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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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2,570 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,570
Reviews: 1,109
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.85%
Wants: 45
Gots: 136 | 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 Duhast500
4.72/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2nd to last bottle remaining from the winter 2008 release.

Poured from the 22oz. bottle into a stemmed glass.

The color is a nice dark brown to black with a light brown had with about three fingers two fingers of some really nice looking foam.

The smell is malty with some dark chocolate flavor that is pretty right up front. There is also some slight vanilla aroma.

The taste is pretty creamy, with a nice malty chocolate flavor. Is a bit like Chocolate milk with the warming feeling of alcohol to give a slight bit to the taste. Is pretty tasty even with a little age on it and is better than some chocolate stout I have had.

The feel to this beer is a pleasant medium bodied bock with a pretty light feel with some wisps of alcohol that does tend to make this beer feel heavier at times.

Photo of thain709
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown...actually I'd say it's black in color...a tan head forms...not very big...pretty fizzy...reminds me of pouring a Coke...some lacing

S - Not huge aromas but notes of chocolate and some dark fruits

T - The chocolate is not as big as I would have expected but it's a nice touch...some coffee flavors are rolling around...the big flavor in this one is the roasted malts...well I would say roasted as much as they were almost burnt...the malts were past the roasted point that I enjoy

M - Medium bodied...but very light as well...smooth and creamy

D - I was surprised with how light this was and the low ABV which help the drinkability...I liked the chocolate presence in this one...but the malts were a little too roasted for me...overall a decent beer that I'm glad I tried

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

Bought this one awhile back at the Beverage Superstore a 22oz bottle with great packaging.

It poured very dark with red overtones and a nice tan head that died in several minutes. It had a light cocoa aroma but not at all as much as I was expecting with the word Chocolate blazened on the front of the bottle. The taste was mainly that of roasted malt with the chocolate becoming more apparent after it warmed up a bit.

The mouthfeel was mostly light even with the dark appearance and although the drinkability was good I expected more from Sam.

Photo of caddybuyer
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a very fancy bottle with and embossed label. This was also a pretty expensive brew, so lets hope it is good.

A-Dark brown brew with cherry cola highlights when held to the light. Slight tan head that settles rapidly into nothingness. Too bad.

S-Malty, and slightly British...reminds me of Hobgoblin with a wee bit of cocoa in the background. Interesting, but not impressive.

T-Sweet malty start, a whif velvety cocoa, and a sweet finish. The best thing I can say about this is that it is very interesting...Not bad, not good, only so so. It reminds me a bit of SA Holiday Porter with some chocolate thrown in for good measure. This is not as bad as some of the reviews would lead you to believe.

M-Very nice velvety mouthfeel yet slightly on the thin side at the same time.

D-Drinkability? Well...its OK, I't kind of fun, and not a drainpour....I'm glad I tried it, and I give Jim Kudos for trying something different, but I don't think I'll be buying another anytime soon..I mean, sheesh, I can buy 2 750's of Chimay for the price of this...

Photo of SACraig
4.55/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beer on 8/26/09, a few months after its "best by" date of April 09. I personnally thought that this beer was outstanding. Smooth, clean but flavoriful. Subtle but complex. I am only sorry that I will likely not be able to find more.

A - dark but held to light very clear. Foam was nice but min lace
S - Malts and the chocolate notes come through
T - Great. Flavoriful but not heavy. The chocolate comes through subtly but clearly. Nice.
M - Maybe its best quality. Smooth, clean finish. Only the nice flavors linger.
D - Awesome

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

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock is a clear dark red lager with a small, dense, yellowish light beige head that leaves good lacing. It has a tart aroma that's a little sweet and chocolaty. It has a smooth medium body with a slick, oily finish. It has a nice, tart bock flavor with plenty of dry, roasty chocolate and a note of vanilla. It's really clean and tasty.

Photo of BeanBone
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A rich reddish-brown body with laser beams of red highlights. Up top, a little over a finger of tan head that burns out quickly and leaves little lacing.

