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Cinder Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
81
good

443 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 443
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 17.98%
Wants: 19
Gots: 31 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2012)
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2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

Boilerfood, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of THECPJ
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

THECPJ, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into a strange glass

Appearance- Pours a lightly hazed light brown/copper color with a thick three finger cream colored head. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a medium level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The smell is smoky and roasty with notes of sweetness. A roasted malt and lightly burnt aroma is mixed with smoke and nuts and a sweet smell of molasses and caramel.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and roasted malt flavor. It initially has only a light caramel sweetness, but toward the middle and the end the caramel grows stronger in nature with it being joined by some brown sugar flavors as well. A smoke flavor starts out the taste quite strong only to fade in the middle of the taste and reemerge later at the end of the taste with greater intensity. With the increase in sweetness and smoke toward the end of the taste so too comes a light nutty flavor and a slight warming alcohol flavor. When all flavors are combined in the end, they leaves a pleasant warming toasty sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is quite chewy and thick complimenting quite nicely all the roasted, smoke, and nut flavors of the brew. The carbonation level also suited most of the flavors quite nicely as it was on the lower side with it enhanced both the thickness of the body as well as created a more warming feel when combined with the alcohol flavors of the brew.

Overall – This is a rather enjoyable brew. It has a good blend of toast, smoke, sweet, nut and booze with a chewy and thick body that suits the flavors rather nicely.

Darkmagus82, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of ajdemma
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

ajdemma, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of AmitC
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

AmitC, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of vcoggins
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

vcoggins, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of boudreaux
3/5  rDev -15.7%

boudreaux, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of chefhatt
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a glass, it has a red amber color body with a 2' tan creamy head to it. The aroma is of a smoky, malty ness to it. The taste has a rich deep smoke flavor followed by a sweetness malt on the back of the tongue. The mouth feel is bold and full, it grips the taste bud very well with the smokyness and sweetness. Overall this is a really good beer, great flavor and balance. Great job Saumel adams.

chefhatt, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of rmargeson
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

rmargeson, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is dark reddish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that died down and left a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately aromas of smoked malts in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of smoky flavors along with some hints of the underlying caramel malts. There are some hints of sweetness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a little thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer definitely feels somewhat filling (like a doppelbock) but manages to hide its alcohol extremely well. It's a good selection if you want something that is like a meal in itself but isn't too smoky.

metter98, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of falloutsnow
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Tenuta's, WI
Date: None on bottle
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Boston Beer has an interesting brew with Cinder Bock, a heavily smoked lager of nearly triple bock strength. The smoke, fire, and caramel malt elements are strong in the beer, but so is the ethanol, limiting the enjoyment of this beer. While I enjoyed the Cinder Bock, I found the ethanol too dominant in the taste, despite being remarkably absent from the aroma. If this were toned down a bit, I would happily check this beer out again; as it stands, I'm glad I tried it, but would probably return to something more balanced from Schlenkerla for a rauchbier fix.

Pours a substantial 2.5cm tall head of beige to light tan foam, composed of small bubbles that make up a fairly dense-looking combination. Head retention is about average, lasting a minute or slightly longer, fading to a thick ring around the glass with a large island of wispy foam capping the body on the center of the glass. The lacing left is good, if a bit patchy, with thick lines and dots left sporadically along the walls of the glass. Body is a dark brown to very dark copper, with light bringing out orange-brown hues. Body is hazy, nearly opaque from suspended yeast, with carbonation visible streaming along the center and sides of the glass.

Aroma is of beechwood-smoked malt, substantial caramel-like malt sweetness, with a bit of barbecue sauce and very slight hints of chocolate. Very deep, rich, and rather pleasing, the hearty bock components of this beer work well with the complex smokiness.

Front of palate is gently smoky, with rich caramel malts and a touch of milk chocolate. Mid-palate is substantially smoky from the malts, which is richly enhanced by the deep caramel-like malt sweetness. Barbecue sauce aspect adds some tanginess from molasses-vinegar analogues. As the beer warms, ethanol becomes somewhat apparent here, detracting from the other flavors. Back of palate notices spicy ethanol, particularly when the beer is warmer, along with a bit of pepperiness, more modest smoked malt, campfire/smoke, and barbecue sauce-like tanginess. Aftertaste is of barbecue sauce tanginess with smoked malt, campfire, lingering sweetness, and ethanol.

Beer is heavy in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, leading to a slightly fizzy mouthfeel that foams up quickly, leading to a latter-half feel that is smooth and somewhat creamy. Ethanol can be felt in the nostrils and back of throat, which is somewhat disappointing given the malt intensity in this beer.

falloutsnow, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of VALIS666
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet smokiness all the way through from the nose through the taste, like backyard barbeque brisket that’s been smoking under coats of sauce all day. Nice creamy head, deep red color. Not a taste I’d want all the time but a good beer in that style. Sweetens dramatically as it warms.

VALIS666, Feb 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

moistnugget, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of jsanford
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

jsanford, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear red colored beer with a medium sized tan colored head.

Sweet and nutty bock with some smoke and medicine aromas. Reminds me a bit of smoked almonds. Good but not overpowering smoke aroma.

Starts out sweet and smoky. Slight sourness and a decent amount of bitterness. Sweetness is almost too much, but there is enough hop and smoke to keep it in check. Alcohol is well hidden but you can feel it in your chest..

Mouthfeel is very full.

Overall, good beer but it could be a little less sweet.

Zorro, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of IHyphySF
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got this beer and haven't had much craft stuff that Sam Adams has put out so this will be a fun surprise. I poured into a pint glass

A - Dark brown, Maple syrup, Dark amber hue which pours out with a thick tan/light brown head which poured 3/4 of the way has a head of the rest of the glass.

S - Upon pouring has tons of smoke, soy sauce/dashi broth and a burnt smell of caramel.

T - Interesting and tastes completely different from what it smells like. Little smoke flavor up front which then the overwhelming flavors of fruit like a Belgium style would hit and the 9.4 abv really shows. The Japanese soup broth comes out on this because of the smoke and reminds me of shaved smoked bonito taste. The malt comes out and has a sweet aftertaste of honey which makes this really nice

M - Misleading from the initial pour which i would think it would be more carbonated but drinks really easily. It leaves a residue that sticks around in your mouth.

O - Was pretty surprised how easily this is to drink and the sweetness at the end. This has been one of the best bocks i have tried and if i saw this on tap i would venture to try it again. The smoke and initial taste on this is kinda strange but when the aftertaste hits it starts to become pleasant.

IHyphySF, Jan 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

KiMiRaiK, Jan 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

JustinSamuelson, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

harpus, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of rowingbrewer
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

rowingbrewer, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is #27 on the "Top Beers - Rauchbier" list on beeradvocate.com. Not a great location but I thought it was a decent beer. Beer is ruby red with a thin tan head of small and medium bubbles, no lacing, moderate retention, looks fine.

Aroma is smokey and a little sweet with a nice body behind it.

Beer is medium in body, a little sweet, a little smoky, not over the top, a decent beer by my estimation. THe finish is nice as well, not dry. I'd consider having it again.

drabmuh, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of jasker
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

jasker, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle pours orange-red-amber with a large and very durable tan head.

Smokey aroma allows a fruity and malty base to come through. The flavor is more smokey, however, and ultimately, only the smokey flavor remain.

M: medium-full body with near perfect carbonation. Creamy smooth.

O: a bit too smokey for my taste, but certainly not over the top for a rauchbier.

chinchill, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of tbizzle0
4/5  rDev +12.4%

tbizzle0, Dec 26, 2012
Cinder Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 443 ratings.