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

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Reviews: 178
Hads: 852
Avg: 3.54
pDev: 19.21%
Wants: 29
Gots: 63 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best before 5/2014.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, cherry cola, and chocolate covered cherry aromas. Taste is much the same with roasted malt and cherry cola flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting cherry cola presence in both the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

the highlight of the winter box this year, and an excellent brew overall. if this was made by three floyds or cigar city, people would rave about it, which pisses me off, but i love this beer. rich mocha color on the pour with a slowly rising tan head with alright retention. smells like tart dried cherries and cherry juice with rich dark chocolate and lager yeast, well put together and appropriately proportioned on the fruit. the flavor is outstanding, with the fruit coming on fast but not sweet, and an earthy cocoa coming in to give it a dessert vibe. its layered and unique, and the cherry is just right in intensity. the finish is quick, this is a lager after all, and it cuts the dense body and dark malt mouth coating with a crispness that makes this beer awfully drinkable. a total winner from sam adams here, i wish i could get this around the calendar.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured out and served with dessert last night at the Spinnerstown Hotel. The beer came to us and looked nice and dark in color, almost like a porter or stout. The head had almost completely vanished by the time I got my glass. The smell of this beer was pretty nice, it had a very sweet smelling cherry aroma filling my nose along with just a bit of malts in the background. The taste is sweet with loads of cherry the dark chocolate kind of shows up late in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was decent, it was well carbonated and was drinkable. Overall I feel that this beer is basically a blend of the Cherry Wheat and the Chocolate back that is released in the winter. There really isn't too much special about it other than it goes well with a sweet dessert. To be honest that beer could have been dessert and it would have done the job just fine. This is the beer I was anticipating the most from the beer dinner and it turned out to probably be my least favorite.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of oberon
2.34/5  rDev -33.9%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at PA Flavor.

A deep walnut brown with translucent clarity and ruby hues accenting. The thick pale cap recedes into tight bead formation and some lace adheres.
The smell is good -plenty of chocolate and cherry like a cordial candy somewhat maraschino quality to the cherry like on top of a fudge sundae. The feel is ok, but perhaps the adjuncts could be toned down, strong carbonation gives a feel like a chocolate soda with cherry, but not overly sweet just slight fruity tang with some dry semi-bitter chocolate and light acidic cherry finish.

The taste is good as it has a pretty strong cherry and chocolate taste which lives up to the name, however it causes the bock base to get a little lost in the flavor. I get a light malt in the middle after some of the cherry zing and chocolate pizzazz wheres off slightly. This bock finishes fruity and semi-sweet with gentle bitterness. Overall an ok bock, it would probably appeal to those who like sweet and fruity beers more than the craft fan, but it is not your average bock and you know that going in.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing holiday label art and standard branded pry-off pressure cap acquired as part of a Sam Adams variety 12-pack box at me local HEB grocery and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; it's a great premise for a beer.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of nice tan colour. Good creaminess and thickness. Retention is average - about two minutes. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a predictable opaquesolid dark black. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Artificial tart cherry syrup. Chocolate malts. Dark malts. Heavy candied fruit character. Admittedly, there're some medicinal cough syrup notes here, but they don't bother me as much as they do in other beers. I'm not picking up any caramel or roasted barley, unfortunately. The chocolate notes aren't real evocative or real, but they're not artificial either. Certainly on the sweet side.

No yeast character, hop character, or alcohol is detectable.

I'm wary of the medicinal character, but optimistic.

T: It delivers cherry and chocolate notes, which is nice, but both are a bit lacking - they're somewhat artificial. The medicinal character does surface, but it's tolerable. Chocolate malts and dark malts comprise the foundation. No roasted barley, to its detriment. Quite sweet, but not cloying. There's a lot I like about the candied tart cherry fruit notes here, and a lot I'm iffy about. Not finding any actual cocoa nib notes - just extract-y faux-chocolate.

This is a Sam Adams variety box beer, so obviously the complexity and subtlety aren't what you'd expect from a world class beer. There's little nuance or intricacy, but the beer does deliver on its premise, and the premise is a great one. Okay balance and decent cohesion. It's not a gestalt build, but there's a clear focus and direction here.

No yeast character or hop character comes through. There is some faint alcohol.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Lightly syrupy. A bit too thick. Overcarbonated. Okay presence on the palate. Okay body. This texture gets the job done, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to the taste. Sticky. Approachable.

Not oily, astringent, harsh, gushed, boozy, hot, or rough.

Dr: I like what they're going for, and it's a good value offering for what it is. At the end of the day, it's an above average beer though it does have some flaws (the medicinal cough syrupy character being numero uno). I wouldn't mind seeing this in next year's holiday variety box, but it's far from Sam Adams' best seasonal. Drinkable and enjoyable for what it is. I'll kill this happily.

Would pair well with junior mints.

I'd be curious what would happen to this with a year or two on it. It'd probably fall apart, but there might be some flavour development.

