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

Samuel Adams Chocolate BockSamuel Adams Chocolate Bock

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Ratings: 2368
Reviews: 1104
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.8%

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TinusTime on 11-20-2003)
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Photo of BlackBelt5112203

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 03:44:00 | More by BlackBelt5112203
Photo of Cavanaghty


3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 20:38:16 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of davecavemaster


3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 01:19:48 | More by davecavemaster
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3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 16:35:04 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of deebo


3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 01:46:25 | More by deebo
Photo of beyah


3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 01:19:23 | More by beyah
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New York

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 04:42:33 | More by BenjaminBlondbeard
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3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 09:24:27 | More by punky796
Photo of TempeBeerMan


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 03:26:40 | More by TempeBeerMan
Photo of ccrida


3.45/5  rDev -5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 22:35:42 | More by ccrida
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South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 05:09:41 | More by HufftheMagicDragon
Photo of BryanCarey


3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 04:48:26 | More by BryanCarey
Photo of mashedpotatoes


4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 03:25:05 | More by mashedpotatoes
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3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 02:15:46 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 20:11:54 | More by goblue3509
Photo of pmcadamis


3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 06:24:03 | More by pmcadamis
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3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So me and my boy D-Kwon was in Safeway and he told me to buy that Winter pack. I said that sh**s $20 son! Aint nobody spendin that much on drinks. But he said its got that chocolate stuff, the gritty gritty. So I thought it may be worth a taste.
Got home and poured it in my plastic solo cup and it looked dark as hell. I said, this stuff is crazy dark and smells like chocolate 2!
I was snackin on some of them dubble stuff oreos and was like, damn son, these things taste bomb together. Check it, I would drink another one if D-Kwon didnt drink it first.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 11:37:13 | More by Freshlikeugh
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3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I often avoid beers that add chocolate to their beer because I think it's kind of a cheap way to achieve a chocolate-like flavour, which many malty beers can have naturally and in more delicious proportions. I still think that achieving that effect by correct use of roasted malt is tastier, but exacerbating that effect using actual cocoa can be interesting.
This is a good example of the interesting factor. They definitely didn't go overboard on the chocolate, nor was the result a cloying dessert-like concoction. The chocolate actually gave it more of an exacerbated earthiness and smokiness that probably wasn't otherwise there, being a lager and presumably, not being amped up enough to be a doppelbock. So, the beer was rather nice. I still used it as a dessert because it was still sweet, but it didn't lose its ability to be a beer along the way. The stickiness of the mouthfeel was a bit much, especially for a bock, but whatever. So, it gets a poor mouthfeel rating. It still has some stuff going for it. My favourite part about it, oddly, was smelling it when I breathed out after drinking it. It's distinct from the aftertaste in the mouth, which is actually a bit unpleasant. It's like an after-aftertaste, that makes up for the poor aftertaste you just experienced. But still, a naturally earthy, chocolaty beer is generally better than this.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 10:50:12 | More by ElCommodoro
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North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - About as black as coffee. Thin head with little retention, and minimal lacing.

S - Chocolate, roasted malts.

T - Sweet chocolate up front, a little bitterness in the middle, followed by creaminess on the back. For a beer called "Chocolate Bock," it definitely delivered on the chocolate front.

M - Moderately thin, but sessionable.

O - Pretty decent bock. Sweeter than I expected it to be.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 07:37:52 | More by RWLawman
Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams cup

A- Almost black mahogany, 1"of fluffy khaki head

S- Phenol, acidic, juniper berries, candi sugar, roasty nutty malts

T- Dark fruits, raisins, candi sugar, caramel, vanilla, chocolate covered strawberries, citrus, sweet malts, very unexpected

M- Creamy body, crisp carbonation

O- Completely caught me off guard, i was expecting a bitter dark chocolate flavor, but this is more like a dunkel/belgian dark ale mix. I'm greated with dark fruits and caramel. Chocolate comes through but accompanied by strawberries, citrus slides its way through, with sweet malts finishing it out. I look forward to this beer every year and forgetting what it tasted like made it that much better this year.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 22:03:44 | More by Chris_Cali_2o9
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3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from bottle to snifter (although, I'm sure a regular pint glass would have sufficed to display the beer's character.) Dark brown with a hint of amber with the light's reflection. Dispelled head with almost no lace.

