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

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2,598 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,598
Reviews: 1,118
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.85%
Wants: 52
Gots: 165 | 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 sinistrsam
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown-copper body, with a huge, foamy tan head. Excellent retention and lacing about the glass. The aroma was my favorite part of this brew. It was more complex than I expected, with caramel and toffee leading the way, hints of milk chocolate, hazlenut and coffee, and mild roasted malts. Chocolate and roasted malts were most obvious in the taste, with that slightly acidic burnt taste that I often find in porters. In fact, it was bitter, smoky and somewhat burnt, which really reminded me of the Gonzo, but not that quite that pronounced. It was balanced nicely with the milk chocolate sweetness present. The mouthfeel was disapointing; very little carbonation. However, there was a smoothness and creaminess I enjoyed, but even that faded into a blandness I didn't expect. Overall a good beer and nice seasonal from SA.

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

Nifty little silver doodad on the front makes this one of the coolest looking bottles around. Too bad I can't give any points for that.

Good looking dark brown, with a nicely fitting froth on top. Chocolate's definately on the nose, with a dash of malt. Chocolate also comes through on the flavor. If there's any way to describe it, this beer reminds me of a Hershey's bar that was scorched and accidently dropped in a rather ordinary bock. The bock part's actually a bit thin and underwhelming, redeemed only by the chocolate.

A rather tasty beer, all around. Perhaps not the 16 bucks I paid worth of tasty, but tasty nonetheless. Will only buy again if they find a way to bring the price down.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chocolatey brown with a thin film of light brown bubbles. Aroma of chocolate and some light hops.

Flavor is very, very chocolate - and very good. Some warmth in the background, some hops, too - but mostly chocolate.

Round and full in the mouth - creamy and smooth. Very satisfying.

Photo of briman
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a clear dark brown, with about a one finger tan head that dissipated quickly.

Smells sweet, with chocolate/cocoa being dominant. As the beer warms up it tends more towards a cocoa smell or maybe a darker type chocolate, almost like opening a can of hot cocoa mix.

Taste is what you'd expect, sweet, malty with chocolate/cocoa dominating.

Medium bodied, very smooth, didn't really get a good feel for the carbonation, probably because I was too busy noticing the chocolate.

Pretty much a dessert beer, very drinkable, but maybe no more than one in a single sitting for me.

Photo of quasimoto
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black with hints of red, and a one inch head of off-white foam. Threre is very little lace.

S - Sweet malts, smoke, and something that reminds me of cherry pie. Very intersting aromas.

T - Sweet malts with bakgrounds o dark chocolates. Its almost like a port wine. A complete dessert beer.

M - Smooth, creamy, no bitterness. Very easy to drink.

D - Its a nice fine quality dessert beer.

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

Purchased in early February, 2006 for $15.99 for 750 ml bottle at LaBodega in Riverside, CA.

Appearance: Pours a root-beer brown with a huge tan-yellow head in my Samuel Adams Black Lager glass. Slight ruby-auburn highlights grace the bottom of the glass when backlit. Head is made up of mostly soap bubbles.

Aroma: Aroma is first and foremost semi-sweet chocolate, but also with raisins, prunes, figs. More complex than a typical bock. Reminds me more of a doppelbock than a bock.

Flavor: Chocolate beer! Not like that's a bad thing. Light hop notes dance in chocolate coatings at the end keep this from being a one-note beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability/Other: Mouthfeel light and almost thin for the amount of flavor present. Overall, a decent brew, quite acceptable and interesting. Do I love it? No. But that's OK. Pricey though.

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

This beer was a gift from my buddy Ryan.
THis beer's bottle presentation is amazing, with the tin label. It pours a dark brown with a light brown head. Loads of carbonation. The smell is all Swiss mocha, with a bready malt backbone that soaks up the rest. The best is the first tast. I had this beer at 55 degrees, and the sweet chocolate malt hits you like silk. It's so well placed on the tongue, with the way it just coats and goes down like crack. This is the best beer to be joined with chocolate I have ever had! Wonder if it would cellar well?

