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

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Samuel Adams Cherry Chocolate BockSamuel Adams Cherry Chocolate Bock

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Ratings: 846
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 19.31%
Wants: 28
Gots: 59 | 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: Slatetank on 04-11-2011

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Reviews by sukwonee:
Photo of sukwonee
4.18/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow, I didn't expect anything out of this one and yet was totally surprised by it.

If this beer had a tad bit higher alcohol and was a bit sweeter, it would have reached the "great" status (for me anyway)...

A: Black body with 1 finger beige head. Looks like thicker cola.

S: Cherries dominate. It kind of smells like cherry covered chocolate. Cocoa nibs, cherry coke, cherries, tad bit of caramel.

T: It's very very very good. I am not sure why this beer isn't rated higher. I just wish that it was a bit sweeter. It has a ton of flavor for a relatively low alcohol beer. Dry chocolate flavor from cocoa nibs, cherries. I don't pick up as much caramel in the taste.

M: It's on the thicker side for the style. No alcohol is detected. Starts off smooth but it does have sharp carbonation towards the middle end.

Maybe I am rating this a bit higher than I should but I reallly think this should be rated about a 4.0. Give this one a try.

More User Reviews:
Photo of thegodfather1076
3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Label is very attractive and eye-catching with a metallic foil look and awesome graphics. Front label gives a small description of beer, ABV info, Enjoy Before Date(4/2014), a bit of brewery info, and states “Special Release”. Neck label has a nice small description and back story on the beer. Sam Adams is embossed in the glass bottle.

Appearance: I decanted this Cherry Chocolate Bock aggressively from its 12oz brown bottle into a 13oz pokal glass which led to a thick 3 finger mocha head atop a deep opaque brown beer that has slight ruby tones when held up to the light. Head retention was a excellent 4min 37sec before fading to a thick coating and ring with excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: CCB smells heavy of sweet maraschino cherries with hints of coco and a slight nuttiness. Has a slight soda aroma.

Flavor/Taste: CCB tastes heavy on sweet chocolate malts with a slight nuttiness on the front-end. A sweet maraschino cherry flavor along with more chocolate comes through on midpoint. Back-end is dominated by sweet chocolate with some light cherry sweetness and a toasty nutty flavor. Finish is very soda like with a sweet chocolate and cherry flavor. Very sweet.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the full side of medium bodied with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. CCB is only just slightly drinkable because of the overly sweet flavor.

Overall/Comments: CCB is a solid offering that I would classify as a dessert beer because of the extremely sweet nature of this beer. In my opinion if this beer have had more of a sour cherry flavor it would have been a very good offering however it is overly sweet for me as is. Consumed 12/17/2013. Classified as a Bock @ 5.8% ABV.

Photo of oberon
2.34/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured one and a half bottles into a 1/2 liter stein a deep dark chocolate color with a reddish brown hue,a lighter tan colored head atop,downhill from there.Aromas of maraschino cherries dominate the nose,just artificial and overly sweet.Flavors are cloying and so artificial tasting that it's hard to come up with anything other than sweet as far as a profile goes.It tastes like cherry syrup with a little bit of chocolate.I think Boston Beer Company is a great, and Jim Koch is great, but this beer to me is a slap in the face to craft beer drinkers.

Photo of Billolick
3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle, with enjoy before dating notched onto the side of the lable.

Pours dark mahogony brown, moderate medium khaki head , that quickly departs leaving next to no film, a thin collar and just a thin tongue of lace here and there.

Bright and pungent cherry nose, with a hint of chocolate in the rear.

Cherry fruityness, dark maltyness and chocolaty sweetness, provides decent complexity and intrigue. Not bad stuff, sort of a poor mans craft winter warmer thats amped up with a load of cherry notes.

