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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: 711
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Slatetank on 04-11-2011)
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3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

With the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching, and to the culinary delight to many craft brewers, the Samuel Adams brand spin offs this- a German bockbier in all its malty glory and with balancing tartness of cherry to promote intrigue and to satisfy curiosity.

The dark bronze beer shares it dark brown tones but allows ribbons of garnet to slice through because of its brilliant clarity. A partly-frothy, partly-fizzy head rises from the beer's body with an arid and loose knit before folding back into the glass. Light on lace, the beer's head character is slight.

Chocolate and cherries come to mind with the very first whiff. With the scent of grain sweetness and hearty barley malt, its nutty, toffee and molasses nose wraps around that chocolate-covered-cherry dessert scent with a rich beer cocoon. Light herbal hops give the beer a grassy and peppery tone going forward. As the beer falls semi-flat, the notes of cola emit.

To taste, its the cola-like center that takes hold of the taste buds where the malty-rich texture and savory melanoidin taste of bock is expected. Added complexities of milk chocolate and cherry Jolly Ranchers give a candied and dissected taste on the middle palate. As the beer closes, any hop presence is light and carries a peppery bitterness with stemmy wood and that cola-molasses blend.

Where bockbiers are generally quite drinkable, even with its malt richness and savory bread texture- Cherry Chocolate Bock carries a one-dimensional sweetness that doesn't quite have the same balance or depth to satisfy the palate quite as well as expected. Its mild warmth and playful acidity struggles to crispen the simple sugars that linger deep into its finish, causing this beer to be a sipping ale rather than a drinking one due to its light cloying after-texture.

Like many other Samuel Adams special offerings, the beer's base taste is overly simplified and its unique flavor additions seem disjointed and artificial. It simply lacks the true malt core to pull the beer together. Instead, grain and mineral commands.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2013 18:31:08 | More by BEERchitect
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3.96/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark brown with some red highlights at the edges. Not much head retention to speak of. Smell starts with heavy dose of mariscino cherry complete with the sugary syrup it is packages with. Milk chocolate comes through next with moderate malty sweetness . Taste leans towards the sweet side and the flavors come in the same order as the nose. The chocolate is more pronounced and features more of a dark chocolate flavor than the nose. The bock base adds a considerable amount of sweetness and works well with the flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with mild carbonation. Overall, this is a nice dessert beer that is well rounde and drinks smoothly. Not a bad brew.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2013 23:46:04 | More by homebrew311
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3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served icy at Matthew's 1600 in Catonsville, MD. Wonderful to have a draught option of a beer previously unbeknownst to me. After the obligatory warming period, with frigid phalanges to boot, I gazed. Dark, dark, dark, ah, but what's that I see at the bottom of the glass? Gorgeous deep red peeks through the storm. Upon lowering my nose towards it, I'm hit with a tidal wave of cherry. Subtly would have been appreciated. My tongue confirms what my nose suspects. CHERRY. Creamy swishing makes for a mildly above average mouthfeel. Aftertaste is lingerful. About 2/3 thru the glass, the chocolate became more prominent. Sammy Adams, you've out-cherried yrself again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2013 02:05:40 | More by Rast
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3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2013 01:41:50 | More by deebo
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New York

3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adams signature pint glass. 

Appearance: pretty dark brown with light bubbles, head is thin I do mean real thin maybe a 1/10" if your lucky.

Smell: believe it or not light hops and brief chocolate.

Taste: Complex with a notch sweet and little bitter. You definitely feel the chocolate with its sweet bitter feel.

Mouth: it doesn't blow up my pallets but it makes you happy, medium carbonation that isnt the sharpest but just right.

Overall: almost more of a dessert than a beer, very good and incredibly built. Salud!

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2012 03:50:24 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a very dark brown, almost black color with little brown foam from the tap. Smell was strong and bitter, sugary and sweet.

