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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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2,588 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,588
Reviews: 1,117
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.85%
Wants: 49
Gots: 150 | 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 davexisxrabid
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared this bottle with my girlfriend and glad to say that we both enjoyed the hell out of it!

Poured a nice dark brown that was almost black and opaque were it not for the hazy brown tinges at the edge of the glass when held up to light. Nice thick brown one and half inch head that sticks around for a little bit then fades.

Aroma is of chocolate, malts, and yeast.

Taste is of sweet milk chocolate mixed with a bit of unsweetened dark chocolate but not cloying. No hop bitterness detected.

Medium-full bodied, well carbonated moutfeel to it but I expected it to be a bit heavier for a bock.

I could drink a few of these in a night without becoming bored of it were it not for the exhorbant price...

Photo of karlf
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First I have to admit I have only tried 2 other chocolate beers (youngs double and brooklyns) but i really enjoyed this. It was definitely very sweet and tasted more like milk chocolate to me rather than dark. I can see how most people would feel that it had an artificial taste to. I would probably recommend it for dessert and to be really savored.

Photo of jpnasty
2.28/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

i had this beer at a tasting from a sam adams sales rep at bermans in lexinton . so the look of the beer had a nice maduro cigar look to it. so the noise on this beer was not impressive at all , hints of cedar and earthy tones but no chocolate at all??? so here came the most important part taste, wow pretty gross. pretty much it tasted like melted tootsie rolls and that thick Cough syrup taste. and the worst part it costs 15+ no that is a crime i would maybe pay 3bucks at the most for this bar.

Photo of Buebie
2.4/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Edit: The guy above me speaks the truth. I'm feeling robbed too.

Poured from a 750ml brown bottle into my Sam Adams Turbulator.
Black in color with a dark crimson glow when held to light. 2 fingers of off white head. Leaving thin greasy streaks along the glass.

Aroma is kinda soapy, with a floral purfumy flowers smell. Just a faint cry of cocoa nib nuttieness, no real chocolate in the aroma.

Nutty cocoa nib flavors with a super mild and watery mouthfeel. Carbonation dominance. Watered down liquid chocolate extract flavors. Its like they just watered the hell out of the wort to make this one go farther. It could have been so much better.

Do not recommend.

Photo of TheMistler
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had thought strongly about getting a bottle of this but could not justify the price. Saw it on draft and my desire to sample this beer was sated.

It actually kinda looks like milk chocolate, a creamy brown. Dark to the point of being nearly but not completely opaque. Light certainly peaks through. It has a creamy, tan head that displays decent retention and pretty darn good lacing. Whispy cap.

Malted milk balls on the nose, with some dark fruit. Crisper than those analogies might immediately indicate.

Okay, for taste, I can comment on what I my overall impression was and what I tasted upon examination, for lack of a better term. In depth: dark fruit malt notes, and roasted characteristics that help a slight dark chocolate flavor that seems to sweeten to milk chocolate. A rather bland dusting of chocolate powder in the aftertaste. Overall: It tastes like root beer.

The beer is crisp, maybe overly carbonated. It not only tastes like root beer, it drinks like a soda as well. So drinkability is high, but not really for a good reason.

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

Very dark brown in color that you can see through when held to the light. Full light-tan head.

Some very light hop aromas followed by the sweet maltiness with chocolate and coffee mixed in there, as expected.

Some fruity raisin/prune/fig flavors. Overall very malty and sweet. The sweet chocolate is definitely there, but not as much as I would like. The hops come through a little in the background. The malty flavors are predominant.

It's very creamy and smooth and a little chewy. There's a fair amount of carbonation that you feel in the swallow.

Very easy to drink and delicious.

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

Brown bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep brown with auburn highlights towards the edges with a tan head that starts out big but quickly fizzles to an almost imperceptible layer. My only knock on this was the headloss.

S: Sweet cocoa mixed with mild malts. I would have expected a bit more in the malt department, but the nose is inviting. I pick up hints of coffee at times, as well.

T: Just as advertised on the nose. A nice dose of bittersweet chocolate and malts. The coffee flavor comes through in the bitter back. A delicious beer!

M: A thin body with moderate to high carbonation. I actually like it a lot, as it plays nicely off the chocolate flavors.

D: The reviews on this one have been all over the place. I was excited to receive it as a gift then nervous once I read some of the reviews. I thoroughly enjoyed the sweet and bitter balance on the palate. The nose left a little to be desired but I feel the taste more than made up for it.

