Cinder Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4.75/5 rDev +33.4%
bomber 22 oz. bottle poured into 22 oz. glass, head meant not enough room for entire serving.
appearance - dark brown, little light passed through the poured clear glass. A mildly careful but fast angled pour yielded a 3/4 inch tan (very light at top, medium khaki at the bottom) head, a little lace as the beer was drank. Most beers would have yielded more head if I were to pour them this fast.
smell - I could get technical, but really, it smells like a bock, or more like a doppelbock/doublebock.
taste - see smell notes. It tastes like other good bocks and doppelbocks/doublebocks. The high alcohol content wasn't tasted though; it went down easily enough that I thought it was weaker.
mouthfeel - thick, but not real heavy. To say silky would be too light, to say more like satin would still be light. People think of fabrics for some reason... Imagine a gel-filled computer keyboard wrist rest with a satin outer surface. In other words, smooth with some but not a lot of weight. My beer vocabulary sucks, but this is what's in my head when I think of this beer's mouthfeel.
overall - This is a good bock that tastes like a good doppelbock/doublebock. The large bottle and high abv got me buzzed. I am incapable of dazzling you with expert tasting notes, but I can at least say, it's a really good bock, and worth the price I paid.
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08-06-2013 02:16:54 | More by swingdjted
4.5/5 rDev +26.4%
This is the best imitation (American) rauchbier. There seems to be an intagible missing. Maybe the smell is the weak point, but the taste is spot on.The aftertaste is quite nice too.
It's nice and clear in the glass with not enough head. Maybe the next (warmer) glass will be even better. I would recommend this for comparing with Heller-Trum, THE rauchbier. It is real close.
03-02-2012 23:59:12 | More by schoolboy
4.45/5 rDev +25%
$7.29 for a 22oz bottle. 25 SRM, OG=22.5° Plato, 9.4% ABV
315 Calories/12 oz, 25 IBU
Brewed with Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, Caramel 60, Munich, and Smoked Malt. Hopped with Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops, fermented with Samuel Adams lager yeast strain.
Pours out to a clear medium amber with ruby highlights, forming a creamy yellow head with excellent retention and solid sheets of lacing, with a medium-mild carb, ~2.0 carbs. The aroma displays subtle smoked malt, a clean ferment, some subtle spicy hops, a suggestion of caramel. Really nice nose.The mouthfeel is soft and creamy with a medium dense body. Velvety on the tongue. Wonderful mouthfeel. The taste is awesome...a very well balanced display of the smoke, spicy hops, followed by a pleasant mild bitterness which offsets the abundant chewy and bready malts. Suggestions of toffee, cola, and caramel in the finish. Cleanly fermented with no appreciable off-flavors. The alcohol doesn't really stand out, considering it's strength.
This is clearly the best out of the bunch of Limited release beers this year that I've had so far (haven't had The Vixen or Third Voyage yet). I wish it had more smoke, more on a Schlenkerla level. I would buy this year round if it were in 6 packs. Great beer! Highly recommended.
06-05-2012 00:37:09 | More by Mitchster
4.43/5 rDev +24.4%
Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass
Appearance: 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, orange-brown in color, clear
Smell: big time smoke
Taste: smoky malt--maybe slight bacon--then this beer transforms into a dopplebock with huge caramel and toffee sweetness and light bark like hops
Mouthfeel: smoky goodness at first followed by a very sweet body and finish with light bitterness to take some sweet edge off, medium carbonation, medium-light bodied
Overall: This may be my favorite Sam Adams brew. This beer is a combination of two styles that really do not combine within the brew, but take separate turns at being excellent.The rauchbier aspect is dead on--similar to Aecht Scherlenkerla's Urbock--and the dopplebock that follows almost has more of a sweetness that I associate with an English barleywine. The alcohol is scarily barely noticeable. This one is right up there with the best I have had this year. I would not take this over Scherlenkerla's Urbock or Marzen, but for a cheaper US treat, I would stock this on a regular basis.
02-27-2012 18:23:26 | More by tigg924
4.43/5 rDev +24.4%
Poured into a 22oz weizen glass.
A-pours a deep amber, forming a 1/4 inch off-white head. Light spots of lace on the glass.
S - strong, wonderful aroma of smoked malts, along with a hint of caramel in the background.
T - smooth and creamy smoked malts coat the palate. The smoke is strong enough to cover most of the flavors.
M - smooth, creamy, heavy body mouthfeel.
O - first off I love rauchbiers so this one was right up my alley. The flavor was awesome, the body was spot on, and the aroma was very inviting. Almost equal to the German rauchbiers. Highly recommended!
04-12-2012 01:42:18 | More by beeragent
4.38/5 rDev +23%
Samuel Adams Cinder Bock has a thick, creamy, quickly-dissipating, tan head with minimal lacing, and a semi-opaque orange-brown, somewhat bubbly appearance. The aroma is of sweet, syrupy, barley malt, brown sugar, and Roman Meal brand bread. The flavor is smokey, quasi-burnt malt, syrup, brown bread, sugar, and just a shadow of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick and heavy, and Samuel Adams Cinder Bock finishes smooth, silky, and delicious. I think it is a most excellent beer.
08-03-2012 14:32:34 | More by RonaldTheriot
Cinder Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.