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

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Ratings: 2,603
Reviews: 1,120
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.85%
Wants: 55
Gots: 173 | 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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Beer added by: TinusTime on 11-20-2003

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Photo of Khazadum
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The final 'seasonal' of the Sam Adam's winter pack. Long awaited, can't believe I waited til the end of the pack to pop it. Poured into my, oh the travesty of it!, pint glass

A- Thumbs up on our finger's worth of head. Cream and oatmeal coloration with thick emulsive head. From the middle to the edges large bubbles begin to develop as the head settles down. Fluffy is a great description of this beer's cap. The head lingers delightfully along the edges much like cotton balls. After a few minutes, it has fizzled down to a skin and moderate collar. Tons of carbonation beds apparent from top view.

The body is deceptively dark. Unfortunate lighting caused me to at first think this would not allow light through. A few drinks later and some fortunate monitor waves allowed me to see the ruby base hues.

S- Hmmm... interesting. Sharp notes in the beginning cause me to wonder if there are spices here. I am taken aback by how unusual the nose is here. There is chocolate, but it is beyond faint. It is almost an afterthought I feel for the nose. It sits behind a roasted character. It is the sidekick to captain bock. I am forced to believe that the sharp character is actually a medicinal smell... and it is in fact the alcohol coming out. At sub six percent, I would never have thought this to happen... but it clearly detracts.

T- Is this a brown ale? What the hell. It opens up with sweet caramel notes, but from there is an explosion of roasted notes, not to be confused with the burnt and roasted grains of stouts, that pair with a hazelnut flavor. This fades away gradually to a faint chocolate finish. A memory of one, not anything strong or enjoyable. Just a glimpse of what you may have wanted but unfortunately can't have.

M- Smooth, medium body. There is a mild carbonation to this that I wish was a bit more spunky, this beer isn't a characteristic bock anyway. It flows evenly and lingers with decent flavors. It picks it up here at least.

D- It is enjoyable... just not what is advertised. This was the biggest let down of the pack. Give me Boston Lager over this any day. At least there I know what I'm getting myself into. Perhaps this was hyped higher in my mind and forums than I was expecting. My only complaints are how far this has strayed from what it describes itself as.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought a SA 12 pack variety pack for the recent Thanksgiving holiday for the non craft drinkers and this was left over.
Pours a clear deep dark brown with faint ruby highlight on the edges. Minuscule tan head disappears almost immediately but leaves a ring around the top of the beer. Smells like a full glass of Hershey's chocolate syrup mixed with a faint hint of wet dog. Taste is malty sweet with again lots of chocolate syrup. Slight bit of dark fruit and a hint of minerals in the taste as well. Sweet chocolate chewy mouthfeel, oily mouthfeel and a moderate level of carbonation. I remember not being to fond of this when I overpaid for a bigger bottle, this reasonably priced bottle doesn't make it much better. Its really kind of one dimensional, I get lots of chocolate and little else.

Photo of alleykatking
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a brown color with red hues to it when held to the light. One finger light tan head shows medium retention and ends up capping the beer. Light streaks of lacing on the glass as I drink it down.

S- Chocolate and more chocolate. There seems to be a light bready malt faintly in the background but really the chocolate takes claim over the rest of the aroma. This could be from either the cocoa nibs or the chocolate malt or maybe a combo of both. But chocolate...yea...

T- Just like the aroma there is a lot of chocoalte going through this beer. From start to finish there is a lightly sweet chocoalte flavor. Some light vanilla like notes in the middle of the beer and maybe a light alcohol taste in the backing but not much else. If you like chocolate then this beer delivers!

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation for this beer was good...a little off for Sam Adams though. Chocoalte left on the palate all the way to the aftertaste. Light alcohol drying on the palate. Not really balanced with chocoalte being the dominate flavor. Clean tasting with no real off flavors.

D- This was highly drinkable beer. A little on the sweet side for me but no problem drinking it. The ABV was well hidden to the very end before sneaking up. Overall a good beer that Sam Adams seemed to deliver on.

