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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: 712
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Slatetank on 04-11-2011)
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4.85/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a Sam Adams Sensory Glass.

Appearance - Very dark colored brown beer. Nice tall light colored head which did dissipate after a little while. Quite a bit of lacing left on the glass.

Smell - Maraschino cherries with a bit of cocoa.

Taste - A very sweet beer. Definitely more of a cherry flavor, however the ratio of cherry to chocolate is perfect.

Mouth - Very thick yet rich. Light carbonation which pairs perfectly with the flavors.

Overall - I would not hesitate to buy this if they came out with a 6 pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 21:13:23 | More by acdcsmith22
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a chocolate brown color with amber highlights. The head has tight bubbles and settles into a sparse cap. Some spotty lacing.

The aroma is of a strong cherry scent similar to the cherry wheat. There are also milk chocolate notes. The aroma seems a touch artificial and has some plastic notes. Definitely a combination of the cherry wheat and chocolate bock.

The taste is of chocolate, mostly milk but perhaps some bakers chocolate. Noticeable cherry flavor, candy like that you would find in a cough drop. Some caramel and light grain as well. It's ok.

Moderate feel with light carbonation. Quite sweet on the palate without any offset. Almost cloying.

A combination of two Sam Adams lesser beers resulting in another lesser beer. A bit artificial tasting and too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 01:45:54 | More by Gmann
Photo of SaCkErZ9


2.73/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am not going to go in to an in depth review with this one. I was not impressed. There was basically a large undertone (yes, that is an oxymoron) of artificial cherry in this one. The syrupy cherry extract was all that was noticed in this one. There were some stout/porter underpinnings, but the cherry drove the bus. Not a fan of this one or any of the Cherry iterations from Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 00:17:28 | More by SaCkErZ9
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New Jersey

3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark burgundy pour with a 2 inch walnut crown has a texture that was frothy with a retention rate that was short and only moderate. Lacing was weak on the glass.

S: Aroma was sweet cherry juice, sweet dark fruit of plums with some cherry skins. The chocolate and cocoa nibs seem to be severely lacking it at all detected here, a feature i thought was much more promising on the chocolate bock original. The scent brought back some unkind memories of their cherry wheat.

T: Rich chocolate and cocoa powder comes though on the flavor, the cherry influence takes a welcome back seat opposed to its dominance on the nose. Warming cherry skins and cherry juices come through a bit more with some dark sweet plums and sugary peaches with some cherry juices and a soft tart fade mixed with some bitter cocoa nibs on the finish.

M: Creamy mouthful that was lightly milky textured, softly carbonated with a light cherry tartness.

O: Overall thought the original chocolate bock was fairly decent with a rich chocolate base, this seemed like a decent beer combined with the cherry wheat to come up with a compromise of the two in terms of drinkability and enjoyment. Think this is at best a C+ beer, decent but wouldnt go as far to claim its good other then a supplement to a variety package for a first try.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 01:18:18 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cola colored with an off white head that dissipated into a ring but left pretty decent lacing.

Aroma and flavor had lots of cherry and chocolate, living up to the name quite well. Although there was somewhat of a balancing bitterness, there wasn't any discernible hops presence. Some maltiness finished out the brew, but it wasn't pronounced, mostly you get cherry and chocolate.

Body was medium with relatively higher carbonation than I expected, but it was nice. Finished very sweet.

Overall a tasty and different one from SA.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 20:12:49 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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4.43/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what can I say, I guess I am partial to the vegetable/fruit types of beers because this Sam Adams blew me away. The last offering from the company wasn't so good, but this one might very well be the best I have had from Sam Adams. The only down points were it's head , no staying power or lacing, and I tasted a bit more cherry than the chocolaty malts promised - but oh boy, was it goooodddd....