Taste is downright tart. Any chocolate malts are overpowered by the sweet cherries. Cherries remind me of the Sam Adams Cherry Wheat brew, which I actually like... Not here. Too artificial and way too sugary.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and syrupy. Unless you're a sours fan, I'd avoid this.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2012 00:01:35 | More by devinoconnor
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2.7/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Samuel Adams Chocolate Cherry Bock

Pours a dark brown color. Aroma of sweet cherries, chocolate, toffee and alcohol. In the taste, more cherry, with some sweet bock character, but all too sweet. Artificial cherry flavor, lots of malt sweetness and sugars behind it. Cloying. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and syrupy. Overall, this would be a good choice for fans of sweet beers, but not one of the better offerings from Boston Beer Co.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2012 14:22:25 | More by Stinkypuss
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2.55/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2012 02:28:15 | More by ehammond1
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District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice rich brown color with deep amber hues. The beer has a nice white head.
S: The beer has a nice rich cherry chocolate cordial aroma with hints of smoke.
T: The first flavor you get happens to be the rich dark cherry flavor and it has some background flavor of chocolate and smokiness.
M/O: This beer was on tap at RFD in DC. Very complex and balanced beer. Good for the winter time and very good with desserts.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2012 22:03:52 | More by pzrhsau
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4.35/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate Cherry Bock pours a black color, with a small whitish head. There was a nice sweet smell, mostly from the chocolate. The taste was rather sweet, alot of chocolate and cherry, but it blended very well, with just a bit of a smokey malty undertone. Very easy to drink, and it had a nice strong flavor. Overall a very nice desert type beer. I wasn't impressed with Sam Adams chocolate bock, but this one with cherries is like a candy bar, and i was very impressed.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2012 03:05:31 | More by vette2006c5r
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4.38/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at the San Diego Brewing Company. Black with a slight tinge of red (cherry). Inch of head. Nice amount of dark lacing on the top. Nice looking film on the sides that lasted throughout.

Smelled of chocolate malts with cherry fruits. Reminded me of Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia.

Tasted just like the nose, only better. Nice and smooth chocolate malts with that cherry backbone. Basically a Cherry Garcia.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Smooth, long finish.

I loved this beer. I originally had the look a 4.5, but dropped it down after some consideration. I’m a bit of a Sam Adams homer but this may have been the best I tried.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2012 05:02:52 | More by BucannonXC5
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3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chalice at the Lucky Monk.

Another surprise Sam Adams tap-only offering at LM. I guess I should stop being so surprised, right? Anyway, it pours a dark, ruby-tinted black-brown topped by a half-finger of dirty ashen foam. The nose explodes with black cherry, with a light bit of roasted malts behind the din. It's pleasant, indeed, but seems a bit one-sided. The taste holds notes of somewhat-artificial-seeming black cherry, chocolate powder, light roasted malts, toasted caramel, and a hint of toasted coconut. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, a nice beer, but the cherry seems to have diluted the usually very nice Chocolate Bock. I'd have another if given the chance, but I wouldn't be as eager to do so as I was this time.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2011 21:41:41 | More by TMoney2591
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3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Poured into a stem glass, a dark brown color, nearly opaque, with a slight tan head that receded to a ringlet. Dark malts on the nose, with subtle hints of chocolate and cherry. So far so good. Taste followed the aroma well, with a solid malt base, overlain with a non-threatening combo of chocolate and maraschino cherry juice; woody, roasty, with a hop presence in the finish. Medium-bodied, and nicely drinkable; despite what many reviewers are saying, I though neither chocolate nor cherry was too overpowering. And even if they were...well, just look at the title of the beer: if you don't like it, don't try it.

I usually find chocolate bocks to be disappointing, but this was one of the better ones I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2011 02:07:28 | More by Rifugium
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2.4/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Candied Beer...

I'm offended at the descriptiveness of this beer's label. You have to be more subtle. You can't just come out and say what your beer tastes like.

Speaking of subtlety, there is none in this beer. It is chocolatey like Hershey syrup and cherry-flavored like cherry coke. In other words, it tasted like it was loaded with sugars and artificial flavoring - no love. The 'Bock' part of the beer is just an afterthought. I can't review this like any other bock because the additives totally wreck it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2011 06:10:07 | More by musicman575
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2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Kindling in Carterville, IL

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black with some ruby highlights around the edges. A bubbly tan head forms and recedes to nothing. Light lace.
S: Artificial cherry extract right up front. Some chocolate and come roast.
T: To much cherry extract here. Some chocolate and roast, but way to artificial.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Though a bit light. Not really for me. I can't get past to fake cherry flavor.