Aroma: Standard dark fruit and darkish malt Bock aromas with just a hint of milk chocolate.

Taste: Much the same as the aroma. It's essentially a regular Bock with all of the usual nutty, raisiny, and malty notes. The milk chocolate character is more prevalent in the flavor profile but still not as prominent as I'd like. The aftertaste is roasty with a mild hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation and a drying finish.

Drinkability: Very sessionable, though you'd quickly run up quite a tab at this price.

Verdict: Unfortunately, Chocolate Bock falls a little short; it's not much more than a middle-of-the-road Bock with some mild chocolate flavors mixed in. While this would work as part of a mixed twelve-pack, this 750ml doesn't quite measure up to the over ten dollar price tag.

Photo of bbeane
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a Pilsner glass... Very dark in color, but not so dark that no light shines through when held up to one. Light brownish head maybe about 1/4 inch thick. Doesn't leave much lacing. Beer looks very active

S- Not overly aromatic. Slight malt smell with some chocolatey overtones

T- Tasty. Slightly malty tasting with just the right amount of chocolatey overtones

M- Pretty light bodied compared to the color of the brew. Very smooth.

D- I would definately drink more, and see no reason that I couldn't drink quite a few in a night


Photo of jrallen34
2.23/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

Being a Sameul Adams product I had fairly high hopes for this despite the word chocolate being in the title. Unfortunatley, quite a let down.

This is a very poor effort all the way around.

Doesn't have a very disticnt aroma or flavor.

Photo of sophisticated
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have not had a ton of bocks, and certainly no chocolate bocks before this. I have been wanting to try this but the typical $18 price tag has steered me away. However, I found this for $10...But this was due to the "best by" date of April 2009. So take that into consideration.

A) Poured light to dark brown - light came in around the edges. Very cola-looking. Thin light brown head and no lacing.

S) Malts and cocoa at first. When it warmed up vanilla came through but also something like whiskey. The alcohol was noticeable, even with the low ABV.

T) Heavy malts, vanilla and dark chocolate, and the alcohol could be tasted. It was on the sweet side, but not overly chocolately. More complex than some straight forward chocolate stouts, for example.

MF) Smooth and medium-bodied, but flat. Low carbonation - not sure if this would be due to the fact that it was a bit old.

D) Pretty good. Pleasant enough, pretty nice taste. And a low ABV of 5.5%.

Overall I'm glad I tried this, but it's not necessarily for me. I wonder how the bottle I tried would compare to a fresher bottle.

Photo of Winter
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown in color, almost black, with a frothy brown head. Aroma consists of cocoa, chocolate malt, candied raisins and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium-to almost full - in body. Rich malty body. Flavors of cocoa, chocolate malt, and tobacco are all dominant. Raisin follows that into a dry middle. Chocolate frosting emerges just before a long satisfying finish. This is a bold beer. So much so, that I would be tempted to pair this with a cigar and suggest you consume both in a contemplative mood.

This ranks as one of the most complex bock beers I have tried. The bottle I tried had a Best by date of April 2009. 3 months later, I'd say it still holds up. I enjoyed this enough that it would warrant another purchase.

Photo of rfgetz
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep dark brown with a light mahogany hue. quickly disapearing thick khaki head.

S: Roasted malts and chocolate with a bready nose as you get used to the scents.

T: Malty and Sweet Chocolate with an almost dessert bready like. The chocolate itself is bitter, the sweetness comes from the malt. Notes of dark fruit and vanilla sugar on the finish.

M: Medium body, very smooth but nice little lingering aftertaste

D: excellent chocolate beer, slightly different from your typical chocolate stouts. The bock style lends itself nicely.

Photo of mothman
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my La Chouffe tulip

Poured somewhat vigorously resulting in 3 fingers of slight tanned head. Not dark, not light. Leaves some very little splattered lace. Some what good retention. Color is pretty much oil black.

