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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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2,427 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,427
Reviews: 1,105
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 17.08%
Wants: 32
Gots: 83 | 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 MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

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

25.4 fl oz bottle obtained at the local Hannaford. Pours a nearly opaque black body with ruby-red highlights with a half inch of light tan head that's slow to dissipate. Cocoa notes are apparent in the aroma, with little else. Tastes chocolatey, with caramel, coffee... No real hop presence noticeable. Very pleasant roasty chocolatey aftertaste. Rich full body with ample carbonation. Overall, much better than I remember it being a couple of years ago, though I'm still not sure if it's worth the almost 16$ price tag!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 00:33:01 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of shroompod


3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams glass. Decent head sticks around with aggressive pour. A little light in color.

Aroma of smoky maple syrup.

Pretty good chocolate flavor without being bitter. A little underwhelming on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium/light. Good carbonation.

Overall a pretty easy drinking porter , slightly expensive for the style, but a nice treat.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 01:27:33 | More by shroompod
Photo of JDV


2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle in trade from hopflop. Thanks man! Pours a dark brown color with a light beige head. Smell is chocolate and mild soy sauce. Perhaps the many years of age on this one has caused the soy sauce component. Taste is like smooth milk chocolate, but dull and not very rich. Tastes old, which it is. Otherwise, decent.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 20:27:26 | More by JDV
Photo of crayphish


3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The local Jewel had no idea what to charge for this brew, when they rung it up for 4.99$ I went back for an armful of bottles the next day. This brew pours a very dark brown, thin liquid, with a one finger head. A fair amount of lacing rings the glass. Smell is faint semi sweet chocolate, some stale coffee notes, and yeasty ethers. Taste is again faint, but gained some punch as it warmed. Chocolate is again the feature with a yeasty note. Pleasant. Mouthfeel is thin and dry. I found this to be a beer to be enjoyed as a desert. I'll probably cellar the rest of my haul until Christmas.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 06:00:32 | More by crayphish
Photo of TurdFurgison


4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle cost $14.99 but looked pretty, so I made it a gift to my wife. Then I drank it with her. The beer looks dark brown to the point of black, thin lacy head. There's a lot of chocolate in the smell, not a whole lot of bock. The taste is extremely good, sweet chocolate and sweet malt, really nice as a desert beer. The body is just a little thicker than water, making it seem like a chocolate milk beer. Nice for after-dinner but not for sociable imbibement.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2008 02:21:42 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of mynie


4.65/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This hardy brew is making its first appearance ever in Iowa this year, and so in spite of its ridiculous price (15 bones for a bomber!) I figured I kinda *had* to try it. Kickass bottle, too.

Nice pour, very dark brown with big, fairly retentive offbrown head.

Smells very malty, earthy, big nodes of peat and dark malts. No chocolately malt, no bock malt. Pretty tame.

Tastes a heck of a lot better than it smells, thank god. Big, chewy chocolate malt starts things off, light and smooth, moving into a long lasting, zippy bock malt, and then ending on a bittersweet rush of dark chocolate that fades out into a light, lingering european hop. Wonderful, hugely complex.

Goes down like silk and feels great in your mouth. You know how after you drink milk your teeth feel kind of smooth, pleasantly slippery? This is like that.


I tried having a Millstream Schok Bock soon after this, and the taste difference was night and day. Millstream's is an excellent example of the style, IMHO, but SA just blows it away.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 05:02:17 | More by mynie
Photo of Douglas14


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

Pours a deep brown color with light edges and a nice head that leaves good lacing. The smell is maple syrup upfront with some lightly roasted coffee in the background. The taste is similar in that it is more maple syrup and molasses chocolate. This is a nice beer but nothing I'd go out of my way for.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2008 14:56:15 | More by Douglas14
Photo of UDbeernut

New York

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

had ontap at Winkling Lizard Cleveland Heights

a: served in a sniffer, deep brown color with no head and slight lacing

s: nut, chocolate, and coffee notes

t: sweet chocolate really dominates the flavor, hint of coffee and what I think is vanilla

m&d: full bodied but fairly drinkable due to carbonation

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2008 15:49:11 | More by UDbeernut
Photo of beltyrion


3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown, Guinness colored head. No lacing to speak of.

S: Dark nut, coffee and chocolate notes

Mouthfeel: thick and somewhat velvety

Tasting notes: Very sweet. Chocolate taste almost overpowers anything else, but I can detect some notes of coffee, maybe a dash of vanilla. Really more of a dessert beer, I wish the chocolate wasn't so dominant to make room for some other flavors. It is essentially the beer equivalent of a Hershey's bar.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 20:49:12 | More by beltyrion
Photo of adamette


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

On tap at Winking Lizard in Mentor about 30 minutes ago. Review from notes and from memory. Served in a clean, clear snifter.

A Thick brown head over a dark, deep purple translucent body.

S Not a strong smell at all. I struggled to note some dark chocolate smell.

T Carbonation followed by dark chocolate. Really great aftertaste of a woodsy, deep lasting dark chocolate and roasted malt flavor. This has one of the longest aftertastes in my memory.

M Full but not overwhelming by any stretch.

