-bud fatigue, and it's exceptionally difficult to finish a 750ml bottle. Since it was packaged for Valentine's Day, perhaps it was intended to be shared amongst two dysfunctional shit-faced lovers trying to get their time-share resort groove on. Certainly, this brew, while perhaps special to Sam Adams, is not at all nostalgic to my tastes. Despite my ratings, considering the price of this bee-yatch, I give this brew "the finger". 400 brews down...snap!

Photo of granger10
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a light black color with a large and creamy tan head. The smell was all chocolate, I couldn't get anything else (but would I want to?). The taste was chocolate up front, in the middle, and in the finish. I can't believe how they made this so chocolately. Coffee is there in the middle and I do notice an earthy hop precense but chocolate steals the show. I loved it, a great dessert beer. Only problems are the finish is abrupt and weak, the flavor goes away in a flash. And the price obviously is an issue. but i am glad to have said that I tried it.

Photo of taez555
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark brown, root beer, colored body with a decent sized white/tan head.

The nose was actually quite impressive. German dark malt, wood, a hint of smoke, caramel, grasses very faint chocolate. Basically it’s a beautifully mellowed dark German bock smell.

The taste was big, creamy and rich. Very smooth milk chocolate taste. Totally mellowed dark malts. Really an amazing flavor. A slight hint of grass and fresh herbs. A mellow roasted barley bitterness compliments the chocolate well. It ends smooth with a slight cocoa powder graininess.

Overall it’s really a good beer. A beautiful mellowed just right fresh German bock mixed with milk chocolate. Quite a mix.

But the price is what kills this beer. I paid $17 for this bottle. I’ve seen it for $20. It’s a good beer, but no where worth $20 a bottle. $5, maybe $10, but…. $20. Nope. If I had a choice between 4 bombers of double bastard and this, the choice would be obvious.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color that is quite clear with brilliant garnet notes when held up to the light. The head is brown and creamy. The dominant aroma is of chocolate, and in fact I can detect nothing else, though it is not overwhelming in character, like chocolate liquor would be. This beer is light in body, though the chocolate in the aftertaste does give it a faux creamy consistency. The beer is lightly sweet and quite clean in taste. There is a hint of roast malt, but the chocolate is center stage here. It is not overwhelming but it has a quiet strength which defines this beer.

I do like this beer, though it does not quite live up to the hype & the purchase price. Perhaps it is aimed at the mainstream beer lover. This beer would be quite worth it if it was priced in line with, or perhaps just above, the rest of the Sam Adams line up. The best part of this beer is that the chocolate does not bowl over the drinker, it is there, but it has a certain restraint, which makes it all the more enjoyable.

Photo of ColForbin
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer comes in a 22oz bomber with a silver foil label and sells for $15. The beer pours dark brown, with a tan head. Smell is malty with a hint of chocolate, like a batch of chocolate chip cookies. Taste is full of dark chocolate, almost like one added chocolate syrup to the beer - like a chocolate malted. It isn't overpowering, and in fact is very delicious as an after-dinner drink. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and it goes down easy.

As to the price - I don't doubt that the chocolate used in this beer was very expensive german chocolate as the label states. And it is a great gift idea - I can't think of anything I'd rather get for Valentine's day. But for general drinking, I think if Sam Adams packaged it in 12oz bottles and used cheaper chocolate this beer would still be very good, and I would buy it a heck of a lot more often.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: Wow, a rather fancy looking brown glass Bomber with a silver foil oval obverse label that looks Roman.

Appearance: Dark black-brown. Chocolate Milk Shake meets Guinness

Nose: Reminds me of making milk chocolate crispies. The smell of melted milk chocolate and some toffee caramel invades the nasal passages with the annoying whisps of cocoa powder on the nose edges.

Taste: A quilted melted milk chocolate start, finish and ending and erm….. not much else. Powdered cocoa and some malted roast flavors that support the coffee and chocolate still rise in the middle and ending.

Mouthfeel: Like a thick melted cooking chocolate, slick and silky with a milk chocolate feel it slates with temperature.

Drinkability: Hmmm, sooo glad I did not have a Bomber of this all to myself.