Low C+

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 5/7/11 notes. Had on tap at RFD in Washington, DC.

a - Pours a very dark brown color with a reddish tint, and one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of chocolate, cherries, roasted malts, and toasted malts. Smells like black cherry soda to me, which I consider a good thing. Nice cherries and chocolate mixing in the nose.

t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, cherries, dark fruits, and toasted malts. More chocolate up front than the nose and less cherries, but the cherries/dark fruit are still there. A small step down from the nose, but still pretty good.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth body.

o - Overall a very nice, interesting bock. I enjoyed the nose a lot as it reminded me of black cherry soda, and thought the chocolate and cherries worked well together. Would certainly have it again, though not sure if I would want more than one glass in a single night.

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Photo of chinchill
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served On-tap at Ffej of July IX

A - Pours dark brown, bordering on black, with a nice one finger tall khaki colored head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of maraschino cherries, rich chocolate sweetness, and the typical toasted caramel malt core. The cherries really begin to assert themselves as it warms up to room temp.

T - Starts off with a big dose of tart cherries and sweet chocolate that never really fades. The base bock beer becomes a bit lost after all the initial strong flavors take hold, offering only a faint glimpse of the sweet caramel malt. Finish is just like the start, cherries and chocolate dominate.

M - Medium-Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. A mic of sweetness and tartness in the feel, lingering throughout.

O - Not your typical bock beer but it was never supposed to be. If you like sweet, fruity, beers you will like this one but if that isn't your thing you might want to avoid this one.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.09/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Craft Ale House, 16 ounce pour into a Sam Adams perfect pint and the glass is yours after you're finished! Nice promotion.

A: Extremely deep black body, noticeably dark brown in the light topped with a frothy tan colored head. The retention was actually seriously impressive, along with a great amount of lacing on the glass throughout the entire pint.

S: Rich and bitter dark chocolate notes, freshly picked pitted cherries. A wonderful chocolate malt and even some caramel malt (it seems) base is grounded to allow the fruit flavors to come through very nicely. Perhaps some raspberry is in the linger with a very slight roasted coffee note.

T: A burst of rich bittersweet chocolate coats the palate, followed quickly by a rush of cherry flavor. Surprisingly, this doesn't taste artificial at all, very natural and fresh cherry flavor. A blending of some sweeter berry notes, raspberry and more cherry, with a very subtle bitterness from some roasted coffee flavors or the bitter dark chocolate elements.

M: Ample but lower on the carbonation, a very nice medium bodied beer that's creamy and silky.

I have to admit, this beer is really outstanding. I'm not saying the Boston Beer Company is bad by any means but even this for them is top notch. I've had their Chocolate Bock before and did enjoy it, but the addition of cherry just gives this beer a completely different complexity that is just downright delicious.

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Photo of mothman
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Light beige head. Color is nearing back.

Flavor profile: Starts out with cocoa and chocolate. Very malty. Then a bit of cherry hits. Reminds me of chocolate covered cherries. It has a bit of caramel and some roasted malts. Dark fruit flavors. Molasses to finish things off.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. A lot of carbonation in this one. Too much. Ends roasted.

Overall, a decent offering from Sam Adams. I like the addition of cherry in this one to add a bit of tartness and sweetness. Enjoyable.

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Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
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

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2.73/5  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.

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2.77/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle from the 12 pack from Market Basket
Pours a deep dark brown with faint garnet highlights at the edges and a smallish off white head that quickly dissipates. Aromas of cherry overwhelm my olfactory system. Tart sweet medicinal cough drop conjuring cherry aromas. Everything I hate about Sam Adams cherry wheat unfortunately made it into this beer. Light chocolate and burnt sugars deep underneath, I think. The flavor is sweet medicinal cherry with bits of Hershey's syrup drizzled on top. Hints of dark sugary flavors are there but little else. Medium body with a sweet sticky syrupy mouthfeel and a light level of carbonation. I choked down the last of this bottle, but on the bright side my cough cleared up. Now to pawn the remaining bottle off on some unsuspecting Christmas guest.

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Photo of Zorro
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Near black colored beer with a tall brown colored head.

Smell is sweet as expected. Strong cherry cent something like cherry candy. I can smell the chocolate but just barely the cherry is strong. Little bit of an almond scent. Reminds me a bit of cherry ice cream.

Starts out much drier than the smell with a big hit of cherry with a chocolate finish. Slight burnt taste. The taste and the smell don't match very closely the smell says sweet candy but the taste say unsweetened bakers chocolate. This is the one bock I can think of that could be a little sweeter. It is good but the difference between the smell and taste is a brain twister.

Mouthfeel is good.

An OK beer but honestly I would have preferred they had left the Holiday Porter in the Holiday pack for this year.

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Photo of John_M
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and fair lacing. The nose is interesting, showcasing cherry and chocolate, but not really much else. The flavor profile makes me want to laugh. It immediately reminded me of the bachman's chocolate candy with cherry and nougat I had as a child. There's also something of a cherry cider flavor, which is nice as well. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and you can tell the alcohol isn't very high (thankfully).

This beer is a joke, but it's a pleasant laugh down memory lane. Nice to try one time, but I can't really see any reason to ever try this again.

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3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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