Photo of errantnight
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From holiday review notes...

Well I can't say that I'll ever buy this again at 14.99 a bottle... but I'll be sorely tempted.

My expectations were set just about right... think bock (single bock, not doppel), and think mellow but full chocolate flavor. And boy did this deliver.

Pours an unassuming pale brown. Solidly brown, no amber, ruby, or orange highlights. Very little head, although carbonation seems fair.

Aroma is subdued, maybe a whisp of cocoa powder, maybe cold chocolate milk with a bit of caramel sweetness.

And the taste isn't overwhelming at first... there's a delicate subtlety and balance here... but after a few sips, this really gets going. And I mean really gets going. Has a good bocks impeccable balance of staunchly forward malt with a crisp clean finish that's not bitter or hoppy, and it rides along on a wave of simple clean chocolate notes. It's not roasty and strong, nor is it a milk chocolate simplicity. The body is just right, medium and silky, SILKY smooth. Some sips highlight the light caramel toffee notes a bit more, but this is just a pleasure to drink.

All set to berate myself for blowing my wad on this, I was instead more upset that I had so little of it, and that it was priced out of my interest-in-repurchasing range. But for those of you with more dough, or those with an appreciation for mellow, middle of the road strength beers, I can't recommend this enough.

Photo of soupermirl
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Take a look at it, chocolaty, dark but not to dark, and when you move it around a bit in the glass and give it a sniff, it just smells like it will taste great. When you actually taste it, chocolate bock does taste great. Chocolaty...Yes. Smooth...Yes. Malty...Yes. Bitter, only a very slight bitter, just right for the chocolate taste. Expensive...Yes. Relatively speaking. But I thought it was so good, I ordered 3 on the internet @ $14.99 each.


Photo of Contagion
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

There is a nice dark brown coloring to it with a touch of crimson to it. Light passes through with much difficulty. When I initially poured it, an inch thick tan head formed. The head was made up of tiny bubbles. The head fades to a ring around the top of the beer. There is no lacing at all.

The smell is very simply that of chocolate and cocoa. You can make out the feint scent of malts as it warms. The taste is very simple as well; it's mostly chocolate with a touch of coffee malts. There is a bit of bitterness to it that one associates with coffee and dark chocolate. The aftertaste is reminiscent of chocolate milk.

This is a medium bodied beer, based on the appearance I was figuring it would be a bit more full bodied.

This beer costs about $14.99 a bottle locally; to be honest I was expecting a lot more from it. It's not a bad beer, but for the price it's really not worth it. Based on the price, the bottle and the marketing, I'm going to say this is one of those beers that is drunk by people being pretentious. I enjoyed the beer, but it was lacking in its simplicity.

Photo of rhinos00
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- Dark, chocolate brown with shades of crimson when light reflected in the glass. Poured a nice 2-3 fingers width of tan colored head.

S- Simple, but very pleasing. A combination of chocolates and cocoa (almost like the powder used in hot chocolate). Would have rated this higher, but just lacked diversity if ingredients.

T- Followed the nose. Upfront there was a nice chocolate flavor, which gave way to a coffee bean bitterness that was not terribly bitter. Once again, I wish there was more to say, but it was a rather simple beer or so it seemed.

M- The second half of the taste bothered me. Just as the chocolate flavor subdues, the coffee bean flavor comes out in the form of a grainy texture that I did not care for.

D- Very drinkable. Had no problem drinking a whole bottle.

Overall, a decent beer that just seems to simple. Given the steep price, I probably would not try this again, unless someone gave it to me.

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

Pours mahogany brown with ruby highlights. Head is a modest tan mass that quickly dissipates to a thin sheen.

Aroma is sweet dry cocoa. Hints of dark grain and brown sugar.

Taste is initially sweet and chocolatey, as you would expect from a milk stout. Charred dark grain offers a touch of bitterness. Toffee, brown sugar, dark fruit, and subdued coffee flavors bring some complexity. Finish is dry with a sour mustyness.

Mouthfeel is light bodied. Smooth and silky.

A tasty, if overpriced brew. This is a light bodied beer. I find that I keep expecting more of a stout character and in that aspect, this beer is underwhelming. However, there are no off flavors here. As a bock beer this seems to be a solid offering.

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

Poured a deep dark brown with bright ruby highlights. A thin soap ring of a head.

