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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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2,425 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,425
Reviews: 1,105
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 17.08%
Wants: 32
Gots: 82 | 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 WakeandBake


4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown color with a medium creamy tan head. Sweet caramel, chocolate, and toasty malt aroma. Flavor of sweet chocolate with hints of vanilla, caramel and faint molassas. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation and a rather creamy finish for a bock. Good but awful expensive for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 22:07:45 | More by WakeandBake
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark mahogany color with a nice beige colored, 1 finger fine-bubbled head. Decent retention and lacing. Nice looking bottle as well.

I swear this smells just like cocoa krispies cereal! Dont get any hops on the nose, but nonetheless it smells really good. Nothing too overpowering.

Flavors are not at all overwhelming, quite drinkable. Roasty and toasty subtle notes complement the cocoa well. Somewhat creamy and 'milky' feeling in the mouth, but at the same time thin bodied. Would not want to follow an imperial stout or IPA with this beer as the flavors are truly subtle. Overpriced? Yes, but definitely tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 19:54:33 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of bum732


3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red black. Decent white head with flakes of chocolate within it. Unbelievable!! Not a whole lot of aroma, unfortunately. Smells of light dark fruit, very faint holiday spices, cocoa powder, . Tastes sweet roasty malt up front followed quickly by the chocolate backbone. Very subdued beer which works with the bitter chocolate. Aftertaste is pretty neutral like most lagers. Finishes quite sweet and slightly chalky leaving a cocoa powder aftertaste. Nice and creamy, medium body.

A good beer, very clean with a nice mellow chocolate taste. I kind of wish there was more legs to this baby, especially considering if costs about $16 a bottle, which is fucking ridiculous. Luckily i didn't pay for this. i love the chocolate specks in it, very cool. Would pair great with any subtle dessert so as not to overpower it.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 03:09:07 | More by bum732


3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown coffee in color. Light passes through revealing a clear amber brown within. Thin off-white head and thin bubbly lacing that dissipated quickly.

S: Smokey roasted malt and sweet chocolaty coffee aromas.

T: Sweet, chocolately, and malty. A bit acidic and alcohol tasting on the way down. The smokey coffee flavor lingers on the tongue.

MF: A lighter body and sweeter than expected, a bit too sweet in my opinion. Good bitter chocolate and smokey malt aftertaste.

D: Decent smokey chocolate brew. A bit on the sweet side, but a worthwhile drink for the winter. A bit more bittering hop here would've done this one well. Had this one after shoveling the driveway. Was a nice, refreshing alternative to a hot cocoa.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 02:03:39 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
Photo of applky

New York

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Why the bad rap? This beer is very average. I would never consider paying $15+ for that oblong, fancily embossed bottle that it comes in, but $6 at Sunset for 13oz seems reasonable enough. A nice chocolate flavor in the nose without the alcoholic richness of chocolate stouts. There's that wonderfully intriguing bock body to round it all out when you sip at it, but you may be tempted to slurp. It's very very drinkable, if a bit over-carbonated.

The real accomplishment is the purity of the chocolate flavor, and for those who believe it's thin on mouthfeel... it's a bock with 5.6% ABV, what did you expect?

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2009 23:19:30 | More by applky
Photo of Zorro


3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear exceptionally dark brown colored beer with a small brown head. Lots of red highlights when held up to the light.

Smell is sweet with a strong orange chocolate aroma and a lesser scent of nuts. Did not expect anything citrus in a bock beer. Thick syrupy malt aroma.

The taste starts out nuts and chocolate, and quite strongly so. Chocolate covered nut beer and that really does sum this up.

Mouthfeel is thick.

An OK beer but not one I will crave or likely ever sample again. Chocolate beer, OK done that don't need a second one.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 22:44:18 | More by Zorro
Photo of BMoney575


3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled on 1-2-09
Best before 4-09
Reviewed from notes.

A: Black, with a little red at the bottom. Thick brown head on top, with thick lacing.

S: Bitter chocolate, smoke, enjoyable but surprisingly thin.

T: Similar to the smell, bitter chocolate and smoke, and very thin for the style. Not alot of flavor for a $15 beer.

M: Good, but just like the flavor, a little on the thin side.

