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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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2,443 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,443
Reviews: 1,105
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 17.08%
Wants: 35
Gots: 87 | 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 froghop


3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a black with a ruby tint when held to the light, small beige head that goes away quickly, and some lacing.

smell of milk chocolate, weak coffee, roasted nuts, and a touch of bread yeast in the back.

taste is somewhat watery, milk chocolate, malt, a bit of wheat, some vanilla, some roasted nuts, ends with a bit of sweetness to it.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 17:45:04 | More by froghop
Photo of Brianmerrilyn

New York

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

My second tasting at Skibbo's on East Tremont.

A: Pours a dark black with ruby tints, swelling tan two finger head with sticky lace over my cup and a firm collar.

S: The nose was roasted malts, earthy smell, and plenty of cocoa.

T: The flavor follows the nose with crystal malts adding further texture to this thick beer. A bitter coffee finish changes up the taste and moves into a ester yeasty section. Not much in the hop category.

M: Much thinner than I would have expected from the nose and body. Chalky dry finish add to the complexity of this years batch.

D: A strong coco earthy beer. Something I'll have to try in the bottle under much better circumstances.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2008 02:21:40 | More by Brianmerrilyn
Photo of fat58hwy


2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I was very excited to find a display of this in my local Fresh Market. I honestly had not heard of this beer and for $15.99, I was a little hesitant to try. But I figured it was for Thanksgiving and might be a treat. To say I was unimpressed would be an understatement. The appearance and smell was slghtly promising, but beyond that..nothing. Very light mouthfeel and a hint of chocolate. Unless I was given a bottle, I will not try this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 19:57:22 | More by fat58hwy
Photo of StarlightSeraph

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured two glasses out of one 750 mL bottle last night...

Appearance: Very dark brown/black. Looks "thicker" than it ended up being. Head was off-white and dissipated quickly. Not much lacing.

Smell: Chocolately, malty, and coffee-e. Smells like what I expected this beer to smell like.

Taste: Very heavy chocolate flavor, but very little beer flavor. Even though it's only 5.5 ABV, there was very little of an alcohol flavor. The chocolate flavors overpowered in this beer - and I also tasted something artificial, like an artificial sweetener. That being said, it was still very enjoyable. As it warmed, a little more of the beeriness (best way I can think of to describe it) came out.

Mouthfeel: Too thin for this kind of beer. Especially with all the chocolate, and how dark the beer was, I was expecting a much fuller and thicker mouthfeel, that that didn't really come through. Light carbonation, too.

Drinkability: A very drinkable beer. Almost too easy to drink - it's entirely too easy to down this beer without taking the time to savor each sip. Despite the overwhelming chocolate flavor (and that's not necessarily a bad thing), it was a very enjoyable beer. I also had to knock this down for its cost...it's hard to drink a lot of them at 13-16 bucks a bottle:)

I liked this beer...but not for 15.99. If someone offered me some, I certainly wouldn't turn it down. However, I've had better chocolate beers, and it's hard for me to justify the pricetag on this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 15:07:07 | More by StarlightSeraph
Photo of Chelsea1905


3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle. Very dark amber, with a brownish leather coloured head. This head disappeared very quickly, to the point that after a minute it looked like it was an old flat beer with only a couple of bubbles.

Smell, initially was of gas, which I found strange as it looked so flat. But as I let it settle, it beared the malt, chocolate and deep molases background which was nice.

Tasted a little watery at first, but as you let it settle in the mouth, there was a nice warmth of malt and cocoa in the background that came through.

A little too gaseous for my liking, but not too bad. Drank well, in that it was easy and not too overpowering or filling.

A nice beer but for $16 I paid for it, I'd sooner get an Old Viscosity or two and pocket the change

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 05:13:44 | More by Chelsea1905
Photo of jujubeast6000


4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 12/4/2008 (bottle BB April 09):

Pours a very dark reddish color. Small off-white head. Coffee, chocolate aromas. Not a strong aroma, weak. Milk chocolate taste. Cocoa aftertaste. Very tasty. Sweet Like a milk stout. Probably the best chocolate beer I've ever had. And one of the best tasting beers overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 04:46:42 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cole's. Really pricey as a bottle (and on tap) and not worth it compared to many good and better chocolate-powered beers now available. Chocolate liquor, thinned down but still above average mouthfeel for a beer. A nice one though.A little chocolately and simple in aroma. Drop of vanilla.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2008 04:23:46 | More by Sammy
Photo of mbenthall

South Carolina

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

Appearance: Deep amber black. With small head, that settles into a nice lace.

