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

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BA SCORE
82
good

2,565 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 2,565
Reviews: 1,108
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.85%
Wants: 45
Gots: 132 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of droomyster
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with soda fizz head that lasts less than a minute. Aromas have a bit of dark chocolate (not nearly as much as I expected), with a dull, nondescript maltiness and next to nothing in the way of hops except maybe a faint whiff of stale coffee. However, this beer's single selling point, its taste, outweighs these initial shortcomings by a ton. Very rich, dark malts are heavily laced with sweet and bitter chocolate notes from beginning to end. While not necessarily complex, nothing short of delicious, and in my humble opinion, should be sipped and enjoyed entirely on its own. The flavors are complemented nicely by the full body, which breaks into a luxuriously creamy mass on the midpalate. Bravo!

Photo of damndirtyape
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by March 2011) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark beer - black on the table but very dark ruby red when held up to the light. Dense, but thin, tan head across the top of the beer. Some lacing here and there, but it tended to slide back down the glass rather than stick around.

Smell: A rich chocolate liquor smell. Not bittersweet chocolate though - definitely more cocoa like with some raisin-like notes. Very tasty.

Taste: Definitely a fine marriage between roasted malts and a strong cocoa/chocolate flavor. The Mrs. described it as an "alcoholic Hershey's bar" and I don't think she's too far off the mark. Cocoa up front mixing with roasted malts and then a very mild bitter finish that is masked by more cocoa. The chocolate is the dominant flavor here, but it's not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation with a mild creamy mouthfeel. Nice.

Drinkability: This is a dessert beer - hands down. It goes at the end of the meal, maybe as the dessert itself. I think you could pair it nicely with a cheeseburger as a beer version of a chocolate milkshake, but otherwise I think it's best to have by itself at the end of a meal. I could not just go straight for this when I want a beer. A good special occasion beer.

Photo of dcook11
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of the fridge for about twenty minutes, reviewed on a chilly night. Served in a pint glass. What a great, unique beer! Half an hour out of the fridge its a good beer. Forty...it's superb! Let it warm up.

A- Pours a nearly pitch black ebony with tints of cherry red that become more apparent when the pint glass is penetrated by rays of light. Although very dark, some carbonation is visible and by tilting the beer upward one can see the fine champagne bubbles rise toward a slowly dissipating head. An aggressive pour produces a wispy mocha head and some lacing down the side of the glass. A little better head retention would have also made the appearance score higher. A good looking beer that could be great if given some more lacing and a more persistent head.

S- Heaven. Heavy milk chocolate (like smelling a fresh Hershey's bar) followed by subtle hints of cinnamon. Some malt sweetness accompanies the first two odors with just the faintest hint of hop bite at the termination. Like desert in a bottle, so good!

T- Cocoa coats the tongue and pleasant cinnamon notes follow close behind. Sneaking in right behind the cinnamon come a sharp but balanced hop bite that quickly fades to a chocolate that lingers pleasantly on one's tongue. This is very close to being flawless.

M-Medium bodied with a velvet chocolate quality that caresses the tongue and a sharp but soft bitterness from the hops that keeps the sweetness in balance.

D- Drinkabilty is excellent; this is not a beer that I would tire of easily. All the components work well together providing the drinker with an excellent drinking experience.

Sam Adams, please make six packs year round!

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

Aroma has a good mix of sweet cocoa with a bit of roasted chocolate notes...a sweet and roasted mix that works well.

Taste is chocolatey through and through, albeit not all that powerful. Body has some semi-sweet chocoalte in it, like a hot chocolate in beer format...with a finish of light roasted chocolate that lends a soft bitterness to wrap it up. There's a good cocoa powder aftertaste to it as well.

It's really quite a delicious beer, if not perhaps a little monotonous. It's like a Young's, but lighter. A good winter beer.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.45/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - black with a khaki colored head that left a thin sheet of lacing.

S - cocoa puffs aroma.

T - it is chocolaty, even when it warms I didn't get too much else.

F - medium bodied with a slick feel.

D - meh.

Photo of MP72
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice almost black color with and off white head. Looked very nice in my dimple mug.

S- I actually got a similar smell as you get from Guinness or Murphy's nitro can at first. As it warmed though a great chocolate aroma kicked in.

T- Chocolate all the way ,, much more so than say Young's double Choco stout.

M- A bit slick in the mouth but actually common for many SA brews.

D- Pretty good for a beer with such a sweetness,,I could do 2 maybe but one is a treat for sure. Drikability comes in at a 3.5 for me because it is heavy but you must consider what it is.

Photo of beergod1
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very clear/dark brown color with nice thick fluffy brown head that hung around a while. Aroma was chocolaty, with some roasted malts, and a little Dark fruit. Flavor was pretty much the same. Almost an Oatmeal Stout with Creamy Chocolate. Mouth feel was thinner than I expected, but I have to remember this is a bock and not a stout. Drink-ability was very high on this as the flavor combined with the 5.6%abv made this an easy drinker. Had it with Grilled Short Ribs, and Asparagus. I need this in a six pack.

