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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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2,504 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,504
Reviews: 1,105
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.85%
Wants: 41
Gots: 111 | 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

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Photo of mariposafan
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, dark chocolate brown with a short lighter brown head the dies pretty quickly.

The smell reminded me of something but I was having trouble figuring it out until my wife said "Cola" - almost. It smells like a vanilla cola. Strange, but rather pleasant.

Seriously chocolaty. Far more so than any other beer I've tasted so far. A slight sharpness that is reminiscent of cola, again. Some sweetness with a little bitterness to balance. Rich - more like dopplebock rich.

Nice medium body with good creamy carbonation.

The drinkability suffers some from the richness. It feels like it would be more appropriate for a 'bigger' beer. It's not bad but it feels a little overdone for a lower ABV bock.

mariposafan, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best by March 2011 printed on the label. Glad to see this in smaller; more affordable bottles.

(A)- Pours a very dark brown; almost black color. Some very subtle mahogany highlights. Produced a good tan head with decent retention.

(S)- Rather rich with some nice subtle roasted components with raisin, chocolate, and molasses.

(T)- Also, rather rich. Tons of chocolate and dark chocolate in this with hints of oatmeal somehow. Mellow roasted background.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A bit richer and sweeter than your typical Bock, but balanced well with a mellow roastedness. Smooth, with a crazy chocolate profile.

(D)- A chocolate lovers paradise. The name sure fits. Perhaps one of the most chocolate driven beers in memory. It really is quite good with a fitting drinkability perfect for this time of the year.

sweemzander, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of king75
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Black as night with a small tan colored head.

S- is primarily of coffee and chocolate,with a slight trace of alcohol.

T- A nice sweet taste, but not too sweet. A nice bitter coffee taste is present as well which stops this beer from being too sweet. Well balanced.

M-Is very light, a bit watery and a little slick on the palate.

D- Is good for this beer, could drink a few but would not recommend drinking many due to the sweetness of the beer.

Notes: Got this is the Sam Adams Winter Sampler, a lot of people rip on this brew mainly due to it being overpriced in stores. But in the sampler it is affordable and I found it to be very enjoyable.

king75, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice dark color body with a tan head.

S- mild smell of malts and chocolate in the aroma.

T- Sweet taste of chocolate and sugars from the wort. Alittle robustness from the malts.

M- Velvety smooth creamy from the chocolate and malts.

D- Very good beer from SA. Love the taste of the chocolate in this bock. Stinks I had to get it in the winter Variety pack. But it has this and Boston lager and holiday porter in it so it was a no brainier.


SamuelJackson45, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass.

Still workin' my way through the Winter Styles pack. I thoroughly enjoyed this one in bomber form, so I'm anxious to see how (if at all) it's changed since then. It pours a translucent dark garnet-brown topped by a short-lived half-finger of pale ecru foam. The nose comprises chocolate (I know, I'm shocked, too), cocoa powder, light coffee, molasses, light roasted malts, and brown sugar. I think a vein of maple syrup and caramel runs through there as well. The taste is very similar, with the chocolate really taking control of things. A slight cola flavor finds its way into the mix, but remains coy and aloof in the background, so as not to interfere with the chocolate's affairs. The body is a svelte medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a silky feel. Overall, this is a tame version of the former glory, but very good nonetheless. The only major knock against it is that it's a tad fizzy for my liking, as well as feeling a bit light. Beyond that, though, I'm glad I can get my fill of cheap Chocolate Bock this Winter!

TMoney2591, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in the mixed Winter seasonal. Nice

A - Well the color in general is a dark brown, almost pitch black but lighter. The foamy head depreciates pretty quickly leaving a ring of lace.

S - Slight roasted coffee with mostly dark chocolate nibs.

T - Well it starts off great. The flavor is of nice chocolate and coffee but with that comes some funk of the ale that seems to happen when sams tries to do a spiced ale. Must be in the malt. A great rating though of a constant flavor that doesn't disappear in time (get boring)

M - Very medium bodied. I felt I could drink a sixer.

D - It really is a shame I only got two because even if I could want a six pack the only way is to get the variety case (or half for 19.50) and only get 2-4. Still it was a very nice chocolate beer that will go down as a great one on my list.