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 04:07:15 | More by jjamadorphd
Photo of u2carew


3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle
A) Pours with a finger thick tan head, tight and creamy. Settles to a thin lacing at the edge of the glass. Nearly opaque, but when held to the light it yields a deep mahogany color.
S) Bready. Cherry.
T) Rich. Chocolate. Subtle coffee notes. Cherries.
M) Full bodied. Creamy. Smooth.
O) Pretty good brew. The cherry aroma can be a bit much but the appearance and mouthfeel make up for it.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 00:55:16 | More by u2carew
Photo of Auraan


3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep, dark brown with little light coming through and a thin ring of off-white head. It looks quite nice. Scent dominated by maraschino cherry aromas with hints of chocolate. Very sweet, cherry chocolate indeed, but very one note. Taste follows the aroma. A lot of sweet chocolate upfront, moving into more maraschino cherry flavors. A bit of a creamy flavor in the background throughout. Finish is sweet with more cherry flavors and some chocolate. Aftertaste is mostly sweet chocolate. A very sweet flavor profile, very much a dessert beer, but not a very complex one. Its a good combination of flavors if you like chocolate and cherries. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with high carbonation that cuts down the smoothness of the body quite a bit. Still quite easy to drink and with a nice feel, though maybe a bit too soda-like. Overall this is a decent dessert beer, quite sweet, but there is nothing wrong with it at all. It could do with being a bit more beer-like instead of chocolate covered cherry-like, but overall its not bad. Its smooth, drinkable and pleasant enough. My only large complaint is that the carbonation is a bit too high and it could do with more bock in this bock beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 07:15:25 | More by Auraan
Photo of 57md


3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown color with ruby edges and a finger of tan head that dissipated almost immediately. The nose is reminiscent of Cherry Coke. The taste is dominated by maraschino cherries. There is only a faint hint of chocolate and no true bock qualities to this offering.

The body is too light for the style. The finish tastes fake and medicine-like.

In the Spring of 2011, I had this offering on-tap and enjoyed it thoroughly. I thought that it had definite bock qualities, a heartier body and a flavor profile that was far more balanced than the version available in the 2013 SA Winter mix case.

I certainly hope that SA either goes back to the basic Chocolate Bock for the 2014 version or pulls out the old recipe for another attempt at the Chocolate Cherry Bock.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 06:33:22 | More by 57md
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3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - ruby/black body under 2 fingers of light tan foam, head fades away fairly quickly leaving no lace

S - maraschino cherry sweetness, almost smells like a cherry cola; touch of chocolate

T - cherry sweetness, dark chocolate, dark fruit notes, slight bitterness and earthy notes

M - smooth medium body, highly carbonated (prickly carbonation cuts into the smoothness)

O - While the original SA chocolate bock is better, the addition of cherries this year resulted in a sweet bock that is pretty good as its own thing.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 01:44:51 | More by lwillitz
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3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I must admit I approached this beer with a bit of apprehension. I really do not like the Cherry Wheat. I was pleasantly surprised.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into the only clean glass I could find at the moment, a tulip. It pours an opaque cola color with a one finger off white head that dissipated pretty quickly to a thin cap, then a ring that leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma: Very cherry candy up front followed by chocolate. Very much like a chocolate covered cherry. I couldn't really discern any hop aroma, but there was a mild earthiness in the background.

Taste: Following the smell, there's cherry candy and soft chocolate. It's not a 'grown up' bitter chocolate, but a chocolate my kids would like. There's a fair amount of sweetness. Thankfully it's all balanced nicely with some bitterness from the malts and hops, with clean carbonation in the finish.

Feel: It's medium bodied with fizzy carbonation that keeps the beer from feeling heavy and helps it finish cleanly.

I certainly wouldn't buy a 6 pack full of the stuff, but it's pleasant enough. I like it much better than the Cherry Wheat.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 08:24:41 | More by ChuckHardslab
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South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the Winter Classics pack, bottle notched best by May, 2014. Poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours a deep ruby body with an inch of off-white head. The head recedes to a thin cap that lasts the length of the beer, and I get some nice spotty lacing.

S: Big cherry aroma, jolly ranchers, just a hint of cocoa in the background. The aroma is nearly identical to that of Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat. Not a lot to speak of here.

