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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 mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 03/03/12 notes. My girlfriend liked this one up at EBF so we bought a bottle. 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark amber color with two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smell's of smokey malts, dark fruits, toasted and roasted malts, burnt malts. Not a ton going on aside from some smokey malts.

t - Tastes of light smoke, sweet dark fruits, light brown sugar, roasted and toasted malts, bready malts. Better then the nose; some nice sweet fruit.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Nice body and easy to drink; definitely doesn't feel like 9.45% ABV.

o - Overall a nice rauchbier. The nose is a little one dimensional but the taste is really nice; it's lightly smokey and fruity. Would have it again.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep red color with a tan head. The aroma is definitely that of a smoked beer. I get a ton of meaty BBQ-like smoke, as well as a little bit of roasted malt. The flavor follows suit. There are a lot of burnt malts, as well as as good dose of smoke and a little bit of sweetness from the toffee or caramel malt. Still, this beer is all about the smoke and it definitely delivers on that front. I don't get any alcohol, which is surprising since the beer is nearly 10 percent. Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Stange glass.

Look – deep red color, clear, with about two fingers’ worth of khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell – definitely smells like there’s a good blend between the hops and malts. Has almost a more spice-like aroma, like a pumpkin spice or something along those lines.

Taste – definitely seems to have a more spice-like taste, but the bitterness of the noble hobs comes into play around the middle of the tasting and doesn’t leave. Interesting complexity at the beginning, after which the smokiness does seem to reveal itself a bit.

Mouthfeel – pretty well-balanced overall, but does tend to lean a little bit toward the watery side.

Overall – not a bad tasting brew at all, and decently interesting to sample.

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Photo of RTEdmunds
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oh wow this looks sexy. Deep reddish-amber color, foamy head.

Smells smokey, as expected. I also detect something that smells like beef jerky spices? Kind of odd, maybe it's just me.

I can taste the beef jerkyish flavor as well. Not very bitter at all. The sugars that compliment it are dark... remind me of molasses or something. Can definitely taste the alcohol. A bit of a metallic aftertaste.

Moderate carbonation, and surprisingly smooth. This is more drinkable than I expected.

My first encounter with a Rauchbier. It's intriguing, but the alcohol was a little overpowering and the metallicy aftertaste was a turnoff.

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Photo of Gmann
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear dark amber color with a tight creamy head that left a sheet of lacing on the glass as it dissipated.

The aroma is a bit metallic and rusty. Some light sweet grain as well as some light smoke. Along with the smoke, there is a subtle hint of wet wood. Not overly smokey.

The flavor is grainy with an overall general fruitiness. Touch of honey. Pretty good bock flavor. The smokey flavor hides in the background and is used to add a layer to the bock flavor, which is nice but I would prefer a touch more smoke. The smoke brings some rust and wood notes. There is a noticable alcohol flavor which isn't all that pleasant. I guess they were going with a dopplebock base, though the malt seems a tad thin for that style.

The feel is light and crisp. Mainly sweet on the palate with a light earthy bitterness; finishes on the astringent side. Perhaps a tad sticky as well. Noticable belly burn from the ABV.

The ABV totally killed what would otherwise be a nice bock. Noticable alcohol flavor and burn; just not needed.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Bomber bottle labelled Batch No. 1. Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass slightly chilled.

Appearance: Light caramel brown in color and pretty clear with a light brown head that recedes almost immediately. No lacing left on top.

Aroma: The first clear note that comes off is smoked meat, particularly bacon, but it is not overpowering and gives way quickly to some dark fruits and caramel sweetness. A touch of smoke, but nothing overpowering.

Taste: A strong smoke note hits first, notes of barbeque and smoked meat. As the smoke note fades a bit, the bock character of the beer really starts to shine. Nice caramel and molasses notes lend a nice sweetness. Finishes a bit sweet and a bit smoky. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Not as creamy as I would expect for the style and ABV, which is nicely hidden.