Overall: Nice but HOLD ON !!!! $16 for this. Are you jesting?? Get Real!!!! How can they justify that price tag.

This is a **total** waste of money, and quite simply pure unadulterated commercial greed from our friends at Boston “gimme your money for our latest beery gimmick” Co. Don't believe me? Then why release it near Valentines Day then? (I still don’t forgive them for the Cherry Lambic!).

Just another "run of the mill" Chocolate Beer, save your hard earned money, and buy a bottle of Abbaye des Rocs Grand Cru and still have change for a decent meal.

Rather Over-Rated and *VERY* Over-Priced. IMVHO!

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer first...we'll discuss over matters later.

A nice dark brown body (dark red when held to the light), topped by a frothy three fingers of light tan microbubbles. It's a "snap, krackle, pop" head. Always entertaining to hear your beer. Settles to a table top a little quicker than I like. Some lacing.

Delightful chocolate aroma, both cocoa and dark. I'd swear there were chucks of Hershey Dark floating in there.


Chocolate rolls across the tongue, until giving way to some earthy hop notes. Good, but not the deep, dark chocolate knock-out I was expecting.

Mouthfeel is rich, full, but not too overwhelmingly thick.

Drinkability is excellent. Actually too good for a "bock"

On the merits of the beer alone, I heartily recommend it. But...

Questions, comments, and brillant observations (no, that's not ego, it's a tribute to my high school chem teacher):

1 .Why Chocolate Bock? Though a fine beer, there are little if any bock characteristics readily noticeable. I think this is a "bock" because others have done chocolate stouts and porters.

2. The $15.00 a bottle price. The packaging is a bomber/champagne bottle, with a metal (silver) "tin sign" label. Different yes. Worth an extra $10/bottle? That label better be real silver.

Like Rogue's Imperial Pilsner, put the beer in conventional packaging and knock the price down to conventional, or slightly above levels, and I'll be back. At these prices, it's one and done.

3. This does work as a Valentine seasonal. Like men ordering the roses that are marked up more than double for two weeks in February, this is a chance for females to be price gouged when shopping for their beek geek significant other. And I would appreciate the thought.

Summary: An enjoyable beer with too much baggage. Strip it down and I'll be happy.

Photo of Stubbie1
2.34/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer looks simply wonderful! A nice dark color with a very nice tan head that gives away to a decent lace. That is where it stops. It has an over sweet vanilla aroma to it with very little, if any hints of chocolate. If anything, it could be a white chocolate bock. The flavor is also more toward the vanilla side than chocolate. It has a watery feeling in the mouth and it is missing something, Character! In addition, for $14.00 a pop, please. Once bitten twice shy.

Photo of TheJudge
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a nice dark color. I found the head to be a little thin, and didn't hold for very long. In fact, the carbonation as a whole was on the low side, and lost what it had fairly quickly. It smelled very good. Not strong on the hops, and the chocolate was not overwhelming to the nose. Despite the dark color and bock style, it was somewhat light on the tongue. But that is where you really got the chocolate: as an aftertaste at the end of a mouthful. It was somewhat velvetty in that respect, but the feeling (and taste) didn't last long.

At $16 a bottle, this should have been a much more impressive beer. Its shortcomings make it not worth the price.

Photo of Jables
2.72/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown with quick relinquishing head that actually fizzed like a soda.

Smell was light of chocolate, not really a whole lot on the nose at all.

Flavor had some chocolate of course but the mouthfeel was thin, and the carbonation prickly. The sensation I got was that I was drinking Chocolate Coke. The malt/hop combination did render a similar flavour to cola.

Low drinkability but this might be suitable for dessert. Won't be picking up this unremarkable brew again.

Photo of Running4beer
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is truly a desert....Get canolli and pour yourself a glass of this Chocolate delight and you've got a match..