Aroma: Dark chocolate. Reminds me of Belgium chocolate. A ton of malts. Caramel. Roasted flavor. Kind of reminds me of Sam Adams honey porter for some reason. A very robust aroma.

Taste: Caramel and dark chocolate. Very, very robust flavor packed with malts. Some earthy hops are present. This is one of my favorite bocks. A 4.5 is well deserved for this bock. Very good.

Mouthfeel: A little crisp. A big robust mouthfeel. Carbonation seems to be accurate. Full bodied for a lager. Leaves a smokey/malty aftertaste. Not to bad, but I hate smoke and this wasn't expected.

Overall, I am very impressed with Sam Adams on this one. Very drinkable and a ton of flavors. I know this beer isn't worth $15 at regular price, but on clearance it is a pretty fair deal. I shared this with the family and they even liked it.

Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to pepsican for a bottle of this tasty-looking treat.

This was pretty much a one-note treat, although a pretty good one. Nose: chocolate. Appearance: chocolate. Taste: chocolate. Mouthfeel: chocolate. Drinkability: pretty good, since I like chocolate.

Really, nothing else; this is a one-note beer for me. Not a tootie roll assault like some other Hershey brews, but just a steady drip of chocolate on the tongue.

Enjoyable but not something for every day.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pilsener Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours up a very dark brown color. Three fingers of loose, light brown foam forms the head. Retention is okay and the lacing is thin and slick.

Mild chocolate notes are here, backed by a generous presence of roasted malts and cocoa powder. Mild hints of smoke and light coffee notes. Slight presence of dark fruits. Light notes of honey and vanilla caramels.

The taste is like the nose, only better. The malts are thick and rich with a slight roasted quality. The chocolate is much more prominent than in the smell. Vanilla and honey are more prevelant, also. Nice presence of caramel. Cocoa powder and a mild kiss of spice notes, in the finish, give this one a nice, smoothness and balance.
This is mostly everything I love about Bocks, with an extra dose of chocolate and vanilla.

Good medium body on this one. Nice middle-of-the-road carbonation. Very smooth and a nice, mild creaminess.

Very good flavor and balance. Nice 5.5%ABV. This one is a keeper. If it weren't so pricey, it could be a very nice session beer.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a coffee brown color with good carbonation that produced a tannish head. Nose is cocoa, caramel malt and some chocolate. Taste was dominated by cocoa and chocolate but not overdone. Taste was mildly sweet with cocoa, caramel and smoothness. Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy. Good brew but not worth the bucks you cough up to get it!

Photo of NewGeneric
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared this earlier tonight with a friend. Poured a deep brown, almost black color with thick beige head that didn't fade too quickly and left decent lacing. Smelled of roasted chocolate malts, with hints of caramel and coffee. Tasted like chocolate up front with a nice malty finish. Pretty smooth and I would love to drink more if it weren't for the price tag...

Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate Bock appeared awfully light coming out the bottle and still, to the light, shows a fair bit of transparency given its dark colour. Its head proves persistent and lays patches of glinty, sudsy webs of lace. Even though it would seem black, a closer inspection reveals more purplish tones and the vivid clarity of a finger on the other side of the glass.

Sam Adams may have added cocoa nibs but they've taken nothing away from the rich melanoidins and toasty overtones that characterize the aroma of a traditional bock; this smells profoundly malty-sweet. Maybe too sweet actually - this might cause a headache. Oddly enough the aroma has more honey and vanilla notes than it does chocolate.

I'm finding the beer rather tasty although I'm already wondering how it will fare over the course of the glass, much less the entire (rather large) bottle. The malts are sweet enough as is; well-attenuated and free of roast or burnt character, they offer plenty of caramel and toasty melanoidins. It tastes less like actual cocoa nibs than sweet chocolate, vanilla and honey.

Eyes shut I might not recognize this as anything other than a Bock. It is a super clean lager with nice toasty bits of maltiness. The caramel and melanoidin flavours linger momentarily before parting ways to a largely void aftertaste. The cocoa powder is just a tiny residual; it does little to temper the sweetness, which, frankly, can be a bit overwhelming by the end.

