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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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2,484 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,484
Reviews: 1,105
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 39
Gots: 101 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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(Beer added by: TinusTime on 11-20-2003)
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Photo of RunDWP
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Snazzy looking bottle and thick foamy head on top of a jet black brew. Lots of sheeting action on the tulip glass I drank from. Visually, both with the packaging and the brew, it's great. The aroma was almost musty, with perhaps a slight chocolate aroma. The flavor was dominated by sweet, dark chocolate and a slight caramel malt note one normally associates with bock beer. A little like drinking a slightly malty dark chocolate bar. A little thin on the mouthfeel for all that rich flavor. Flavors gets a little richer as it warms.

A good beer, but is it worth $15?

RunDWP, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of edelweiss - thanks!! Poured my portion into a 14 oz. tulip.

Appearance: Pours a deep, deep brown, though it's still transparent when held up to the light. A fairly aggressive pour yields a two-finger head that fades quickly and leaves sparse lacing, though there are definitely flecks and streaks here and there.

Aroma: Plenty of toasty malts, some sweet bock-like dextrins ... but not any chocolate? The bottle neck definitely smells like chocolate, sweet, creamy, truffle-like. It's just far too difficult to discern a similar aroma when the beer's in the glass. That's not to say it smells bad - it smells pretty good. Just not too chocolatey.

Taste: There's the chocolate! Very sweet and pure, too, though it's only "up front," in a very ethereal way, if that makes sense - essence of chocolate? It also fades quickly after the first few sips once you grow accustomed to it and requires a bit of concentration to find again. Gummy bear bock notes mingle with other toasty malts to comprise the bulk of the flavors here, however, though there are fruit flourishes, too, mostly lighter notes.

Mouthfeel: Fairly well carbonated (there was a hiss when we cracked this one), and the body itself isn't terribly thick to begin with, so it's a little uneven, but still not bad.

Drinkability:. This one's not unbelievably chocolatey, nor is it worth the price, but it's a good beer nonetheless. Glad we were able to get this one in Georgia where it was 9.99 a bottle instead of Virginia (15.99/bottle) or Florida (17.99/bottle). Speaking of bottles, that's one of the primary reasons we grabbed this one - just a very cool, very neat bottle on this one. But back to drinkability - it's solid, very low in alcohol, and flavorful enough that it was really enjoyable. If you can find it cheap or split it with a friend, do so.

CrellMoset, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of Doomcifer
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a decent, creamy, light brown head that retains well. Smells of slight roastiness, semi-sweet malts, hop spice. perfect amount of chocolate in the taste...and just a touch in the aftertaste. Noble hops in the finish, slightly roasty, caramel. Velvety mouthfeel, slick finish, perfect carbonation. Good but I was expecting something totally different and better. When I had it 4 years ago, it seemed better.

Doomcifer, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of lackenhauser
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice deep mahogany color with a decent carbonation level. Mild chocolatey and vanilla aromas. Malty and bready smelling. Very malty flavor backed with a mild chocolate taste. Underlying taste of vanilla to it. Very mild oakiness. Nice balance of several flavors-none of which is overdone. Nice pleasant silkiness to the mouthfeel. All around a very balanced beer and very drinkable.

lackenhauser, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of blatherbeard
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was a bit surprised that a chocolate beer would taste so little of chocolate. I get a porter taste with a bock mouthfeel. Very smooth taste, no bitterness. Poured black with no head, and i even tried to make one. Low carbonation, i think i may have chilled it too much.

For 15.99, id rather have a rogue to fill my chocolate palate but as far as a bock or porter, among the best.

ps. definetly drank too cold, can taste the chocolate more as it warms. Still not the chocolate explosion i would expect from a proclaimed "chocolate bock" though.

blatherbeard, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ooh, what a pretty bottle. Black with a silver label. And big. I was mesmerized.

It poured a black body that was dark brown on the edge of the glass. The head was dark tan and quickly settled to a thin ring.

The flavor was heavy with caramel and had only a little less chocolate. Minimal carbonation. It had a VERY smooth and equally smooth mouth feel and was equally smooth going down the pipe. Smooth as silk! No bitterness or bit in the aftertaste, not what I'm use to with stouts. This is a great quality bock and I very much enjoyed it. I just wish it didn't require me to buy a bomber for $15. I would definitely buy again for a special occasion.