DrDemento456, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of AdamBear
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pitch black, very thin white head

S-smells like roasted chocolate. actually smells wonderful

T-hits with a very deep roasted flavor and leaves with a very chocolatey after-taste that is great but sadly departs too soon. it does leave with bit of a skunky after-taste but its a small aspect of this otherwise delicious beer,

M-medium carbonation with a slight watery finish

D-the taste seems to lose its quality but it doesn't seem to take too much of a dive. its a very thick beer so it does seem to go down slowly. not sure if i'd want to drink too many in a sitting, but its definitely something i always look forward to.

AdamBear, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of mattcrill
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From Sam Adams Winter Sampler Pack...

Already confused b/c it says it's an "ale" brewed with cocoa and natural flavors...

Aroma: Nice blend of dark chocolate and crusty grain/malty notes that form on the nose. Just a bit of coffee on the nose that is understated.

Appearance: Dark brown pour with thick and rich tan head. Nice lacing on the glass. Head retention is good.

Flavor: Artificial Hershey's type chocolate flavor up front. Wet roasted grains in the background. Just a bit of earthy hop bitterness beneath the chocolate sweetness. Finish is slightly sour and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Light dark grain astringency.

Overall impression: Meh. Seems like a brown porter with artificial chocolate flavoring. Glad I got this in the Winter Pack and didn't buy it separate as a bomber as I've seen it in the past. Worth trying once for the rarity but I wouldn't seek out again.

mattcrill, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of DIM
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a clear, moderately dark chestnut brown color. It poured with a smallish, short lived tan head.

s: Very mild overall. The malt aromas are clean but faint and hard to pick out. I did get some chocolate, but it too was mild and it reminded me more of hershey's syrup than gourmet chocolate.

t: Tastes more potent than it smell's, but I can't help but think they missed an opportunity with this one. The base beer isn't big enough to support any kind of chocolate presence. All I could really taste was that hershey's syrup flavor. Not bad I guess, I was just hoping for more. Their double bock is amazing and would compliment a good chocolate flavor nicely.

m: On the thin side, but not out of line for the abv. This was a bit too still however.

d: This is by no means bad, I was just wanted more out of this.

DIM, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of Kinsman
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a super dark brown, just a few shades short of black. A creamy khaki colored head sits atop, about 1 finger thick.

Aroma is full chocolaty and malty goodness. Its reminiscent of a chocolate covered pastry. Really not much else is there because the sweetness is overpowering.

Taste is sweet but not overly so. The malt backbone is sweet but with enough of a roasted flavor to take a bit of the cloying sweetness. The chocolate flavors again are quite strong, but in a good way I'd say. What a great desert beer with no need to pair with anything else.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and not overly carbonated. Overally this is a very enjoyable desert beer, but the sweetness makes it a bit much for more than one. Not that it matters, because you only get two in the pack.

Kinsman, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of JayS2629
4.85/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer once before from a liter bottle. This year, Sam Adams put it in their Winter Sampler in a normal size bottle. I poured it into a New Belgium tulip. This beer is absolutely awesome! One of my favorites! Rich, dark, complex and absolutely delicious!

This is a southern thing that many may take a double take at...but have you ever had chocolate and biscuits for breakfast? It is a cocoa and sugar syrup poured over buttered biscuits. Well, this is the beer version of that.

A- Rich, dark pitch black. Creamy foamy head that retains nice lacing.

S- Dark chocolate and malty. Ripe grapes. Slight oat smell. Hint of coffee.

T- Not overly sweet. Rich dark belgian chocolate in the front with a milk chocolate (think Hershey bar) in the aftertaste. Not too strong. A roasted oat in the middle with slight caramel tones. Very complex. Hint of coffee.

M- Creamy, smooth and perfectly balanced. Medium balanced. Not too heavy for such a rich complext beer.

D- Liquid dessert. Sweet but not overpowering. If you like chocolate pie, you'll love this. The medium body and creamy feel are divine. The chocolate with caramel tones makes this beer absolutely delicious. It gets better with each sip as it warms up. Perfect holiday beer. Deep, complex sweet flavors. One of the best balanced dessert beers I've ever had.

