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

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2,597 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,597
Reviews: 1,118
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.85%
Wants: 52
Gots: 165 | 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 tai4ji2x
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

large format bottle, best by april 2009. poured into tulip.

black, almost opaque, dark red when pouring and under the light. moderate tan head fades to wisps and ring. just two rings of lace.

roasted malt and weak cocoa in the nose, with hint of coffee. faint caramel and more whiffs of cocoa.

flavor of roast malts and caramel with faint chocolate and then coffee tones, but all a bit watered down. twinge of acidity in the middle. moderate bitterness, without much chocolate quality.

decently smooth, but watery in the finish. compensated somewhat by a moderate and sometimes even fluffy carbonation.

way too expensive for a mediocre 5.6% ABV brew.

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

Purchased by Wiseman Justin, but reviewed by Wiseman Nick. J wasn't really feeling up to it I guess.

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown body with reddish shades (pretty good visibility). Head is tight, creamy, clean (no lacing), and tan-colored. Decent retention. Looks nice.

Smell: Lots of chocolate mousse/chocolate flakes, a bit of fig maybe, and a touch of alcohol. Smells very sugary/sweet, but pleasant.

Taste: Chocolate mousse and toasted malt (but mainly just chocolate mousse). Figs and citric hops come in toward the end. Taste is nice, but simple and pretty one-sided.

Mouthfeel: Very malty, creamy, and smooth. Carbonation is low. Finishes a bit warm.

Drinkability: More like a dessert beer than anything else. Better than anticipated, but not really bock-like.

Photo of jdklks
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was a surprising beer (in a good way), because i thought it was going to be horrible (drain pour horrible).

A- Dark brown, see through black (whichever you prefer). yellow-white head.

S- licorice, sweet malt (like candy), and oats.

T- chocolate chip pancakes, graham cracker, caramel, and HOLY SHIT BUTTERSCOTCH dominating everything. not even a hint of chocolate in my opinion.

M- overly carbonated, makes it not too smooth.

D- it drinks fine. hell, i would even have another one.

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

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. It was given as a gift and I'm glad I got a chance to try it.

A: Very dark, brown in color. Decent tan head.
S: Light, chocolate smell. Not overpowering or too sweet.
T: Also light chocolatey flavor. Smooth and enjoyable. Tasty.
M: Medium. Not too thin, but not think either. I'd say perfect for this style.
D: Great drinkability. I could drink this all day (assuming I was allowed to at work).

Photo of ajbick
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with little head.

Smell is of roasted malt with a hint of chocolate. Overall smell is subdued, not very strong.

Taste is malty, with noticable chocolate and a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is a little lighter than I was expecting. Medium carbonation.

Overall, it wasn't bad. I enjoyed it and would drink again at some point.

Photo of Floydster
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle purchased from La Bodega in Riverside for seventeen bucks, currently splitting with Dane, poured into my Urthel glass, color is a very dark brown, 1/2 inch creamy light tan head with bad retention, no lacing either, aroma is milk chocolate that is pretty overwhelming, light hops, lots of malt, earthiness, and , taste is similar to the smell with an even heavier reliance on cocoa, too much for me once it warms, some vanilla comes out later on to add to the already overly sweet beer, some fruit by the end too, needed some dry qualities to balance things out, sweet, chocolately, and slightly earthy mouthfeel, thin bodied, do not be deceived by its color, taste lingers too long with sweetness, could not drink more than ten to twelve ounces, heavy and quite filling, not smooth, lacks complexity, glad this got brewed again and I was able to try it this time around but it is not really my thing, especially not for the money, would probably skip in the future, still worth trying

Photo of ManofMead
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I received this as a gift and when I saw the pricetag of 1699 on the bottle I was embarressed
Not worth the hefty price tag but here goes.

Served from bottle to flute glass at 45 degrees.

A- Dissapointing with minimal head and thin glass lacing.

S- Decent smell, bits of roasted malts and background of chocolate

T- Pretty good, though not as chocolatey as I would have thought for a chocolate bock. (rogue is far more enjoyable)

M- Felt a bit thin and weak, I hoped for a stronger, more explosive feel instead of the subtle tone with no vanilla as descripted.

D- Good ,could drink more but, considering what the supposed price tag was ,I wouldnt.