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

Appearance - Pours a "chocolate" color into my fitting SA Perfect Pint. About two fingers of mocha colored head is achieved with a moderate pour. The head dissipates at a relatively fast pace leaving slight lacing on the glass.

Smell - Massive amounts of bitter cocoa, roasted malts, vanilla, breads/biscuit, etc.

Taste - Honestly, similar to the nose, however, the bitter cocoa has a bit more sweetness to it. Honestly, there is a massive amount of chocolate in this beer. The vanilla makes itself known immediately and melds with the cocoa ever so nicely. This is, by far, a superior beer to any "chocolate" beers I have tried. Delicious and a great night cap.h

Mouthfeel - Medium boded, average carbonation, smooth, though finishes just a hint dry.

Drinkability - I will say this is more-so a "one and done" type of beer, though, for what it is, it is fantastic. I have an "actual" 2008 Chocolate Bock (in that nifty glass/metal bottle) sitting in my cellar right now and as I have read, it is even better than the "dumbed down" version that this is (though I still think it tastes great!) that I can't wait to try. For what it is, it is a great beer. Cheers!

Photo of thespaceman
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle (Winter Sampler Pack) into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint

Appearance: Pours a medium brown in color, slightly tan head starts to emerge and slowly dissapates into just a thin wisp of lace. Head retention is decent, not enough to blow my socks off.

Smell: Up front I get a small dose of earthy hops, very grassy, yet the chocolate aromas lay in the backround a bit unpronounced. They start to emerge more as this warms in the glass yet it's overtaken by more of a toasted malt spice and small residual hop aroma. Decent balance just not what I would expect from a chocolate bock.

Taste: There we go! Let's pull a complete 360 from the look and smell and get to the good stuff. Up front I get a bit of oatmeal like sweetness, very small yet profound, with a nice dose of milk chocolate. Bread like maltiness is quick hitting yet very profound. A small tinge of hops linger in the backround yet the malt spice really takes it's toll on your taste buds. Finish consists of a jab of vanilla and some more light chocolate sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied on the tongue, carbonation is right where it should be, not to overhwelming yet not too hard on the taste buds. Nice dose of bitterness plays in yet is well rounded with the addition of the malt here.

Drinkability: Overall, a great addition to the Winter Sampler from Sam. The looks and smell are very mediocre, yet once you taste this, that goes all out the door. The chooclate really comes through nicely on the back-end, and the nice oat taste really compliments it in all fashions. With the atrocious Cranberry Lambic and Coastal Wheat out of this year's mix pack, this beer is a perfect addition to complete one of Sam's best mix packs to date.

Photo of Stunner97
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- very dark brow to black with thick tan head off the pour, extremely dark with no light coming through

Smell- slight chocolate is noticed but not overwhelming, faint hop, roasted malts and molasses, but sort of underwhelming nose

Taste- wow pretty good the taste to me way beat out the nose, the dark cocoa is quite there and almost reminds me of the flavor you get out of the powder in hot chocolate mix before you add any liquid to it, faint roasted malts and other notes in the background but chocolate is the really dominate finish here, what this beer does great job of to me is that even though the chocolate is very much there this beer is sweet in no means and kept quite in balance, the flavor leaves you wanting more and give you git hit of chocolate with out being a chocolate bomb, well done in flavor

Mouthfeel- moderate to heavy but quite smooth, low carbonation

Drinkability- overall i thought this beer was quite enjoyable, it holds quite a good balance and neither becomes to sweet or to dry for they style, could see myself drinking a few of these, the chocolate tones are quite noticeable in the beginning but i felt did kind of mesh out a bit in flavor the more you had, overall a pretty enjoyable beer that was glad i got chance to try

Photo of daliandragon
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love the Sam Winter Sampler. Definitely my favorite of the Sam Seasonal Mixed Boxes. You get your Holiday Porter and Old Fezzi along with the solid lagers. They finally tossed Cranberry Lambic and Cherry Wheat, which never really belonged anyway and now they brought in Choco Bock. *rubs hands together* Excellent!

Cola colored with head that dribbles to nothing in about ninety seconds. Nose is fairly complex: unsweetened chocolate, vanilla, touches of molasses and dark fruit and a background of roasted malt.

I realize bocks aren't supposed to be overly thick or heavy but a touch more body here would make this really good beer outstanding, although you could argue that it would no longer be a bock. Plenty of malty chocolate up front with medium sweetness that dries out nicely to a balanced finish. A bit of dark fruit adds some welcome complexity and the texture isn't at all bad, just a little thinner than I'm wishing for at the moment. Still, within the style this gets bonus points for exceedng expectations.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cheers...

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 2,565 ratings.