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

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Ratings: 2,605
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 barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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
3.73/5  rDev +3%
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
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
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
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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
4.49/5  rDev +24%
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.

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

Roasted walnut brown with dark cherry highlights. Backlighting reveals a dusky ruby hue. The caramel nougat colored cap is wonderfully whipped creamy and melts relatively slowly. Too bad that what lace manages to stick consists of scattered sudsy splotches. Still, not a bad look.

For a beer that was aged on gourmet dark cocoa nibs, Chocolate Bock doesn't smell very much like chocolate. Maybe a little, but certainly not as much as most porters and stouts. Warming brings a flowery, cocoa powdery vibe that's actually pretty enjoyable.

To be fair, this Brewmaster's Collection beer tastes like what I expected BBC's take on a relatively low-ABV bock aged on gourmet cocoa nibs to taste like. In other words, fair to middlin'. That's why I passed it by at least 15-20 times before finally grabbing one off the shelves in a moment of weakness last month.

The base bock is average at best, although it's hard to be sure with the chocolate running interference. Again though, quite a few roasted and chocolate malted beers have more of a cocoa presence than this one. If anything, more chocolate might have helped. Caramel is right upfront, as is a sugared nuttiness and a splash of vanilla that aren't half bad.

In the end, CB is too saccharine sweet. Rich, malty beer is supposed to be this sweet, but the light body and the excess sugars don't mix well at all. I'm not sure what changes would improve things. How about a 9.0% doppelbock with tons of malt and even more chocolate? Now *that* might be pretty good beer... and might be worth the purchase price.

According to the card that was slung around the bottle neck, Jim Koch thinks Chocolate Bock has a 'full-body' and a 'velvety finish'. Neither one is true, although warming helps considerably and allows me to bump the mouthfeel score. What the hell, the flavor score probably deserves an increase as well. For maximum enjoyment, don't drink it too cold.

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock is one of the most overpriced beers that I've had in quite some time. I'm sure the brewing process was expensive (not to mention the packaging), but $15 for a barely above-average brew is about twice as much as it's worth. It doesn't matter though, because I won't be buying it again at any price.

Photo of mentor
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thin layer of light caramel head over a brilliant dark mahogeny liquid. Was ruby brown during the pour. Smells chocolate, marachino cherries, and a bit of cream. Fuggle hop, in the cottony floral way that hop can come across. Mildly of clean alcohol.

Tastes light chocolate with mild-roast coffee and noticable esters. The chocolate has a malted chocolate shake character about it. Esters do a nice job supporting the chocolate and the coffee is just edgy enough to be interesting. Esters are cherry, strawberry, and fig.

Md-light body, but some creaminess in the mouth. Md carbonation. The flavors of this beer are so delicate that I wish for a little less carbonation. Nice, but I can think of other things I'd prefer to spend my $15 on.

Photo of prototypic
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate Bock's a darker, cola brown color. Garnet highlights are the product of a substantial amount of light getting through. A fluffy tan ahead sits on top and reaches over two fingers tall. It receded pretty slowly and left a nice sticky lacing on the glass. Not bad at all.

The nose is a bit underpowered. Chocolate malts seem to be the most prominent aroma. They smell a little sweet and give it a strong cocoa vibe overall. Roasted malts are present, but aren't as strong as the chocolate. They broaden its malty profile and add a little depth. There's a distinct yeasty aroma that's pronounced. Secondary vanilla, roasted coffee, and very faint dark fruit notes round it out. It's not bad, but could use some muscle.

Chocolate malts are sweet and kick off the flavor profile nicely. It is very cocoa-ish. Roasted malts have minimal impact on the flavor. They're faint and are barely noticeable. There's secondary flavors of vanilla and light coffee. There's a touch of dark fruit, but it's pretty well lost in the mix. It is a little yeasty. All in all, Chocolate Bock is far from a bad beer. But, it certainly is wanting for a little more flavor. It just seems to drop off after the initial rush of chocolate and fade. It finishes slightly acidic and bland. It's got a pretty nice flavor overall, but it's odd in that respect. Above average, but needs some work.

