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

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Reviews: 1,114
Hads: 2,635
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 25.68%
Wants: 67
Gots: 209 | FT: 1
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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 ColdWaffles
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Written from notes from earlier in the day. Poured from a standard 12 oz bottle into a standard pint from a Sam holiday pack I bought for the family.

Appearance: Deep, dark brown. Had a short lasting brown head.

Smell: Malts with a bit of chocolate. Not particularly strong.

Taste: Malts and milk chocolate flavors. Decent bock with chocolate added. A pretty sweet beer, but not overly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium body and kind of creamy. The carbonation is somewhat light by Sam Adams standards, as it probably should be. This is probably the best aspect of this beer.

I don't tend to favor bocks, and I dig this. Perhaps that means its accessible, and I wouldn't be surprised with Sam Adams. Anyway, I dig this, but it isn't something I'd get outside the package.

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Photo of kshizzle101
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12ox bottle into a pint glass

A - pitch black with a 2inch tan colored head which dissipates quickly

S - smells malty with a hint of chocolate

T - Tastes of roasted malts and nuts with a hint of chocolate in the after taste. Some hops do come through. but not a ton of flavor overall

M - Light to medium bodied and perhaps a little over carbonated

Overall - a less than impressive offering from Sam Adams. leaves a lot to be desired.

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Photo of d1ckvanswype
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle, poured into a 16oz stein.

Appearance: Dark, dark brown, like two shades darker than cola or root beer, with very little golden-ruby highlights when held to the light.

Smell: A little disappointing, an enticing blend of sweet/bitter chocolate, vanilla and malt, similar to a Whopper chocolate covered maltball, but a tad on the weak side.

Taste: Up front there is a burst not unlike a dark chocolate covered cherry cordial which goes quickly to a sweet milk chocolate and finishers with a brief hint of dark malt/hoppy bitterness. Leaves a dutch process cocoa powder taste, very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Rich, but not cloying with sweetness, the fine, somewhat heavy carbonation brings a mouthfeel that's really close to the astringency of a very smooth Latin espresso.

Overall: Impressive, actually an improvement over the 2011 batch, with even more luscious chocolate over and undertones, a delicious dark, sweet bock that's not TOO sweet, a great nightcap beer.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was not what I was expecting - it ended up being so much more...

Out of the bottle it pours a dark, practically black brew that just amazes. The aroma is all chocolate mixed with the hops and barley with a hint of honey - truly amazing. The mouthfeel is by far now the best I have ever had - it rolls silkily and velvety across your tongue with a minimal amount of carbonation to get in the way - yes, very good. The taste was all chocolate with barley, hops, and malt all mixed to perfection - it was not what I was expecting and it exceeded my expectations beyond belief. This by far is the best brew I have tasted during the holidays or, so far, any time of year. Go out and getcha some, and enjoy!

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Photo of KYGunner
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a ruby red but presented itself quite black in the snifter. As I held it to light I could see the rubiness in the corners. The head was small and dissappated quickly but I found considerable lacing.

I found hints of powdered chocolate in the scent but the single biggest flaw was simply how weak the aroma was. I had to try very hard to find the chocolate tones.

The taste was nice, chocolate notes, with a light malt backbone. Less overt in the chocolate but still quite noticeable, there were some burnt malt qualities. The mouth is thin, nothing special. I liked this Chocolate Bock but it did not set itself apart from others.

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Photo of fischerking
4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock from Jamaica Plain, NY.

This beer had an unbelievably great chocolate taste, but unlike a stout or porter. Smell was unremarkable, maybe a little bit of hops?

I drank it out of a bottle from Food City in Knoxville, TN on 12/21/2012 from a create your own 6-pack.


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Photo of TownDunkel
4.34/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams Chocolate Bock ... can you say Yes Please!

Appearance - Chocloate brown with a nutty brown head

Smell - Weak smell that is hoppy but doesnt give away all the awesome flavors

Taste - Awesome... First it is smooth and dark that turns to a cocoa and milk choclate finish. Only beer on par with this is Left Hand brewing Chocolate Stout

Mouthfeel - Great, smooth, satisfying, great carbonation that makes it stick around like it should

Overall - This is a hard beer to beat!