Pours out a dark chocolate like color with a thin to medium beige/tannish head. Aroma is chocolate and a little smokey. Taste is the same straight up chocolate sweetness and a bit of a smoked after taste. Kind of reminds me of a type of hot chocolate mix not Quick but the one that comes in a blue box, something Swiss or something like that you know the one that comes with the little marshmellows, kind of reminded me of that for some reason. This is a good choice if you want a sweet treat, very good stuff...The only downfall to this is the hefty 15 dollar price tag it carries.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ive been sittingon this bottle for about a month and tonite is the lucky nite.
I pour a room temp sample into my snifter. The brew pours rich dark brown and exhibits dark ruby tints when held up to the light.
A beige head foams up easily and fades to a layer around the edge of my glass rather quickly.
Aroma is all malt. I get some roasted malt but mostly mild chocolate.
First sip reveals, a creamy smooth body and mild gentle carbonation.
Flavor is rich and malty with mild bittersweet mocha hits up front, then a smooth roll to all sweet chocolate on the finish. Tastes like a hershey bar at the end. Very easy to drink and smooth but a little too sweet just to have. Wish I had eaten something while drinking this one.

Photo of ecoboy
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dessert!

(Okay, that really could be the one-word review.)

Not "bock" in a traditional profile, but "chocolate" with a vengeance. Some garnet in the deep brown hue, with an off-white head. Dry, not-sweet cocoa in very full nose, more malt sweetness in taste. Nice sour notes over a strong dark chocolate/dark cocoa flavor. No hop character. Would do the dance with strawberries, vanilla ice cream and tiramisu. Dry, in that the sensation of "chocolate" involves oils, and this brew gives none of that experience.

Delightful, yet oddly modest. Not "intense."

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz bottle, capped. Best before date (month and year) on back label.

This beer poured a clear, coffee brown color (with notes of red) with creamy, tall, light brown foam that persisted but eventually settled and clung to the glass. The smell was firstly cocoa with some caramel malt and some chocolate as the glass warmed. The taste was dominated by cocoa and chocolate, but it was not overwhelming. The flavor was mildly sweet with some tangy notes in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium body and medium-low carbonation. The cocoa taste lingered pleasantly. This was a nice, chocolatey brew.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights. Thick tan head. Smell is chocolate and bitter with some underlying sweet maltiness.

Taste is strongly of cocoa. Hints of coffee flavors as well. Sweet malt underpins the whole deal. A bit sticky on the palate. Once you get used to the chocolate flavors and get to the actual beer flavors you realize this would be a pretty damn good bock without the added chocolate essence. A pretty good brew anyway. Is it worth the $15? (The $25,000 question...) I don't know but my wife loves it so I'll be getting it again at some point.

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.

Photo of tavernjef
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate brown color with lots of ruby orange highlights glowing around the edges and even a bit within the body. Thin frothy tan head, thickly sticking lace in small blobuels. Aroma is a bit subdued and comes across fairly clean with bakers chocolate and light coffee bean freshness with some darker fruits underneath of plum, banana, and raisin. Seems closer to a baltic porter, which wouldn't be bad, but this nose was a bit softer then anticipated. Taste has some nice layers, fairly complex, I get more of the dark fruits of plum, raisin, and a touch of banana sweetness and some solid roasty tones from sweetish black malts giving slight coffee and burnt molasses then I get any real chocolate, which remains lighter then expected as well. A bit of dryness to it like cocoa powder skips about the palate. Feel is slightly buttery and silken smooth with a somewhat thinner body, but respectably solid with some very slight dryish sweet tones within the maltiness and a very mild hop surface. Pretty nice drinking with some nice things going for it, but I found the price of $13 for the fancy engraved label and bottle is way too much for what comes out of it. For a buck more I could've purchased a sixer of Expedtiton.

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a brownish tan colored head that was almost creamy in texture. The head faded rather quickly to a film leaving a thicker ring around the edges. The beer itself is deep brown in color with a ruby hue when held near light. The aroma is mix of creamy chocolate and deep roasted malts. The chocolate aroma is pretty nice, kind of like coco flavored coffee beans without the coffee smell. The taste is really smooth, a mild blend of coco, roasted malt, and a bit of hopiness underneath. It kind of reminds me of a chocolate hoppy nutbrown. The body is right in the middle, just enough to make the flavor last, and the finish is really nice, the flavor fades slowly allowing just enough time to put the glass down and pick it back up. I really like this beer, but at $15 there's no way I would buy more than a couple each year.

