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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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BA SCORE
82
good

2,440 Ratings
THE BROS
71
okay

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Ratings: 2,440
Reviews: 1,105
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 17.08%
Wants: 35
Gots: 86 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TinusTime on 11-20-2003)
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RBorsato

Virginia

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

Dark brown with amber hues and a moderate beige head. Cocoa powder aroma and flavor dominates with little else to describe; no complexity. Medium bodied with a gritty cocoa powder texture; a bit lighter than I would have liked considering the name.

Interesting but definitely not worth the pricetag.

Per label: "Beer with cocoa and natural flavors"

Per BBC website: Tettnang Tettnanger and Spalt hops. Malts two row Pale, Munich and caramel. The chocolatiers at Scharffen Berger crafted an exclusive blend of chocolate made with cocoa beans from Ghana called forastero. Chocolate Bock was aged on a bed of this chocolate to create its unique layers of flavor. A hint of vanilla was added.

Enjoy Before: June 2004
Tasted: 10/09/04

(25.4 oz champagne style bottle)

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2004 17:56:00 | More by RBorsato
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alexgash

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to thank my good buddy Chad for smuggling this big, expensive bottle into Utah. I believe he was dutifully repaid with 7 powder days on the slopes. Anyway...
Poured a varnished mahogany brown with a med.-sized light brown head. Good lacing.

Smell had a nice fruit-toffee bock character, with undeniable chocolate/cocoa fumes. Maybe a slight dark chocolate bitterness, too.

Taste was similar to the smell. Rich, dark fruit flavors come forth, followed by a not-too-overpowering chocolate--more of a dark chocolate--flavors. Finishes with some chocolate/coffee bitterness. Pretty smooth, creamy feel, and luckily, not too carbonated. Not as mediocre and gimmicky as I expected, but gimmicky nonetheless! Also, a touch too expensive.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2004 17:11:54 | More by alexgash
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer a few times before and it's quite past it's recommended dating (June 2004). I'm sure it's the same. It pours a nice clear, mahogany brown with an initally fluffy light tan head that subsides into a thin collar. Rich chocolate notes beneath a lightly astringent, malty single bock. Slight yeast notes. Starts woth a bit of malt smoothness and finishes with a bit of astringecy and rich, dark chocolate, sometimes suggestions of powdered Ovaltine. I'm not suggesting the freshness dating is a sham, it just tastes the same as when I had it a few months ago. Pretty enjoyable, the chocolate can be overbearing at times, as well as the pricetag.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2004 22:25:45 | More by crookedhalo
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sabrills70

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled clearly labled "Best before June 2004" and its now September so I'm sure this review is off a bit.
Poured a deep deep ruby red. Only had about a one finger head and it faded rather quickly. Not much lace to speak of.
Smells of a rich roasted malt with chocolate, coffee, and a bit of vanilla.
Very unique taste. Almost instantly you get a nice chocolate flavor followed by some slight hop bitterness and finally a nicely roasted malt.
Its mouthfeel is a bit heavy just to sit around drink. Not super drinkable on its own, but still decent enough to enjoy alone. Although it would be much nicer shared with some good friends.
Not super complex but well worth the $15 I paid for it. Not to mention the bottle will look really cool in my wife's china hutch.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2004 01:16:33 | More by sabrills70
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Well, figured I would finally break down and do my 100th Karma point, what better than chocolate and beer to do it with?

Poured a lusciously dark chocolately brown that lets no light through most of it, except when you hold it towards the light, you can see a bit of rootbeer color shining through. The thick, beautiful, light caramel/khaki head settled down to leave only a thickish covering about a quarter inch thick.

Scented heavily of molasses. Thick and sweet. Oakiness. Light scent of chocolate malts in there... but it seems to be more the sweet, heavy, molassassy smell that I get.

Thick and creamy, bit of foaming up in your mouth... Feels a bit like a melted milkshake for the body.

Tastes of chocolate malts, touch of vanilla beans, bit of oakiness in there maybe? Bit of darkened toast in the aftertaste. Slight cola flavor. The sweetness is not overwhelming, just noticable. The flavors are not as intense as I would have expected. Guess I thought there would be a blast of chocolate, this is more on the level of a chocolate fountain soda... Don't get me wrong, this is good stuff.