DesMoinesMike, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours dark brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt. Flavor initially of cocoa power and bitter chocolate, followed by malty sweetness, and then more chocolate in the finish. Light-bodied. It really is the bock version of a chocolate stout! Pretty decent and easy drinking.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 15/20

LilBeerDoctor, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of caskstrength
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap.

Nice black pour with thick head.

Smells sweet, some chocolate there if you're looking for it.

Not too thick, given the name I was expecting more body, but pretty light for a "chocolate bock." Nice sweet smell, something new.

Has a unique sweetness to it, a nice "chocolate" aftertaste. Worth trying, but not something I'm going to be seeking out.

A decent beer with some unique features, but that's about it.

caskstrength, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black (with dark ruby hues near the bottom). An off-white head looks nearly picture perfect if an instant snap-shot were taken of it. But it quickly becomes patchy, then disappears.

The smell is of chocolate - and nice chocolate at that. If you like the aroma of a great chocolate (which I do) then you'll like this one.

The taste is of bittersweet chocolate - more sweet than bitter with caramel. I didn't pick up the "bock" part of it. Very little "beer" character. But, a nice chocolate character. Not "rich", but tasty.

The body is rather thin and watery, though silky smooth with mild carbonation.

I liked it less as it progressed, and drinkability, that started off very well, became somewhat limited, as the one-dimensional chocolate aspect became a bit "too much". Relatively mild alcohol (for a "bock", or for a "dessert-type" beer) doesn't show, adding to drinkability, I suppose. If you like chocolate with a hint of caramel, it's worth checking out, though at the price (of about $15 for the bomber), I wouldn't get it again - don't think it's "that" good.

jwc215, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of Gmann
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color with ruby highlights, nice fluffy light brown head that slowly settles into a thick ring. The aroma is of chocolate and honey and some vanilla. A bit on the sweet side. The taste is of a sweet chocolate malt, a touch of mocha, honey and vanilla. There are some metallic notes as well. Some light grassy hops towards the end to keep the brew honest. I don't really pick up much bock flavors, seems to be like a chocolate version of their honey porter, though not as roasty/heavy. Actually as the brew warms the chocolate flavors seem to fade and the vinous bock flavor comes into play. The feel is fairly light with a good carbonation that makes the brew crisp; finishes a tad too sweet could use a touch more malt. A different sort of bock; nice subtle chocolate flavors, easily drinkable. You are paying for packaging on this one but not a bad beer.

Gmann, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of Deus1138
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Schulz and Dooley Pilsener glass. Dark brown color as is went into the glass; nearly black in the glass. 1/4" of frothy head. Decent lacing even after the head has mostly dissolved.

Smell is of roasted chocolate malts.

Taste is excellent. Chocolate dominates with hints of coffee, vanilla, and honey. This is a great blend and balance of flavors that is just tame enough to not overwhelm, but leave you wanting that next sip quickly.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium body and creamy.

Drinkability is excellent! If it were available year round and perhaps a little cheaper, this would have a regular spot in my fridge.

I'm loving this beer. I'm going to have to try it again and compare with Old Fezziwig, which is also incredibly good.

Deus1138, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A distinctive 500 ml bottle with a stamped metal badge-type label, opened at cellar temperature and poured into my DFH shaped pint glass yields a clear, dark garnet body with a thick cap of fine tan foam. The head is persistent and huge, lingering at a creamy sheet and depositing silky webby rings of lacing on the glass.

The smell is succulent and malty with notes of dark chocolate, roasted winter squash, and a mild fruitiness reminiscent of overripe muskmelon.

The taste is grainy and warmly chocolatey with mild fruity notes and a light, earthy spiciness I can't put a finger on. The vague winter squashiness of the nose translates into a mild roasted butternut sweetness that fits right in.

The drink is fullish in body with creamy feel and light, fluffy carbonation. A nice beer, but given the fact it is offered at such an extreme price point ($13.99 locally), this'll likely be the only one I ever drink. The bottle is pretty neat, though.

cvstrickland, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of neenerzig
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap about 2 1/2 weeks ago at The Winking Lizard tavern on Coventry RD. in Cleveland Heights. Served to me in a tulip glass. This beer is a very dark brown color with slight ruby/amber highlights when held tot he light. The head is maybe 1/4 inch when served, quickly settling to a very thin ring lining the inside of the glass. Not much lacing either. The aroma is a bit weak, sweet malt and chocolate aromas. Has a sweet, roasted caramel malt flavor with noticeable chocolate and a bit of coffee, rounded out with a slight hop presence. The chocolate lingers in the aftertaste. Has a crisp, smooth, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink. Sure is worth a try, but not something I see myself spending $13.00-$16.00 on for a bomber.