I would imagine this would be more enjoyable on tap. Im sure the price tag reflects the glitzy bottle appearance.

Photo of joshsbeerblog
2.77/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

fancy bottle and slickly marketed by sam, so i had a feeling it would be expensive, but i was still shocked to see $25 ring up on the register. simply outrageous. i opened it on new years as a special occassion, but it was far too heavy and really slowed us down.

some chocolate does come through in aroma, but not the taste. some unusual tastes do come through, like vanilla and sweet figs, rather than the traditional layers of malts. absolutely not worth the money.

Photo of modus
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Too expensive! I'm sorry to say I paid $13 for this beer. I would have much rather had a 6-pack of Ayinger Celebrators.

A- Dark as it should be. Large, but light foam.

S- Faint, not too aromatic.

T- Malty, slight chocolate notes.

M- Watery, not as heavy as I like my darker beers. Low carbonation.

Overall, I don't know why I bought this. I am not satisfied. It simply wasn't worth the price. Had it been cheaper I may have given it a more forgiving review, but that simply isn't going to happen.

Try again, Sam Adams.

Photo of Yetiman420
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review based on a 3 oz sample which was enough for me.

Low expectations going into this. Not a style I seek out and not not impressed with SA's body of work.

Allowed the sample to settle and come to room temp for 10 minutes (poured with too much head).

Dark brown with a consistently thin head. Sweetness with a nice finish. Can't say I would identify this as a chocolate beer if not for the name.

A much better beer than I expected.

Photo of theopholis
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- The body is a dark brown color with absolutely stunning ruby highlights when held up to the light. The head is a decent sized, smooth, creamy, beige, affair that fades fairly quickly and leaves a thin lacing.

Smell- Lots of chocolate, caramelized malt sweetness. Very inviting. Not very bocky tho.

Taste- Lots of chocolate up front. Fairly malty and creamy. Very nice blend of a number of subtle flavors including a very mild breadiness, a hint of bittering hops and malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Very velvety. Smooth and crisp with a medium body. slightly over-carbonated, but it seems to work.

Drinkability- Very tasty, goes down easily. Not a real good example of the style, and certainly not worth the price, but it is a very nice beer.

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

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lager yeast, chocolate, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and creamy up front with a strong milk chocolate flavor that dominates as you would expect. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence and nice breadiness from the lager yeast creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, I was pleasantly surprised that this beer was better than I thought it would be. It's a nice chocolaty beer to drink for a long time. However, I do not think it's worth the high price since there are several other comparable chocolate-flavored beers out there.

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

Birthday gift. Very fancy looking 1pt. 9.4oz bottle with a name tag. "ENJOY BEFORE APRIL 2009" Apparently very fresh

A- Opaque brown-red colored body with a huge, creamy, tan colored head

S- Semi-sweet chocolate comes to mind, with a slight bittering quality from the Noble hops. Also smells of chocolate roasted grains

T- Very balanced flavors at a moderate temperature. Smooth, roasted, malts go well with the sweetness of the cocoa and dry, spicy hops go well with the bitterness of the cocoa flavors. Some hints of caramel and vanilla. Good, but nothing exceptional

M- Quite creamy for a lager. Well-done, silky carbonation carries a full-bodied brew

D- I was hoping for something with a bit more ABV%, but I guess this is not that extreme of a beer.

Overall, I was surprised that Sam Adams was able to pull something like this off. It was extreme for a lager, but I would reach for the 4-packs of Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner before this expensive beer.

Photo of SpecialK088
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-dark brown not enough to block light no head can not even swirl to keep a head with no lace

S-Bittersweet chocolate some malt very feint

T-Near watery chocolate flavor with a nice bitter finish I honestly think they need to kick up the ABV and add more chocolate flavor

M-Medium body decent carbonation level not real complex

D-No thanks I'll have a youngs and get 4 for alot less

Photo of naterock
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.
dark brown but not opaque, no real lacing to speak of but just a slight head.

smell is dark roasted malt and some unsweetened chocolate.

taste is quite unremarkable. I might be the thinnest chocolate beer I've ever had. Just very thin and flavorless.

Mouth is thin, I would NEVER in my life spend 16 dollars for a bottle.

