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Cinder Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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434 Ratings

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Ratings: 434
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:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2012)
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Photo of StaveHooks


3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in a Allagash cervoise glass

Batch - 1

A - Dark brown tea colored body with 2 fingers of yellowish tan head. Bubbles are fine and stick to the glass quite well. Excellent retention for such a high abv.

S - Toasted bread, faint smokiness in the background, some fruity yeast wrapped in a hefty malt bill, toasted caramel, smokey molasses, candied bacon

T - Sweet upfront followed by salty caramel, molasses, brown bread, sticky dried dark fruits, smoke is very faint is only an accent to the strong malt base. Finishes sticky, nutty, and sweet.

M - Full bodied, creamy carbonation, sweet rich finish.

Sweeter than expected. Wish the smoke showed up a bit more. It needed another balancing component to combat the malts. Drinks very easy for such a high ABV. I would have never have guessed his to be ABV 9.4.
Not sure how old this is but I think batch - 1's smoke has faded.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 22:05:23 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of TimoP


4/5  rDev +12%

02-07-2012 00:45:22 | More by TimoP
Photo of TheSarge


4/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this brew into a tiny .3L dimple beer stein, and the brew produces a strong two finger thick foam noggin, and the body is cleanly filtered with a deep ruby red and copper color.

Sure enough, this beer is a rauch one. The aroma is woody, with peat smoke, some hints of sweet caramel, and bacon.

Lots of smoky summer sausage up front, some sweetness in the middle like toffee and caramel, but finishes off smoky strong.

Feels moderately carbonated, warming to the palate.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 06:18:58 | More by TheSarge
Photo of jaidenjb


4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

02-19-2012 02:30:38 | More by jaidenjb
Photo of JayS2629


3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful mahogany with awesome clarity, a thick, two finger white head that fades slowly and leaves nice walls of lace.

The aroma has deep campfire/bacon-like aroma balanced with a bit of burnt toffee, fresh bread, and caramel.

a dash of roast, a touch of cocoa, and loads of caramel and burnt toffee creates the bottom. Smoke fills the throughout with a nice earthy balance.

Medium bodied, full, smooth

Overall, an interesting and great tasting beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 13:56:34 | More by JayS2629
Photo of schoolboy


4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 23:59:12 | More by schoolboy
Photo of Chico1985


3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Despite the awful name, always interested in trying a new lager from Sam Adams.

Pours an amber color with some orangeish highlights. Off-white head is huge for a while, eventually coming down to a half finger. Good retention and lace.

Smell is pretty weak. Really just slight smoky ham, just enough to let you know it's a rauchbier. A bit metallic.

Smoky malts, salty ham and campfire are up front but overbearing, medium strength I'd say, comes off as a little artificial. The doppelbock side doesn't really come through, though caramel+toasty malts and some dark fruit are noticeable.

High on the carbonation but a decent mouthfeel. Feels like a big beer but it does hide its alcohol quite well.

Not bad but uninteresting overall. Not much complexity and a bland smokiness, rauchbiers are not known to be easy drinking but a bomber of this solo is a haul.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 13:25:23 | More by Chico1985
Photo of Mdog


3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark red-brown, good head that fades somewhat quickly.

Smell: Starts fruity then the smoke comes through.

Taste: Mild fruit and caramel sweetness, smoke comes late and lingers in the finish.

Overall: A pretty nice double bock with smoked flavor enhancements. The smoke is a complimentary flavor instead of overpowering everything, and I think it works pretty well. It didn't feel as strong as the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 20:59:51 | More by Mdog
Photo of BigTrubble

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -9%

07-07-2012 01:03:22 | More by BigTrubble
Photo of RickS95


3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the bomber almost thickish. Dark ruby leather brown. Opaque. The head is gorgeous...very thick, uniform bubbles, bright white, I think you could hold up a quarter with how stout it looks. Good retention, slight lace as it gradually dwindles to a thin ring.

Alcohol, caramel and smoke. The alcohol leads but is quickly met by the balancing act of caramel mats and smoke.

While not as refined as a German, I like the smokey quality on the tongue. Tastes like there's some dark ripe fruits in the background. But it's mostly a wet bark, smoky flavor that's imparted.

There's a looseness to it and the aftertaste is a bit strange. None of the flavors are what I'd call sharp and that lends itself to the loose feeling I get. Obviously smokey, slightly sweet, acidic. Tart aftertaste. Slight heat from the alcohol intensifies the smokey feeling.

