Cinder Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by WastingFreetime:
2.93/5 rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
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Pours out a ruby-tinted mahogany color with good clarity but a disappointing single finger of fizzle-foam for a head that leaves behind no real lacing and only sticks around for about 60 seconds. Medium-light body and medium carbonation levels, chewy texture.
I get a good blast of hickory and beechwood smoke over solid and beefy caramel / toffee malts. The flavor is much more boozey than the nose, I think the smoke may be covering up the ABV vapors. I'm liking the doppelbock and chocolate malt profile in the mid-sip. Sadly, the ashen aspects of the smoke and the herbal hopping are combining in a strange way in the finish to make a sweet-and-sour stomach bile off-flavor that makes the aftertaste a chore instead of a pleasure.
In summary, a promising nose that leads to disappointment in the mouth. My best suggestion would be to dry it out some more by about 20% with additional noble hopping, so that the malts present less like a milk chocolate bar with a pile of cigarette ash on top. The breadiness that exists needs to be brought into the foreground and accentuated with the smoke. I'd give this one a pass unless you are morbidly curious what controlled cellaring smoke degradation would do for it.
Serving type: bottle
11-08-2012 17:39:45 | More by WastingFreetime
More User Reviews:
3.69/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
A- pours a dark murky brown with a small creamy off-white head that has good retention after settling
S- smoked sausage, campfire ash, charred wood, birch, caramel & raisin. Pretty much pure smoke with a hint of caramel sweetness
T- big smoky flavors up front; charred woodsy notes, earthy and herbal, spicy. There's a caramel malty sweetness that adds some balance mid-palate. The finish brings more smoke with some peaty flavor
M- medium body and carbonation, creamy mouthfeel leads to a smooth and creamy finish. ABV is brilliantly hidden
O- the smoke is big throughout, making it hard to drink the entire bomber. However it paired nicely with some brick cheese and summer sausage. I think this style is better tackled with some food. Overall, worth a try!
Serving type: bottle
01-24-2014 23:56:53 | More by Treyliff
Cinder Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 434 ratings.