D: Very good, but way to expensive to ever buy one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 20:30:48 | More by BMoney575
Photo of albern


3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a ruby mahogany color with a nice tannish slightly foamy head, that retains for a bit. Not much lacing. The the ruby notes on the beer shine in the light. The nose on the beer is slight, but there is a clear note of chalky cocoa powder and a tad bit of caramel. The taste is very caramel laden, somewhat creamy, quite astringent and sharp in places, not a great deal of carbonation, and some cocoa hints towards the finish. The beer gets more chocolatey as it settles, but there is not an overpowering, or very distinct chocolate flavor to the beer. This is a bock beer for sure, with the slightly syrupy caramel consistency, the slightly soury aftertaste and finish, and with this beer, the chocolate hints on the back end. This is a decent beer, but nothing special warranting the high price. I'm glad I tried it, but won't return there either.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 02:23:55 | More by albern
Photo of jeffmonarch


4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint 9.4 oz. bottle in a pilsner glass.

A - Dark reddish brown color with a little tan head that disappears quickly.

S - Chocolate and malt.

T - Smooth and crisp. This is a lot thinner than I expected. It has a nice chocolate finish.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer. I like it and the fact that it is as thin and light on the alcohol it makes it very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 05:11:04 | More by jeffmonarch
Photo of IronCitySteve


3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A deep dark brown color with a small brown foam head.

S: Lots and lots of chocolate scents with some hints of dark fruit.

T: Tasted like a glass of chocolate milk, when you put way too much chocolate syrup in the glass. Was extremely sweet. Some coffee flavors off-set some of the sweetness.

M: Well carbonated, but it seemed a tad thin.

D: It was too sweet for me to enjoy the whole 750 ml bottle. I enjoy sweeter bocks, but this was too much. A good dessert beer, but only one for me!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 15:43:00 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of Kemmerlin


4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: very dark filtered with a light tan thin head and no lacing on the glass.
S: has a nutty bread yeast aroma that is mellow and inviting which compliments the taste well.
T: upfront is a black liquorice taste with a dry cocoa powder aftertaste and what seems like a high alcohol content taste which is surprising considering it only 5.6%.
M/D: the feel is astringent and slightly dry with some bite but relatively good. It is however filling and slow to drink but savory.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 01:17:09 | More by Kemmerlin
Photo of charliedango


3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm a fan of chocolate stouts and thought the chocolate bock by Sam Adams would be a nice treat. At $15 a bottle I found it to be a little excessively priced, but since it's not produced year round I didn't really think twice about purchasing it.

The things I liked about Sam Adams Chocolate Bock were that it had a very unique flavor which wasn't masking a high alcohol content. It was very easy to enjoy with a very thin mouthfeel and more carbonation than the stouts I'm accustomed to.

With this offering I truly felt the chocolate label was taken literally. It's a sweet chocolate concoction which made me think more along the lines of a flavored alcoholic beverage rather than a dark chocolaty, but well-balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 02:06:42 | More by charliedango
Photo of davexisxrabid


4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared this bottle with my girlfriend and glad to say that we both enjoyed the hell out of it!

Poured a nice dark brown that was almost black and opaque were it not for the hazy brown tinges at the edge of the glass when held up to light. Nice thick brown one and half inch head that sticks around for a little bit then fades.

Aroma is of chocolate, malts, and yeast.

Taste is of sweet milk chocolate mixed with a bit of unsweetened dark chocolate but not cloying. No hop bitterness detected.

Medium-full bodied, well carbonated moutfeel to it but I expected it to be a bit heavier for a bock.

I could drink a few of these in a night without becoming bored of it were it not for the exhorbant price...

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 16:49:14 | More by davexisxrabid
Photo of karlf


3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First I have to admit I have only tried 2 other chocolate beers (youngs double and brooklyns) but i really enjoyed this. It was definitely very sweet and tasted more like milk chocolate to me rather than dark. I can see how most people would feel that it had an artificial taste to. I would probably recommend it for dessert and to be really savored.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 17:54:09 | More by karlf
Photo of jpnasty


2.28/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

i had this beer at a tasting from a sam adams sales rep at bermans in lexinton . so the look of the beer had a nice maduro cigar look to it. so the noise on this beer was not impressive at all , hints of cedar and earthy tones but no chocolate at all??? so here came the most important part taste, wow pretty gross. pretty much it tasted like melted tootsie rolls and that thick Cough syrup taste. and the worst part it costs 15+ no that is a crime i would maybe pay 3bucks at the most for this bar.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 04:17:28 | More by jpnasty
Photo of Buebie


2.4/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Edit: The guy above me speaks the truth. I'm feeling robbed too.