Drinkability, well, this is sooo not a session beer. Bit too heavy for that. I had heard that it was not a bottle to sit down by yourself with. My beerbud that gifted this to me (thanks o'blithering one!) said he sipped his for about 3 hours! But I was feeling a bit greedy, and really find this a nice one to sip by yourself and relax with. Good for a couple tulips full when relaxing at home. Would not think about having it when about to head out for playtime!

Nice presentation with the bottle, yeah, no points given for it, but it does look pretty impressive!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2004 02:10:15 | More by shapudding
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

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

This was a ruby-red beer with a good head, creamy and with lace rings on the glass as I drank.

The aoma was of rich malt, a slight amount of hops, and a light hint of chocolate (but not as much as I expected).

The taste was complex and many-layered... a slightly bitter foretaste, followed by a coffee taste, then fading into smooth chocolate. Quite interesting.

I am glad I finally got to try it... not sure it was worth $14.99 for the bottle, but at least I've tried it now.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2004 23:29:52 | More by connecticutpoet
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mschofield

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark black/brown, topped with a foamy large bubbled khaki head, leaves webs of lacing.
Chocolate, with some coffee in the aroma, cream/milk. Reminded me of dutch process cocoa powder.
A bit acrid at the tip of the tongue, rich creamy milk chocolate taste. Full malt base to the flavor. Pretty much tastes like a chocolate malted milk.
Full bodied and creamy, just a desert beer and for the amount I enjoyed drinking that bottle would serve 8-10 people.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2004 21:05:57 | More by mschofield
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured deep amber brown with a huge and lasting brown head that laced the glass.

The aroma was chocolate and caramel. The chocolate aroma had a cocoa character and also a bittersweet note. The aroma also contained dark fruits.

The flavor was chocolate with coffee and cocoa. The chocolate flavors are excellent and well blended with the coffee. Dark fruit flavors also blend in the flavor. Caramel flavors are present in the maltiness as well.

The finish was just dry with chocolate, caramel and a slight coffee lasting through the aftertaste. The body was medium to medium light and a bit disappointing.

25.4 ounce bottle. Best before June 2004.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2004 21:15:45 | More by GCBrewingCo
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red-black color with one finger of head. A little bit of lacing on the glass. The smell is rich and malty, almost smells like mocha espresso. Very nice aromas. The taste is smooth and rich with lots of malty sweetness and a great chocolate flavor. Everything blends together so well. Fantastic. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and strong. The drinkability is good too. A nice chocolatey treat!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2004 21:49:30 | More by SheepNutz
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When first presented with an $18 bottle of beer, thoughts raced through me beer mind such as "Should I buy this?" So, the most expensive bottle of beer is about to be poured now, and again my thoughts are mixed. Over-rated junk? Delicious dessert? Hmmm...

Giant buh-lack 1 pt & 9.4 fl. oz tall glass soldier with "Enjoy before June 2004" on the label. Scant fizz creaks out from under the cap. Fills me Flying Fish tulip glass with a surprisingly slightly see thru burgandy, ruby, purple pour. When held up to the light, some glow emerges through. The head is a khaki tan tight, rock solid 1" head that drifts to a more manageablw 1/4" coating. Bubble beads rise and stick to the glass interior. Spider web lace creeps across the glass.

A few swirls to release some olfactory enticing notes brings a port like Sam Adams Triple Bock like suggestion first. Next scents are of gentle roasted malts and cake and biscuit dough. No afterscents pervade. Scents are of the ilk of a double-bock nature with some burnt coffee, cocoa powder and prunes or dates escaping as well. Not an overpowering scent, mind you.

First swigs: An actual chocolate ice cream like feel and flavor dominate the tongue. Chocolate milk like a Hershey's chocolate milk powder mixed with creamy milk take over the beer reigns here. The flavor is rich via milk chocolate and creamy expensive chocolates that are overpriced in usually sampler boxes. Creamy smooth milk chocolate flavors overwhelm any chance of the vinousness arising.

Another surprise is the mouthfeel. Not the thickest beer, but full bodied nonetheless without question. Points hit the skids on drinkability. A half of a tulip and bloating hits me like a Thanksgiving dinner. We still got 3/4 of a big bad bottle to go.