D Really good for a full beer like this.

Notes: I was really impressed with this. Everyone should give it a go.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2008 02:26:41 | More by adamette
Photo of kasper

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ The Gingerman in NY

Pours a few shades from black with a billowing foamy brown head that eventually settles to a ring, leaving wet lacing legs all over.

Really hard to get aroma of anything off this beer. Very disappointing. Maybe a tad of cocoa and molasses, but it's faint.

Not a lot going on here some. Nice chocolate malts. Slight cocoa taste through the sip, some german spice. Overall, sweet and milky, but very simple.

Lighter than I expected. Nice fluffy velvet feel. Airy.

There really isn't much going on in this brew. Tastes kind of like a twist on a chocolate stout. Drinkable and refreshing but noticeably straight forward.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2008 01:29:22 | More by kasper
Photo of SaCkErZ9


3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Just found a notebook with some tasting notes from way back in 2005. Nice! This one is from 1/20/05

16 bucks for this bottle of beer. It better beer worth it!

The beer is black when it is poured out and has a nice head. Smells of chocolate and cappucino. Defintely smells like real chocolate was incorporated into this one.

It was pretty sweet tasting. It tastes like a chocolate milkshake with alcohol in it. Really sweet but somewhat thin on the mouthfeel. I am not sure I would buy this again, especially at the expensive price.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 19:44:58 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A fizzy spongy textured head is dark khaki in color and slight in size, quick to dissipate almost immediately. A cola brown pour shows some dark merlot highlights from the bottle into the glass appears deep black with no backlighting.

S: Aroma was sweet rich chocolate is the highlight here with a touch of fresh roastiness and tea with an earthy light scorched woodiness.

T: dark sweet chocolate with highlights of vanilla bean and lactose (creamer). The flavor was mostly dominanted by the rich chocolate but had a light nuttiness and toastiness from the munich malting. The tettnag and spalt hops add a very earthy and light flowery touch.

M: medium body, silky and smooth texture from the massive chocolate contributions and a soft carbonation that provides a rich viscous nature feeling on the tongue.

D: A tad pricey per bottle, even the rich expensive chocolate could not distinguish or justify the extra cost, otherwise it would have been a nice treat. Drinkability is good regardless.a nice rich, sweet, dessert style chocolate beer with some spicy cola-caramel elements that blends nicely together. One could argue this is not a bock true to style, but perhaps fits better into another category.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 22:32:16 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of clayrock81


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

Poured into a pint glass (thanks to my man from "buying" this from his work in FLA after it had "aged" (was hidden and forgotten about) since I left in '07) and poured a dark brown with a decent tan head and a lace ring. A strong chocolate malt taste along with some other sugary goodness and maybe caramel or honey, along with a hint of toasted malts. A fullish body beer, I was a little letdown that it wasn't overly chocolately but still a smooth, creamy beer with a decent cocoa taste along with
some other sweet malts taste with a passing backbite. I wouldn't pay what I should've ($13 for this?!?) but it is still a nice brew that everyone should try once.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 16:24:29 | More by clayrock81
Photo of botham


4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pilsener glass. pours dark chocolate brown with amber highlights and two fingers of light tan head. no lacings.

aroma is of caramel malts and chocolate malts, along with a base of roasted malts and light floral hops in the background. nicely concentrated.

taste is of caramel and roasted malts, with a lightly nutty character and a mild alcoholic note. finishes with residual chocolate and caramel.

mouthfeel is very smooth and silky on the palate with a creamy finish. excellent.

drinkability is good. this is a full flavored bock with a rich profile and solid proportioning. an excellent brew from the Boston Beer Company. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 02:22:10 | More by botham
Photo of jayrod20


4.78/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

WOW Dark chocolate color with red highlights and a tan head. Head doesn't stick around or leave any lacing, damn.

Smell is rich and chocolatey. Malt is hidden behind the cocoa aroma with no sign of alcohol or hops.

Man... it's like liquid chocolate. Strong chocolate presence as it warms. Pretty good and not overly sweet.

Goes down ultra smooth with a silky, milk chocolate feel.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 05:37:25 | More by jayrod20
Photo of clemsonbrewer

South Carolina

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

A: Moderate brownish off white head with some retention. Head is fluffy and appears almost gelatinous. Thin lacing appears and I dive into this exciting style which is new to me.

S: Almost all chocolate with hints of caramel

T: Erupts with sweet chocolate taste. Reminiscent of a "Tootsie Pop." It's a bit thin on the palate leaving me desiring a little something more. Palate taste makes me think of a German chocolate bar I once bought called "Milka"

M: Thinner than expected because I can't seem to find all of the maltiness I was expecting from a bock

D: Too sweet for me to drink more than a pint. Thin enough to physically handle more if I wanted though.

Notes: I don't have much of a sweet tooth. I do like chocolate but in very small doses spread out over months. I enjoyed this unique beer and will more than likely try it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 02:36:17 | More by clemsonbrewer
Photo of blakesell


4.95/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750ml bottle into belgian style 'Cereal bowl' glass. Labeled best before May 2006

Appearance- Opaque, no head to speak of, reddish hue when held to the light. Minor lacing.