Overall, a nice and drinkable beer, especially at this ABV and for this style. The rauchbier notes are not overdone at all, but they could be a bit more, however they blend nicely with the bock notes. Nicely done and good for the price. Not sure if I would get it regularly, but definitely something I'm glad I tried.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a russet-brown color with a 2" off-white head that reduces with minimal lacing.

Has a smokey, sweet aroma, with molasses, tangy fruit, and tons of BBQ and hickory. It's like the burnt sauce on a set of ribs.

Sweet, with a fair amount of alcohol, this starts thick and malty, with dark fruits, brown sugar, and a tangy, smokey finish, with hints of sweet lime and orange.

Definitely a full bodied brew, this leaves the tongue feeling slightly dry and tacky.

A decent, if not strong Rauch beer. The smokiness is not too overpowering to still get a decent idea of this beer's bock backbone. However, I'm finding it to be getting a bit too sweet as I get further through this brew.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very dark copper-brown beer, with a small head that fades away to nothing at all very shortly. Smokiness comes through in the nose, sharply phenolic, without much maltiness. The taste on the other hand, is very heavily malty, together with harsh fusel alcohol notes. Smoke is certainly present, but this beer lacks the superbly tasty smokiness of the classic Schlenkerla. It would be better represented in a less strong beer, I think.

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

I admit a certain amount of trepidation, since rauchbiers are not one of my favorite styles. However, the aromas of Cinder Bock are quite pleasant, and while they do feature a good helping of the liquid smoke and campfire notes that I associate with the style, the nose is nicely balanced by dark sugars (fig, molasses) and dark breads (marble rye, toasted wheat crust). There's even a touch of vanilla and honey in there. Overall, I'm (at least so far) impressed by this brew, and while I do wish that the smokiness was a little more dampened, I don't find it as offputting as I do in other rauchbiers.

On the tongue, the beer starts off deep and smoky, the first tastes to hit the tongue much like the smoky part of, say, a smoked turkey, if you somehow removed the turkey. These flavors bring to mind campfires, charcoal brisquets, ash. A strong wave of sugars almost instantly joins, bringing caramel, fig, brown sugar, molasses, and vanilla, as well as some orange and berry and helps to soften the smoky blow. More marble rye breads follow, and the beer has a distinct spicy, peppery quality, biting at the tongue. A tinge of vodka does mar the brew somewhat, the huge flavors still not quite capable of coping with the 9.4% ABV. And even through the sugars and breads, a wave of smoke rolls over everything, sometimes catalyzing, sometimes masking, as it does in the aftertaste, which reminds me strongly of drinking a sugary stout while sucking in a cloud of piney campfire smoke. The aftertaste does last for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, I like the beer, despite my problems with the style. The smoke notes here are still too strong for my tastes, but they are nicely balanced (except in the aftertaste) by lovely, sugary dark fruit esters, and for most of the mouthful neatly complement the brew. So well made is the beer that even subsequent mouthfuls don't lose their potency or nuance, assuring a smooth drink for the entire bottle. Worth trying.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Clear amber carbonated two finger head

S-Beef Jerky, smokiness

T-Beef jerky, smokey, not much bitterness, chocolate and coffee

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation

O-At the end of it the flavor was too off for it be enjoyable, their Bonfine Rauch was better than this.

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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 lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This attractive beer was a dark ruby/mahogany color with a thick tan head. There was a little bit of lace.

Smoky aroma. Caramel malt. Very sweet. These all worked well together, making a very pleasant aroma.

Taste followed aroma very closely. Strong toffee and caramel with a smoky background.

Enjoyable, medium-bodied. Maybe a little on the sweet side. I liked it.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a nice clue ruby copper color. There is about a 2-finger head resting on top. The head has pretty good retention, and it leaves some lace behind clinging to the glass.