Photo of Argion
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall a fair beer, but not my favorite out of Sam Adams. The flavors just didn't seem to balance at times. I did drink it out of a bottle, which is not my preference, and looking at the bottle itself, it looked like it might have been sitting around for a while. I had never seen this particular beer from Sam Adams so I gave it a try. Will update review if and when I find it and buy it myself. It just happened to be available in the cooler where I was for thanks giving.

Photo of drtth
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a clear walnut brown with tinges of red. The ½" light tan head persist for quite a while, at first receding to a nice ring of foam and some patches on the surface. Sipping leaves leggy lacing and even ½ way through the beer there are small speckles and a spider web of lacing clinging to portions of the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a nice fresh almost vanilla or caramel-like cocoa character to it. Not much else can be found here so there are no hops. It would be easy to say some chocolate from the malt, but no way I can tell if the chocolate undertones are from the cocoa nibs or part of the malt profile.

Taste: The flavor is mostly cocoa with some almost caramel/vanilla character, but thee isn't much else to speak of here.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and soft with the gentle but persistent carbonation. The finish is quite long in that it begins in the sweetness of the cocoa and caramel flavors but then trails off into some lightly bittered almost dark chocolate aftertaste.

Drinkability: As a one a night treat I've enjoyed this beer. It's a bit like drinking some cocoa soda and not particularly challenging. However, the sweetness never cloys as the bitterness in the finish comes in to prevent that. Will I have this one again? Well, not tonight as one of these will be enough. But on another night I'd be happy to have another. So the final verdict is pleasant enough but not outstanding.

Photo of sirdrinkwell
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep brown amber with slight auburn hues when held to the light; ultra thin ring of head with even slighter lacing that quickly dissipates...

S: mildly roasted malt and caramel character and super slight dry notes of chocolate

T: super mild peppery bitterness up front with an equally mild malty middle, followed at last by a subtle bit of chocolate on the finish

M: dry and crisp, thin bodied.

D: this is a very accessible and subtle bitter. Underwhelming but still pleasant. Of course, since the day Boston Beer company makes a true dud beer is the day non-Yankees fans become relevant. :)


Photo of SkunkWorks
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the 2010 Winter Pack poured into a pint glass.

Look: dark brown with some dark red highlights, a thin off white head. Some carbonation is visible. Not the best looking beer I've ever seen but I've seen worse.

Smell: a little chocolate, some roasted malt but not a whole lot going on. It is, after all, a Boston Beer Company beer and the day they make a really bold beer is the day I become a Yankees fan, i.e. that's not gonna happen. The aroma is good but its not enough.

Taste: a little pleasant chocolate flavor, a lot of sweetness, some roasted malt, and some caramel. All of this is quite subdued. Even after letting it arrive at room temperature, the chocolate comes out just a bit but nothing intense. Its good but not what I would've liked.

Feel: medium thin body, crisp in the carbonation, and no alcohol warmth.

Drink: could easily be drank all night given how light this is.

Overall, not the most exciting beer and given some of the hype it gets on this website, I was kind of disappointed. Its good but not exceptional and I think its somethiong for people who like subtle beers but not for those of us who like more bold beers.

Photo of jjanega08
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= As I pour it looks a light brown color but in the glass it's black with a two finger tan colored head on it that holds decent retention and lacing.

S= Mostly roasted malts but there is some chocolate cocao nib in the nose. I feel weird saying it and it may be placebo but you get the clean lager smell coming from it for sure instead of the rugged deep nose that comes from ale yeast. Resembles coco puffs as it warms up a bit.

T= Definitally chocolaty in the taste. Again it resembles coco puffs quite a bit. A little biscuit taste to it tons of coco and a little tiny amount of roast. Very very clean finish.

M= A little thin but still velvet.

D= I never bought this in the past due to the price point but I got it this year in my holiday sampler and I like it. I may pick up a bottle in the future whether or not at the old price point. Worth trying and tasty indeed.

