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Cinder Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Reviews: 165
Hads: 457
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 17.39%
Wants: 23
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  9.45% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2012

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Photo of swingdjted
4.74/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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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Photo of schoolboy
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

$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.

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Photo of tigg924
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of beeragent
4.41/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of ElCommodoro
4.36/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, clear mahogany. A beautiful sight in a beer. Little head, but that bothers me little. A high alcohol beer needn't much head. What little head it had stuck around quite a while, so that was a pleasant surprise.
The smell was very sweet. Mostly of overripe bananas and garbage. Not in a bad way. But that's sort of what it smelled like.
The taste was surprisingly more of the same. I wasn't aware it was going to be a smoky beer. All I knew is it would be a bock. I mean, it had a goat on it and rauchbier isn't something I've heard of before. The beer is VERY sweet, VERY malty, and definitely smoky. But not at all overly so. It smells a bit like it might be peat-smoked even though there's no indication that it is, but that would explain that garbage smell. So would highly fermented malt heaviness, though, I suppose. This beer has a lot of doppelbock qualities. It doesn't taste like what the description of rauchbier describes. The smokiness is not too upfront and well balanced with sweet maltiness. The name and flavour would indicate to me that this is part doppelbock, part rauchbier. I'd say it's more on the doppelbock side, but that's just me. Damn if the combination isn't delicious as hell. Love the big malty sweetness of it, even if it is a bit sticky, almost cloying. Love the alcohol burn. And love that unique flavour added by the rauch (smoke). I would HIGHLY recommend this to other lovers of big, sweet beers.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.


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Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brick red with a thick head into my glass. Plenty 'o lacing for those who like it.

Smoky wood notes in the nose with just a hint of sweetness. Very much like the style. I like it.

Whoa baby! Smoky, chewy malt upfront. Despite the ABV, it drinks like a standard rauchbier.

Lingering smoked malt makes up the mouthfeel. Very well done. The alcohol isn't as prominent as I first thought.

I enjoy this rauchbier. You might too. It's not an authentic German example but it comes really damn close and ups the ABV in the process!

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Photo of Wamesit
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 22oz bottle poured into Stella tulip. Pours a rich chestnut. Thick off-white head that quickly gives way to clumpy lacing.

S - Smoked and caramel malts followed by a bitter hop aroma and a hint of alcohol in the back.

T - Starts off smokey and rich. The caramel malts add a mild sweet thickness to the body. The alcohol and noble hops make appearances in the last of the finish and during retro-olfaction.

M - Thick, lush. Almost sticky.

O - Highly enjoyable. A great hybrid. (rauchbier/double bock)

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Photo of Kromes
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear copper color with a finger's width tan colored head that stays on top of the beer and doesn't fade.

S: Sweet toasted malts with a really nice hickory smoke aroma. Great to just swirl and enjoy.

T: The smoke hits right from the start. A sweet hickory smoke that is not overwhelming at all. Nice and mellow and mixes well with the toasted caramel and earthy flavors of the beer. Well done.

M: Medium-Heavy body with peppery carbonation and a warmth in the finish from the alcohol....which is well hidden.

O: Judging it as a Rauchbier, it's definitely up there. I can imagine trying to get the right balance of smoke, sweet, and bitter can be tricky.

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Photo of DIM
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a ruby tinted chestnut brown. It poured with a large but short lived foamy head.

s: Rich, nutty toffee and caramel, some toasty grains, and unobtrusive smoke.

t: Gentle smoke throughout, getting stronger at the finish. Toasted, nutty grains with hints of raisin and cocoa up front with some mild warmth and bitterness at the end.

m: Velvety and very smooth.

o: I appreciated the subdued smoke which didn't overwhelm a top-notch d-bock. Excellent offering at a reasonable price.

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Photo of sauvy10
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz poured into pilsner glass. Appearance is a dark copper with a decent head thatdinished to about 1/4 inch. Good lacing. The smoke stands out first in the aroma but is definitely not overwhelming. It's followed by toffee and maybe some kind of spice. Tastes very pleasant and surprisingly smooth considering the abv. The smoke is very subtle which is nice and the beer is well balanced. I usually don't like smoky beers this much because they're always too smoky but this beer was very well done.

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Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a brown color and a clear texture. There was an inch and a half of creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Predictably, the aroma was dominated by the smokiness, but there was also a healthy malt presence as well.

T: Tasted of malt, light hops, a hint of caramel, and the aforementioned smokiness. A much more complex flavor than I expected, and tasty, too.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: One of Samuel Adams' better creations. Well made and eminently drinkable.