Not subtle in its approach, but I'll bet this would work just fine with a chocolate dessert on a cold winters night

Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: 1 inch head, high carbonation, dark brown in color, clear

Smell: cherry soda, cocoa, and dark chocolate

Taste: dark chocolate, cocoa, dark cherry, and slight milk chocolate

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy body, sweet, rich, moderate carbonation

Overall: A good beer but not a great one. I find this to b the best of the new offerings in the winter pack and I hope they bring this back. That said it is like a mixture of their cherry wheat and chocolate bock, but does not work as well as either of those beers, which I adore. I think O'Fallon has a tastier version of a cherry chocolate bock, but this one is still fairly good.

Photo of Michael_Squires
2.76/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- no problems here

Smell- clear cherry smell, probably a bit overwhelming to some but I personally like cherry

Taste- Tasted like cherry cough syrup... absolutely disgusting. I don't know how anyone could like the taste. The chocolate tried to mask the overwhelming cherry flavor but couldn't for me at least.

Mouthfeel- Smooth enough, no problems there.

Overall- I was a few sips in and really didn't even want to finish it.

Photo of deebo
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in the Sam Adams glass this beer has a weak tan head that dissipates quickly. Brown with garnet highlights and clear. Aromas of cherry and chocolate for sure. A bit of a cola aroma. Taste is chocolate cherry cola-weird. Weak on grainy malts or hops this beer is high on carbonation and weak in body given the ABV. A fairly easy beer to drink-recommended for someone looking for a beery cherry cola. A sweet dessert beer.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Best before APR 2014 notched.

Pours out nearly pitch black, actually a really dark brown color, very short lived head even straight off of the pour, fixed to nothing within a minute. Lots of rising carbonation bubbles.

The aroma is almost entirely maraschino cherries, smells artificial. hard to get much else, maybe hints at chocolate.

Cherry is a big part of the taste, but there's more complexity than the aroma suggests. Maraschino cherry, sweet toasted, lightly roasted malt, hints of dark chocolate.

Body is lighter side of medium, it could definatly use some more body to stand up to the big flavors here. Carbonation is just a bit much at times.

Definatly a sweet desert beer, for me the flavors are just a bit too artificial.

Photo of ehammond1
2.55/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Nearly black in color with nearly no head and very little stick to the glass. The beer looks somewhat thin.

The aroma is a bit strange; yes, there's chocolate, yes there's some cherry, and yes there's some roasted malt, but it doesn't quite come together as nicely as it sounds on paper. The cherry flavor seems somewhat artificial, perhaps like a (cough) syrup.

The flavor has similar failings: the cherry flavor doesn't come together particularly well and doesn't accentuate any of the positives present in this beer. The roast character is very mild, dominated by artificial chocolate and cherry flavors.

Thin to medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

I wasn't a fan of the Chocolate Bock or now this Chocolate Cherry Bock. Apparently, they just aren't for me. That being said, the ice cream Churchill's Pub & Grille made using this ice cream was fantastic.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Winter 12 pack 2013 special release, dark mahogany bottle with a light khaki tan head forming fine intricate lacing. Aroma has cola dark roasted caramel malts and toffee with hints of cherry tartness on the nose. Flavor sweet cherry cola from the front to the back this beer is like cherry wheat mixed with the chocolate bock, chocolate covered cherry bock. Mouthfeeel is a bit cloying with sweetness it weighs heavy between sips, complex but super sweet with those natural flavors added, a lager brewed with cherries with cocoa nibs added. Overall I'm seeing what they are trying to produce on a large scale, chocolate covered cherry beer.

Photo of chinchill
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.
Pours very dark but clear with no sediment in the bottle. The tan head is thin and short-lived.

Aroma: chocolate covered cherries, and not Godiva quality, with a faint bready malt base.

Flavor: Thankfully, this is not nearly as sweet or candy-like as the smell suggests. Still, lightly sweet with prominent cherry flavor that eventually fades to let the chocolate come thru in the aftertaste. Improved a bit with warming.

Feel: medium body with medium-light carbonation.

