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

Samuel Adams Cherry Chocolate BockSamuel Adams Cherry Chocolate Bock

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Ratings: 714
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 18.57%

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: Slatetank on 04-11-2011)
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Photo of dbyoung


4.59/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful in a glass. deep rich color, the cherry taste seems powerful at first and then the chocolate takes over. This may be a bit too much as a dinner beer, but better as a dessert beer. Or just as dessert. Rich and full bodied. Good with red meats, particularly grilled.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 21:51:22 | More by dbyoung
Photo of bgillespie

New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown with a thick tan head.

Smell: A lot of cherry, faint chocolate like a tootsie roll, some malt.

Taste: Very very sweet, strong cherry taste at first, then comes in with a dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Almost a syrup like consistence, almost no carbonation.

Overall: Not a fan of this beer and had a hard time drinking it. It tasted like a flat cherry coke with cough syrup. Cherry flavor was too strong.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 04:00:35 | More by bgillespie
Photo of devilben02

North Carolina

2.79/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This beer looks like any good stout when poured into a glass, with an almost entirely opaque brown-black color and a modest tan head. Even with the word "cherry" in the name, the aroma is surprising and intriguing with how much it reminds me of a freshly opened jar of maraschino cherries. The gimmicky cherry addition doesn't work with the flavor profile, though, with the sweet/sour of the cherries conflicting with the roasted malts and bitter cocoa. The texture is surprisingly light, but the sugary sweetness still makes it a bit syrupy. Overall, the addition of cherries to this recipe is strangely alluring, but the gimmick wears off quickly.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 13:55:32 | More by devilben02
Photo of rangerred


2.28/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, deep brown with a one finger medium tan head. Surprisingly good head retention for Sam Adams although not much in the way of lacing.

Aroma is very cherry with some wisps of chocolate. There is also a cola note and it reminds me of a cherry coke. A bit metallic too.

Flavor is not very good at all. A sweet syrupy cherry flavor permeates throughout and again that cola taste. Chocolate is more muted but is present in the background. Very little in the way of bitterness and a sticky finish.

Overall, Sam Adams missed the mark with this one. I really liked the chocolate bock last year but adding the cherry just messed it up. Too sweet and artificial tasting.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 00:42:02 | More by rangerred
Photo of Michael_Squires


2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 04:19:18 | More by Michael_Squires
Photo of cyclonece09


3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. Pours black with a one finger slightly off white head. Smells of cherry syrup, much like cough syrup. Tastes of some dark roasted malt and coffee but with a syrupy cherry aftertaste, quite artificial. Beer is light bodied good carbonation. Overall an ok beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 22:43:22 | More by cyclonece09
Photo of thegodfather1076


3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 03:49:39 | More by thegodfather1076
Photo of RVigz


3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: This beer pours a very very dark brown color with a nice dark head that lightens at the top.

Smell: The smell is an incredibly delicious chocolate covered cherry smell followed by a light malty/toastyness.

Taste: Heavy sweet cherry upfront with a mild sweet chocolate aftertaste almost like a tootsie roll or something of the sort. Perhaps a too sweet, slightly synthetic cherry taste.

Mouthfeel: Very sweet with slight bitter aftertaste but still smooth.

Overall: A good beer for the chocolate cherry lover but a little too much cherry and sweetness for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 02:21:31 | More by RVigz
Photo of scottfrie


2.7/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle into SA Perfect Pint.

A: Pours a deep cola brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. The light tan head is very dense and thick, and slowly faded into a dense finger of film that lasted the whole beer through. Patchy lace was left down the glass.
S: Smells exactly like cherry tootsie pops, I mean spot on. Cherry is synthetic, sugary sweet, and candy-like, and the chocolate is similarly candy sweet and smells just like a tootsie roll. We have tootsie pops at work, and this seriously smells just like one.
T: The chocolate on the taste still tastes just like a tootsie roll, but overall the flavor is not as sugary sweet as a cherry tootsie roll pop. The cherry is maraschino-like and sweet, and lingers after the swallow. Mild bitterness. Overall the flavors remind me of old, less sweet, cherry coke.
M: Very creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation and a fluffy and full yet light body. This is the best part of the beer.
O: Not the worst beer, but definitely synthetic and sugary. Tastes as described, and pretty much as expected, but I did not enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 04:29:46 | More by scottfrie
Photo of Cozuma


4.43/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint or out of the bottle (I had a mix seasonal case)

A: Dark body with rich foamy head

S: Smells like chocolate cake filled with Kirschwasser, but not so alcoholic

T: Strong Cherry Chocolate cake.