Poured from a 750ml brown bottle into my Sam Adams Turbulator.
Black in color with a dark crimson glow when held to light. 2 fingers of off white head. Leaving thin greasy streaks along the glass.

Aroma is kinda soapy, with a floral purfumy flowers smell. Just a faint cry of cocoa nib nuttieness, no real chocolate in the aroma.

Nutty cocoa nib flavors with a super mild and watery mouthfeel. Carbonation dominance. Watered down liquid chocolate extract flavors. Its like they just watered the hell out of the wort to make this one go farther. It could have been so much better.

Do not recommend.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 01:31:45 | More by Buebie
Photo of TheMistler

District of Columbia

3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had thought strongly about getting a bottle of this but could not justify the price. Saw it on draft and my desire to sample this beer was sated.

It actually kinda looks like milk chocolate, a creamy brown. Dark to the point of being nearly but not completely opaque. Light certainly peaks through. It has a creamy, tan head that displays decent retention and pretty darn good lacing. Whispy cap.

Malted milk balls on the nose, with some dark fruit. Crisper than those analogies might immediately indicate.

Okay, for taste, I can comment on what I my overall impression was and what I tasted upon examination, for lack of a better term. In depth: dark fruit malt notes, and roasted characteristics that help a slight dark chocolate flavor that seems to sweeten to milk chocolate. A rather bland dusting of chocolate powder in the aftertaste. Overall: It tastes like root beer.

The beer is crisp, maybe overly carbonated. It not only tastes like root beer, it drinks like a soda as well. So drinkability is high, but not really for a good reason.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2009 00:02:48 | More by TheMistler
Photo of Kallessin


4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown in color that you can see through when held to the light. Full light-tan head.

Some very light hop aromas followed by the sweet maltiness with chocolate and coffee mixed in there, as expected.

Some fruity raisin/prune/fig flavors. Overall very malty and sweet. The sweet chocolate is definitely there, but not as much as I would like. The hops come through a little in the background. The malty flavors are predominant.

It's very creamy and smooth and a little chewy. There's a fair amount of carbonation that you feel in the swallow.

Very easy to drink and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 22:37:05 | More by Kallessin
Photo of FleeVT


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep brown with auburn highlights towards the edges with a tan head that starts out big but quickly fizzles to an almost imperceptible layer. My only knock on this was the headloss.

S: Sweet cocoa mixed with mild malts. I would have expected a bit more in the malt department, but the nose is inviting. I pick up hints of coffee at times, as well.

T: Just as advertised on the nose. A nice dose of bittersweet chocolate and malts. The coffee flavor comes through in the bitter back. A delicious beer!

M: A thin body with moderate to high carbonation. I actually like it a lot, as it plays nicely off the chocolate flavors.

D: The reviews on this one have been all over the place. I was excited to receive it as a gift then nervous once I read some of the reviews. I thoroughly enjoyed the sweet and bitter balance on the palate. The nose left a little to be desired but I feel the taste more than made up for it.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 00:13:34 | More by FleeVT
Photo of errantnight


4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From holiday review notes...

Well I can't say that I'll ever buy this again at 14.99 a bottle... but I'll be sorely tempted.

My expectations were set just about right... think bock (single bock, not doppel), and think mellow but full chocolate flavor. And boy did this deliver.

Pours an unassuming pale brown. Solidly brown, no amber, ruby, or orange highlights. Very little head, although carbonation seems fair.

Aroma is subdued, maybe a whisp of cocoa powder, maybe cold chocolate milk with a bit of caramel sweetness.

And the taste isn't overwhelming at first... there's a delicate subtlety and balance here... but after a few sips, this really gets going. And I mean really gets going. Has a good bocks impeccable balance of staunchly forward malt with a crisp clean finish that's not bitter or hoppy, and it rides along on a wave of simple clean chocolate notes. It's not roasty and strong, nor is it a milk chocolate simplicity. The body is just right, medium and silky, SILKY smooth. Some sips highlight the light caramel toffee notes a bit more, but this is just a pleasure to drink.

