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

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Samuel Adams Cherry Chocolate BockSamuel Adams Cherry Chocolate Bock

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Ratings: 761
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 18.91%
Wants: 18
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Slatetank on 04-11-2011)
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

01-02-2012 23:58:19 | More by weaselchew


3/5  rDev -14%
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
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3/5  rDev -14%

12-31-2011 02:06:05 | More by rmmm16
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

12-29-2011 04:18:14 | More by dbellizzi
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3/5  rDev -14%

12-27-2011 23:56:38 | More by spamages
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5/5  rDev +43.3%

12-25-2011 23:06:12 | More by cfergusn
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3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chalice at the Lucky Monk.

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

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2011 21:41:41 | More by TMoney2591
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3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2011 02:07:28 | More by Rifugium
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

12-24-2011 04:46:15 | More by andyschaps
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2.4/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Candied Beer...

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

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

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2011 06:10:07 | More by musicman575
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

12-22-2011 19:25:19 | More by jaltland
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2.68/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Kindling in Carterville, IL

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

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

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2011 03:47:58 | More by champ103
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4/5  rDev +14.6%
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
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room 12/17/11

Pours a deep, dark brown with a thin lacing of off white head. The nose is dominated by cherries but the chocolate is noticeable too. It smells like pie filling. The taste is at first dominated by cherries with a rich chocolate finish, but as the beer warms the chocolate becomes more forward and coffee notes appear. The cherries stay sweet throughout. It's medium bodied, well carbonated, and very smooth.

This is a fun beer. There's a lot going on and the flavors change and intensify as the beer warms. It's rich and dessert-like, it's sweet, it's smooth, it's good. It's definitely worth checking out.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2011 15:16:31 | More by tdm168
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

12-18-2011 06:00:14 | More by troysoy2
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

12-18-2011 01:15:02 | More by henskejk
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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

12-17-2011 20:15:14 | More by JohneHoodlum
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4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2011 21:41:51 | More by raznug
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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

12-16-2011 00:30:20 | More by andrewj17
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +14.6%

12-15-2011 21:54:34 | More by apintofknowledge
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4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Had on tap at the Pickled Pig.

A: Pours a dark brown/ruby color with a small tan head that has little retention and leaves behind very thin lacing.

S: Nice cherry pie aroma, actually has a slight tartness, and a little mustiness as well. Faint chocolate and a little roasted malt.

T: Wow, impressed by this one. Really deep cherry flavor blended with some chocolate, very smooth with a sweet finish.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth, medium carbonation. Finishes slightly dry.

O: Better than expected, went perfectly with the cherry chocolate cake it was paired with.

Serving type: on-tap

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2011 02:16:32 | More by TheManiacalOne
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New York

3.98/5  rDev +14%
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
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3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Tap pour in to a pint glass

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 07:23:54 | More by tsauce2
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

12-08-2011 20:16:00 | More by JAHMUR
Samuel Adams Cherry Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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