JayS2629, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of claspada
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aromas are mainly malty as I would expect it to be, some dark roasted malts give off a sweet aroma definitely milky chocolate like a Hershey's bar.

The flavor surprised me to be honest, the chocolate fades in from nothing in the beginning and sticks with you for the entire way through to the end. It is definitely more of the sweeter milk chocolate that you would get in a hershey bar.

Overall this is a very good beer. Much more reasonable to offer this in the Winter 12 pack than in an overpriced 22 oz bomber like in year's past. I wish the Chocolate flavor was a little less "fake" tasting but I won't complain as it still tastes delicious.

claspada, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of shand
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown-black with about a finger worth of head. Retention isn't great, but lacing is alright.

Smell: Roasted malts and cocoa.

Taste: Roasted malts and cocoa still take center stage here. The malts come in first, then the cocoa rushes in along with some vanilla. Tastes very good, it's a very solid chocolate beer.

Mouthfeel: Feels perfectly smooth, with some carbonation that sneaks up. Mouthfeel is a bit dry.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, the chocolate takes enough time to come in that it doesn't impair drinkability.

This is a really excellent chocolate beer. It's almost cocoa-like in it's flavor profile.

shand, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of tjsdomer2
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: I did not get any foam in the pour with this beer. Very dark brown, almost black, with very little light seeping through the glass. Good lacing.

Smell: Definitely the most chocolate I've ever smelled in any beer. Smells more like dark chocolate than any other chocolate. Not even really much malt in this, just chocolate.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Strong dark chocolate. This type of chocolate almost gives Chocolate Bock a liqueur-like quality. While I wish this had more maltiness, the chocolate compliments itself well with subtle hops in the finish, something I did not expect. There is also a great velvety texture with this beer.

Drinkability: If you can drink hot chocolate, you can drink this. Overall, Chocolate Bock is alcoholic hot cocoa. One is enough though, as this really fills you up quickly.

Overall: A pretty good substitute for Youngs Double Chocolate Stout. That's basically what this reminds me of. Not sure which one I like better. This gets the chocolate part down better while the other might get the malt down better. However, I do like the subtle hops in this.

tjsdomer2, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of Docer
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. from their holiday pack....

- Nice dark cola or root beer brown.. just slightly clear and transparent.. fizzy light mocha head down to a ring and some floating fizz.

- Rich grain aroma, oats, barley.... bright bitter chocolate malt and light hop bitterness.. grassy, earthy.

- Nice balanced cocoa flavor over some sweet malts, roasty grains and oats... slight bitter hop with a touch of grassy and herbal hops, maybe even slightly floral...

- Medium bodied, slightly chewy and velvety... little touch drying...

- Overall not a bad ale at all... perhaps it has been improved some over time as I have read through some of the old reviews. Pretty good stuff and holds up to a lot of the chocolate stouts and porters out there.

Docer, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of jduffy21
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I pour this from a 12oz bottle in to a Samuel Adams glass. The appearance was a pitch black. Not much head on this one. There is a faint smell of cocoa. The taste is of cocoa, but not overly sweet. The mouth feel is a bit thin. I wish it was a bit more hearty. I could have a few of these. Overall I really like the flavor, but I expected this to be a bit heavier.

jduffy21, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of beeragent
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a deep brown, forming a 1/2 inch mocha head. Light lace on the glass.

S - Strong aroma of roasted and cocoa. Very inviting!

T - The roasted malts dominate the palate followed by a delicious cocoa/vanilla flavor in the finish. Very complex blend of flavors throughout.

M - Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Very smooth.

D - Okay, I admit this is very lacking in the "bock" characteristics however the flavor and aroma just take it over the top IMO. Regardless of what "style" this beer is, its just fantastic. Awesome full complex flavor along with a great aroma! I really wish Sam Adams made this available in a 6 pak.

beeragent, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of PintOHops
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Samuel Adams Official

A - Dark dark brown with lots of ruby red when held to light, can't see through it though. It produced a 1-finger tan head that didn't hold up very long. A couple spots left on my glass but no real lacing.