M: Slightly oily but really easy to drink

O:Phenomenal beer, I was so blown away by the flavor of this beer, if you don't like chocolate cake with cherries in it, don't bother, but if that sounds good to you or you're familiar with the black forest cherry torte (search that recipe and you won't regret it) and are a fan you definitely need to check this out. I sat in a chair just beside myself wondering where I had been and how I could get an unlimited supply of this beer. Goes down easy and tastes like candy (not really) Mr. Koch won't you send me a barrel?

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 12:11:51 | More by Cozuma
Photo of schoolboy


3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm pretty sure I got some of the last of this we will see for a while around here and I'm glad I did.

This is a nice flavorful be. It's nice to see this in a beer instead of an ale as everything is a bit less brutal. It looks better in the glass too. Cool fine, uniform bubbles turn into a nice lace. It has a faintly cherry smell too.

The taste is crisp and clean and very refreshing. The fruit is nicely subdued. This overall is a great special "holiday" beer. I hope we see it again next year.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 22:03:21 | More by schoolboy
Photo of jimmah120


3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with a date

look is dark cola, frothy mocha head. smell is cherry robotussin mixed with a chocolate bock. smooth and malty at first, followed by a slight cherry sweetness. finish is malty bock with a hint of artificial cherry.

much better than their other fruit beers

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 11:54:36 | More by jimmah120
Photo of BigCheese


1.81/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.5

Had this in the fridge awhile now.

A:: Dark cocacola color, head is a dark reddish brown. Head immediately died, no lacing.

S: smell is remniscent of cherry coke and a little bit of cough syrup. Its tough to get much past the cherry.

T: This is awful. Tastes like cough syrup. I get a little bit of milk chocolate in the end, but the initial tart cherry is gross. Reminds me of the cranberry lambic, sam was smart to kill that. The chocolate flavor has a very milky chocolate taste, not the deep coca often associated with stouts. This is awful.

M: I'm too distracted to notice.

O: Drain pour, its really bad, sams is usually good but I often hate their synthetic flavored fruit beers. Stay away unless you enjoyed cranberry lambic.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 01:45:29 | More by BigCheese
Photo of PaubloEscalator


3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tastes exactly like a tootsie pop. You will never be able to drink this beer again without thinking about the previous sentence. Regardless, interesting and complex flavor. I think it's a polarizing beer, which makes it a bold move by Sam Adams. There's no middle ground, either you like it or you hate it. I, thankfully, enjoyed it. Definitely something I would only drink in the winter though.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 04:09:42 | More by PaubloEscalator
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North Carolina

1.5/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

I guess this is a polarizing beer, some people love it. I downright hated it. I took several sips from it and couldn't get past that. It came with the Winter seasonal mixed pack and to be honest I was skeptical to begin with because I don't really like cherries and this one is loaded with that sour cherry taste. If you like chocolate covered cherries that are sour then you might like this. Its was the worst of both worlds to me. It was a bad dark beer mixed with a bad cherry Lambic or something like that. I just felt this was one of the worst beers I have ever tasted. But, to each his/her own, someone may love that about it. I am not enamored by this one. I do like most of this breweries beers that I have tried. They are not overly wonderful, but this one was just nasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 06:00:50 | More by humuloner22
Photo of mes5107


4.23/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from bottle into pint glass. Minimal head that dissipated within seconds. Dark, dark brown in color with red highlights.

Smell: Heavy on maraschino cherries, with hints of chocolate in the background.

Taste: Cherry syrup explosion up front, with a mixture of chocolate, caramel, and bready malts completing the ensemble.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, very wet on the tongue.