neenerzig, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of dbalsock
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up despite not liking it a few years ago when I had it at the brewery. I've been pleasantly suprised by either my change in pallate or BBC's change in recipe. The appearance was great, a nice dark brown body sitting in my dessert-brew flute glass, with a nice 2 finger milk chocolate head. The head lingers and provides a nice aroma for the entire length of the drinking experience. The smell was somewhat chocolatey, but had the backbone of a lot of different malts, some honey and a lot of caramel. The taste was more interesting than the smell, but I appreciate them both. There was a nice bock base that was easy to pick up on while experiencing the cocoa. This is a malt-bomb and is a very complex in the way the malts play off each other, making it fun to drink. The mouthfeel was a little slick, but the carbonatino was just right, which also helped out the drinkability. I wish I could afford to get this regularly, and I might pick up another bottle. It's also something that would be interesting to replicate home-brew style, and would definitely be worth the challenge. Yummy.

dbalsock, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

~750ml bottle into wine glass. Silver metallic emblam on front. Labeled as ALE on reverse label, however I think this was for legal reasons for states like Texas. Website lists as using a lager yeast.

Deep brown with ruby edges, along with a one finger tan head that somewhat quickly fizzles to a thin rim along the glass.

The cocoa in the aroma is obvious, along with some crisp malts, lending a little bit of caramel and vanilla.

The malts are basic, not really adding much to the flavor except maybe a little bit of brown sugar and some roasty grains. The sweet cocoa is there, along with a little bit of smokey vanilla. Medium bodied. The cocoa flavors linger for a bit.

A decent beer, and it has its complexity, but it's a little thinner than I would have liked. Tastes like any amber/dark lager with a little cocoa added.

BeerSox, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of charlzm
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 11/26/08.

Picked up this handsome bottle at West Hollywood BevMo on Friday, 11/21 right from the case as the distributor delivered it. I was there for Firestone 12, but that's another story...

Beer pours a clear deep mahogany with dark brown/garnet highlights. A fine tan head puts in a brief appearance but doesn't last long.

The aroma is a little boozy (odd, for its relatively low ABV) and has soft notes of cocoa.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin, a little oily and a bit watery.

Flavor is meek, with sweet cocoa being literally the only thing I can really pick out. There may have been a roasty malt base, but I really think that's the power of suggestion of my own mind, wanting to taste something, ANYTHING, besides the cocoa.

As a note, this was consumed at somewhere between 50 and 60 degrees, so it wasn't over-chilling that rendered this beer nearly flavorless.

As far as drinkability, it's easy enough to put down, but not a particularly exciting or even interesting beer.

The high price tag baffles me based on the one-dimensional flavor and low ABV, just as it did the first time I had this beer a couple of years back. This is the last bottle I will buy of this one.

charlzm, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of Mauerhan
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

picked this up on an expedition out to lone hill today. only one of the awesome selection i scored. not saying that i find this beer awesome but you get my point.

pours dark brown with rich ruby highlights. a plentiful amount of creamy head that sticks around for a minute or so. looks very similar to the double bock.

smell is kinda weak. some sweet notes. cocoa, malts.

taste is ok. not great. not terrible. i guess i was expecting a bit more chocolate off the title alone. i get a large amount of malty goodness. and that slight soy sauce aftertaste that i get in alot of bocks.

mouth is watery but good.

i can drink this but i wouldnt say it would be my first choice. nice for the novelty and possibly for special occasions. but to be completely honest i would pick up the double bock if i had the choice of the two. awesome bottle though...hmmm wait im not rating the bottle? oh well that changes everything now doesn't it.

Mauerhan, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of BierFan
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 25.4 ounce bottle into a cervoise. Bottle lists the abv as being 5.5%.

Appearance: Dark brown body with a head the color of cola fizz. Barely any lacing.

Smell: Smells like a malty doppelbock with some sweet chocolate coming through.

Taste: Very nice balance between malts and chocolate but unfortunately the malts and chocolate are not as big as I thought they would be. Still delicious, though.

BierFan, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose is ripe with tart fruit and chocolaty malt. Smells pretty good.

Pours a dark brown almost black color, limited clarity through the darkness, mild creamy head with almost no retention. Looks okay.