S - Kinda musty with soft unsweetened chocolate notes. I get muted coffee with maybe a touch of herbal hop notes but that's about it. Overall it just smells like unsweetened chocolate from afar.

T - Tart upfront with just a bit of leafy hop flavor, and I get a somewhat smooth and semi rich cocoa flavor on the sides of the tongue and more towards the finish. I pick up a touch of brown sugar here and it finishes a bit dry with almost no bitterness but subtle cocoa lingering a bit.

M - Moderate-high crispness with a lite-medium body. Almost smooth but the C02 is a bit to high for me, and it sorta dominates.

D - Hm, well not bad although I expected something richer tasting like a stout although it is a Bock. I could drink a few for sure, pretty drinkable. A couple things I didn't like about the beer is that the C02 was too high, just too crisp, and the smell was very soft. Other than that I'd definitely drink it again but maybe not buy it again. Worth a try though. Cheers!

PintOHops, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of JosiahS
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Glass: Samuel Adams

Very dark brown color, almost looks like cola. It's got a good 1-finger head but it doesn't look like it will stick.

Interesting smell. It's chocolate but with some mocha, almost like chocolate ice cream with extra malt added. There's some faint fig in there but not much else.

The dominate flavors i'm getting here are a malted milk ball and cocoa. It's delicious but a bit boring at the same time. A touch of grape but no coffee or anything approaching it. Mouthfeel is rich yet decently carbonated.

I'd be interested to know how this beer is brewed. It has a lactose quality, almost as if cream or some other malted ingredient was added besides barley(malted cocoa?). It's an OK bock overall, too full of one flavor for my liking though.

JosiahS, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours a dark brown with a two finger creamy tan head

S. Roasty with some sweet chocolate on the nose.

T. Holy moly cocoa; that is, the cocoa comes through like a stallion. Some roasted malt flavor with a bit of caramel and the slightest touch of bitterness on the tail.

M. On the thin side of medium bodied with a high level of brisk carbonation.

D. If I was having a stout tasting, I would serve a beer like this to some who 1. doesn't like stouts 2. has to drive home afterward or 3. isn't a huge beer fan. I definitely understand the crowd this beer is aimed at. For me - it's not great, but it's pretty good. A nice addition to the winter seasonal pack.

BeerAndBourbon, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of aubuc1
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from the winter mix pack poured in to a tulip imperial pint glass.

pours black with some brownish red highlights.

Smell is a light, bready, chocolate. Sort of thinner than I expected.

Taste is a rich, bready chocolate. Finishes like a milk chocolate, not bitter or roasty. Very interesting and good.

Mouthfeel is very creamy like milk chocolate.

It is extremely drinkable.

I wasn't sure what to expect. It isn't great, but is certainly a nice beer. I like the price of the 12 pack better than the price of the original bombers.

aubuc1, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of tbern007
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From the S.A. Winter pack.
Holy Chocolate!!
A- very dark brown, almost black. Very little head, did not last at all.
S- smells like dark baking chocolate, very slight smoke.
T- chocolate throughout, some malt. No to little hops. Very sweet. Slight smoke.
M- average. Good carbonation.
D- rare occasion that I will want this. Too sweet for me.

tbern007, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of Rayek
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stange.

A: Deep walnut, bordering on black. A foamy tan head has good retention and leaves a smattering of lace.

S: Baking chocolate is the theme here and it dominates the nose. Some earthy lemongrass can be found behind the chocolate, but is subtle.

T: The chocolate keeps coming. Bittersweet baker's chocolate does the bulk of the flavor work. There's a bit of caramel malt in the background. Hop bitterness is very low. Finishes with lingering chocolate flavors.

M: The medium body is a touch too fizzy for my tastes.

D: This is an interesting beer that I'm glad I tried. But I'm not sure if I'll be back.

Rayek, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of kahjdfh
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice and dark with very little head. Aroma is combination of malt, coffee and chocolate. Has a nice slightly bitter finish. A good beer for the upcoming winter. It is a welcome addition to the Sam Adams winter pack. A suitable replacement for Cranberry Lambic.

kahjdfh, Nov 02, 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
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