Samuel Adams Cherry Chocolate Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by Caj1:
4/5 rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is an interesting experiment from the Sam Adams crew, and while it doesn't really do all the right things, it's got a lot of character and it's interesting, to say the least. It pours a very deep red-brown with a cream to tan-colored head that foams up moderately (about one and a quarter fingers) and dissipates fully after a couple of minutes, leaving some moderate lacing and a thinly defined ring around the edge of the glass. Smell is intense and foreshadows what is to come: a lot of sweetness and fruit character from the cherries, some malty and bready notes, some smoke and coffee predominate. It almost smells like a cherry Tootsie Pop, to be quite honest.
Taste is quite a lot more complex than I had anticipated from the smell. It's not like candy, but there is a lot of cherries up front, along with some very nice caramel and butterscotch, as well as the aforementioned chocolate. Earthy undertones work their way up, and the cherry fruitiness lingers long after swallowing the beer, as well as some astringent character and just a tiny bit of bitterness. It almost tastes like a stout, but it's not quite deep enough, and I almost expect it to be thick like one of those porters; however, it's medium bodied with a little bit of carbonation sting and a hint of alcohol.
Overall this is a tasty and fun beer to drink; if it weren't quite so candy-like I'd probably drink it up, but after a couple of these things it gets a bit overwhelming. I really like what they were doing with this beer, though, and would love to have more of them in the future.
Serving type: bottle
01-23-2014 03:06:11 | More by Caj1
More User Reviews:
3.54/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.
(A)- Pours a pitch black color. Produced some tan froth and bubbles.
(S)- A wonderful aroma of chocolate covered cherries with just a hint of raisins. Dessert in a glass.
(T)- A slight chalkiness meets a ton of chocolate covered cherries. Ever so slight medicinal(cough syrup) quality to the fruit, but subtle.
(M)- A good carbonation level. I like the balance aside from the chalky medicinal parts. It gets to be rather sweet as it warms.
(O)- The smell is glorious. Too bad the rest of the beer is not up to par.
Serving type: bottle
07-17-2014 14:55:41 | More by sweemzander
Samuel Adams Cherry Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 761 ratings.