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Photo of irongator
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

great brew. High ABV and you can definetely taste it. I have not had any true Rauchbiers but this one tastes like a great cross betweens SA doublebock and Wee Heavy, which I freaking love. The smoke is there, not overpowering like in a wee heavy but enough to give the beer a nice flavor. I let this brew sit out 1 hour before I drank it and it was very tasty.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bomber of this at Warehouse Beverage yesterday. Poured into one of my mug's, this beer pours a clear, deep amber red color with tan head well over an inch thick when first poured. Has good lacing. Nice lacing on the inside of the glass, and the head eventually settles to a nice medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass along with a spotty foam film layer on the surface. Aromas of smokey caramel malts and some roasted nut, and a hint of herbals hops. Flavor wise it pretty much follows suit, nice smoked caramel malt upfront followed with a roasted nut brown quality, and rounded out with a touch of hoppyness. A pretty enjoyable beer here all around. Has a somewhat crisp, smooth, frothy, chewy medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Easy to drink in the say good beers are meant to be. A good effort here!


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Photo of bourbonbock
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bomber bottle into a clean pub glass and received the following:

A. Rose colored golden body with 3 fingers of off white fluffy head receding slowly and leaving lace behind.

S. Smells slightly like an ice cream parlor from a foot away. Up close I smell sweet chocolate, charred oak, olives, and candy. A slight yeasty and smokiness leaves the glass last.

T. Very complex flavor profile. Creamy, chocolate, earthiness (hops?) and yet strangely like an irish car bomb. Slight saltiness and a hint of peat.

M. Creamy like a root beer float but finishes clean and leaves a film on the tongue daring you to take another sip.

I think this would go good with some ribs and cornbread. Definitely not something to quaff, more of a sipper to go along with a nice dark Churchill on the deck.

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Photo of chodinheaven
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick and slowly dissapating cream colored head sits on top of this one, leaving a patchwork of lacing with it as it goes. Great clarity to its darker color, a nice shade of ruby red or mahogany. Clean malty nose with a funky smokiness behind it that is a bit remeniscent of a campfire, no doubt. The clean smell comes from the light toffee and caramel notes, but the smokiness definitely dominates.

Rich and inviting caramel and toffee notes begin the taste wonderfully in the front of the palate. They are soft and not overbearingly sweet or cloying. It moves towards a touch of booze in the middle of the palate, with a subdued but definitely present dose of piney hops near the middle-back end. The smokiness of the malts doesn't fully hit the palate until the back end and finish, where it then engulfs the mouth with the smoky malt taste. In some rauchbiers I've tried, this smoky flavor has been overbearing to the point where it completely distracts from the other flavors in the beer. Not the case so much with this one as that smokiness complements the sweeter toffee notes and the bit of hops and booze, giving this beer a deep complexity. The toffee and caramel actually come out on top here, the smokiness being a close second. The mouthfeel is silky smooth, with a slight prickle in the middle from the booze and hops, with a medium body, but full of flavor.

I was a little wary on this one because I don't get into rauchbiers too much, but this was definitely a balanced and deliciously pleasant surprise. Pick it up if you're looking for a unique and tasty beer.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper-ruby color with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of smoke, caramel malts, earthy clove spice, cedar, vanilla, with a bit of brown sugar and booze.

T - Starts off with some smoke, vanilla, sweet caramel malts, with a bit of clove and other spices. Through the middle, some more spices with some brown sugar and cedar come through. The finish is a mix of smoke, spices, caramel malts, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a smoky and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice Rauchbier with some good smokey flavor and enough body to balance out the flavors.

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Photo of raznug
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a hazy dark ruby color and is topped with 1” of tan colored head .
Smell: I smell the aroma of a smoked ham or bacon and it dominates the nose as I expected it to. This beer is making me hungry for ham for supper now.
Taste: The blend of the rauch and bock styles isn’t a very far stretch but I didn’t know what to expect when I went for the first sip and I was pleasantly surprised with the tasty job that Sam Adams did with this brew. The smoke flavor is the first taste that hits your palate but it is followed quickly by the rich smoothness of the bock and I must say that they play well off of each other.
Mouthfeel: This is a very smooth and easy drinking beer but it has a richness to the mouthfeel that makes it even better drinking than a lot of bocks that tend to be on the heavy side.

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Photo of stella77artois
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into pilsener glass. This was my first rauchbier, and was excited to try it. In actuality, it's more of a hybrid, I guess it's considered a "smoked doppelbock". Am a huge doppelbock fan, so I happily grabbed some.

A - Pours almost entirely brown, with just a shade of red. Shines a deep red-brown in the light. Thick, 3-finger head developed, was a tannish color. Excellent looking beer.

S - Lot's of malt up front, as well as roasted characters. A strong aroma of cocoa is present, and just a hint of smokiness.

T - Great tasting beer. All the aromas are noted in the taste, especially the malt and cocoa. The smoky taste is definitely noticeable, but not in an overpowering way. I think it really compliments the strong bock taste. This beast is 9.5% ABV, so a small amount of alcohol heat was noticed in the aftertaste. Not unpleasant, and actually went well with the wings I was eating.