Photo of Auraan
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep, dark brown with little light coming through and a thin ring of off-white head. It looks quite nice. Scent dominated by maraschino cherry aromas with hints of chocolate. Very sweet, cherry chocolate indeed, but very one note. Taste follows the aroma. A lot of sweet chocolate upfront, moving into more maraschino cherry flavors. A bit of a creamy flavor in the background throughout. Finish is sweet with more cherry flavors and some chocolate. Aftertaste is mostly sweet chocolate. A very sweet flavor profile, very much a dessert beer, but not a very complex one. Its a good combination of flavors if you like chocolate and cherries. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with high carbonation that cuts down the smoothness of the body quite a bit. Still quite easy to drink and with a nice feel, though maybe a bit too soda-like. Overall this is a decent dessert beer, quite sweet, but there is nothing wrong with it at all. It could do with being a bit more beer-like instead of chocolate covered cherry-like, but overall its not bad. Its smooth, drinkable and pleasant enough. My only large complaint is that the carbonation is a bit too high and it could do with more bock in this bock beer.

Photo of Brenden
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is dark for any style, particularly a Bock. It's a thick brown with just the slightest bit of light getting into, but not through, the body. The head consists of a tan cap not more than 1/2 finger that has moderate retention and pretty decent spotting as it goes.
Whoa. The cherry is there, and as the chocolate comes through secondary to the cherry, it smells like a cherry cordial. It's sweet cherry, not tart. It's not artificial, but it does have the sugary/syrupy likeness almost exactly of the boxed treats. Malts are also present, not roasty but toasty with some dryness.
The taste follows suit, with a slight chalky dryness in the otherwise sweet chocolate evening it out and sweet candied cherry syrup there, but with a substantial malt backbone and even a little toast. It has more of a cherry cola taste in the middle before heavier, barley-like grains finish it out.
The feel is interesting. It's thick for a Bock, but it feels like soda at times. Crispness is a little fluffy at the front, but it's pretty smooth as it goes.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz poured into a tulip. May notched on the side of the label.

A: Pours a clear dark brown appearing black in the glass with a khaki head on top. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides as the head slowly dissipates.

S: Very strong cherry upfront that seems to overwhelm everything. Tough to pull out the chocolate. There are some other dark fruit notes in there from the malts.

T: Luckily the flavor isnt as cherry dominant as the aroma. Chocolate does make it through to provide substantial flavor. A bit fake in the cherry department but the chocolate works well.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Clean finish for the amount of sweet cherry in this.

Overall its pretty much their cherry wheat mixed with their chocolate bock. Not the best cherry flavor but the chocolate bock notes are solid.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with an eighth of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic. Strong notes of cherries up front, followed by some dark chocolate, roasted malt and some slight notes of freshly baked dark bread.

Taste: Very much like the aroma. Strong flavors of macerated cherries up front, followed by some bitter dark chocolate, roasted malt and freshly baked dark bread. I also get some caramel-like sweetness to round everything out. Very Nice flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty smooth as there is practically no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 5.8%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very nice beer, though with the strong flavors of cherry, dark chocolate and caramel, it is much more suited to be a desert beer and/or paired with desert as opposed to a sit down and have a beer/session beer. I do like the strong flavors of cherry and chocolate.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.09/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Had on tap at the Pickled Pig.

A: Pours a dark brown/ruby color with a small tan head that has little retention and leaves behind very thin lacing.

S: Nice cherry pie aroma, actually has a slight tartness, and a little mustiness as well. Faint chocolate and a little roasted malt.

T: Wow, impressed by this one. Really deep cherry flavor blended with some chocolate, very smooth with a sweet finish.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth, medium carbonation. Finishes slightly dry.

O: Better than expected, went perfectly with the cherry chocolate cake it was paired with.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours near black; holding it to the light reveals a deep, dark ruby red color. The head peaks at around a half finger's thickness, and a sub-par retention leads to a nearly barren surface. Virtually no lacing, sans a few small spots around the edge of the glass.

Smell - As the label so accurately states, the aroma hits big on cherry and chocolate notes. Bing cherry is the predominant character here, while the chocolate plays second fiddle. Somewhat reminiscent to a Cherry Cola aroma.

Taste - More chocolate found here in the flavor, while the cherry takes a backseat. Very sweet. Milk chocolate. Bing cherry. That's pretty much it. Simple, but delicious.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with fair cabonation. Smooth. Goes down easy.