S - The scent improves with warmth. Much less boozy, with more chocolate and malt pushing through. Maybe a little caramel on the back end.

T - The taste matches the nose spot on. Not overly flavorful, but what's there is chocolate and maltiness.

MF - Flooded with carbonation and well-centered mass.

O - This is like a gateway beer for a diabetic. It's sugary substance and chocolate make it flavorful, but not necessarily in the "right" way. Sometimes, I feel like we experiment with flavors so much, we remove the "beer" element all together. With this brew, I feel like The BBC removed that beer element, and replaced it with a fun-size Tootsie Roll.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 09:23:43 | More by genitempo
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3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a silky, deep black, that shows dark amber highlights when held up to the light. Thin, tan head sits atop. Decent retention.

S - mild cocoa scent, roasted, smokey smell, very mild charred caramel background. Nothing strong here, mild disappointment

T - Splash of sweet chocolate up front, mild biscuit malt taste right behind. I would recommend drinking this at room temperature for a more sweet, enjoyable flavor profile. Not very dark flavor, all things considered, but it tastes like what it promises... Chocolate Bock. Easy flavor to drink all day

M - Thin, easy drinking, with foamy carbonation. If you swish it in your mouth you get a foamy, flavorful effect. I'd recommend drinking that way.

O - this is an enjoyable beer, nice, sweet chocolate flavor. The problem is that there's not enough of... anything really. Not enough body, not enough smell, not quite enough flavor. It's enjoyable, but I'd like to see a stronger example of this (so I think I will).

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 19:05:54 | More by BigBarley
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3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter. Best before March 2013.

A: Thing mocha head fades quickly. The beer is ruby-translucent; blood-dark.

S: Sweet lager mostly, but touches of spice and fruit.

T: Smooth, complex, and compelling. Perhaps the best Sam Adams I've had to date. Rich maple chocolate, gentle dark chocolate dust, and generous (lightly tart) fruit. The aftertaste is smackworthy and sugary maple-syrup-esque.

M: A touch thin, but smooth and zesty.

O: A fantastic beer that is highly recommended, immensely drinkable, and definitely something I will seek again.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 10:00:44 | More by AgentMunky
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South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a pitch black color with a thin, long lasting tan head. Aroma is more subtle than I expected, but there is definitely chocolate, along with dark malt character, and caramel. The taste is very good, sweet at first, dark chocolate right up front that fades to a coffee like mocha flavor. There is a balance to the sweetness in the bitter chocolate character of the darker malts. Low carbonation, full body, and a very nice creamy mouthfeel. This almost reminds me of drinking chocolate milk. Excellent beer overall, brings unique character to the style while not straying too far away.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 01:41:00 | More by scvance
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4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring a thick black with a very dirty head, and with strong notes of chocolate, molasses, and a peat-like earthiness, this Bock fits the bill. On the tongue sweet and syrupy, with a hop presence hinted at but not really felt, basically just there to add enough bitterness to balance the cocoa nibs from Ecuador and prevent this from becoming a shake. The molasses shows up in the middle, and the strong cocoa brings up the rear, finishing with just enough aftertaste and silkiness to demand another sip.

In no uncertain terms this beer is delicious. Conceptually, the idea of chocolate and (let alone IN) beer might be off-putting, but the balance here is prefect, and even if you don't like beer there is enough chocolate to please any sweet tooth. Perfect on it's own as a winter warmer, it also goes well with ice cream, a hot cobbler, or strawberries. Yes, beer CAN be just as sensual and seductive as wine. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 06:27:25 | More by Seekerpilgrim
Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 2,368 ratings.