Photo of Lupe
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, almost black in color with crimson hightlights shining through. A healthy creamy tan head sits atop the liquid and leaves sheets of lace. Aroma is big on chocolate, with some toasted grain hints in the backround. Medium to full in body and silky smooth. Starts with some roasted malt, then the chocolate hits, and there is alot of it. Vanilla and nutty flavors linger in the backround with some mild hops.
Very chocolatey, but not overly sweet or cloying. The richness takes a bit away from the drinkablity. The $15 is a bit much, but this is one tasty brew!

Photo of marc77
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Deep bister hue, with pellucid crimson flashes when held to light. Intially thick tan head recedes into a respectable, dogged layer that yields tattered lace. Buttery, milk chocolate is prevalent in aroma upfront. Slightly smoky black malt with surfaces as the beer breathes, but malt character remains subdued. A trace full cream buttermilk like twang adds an agreeable tartness. It's worth letting this beer sit and oxidize for a while, as the aroma improves considerably in the first few minutes. In flavor, a chilled, confectoner's sugar sweetened cocoa and heavy sweet cream impression dominates and bathes and nearly saturates the palate. Toasty Munich and toffeeish caramalt notes surface only after a long deliberation. Bitterness is woefully understated, with only a hint of carbonaceous black malt and token, paltry hop bitterness. Residual sweetness thus weighs heavily on the palate. Surprisingly, a hair of floral Mittelfruh hop flavor eeks in late only to be promptly overshadowed by nearly cloying cocoa butter and fudge tones. Finishes with a lingering impression of softly toasted, chocolate overrun smores. Yikes. Obviously heavy handed in real chocolate character, but there isn't quite enough of roasted malt basemalt or hop character for support or balance. That being said, as a creation in itself, I rather enjoyed it. The level of chocolate used is more apt to a more ballsy, malt heavy brew such as a foreign or imperial stout. A few of these and you'd up your risk for type II diabetes.

Photo of ElGuapo
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark brown pour that shows off amber tints when held to the light. The head is small and tannish. This one is a nice whiffer. It is loaded with roasty aromas. There is a lot of dark and sweet chocolate coming out as well.

It is very smooth with light carbonation, even creamy at times. The chocolate flavor is nice and not overdone, although it does get a bit big. Hot chocolate and milky flavors start you off. The roasty coffee flavors come in a bit later to add needed complexity. The balance is very nice, and it has enough going on to keep it interesting. I could have more than one if I were in the mood, but it sure does well as a nice treat after dinner. This is an interesting one.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ruby with brown highlights. Relatively big tan head taht settles down quickly. Uneven lace left produces a ring around the tulip glass.
Aroma is smoke, charcola with hint of cocoa or chocolate in the background.
Flavor is somewhat smoky, roasted upfront with some raisins and dark fruit in the middle developing into a semi-sweet but bitter cocoa finish. Needs again in my opinion to round out the flavors and balance.
Mouhfeel is smooht upfront but thne progresses into a medium bitter hit followed by a sweet finish. Progression of feel is somewhat clumsy and not that appealing.
Drinkability: One is enough.

Photo of DESTRO
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours dark, beautiful with a red hue when held up to light. lovely. scents of sweet chocolates, mellow and mouth watering. taste? baddam! like the nose, sweet, malty, chocolate, mmm. lightly nutty, maybe a hint of vanilla? so damn smooth. creamy and slick in the mouth, this is really a treat. its a whole different take on what im used to as far as chocolate beers go. this is a dessert in a bottle, and since it was free i dont have to think of the fact it goes for 15 bucks a bottle. that makes it all the more enjoyable.

Photo of jaz
4.8/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOW! This beer was fantastic! Poured very dark but not black, with reddish hues and nice thin creamy head. The aroma was sweet with rich malt and chocolate. The taste was a true delight, extremely smooth with a soft cream feel, with robust dark malt, carmel, and chocolate lingering on the tongue. The bottle drained way to fast, saddening me to no end. It is expensive and hard to find due to limited brewing, but definitely worth it. One of the best bocks I've had in a long time. The bottle remains to adorn my china hutch!

Photo of Hhawk06
4.52/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 2,616 ratings.