Last swigs: My tongue is laffin' - my wallet is cryin'. A chocolate lovers dream, albeit pricey at $18 a dose. Not sure how this is a bock beer technically. Feels and drinks like a chocolately porter. SAMMY A'S Chocolate bock is the first bottle ever that I can't just chuck into the garbage. The bottle and label are a virtual piece of Americana Sub-culture Art.

Beer is good. Happy complex chocolate beering.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2004 04:09:38 | More by blitheringidiot
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TPoling

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with decent head, but doesn't leave much lace. Brown with ruby tint. Cocoa and coffee in the nose. The mouthfeel is little underwhelming. The chocolate and roasty malts balance nicely, but there is a slight hint of sourness in the finish. This is not a $15 beer, but was still worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2004 00:14:57 | More by TPoling
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meathookjones

Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit pricey at 15 bucks a bottle but I decided to pick it up anyway. This pours out a brown color with reddish highlights and a good looking tan head that quickly drops to a ring of bubbles. All I could detect in the aroma is chocolate and maybe a touch of roasted coffee. Chocolate is dominant in the flavor with hints of roasted malts and coffee stirring about but not much else. I love chocolate and beer but the taste just wasn’t doing it for me. Mouthfeel was a bit thin and well carbonated. Drinkability was fairly low as I was getting sick of the taste and had trouble finishing the bottle. Not something I would try again for that price but not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2004 16:07:01 | More by meathookjones
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winomark

Missouri

2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Slightly transparent medium brown with a persistant light tan head. Lots of chocolate malt(not chocolate and malt) nose. Mildly remeniscent of Michelob Amber Bock. Lots of chocolate, both milk and dark throughout the palate. Malt component is completely gone. Mild, smooth and long finish. To me, this is not a beer. Might as well be a cold glass of hot chocolate. If I knew what I would have gotten for my $16, I would have passed. Tasty, but not impressive by any means.

P.S. Nice bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2004 02:40:10 | More by winomark
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer appears dark brown but has a definte ruby tint when held up to the light. The head started out big and tan but then quickly disappeared. The aroma is light chocolate and maybe a hint of coffee but not much else. At first the chocolate flavor jumps all over your tongue but quickly slides away leaving a slight hint of a bock beer on the finish. If I were a chocoholic then I would LOVE this beer. I am not. So I do not feel it was worth the Price $14.99. A decent brew but not exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2004 23:39:58 | More by ybnorml
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Beervis

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am a little unimpressed with this beer. The packaging is great, but it's what's inside that counts, and unfortunately, there's not much here!
The color and initial aroma of chocolate is great, and the head is also attractive, although very short-lived. The mouthfeel is very thin and lacks much character. The finish is a bit "watery" and fades too quickly. It was refreshing, but for the price, I expected a lot more here.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2004 22:05:35 | More by Beervis
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cbl2

New York

3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:

750 mL bottle with metal embossment. Best by June 2004. Pours a nice clear reddish-brown with a half inch tan head.

Smell:

Faint hints of bitter chocolate with mild malt undertones, but mainly unremarkable.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Perhaps the most chocolate I've ever tasted in a beer before. Not as smooth as I would like, and no other flavors besides the chocolate. I like this beer, and drinkability is high, but the price isn't right.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2004 20:42:18 | More by cbl2
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Salpta

South Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

I received this one for Valentines day (who didnt?). Anyway I was very excited, but the brew itself was all over the board.

It looked like a deap brown porter, smelled (reeked?) of chocolate, and was mildly thick on the tounge. Unfortunatly the aftertaste was of dark chocolate which i absolutely ABHORE. And what was worse? it lingered. The initial sweet maltiness only hung around long enough to get it's ticket checked before the chocolate set in.

I choaked down the second pint.