F - It's a bock, so it's thick and can be tough on the stomach. Not a bad feeling beer, and it paired well with wings, and I'd imagine with most good flavored food. Not something I'd want to chug, but that's how it is w/ bock's.

O - A pretty darn good beer. I really view this more as a doppelbock w/ some smoke rather than a Rauch. Very suprised it's ranked as low as it is. Not quite as good as Sam Adams' Double Bock, but it's still a quality beer. Lot's of taste, lot's of power, and pairs well with food. Highly recommend for any fans of bocks/doppelbocks or extreme beers.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle, Batch no. 1. Sampled on April 23, 2012. It was served at about 47-48 degrees Fahrenheit. It pours an attractive medium to dark amber with ruby red highlights flickering in the light along with a long lasting, foamy beige head. There are caramel and other malts on the nose along with an inviting smokiness, light yeast, and a touch of alcohol. The body is medium to bold. The taste is just as smoky as the aroma with a full bitterness, well-integrated alcohol, and and a near dry ending. A likable beer.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 1.5" rusty beige head of medium life. The body is burnt umber brown in masstone but a nice deep amber held to the light. It smells of rich malt and mild smoke. Then the taste flips that around with medium rich malt and dominant smoke. I've had a few other smoked beers and while others have that deep porter-like belly satisfaction this one I find more of a refreshing easy drinking version. I quite liked it, and it's one of the better limited release experiments from the makers of Sam, so I don't quite get why it didn't score better with others.

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Photo of Suds
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love a good smoked beer. This one is a dark amber color with an off-white head. Nice clarity. The aroma is fantastic....campfire...wood, smoke, charcoal, and some underlying roasty malts. Sweet at the foretaste, with more malt character. Great balance. This beer avoids the pitfalls of a lot of smoked beers...that is, it's not hollow, astringent, or acrid. It's a really enjoyable and well made smoked beer. Great body, and very easy to drink.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed this bottle of Batch #1 today at Shaws while food-shopping, for $6.99. Was sitting right there, so why not?!?

Ok, two-thirds of the bottle fill an imperial nonic... Cinder has a lovely clear, copper color. Carbonation is light and dispersed, and the head is tan, thin and fine. Lacing isn't too heavy, yet leaves some nice stick. The aroma is great, with some lightly sweet caramel laying a base for a solid hit of "rauch"! This one is quite smooth, and the body is easily a medium, almost getting into the realm of chewyness.

Malty sweetness hits the palate, with a bit of caramel and hints of brown sugar. The smoked malts are at a nice level, being neither a bowl of bacon nor just subtle smoke. There is smidge of florality near the finish, but the smoke and malty sweetness carry the day. As with the other Sammy experimental biers lately, I like this, though I wish this was more in the $5 range. Having had a number of Rauchbiers while in Franken, I feel this one is a worthy offering. Still, a solid Rauch, though they should have snagged a more unique name than that of the dearly departed Heavyweight. Zum Wohl!!

4.1/5 rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of Spider889
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #1, poured into a Kirta Halbe stange.

The beer is a bright and clear cherrywood color. The head (under a controlled pour) still reached over a finger in height and threatened much more if desired. A nice wall of lace plasters the glass. Overall a very nice beer to sit and admire from afar.

The aroma is thankfully restrained for a Rauchbier. So few breweries can manage to properly harness a strong smoke flavor/aroma I am happier to see balance than get a nose full of dirty campfire smoke that chokes and stings and hurts the stomach.

White oak and toasty wheat greet you first, and then the aroma turns to a modest helping of caramel and Vienna-esque maltiness. Smooth.

As you take your first sip the beer is at first disappointingly non-smokey. A faint bitterness and odd soapy flavor are the first thing you notice. I sat back and let this guy warm up for ten minutes before going back for more. Now, the flavor has opened up somewhat, showcasing chewy grainy malts and an earthy woody smoke flavor. No meat or gut-wrenching ash here - again Sam Adams has demonstrated their knack for balance. And while this is a quality that is often detrimental in their IPAs, here it is most welcome.

The back of the label calls this a double bock - I'm not sure if the intent was to brew a smokey doppelbock or to just double up on a bock creating a stronger beer (and at 9.45% I'd say they achieved a definite heaftiness). I'd be inclined to assume the later, but the smoke is potent enough to mask some of the nuance that one usually looks for in a true doppelbock. What you are left with is a nice balanced toasty bread flavor along with some caramel and balancing bitterness.

The mouthfeel is smooth and chewy, and the alcohol is very well hidden. The texture of the beer on the palate is a lingering sticky smoked wort flavor.

Overall I am pretty impressed here. I really wanted to like this but after the Baltic IPA I was feeling disenfranchised with the series. What I really wish though is that Sam Adams bottle dated these beers, because I want more Tasman Red but hesitate to fall prey to a months-old bottle with faded hops.

Either way, at $4.99 this is a really affordable bomber and well worth the money spent.

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Cinder Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.