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

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2,588 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,588
Reviews: 1,117
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.85%
Wants: 49
Gots: 150 | 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 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
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
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
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
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
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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
4.93/5  rDev +36.2%
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
3.73/5  rDev +3%
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
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
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
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Be well

Photo of cubedbee
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep deep ruby red which can easily be mistaken for black and two fingers of dense beige head. Aroma is wonderful roasted malts blended with rich milk chocolate. Taste is more of the same. The chocolate never becomes too sweet though as this must be balanced with a good deal of hops. If you love chocolate then you will love the taste of this one. The mouthfeel was silky smooth and the body was medium, maybe a little on the thin side. Really enjoyed this beer, but with the $15 price tag I won't be having another any time soon.

Photo of nriech
4.58/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark great smelling beer. Great to sit back, relax, watch a movie and just smell, taking a few sips now and then. Rich taste, lots of chocolate. Dont gripe about the price, this one is worth the $12-14 you're gonna pay as its not an every day drinking beer. Im keeping one of these on hand for those visitors who havent tried anything but the standard american beers, definatly a convertor. Try drinking with some Guinness marbled swiss cheese, a perfect match.

Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$11.95 for this attractive bottle at the Liquor Barn in Lexington, Ky.
Appearance: Pours a clear, dark mahogany body with garnet hues when held to light. One finger tan head retains quite well and is creamy in texture, gradually falling to an nice cap. Sheet and patch lace adorn the glass.

Aroma: Milk chocolate, some roasted malt notes, and a hint of floral/herbal German type hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with a medium full body.

Taste: Aged on a bed of Scharffen Berger premium chocolate, it's no surprise that an overwhelming chocolate presence dominates the taste. To its credit, this has more character than a mere chocolate bomb. Some roasted malt bitterness, raisin and toffee notes, and Bavarian style floral hops are all in the mix, and add a pleasant complexity. Excellent work by the Sam Adams brewmasters to lend some balance to all the chocolate sweetness.

Drinkability: Very well constructed, and one of the best chocolate flavored beers I've tried. This would be an ideal pairing with a chocolate dessert, and is a nice "Special Occasion" beer, standing alone. Not at all difficult to finish the big bottle just for the heck of it, but it's a tad overpriced, in my opinion.

Photo of shirfan
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ruby with a fine-bubbled, 1-finger head that laces well.

Aroma is thick with chocolate, a bit of dark malt in the background.

Taste: The chocolate milkshake of beer. Again, chocolate predominates, with slightly nutty flavors and the faintest hint of esters far in the background. Thick, smooth, and sweet.

Drinkability: It sure is good, but for the price I was expecting something a little more... exotic I guess.

Photo of Sixpack595
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, it sure is chocolatey. It smells like chocolate, tastes like chocolate, and is pretty close to the color of chocolate...well, a bit more red. Thats about it. Yea, go $14 beer that tastes like a mug of hot cocoa. To be fair, it is quite tastey. There is a touch of fruitiness hidden away in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit weak. Why is this beer so expensive?

Photo of goindownsouth
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A heartfelt danke schoen goes out to BA "Junior" for setting me up with this one, which was consumed on 04.10.05...

A deep and dark brew presented before me, with something of a beige-ish, pillowy head, which later left a sticky, yet light lace along the side of my glass. The aroma was almost entirely of chocolate, with some hints of roasted malts. The flavor followed suit, with an enveloping mouthfeel that impressed me. A fine bock, to be sure, although I was hoping this one would have a little more of a backbone to it...which could be possible, without delving into the double bock category, which Sam Adams does quite well, by the way...


Photo of mjohn27603
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours maple brown in color. 4 finger head fills half the glass. Aroma is of roasted coffee with sweetness. Soft mouthfeel with loads of sweetness. No roasted taste. The Scharffen Berger chocolate isn't really starring here. I just get the taste of a sugary sweetness without much chocolate flavor. Extra sweet beyond a bock. Extremely low carbonation. Not worth the price of admission. I keep expecting the roasted flavor of a stout made with coffee to go alone with the sweetness. Not many other notes to this. Not very complex. As I get near the bottom of the glass more chocolate flavor kicks in. All the carbonation pours in a thick head. $15.99 a bottle.

Important Note: The bottle says to enjoy vefore March 2005 and I am drinking it in early April. This may not be fair to judge. Too much for a stale beer. They made sure to place this label small on the back of the bottle.

Photo of woodychandler
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was really anxious to have this as an after-dinner drink to accompany a slice of chocolate cake and it went well as a pairing. It had a foamy, white/light tan head. The color was a deep ruby red which was very nice to look at in the glass. There was a really heavy taste of chocolate both in the mouth and on the finish. After a while, it really began to become overwhelming. It was just a bit too chocolatey for my taste.

I must have reviewed this early on from one of those heavy bottles with the aluminum label (no boostin', yo!). Let's try again, this time nearly six years later and out of the Winter Sampler pack.

My pour got me two thick fingers' worth of mocha-brown head with good retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown with minimal light penetration and ruby highlights. Nose was more milk chocolaty than I might have expected, given the verbiage on the neck label. Mouthfeel was big, thick, even chewy! Whoa. Lots of rich chocolate flavor in the mouth, like liquid dessert, think chocolate cake or brownies. Man. I think that I prefer my chocolate beers to have a dark chocolate taste, as opposed to a milk or sweet chocolate taste. This may have been inherited from my parents, since my late Pops only really liked Hershey's Special Dark and my mom was not into chocolate at all, showing a preference for licorice, pastel peanuts, gummy candy et al. Leave the sweet stuff to hose who can appreciate it, I say. Finish left me thinking that I should have shared that 12-ounce bottle with somebody. Anybody want to trade for the other?

Photo of arguemaniac
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: an initially thick head that quickly turns into a thin lace. Dark, almost black in fact, but with some mahogany visible win the beer is held up to a light.

Smell: With a slightly heavy whiff of alcohol and a strong molasses-like aroma, it certainly smells like a bock. Strong smell of chocolate too.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Slightly less than medium-body, the mouthfeel is much thinner than I expected. The smooth chocolate flavor is (pleasantly) unusual, most of the chocolate flavors in beers are more of the bitter, baker’s chocolate taste, while with this beer it’s closer to a sweet milk-chocolate taste. There are some other nice flavors in there – some roasty coffee notes, a tiny trace of toffee, etc. – but for the most part the chocolate flavor totally eclipses every sip and is strongly present in the aftertaste too.

Pretty unremarkable really. The one redeeming virtue of this beer is its uniquely sweet and smooth chocolate flavor. At about $14 for a 24 ouncer, it was definitely NOT worth the money! Also, this beer really didn’t have too much in common with your average bock, if fact I might have mistook it for a weird-tasting porter if I hadn’t of poured it from the bottle myself. Still, if you can get it cheap its decent.

Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"Your chocolate is in my Bock!" "Your Bock is in my chocolate!" Two great tastes that go great together? Well, kind of...

Deep reddish brown with a creamy head. Looks good...
Coffee, mild sourdough and dark chocolate smells. Tastes basically like chocolate soda, a good chocolate soda but just too much. It is March 2005 after all, maybe it gets sweeter with age (I remember having this on tap before at Extreme Beer 2004 and I don't remember the chocolate flavor being this strong.) A bit of coffee in the finish, a little chewy in the mouth but this works, a chewier mouthfeel would turn this into a very expensive Hershey bar.

Pretty good beer, a fun experiment, even better at $4.50pint on tap (hell, that's cheaper than a bottle by a large margin.) Good for a pint, but too much would send me to WonkaLand.

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