All set to berate myself for blowing my wad on this, I was instead more upset that I had so little of it, and that it was priced out of my interest-in-repurchasing range. But for those of you with more dough, or those with an appreciation for mellow, middle of the road strength beers, I can't recommend this enough.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 23:10:28 | More by errantnight
Photo of soupermirl


4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Take a look at it, chocolaty, dark but not to dark, and when you move it around a bit in the glass and give it a sniff, it just smells like it will taste great. When you actually taste it, chocolate bock does taste great. Chocolaty...Yes. Smooth...Yes. Malty...Yes. Bitter, only a very slight bitter, just right for the chocolate taste. Expensive...Yes. Relatively speaking. But I thought it was so good, I ordered 3 on the internet @ $14.99 each.


Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 03:47:00 | More by soupermirl
Photo of Contagion


3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

There is a nice dark brown coloring to it with a touch of crimson to it. Light passes through with much difficulty. When I initially poured it, an inch thick tan head formed. The head was made up of tiny bubbles. The head fades to a ring around the top of the beer. There is no lacing at all.

The smell is very simply that of chocolate and cocoa. You can make out the feint scent of malts as it warms. The taste is very simple as well; it's mostly chocolate with a touch of coffee malts. There is a bit of bitterness to it that one associates with coffee and dark chocolate. The aftertaste is reminiscent of chocolate milk.

This is a medium bodied beer, based on the appearance I was figuring it would be a bit more full bodied.

This beer costs about $14.99 a bottle locally; to be honest I was expecting a lot more from it. It's not a bad beer, but for the price it's really not worth it. Based on the price, the bottle and the marketing, I'm going to say this is one of those beers that is drunk by people being pretentious. I enjoyed the beer, but it was lacking in its simplicity.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 02:22:58 | More by Contagion
Photo of rhinos00


3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- Dark, chocolate brown with shades of crimson when light reflected in the glass. Poured a nice 2-3 fingers width of tan colored head.

S- Simple, but very pleasing. A combination of chocolates and cocoa (almost like the powder used in hot chocolate). Would have rated this higher, but just lacked diversity if ingredients.

T- Followed the nose. Upfront there was a nice chocolate flavor, which gave way to a coffee bean bitterness that was not terribly bitter. Once again, I wish there was more to say, but it was a rather simple beer or so it seemed.

M- The second half of the taste bothered me. Just as the chocolate flavor subdues, the coffee bean flavor comes out in the form of a grainy texture that I did not care for.

D- Very drinkable. Had no problem drinking a whole bottle.

Overall, a decent beer that just seems to simple. Given the steep price, I probably would not try this again, unless someone gave it to me.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 14:40:35 | More by rhinos00
Photo of Blakaeris


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany brown with ruby highlights. Head is a modest tan mass that quickly dissipates to a thin sheen.

Aroma is sweet dry cocoa. Hints of dark grain and brown sugar.

Taste is initially sweet and chocolatey, as you would expect from a milk stout. Charred dark grain offers a touch of bitterness. Toffee, brown sugar, dark fruit, and subdued coffee flavors bring some complexity. Finish is dry with a sour mustyness.

Mouthfeel is light bodied. Smooth and silky.

A tasty, if overpriced brew. This is a light bodied beer. I find that I keep expecting more of a stout character and in that aspect, this beer is underwhelming. However, there are no off flavors here. As a bock beer this seems to be a solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 00:46:08 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of bashiba


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep dark brown with bright ruby highlights. A thin soap ring of a head.

The smell had a light sweet chocolate smell along with some sweet.

The flavor has a big sweet milk chocolate flavor, almost Hershey like. Some hints of vanilla and black licorice. The flavor is good, but not much beer flavor here, the chocolate flavor overpowers any semblance of malt, hop, or yeasty goodness.

The mouthfeel is a creamy with a medium thickness to it.

Overall its easy to drink in a strange way, even though it barely taste like beer. The price to is a bit much with more obviously going to the slick packaging than to the ingredients.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 00:34:24 | More by bashiba
Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 2,425 ratings.