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

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass
no date, but in the fridge since the spring so ~9 months

A: Crystal clear with dark ruby highlights when held up to a light, but otherwise looks completely black. A very thing tan head and a little bit of lace on top.
S: A definite sweetness that I would not say is chocolate except for the label.
T: Chocolate milkshake, with some extra chocolate syrup on top. I am somewhat amazed at the amount of chocolate character they got in this beer. There is a slight bitterness that seems to be hop driven vs. roasted malts, I think I would like a little bit of roasted malt or some black patent, basically I think I would like this more as a porter/stout. Very rich, but not cloying.
M: Crisp and creamy at the same time, tingly carbonation.
O: A very good beer, kind of regretting I did not drink/review this one earlier, but not really a summer beer. The very distinct chocolate is great, makes me want to try to brew a porter with cacao nibs. A great addition to the winter variety pack, I need to check the store soon. Very worth trying. An excellent dessert beer.

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Photo of scottyb88
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark brown, almost black, with a nice head and minimal lacing

S-dark malts and cocoa as expected with a bit of nuttiness

T-chocolate, toffee, brown sugar, nuts

M-nice feel with medium body; aftertaste is surprisingly not as sweet as expected

O-a decent beer but not a session beer by any means despite being low alcohol; its sweet, almost cloying; it reminds me of the barrel aged storm king from victory, but like a little brother version-not as intense nor good

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic pint glass at cellar-fridge temperature.

L – Deep brown color with only a 0.5-finger tan bubbly head that rapidly dissipates. No lacing. From what I can see given its color, it has good clarity and a good number of carbonation bubbles that are emerging at the surface.

S – Definitely chocolate with some caramel malt and molasses aromas. The strong chocolate aroma is masking any subtle toasted malt aromas that may be present.

T – Sweet nearly all the way through with caramel malts and rich cocoa. Earthy and nutty toasted malts show up at mid-taste to the finish.

F – Light-to-medium-bodied with good carbonation, a somewhat syrupy but crisp mouthfeel, and a sweet finish. A little bit of cocoa sweetness lingers for a very short bit of time.

O – This is a good beer, but it needs a little bit more body to match the malty, chocolatey taste. It’s still tasty for sure, but adding more body and having some better head characteristics would definitely put this in the 4 range.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Dark brown with one finger of beige head.

Smell: Roasted malts and caramel, and some faint notes of chocolate.

Motuhfeel/Taste: Thicker but smooth, full bodied. Taste of semi-sweet coca bean, some raosted malts, no flavor really jumps out at you.

Overall: Not horrible, but not that good. Average bock style beer.

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

This is another selection I got with my Sam Adams "Winter Classics Variety Pack."

This is one that you'll love or you'll hate...depends on whether you like the chocolate taste, and enjoy dark beers.

The chocolate Bock pours a very dark brown, with amber/reddish highlights. Surprisingly "clear" for such a dark beer. The foam is a bubbly tan head that starts out fairly thick. The head dissipates fairly quickly, and leaves minimal sptty lacing on the glass.

The aroma of this brew is very nice. There is a bready dark malt smell, as well as a hint of chocolate and a definite sugary caramel whiff. I even got some vanilla now and then while drinking.

First and foremost in the taste is the chocolate. The flavor reminds me of the kind of chocolate taste that I used to get when I would mix my Nestle Quik with milk as a kid. There are some malt flavors, and a hint of that vanilla I smelled, but mostly ist's the chocolate. The nice thing is that the chocolate flavor is not overwhelming. Certainly not a beer that you would sit down and drink six of...but a very pleasant winter beer.

This selection has a very creamy feel on the tongue. The beer is not very carbonated, and the liquid just slides around in your mouth.

I have always been a big bock fan. And this delivers as a classic lightly hopped holiday brew. If you don't like the sweet chocolate taste, this brew is not for you...but for a cold winter's day, this is a nice seasonal.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint shaker...

A: Definitely darker than a traditional bock, darker brown body with light red tints...the off-white cap retains pretty well.

S: Aroma is strongly bock-like with big-time bready malt, but the chocolate does emerge as it warms, as well as a splash of vanilla. Hint of caramel as well.