The smell had a light sweet chocolate smell along with some sweet.

The flavor has a big sweet milk chocolate flavor, almost Hershey like. Some hints of vanilla and black licorice. The flavor is good, but not much beer flavor here, the chocolate flavor overpowers any semblance of malt, hop, or yeasty goodness.

The mouthfeel is a creamy with a medium thickness to it.

Overall its easy to drink in a strange way, even though it barely taste like beer. The price to is a bit much with more obviously going to the slick packaging than to the ingredients.

Photo of DaveFL1976
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A lot of hype surrounds this beer, and for a lot of good reasons. Unfortunately, a couple of not-so-good reasons. I do not believe that it is worth the price in the bottle. I do believe that it is well worth the price in the keg. I run a pub and discovered that, ounce-for-ounce, with the delta between the keg pricing and bottle pricing, I (at wholesale prices) would have to pay $6 for each glass bottle. It's a nice bottle, but not $6 nice.

But it is a very good beer!

Super looking body and head. Awesome chocolate smell and taste. Fantastic aftertaste, but is not overly heavy or cloyingly sweet. It really is a nice beer. Think Mackeson XXX Stout with the drinkability of a good porter.

Is it worth trying? Absolutely. On draught, if possible.

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

750 mL bottle

A: Pours a deep brown under a inch and a half worth of kind of fizzy tan head. No lace, no retention.

S: Sweet malt, some caramel and perhaps some coffee. Any chocolate character is very slight or not there at all for me. A bit toasted and roasted malt character pops up.

T: Sweet again but this time the chocolate character is noticeable. A sweet chocolate, not a rich, bitter dark chocolate or a light milk chocolate. The character is really somewhere between those two, maybe leaning a little bit towards the lighter chocolate side. Roasted malt character in there as well, not very bitter.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation is done nicely, pretty good texture to the body. Drinkability is pretty good.

I don't remember what I paid for this beer, but I do know that it was not cheap. The beer is a good beer but it is certainly overpriced. Just judging off the price, you would expect much more then you are getting. It is certainly worth a try and entirely enjoyable.

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

I'm going to really try and forget how friggin' expensive this beer was. It's ridiculous.

Pours a dark black with hints of dark brown hues. Big tan creamy head. Smells faintly of chocolate and roasted malt. I realize this isn't a stout, but I'm very disappointed in the weak aroma.

Taste is more robust, but doesn't exactly blow my socks off. Chocolate predominates, but a surprising amount of roasted malt in there, too. No real hop presence, or any complexity, for that matter. The chocolate isn't exactly popping to my palate, either. It's more of a thin, hot chocolate-gone-cold flavor.

Mouthfeel, even for a Bock, is thin. The carbonation is, I suppose, appropriate, but boy ... it's a thin beer on the flat side.

Photo of jsanto
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a) It pours beautifully, deep dark amber/brown color. First pour had a small creamy head. Changed to wider mouth glass for second pouring and it had no head. Changed to a tall thin lambic glass and then got a 1" head so i experimented with the glass. Best appearance was in the tall thin lambic glass.

s) Light cocoa smell with hint of almond orange scent. I don't know where the orange came from but that is what it smelled like to me.

t) First it tasted like a chocolate beer with carbonation but as it sat it tasted more like a cold coffee or cold chocolate drink. I sipped it slowly so the texture changed as it sat.

m) Different, because of the carbonation it tastes like a cross between a beer and a chocolate soda. Finish is definitely slightly cocoa.

d) Light alcohol, goes great with a piece of raw chocolate cake made with raw cacao beans which is what i am pairing it with.but way overpriced.

Photo of david131
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A very dark brown that would pass for black until held to a light and some nice ruby hues come out at the edges. The head that forms is ever so slightly off white that is kind of splotchy. When given a good swirl, the head really builds back up again.

S- Sweet cocoa is really all I can get out this. It is not really all that aromatic. I also get a little bit of Sam Adams-ness to it as well.

T- Sweet cocoa, with a hint of vanilla and nuttiness. This is pretty simple but enjoyable.

M- Very creamy with a great amount of carbonation. Very clean.

D- A tasty beverage, but c'mon... this is not worth $14. It is good and easily drinkable, but so are most beers at 5.5% ABV.

Photo of jmw141
2.6/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours very dark brown with a sizeable head that stays around. Little lacing. Malt and chocolate aroma. Chocolate in the mouth too. I was not too enthused with this at all. Pretty boring. I was expecting more from Sam Adams who likes to try some interesting things from time to time.