Smell- Chocolate and lactose sugar. Extremely chocolatey. This is candy.

Taste- Creamy chocolate with a good malty sweetness.. Oh, my, god. This is everything the hype has led up to on this beer. I want another full case. This is amazing.

Mouthfeel- Refreshing and chocolatey. This is a panty dropper for certain. Creamy chocolate and excellent balanced malt character.

Drinkability- Very. I could drink this for hours and the ABV reflects this. Wow. I need more and it's all gone. My friends are lucky I'm not a greedy man.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 03:01:45 | More by blakesell
Photo of builder53


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

This beer pours a deep opaque brown with nice tan head and decent lacing. Aromas are sweetish chocolate (No surprise there) and molasses. Tastes are a light malty chocolate / burnt caramel that explode in intensity when they reach the palate. Mouthfeel is a decent moderately thick and creamy one, and the finish is clean with a pleasant lingering aftertaste. A well crafted beer although a bit sweeter than my personal preference. The one negative I see to this beer is the price. Ar $14.99 per 25 oz. bottle I would guess that return buyers after the initial trial one will be seriously reduced.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 13:34:14 | More by builder53
Photo of ahking


3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I am reviewing a bottle of Sam Adam Chocolate Bock that has been cellared. The bottle says "For Brewery fresh taste enjoy before March 2005." I was given this bottle by a friend and I have never had it fresh so I cannot tell how it compares. I can say that it has aged well. Considering it is only 5.6 %ABV, it has made it to this point in good shape. Very little oxidation in the flavor. In fact, the flavors in this beer have seemed to tighten up and smooth out well. Some distinct port/sherry flavors which I am sure is partly based on the style of bock, and partly based on age. Pours a deep brown with garnet hues when held to the light. Aroma is port wine, raisin, and prune. I get some chocolate in the aroma but not overwhelmingly so. Flavor wise, I definitely taste chocolate. I understand this comes from chocolate nibs added to the beer. I am not sure if I really like this type of flavor, but it is unique. It might be nice if they made an intensely choclatey beer using a really dark chocolate. Other flavors are typical bock beer flavors; raisins, cherry, fig. Little to no hop bitterness, but it is there in the far background. I have to give this a low drinkability score because it is a little too sweet and cloying. If the ABV were higher it might make the beer less cloying and enjoyable to drink. Otherwise it sits a little to heavy.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 01:57:27 | More by ahking
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

4.8/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Drank 2 bottles of this just 2 months after it expired. I heard it gets better with age.

Appearance - Dark chocolate color, lacing, nice foamy head.

Smell - malts, choclate, cocco, alchol ting to it.

Taste - Heaven, I love chocolate! hops and malt, taste. Goes down smooth.

Drinkability - I love this, can taste it like it was yesterday. top of my list. Hard to find, but I know it shows up here and there. Rumor was they were going to reproduce it but then heard another rumor that it was not true.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2007 17:51:54 | More by auxiliary
Photo of Morris729


4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown mahogany color with a tall foamy light tan head before settling into a moderate lace. Nose is rich chocolaty malt with notes of cocoa and even a hint of pecan—a very lovely aroma. Taste is roasted malts with a bit of dark fruit and sweet milk chocolate blended nicely with bitter dark chocolate and lightly orange-citrusy hops. Makes for an excellent dessert beer, though $14.99 for a 750ml bottle seems a bit high.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 02:13:05 | More by Morris729
Photo of Homebrew63

New York

3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried a few tastes during the brewery tour a few years back. It was touted as more of a desert type brew and tasted like a cake. I did not love this offering.
A: Pours very dark much like Guiness in color and body

S: Coca and very sweet in the nose.

T: I will admit that my palate is not as fine as some but it was too heavy in body and very sweet. Not very beer like in my opinion.

M: Mouth was sweet and thick like a desert.

D: If your into porters and dark beers and like coca based beers then have at it. I was not blown away.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2007 03:29:26 | More by Homebrew63
Photo of mnesporov

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: A 750ml bottle that I traded for.

Smell: A distinct sweet milk chocolate aroma with hint’s of earth/smoke

Appearance: A dark brown almost black color with a head that disappeared quickly.

Taste: A highly sweet chocolate brew with a touch of bitterness.

Mouth-Feel: Is a dry low carbonation with a smooth finish.

Drink-Ability: Is definitely a beer to go along with a chocolate desert!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2007 16:49:54 | More by mnesporov
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4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saved this 750 ml bottle for New Years eve and was not disappointed. Label said I should have consumed it this summer, but 5 months later there was noticeable affect to the flavor.

As other reviews point out, its a dark brown almost black color. The aroma is sweet like cocoa. Nicely carbonated. Popping the cap loosely on after each pour kept the beer bubbly for the hour or so it took me to drink three mugs full.

I would recommend sharing one of these big bottles with someone because it was almost too chocolately after a while. I think it costs around $14 a bottle so it should be treated and enjoyed like a decent bottle of wine. It was great after dinner and fun beer to celebrate with at the dawn of a new year.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 03:45:15 | More by JimFalzone
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82 out of 100 based on 2,427 ratings.