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

well, well, well.. lots of poo-poo'ing of this beer, had to see what the mystery bock was all about... and after consuming this hulking bottle, i can say with confidence that i now know.

it looks chocolatey in its dark brownness, and echoes chocolate milk with its faded, creamy tan head. aromawise, the chocolate tones are there but moreso in a brownie way.. chocolate accented doughy baked goods smell.. dry and even in the nose, this beer has yet to offend little old me.

mouthfeel is big and robust.. creamy and bold for the low abv, and rich. first i think of roasted coffee beans, but then a familiar bock sweetness kicks the bitterness into a cocoa realm. interesting twist. essential chocolate flavors arise in favor of the earthier side of the base plant. repeated sips and warmth add a fudgy depth to the flavor, which plays nicely against the sam adams bocky malt structure. similar in sweetness and texture to the simple, much-loved double bock but more drinkable due to the chocolate flavor and more manageable alcohol content.

personally, i think this is a champion drink. why is this is 22's? is this not sixpack material? whatever. i really enjoyed it, kudos sam. you continue to impress with your wonderful wonkaesque creations.

Photo of denjen
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dennis: This beer tastes almost exactly like what you would expect from the label name. If you've very had a chocolate stout before you'll know what's coming pretty much. The aroma is cocoa and chocolate with a slight caramel sweetness hiding behind it. The body is light enough and not syrupy, with a decent malt backbone to support the sweet chocolate (Scharffen Berger Chocolate according to the website). Nicely done, tastes great, but not amazing enough to justify the inflated price especially at only 5.6%.
Jen: I am not usually a fan of bocks but anything with chocolate is a thumbs up in my book. It is nice and smooth, with an unusual cocoa like taste to it. The roasted malts are easily tasted and this brew ends with a nice chalky aftertaste. If this wasn't soo expensive, it would become a once a year buy. Nice to try once, but we won't drink this again, unless Sam cuts the $$.

Photo of Higravity
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I have avoided this beer for years now on purpose because I had read the review knew it wasn't all that for $15, yet for V day with chocolate cake. Why not? Here is the why not.

Thin might be a porter or maybe just a brown that has gotten too dark. Definately reminds of the black lager in look even the head is still whitish. Chocolate from view no. Chocolate from smell only after I had a few swallows, mostly nothing comes of this beer. Chocolate in the taste, yes, but it is fleeting and mild subdued and impotent. Did I say that this beer is thin, because it is thin. You can drink it while you mow your lawn, but at the premium price I would rather drink a PBR and pay the neighbor kid to do it.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is either the 2004 or 2005 version I had; the bottle label said to drink it by March 05 for "brewery freshness."

Looks pretty much just like SA Black lager. Black if you're looking at it straight on, and a translucent brown during the pour, or held at an angle.

Smells a lot like the black lager as well, with some more noticeable nuttiness and sweetness.

Not really all that sweet, or chocolatey. Theres tones of gourmet chocolate, which is great, but this isnt exactly in the same league as Young's double chocolate or Rogue chocolate.

Nice full mouthfeel with a flavor that sticks around long after you are done drinking.

Really, this is a great-tasting beer. The problem is the price. It is not affordable and the price doesnt make much sense. I'd be interested to find out where most of that $15 per bottle is going. High costs for using gourmet chocolate? High costs for the bottle design & packaging? Who knows. You're certainly not paying for a high alcohol content, since this beer doesnt have one (5.6%). Stick with Samuel Adams double bock if you want a full-flavored, high alcohol content, yet affordable beer from Boston brewing co.

Photo of cracgor
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out a coke color with a tall easily poured head. Nice and rocky and filled with carbonation. Head sticks nicely to the glass. Has a chocolatey, sour aroma to it. Lots of fruits and a piney quality to the smell. Wow! tons of cocoa flavor to this beer. Not really a traditional bock...it is labeled as an ale. The chocolate stands out more in this beer than any I can remember. That is the predominant flavor, but the hops and esters are playful with the chocolate. Reminds me a little of raisinettes. A definite desert type beer. It is velvety smooth. Not a light beer in color or mouthfeel. It is fun to drink. I just can't see it as the type of beer I could drink all night regardless. It gets kind of tiring to me the way an entire cheese cake might when you sit down to eat the whole thing.

