Cinder Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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1.7/5 rDev -52.2%
This was the most unusual (and unpleasant) flavor I have ever tasted in a beer. Way too smoky for my taste. While I love many of the Sam Adams varieties, this beer is among my least favorites. I would definitely not recommend this one. The ABV at 9.4% is enticing but the flavor is a turn-off.
07-07-2012 22:28:33 | More by MikeW51
2.03/5 rDev -43%
22oz into a mug
Red/dark red/reddish brown color with a half finger head. Head dissipated quickly. Lacing is strong and maintains for a while. Looks like dirty sewage water.
Smells like liquid smoke and dehydrated meat.
Tastes of molasses, alcohol and beef jerky. It's an odd flavor, quite strong, very warming, not the best option on a hot summer day.
Mouth feel is good. Not too crisp, as one would expect from the style, but not too much like syrup. There's a good balance on this aspect.
Kind of forgettable for the style. Pretty much what one would expect from reading any reviews of rauchbier, but not really a great example of the style. The high abv for such a low price helps out, but really not even a good introductory beer for the style. Certainly NOT a session beer.
07-04-2012 19:48:46 | More by HarrySTruman
2.08/5 rDev -41.6%
1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; I don't know that Sam Adams can pull off a rauchbier properly. Batch number 1. 9.4% ABV.
Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and okay retention considering the high ABV. Colour is a dark nontransparent amber. Not at all opaque. Appears overcarbonated.
Sm: Hops, light smoke, toffee, and caramel. A weak aroma that isn't particularly appealing. No real presence. My suspicions have changed from overcarbonation to undercarbonation.
T: Artifical cherry on the open (somewhat syrupy). Clean malts comprise the boring dull foundation. Where's the smoke? There's hardly any caramelization present, let alone the baconey roasted smokey goodness rauchbiers are supposed to contain. This is sheer garbage considering the style. No yeast or alcohol come through. Hints of toffee are the best aspect of the beer. Simple boring and bland. Not at all complex or subtle. What were they thinking?
Mf: Undercarbonated. Smooth, wet, and thin (the exact opposite of what a rauchbier should be). Doesn't suit the flavours well at all. Very poorly done.
Dr: Hard to drink on account of how garbage it is. Not only does it not satisfy the style, it just sucks outright. I'd never have this again, and I'd caution my friends from getting it. A severe disappointment from Sam Adams.
04-27-2012 03:44:06 | More by kojevergas
2.28/5 rDev -36%
Portion of a 22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter. From notes.
A: Pours a dark burgundy color. The head is a one finger offwhite color with acceptable retention.
S: Wow this smells sweet - lots of caramel and brown sugar coalesce in the aroma, with only a hint of smoke. Still a nice smelling beer.
T: At first, this is a decent bock, with pleasant caramel and only a touch of smoke...only for it to finish in an awful manner; this honest-to-God tastes like a damn fart on the back end. After a few sips (or, as many sips as I could handle), it becomes less farty and more chocolaty, but it's still rather unpleasant.
M: Really heavy on the tongue, with unpleasantly lingering flavors. This could have been acceptable if it finished just a touch cleaner, anything to kill the aftertaste.
O: These SA small batch beers have been pretty damn hit or miss, haven't they? This was pretty bad, to the point where I couldn't finish it - hell, I needed something to clean my damn palate with just to get the taste of fart out of my mouth. On the plus side, it's a few tweaks away from being OK...so...uh...keep at it Sam Adams, I guess.
09-29-2012 00:21:36 | More by ThisWangsChung
2.33/5 rDev -34.6%
Poured in a wellington glass.
Appearance: Dark amber, 1" tan head drops after a sip or two.
Smell: Yes it smells, if you think it has an aroma you must be hungry this beer smells of shish-kebabs and steaks. Super-smoked and hardcore meats on top of a wooden-chipped BBQ.
Taste: I am being real with you I try all beers before I judge them but this beer does not taste like your normal "beer". It hints of smoked meat over a fire just like the name of it and an after taste which doesn't leave till after time or after a meal to water it down.
Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation, sticks to your mouth unfortunately...Sam Adams must have been running the experiment of a lifetime to massively distribute this beer.
Overall: Better than it's bonfire predecessor but just like that beer this one does have a purpose besides making your face squirm, I would definitely use it in a marinade which it probably would excel in. I have had worse beers in my life but with the label of Sam Adams this is by far at the bottom of the list. If I had a slogan it would be "looks good taste morbid"
03-12-2012 00:51:46 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Cinder Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.