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

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2,595 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,595
Reviews: 1,118
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.85%
Wants: 52
Gots: 164 | 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 BeerSox
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of charlzm
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
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? ;-)

Photo of Traquairlover
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of popery
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Photo of Keith238
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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.


Photo of paco1029384756
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of mphopkins99
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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

A - Opaque black with two fingers of tan head that go way a little quick with a little lacing

S - Chocolate and malts. A little faint

T - Rich malty chocolate flavor. A little artificial but smooth.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Pretty easy to drink and mostly enjoyable. If it wasn't so expensive I would consider getting it more but might make an excellent Christmas desert beer.

Photo of iowaherkeye
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, Enjoy before April 2009. Pours a very deep ruby with a one finger beige head, fair retention. Up front in the aroma are loads of sweet caramel and toasty malts, brown sugar, some lager yeast, and a little cocoa--not as much as I was expecting. Flavor, however, is all about the chocolate--cocoa powder with some sweet vanilla dominate the caramel and toasty malts, which take a back seat. Dry finish with minimal carbonation, and just a tinge of roasty malts. This never got too sweet (3-3.5 out of 10), though it may have been balanced by the roast I hadn't noticed before. Smooth medium body with light prickly carbonation. I can't agree with the $15 price tag, but it was definitely worth a try, though I probably won't be buying another. 4-7-8-4-15

Photo of gunnerman
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at the Total Wine in Boca Raton, FL. Poured a dark black with minimal head and no lace. For this being a chocolate beer I was expecting it to be motor oil black, but I was very surprised it was quite clear. The smell was a nice roasted blend of cocoa, dark chocolate and a bit of carmel sweetness. Taste was just like the smell heavy on the chocolate and cocoa flavoring, nice afertaste of roasted chocolate. Overall for the price I was expecting a bit more, the look of the bottle and also expensive chocolate probably drove the price up. I wish the alcohol would of been a bit higher as well for it being a special release.

Photo of champ103
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights. A large beige head forms with great retention and lace.
S: An old musky coffee and chocolate aroma. Lightly roasted.
T: Sweet and slightly bitter chocolate malt dominates. The chocolate is kind of powdery. Not very complex, but I am enjoying it.
M/D: A medium body. Maybe a little flat and lifeless with the carbonation. Easy and smooth to drink.

This is a very enjoyable beer. Not something I am going to purchase often, but good to try.

Photo of iconoklaztor
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at a local Binny's for about 15 bucks. For the same price as a DL this sucker better be good! Lets find out!

Pours a nice dark, reddish color with a nice compact, camo colored head. I cant wait to taste this sucker!

The smell is a lot like the bitter chocolate beer Ive had recently. No Names! It's not a distinct chocolate smell and I need to remind myself its Sam Adams. What I mean by that is most all of their beers try to be accessable!

So lets give this a taste. It has a very light chocolate taste but its very drinkable. Not to heavy which, for a huge bottle like this, is a good thing!

This beer is very drinkable and I think its good. Now is it $15 dollars good? No way. However make this year round and put it in sixers...Ill drink this all the time!


Photo of Proteus93
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Deep red, not quite opaque at all. Offwhite head, a little creamy but quite fizzly for the most half.

S: Modest roasted malt and a cheaper chocolate.. something kinda like plum in there.

T: Nestle or Hershey chocolate... an easier going chocolate. A subtle roasted malt flavour, but nothing really stands out... the chocolate flavour is not all that rich, silky, or flavourful.

M + D: Shimmering carbonation, not too shabby. A medium body, and a smooth finish. Feels fine, but unfortunately, the flavour and aroma fall a little short. It was interesting to try, but in terms of value, there are certainly better priced brews with a more pleasing taste.

Photo of BarleyMine
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a rich, dark brown with reddish hues. Surprisingly thin head and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malts and chocolate tones. Taste is sweet and malty with a dominant flavor of full-bodied root beer. Good mouthfeel with minimal carbonation.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

Photo of shroompod
3.92/5  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.

Photo of JDV
2.7/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

Photo of crayphish
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of mynie
4.6/5  rDev +27.1%
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.

Photo of Douglas14
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 2,595 ratings.