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

The bottle warrants a masterpiece of flavor and complexity. How does the beer stack up?

Shared with my friend to celebrate the beginning of 2009 (quite a while after the New Year's Eve festivities, of course), poured into a couple of pilsner glasses.

Pours dark Coca-Cola ruby-brown, with a thin head of mocha cream that fades and leaves very little of itself behind.

Aromatics are a bit toasty, with some chocolate coming through. Not much of a Bock aroma, lacking much in the area of malts in the nose.

Body is medium, mouthfeel being quite smooth. The flavors that come through in the foreground are slightly bready malt notes being followed up by a huge, palate-encompassing chocolate character. A bit of bitterness comes through toward the end, but mostly the entire draught is roasty chocolate flavor.

Fairly light in both body and alcohol, this one is an easy drinker, but it's almost a chore to go through as the chocolate is a bit overbearing and cloying, being too dominant and leaving one without much of an idea of beer, much less Bockbier.

Rather disappointing, as the gorgeous bottle promised so much more -- as did the hefty sixteen-dollar price tag.

Photo of thirtysixbelow
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - almost opaque black with a little light coming through around the edges, medium dark tan head, pretty airy, dissipates at an average rate and leaves a nice ring but no lacing.

s - chocolate malts with little variation

t - very chocolaty and sweet taste, slightly roasted, i generally find bocks and especially double bocks to be so malty they become syrupy in character, and while this is getting right on the brink it stays within reason, very well done. a definite drying finish which is unique and probably due to the aging with cocoa.

m - very smooth yet carbonation is present.

d - i'll start off by saying this beer impressed me more than I thought. Though I still feel it's overpriced it deserves some recognition. It is fairly straight forward but is exceptional at its singular focus. This beer reminds me of a milk stout in its sweet character and lack of hops. This would make a great desert beer and is very nice to end a long day with.

Photo of nrbw23
2.53/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours black or maybe brown with a thin cream colored head. Head quickly disappears into to a couple of bubbles on top. Pretty much no head here also.

S- Smells sweet but also very light. A bit of chocolate and toasted malts.

T- I thought this was pretty weak as well. There is a bit of sweet chocolate but it tasted like chocolate powder.

M- Pretty watery and thin, too much carbonation.

D- No thanks I'll pass on this one. Thought it would've been much better.

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

I had this one hand for the new year, cracked it opened. It pours quite easily with little carbination. After pouring the head almost completely disappears leaving a trace of whispy lacing floating on top. To sum the flavor..it's definitely smooth and slightly complex with no chaulky taste make this one very drinkable.

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried a bottle last night for New Years. Poured into a brandy snifter glass. Freshness date says fresh until April 2009.

This brew was about what I expected, and I mean that in a good way. Sweet roasted malty flavors up front, followed by a very complex chocolate mix of dark chocolate, butterscotch, vanilla, and touch of cocoa. Nice bite from the noble hops which do an excellent job of keeping this brew in balance, as I never found it getting too sweet as I sipped it. Medium bodied, but actually about right, as too much thickness would likely make this brew a bit overwhelming considering the strong chocolate flavors.

Overall, a very good, once in a great while beer, which is just what it is meant to be since the BBC classifies this is an "extreme beer." Kudos to them, as this beer isn't too intimidating, but at the same time the aging over the Swiss Chocolate produces some very complex flavors that create a quite interesting blend in this bock. Almost like taking a sip of a good bock and then a nice bite of chocolate. An excellent beer to pair with a chocolate dessert, especially one as good as my wife makes!

Photo of joerodiii
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2004 bottle.

I purchased this beer about 4 years ago and kept it refrigerated the entire time. Since I recently purchased some more, I figured it was time to crack it open.

This was an exceptional variation on a bock. It had the malty sweetness of a dopplebock balanced by the bitterness of the chocolate. Even though it was very dark, upon holding it up to the light, I was impressed by its clarity. It had the mouthfeel of a typical dopplebck, thick but not syrupy. The aroma blended malt with chocolate. I could discern no hops. The flavor was clean (lager-like), slightly sweet with a strong but not overwhelming flavor of chocolate. (Chocolate-chocolate as in cocoa...not chocolate malt.) In spite of the sweetness, it had a balanced finish.

I look forward to drinking the 2008 version of this beer.

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