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

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

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Slatetank on 04-11-2011

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Photo of HalfFull
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (999 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (281 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
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 (829 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (712 characters)

Photo of davemathews68
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (630 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (809 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
2.77/5  rDev -22.2%
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. (792 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (1,047 characters)

Photo of bigeyedfish89
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks like black coffee, small head with little to no lacing down the glass.

S: Smells very good, like chocolate covered cherries or Cherry Garcia Ice cream from Ben and Jerry's.

T: Not your typical Bock. The cherry taste is very present with some slight mocha coming through. The more I tasted it, the more it tasted like Cherry Coke.

O: Overall, an okay beer, definitely not my favorite from the Winter Sampler. (420 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
3.01/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Actually not as bad as I was expecting it to be, the beer did leave quite a weird aftertaste that I thought at first were the chocolate malts... not so sure as it got very medicinal in spots and felt artificial... it wasn't horrible as others would have you believe but it certainly isn't a bock and not an excellent fruit beer for that matter either... they could have done something really nice with this had more time been taken but... it is what it is... okay beer but one that I probably wont revisit... I will give the other bottle away to someone... (556 characters)

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

12oz bottle into Sam Smith oversized nonic.

A: Dark, clear mahogany with ruby tones; off-white head fades quickly.

S: Huge cherry cordial and cherry soda; sugary sweet. Caramel is apparent too, making it even more soda-like.

T: More chocolate and cocoa arrives here, with a bittersweet chocolate undertone. Still lots of cherry and caramel; Dr Pepper comes to mind. Finish is a bit chalky with a dusting of some more cocoa.

MF: Medium bodied, semi-prickly carbonation.

O: Too sweet to session, but overall a beer that I believe does what SA wanted it to do. (562 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a longneck into a sampler. A moderate pour creates a 1/2 inch creamy, light tan head. The beer is a deep ruby-brown with plenty of carbonation.

Even my poor nose can smell chocolate covered cherries wafting from the glass. Plenty of chocolate-cherry on the tongue as well, with a little nutty bitterness. The intense, but highly flavorful and complex dark cherry and chocolate manages to not be overbearing and is actually quite delightful without being too sweet.

This is a perfect beer for the Christmas season. I am usually a bit skeptical with some of the additives put in beer, but this one is a winner. The bottle was part of a 12 pack holiday sampler bought for 14.99 and, so far, a very good value. Send more of these chocolate cherry beers please! (771 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (866 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap

S: Cherry dominates with both dark and milk chocolate notes in there as well. Light maltiness, but the cherry and chocolate really take over

T: Starts off with quite a bit of sweetness, given off by the cherry and milk chocolate notes. Some maltiness comes in after the fact, but it's fairly one dimensional with the chocolate-covered cherry aspect

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: If this were anything but a holiday beer, it really wouldn't work. Pretty much a mix of their chocolate bock and cherry wheat, it's definitely on the sweet side with nothing to balance. One at a time is the only way to drink this, as it's a dessert in a glass. Glad it only comes in the mix pack because as a sixer, it would last a bit longer than the Christmas season (859 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, Best Before April
A - dark brown with ruby hues when held to a light. Creamy beige head fades to a foam fairly quickly.
S - sweet chocolate and cherry aroma - chocolate covered cherry comes to mind
T - very sweet, cloyingly at times, chocolate covered maraschino cherry flavor. Not much else though.
M - nice fuller body, exceptionally smooth and creamy, ample carbonation
O - if this wasn't so sweet I think I'd like it more. I know it was meant to be sweet, but it was too sweet for me (502 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Very deep dark black, very thick mocha head. Actually quite impressed since it's around 6%
S - Very Candy like cherry sort of reminding me of chocolate covered cherries, mostly baking sugars, mild candy cherries, and chocolate which is to be expected since it's base is their famous cherry bock.
T - Not bad it's kind of cherry medicinal in taste and the cocoa flavors are kind of powder like with mild roasty notes with some bock caramel sweetness. It's not actually as sweet as most describe. Somewhat enjoyable.
M - Rather smooth light to medium in body.

Overall not saying its disappointing but it could use more more complexity. It was a decent beer strictly for novelty. (681 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
2.71/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Winter mixer. Bottle poured into a pint glass. 11/30

Pours black, some reddish brown tinting. Light brown/tan foam. Starts tall settles low. Cherry cola with chocolate nose. Candy like sweetness. So far, so good, then...a very sweet taste, cloying, with a fake cherry through. Cola maltiness. Uneven hop hits at the end to rub it in. Sickly sweet, nothing works. A mess.