T: Wow, impressed by the chocolate again, even more present here than the nose, with more caramel notes and vanilla. The chocolate is cocoa powder-ish, bordering on milk chocolate, but its pleasant and not overly artificial tasting. The caramel fades into the bready, malty bock backbone.

MF: Creamy body with shades of a milk stout with the sweetness and creaminess. Good carbonation.

O: Impressed, I think this is a better beer than it rates on BA, though the chocolate is a touch artificial and the sweetness gets to be a *bit* cloying by the end. As others have said, this is a good after-dinner/dessert sipper, and definitely a one-and-done for me.

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Photo of deebo
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bottle from a Winter variety pack.

A-Poured into a pint glass this brew is clear with a dark brown/black color with red tints when held up to light. Foam is pretty neglible, tannish but breaks down into a edging skim within seconds of pouring.

S-Strong malt aromas but smells of concentrated chocolate flavor compounds more than anything else. Can tell a flavor system was added to this beer. Weak whiff of bittering hops.

T-Sweet and chocolate. Notes remniscent of caramel and dark chocolate. Vanilla extract as well.

M-Smooth body with tingly carbonation and a touch of hops in the finish.

O-This is a tasty brew that is a good after dinner dessert beverage. Marks against it for using natural flavor to get the flavor profile. Above average regardless.

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Photo of beyah
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apearance- Deep Brown, head barely hangs around.
Smell- Slight chocolate smell.
Taste- not much of a bock, but the chocolate is up front.
Mouthfeel- Medium body, very subdued carbonation.
Overall- Good choice with desert, this beer has it's place but not a session beer for sure.

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Photo of BenjaminBlondbeard
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark stained cherry wood that in the light looks ruby amber. There sits an inch of white head that stays for a minute atop glass with carbonation bubbles racing upwards throughout.

There are sweet roasted malts on the nose with subtle milk chocolate notes.

The initial taste is a very smooth milk chocolate with a silky mouth feel that is on the very high side of medium. The chocolate flavor is light and milky, and there are also some vanilla cream like flavors. There is a mild hop undertone that rises, and balances the rich chocolate malts. The finish is clean, with the chocolate malts dominating the extremely faint bitters imparted by the hops.

This is a nice chocolaty brew, and a great after dinner treat. I usually prefer the bitter cocoa flavors of dark chocolate, and the heavy body of stouts, over a light, and creamy, milk chocolate brew like this one. Still, a very enjoyable, flavorful chocolate bock.

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Photo of punky796
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pilsener glass.

A - Pours a dark, dark brown with a one-finger tan head. Minimal no lacing.

S - Chocolate, very sweet. Some kind of nuts too, maybe.

T - Chocolate again for obvious reasons, nuttiness, sort of like brownies. Some malt.

M - Thick and creamy, medium carbonation.

O - Unusual but pretty good quality. Definitely a dessert type of beer.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug.

A - Pours ruby-black with a tan three-finger head of big, thin, detergent-like bubbles. Head dissipated quickly. Absolutely ZERO lacing.

S - Medium strength aroma of cocoa powder and....pistachio nuts?? Wtf?

T - Big cocoa/hot chocolate powder taste. Sure enough, kind of a salted nut flavor in the mid-palate. Some nice mild, musty hops carry the finish. Some interesting tastes here, and decently rich, but the chocolate taste that is supposed to be the star tastes artificial.

M - Very creamy. Assertive carbonation. A little oily; coats the mouth.

O - Odd in a good way. I really enjoyed the nuttiness and the super earthy hops. The hot chocolate powder taste not so much. Still a decent addition to the Winter Classics Pack.

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Photo of ccrida
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is dark brown with a small, tan head leaving scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is big chocolate, both sweet and bitter, caramel as well. A little grassy.

Taste is faintly bock like, a little nuttiness, and loads of chocolate. Clean.

Mouthfeel is slippery, light bodied.

Drinkability is fine, a light, chocolatey brew more so than a bock, but nothing off about it, desert like. Which for me means one is plenty!