Photo of zealouszymurgist
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The bottle was very intriguing so I decided to purchase this even though it was 16 bucks. The beer is black when it is poured out and has a nice head. Smells very chocolatey. Lots of malts too. It was pretty sweet tasting. It tastes like a chocolate milkshake with alcohol in it. I am not sure I would buy this again, especially at the expensive price.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer has a nice dark walnut colored body that is crystal clear with a nice slow carbonation. The head is a thick creamy light tan with reddish hued foam with big bubbles popping through.

S- This beer has a smooth soft toasted malt aroma with some slight dark fruit notes of prunes with some earthiness.

T- The smooth malt flavors are toasted and roasted to make a slight caramel flavor. Then follows a slight taste of Yoo-Hoo chocolate milk and then a finish of soft carbonic bite.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slippery texture.

D- There is a fair bock hidden in there but it doesn't have all that much complexity in the malt. I know the chocolate used in brewing was expensive but it taste like chocolate milk. The flavors don't work together all that well and it would be nice if it was a12 oz. bottle. The big 750ml is a lot of chocolate milk bock.

Photo of stevecee2003
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: a smooth pour, but with a fizzy head. This seems rather light to me. Perhaps it will not have the fullness I had expected from a $14 dollar bottle. After the head dies down there is no appreciable lace on the glass. None.

Appearance: Dark tones. With a hint of redness, dark red in the background.

Smell: There is the immediate impact of chocolate! It is omni-present. Very strong.

Taste: Wow! Serious chocolate flavor. It is sweet. Almost too sweet. I am told this is a seasonal beer, so I wanted to give it a try. It compares in chocolate flavor to Youngs from a can. But perhaps more so.

Mouthfeel: is very good. Perhaps the best part of the experience, next to smell. It is creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: The chocolate is the good and bad of the beer. It is very "there", but perhaps too much so. It maybe should only be served in a 4oz. glass. A 25oz. bottle is perhaps too much to handle. Definately not a session beer.

Photo of ChefSchipull
4.92/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was recommended in a local liquor store as I was picking up something else at the time. I was told that it was only released once a year and I thought I would give it a try.

Sam Adams chocolate bock poured a deep brown with very dark red tones. Small frothy head that dissipated fairly quickly.

The smell of this stuff alone is worth the $16 I paid for the 25oz bottle. Chocolate is the only smell I noticed. I must have been too hypnotized in the initial waft of chocolatey goodness to pay attention to any other flavor characteristics.

This stuff was exeptionally smooth, medium carbonation, with great chocolatey aftertaste. I would definitely recommend this beer to anyone, even if you dont like beer!


Photo of DogFood11
1.8/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

What the Fuck is sam adams thinking. First they charge you you'r first born for this bottle then they give you a thin watered chocolate bock that doesn't produce any awww inspiring taste.

Chocolate is there but its bitter and thin, heartburn inducing liquid is lingering, chalky, and bitter. Not sure how they justify charging 15 bucks for the bottle but thats neither here nor their. Bottom line is its not going to be on my shopping list.

Notes: seems to built around a dark chocolate bitter bar and nothing else. Mouthfeel is light for the style. You could spend your money on a random six pack and come up with better results, and change. uggghhhh.... Not for me or for you.

Photo of wcudwight
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cool looking bottle. 2004 edition.
Dark brown in color with some red hues. Thin fizzy head that recedes to a thin fizzy rim around the top.
Chocolate in the nose and the unexpected smell of alcohol.
Wow! Rich, deep, dark chocolate tasting. The most chocolate tasting beer I've ever had. Very, very, sweet. Hint of alcohol on the back end, with a very sweet, lasting aftertaste.
Feels a bit more thin and watery in the mouth than I was expecting. This may have to do with the beer being a year old.
Very drinkable at first, but as the beer warms it becomes too sweet to drink. I'd suggest drinking it chilled.
Overall I was worried how this would do, being a year old. I'd decided to not review it, if it was skunked. It was a real good beer even after sitting on the shelf for a year. If you are into sweet beers or dark chocolate this could become your favorite. Otherwise it's still a very nice beer to have on occasion.