Smooth silky body with lots of nutty oiliness. It is chocolaty, even coffee-like. Tart fruit like grape. Mildly malty - nutty, a little biscuity, and notes of roast. Tastes okay, kind of boring. Feels pretty good.

Lacks the Bock-strength malt. The website has it listed under "Extreme Beers". The only thing extreme about it is the price, which I will never pay again.

"Ale with cocoa and natural flavor". Is it fermented with Rogue's pacman yeast? ;-)

MrHungryMonkey, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pilsners.

A = Clear dark reddish brown, small tan head which quickly resolves down into a foamy covering.

S = Just not getting much from the smell, really the only bad part of the beer. I get very light malt flavors and a hint of cocoa powder, that's it.

T = Rich, thick Belgian milk chocolate flavours assault the mouth from the moment this enters it, yet even so there is a nice balancing earthy hops bitterness that arrives at mid-palate and helps dry out the long finish even though the strong sweet malt and chocolate flavours persist.

M = Medium, heavy body with creamy feel, very good mouthcoating.

D = This is really an enjoyable beer to me. I look forward to drinking these over the next couple weeks while they are still available. This would be an excellent beer to drink by a fire while watching the snow fall.

Traquairlover, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of popery
2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

An underwhelming chocolatey sweet bock with a thin, watery feel. It's not a bad looking beer. They get points for the awesome metal sticker bottle, alone. The beer is very dark and the head comes up nicely if with somewhat less staying power and stickiness than hoped for. The smell is sweet and too thin but very chocolatey. The chocolate is just not complex enough to garner a higher score. The same problems exist on the palette, but they're even more pronounced. It tastes more like cocoa than chocolate. It's just not really my thing, but I can understand how someone could enjoy it. The feel is thin, a bit watery and works against the chocolate. It just tastes more like cocoa water than anything else. It just really lacks complexity. I'm fairly shocked that Boston Beer is selling this beer for so much money. It's a great bottle, but there are better chocolate beers for a third of the price. I know it's a bock and maybe some folks like that, but it's nature as a bock takes a big backseat with this beer. These Sam Adams fancy beers are kind of hit or miss.

popery, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of Keith238
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= thin lacing after the head quickly dissapated. Deep ruby color.

S= pleasant chocolate notes, hint of vanilla.

T= more chocolate flavor than detected by smell. Slight artifical flavor though. I would have preferred a stronger bitter chocolate flavor over the "milk chocolate" found here.

M= very easy on the palate and on the dry side.

D= low in alcohol, thus no astringency from alcohol. 1- 25oz. bottle is about all I'll do. Easy to drink but not meant to be a session beer. The only off putting aspect of this beer is the price ($15). I don't mind paying for quality but this brew just didn't command my respect the way a $15 bottle should.

Keith238, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of mnapier
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Temperature, 40 degrees farenheit. Serving glassware, *you guessed it, a 12 ounce tulip

Chocolate Bock out the bottle pours a dark and clarity-free ocean that produces strong khaki foamy head that leaves a littering of lace in the glass later on.
The nose is interesting in that the usual expectation of roasted malts along with a presence of burnt dark cocoa.
Swirling this around in my mouth I get roasted caramel some more of the fruit previously mentioned along with a mild cocoa and almost milk like quality. The mouthfeel is mild but stops a little bit over into the medium category.
Overall this beer is decent ... but worth $15 dollars I wouldn't go that far? Based on the alcohol levels of this brew I wouldn't wait to long in order to get your money's worth.


mnapier, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of paco1029384756
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark ruby color with 2 1/2 fingers of off white head.

Scent of lightly roasted malts, hints of fruit, and chocolate. This could have been better, it needs more strength, it's just too light of a scent for anything to really pop out.

Taste of chocolate and roasted malts throughout to the finish. Not amazing, but pretty damn good, light and nicely balanced, a good dessert beer. It really isn't worth the price to have this on a regular basis, though.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth, fitting for this beer.

paco1029384756, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of mphopkins99
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Black body with some reddish tones. Thin head, some of the lacing hangs around.
S - Sweet, a definite dark chocolate presence.
T - Sweet malt, very chocolatey with a hint of caramel and coffee.
M - Carbonation almost non-existant. Very rich.
D - As a beer, its very drinkable. However, the price in my opinion hurts the drinkability. It is significantly over-priced in my opinion.

mphopkins99, Nov 24, 2008
Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 2,484 ratings.