Made it halfway through, dumped, and gave bottle 2 away. (430 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Samuel Adams Cherry Chocolate Bock in their new winter seasonal variety pack last week at Meijers. I had this beer before a couple years ago at a beer festival and I remember thinking it was just ok, I liked Chocolate Bock so I'm interested to see how this one stacks up, so lets see how it goes. Notched best by April 2014. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks pretty nice and classy, it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice dark brown/black color that reminded me a little of cola and it didn't let any light come through with two fingers worth of slightly darker tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a pretty prominent cherry aroma that smells pretty artificial and it reminds me of the cherry aspect in their Cherry Wheat. Up next comes some light grainy, roasted malts, and cocoa powder like aromas that's similar to the original chocolate bock and the combination of chocolate and cherry flavors remind me of a cherry tootsie pop, it's very similar. The aroma was decent, but i'm not a big fan of that artificial cherry aroma.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a cherry flavor up front that has that same artificial cherry aspect that it did in the aroma. Up next comes some light malty flavors with lots of cocoa powder flavors coming through. On the finish there's a low amount of bitterness with a light cherry and heavy cocoa powder like aftertaste. This was a decent tasting beer, but I still can't get behind that artificial cherry aspect.

M- Smooth, a little rich, a little sticky, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this beer was just barely decent and It really isn't recognizable as a bock, but I think it's a pretty average example of a fruit infused dark beer. This beer had ok drinkability, it was smooth, rich, a little filling and the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention, one is enough for me, I have no urge to drink another one in a row, i think that artificial cherry taste would really wear on me. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and the mouthfeel, they were both nice and the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the cherry aspect, it was just too artificial for me and I would have have liked it to taste more natural and a little tart. I wouldn't buy this beer on it's own, it's just not for me and I would only recommend it to people who like that same cherry aspect that's in their Cherry Wheat. All in all I wasn't too impressed with this beer, I liked the original Chocolate Bock much more and I don't think the cherry helped this beer out. This was my least favorite beer in this years winter seasonal variety pack. I wasn't a big fan of this years winter variety pack, I thought last years was much better. Better luck next guys, Chocolate Bock was fine just the way it was. (3,267 characters)

Photo of ALC82
4.46/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I just finally tried this beer a month ago, it shot right to the top 10 on my list! I truly love the cherry and chocolate combination. They have hit it right on the head w/ the pairing, neither taste overwhelming the other. My only mark against it would be the slightly flat taste of the bock, I would prefer it to provide a bit headier pour (may not be possible?!?) Otherwise excellent work Sam Adams! (402 characters)

Photo of RingoBro
2.72/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Looked like a very thick, dark beer when I initially poured it, but was slightly red when held up to the light. Smells like cherries and chocolate obviously. Fairly tart, but smooth. I'm not a fan of cherries, so I wouldn't buy this beer again, but I didn't hate it. (266 characters)

Photo of Vixie
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks black when you first pour it, but when held up to the light, it's actually a very deep red. The white head doesn't stay around long, leaving a bit of lacing.

Not much smell that I can detect, mainly chocolate and some fruit, likely from the cherries.

The taste is pretty straightforward, chocolate and cherries. This is basically the liquid equivalent of a chocolate covered cherry.

Feel is smooth and solid.

This is a pretty simple beer without a lot of complexity, but is just as advertised. I found the chocolate and cherries to be nicely balanced, which made for a decent beer. This won't make any top beers list, but was a nice addition to this year's holiday pack. (681 characters)

Photo of traumabob
2.1/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

My first taste of this beer brought back a flood of memories from my childhood because the taste is a really good approximation of the Vick's cough syrup Mom used to give us for those childhood colds and sniffles.

Some folks may find that a good thing. I'll pass, thank you. (276 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
2.94/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with label notched at best before April 2014. Another new winter seasonal to me from Samuel Adams, acquired as part of the winter variety mixed twelve pack. Not really sure of what to expect here, so I'm going in unbiased.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours one finger of tan head on top of an opaque chocolate colored body.

S - This thing smells pretty awful, if you ask me. Medicinal cherry, syrupy Amaretto liqueur / K'halua, indistinct spice, and cola / Dr. Pepper.

T - Taste follows the nose, with the addition of chocolate malt. Chocolate malt, a hint of creamy cocoa, some raspberry, medicinal cherry, hot and syrupy Amaretto liqueur taste, and some sugary carbonated cherry cola / Dr. Pepper. Seriously, were they trying to brew a Dr. Pepper beer? Because that's about all I'm getting out of this one.

M - Feel goes down smooth, but finishes sticky and sweet with some spice heat lingering on the end. Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall, I'd say the chocolate malt is the only thing appealing about this beer, and saves it from being a complete monstrosity. Probably the worst beer I've had from Samuel Adams yet, and definitely one of the strangest tasting beers I've encountered. If you're interested in having a Dr. Pepper beer, look no further. As for the rest of you, avoid.

Samuel Adams Cherry Chocolate Bock ---3/5. (1,374 characters)

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