Photo of thetachibro
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very good looking beer when poured. Solid black with a nice 2in tan foamy head. The initial smell is of malt, nuts, and a nice chocolate aroma. When i first started to drink it the beer was a little too cold so the taste wasn't fully there, couldn't really taste the chocolate but it still had the malt flavor. Once the beer started to warm up the chocolate became very noticable. It's somewhat sweet so i would limit myself to just one bottle more than that might make my stomach feel a little off. I must say that i enjoyed much more when it was from a tap but it still was an enjoyable beer with desert on christmas.

Photo of AlexJ
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark, rootbeer brown pour with a foamy beige head that retains well and leaves clingy lace.

Aroma is roasty barley, chocolate pudding, cocoa, vanilla, and warm pumpernickle bread. I've never smelled such a chocolatey beer, yum.

Flavor is all about the chocolate too, reminds me of milk from a bowl of Cocoa Pebbles and box brownies. There are some toasty grain notes and some hints of vanilla bean. Sweet but not overly so.

Body is just below medium with loose carbonation and a slick, oily mouthfeel. Pretty darn tastey, but one glass was enough.

Photo of jmz62565
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a dark brown with a large creamy foamy head.The head lasts and leaves a nice lacing.The smell is weak.I could detect only a slight aroma of chocolate.The taste is a very strong creamy chocolate,but it's not as sweet as I expected.This is like chocolate milk.The taste is better than I thought it would be.This is more like a porter than bock.The m/f is heavy and well balanced.This is a damn good beer,and I plan to have it for years to come during Christmas dessert.

Photo of dgallina
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle dated best-before 06-31-2006.

Poured a slightly-transluscent red-edged dark brown. Fairly big light tan head quickly subsided to thin foam and moderate lace. Big powdery cocoa in the nose, but nothing else happening. Sugary sweet cocoa and thin malts up front, extremely sweet and a bit dusty in the middle, slightly drier and very weak hop finish. Quit thin and highly carbonated in the mouth.

Not bad, but awfully sweet and lacking in depth for such a high-priced special offering.

Photo of sacfly
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby color. No head to speak of. Huge sweet malt nose. Artificial chocolate flavoring smell as well.

Taste is exactly as advertised. Sweet and malty, very much a typical bock in that sense. Body is big, but not too syrupy. The taste also has that same artificial chocolate flavor… Still sweet into the aftertaste and then it is gone... Taste does not linger too long.

I know they use real chocolate in this, but it comes across like a chocolate flavoring extract. I didn’t mind this beer, but not a huge fan either. Nice change of pace in the winter time.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a pleasure to return to this beer after a 3-year haitus. My interpretations from then still hold true, but I definately recognized the Sam Adams Double Bock base beer with all the melanoidins, dark-fruit esters, and toasty, malty rich textures. I often recognize the addition of a bit of chocolate malts in classic German Dopplebocks for complexity, richness, and a little something extra that is rarely identifiable. This beer, however, showcases this chocolate addition but not to the point of dominance, just balance, variety, and complexity. Thanks Mr. Koch for bringing it back!

Tried again last night, haven't had this in a while. It's like chocolate milk for the beer lover. Plops velvity into the chalace, coats the glass with thick legs and a 1/2" foamstand that withstood the durration. Very nice lacing. Opaque black - dark brown with mohogany highlights. Smells smooothly of milk chocolate and malt backbone. Mild sourness and hop aroma balance out the nose. Tastes silky sweet without being overly malty or sugary. Bittersweet cocoa is balanced with milky (lactose?) flavors make this beer slide down very easily. Round and robust to the palate. Heavy and mild at the same time. No real alcohol to heat, but does give up more thin sweetness. I would prefer more alcoholic notes in a Bock beer. But, it goes down way too easy. On the dark side, the beer seems to give up complexity, flavor, and balance as it sits for a while. All in all a great beer.

Photo of UncleFlip
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks a lot like a very dark cola- wiht some ruby edges.

Smell is very chocolatey, with a strong malt undertone.

The taste initially is smoky and malty at the same time, but chocolate quickly takes over.

The mouthfeel seems a bit fizzy for a stout, but it's not enough to take away from this beer.

Very drinakble. I rather enjoyed this one.

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