Smell: Caramel and coffee with notes of choclate throughout.

Taste: Malty carmel sweetness with a nice choclate profile and subtle undertones of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than what I expected but still medium in body.

Drinkability: Great after dinner beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 15:35:24 | More by mbenthall
Photo of Pamola


3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a chalice. 2 finger light light chocolate head that dissipates quickly leaving some lacing. Pretty much pitch black.

S: Chocolately bitterness with a bit of sourness and astringency. Smells more like a stout/porter than a bock.

T: Intensely strong vanilla, nearly as potent as the chocolate. This beer certainly is decedant but a lot of what makes it a beer is nearly unrecognizable. You can't tell if this is a bock, porter, stout, whathaveyou. It could simply be someone's melted chocolate malted shake in a bottle. Still tasty though.

M: Silky smooth and certainly has the thickness of said melted shake.

D: I feel this would get as intense as going to town on an army surplus duffel bag full of reese's cups. delicious until you vomited and ended up with diabetes. Delicious dessert beer, that's for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 15:16:18 | More by Pamola
Photo of imagineiii


3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a pint glass. Solid inch of head, creamy offwhite, decent head retention. dark ruby/brown color.

S: Smells more like a dry stout or a porter maybe, chocolate and coffee malts are prevalent. Sour notes.

T: Creamy, chocolate but not bitter like most dark chocolate stouts. tastes like a milk stout with chocolate in it.

M: Lighter than I expected from a chocolate brew. very creamy. Even tho it is only 5.5% abv youd still expect more of a mouthful.

D: I split this bottle and I felt like Id had enough of it.

Good beer. Like most SA beers, I think the best thing this beer had going for it was its remarkably balanced, if not simple, tastes. For whatever reason I cant explain why it isnt as drinkable as most of the rest of their beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 01:34:17 | More by imagineiii
Photo of timmah427


3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Nice, dark brown with a mocha-colored head. Leaves behind plenty of sticky lacing.

S - Tons of malt, chocolate, and caramel. Smell is both sweet and bready.

T - This is where I was really let down. Classic bock taste. Tons of roasted malt flavor, but way too much caramel flavor for my taste. Could barely taste any chocolate at all.

M/D - A bit too sticky. Maybe not quite enough carbonation. The flavors just didn't really seem to blend together well IMO.

Overall, it just didn't meet my expectations when it came to taste. The $15 price was also WAAAAYYY too much for a beer like this. Not a bad beer, but it was definitely disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 03:44:35 | More by timmah427
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at GingerMan in NYC...
Saw bottles of this stuff going for upwards of fifteen bucks in stores...
Deep, dark hue with a creamy, rich, tan, frothy head...
Smell wasn't as powerful as anticipated... Roasted malts in both the nose and on the tongue, cream nuances, cocoa powder, and of course, chocolate...
Creamy, rich mouthfeel....
Decent drinkability

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2008 01:28:00 | More by dsa7783
Photo of Cunningham26


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

A- I didn't watch the pour, but when i received it there was not head to speak of. A dark brown but not opaque color, sticks to walls and recedes like an oil slick.
S- good smelling, with some fruit and bittersweet chocolate notes.
T- Starts with chocolate malts, reminiscent of porter or stout, but then you get some soy and the bittersweet chocolate/cocoa on the finish. I feel like it combined with the sugars in the malts to make it almost taste like chocolate syrup.
M- Very dry and effervescent, with the big chocolate malts filling the mouth briefly. Dries quickly and the chocolate aroma is almost like a vapor rather than a stickiness that covers the palate.
D- I couldn't see drinking more than the 8 oz of the shared bottle I had. Once the palate receives the chocolate notes, it's quick to ignore them, and then it's like any other bock.

