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

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Ratings: 2,578
Reviews: 1,112
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 45
Gots: 141 | 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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Photo of rhinos00
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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 +6.1%
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 -3.6%
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 +14.3%
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 +6.9%
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 -5.5%
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 +2.8%
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 -5%
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 -28.4%
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 +5.5%
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 +12.9%
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 -30.3%
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 +23.1%
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's definitely smooth and slightly complex with no chaulky taste make this one very drinkable.

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.03/5  rDev +11%
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 +19.8%
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.

Photo of daythree16
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with a metallic looking label.

Pours a dark brown with ruby tinges that are present when held up to the light. Nice 1.5 finger head.

Smell is sweet chocolate with some bready/biscuity notes. Taste is semi-sweet chocolate and breadiness, almost like a chocolate muffin, but not as sweet.

Medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Drinkability is great. Smooth, enjoyable, and not overpoweringly chocolatey.

Bottom line: Did I enjoy this beer? Yes. Is it worth the $14 I paid for it? Probably not. It's worth a try, but I say split a bottle with some friends.

Photo of HoustonTX
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock

Pours a nice rich dark brown, with a solid thick white head that falls to a halo of lace relatively quick. You can tell this is thick.

Smell is dominated by chocolate, with some floral backings.

Taste reminds me a lot of snickers, or fudge, or chocolate marble slab ice cream. Intensely chocolaty with notes of roasted malts, cream, slight vanilla, cocoa powder, and sugar. Some small notes of citrus/floral twang near the finish.

This is a delicious desert beer. Really intense chocolate flavors make this one hell of a night cap. Pretty straight forward, not very complex. Still quite drinkable, and recommended to at least try once.

Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wow, a very rich flavored beer. Like a big glass of molasses. This thing is thick. Poured from the specialty bottle into a pint glass.
A - Very, very dark brown / black in appearance. A ½ inch medium brown head forms and falls in a few minutes to a swirly mass on top the beer.
S - A moderately strong roasty molasses like smell.
T - Tastes similar to a standard double bock in the beginning but sits heavier in the mouth. The chocolate note comes in as the finish. Roasted malt overtones.
M - Thick, slick, and heavy, low carbonation.

This was a good beer but just not as exciting as I had hoped.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Sunset for $6. Rather than pay an extra $10 for packaging, I think I'll try this one here. Tulip or goblet...I forget which and forgot to include it in my notes. My bad...I think maybe a goblet...

Nice carbonation rising from espresso-dahhhk body. Thin latte-colored head comes and goes quickly though.

Surprisingly enough this really doesn't smell like much of anything...a little chocolate and coffee with malt but very light.

Nice chocolate texture but body is a little clammy. Body is very light...good lightly roasted chocolate malt. Slight hop texture of grass.

As this warms I start to enjoy it more...sort of an iced hot chocolate. Good texture and pleasant clean lager finish when considering weight class.

This'll play nicely, but again, it's easier to pay $6 on draft than $16 in a bottle...

Photo of colts9016
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A thick oily almost black pour.The head was two finger and very foamy. The tan head dissipated very quickly leaving a tan ring around the glass. The clarity of the beer is very opaque.

Nose: A dark complex roasted malt with chocolate, toffee, coffee, and phenols. There notes of citrus, esters, and dark fruit.

Taste A rich seem simple roasted malt with chocolate, toffee, coffee, vanilla, and molasses. There hints of citrus, raisins, and phenols.

The beer is good, I don't think it qualifies for greatness. The Beer seems simple unlike a good German bock. The mouth feel is creamy with a slight warming of the mouth. The finish is there but it isn't bitter. I was hoping for more from Sam Adams, since this is suppose to be an unique beer and different. I didn't think so.

Photo of JoshuaCain
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

pours a really luxurious chocolate brown with a relatively thin, too fizzy head. fair retention, lacing.
smells pretty darned good, a nice malty top with yeast and sweetness. not much chocolate registers at all in the nose, just adds a kind of darker dimension to the expected malty sweetness.
taste is a little less exciting. a lot less roasted malt flavors than I would like to expect. very mild yeast and bread flavor, chocolate comes on strong, but, like the nose, its not overpowering.
feels way too thin, its gone before you can finish tasting it.
however it could be a great easy drinking wintertime beer, if I didnt pay 16 dollars for the bottle. the price definitely lowers the drinkability.

Photo of aerozeppl
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a deep ruby colored brown. About a finger of white head with some spotty lacing.

S: The weird thing is chocolate is not the most dominant smell. It is more of a sweet malt with some chocolate in the back. You can smell the lager yeast as well.

T: A ton of sweetness up front. The chocolate is really subdued. More in the aftertaste than anything else.

M: Medium body with nothing going for or against it. Good for the style.

D: Price must rank in here. This is a pedestrian beer going for world class beer money. I don't know if my taste have just progressed that much but I remember this being better. The beer geeks must have this and I think that is what Sam was counting on. I would have to say pass on this one and get something else. I have a feeling these bottles are going to be on the shelves for years.

Photo of beernut
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opened on xmas eve. Poured somewhat dark brown in color with a tan head that quickly faded. Little lacing is left when drinking. Aroma is cocoa, a little sweet aroma too, nothing much there. Taste is lite, a hint of cocoa is present, not real malty either. This beer isn't heavy at all, so drinking a few of these with your buddies will be no problem. Disappointed somewhat, being i am a huge fan of SA. I paid $13.49 for a bottle and for that I expected a stronger beer with a higher abv.

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

I purchased this at Quick 6 in York, split the 750ml w/ octopus87 into two siedels.

A - A chestnut brown/ruby hued lager w/ a quick rising and settling whipped up beige head of two fingers that settles to about a thumbnails height

S - Malty w/ pronounced sweet and cocoa buttery scent w/ a toffee-like rich and nutty aroma. There is a vanilla floral element which is both mildly fruity w/ a light banana note

M - Full carbonation, sweet maltiness whcih giveas a slightly fuller than average feel-almost candy-like w/ a residual sugar and silky mild fruit tanginess like european cocoa

T - The flavor of the bock is very delicate w/ a creamy cocoa and fruity yeast cohesion. There is light bavarian lager yeast twinge and a hint of caramel in the malt. The cocoa fruity and nutty taste hits at the end of the taste. The flavor reminds of a chocolate covered biscuit cookie w/ malty foundation and a nice smooth creamy blend of chocolate and lager which is better than I expected - I suppose that may have to do with the yeast and lagering time

D - I was surprised how drinkable this beer is. It doesn't seem like a 'dessert' beer to me, it really is easy to quaff and the moderate strength allows for multiple servings. I could certainly enjoy more than a glass -I consider this a pretty decent bock w/ the bonus of the Swiss cocoa

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with some ruby highlighs and a light head that quickly fades. Smells light and tangy with a nice chocolate aroma- mostly cocoa. There are also some malty bock notes on the finish. Very gentle in the mouth, with nice flavors from the chocolate and the lager yeast. Very mellow, with a milk chocolate creaminess and flavor. Extremely smooth, and quite nice, but not the most exciting beer in the world. I'd like to see some more bitterness in the chocolate here. Still, very mellow and drinkable with some satisfying.

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