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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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1,114 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,114
Hads: 2,635
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 25.68%
Wants: 66
Gots: 208 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 spinrsx
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Walmart Cicero NY for 2$

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size fizzy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is almost no lacing. The head lasted for only 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, vanilla

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and a hint of coffee. There are also some vanilla and a graininess. It ends with a grainy chocolate aftertaste.

Overall - A decent beer but not something that warrants a repeat purchase. It pretty boring and doesn't have a whole lot to it.

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Photo of jjchristiano
2.74/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

It looks like a Chocolate Stout, Porter or Bock should, Nice dark malt.
But the flavor is so over-the-top chocolate that it is as if someone put Hersheys chocolate syrup in your beer while you were looking away. So sweet and not any hoppiness.
Maybe if you drank a lot of Yoo Hoo as a kid you'd be a fan of this offfering from Boston Beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a fine half finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Sweet aroma of caramel and toasted malt, light chocolate. Flavor is sweet chocolate, similar to cocoa, and lighter toasted malt and vanilla. Finishes with cocoa and a hint of hops. The cocoa flavor lingers for quite a while. Medium body with some light soothing creaminess. Flavor is subdued and the bock qualities are light compared to the toasted malt and chocolate, but well integrated and pleasant. A nice off-beat take on a bock.

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Photo of karait95
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A very dark beer for the style, medium carbonation that forms a medium head with light brown small bubbles that dissipates not slowly but leaves a permanent layer on top of the beer.

S: Dark toasted malts are present and some alcohol nothing sweet like caramel or brown sugar ingredients are easy to find.

T: The alcohol level is high and the chocolate is present but there is no caramel present instead some toasted malts take over the mouth and the flavor.

M: The beer starts neutral, it is complex and not really balanced at some point there are some bitterness due the toasted malts like with the toasted coffee.

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Photo of fx20736
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, served at cellar temp.

Deep, deep garnet, almost black that shows cherry highlights under light with a thick mocha head. not much lacing.

aroma of rich cocoa and malt.

mouthfeel; nothing special.

taste: lots of chocolate, malt.

notes; it's chocolatey. tastes like hot cocoa. only marginally like beer. not enough hops to balance the sweetness.

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Photo of FlatRabbitRed
4.88/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very good beer, look forward to seeing it pop up from time to time in the varity cases. Well rounded beer, a knack that the brewmaster at Samuel Adams repeatedly demostrates. As a homebrewer I wish I could make one like this.

Chocholate, black malt, not heavy ....very smooth, similar taste and mouthfeel ...no bitter aftertaste ....very nice!

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, best before May 2013. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense dark khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, cream, vanilla, roasted malt, light pear, toast, light nuttiness, and light herbal hops. Damn nice aromas with good strength and balance of dark maltiness and chocolate flavors. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, vanilla, cream, roasted malt, dark bread, light pear, light nuttiness, and light herbal hops. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, toffee, caramel, vanilla, toast, roasted malt, light nuttiness, dark bread, and light herbal on the finish for a bit. Damn nice balance and robustness of roasted chocolate flavors and other malts; with minimal cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is good; very thick feeling considering the ABV. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice flavored bock style! Very robust and nicely balanced malty roasted flavors with chocolate; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering. Definitely a dessert beer.

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Photo of Dalmanfsu
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I don't really rate by all the specifics but I will say that this thing lived up to its name, but that is part of the problem. Decent beer, but... not really a beer to me.

Really smooth tasting and the chocolate is heavy in the smell and the taste. Not bad, but kind of got old rather quick.

I let mine sit a bit to taste later to see if anything changed and it was pretty much the same.

A nice attempt at something different, but overall just something average really.

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Photo of Weston19
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Beer pours a dark brown color. Had a finger head which faded into a thin lace.

S: Toffee, and dark chocolate. The smell is actually pretty good and isn't overpowering.

T: The taste of dark chocolate comes immediately. It's sweet but not too much. Overall the taste is pretty balanced.