Overall: I wasn't expecting much from this beer, but I had it for dessert one night and was pleasantly surprised. It's a nice beer to have when you want something sweet. I wouldn't really have more than one in a sitting, but it is a nice change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 00:38:13 | More by mes5107
Photo of Une_Petit_Citrouille


4.68/5  rDev +33.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 01:38:12 | More by Une_Petit_Citrouille
Photo of ACarp

New York

3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

deep brown color, tan head, nothing unexpected, for full points, a pink cherry head would have won me over. very marishino, one dimensional cherry flavor, the chocolate hides amongst the caramel breadiness of the malt. Still the syrupy cherry smell is pleasing, if looked at more as a dessert beer. Would go great with a sundae I would imagine.

Serving type: Ommegang Game of Thrones Chalice

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 02:00:50 | More by ACarp
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South Carolina

3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 00:54:45 | More by chinchill
Photo of ArrogantB


3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a bottle of this and was pleasantly surprised. Dark brown color, almost black. Aroma was cherry and chocolate. Flavor was very much like a cherry cola, uncanny really. I liked the flavor of this but not sure if I would want a whole bottle let alone a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 21:28:59 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of TeamMathis

West Virginia

3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Black. Cola. Tan head turns to lace.
Smell: Cherry and chocolate.
Taste: Cherry and chocolate.

I love this. It's a bit like a cherry cola, not only in looks. However, it really is delicious. It's simple enough: both smell and taste are chocolate and cherry. I would definitely get this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 05:06:59 | More by TeamMathis
Photo of SylviaFaye

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A three-finger tan head graces the top of this dark ruby brew. A waft of maraschino cherries and milk chocolate bursts from the bottle upon opening, and is even more apparent once poured. My initial excitement is quickly dampened, however. The feel of the beer in the mouth is a bit thin. The same can be said of the taste. Cherry syrup and chocolate mousse dominate the pallet but are watered down. Much like the disappointing false promises of light pudding or diet soda, the brew lacks something and does not completely immerse me in an illusion of cherry, chocolatey goodness. I will grant you something, though, Samuel Adams: there is cherry and there is chocolate. Add a little texture, a fuller body, and call me back.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 17:04:33 | More by SylviaFaye
Photo of Caj1


4/5  rDev +14.3%
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
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New York

4.45/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark maroon color with moderate head and what appears to be moderate carbonation. You can really smell the chocolate cherry aroma. Really smooth. The cherry and chocolate flavors blend perfectly. I drank most of this before I realized what happened. Flavor is dead on and so is drinkability. Finishes as great as it starts. However, we didn't discern any maltiness, just a balanced chocolate and cherry flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 03:55:20 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
Photo of CharlesWong42


3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - At first one will notice that unlike most bock it pours surprisingly dark, no doubt a result of the chocolate nibs. It was more carbonated than expected but the head was neither frothy or substantial and quickly dissipates, this leads to a lingering fizzing sensation. The dark color is deceiving to how light the beer actually is.

Smell - Unfortunately the beet emits a sweet and slightly artificial cherry scent, resembling that of a soda. As would be expected the flavor starts off strong with dark cherry, the finish could have been stronger with the chocolate to balance the sweetness with a rich tone. I would have been happy with a more dynamic scent, although it is not unpleasing it is monotone with a slightly overbearing sweetness.

Taste - It taste exactly as it smells, on one hand it is nice to know what you are getting but I would have loved to be "wow'ed". Samuel Adams describes it it have a subtle tartness which is easily lost among the sweet and powerful blend of cherry and chocolate. It is a good starting point and concept however work needs to be done on balancing the many robust flavors. Keep in mind this was brewed as a holiday special release and does have a place on the table during a Christmas or Thanksgiving dessert, but I would not go any further than that

Mouthfeel - The consistency is rich and suits the beer well. It is on the heavier side while the aforementioned fizzing sensation cheers it up with a playful dimension. It was actually quite pleasant to take from the glass. I would drink this at a temperature nearing fifty five degrees, any colder and you might as well be drinking a cherry coke.

Good on a cold winters night and after a big dinner.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 02:47:19 | More by CharlesWong42
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