T: Smooth, velvety semi-sweet chocolate up front, followed by cherries, including a bit of a cherry candy flavor. Doesn't have the same artificiality as the Cherry Wheat. More chocolate follows, with a cocoa finish. This beer is all sweet, but the sweetness is good.

M: Medium-bodied, with maybe a tad much carbonation for the flavor profile, as I would like the beer to feel as velvety-smooth as it tastes.

O: This is a nice variation on their Chocolate Bock, though I do prefer the original. Damn close to cloying, but it works nicely as light dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 02:46:07 | More by Craigory
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3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Very dark brown with only a hint of red around the edges a thin khaki head doesn't last long but laces nicely. Rather interesting aroma for this one, the normal dark malts and clean yeast of a bock are present but so too is a very distinct cherry aroma along with sweet chocolate. I know chocolate is often used to describe stouts and the like but that is always a bittersweet dark chocolate type aroma, this time I get sweet milk chocolate without any bitter characteristic at all. Well there is absolutely no mistaking the cherry in this one. There is even more cherry in here than in the cherry wheat also produced by BBC. It never becomes cloying however because it is balanced by enough bitter malt and a touch of malt sweetness as well, while the cherry wheat doesn't have this balance. Overall it is fairly crisp with low to moderate levels of carbonation and a surprisingly clean finish. Overall this is a pretty nice spin on the bock style a great beer for a cold winters night.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 00:41:15 | More by fank2788
Photo of delta490


4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-a deep chocolate brown with cherry tints. Tan head had little retention

S-rich malt chocolate and cherry. Smells like chocolate covered cherries

T-also tastes like a chocolate covered cherry

M- a little fizzy and some bite from the cherry juice

O- an interesting twist on their previous chocolate bock

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 02:32:35 | More by delta490
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3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had 4 bottles of Samuel Adams Cherry Chocolate Bock in a Holiday Sampler. Poured in to a pilsner glass.

Pours a dark walnut color, nearly opaque with red hues when held up to the light. A thin bubbly beige head caps the beer.

Smel is decidedly cherry. Kind of a sweet cherry cough syrup aroma.

Taste is a cherry flavor up front, with a mild bitter unsweetened chocolate favor to follow, and dry bitter charcoal finish. It tastes a little like a cherry cola.

Mouthfeel is ell carbonated, with a light to medium body, and a zesty finish.

Overall a decent brew. Not the best of the SA sampler, and I wouldn't want to drink a lot of this, but it's good.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 23:51:56 | More by RJLarse
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3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this as part of a "Beers of Winter" case at Sam's Club (for 25.99 - very reasonable!)

A - Pours out a very dark, nearly black color with a rich thick lasting head that has hints of reddish brown.

S - Chocolate and cherries with a hint of malt.

T - A little bit like drinking a cherry filled chocolate. The cherry hits first with the chocolate coming out at the finish.

M - Decent enough; hardly "thick" but certainly not "thin".

O - The label says Chocolate Cherry and that's what you get. This is a fun seasonal beer that I probably wouldn't buy any other way than in the Beers of Winter assortment.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 11:18:58 | More by Retroman40
Photo of HalfFull


3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a large wine glass. This offering pours a dark brown with bright and clear ruby highlights and offers a half inch of tan foam. Average retention and lace follow.

Aroma is right there as expected with chocolate and cherry notes abounding. Surely not the complex notes of a malt inspired dubbel but in line again with expectations of some infused fruit. No real malt depth beyond the obvious and warming makes it smell quite like a cherry liqueur filled holiday chocolate. Gets a bit overwhelming actually though may pair well with a similar desert.