Photo of TheSarge
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of Jwale73
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a pilsener glass. Enjoy before March notched on the label. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a tight, two inch mocha-colored head composed of tiny compressed bubbles below the cap. Head eventually settles into a thin, quarter inch consistent cap with thick swaths of lacing coating the glass during the tasting. Nose smells a little bready with perhaps a trace of lactose and cocoa. Taste reveals cocoa, vanilla and brown sugar, with a slightly chalky quality that comes out at the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with an even carbonation and a slightly silky texture across the tongue. A nice brew. Not something I would drink more than one of in a sitting, but pretty tasty all and all.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with a best before date of Mar. One of the beers from Samuel Adams Winter Classics Pack. Pours an almost black dark brown with a small head. Minimal lacing. Aromas of roasted malts and some chocolate but less than I expected. The taste is where you get the full chocolate effect. Has a nice flavor of cocoa and dark chocolate. Slight caramel aftertaste to it. Very rich. I know this beer used to come in somewhat expensive bigger bottles. The 12oz bottle seems to be the perfect size for this beer because I feel that if it were in a bomber it might be too much to drink at one time. Good beer but sweet and not overly drinkable.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased as a single. listed as 5.8% ont bottle. best before APR notched. poured into a standard pint.

pours out a very dark brown color with a small layer of fizzy head that was gone almost almost instantly. nothing really impresive looking.

not too much aroma. milk chocolate and maybe the faintest wiff of dark fruity malts and roasted malt.

rich milk chocolate dominates the flavors here. full bodied. bits of roasted malt and raisons and other such dark fruits kind of blend in. pretty one dimensional, nothing really but the chocolate.

very rich and heavy with milky chocolate. more like a milk stout. one and done for me. i wont seek this out again.

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

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into an oversized clear wine glass. April notched on front label. Purchased as part of 12-pack SA Winter Sampler at Food Lion (Charlottesville, VA) for $13.99.

A: Very dark chestnut brown with 1-finger off-white head with decent retention and some spotty lace all around the glass.

S: Milk chocolate aroma with an undertone of nuts but not a lot else. It is pleasant but just not too complex.

T: A mix of milk chocolate and cocoa is the prominent flavor with some nuttiness in the finish that increases in intensity with warming to leave a walnut fudge type of finish. A really enjoyable beer, but I don't know how they could have justified the big price tag on the big bottles -- it's good but not nearly that good.

M: Soft and smooth at first but the over-prickly carbonation dampens this and tends to tire the palate a little bit and leaves a cardboardy wagging long aftertaste.

D: A pretty good brew in a much more reasonable package. An interesting beer that isn't one I would want to drink more than one of though because of the fatiguing quality of the carbonation.

Photo of wingman14
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a reddish hue, and a small tan head that fades fast. The smell is nice and malty with sweet chocolate notes. The taste follows the smell with a bit more potency then the smell suggest. Not a whole lot of depth or complexity, but still enjoyable, with a nice sweet chocolate malt finish. The mouthfeel is medium, nice and smooth. An easy drinking chocolate bock, tasty and worth checking out.

Photo of SamN
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I miss the big old bottles with the pewter logo. Made it seem special, for the holidays. Oh well.

Chocolate Bock pours fairly thick. Almost black, some light penetrates, but that's okay. This is a dark bock with lots of dark malts, not a thick ol stout. Not much of ahead, almost 1/2 finger before fizzling out. Smell is initially chocolaty and vinegary. Malt forward, dark roasted and clear chocolate. Powdery and somewhat thin aroma. Palette is greeted with cocoa powder and roasted malts, slight vanilla smokiness. There is a thin slickness of cloying sweetness over it all. Finish is somewhat dry, and on a coca/hops bitter note. I detect a lot of vanilla in this chocolate bock. Interesting. Mouth feel is initially quite fizzy and not pleasant, but after a while it losses the carbonation and smooths out.

Drinkability is not great. I don't want another, it was a bit of a chore to finish it up. Flavors were not what I expected, too sweet and too much smokey/vanilla. The body, too, makes the sweetness thicker a little too much.

'Fraid this beer is just not for me.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours black with a small wite head. Doesnt smell too good. Theres a strong cholcate taste, mixed in with a cheapish beer taste. Not to hard to drink but not sure if id grab another. Overall all not bad but not good either, may have been alot better as a stout, but has a really strong chocholate taste.

Photo of Treyliff
4.11/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours almost black with a very thick head that eventually converts to a small layer on top.