I only have experience with one other chocolate beer to compare this to, youngs dbl chocolate. I prefer the chocolate tastes of the later, but appreciated the way in which SA transformed the profile of the chocolate delivery. I only wish it was a little less subtle, because I feel like those who are searching for a chocolaty beer will be disappointed with this

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 17:01:08 | More by Cunningham26
Photo of dananabanana


3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, but not black. Warmer, nut brown on the bottom of the glass when held up to the light. Thick, two-finger head at first, although it recedes quickly. Head is a nice light brown color. Even after the full head is gone, a fairly decent layer of foam coast the surface of the beer, thicker around the rims. Almost no lacing. Overall, a beautiful-looking beer.

S: When my fellow-reviewer opened the bottle, I could smell chocolate from about ten feet away. With my nose closer to the glass, there is a sweet and malty cocoa scent, tinged with a distinct alcohol scent.

T: Here's where the beer started to let me down. The first sip was sweet, but quite dry. The soy flavor in most bocks is there, but not as strong. Coffee aftertaste. Not much flavor, in the beginning, just bready and malt. Slight, vague fruit develops mid-way. Hint of bitterness in the back of the throat. Rich chocolate develops towards the end. Sounds good on paper, so what's my problem? The flavor is good, and is present, but just not very strong. I think the too-high carbonation hindered my ability to taste.

M: Strong, dry carbonation. Later, feels refreshing. Definitely too much carbonation. Felt smoother towards the end. Again, the over-carbonation really held back the beer.

D: It tastes better the more you have. I would definitely have it again, but not two in a row.

Also, the bottle was $15 at a package store in the Brigham Circle. area of Boston (Dara's Wine and Spirits). I had to try several stores before I found one that carried the beer, others (such as Huntington Liquors near Symphony Hall) said they were sold out.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 14:50:30 | More by dananabanana
Photo of erosier


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

L: Pours a nice brown color with a short and medium sized tan colored head that fades nicely and laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet malts, some caramel, and some chocolate.
T: Tastes of a nice mix of sweet malts, a good chocolate flavor, some caramel flavors as well.
M: Very smooth, sweet, and much lighter than I thought it would be.
D: Very drinkable, enjoyable beer. I would highly recommend trying it as it is limited release.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 22:00:15 | More by erosier
Photo of razorsdescent


4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This beer is expensive but its as far as i know a one off so its to be expected. excellent beer is cheaper than sub par wine so i have no complaints especially since i drink bottle of beer at a time.

A- pours nice. the fizziness tells me its not going to be a thick brew but thats ok if it tastes good.

S- mmm chocolate. not much complexity here but what it does smell of smells delicious.

D- as far as taste goes this beer is delicious, yet again not complex but very chocolate and the low alcohol is completely hidden, so id have to say the low abv works in its favor

M- thin not exactly watery but still thinner than i would like in a flavorful beer.

D- i could drink this until the floor came up and smacked in the face. i love chocolate beer that really tastes like chocolate.

Not a beer for everyday drinking but on a speacial occasion id be happy to break this beer ou with fine belgian truffles

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 15:49:43 | More by razorsdescent
Photo of sgoodship


3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this handsome devil up at Binny's in the South Loop, Chicago for $12.99. I was all for giving this an A but then.. well, you are going to have to read my review:

A: Dapper bottle. Without much coaxing, this beer gladly gave me a nice 2 finger oatmeal colored head. Fluffy at first but a craggy as it dissipated to a dusting with a nice ring. Some spotty lacing. Reddish brown liquid - almost black. A little bit of mahogany light showing through at the bottom of the glass.

S: Roasted malt like a porter but more hoppy. Cocoa is there in force. As the drink warmed, got a nice sweet milky vanilla smell. Yum. Seemed to become more of a nice but more generic roasty malt toward the second half of the drink. Seemed to lose some of its oomph.

T: Very tasty initially. Almost like a combination between a Sweet/Milk Stout and a Porter. Very consistent with the smell. Nice roastiness colliding with sweetness. The chocolate taste is really nice and I could have done with it being turned up a notch. One thing I did notice was that the second pouring felt significantly thinner and more watery tasting with an odd kind of sickly sweetness. If I'd have had the initial experience all the way through, I would have been a very happy man.

M: Medium body and felt really milky smooth at the beginning. The second half of the drink was a thinner - very disappointing.

D: Very drinkable brew. There was some promise but it never completely followed through and I did end up feeling that it wasn't worth the money.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 06:26:22 | More by sgoodship
Photo of bort11


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

22 oz bottle, poured into a fluted glass. Full khaki colored head that stands a good two fingers from a hard pour. Recedes pretty quickly to a surface ring. Flecks of lacing. Color is a dark mahogany brown with ruby red highlights when held to the light.

