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

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Reviews: 178
Hads: 852
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 17.7%
Wants: 28
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.80% ABV

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Photo of GRPunk
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from the mixed pack (best by Mar), poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- 1-finger of brown head atop a very dark brown body, nearing black. Good sustain and great stick.

S- Lots of sweet and tart cherry. Try to decide on how natural it comes off. Chocolate, and maybe a little coffee, underneath.

T- Lots of cherry and chocolate as advertised, with some coffee and dark, roasted grains to boot. Chocolate is of the dark variety, a little sweet but bitter at the same time. Cherry is multi-dimensional as well, sweet and tart (maybe a little forced, if not almost artificial).

M- Medium-full body and moderate carb. A combination of sugary sweet, tart, and a little bitter. It works better than it sounds.

O- I've been back and forth after a couple of bottles. Sometimes too sweet and artificial, other times complex and tasty. Probably somewhere in the middle. A decent, winter sipper. Not going to drink more than 1 in a sitting, enjoyable nonetheless. (973 characters)

Photo of wingman14
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a mocha head. The smell is strong cherry, sweeter than Sams cherry wheat. The taste is dominated by the cherry flavor. It has subtle chocolate notes with slight bitter aftertaste. It has a medium mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Overall, an ok beer, but way too much cherry. (296 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a jet black with a fizzy beige head that disappears quickly.

S: Strong aromas of ripe cherry and chocolate fill the nose.

T: Notes of cream, caramel, chocolate, and ripe cherries dominate the palate, while hints of molasses, herbs, and grass linger in the background. The finish is dominated by sensations of cherry skin and cherry stone underscored by traces of cream and chocolate.

M: Luscious medium-to-full body that feels thinner than it actually is. Carbonation is really intense. If it were a bit more restrained, this beer would be far easier to drink.

O: I'm not really sure about this one, but it does not strike me as being bad in any way. I suppose this is kind of a mediocre offering overall. (718 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

"This special release is brewed just for the holidays. For a new approach to a classic favorite, we added cherries to our traditional Chocolate Bock for a sweet, slightly tart note. Aged on a bed of dark cocoa nibs, the malty, chocolaty, and dark fruit flavors create a rich, complex beer perfect for winter. Cheers!" Brewed in the style of a German Bock with Cherries and Cocoa Nibs added. Available originally as a limited draft release, most recently packaged for the 2013 winter classics collection in pairs of 12 oz. bottles.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Samuel Adams Sensory Pint glass. Served above 58º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp frothy foam medium tan head over a dark brown body with ruby highlights and ample, lively carbonation. Retention is average and lacing is faint. 3.25

(Smell) Cherry grenadine syrup, cocoa nibs and sweetened caramel bread. The cherry aroma lends a very mild tartness but the overall malt profile comes off very sweet aromatically. Potency is medium/high. 3.5

(Taste) The flavor follows much of what I expected from the aroma. Very sweet malt profile from the caramel syrup, sweetened cocoa nibs and cherry syrup flavors without much in the way of hops or alternative bittering agents to balance it out. The cherry flavor isn't quite as direct as I had hoped, fairly mild on the tartness and it contributes more to the sweetness, driving this beer further into sugar bomb territory. Cherry Chocolate Bock finishes on a blend of moist chocolate malt and mildly grainy caramel bread. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is mildly viscous, lightly chewy and mildly dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a mellow frothiness and a mild crispness. Body is medium/heavy for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is syrupy sweet over bitter or tart. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off flavors. 3.75

(Overall) Cherry Chocolate Bock suffers right where one might expect a beer with the name Cherry Chocolate Bock to. The issue of balance and drinkability is challenged by a heavy caramel and chocolate profile which is further complicated with the integration of cherry flavor, which adds syrupy sweetness without much tart flavor to balance it out. I could see this as a decent dessert beer but at best it's a novelty item. We've seen much finer integration of cherries into dark and roasty beers. I think with a tart or sour cherry juice addition, this would be far superior from where it is right now. 3.25

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Cherry Chocolate Bock
3.36/5.00 (2,527 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (1,154 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.43/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark proud with a large 2 finger head which dissipates down to a film, minimal lacing.
S - Roasted, toasty malts and a light, pleasant cherry aroma.
T - Nice, slightly smokey bock flavor with a lightly sweet chocolate flavor and a nice lite cherry taste. Not overbearingly sweet, just right, very pleasant and highly sessionable. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side.
O - A damned good brew, very delicious.
V - Low, as far as I know, is only available in the winter seasonal sampler pack. (501 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of utfiero
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Color- black ruby. Slight head.

Aroma- cherry chocolate candy.

Taste- Starts with strong cherry with chocolate background, then chocolate dominates the middle and finishing with a long, odd chocolate cherry roasty finish. Overall a decent brew but nothing like the Sammy Chocolate Bock made with Scharffen Berger chocolate in 750 ml bottles. This reminds us of cheap cherry-chocolate candy by Russel Stover. (411 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle, enjoy before March 2014. It's a bit dated, so we'll see how it is. Served in a mug, the beer pours dark brown with some ruby red tints. There's also an inch light tan head that stays around for a while. There's a small amount of lacing. The brew mostly smells like cherries, along with some chocolate, cola and plums. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some molasses and a slight medicinal flavor. Also, the chocolate is more noticeable in the flavor of this brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit syrupy with low/moderate carbonation. I thought it was a good enough brew, definitely worth a try if you've never had it before. (671 characters)

Photo of dbyoung
4.57/5  rDev +28.4%
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. (274 characters)

Photo of bgillespie
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
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. (460 characters)

Photo of devilben02
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
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. (649 characters)

Photo of rangerred
2.32/5  rDev -34.8%
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. (709 characters)

Photo of Michael_Squires
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
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. (439 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (298 characters)

Photo of thegodfather1076
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (1,709 characters)

Photo of RVigz
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (574 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
2.71/5  rDev -23.9%
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. (1,094 characters)

Photo of Cozuma
4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
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? (787 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
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 (281 characters)

Photo of BigCheese
1.84/5  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. (738 characters)

Photo of PaubloEscalator
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
1.56/5  rDev -56.2%
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. (781 characters)

Photo of mes5107
4.21/5  rDev +18.3%
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. (649 characters)

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Samuel Adams Cherry Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.