The body is anemic and far too thin. This one's crying out for more body. Carbonation is even keel and seems about right, but it's not smooth. More body is definitely needed to get to that level. Drinkability is pretty good. Easily above average. I like the flavor and it's easy drinking. But, there's not enough to make a second bottle a temptation. Not even close.

Chocolate Bock is a bit of a disappointment. I can't say I had high hopes, but I was hoping for a little better than it is. There's simply not enough flavor here. It starts out nicely, but needs some intermediate development to carry it through. That being said, it's pretty good and far from a disaster. Worth checking once if you run across it. It's overpriced and not worth purchasing multiple bottles. Come to think of it, the bottle's the nicest thing about it.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery out of a taster glass. Took the tour in March 2009.

A: Very dark, nearly black. Creamy tan head.

S: Lots of cocoa.

T: Quite a bit of chocolate. Some thin dark malt, and hints of vanilla.

M: Silky and smooth. Almost no carbonation. Medium bodied.

D: It's a sipper, but a very good one. Light enough to drink for a while. I'm glad they offered this one as part of the tasting, as I'd been hesitant to drop $15 on a bottle.

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

750ml bottle

Pours a dark mahogany brown with a small tan head that fades. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and caramel malty with a mild chocolate overtone.

Caramel malty upfront, but it sweet. Some nice nutty tones and a mild bitterness midway. Chocolate is noticable from the start, but shows up the most at the finish. Finishes rather clean and dry with a pleasant lingering cocoa taste.

Medium-light body, medium carbonation.

Very enjoyable and well crafted beer. Easy to consume. A little pricey for a bock beer, but who's counting?

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

Appearance: Mostly black body, slightly red-orange-tinged towards the bottom, with a thick brown head that dissipates over time but leaves some significant lacing.

Smell: Very nutty, chocolatey, malty. Slight astringency and very dry.

Taste: Interesting. Dry malty roastiness up-front, with a syrupy chocolate texture on the back. Aftertaste strongly of chocolate. Almost doesn't quite taste like beer, it's so sweet and syrupy, but it's very interesting.

Mouthfeel: Very thick, as above, syrupy. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, this isn't worth eighteen dollars. I wish it was a little higher alcohol and had a bit more balance. But it's fascinating the things that Sam Adams will try, and it's amazing that they even got something drinkable out of this kind of mix.

Photo of LyonsHead
4.79/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep mahogany brown. nearly opaque. nice tan head which dissipated quickly.

S: roasted malt, bread, and chocolate cocoa. Almost a brownie like scent in the background

T: big malty sweetness. There is a bread like quality to this beer. The chocolate is definitely present but not overpowering and it lends itself brilliantly to the sweetness of the malt. The aftertaste of this beer is the best part, it leaves you feeling like you swallowed a candy bar. There are also hints of vanilla and a plum like characteristic.

M: very smooth, medium body

D: at 15 bucks this is a steeply priced brew... but man is it good! I think it gets a bad rap because of the price tag. I will admit it is over-priced, but its definitely still a fantastic chocolate bock.

Photo of skrib09
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured dark brown which shown like ruby red through a light. nice light brown head formed.

smells malty up front with a hint of sweetness and cocoa.

tastes of chocolate malt. reminds me of chocolate bread maybe. sweetness with a hint of roasted cocoa.

mouthfeel is light and carbonated. really nice on the palate.

great drinkability!

Photo of matty
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is cocoa.Taste is chocolate,malts and molasses.It has a mouthfeel similar to soda yet it doesn't spoil the overall drinking of the beer.I paid 15.99 for 750ml,i would only buy again at half that price.Worth at least one shot!!

Photo of MisterDeeds
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pouring from a 750 ml bottle.

Dark pour with a bit of tawny amber showing through in the light.

Smell is very odd. Sanitary clean-like, almost medicinal.

Taste is unusual for the name. I don't taste very much chocolate, and it doesn't seem like a bock. Hmmm.

Feels very thin, almost watered down.