To artificial to be enjoyable. Not something I would recommend. Sam Adams does some very nice beers, but their fruits beers are not among them.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2011 03:47:58 | More by champ103
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2011 15:16:31 | More by tdm168
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4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a dark brown in color with an inch of fluffy light tan colored head.
Smell: It smells of cherry and slight amounts of roasted malts. There maybe hints of a tartness that intrigues me.
Taste: Wow that isn't what I was expecting. There is a lot of flavor there more cherry than expecting but a good balance with the chocolate, tastes a little like a cordial cherry.
Mouthfeel: This is a smooth and easy drinking beer even with the cherry. Man it goes down very easy

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2011 21:41:51 | More by raznug
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4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2011 02:53:49 | More by mdaschaf
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Rhode Island

3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/4/2011 at Rose Alley Ale House in New Bedford, MA served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a short beige head that fades quickly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains cherries, some chocolate, roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a lot of creamy chocolate along with a mild cherry flavor compared to the amount you get from the smell. There’s a mild hops presence and strong breadiness from a hearty roasted malt character and lager yeast creating a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, a bit filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a flavorful stout-like lager to drink for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2011 02:16:32 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Tap pour in to a pint glass

A: SRM is chocolate brown with a tinge of red. Clear filtered and translucent. Head is off white, 1 in, dissipates to line the rim of the glass. Heavy carbonation. Light/medium lacing.

S: At proper serving temp, chocolate malt and cherry notes are light but definitely noticable.

T: Tastes like a cherry cordial. Chocolate flavor is reminiscent of classic American chocolate, cherry flavor is pronounced but balances perfectly with the chocolate. Malt and carbonation cause a creamy taste/sensation.

M: Light body. Balance of ingredients and carbonation give the sensation of eating a cherry cordial.

O: Great beer; possibly one of the best beers I have ever had from SA; definitely in the top 3. Perfectly executed balance of flavors. High carbonation gives a creamy sensation, along with the malt content. This is really like drinking an alcoholic cherry cordial.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 07:23:54 | More by tsauce2
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3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
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?

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2011 19:14:08 | More by callmeopus
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3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Sam Adams Grille in Breinigsville, PA. Served in a point glass.

A - Pours a very dark brown color with some amber tones. Head is a light tan that disappeared quickly (little retention).

S - Aroma is fairly mild. Malt presence is noticeable - definite notesof cherry are there as well.

T - I drank this pint after having tried the SA Cherry Wheat (which was also on tap). I was pleasant surprised at how balanced this beer was, considering how dominating the cherry flavor is in the Cherry Wheat. Instead, this beer has a delicious roared quality with chocolate notes, and the cherry isn't particularly noticeable until the aftertaste. Overall, this was surprisingly light.

M - Perhaps a bit too malty (?). While quite delicious, there's
something that doesn't feel quite right about the consistency.i

Would have again if it was available.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2011 22:46:42 | More by duqmatt
Photo of Gatch


3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Taste of Tops in Tempe, AZ.

A - Black but when held up to light, a deep, dark red. Fitting. No head.

S - Alcohol-filled chocolate covered cherries. Smoky and roasty malt.

T - Slightly roasted malt with chocolate and cherry undertones. Almost tastes like a cherry chocolate soda. Verry cherry.

M - The body doesn't seem to match the style. Body is too light for what seems to be a heavy beer. Not heavy but thin.


Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2011 01:26:08 | More by Gatch
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New York

4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap and was served in a 10 oz pilsner glass.
Off white head that dissipated fairly quickly.
Aroma was a nice blend of malts, cocoa/chocolate and hints of cherry.
The taste however, had much more cherry than the aroma. The balance of cherry and chocolate was very good though. Almost felt like I was having cherries dipped in chocolate. I must admit I am not a big fan of cherry, especially cherry in beer, but this brew is really very delicious. The balance obtained is very good.
Very good mouthfeel, coats the palate nicely, almost silken.
Glad I gave it a try. Definitely worth it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2011 19:08:59 | More by CaptDavyJones
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3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber-brown color with a fingers width of khaki colored head. Smells very subtle but of a traditional bock.. Maybe some malt and chocolate. Tastes is well balanced with cherrys and dark chocolate. Subtle hints of yeast. Delicious, Slighty drying dark chocolate and cherry end. I actually like this a lot.. I'm surprised at how well balanced it is. I thought the cherry in this would be like the Sam, Cherry Wheat where it's just a little too overbearing but nope, pleasantly suprised.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2011 16:45:03 | More by JustinMatthew
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Samuel Adams Cherry Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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