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Cinder Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
81
good

432 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 432
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 17.93%
Wants: 20
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  9.45% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2012)
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Ego

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1... a nice cold (it is winter right?) evening to sample a new brew from an old crew...

eyes...
2 fingers of foam rise up on a normal pour, the head sticks around to take note of the surroundings, slowly retreating like the summer sun ducking below the horizon on those long august days, left behind is a story of lace, not just a trace, but quite the micro bubble picasso curtain. A clean ruby hue through showcasing a cirque de soliel of bubbles performing to the north, quite the eye catching brew.

nose...
sweet malts up front which then lead into a smoky highway in the realm of smoked meats, the is also an earthy dryness to it, sort of like spring, not dusty but clean and dry, nothing as good as madonna's half time show.. but better than average.

taste...
alot like the nose but more assertive, very sweet up front but thank goodness for the smoke which helps to quell the dive into uber cloy-land, wow, the alcohol really lets you know that (wait for it...) 1... 2... 3... 4.... wow.. there it is smacking up my insides and clouding my brain. This one packs a punch, sure I can read, the ABV is clearly printed on the bottle but sometimes that is just bluster. The beer remains very consistent and honestly I think one bottle might be much for most people. The mouth feel is spot on, nice thickness without being syrupy but containing the right weight to carry this bag o' bricks.

verdict?
a bit heavy handed in some areas. Definitely not an every day thing, perhaps best as an aperitif split amongst friends with some nice muenster to snack on before a winter meal. Definitely worth checking out if you like smoke beers, this is like a double Bamberg, it is up to you to decide whether you like the more subtle backbone of the german ones or the brash frontbone-in-your-face of this one.

verdict

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 05:42:53 | More by Ego
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Cinder Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.