Summery: If you like Dark Chocolate, then by all means try this. If you don't, then avoid it like the plague.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2004 23:01:34 | More by Salpta
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer could easily be mistaken for a brown porter. I really did not get that traditional malt flavor that is associated with bocks nor did I get that lagered character either. The head was a bit fizzy and that told me right away that the body was going to be a tad thin which it was. The only saving grace was the chocolate in the aroma and flavor which was pleasant though seemed to be too sweet for me. A decent chocolate brew but I expected more body and a heartier character for what the bottle was going for.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2004 12:48:44 | More by Jason
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chugamugofsud

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a limited edition Valentine's Day beer from the Sam Adams group of beers but is found at a very hefty price. The pint pours darker than most bocks and leaves a thick, lightly colored head on the top. The smell is actually almost mute, giving away only a hint of chocolate. I was surprised when this beer actually tasted excellent, with more than subtle hints of chocolate. The bock taste combinede with the chocolate taste just.... flat out works. I don't really drink Sam Adams ever but this beer is relatively solid. I doubt I'll get another because of the price, though.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2004 14:48:46 | More by chugamugofsud
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great bottle, as the BBC is known for doing with the super-special limited offerings. Color appears to be a deep brown, but is actually a glowing ruby when held to the light. Head dissipates quickly. Aroma is quite nice: toasted malt, dark chocolate, almonds, coconut, and a sort of sweet perfumy smell. The flavor is not nearly as complex as the aroma, though it is very nice indeed. Nice rich chocolate flavor with a big malt profile. Hops are very subtle but noticeable. Alcohol is kept completely in check. I'm pleasantly surprised with this one. Could use more complexity, but it's very good. Worth the $13.95 my roommate paid for it? This I'm not sure of, but it is good. Thanks to ElGuapo I still have another bottle to enjoy on a relaxing night on my roof.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2004 22:15:05 | More by IrishRedRock
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GuinnessSmurf

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As far as first impressions go, setting this attractive bottle on any dinner setting goes a long way in show. However, I was more interested in how the beer performed than looked in the bottle.

It is a dark, syrupy beer with a heavy cocoa aroma - some hints that remind me of a cherry cordial. The overall intensely sweet, desserty nature of the smell had me a excited.

This is an excellent, full bodied beer. Starts with a creamy blend of chocolate, red raspberry and roasted malts. The beer is creamy and heavy, but not overly thick. The presence of alcohol grows from the initial sip and couples the flavor throughout each sip, mostly as a warming sensation in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2004 10:09:31 | More by GuinnessSmurf
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ruby mohagany colored with a light brown thick creamy head that shrinks to a thin film quickly. delicate chocolate smell with nuttiness, breadiness, and herbal hops; pleasantly this is not the chocolate bomb i was expecting. the taste further puts this expectation down, as the chocolate is very delicate here too. there is a butteriness as well as nutty flavors. there is a subtle bittersweet almost berry flavor in there as well as a little hops to round things out. excellent smooth chocolate flavor. this turned out to be a lot better than i was expecting. it has a surprisingly light body for all the flavor which lends to a good drinkability. a really good beer, but goddamn the price tag.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2004 19:45:44 | More by kmo1030
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yeah, like this one. The bottle has silver embossing for a label. Kind of different. Makes me feel like I won the Olympics. Pours dark brown with a slight tinge in red. There was a thick head that went away fairly quickly to form around the edge of the glass. The lace was also tinged brown. The aroma is chocolate. The taste is very heavy on the chocolate and malt. Not sweet, just bitter enough to make the chocolate palatable. The malt flavor is most noticeable in the aftertaste. It is a very smooth beer. Very easy to not realize just how fast one is drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2004 23:10:06 | More by MuddyFeet
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erica

California

4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer made me smile, despite the fact that it's all expensive ($15 a bottle) and not readily available to me. I could've done without the silver embossed label/medal thing, but it was cool looking. Anyway, I'm a chocolate lover, and this was big on chocolate. It poured a dark reddish blackish colour, looked like coffee pretty much. It smelled like coffee and chocolate, roasty and sweet. It tasted much like it smelled, but with more chocolate flavour in there. It started out more like roasted malt and finished with dark chocolatey goodness. Mouthfeel was pretty good, not syrupy at all as I might've expected with something chocolatey. Drinkability was pretty good too, well I would've probably had another glass if it were available.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2004 19:50:35 | More by erica
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hustlemuscle

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours darkly out of the big bottle with the stupid foil thing on it. Smells ok, of mocha and a little malt. Tastes pretty good, a bit watery, but mostly of mild malts and cocoa chocolate. Easy to drink, but mostly because it lacks any real body. Almost like it was rushed out the door. Perhaps if they had spent the money they spent on the bottle on the beer, it would have been that much better. A bit of a disappointment, and thank god I didn't pay for it.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2004 04:02:27 | More by hustlemuscle
Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 2,440 ratings.