Taste is a subdued version of the aroma with a touch of caramel and lightly roasted chocolate emerging with warming which actually helps to balance the dessert like sweetness otherwise present. Decent feel, lightly bready in texture. An interesting take on the style and rather pleasant, though I wouldn't want more than one in a sitting given its profile and sweetness coupled with a lack of malt depth/complexity.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 07:24:34 | More by HalfFull
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3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this poured out of the bottle into a porter glass. A bit sweet, but one of the better offerings I've had from Sam in a long time. Deep chocolate brown color and heavy body with a very smooth mouthfeel. Sweet cocoa and cherry aroma, with a flavor to match. Try it with desserts.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 16:19:51 | More by MarkQ617
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West Virginia

3.99/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours dark brown, nearly black with a small fizzy cream colored head, decent retention, reducing to a ring around the glass

S- smells just like a chocolate covered cherry that is sold around Christmas time, even has that sugary sweet aroma that goes with it. Also picking up some cherry cola, chocolate malt and artificial vanilla

T- chocolaty malt up front with a sugary sweetness, flavors of fig/raisin. The cherry is subtle but adds a light tartness to the mid-palate, it isn't as artificial as I expected it to be. The finish tastes just like a tootsie roll with a hint of cherry.

M- medium body and carbonation, fizzy mouthfeel with a foamy finish

O- I was already a big fan of the regular chocolate bock, and I enjoyed this one as well, the cherry was a nice compliment to the chocolate. Another good one from SA

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 02:01:47 | More by Treyliff
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3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a stemless wine glass. Best by April 2014.

A- Pours a nice dark brown mostly black with some light coming through on the edges. Has a medium light brown head that dissipates to a small ring.

S- Smells like cherry Coke with that artificial cherry syrup smell. Some light chocolate but like a Hershey's chocolate not roasted malt or that that there is not some roasted malt to back up the sweet chocolate.

T- More of that artificial cherry and chocolate. Some roasted malt that I didn't get in the nose.

M- Medium and a bit lighter than I prefer for a bock.

O- It's got chocolate and cherry, just not in a convincing natural way. Pretty easy drinking but just an okay beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 06:04:58 | More by PaulyB83
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4.11/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark, dark brown however it does let some light through. Tan head. Darker side of a bock.

S- Cherries and cherries with sight malt.

T- Cherries up front but the chocolate comes through well. Cherry Tootsie Pop.

M- Nice carbonation. texture is good for the style.

O- It's a Cherry Chocolate Bock and taste so. I personally like cherry and chocolate flavors so I enjoy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 02:54:50 | More by davemathews68
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3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 05:59:59 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New York

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

12oz poured into a tulip. May notched on the side of the label.

A: Pours a clear dark brown appearing black in the glass with a khaki head on top. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides as the head slowly dissipates.

S: Very strong cherry upfront that seems to overwhelm everything. Tough to pull out the chocolate. There are some other dark fruit notes in there from the malts.

T: Luckily the flavor isnt as cherry dominant as the aroma. Chocolate does make it through to provide substantial flavor. A bit fake in the cherry department but the chocolate works well.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Clean finish for the amount of sweet cherry in this.

Overall its pretty much their cherry wheat mixed with their chocolate bock. Not the best cherry flavor but the chocolate bock notes are solid.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 23:13:58 | More by CloudStrife
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New Hampshire

2.74/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 23:24:57 | More by johnnnniee
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3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is dark for any style, particularly a Bock. It's a thick brown with just the slightest bit of light getting into, but not through, the body. The head consists of a tan cap not more than 1/2 finger that has moderate retention and pretty decent spotting as it goes.
Whoa. The cherry is there, and as the chocolate comes through secondary to the cherry, it smells like a cherry cordial. It's sweet cherry, not tart. It's not artificial, but it does have the sugary/syrupy likeness almost exactly of the boxed treats. Malts are also present, not roasty but toasty with some dryness.
The taste follows suit, with a slight chalky dryness in the otherwise sweet chocolate evening it out and sweet candied cherry syrup there, but with a substantial malt backbone and even a little toast. It has more of a cherry cola taste in the middle before heavier, barley-like grains finish it out.
The feel is interesting. It's thick for a Bock, but it feels like soda at times. Crispness is a little fluffy at the front, but it's pretty smooth as it goes.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 22:56:38 | More by Brenden
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