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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%

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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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Photo of WesWes

New York

4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet chocolate and crystal malt scent along with a faint cherry aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a quaffable chocolate and cherry flavor; delicious, yet not overly done. It's incredibly easy drinking even at 7%. It goes down quick with a sweet, almost milk stout character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good dessert style beer. It doesn't wimp out on chocolate flavor. The cherry taste is mild at best, but goes a long way in rounding out the taste.

Serving type: growler

02-02-2012 20:26:12 | More by WesWes


3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a dark rusty amber with thin head that fades quickly.

S-Smells of maraschino cherries with just a hint of chocolate which reminds of gunpowder, lead and of a Christmas past.

T-Overwhelming notes of chocolate covered cherries followed by the very sweet malt character you would expect from a dopple bock.

M- Sweet and sticky coats the mouth like cough syrup as you take each sip.

O- Not a bad beer just a bit to one sided for my liking.

Serving type: growler

01-02-2012 23:25:18 | More by BJRHOMEBREW
Photo of mattcrill


4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Light cherry esters and mild roasted gain notes up front. Very mild and soft aromatics. More stone fruit-like esters as the beer is warmed and agitated. No hop aroma.

Appearance: Dark brown pour with ruby highlights. Thick sudsy tan head that retains well.

Flavor: Mild cherry juice and Hershey syrup-like flavors up front. Bready malt base. No hop flavors. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is a lingering cocoa powder.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. A slight astringency from what I assume is some of the chocolate and/or roasted grains.

Overall impression: A well done Fruit beer. It has elements of chocolate and cherry while still retaining good base beer characteristics. That's hard to do and this was well done.

Serving type: growler

12-18-2011 21:44:52 | More by mattcrill
Photo of JizackFH

New York

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

A - This beer pours a really dark clear ruby brown color. There is a nice 2-finger tan head resting on top. the head has pretty good retention, and it leaves some scattered lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose has a nice bit of roasted malt. There are some good aromas of chocolate, cherries, and some other dark fruits. The chocolate and cherry blends together nicely, and makes for a quite good overall aroma.

T - The taste starts off with a good bit of roasted malt. There are some nice flavors of chocolate and black cherry. There are some other dark fruit flavors as well. The finish leaves some lingering chocolate and cherry sweetness, as well as a little bit of roasted malt bitterness.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. There is a good amount of sweetness and a little bit of roasted malt bitterness.

O - This has pretty good drinkability. I could easily have a few glass of this throughout the night. Overall, I think this is a quite nice and interesting beer. I think it is definitely worth a try. The cherry character is really nice in this and it mixes well with the chocolate flavors. I would drink this one again.

Serving type: growler

12-12-2011 11:47:32 | More by JizackFH
Photo of Rhynes2


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

I had this one at the West Point Market in Akron. Pours a nice light colored head but it fades away quickly. It has a nice red hue to it as well. You can smell the chocolate right off the bat. The first taste highlights the cherry flavor but falls into one of the best chocolate flavors i've seen in a beer. The alcohol is not subtle at all but works with the cherries to really bring out a great flavor. It's not overly sweet either. I'm not always that big of a fan of Sam Adams stuff but this one is great. I'm gonna have to pick this one up again on my next trip out to the market.

Serving type: growler

12-06-2011 17:57:53 | More by Rhynes2
Photo of chefhatt


4.5/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i poured this beer into a snifter glass, it has a very dark brown, almost black body with not a lot of head that lays down to a thin brown lace around the edge of the glass. The smell is sweet of maraschino cherries with nice chocolate notes coming through too. The taste is so nice and balanced of cherry and chocolate, with the roasted malt on back of the tongue. Great mouth feel and overall a exceptional beer.

Serving type: growler

07-09-2011 03:39:49 | More by chefhatt
Photo of socon67

New York

4.63/5  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.

Serving type: growler

06-08-2011 23:47:47 | More by socon67
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
Photo of humuloner22

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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Samuel Adams Cherry Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 711 ratings.