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Photo of HufftheMagicDragon
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a glass into a mug. The color is a very dark, yet slightly clear, brown. The smells include chocolate with a slightly nutty hint to it. The taste is average for a chocolate-style bock with slightly overwhelming note of bitter chocolate for the aftertaste and a lack of complexity. The mouthfeel is more towards the coarse side than I would have expected or wanted, however, the chewy feel is perfect for the seasonal. Overall, the beer was nice but is not something I would suggest in general.

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

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock pours from the 12 oz. bottle to a very dark brown hue with a nose that radiates the scents of cocoa, light roasted malt, and toffee. The beer has a light tan- colored head of foam that eventually falls apart, but maintains a thin layer as you consume.

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock is a sweeter brew with a taste that pretty much follows its nose, but with additional surprises. Yes, you can certainly taste the cocoa, toffee, and light roast, but there are other taste sensations present as well, like raisins, molasses, vanilla, and caramel. The beer finishes with a slight bitterness and the body of the beer, while medium to light overall, is creamy and nice.

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock is a seasonal beer first brewed in 2003 and it used to be available only in a single, large 750 ml bottle. Today, the product is available in 12 oz. bottles and I don’t believe the larger bottles are even made anymore. It used to be very pricey on a per- ounce basis. Now, it is sold as part of a 12- pack sampler and the price is much more reasonable. This is great news for fans of the beer, because it is far less expensive and it offers the great taste of chocolate, toffee, and other flavors certain to delight the tastes of chocoholics everywhere.

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock is like a dessert and candy in a glass. The taste and smell of cocoa are undeniable and the flavor reminds me of chocolate candy- not a candy bar, but rather like a hard piece of candy flavored with chocolate. The body of the beer is medium to light and the mouthfeel is creamy and nice. About the only possible negative factor I can think of is the sweetness. There is a dash of bitterness to keep it in check, but the beer remains sweet overall and some may say it leans a little too far in this direction. This could turn some people off, but the effort to hit you with a short- lived smack of bitterness is still better than nothing and the aftertaste of chocolate and toffee is still enjoyable.

I prefer the taste of chocolate stout to chocolate bock, but I still like this beer and will certainly drink it again. It makes a great choice for lovers of chocolate and good brew (like me!) and it has many good things to offer.

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Photo of mashedpotatoes
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a winter warmer pint glass, this beer pours nearly black with hints of amber when held to the light. The head is immediately fizzy with zero retention or lacing. Slightly bitter and lack of carbonation is made up for by the robust chocolate taste. Borderline flat chocolate stout/porter style. I didn't so much come away with the "Bock" style after trying this. This beer is saved by it's flavor but it still seems unfinished. Still enjoyable though, I would recommend it.

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

you have to admit, love it or hate it, its original. the pours is black as, with a small tan head that fades fast. smell is a little bit of dark cocoa, but more bitter dark malt than anything else, and a little sweeter english malt, but this is a dark ass beer for sure. the flavor is shockingly chocolate forward, not even dark chocolate really, but almost seriously like a milk chocolate bar, sweet and luxurious, tasty and tempting, dry in the finish, sweet malt profile, but the cocoa nibs are a deadset stud in this brew. not in love with the feel, as a little moe carbonation could lighten things up in a good way, but the texture is creamy and gentle, and the bitterness of the malt is a nice contrast to the chocolate. i think this is balanced quite well, and its not a slammer, but i could have a few of these no problem. may also be nice in an beer ice cream float. i like this more than i should.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark coffee color with a thin mocha colored head which leaves a little in the way of lace. The aroma is of roasted malts and chocolate. The taste follows suit nicely with a roasted malt backbone which the big chocolate flavor comes over. There is not a lot of complexity in the taste. The mouthfeel is a little thin and watery. Overall it was not a bad beer, but not a great beer, a little more complexity would make this very good.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Deep brown brew verging on totally black with a small brown head of rocky foam.

S - Chocolate fudge and german chocolate cake mix. Smells extremely sweet.

T - Yeah, wow. That is super sweet. Chocolate cake mix is what I keep thinking of, along with a touch of tootsie roll. Warming and wintery despite the normal-ish abv.

M - Thick and sugary. Dense. Chewy and doughy.

This is a mega-sweet desert beer that is in no way offensive, but it's almost like ... not really beer.

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