Not a bad beer from what I'd consider an overrated brewer. Loose around the edges, but not a bad beer. High ABV that's reasonably well hidden. You can smell and taste the ABV, but it kind of sneaks up on you. Overall, between average and good.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 03:29:24 | More by RickS95
Photo of BeerResearcher


4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PT. 6oz fancy dark brown bottle. Batch 1.
Served in a tall stein.
Pours a dark tannish amber color with a fast-rising, and fast-fading beige head.

Sniff fast to enjoy the peaty, smoke smell while the bubbly head is active. Smells of sweet malt, molasses, resinous and tea-like hops roll forward. A light whiff of bourbon and snuffed campfire lingers throughout.

The flavors are all familiar, yet unique in their combination.
It's malty, hoppy, smoky, nutty, malty (again), peaty, sweet and a bit boozy. What's unusual is, that despite its ever-present smokiness, all of the other flavors emerge independently and are easily noticed. It may be a tad overly brown sugar sweet, but that's the nature of a Doppelbock. On the other hand, it's a bit hoppy for a Rauch. I can live with all that, being that Cinder Bock is a style unto itself.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 14:17:34 | More by BeerResearcher
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -16%

06-30-2013 20:00:45 | More by kristougher
Photo of Tilley4


3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The SA one-offs have been hit and miss with me. One of them will blow me away and the next one I try leaves me wondering what the hell is going on.

Very sweet, almost dopplebock-like aromas masked by hints of smoke. The smoke is very subtle here. Definitely more sweet caramel malts than I was expecting. Not a bad thing, but just different than I thought it would be.

Big doses of sweet caramel maltiness... Almost like chewing on a Brach's Caramel or something. I like those caramels... This? I'm not so sure... It just seems a little too sweet for the style. I want a Rauch to be smoky and meaty with just hints of sweetness and a nice dry smoky finish... This reminds me of their Double Bock.

Just ok for me... I didn't dislike it, so don't get me wrong here. I just.... felt like it could have been a lot better? Not enough smoke for my tastes...

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 20:32:27 | More by Tilley4
Photo of Gww1864

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16%

04-20-2013 04:02:44 | More by Gww1864
Photo of Jimmys


4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pretty unique shaped bomber into short stemmed tulip. bottle claims this as "Batch No. 1". not sure if this means batch number 1 of the limited series or batch number 1 of Cinder Bock.

A: clear body. very bright ruby red hue. head is reddish-white and frothy. retention and lacing are good.

S: smells like a big glass of cooked bacon. sweet wisps of caramel malt. must have used a sizable portion of caramel 60 to compete with the smoked malt.

T: flavor is bitter at first for a fleeting moment. moves to sweet and smoky BBQ-like flavors that are rather pleasant. a sweet malt underlies the smoke and reminds me that there is a big bock back there as well.

M: mellow/average carbonation on a big body.

D: im a sucker for smoke and this brew does not disappoint. smokey-sweet flavors makes for one of the biggest rauchbiers i have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 14:47:45 | More by Jimmys
Photo of hiphopj5


3/5  rDev -16%

06-21-2012 15:37:32 | More by hiphopj5
Photo of rderedin


2.75/5  rDev -23%

07-21-2012 23:21:20 | More by rderedin
Photo of mpalestino


3.5/5  rDev -2%

08-06-2013 20:40:02 | More by mpalestino
Photo of phishbone23

New York

3.25/5  rDev -9%

01-23-2013 19:47:01 | More by phishbone23
Photo of bzach


4/5  rDev +12%

10-16-2012 07:05:50 | More by bzach
Photo of jzlyo


4.25/5  rDev +19%

01-06-2014 23:35:33 | More by jzlyo
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased at Shaw's in North Hampton. Pours a amber-red crystal-clear body with a good inch of khaki-colored head that sticks to the sides of the glass leaving some rather nice lacing. Smoke, banana, and nut waft from the aroma. Wood/smoke, banana, nut, and caramel hit the palate. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Definitely a bit of a sipper, but Damn tasty and definitely disappears before I wish it had.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 01:06:21 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

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
Photo of DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.25/5  rDev +19%

08-21-2012 16:24:29 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

01-09-2013 11:44:47 | More by rowingbrewer
Cinder Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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