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock may not be worth the price tag but it's certainly deserving of a little praise. The caramel, toasty melanoidins and chocolate worked. If I were in charge at the brewery I would leave the recipe just as is and change nothing but the price; this is something I'd be more likely to buy regularly than as a special occasion beer.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a Christmas gift that was BB April 2009, suddenly I know why Premier Gourmet had this on sale in March. In any event, there is a fizzy tan head initially atop a cola-black liquid; soon only a ring is left. Smell was of chocolate almonds, not overly sweet. I thought the body was sufficiently smooth, nice texture, a lit thin in the body. Smell and taste were best soon after opening, air did not seem to develop much beyond that. Still, I thought that the first half of this beer was delightful with hot chocolate notes, cocoa beans, well balanced and not too sweet. There was also a toasted malty backbone that complimented the chocolate notes. With air and warming, it went a bit flat and the lovely flavours were less pronounced. Too bad I didn't pick some up on sale in March, exceedingly drinkable.

Photo of ATPete
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Pours a deep brown/black color with a strong tan/brown head leaving lots of sticking. Roasty, toasty malt nose, sweet bakers chocolate. Not overly sweet in flavor but a bit too metallic, the slightest tang of bitterness on the end. Simple and boardering one dimensional. Well made for sure, but way over priced.

Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a thick, foamy, tan head. It left patchy lacing.

S - It smelled of chocolate, tons of chocolate. Some sweet caramel aromas were present, too.

T - The name fits. It tastes like a sweet caramel bock with a lot of chocolate added.

M - It was crisp and yet still smooth. A light to medium bodied brew.

D - This is what it is: a chocolate bock. Would work very well as a desert beer. It found it on sale for $10.99 but it's still overpriced.

Photo of SykDoc
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a dark brown that is very dark brown when held to the light. A 1/8 inch multi-variant tan head forms and reduces quickly to a lacing at the edges.

The aroma when it was cold reminded me of bananas, metallic, and bread. As it warmed, chocolate and a caramel malt sweetness became more apparent. Mild earthy hops int he back ground.

The taste was good combined with the aroma and included good level of chocolate with a caramel component and again that earthy hops in the background, as well as a fruity component.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied but could definitely be heftier. Good level of carbonation makes it crisp but then it sits on your palate like syrup.

Overall, this is a good beer but it would be very difficult to have more than one at a time because of the way it sits in your mouth. Worth a try. A decent bock beer and fun to try.

Photo of trpng0bily
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this beer gets a bit underrated because it doesn't deliver the heavy chocolate that its name suggests. Instead of being a chocolate bomb, this has balanced flavors of chocolate, hazelnut, caramel, and fruity yeast. Medium bodied, but surprisingly creamy. A bit too syrupy-sweet to session. Impressive body and flavor for a 5.5% brew.

Photo of ThaBobfather
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a creamy nearly black color with ample medium bodied tan head.
Smells strongly of roasted malts, with some toasted chocolate, and maybe some coffee bean.
Taste is a well blended mix between milky chocolate and bitter, roasted chocolate. The malts really keep the flavor balanced.
Finish is crisp and our malty flavor stays as a great after-taste.
Pretty drinkable with it's body, the chocolate makes it smooth.

Photo of dfillius
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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Poured into a pint glass
A: Terribly fancy looking bottle...Gentle pour yields 2/3 finger head with poor retention - more please. Deep brown liquid with burgundy hints.
S: Chocolate, peanut, fruit, raisin. Rich, but it took me a while to pinpoint exactly what this reminded me of, then it hit me - hazelnut! Slight banana and clove
T: Sweet with a touch of savory, almost like Li Hing Mui. A lot like Rogue Hazelnut Brown. Has the same aftertaste as semi-sweet chocolate chips. Delicious!
M: A little dry Same after feel as Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips.
D: High despite the high ABV. Tasty so I'm glad it is a big bottle and I'm the only one drinking it.

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