Smell has a mild dark chocolate aroma. Slightly bitter like bakers chocolate. Taste is also dark and chocolaty. Slight black pepper bite in the back. Mild coffee finish.

Mouthfeel is thin, yet has a creamy texture. Pretty easy to drink, but not overwhelming me.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 04:23:09 | More by bort11
Photo of russpowell


4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 Bucks for this, here goes...

Pours a claret tinged chestnut with a pinky of fast fading tan head, but stick around as it warms. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: Cocoa powder, a bit of dark fruit & leafy hops hiding behind the themed flavor/scent

T: Chocolate, toffee, dryness & a bit of minty hop up front. Plummy notes, cocoa powder & richer chocolate, & a whisper of caramel as this warms. Finishes powdery dry with dates & plums, plus nice cocoa presence to the bitter, er sweet end..

MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation & very good balance

Drinks easy enough, a very nice hybrid bock, but this is about $5-7 a bottle too much IMO ( I like bocks & chocolate )

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 04:08:10 | More by russpowell
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy


3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with no head and little carbonation, slightly light around the edges, not entirely opaque. Nose is fairly strong, lots of malt and candied fruit up in here. Taste is all about a weak chocolate flavor with a sweet syrupy feel, it is thick and sweet. Good mouthfeel, keeps me drinking it but nothing I would ever pay 14.99 for (what its retailing here for).

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 03:30:44 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
Photo of LordofTime25


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

Pours to a dark black, but brown is visible. Has a thick creamy tan head that leaves a good lacing on glass.

Smells malty and sweet, but mainly coffee and chocolate.

Has a good roasted malt-chocolate taste and finishes with a coffee after taste.

Has a good medium body with a slight carbonation.

A pretty good beer, but not for the price!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 02:19:02 | More by LordofTime25
Photo of Mosstrooper


4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 1 pint 9.4 oz bottle into 19oz pilsner

Appearance: Pours black with some brown showing through the light on the edges. Thick tan head leaving behind a decent lace.

Smell: Very malty and sweet. Coffee and chocolate- smells a lot like a doppelbock.

Taste: Roasted malts with a good chocolate flavor and a slight coffee finish. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body and very smooth. Only a slight carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good beer and I love it, but not quite worth the $14/bottle price tag. I would love to have it again, though only on a special occasion.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 01:41:03 | More by Mosstrooper
Photo of cdkrenz


4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - First of all this beer has an amazing pour. As it leaves the bottle the head of a half inch rises slowly along as the black body fills in below it. Once the pour is halted the top increases another half inch giving the head a full inch. The medium tan head fades away relatively quickly but once it reaches an eighth it all but stops and holds strong.

S - Chocolate and malt aroma with a sharp hop note.

T - The chocolate flavor in this Sam Adams original is smooth and not at all overbearing. There are vanilla and molasses tastes to compliment the round malt flavor lining the background. As far as hops, there really is no distinguishable taste to note.

M - The Chocolate Bock has a light and airy feel to it's refreshingness. This is one of the most unique feels I've encountered in beer.

~ This is a fantastic desert beer. I will certainly recommend to my friends that, if possible, they get their hands on one. I'm just glad to have this one to myself.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 01:26:08 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of magictrokini


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

Interesting. Pours dark brown, nearly black, with a creamy brown head. Aroma is chocolate ice cream with beer in the background. Taste is malty up front, but there is nothing subtle about the chocolate flavors. It kind of tastes like Nestle Quik mixed into a brown ale. Very sweet. Its a good beer, but not for $15 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 18:41:10 | More by magictrokini
Photo of Brad007


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

Wow, the last time I had this was back in 2005.

Aroma has a decent whiff of cocoa in the nose with just the right amount of malt sweetness.

Taste is light and sweet at first and then it's followed up by chewy malt and cocoa in the middle that coats the mouth.

Mouthfeel is full of chewy malt and cocoa that linger followed by a bit of caramel.

The cocoa adds another dimension to what is otherwise a standard bock. It's a nice beer to drink on a cold night and while the price may be high, a fan of bocks would probably appreciate the opportunity to try this.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 03:25:22 | More by Brad007
Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 2,443 ratings.