Overall - A nice winter dessert beer. Maybe something to save for a digestif after Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. The sweetness can get a bit cloying, but as a sipper after meal, it's a nice treat.

Photo of Retroman40
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this as part of a "Beers of Winter" case at Sam's Club (for 25.99 - very reasonable!)

A - Pours out a very dark, nearly black color with a rich thick lasting head that has hints of reddish brown.

S - Chocolate and cherries with a hint of malt.

T - A little bit like drinking a cherry filled chocolate. The cherry hits first with the chocolate coming out at the finish.

M - Decent enough; hardly "thick" but certainly not "thin".

O - The label says Chocolate Cherry and that's what you get. This is a fun seasonal beer that I probably wouldn't buy any other way than in the Beers of Winter assortment.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room 12/17/11

Pours a deep, dark brown with a thin lacing of off white head. The nose is dominated by cherries but the chocolate is noticeable too. It smells like pie filling. The taste is at first dominated by cherries with a rich chocolate finish, but as the beer warms the chocolate becomes more forward and coffee notes appear. The cherries stay sweet throughout. It's medium bodied, well carbonated, and very smooth.

This is a fun beer. There's a lot going on and the flavors change and intensify as the beer warms. It's rich and dessert-like, it's sweet, it's smooth, it's good. It's definitely worth checking out.

Photo of Roguer
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very nice, dark pour, oily like a stout, with a thin tan head. Decent retention (for the small size). Minimal, but pretty, lacing.

Strong notes of cherry through the nose, overwhelming the chocolate malt and a whiff of alcohol.

The taste reverses the dominance, with powdery cocoa first, sweet tangy cherries following, and a wave of slightly hoppy, but mostly strong milky chocolate finishing it off. Very well balanced overall, however.

Slightly thin at typical lager temperature, minimal carbonation sting. Slight alcohol evaporation in the mouth.

This is a very nice, tasty winter brew. I'm going to see how it tastes and feels as it warms, but I'm guessing that, like a porter, it will only improve the experience. Definitely worth buying a few for the winter months.

Photo of socon67
4.59/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a slight mocha head. The smell is a strong chocolate scent. I think stronger than the regular chocolate bock. The initial flavors is a potent cherry taste. Reminds me of a cherry coke. Finishes with a malty chocolate finish.

I could drink this regularly but the sweetness makes this a bit of a novelty. I find it to be a perfect dessert beer and wish it was available around the holidays.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now I am rating this beer for what the brewer intended....not necessarily that I think this beer is overly amazing. The beer poured a deep almost opaque dark amber with ecru head that is not leaving much of a lace. The scent carries cherries and chocolate. The taste is very similar to the scent and is very sweet...almost like a cherry coke. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its decent....too sweet for me to session.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a thin head on a black body.
The aroma is a solid cherry chocolate smell, nothing but that. It smells like a candy of the same flavor. It's almost too rich even knowing it's on purpose.
The taste is a toned down version of the smell. The chocolate sweetness is fairly mild. The cherry and malt are there too, but it's balanced nicely.
The texture is on the sticky side with moderate carbonation.
The taste lacks complexity, but it might be nice to sip on a cold night in front of a fire.

Photo of callmeopus
3.32/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Thirsty Monk South in an 8oz. goblet.
The powerful blast of cherry and almond aroma is all I get out of this beer. Can someone say Maraschino?
The beer, sadly, does not live up to the overwhelming cherry aroma. In fact, all I taste is cherry with just a lingering of chocolate on the back of the tongue. What happened to the beer?

Photo of Une_Petit_Citrouille
4.67/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had this beer for the first time over the weekend at a friend's vacation house. I'm one to try new things, and I'm definitely glad I tried this. It literally did taste like chocolate cherry cake- it was amazing. It had a great smell, the packaging was bright and eye-catching, the taste was amazing- the cherry was definitely noticeable, but not overpowering (I don't like cherry much to begin with) and the chocolate was certainly present as well, but not overly sweet. Would definitely drink this again!

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Samuel Adams Cherry Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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