O: I thought this was a great beer. It goes really well with a dessert and as it warms up the chocolatey taste comes out more. Not bad at all compared to other similar beers out there.

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Photo of sethcroisant
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- dark brown with ruby on the edges. a finger of head that's nice and thick, but dissipates a little quickly.

S- coffee and roasted malts dominate the scent, though chocolate does push its way through.

MF- smooth, thick and velvety, although the carbonation is a tad too low.

T- sweet and chocolatey right away. the sweetness seems to be a bit more from sugar, rather than malt. the roasted malts are more hidden than they were in the scent. they do kick in a little after a few seconds, along with a hint of coffee flavors.

O- seems to be better this year than it has been previously. overall, it's a solid product.

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Photo of grumpygerman
1.68/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This beer tastes like somebody stirred cocoa in a lager.

I hate writing those wordy tasting reports. At some point a beer is a beer and yeah you can endlessly dissect the overtones of malts, speculate about the hops, the temperature of the mash and use quirky adjectives but that is not me. About 50 words should be more than enough to describe a beer.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Very mediocre presentation. Label is nice but nothing special and not eye-catching at all. Neck ring gives a small description of the beer.

Appearance: Pour out of a 12oz bottle into a 14oz Pokal glass. Pours out a deep dark brown with a 2 finger khaki tan foam head of medium density. Head retention is a very nice 5min 24sec before fading to a thin foam coating and ring.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of dark chocolate with a slightly nutty scent. Lightly roasted malt scents are detectable along with sweet caramel.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes again of dark chocolate with a toasted malt background. Not very complex.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Light bodied, thin, and watery with minimal carbonation. Average taste and not filling at all. Couldn't drink more than one of these. There is just nothing that would make me want to consume this again.

Overall/Comments: Very let down by this beer. This is an original concept and could have been a very good beer but everything about it screams AVERAGE. Consumed 12-2-12. Classified as a Bock at 5.8% ABV.

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Photo of Rogercardinal
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got it in a Sam Adams winter 12 pack.

A. It pours a dark brown, almost black with reddish hues when held up to a light. 1" tan head with little lacing

S. Lots of milk chocolate, a little roastiness

T. Even more chocolate, the body seems to thin a bit as it warms up

M. Nice mouthfeel, smooth, good carbonation level

O. A nice beer, very glad I tried it. A little sweet overall, not overdone, but probably wouldn't want more than one or two before switching to something else

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Photo of masi3vol
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was rather pleased with this beer. A distinct but not overpowering taste of chocolate combined with a tangy wheat flavor. I would have preferred a more full bodied mouth feel with a more delicate carbonation but still a good beer overall.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The “enjoy before month notched” is “MAY.”

Appearance: Poured into a tulip. The color is very dark brown or maybe black; when held to a lamp, ruby-tinted light passed through. Two fingers of light tan head left a thin skim and ring around the edge.

Smell: Lots of chocolate. It definitely lives up to the name. Dark chocolate, roasted malts, toffee, caramel, and perhaps some peanut butter. Very candy-like; another reviewer mentioned Cocoa Puffs and I agree. It reminds me of Millstream’s Imperial Pumpkin Stout.

Taste: Nice mouthfeel and a tame roasted bitterness wakes the taste buds. It mostly mirrors the smell: dark chocolate, roasted malts, toffee, caramel, and maybe a touch of peanut butter (it is definitely not as prominent as it is in the smell). It begins to thin as it warms but remains a decent brew.

Drinkability: It is pretty good stuff. Though unspectacular, it does provide nice flavor.

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Photo of mwilbur
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a dark brown (hint of red tint with backlighting). Faint tan head quickly recedes.
S: Roasted chocolate malt, toasted grains, dry caramel malt.
T: Strong sugary caramel pushes the chocolate note to the background...and drowns out anything else that might be there.
M: Thin, watery, and overly sweet.
D: Like drinking an uber-sweet caramel. Not so good.