Photo of u2carew
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(A) Dark, reddish-brown. When held to the light the clarity is immaculate. Pours with a nice head, but head retention is minimal. Lacing is semi-sticky.
(S) Chocolate with hints roasted coffee.
(T) Bold chocolate taste - more milk chocolate than dark chocolate. Also has a slight smoky flavor. Subtle woodsy tones.
(M) Crisp, full-bodied. Smooth and slight dry in the finish. Slight chewy-ness to the texture.
(D) A good beer. Not a slammer but more of a sipper - this brew needs to be cherished.

Photo of cjgator3
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brownish black color with a light tan colored head.

S- The aroma is solid with malt and a good dose of chocolate.

T- The taste follows the aroma with a big chocolate flavor, it's quite amazing that the flavor contains so much chocolate flavoring. There's not much in terms of bittering hops or dark bitter roasted malts, so this beer is sweet but I don't feel it's overly sweet.

M- The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with a fizzy carbonation.

D- Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock is a pretty decent brew that would make a great desert beer! It is definitely worth checking out!

Photo of msolar
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I thought this beer was disappointing. I was pretty happy when I heard about it as I love Chocolate Stouts and think Boston Beer is a great company. However, I thought this beer was beta version - the carbonation seemed off and it had a slight metallic flavor. The beer was lacking mouthfeel, too. I think it has potential, but I wouldn't buy it again for a while. There are numerous Chocolate Stout's out there that blow this one away; Stone, Young, Rogue... to name a few.

Photo of AlcahueteJ
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black with a brown tint, quarter inch white head leaves a thin quickly dissipating head.
S - Hint of malt and sweetness, mostly chocolate.
M - Extremely creamy mouthfeel, very smooth over the tongue.
T - Slight hop bitterness up front that's overpowered by the malty sweetness and great chocolate flavor.
D - I've had an entire bottle of this before, but wouldn't want more than that. A good beer, but not enogh there to keep me wanting more.

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

Nice looking bottle, not so nice price.

Pours a nice deep brown with big ruby highlights and a light off white head that doesn't retain for more than a minute or two and leaves mediocre lacing at best.

Nose is of roasted malt, grain, some cocoa and a tiny bit of dark fruit. Lagery grain and some slight bitter malt.

Mmm. A nice beer. Good roasted malt profile. Some defenite cocoa flavors in here. Chocolate malts, the cocoa is not overpowering, actually nice and subtle, compliments the beer quite well. This is very much like a schwarzbier, with a little dose of cocao. I was expecting something a bit more sweet, being a bock, but this is more schwarz-like to me. Some cocao and roasted malt lingers on the finish.

Mouthfeel is thinner than expected, but still fairly viscous. A nice carbonation, maybe could use the slightest touch more. Slick in the mouth, and next to no bitterness on the finish.

Drinkability is pretty solid here. Like I said I expected a bit more sweetness, but the lack thereof is a benefit here.

Overall a very nice chocolate bock/schwarzy thing from SA. The biggest issue with this beer is its outrageous price. This is a good brew, and I like the touch of chocolate in it, but when I can buy a sixer of their black lager for nearly half the price, there is no way I will reach for this again. A good, tasty, and well crafted dark german brew though.

Photo of desertbronze
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a one finger head that fades rather quickly. No lacing on the glass. Aromas of chocolate and raisins in the nose. Tastes ok, but I was expecting a more pronounced chocolate flavor in a beer labeled "Chocolate Bock". Flavor was not as crisp as usual for lagers - makes me wonder if they use a lager yeast - reads "Ale with cocoa and natural flavor" on the back of the bottle. Mouthfeel is thin for a chocolate beer. Drinkable, but I did not want any more when I finished my glass. Way overpriced for what you get. For my money, Young's Chocolate Stout, Rogue Chocolate Stout or Stone Bitter Chocolate Imperial Stout are all better examples of chocolate flavored beers.

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

Thanks goes out to BeerZack for this brew.

25oz. Bottle
Silver Wrap
Best By April 2009

Poured into a tulip a very nice looking black color, nice carbonation, little fizzy tan head, with some minimal sticky lacing. The nose is malty, sweet, caramel, chocolate, toffee. The taste is malty, sweet, with nice notes of chocolate/toffee, some vanilla. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice brew, but not worth the price tag, glad to have had a chance to try it though.

Photo of WakeandBake
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of bum732
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 2,597 ratings.