S-Nothing overpowering here, sweet cocoa, roasted malts, roasted almonds.

T- Lots of things going on here, yet nothing stands out too much. The chocolate starts sweet and almost finishes with a tangy back-end. Great roasted malts through the mid palate to the back end, lingers on the palate long after. Very impressed.

M- Creamy, silky, nice!

D- I'm inpressed with this beer. I could easily drink more than one of these. The balance of the malts and silky chocolate is great.

Overall, great beer! Might have to buy another holiday sampler!

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

Samual Adams' Chocolate Bock, 12 oz bottle, part of their winter beer variety pack.

Appears very dark for the style, with aromas of chocolate, bready malts, and brown sugar. The flavor is malty, with a kiss of chocolate syrup. Alittle bit close to malted milk balls. Fairly sweet but not overly so. Medium to full bodied mouthfeel and a great beer to start the day with.

Photo of mavbrew
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Otter Creek mug.

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black in color with a small tan head that quickly dissipates.

S: Smells of roasted malts with hints of sweet chocolate. Also has a slight scent of hops. Could be a bit stronger in the nose.

T: Strong taste of roasted malts, very similar to the scent. Also has the sweetness of the chocolate that was apparent in the smell.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation. Very smooth.

D: This is a very smooth and delicious beer that I could drink very easily. This may be because of the lower ABV but it also just goes together very well.

Photo of 9InchNails
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A brown head that didn't stay around long. The body is completely black.

Not really any strong aromas but a light milky cocoa smell.

A slight carbonation and medium body. Its quite smooth.

It reminds me of hot chocolate minus the hotness. A cocoa taste is dominating. Mostly dark malts and a slight hint of hops. It's good, it's sweet but not overly sweet.

It's quite filling, I'd want to drink more but I wouldn't be able to put more than two down.

Photo of Dadoftwogirls
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's funny what beers appeal to which people. I wasn't sure how I was going to like this one when I got it as part of the Winter Sampler. But I can honestly say, this is one of the best "chocolate" beers that I have had. It pours great and has a dark brown, almost black appearance. Aroma is great and hits you with complexity and rich chocolate. It goes down very easy and makes for a great winter after dinner brew. For some, they may find it a bit sweet. However, I find it to have a deep burnt chocolate flavor that goes down extremely smooth. Keep them coming!

Photo of bwiechmann
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with a nice tan head with some retention. Nose is strong chocolate and toasted malts. Taste follows suit with milk chocolate dominating the flavor profile. Very sweet without much balance. Mouthfeel is a touch too thin for my liking for the style. Drinkability is slightly above average. Overall, a solid brew worth trying once, however, I would never seek out a six-pack if they were available.

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pour is decent. Dark brown, one finger light tan head with above average retention. No lacing. Smell is a bit of dark fruits and chocolate. Definitely got some plums. Solid aroma. Not great, but decent.

Taste is a downgrade from the aroma. Big overripe dark fruits dominate the small chocolate presence, and the chocolate flavor isn't all that great either. Chocolate tastes slightly artificial to me, but the main issue is the complete dominance of the overripe fruit.

Photo of wahhmaster
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark black color with a tight, brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Has a rich chocolate aroma which is pleasing but masks everything else completely.

Taste: Strong chocolate taste throughout backed by sweet, roasted malts with only the slightest hop flavor. Could easily be mistaken for a porter, I believe. Really doesn't remind of a bock at all.

Mouthfeel: A bit fizzy but reasonably bodied.

Drinkability: A decent chocolate beer but a sorry bock. Really reminds me very little of a bock but the chocolate flavor is pretty good. Definitely a good winter brew and a reasonable addition to the winter mixed pack.

Photo of goalie33
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle
A: Black with redish hues when held up to the light. Tan head disappears quickly. Leaves decent lacing on the glass.
S: Very faint chocolate smell on top of a roasted malts. No hops to speak of.
T: Chocolate is stronger in the taste then in the nose with some nice roasted flavors, but it's a little bit watery. Almost like a chocolaty version of the black lager.

I was very excited when I saw this beer in the winter mix pack and I expected more of a chocolate flavor upfront. An enjoyable beer, but could be better.

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