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Photo of Sark
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- dark ruby brown pours with a clean head without stones

Smell- sweet toffee maltiness, not a note of hop

Taste- no bite on the front as the rich caramel sweetness takes over, minor notes of chocolate to be given a name

Mouthfeel- smooth on the tounge with big feel, lingers behind

Overall- a mild take even for a bock yet a good one on price and drinkability

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Photo of laria007
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a real fan of the chocolate's, but I have to say this one was nice. It was apart of a sampler I picked up and I drank from the bottle. From what I could see the very dark in color and test with hints of Chocolate. The aroma was sweet and the taste not as bitter as I thought it would be I really enjoyed this beer. It was paired with a chocolate chip cookie and it was a nice replacement to a glass of milk.

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Photo of themind
3.04/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well I must say I tried a bottle of this Bock and liked it! This beer is pretty good, small head with a nice aroma. The cocoa is dominant but not overpowering. This beer was a surprise and a good offering from SA. I would buy this and serve it at a winter party where most people have no idea what a bourbon barrel stout is.

Bottom Line: if you want a fair priced beer to share with friends this is a good choice.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.02/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle best by may

look is a very dark brown with a fizzy tan head. smell is slightly roasted malt and grain, with chocolate coffee grounds in the background. taste again starts off grainy, then comes sweet chocolatey malts. finish is the mix between the two, maybe some floral hops, an overwhelming plastic, almost cardboard, taste and rubbery mouthfeel.

very sweet and malty, with a foul, mineral-like aftertaste and some odd cardboard notes. the malt and grain is at first very pleasant, but ends up almost being a drainpour.

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Photo of hoplover82
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear dark brown to pretty much black with a small light tan creamy head that has ok retention and lacing.
S-The aroma is mainly roasty and dark chocolate. It kind of reminds my of a cappuccino from the corner store, but in a good "beery" way I guess.
T-The flavor takes on a milk chocolate note as apposed to the dark chocolate in the aroma, along with some very noticable roastiness from the roasted barley.
M-It's creamy up front with a slightly dry finish. Medium body with a solid medium carbonation.
O-To me this is a good beer, but not impressive. I can taste the chocolate and that's good, but it's just a solid beer in my opinion. Very glad I tried it though to be sure.

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Photo of NuclearSoAndSo
2.97/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a beer mug.

Appearance- Poured a two finger cappuccino head; nearly black with amber tones coming through when held to the light. Head dissipated pretty quickly.

Smell- Earthy, and in all honesty reminded me of a wet dog... maybe it was me or maybe I got a bad bottle, I don't know.

Taste- Hits you with a malty chocolate flavor upfront and subsides to a metallic taste (which is distracting when it takes over). It finishes out with a nice chocolate aftertaste; kind of sweet.

Mouthfeel- Relatively smooth, but lighter than I anticipated; medium carbonation.

Overall- I couldn't decide if I liked this beer. It was like with one sip I liked it, I was enjoying the aftertaste, but after the next sip it seemed abrasive.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Black with a one finger white head. No lacing.

S - Slight chocolate, mostly vanilla though.

T - Chocolate hops, that's about it though. Definitely chocolatey.

M - Lightly carbonated with a medium to heavy body.

O - Overall, not too bad but not great. I'd have again.

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Photo of Hunter
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Brew is the color of dark chocolate. Vigorous pour yielded a decent head that faded quickly.

Smell: Chocolate is certainly there.

Taste: Initial taste reminded me Cocoa Puffs. Continues through with some small notes of hop and malt, but this is all about the chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Weighty, not thin.

Overall: Overall, it's not bad. But much too much like candy/milk left in the bowl after Cocoa Puffs are eaten. A little too much for my taste - would have like to taste some alcohol!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock has a thick, creamy, beige head, some lacing, lots of little bubble streams, and a dark brown appearance, with red highlights to it. The aroma is of chocolate powder, milk, and roasted malt. Taste is of the same, with sweetness and just a touch of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full and slick, and Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock finishes wet, sweet, and easily drinkable. Overall, this is a very good beer.


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Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 1,114 ratings.