I have heard very good things about this brew, and am left wondering if I got a bad bottle. If this is it, it doesn't live up to it's hype.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours into a virtually opaque red/brown. Frothy head resides momentarily before all but disappearing completely.

S - Semibitter chocolate surround a malty sweet aroma. Tiny hints of molasses and root beer with a slight bready hint in the mix too.

T - Rich roasted malts dance on my palate finished with a pleasent sweetness. A burp brought the root beer flavor back up. Hints of bitterness from the chocolate.

M - Smooth and rich. Full bodied, thicker beer.

D - I could polish off the 750 ml with out being tired of it I think. Its not too high in alcohol but its a thicker beer.

I think that the real hinderance of this beer is the price. I don't see this 750 ml being worth the $15 or whatever it is. I think I picked it up for $10 or $12 on sale.

Photo of WilliamD
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Very dark- almost black under the light. Small, light-brown head that dissolves quickly.
Smell was a little bit of a disappointment. I was hoping for some nice chocolatey tones, but there's hardly any. Mostly malts and a very faint smoke tone. Smell is rather subdued overall.
Taste is a big improvement. The dark chocolate is much more present. Hold a swig in your mouth for a few seconds and the chocolate shows up a bit more. Big malty flavor as well.
Mouthfeel is good as well. Good level of carbonation to give it a mild, tingly bite. Crisp and refreshing. Not as thick as I thought it'd be. Very slight oiliness.
Much more drinkable than I thought it'd be. There is no alcohol presence that I can discern, which helps.
The biggest fault this beer has is its price. I thought this was a good beer overall, but for an average running price of $16, I don't think I'll be buying another. I actually found this bottle for $14, which still isn't low enough to make me want to buy another.

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.54/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The attractively packaged bottle says "Best Before April 2009" so I guess it's safe to assume that the beer was fresh enough. I had been storing it in my beer hutch for a few months. Then, knowing it was about time to drink, I chilled it to about 45 degrees. I served it in my Amber Bock tulip glass.

A: Huge, milk chocolate-colored head dies down to a compact layer of foam on top of the black body. There are hints of dark brown color at the edges, but otherwise, this beer doesn't allow much light through. Sadly, no lace is present.

S: A wonderful chocolate smell! I gives props for getting the chocolate aromatics to be so full and rich. Semi-sweet and bitter chocolate in the nose. Roasted gains and toasted malt hold hands with the complex cocoa aroma. It comes off as earthy and sweet. Vanilla in the background.

T: Acrid roasted grains show themselves up front. This is followed by a rich, velvet-smooth chocolate flavor towards the swallow which lasts long into the aftertaste. Sharp, bitter bite at the back of the mouth. The chocolate shows a lot of character in this beer...a lot of individuality. It is sweet, but never cloying. Definitely a dessert beer.

M: Extremely smooth. Oily mouthfeel. Full-bodied and chewy. Modest carbonation. Very reminiscent of Young's Double Chocolate Stout, but with more body.

D: Liquid chocolate dessert. Definitely drinkable. The alcohol is low, and the taste is incredible! The world-class Swiss chocolate was not wasted on this brew; the character comes through and is showcased in the aroma and taste. My issue with this beer is the whole "Bock" classification: this is not a bock. Just call it "Chocolate Stout." What is wrong with that name? Sam Adams just likes to call dark beers bocks. Like "Triple Bock". Right...

Photo of selecter70
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely bottle. I have happy to see the variety of offerings increase next door at my local market. I picked up this one as I had yet to sample one, though plenty of opportunities had been evident prior. A dark, smooth toffee pour to near black with 2 finger orangey-brown decent head atop. An un-expectedly fruit aroma with white chocolate & powdered cocoa. Not as sweet as I might have feared at first, and rather tasty. I would only switch the cocoa-taste for some more dark chocolate, but otherwise a fine one.

Photo of Rainintheface
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with burgundy highlights. minimal off-white head disipates quickly

S: mild. dark chocolate, cocoa powder and vanilla

T: Dark chocolate for the most part, especially as it warms. faint vanila and nuts. I think I'm picking up a little maple.

M: medium body, smooth and sweet.

D: decent but for $15 I won't be back

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