S - The nose has a good amount of sweet toasted maltiness, as well as a nice smoke presence. There is some caramel, smoked meat, and a little bit of a hop aroma.

T - The taste follows the nose pretty well. It starts off with some toasted malt and caramel flavor. That is immediately followed by a nice meaty smokiness. There is a small amount of fruitiness and a touch of booziness as well. The finish leaves some lingering smokiness and toasted malt flavor behind on the palate.

M - This has a body that is on the heavier side of medium and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. There some toasted malt sweetness and a nice amount of smoke. I little bit of booze warmth on the back end.

O - This has good drinkability. It has nice flavor, and I could easily have a few pints of this. Overall, I think this is a solid beer and a nice example of the style. The booze is well hidden for being as high as it is. I just think this is a nice and interesting beer. I recommend trying it out. I would buy it again.

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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 beergoot
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very clear, dark red amber color with a one-finger thick, off-white head.

Aroma smells of smoke, heavy and bread-like malt, with some piney hop notes.

A wonderful, dough-like bread and malt taste up front, followed with a soft bitterness. A very noticeable alcohol taste/warmth finishes things.

The mouthfeel is exceptional. Smooth, soft and velvety, nearly chewy. Medium to light-heavy in body. Most extraordinary!

A very interesting rauchbier creation. I didn't find the smokiness particularly noticeable in the taste (like some of Bamberg's best rauchbier offerings), but the complex taste and exceptionally smooth mouthfeel makes this beer stand out, to me. No, this isn't a Schlenkerla, but this is its own unique take on the rauchbier style.

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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 Jimmys
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of Chico1985
2.99/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of ryanonline
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer has a deep dark brown hue to it with a strong red background. lots of off white foamy head that dissipates quickly.

smells smokey and slightly heavy on the rye presence. Light on the hops.

taste is the same, heavier on the smoke. bit of sweetness too.

mouthfeel is slightly spritzy and dryish, overall still sweet though.

this has a truly remarkable drinkability, given the flavorful and high alcohol nature of this beer.

I approve.

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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 BeerResearcher
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of ksimons
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-a clear dark redish amber with a good amount of white head that sticks to the glass and leaves a nice layer of lace throughout

S-malty and smoky! Smells sort of liked smoked bacon

T-The taste is similar to the smell, a lot of smoke from this one with a big malt backbone. Some sweet caramel as well.

M-medium body, good carbonation, light smoky aftertaste

Overall I like these new additions to Sam Adams, they are kind of fun and different from the normal offerings. This one is another nice addition to the group.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours thin, a deep amber brown; thich fluffy head seetles into a bubbly foam, leaving lots of lace

S: some caramel/toffee, some fruit/citrus; malt

T: sweet with notes of smoke and spice - a pretty darn good taste - maybe a little sweeter than I expected, but with a nice blend of flavors - reminds me a little of scotch, too

M: a thin beer, no astringency, mild carbonation

O: a good choice - not a heavy beer, but with some kick (abv-wise) - smooth drinking and enjoyable

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Photo of rdilauro
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I really want sure what to expect with this one. I've been tasting several of the Samuel Adams from Boston Beer Company editions and each one has had its surprises.

I assumed that being a Bock, it was going to be full bodied, low in carbonation, hardly any crispness and lacking of hops.

When I taste new beers or wines, I never read the labels or any other review. I dont want to be influenced by what someone else stated.

The aroma of this one was average, malty, but what I would normally expect from a bock. But then the first sip!, I could have be next to a camp fire. The smoky taste was right there , up front, very pronounced but at the same type not over powering. I couldnt wait until the second sip. Now, I appreciated the smoky flavour so much more. I only wish I had some good smoked ribs or steak to go with this one

The finish was just right for this one.

When I talk about this beer to some of the customers, I will talk about the smoke flavour. Its the same thing I do when a customer is looking for a Sauvignon Blanc, and I explain the differences between California, Washington State and New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs. The ones from New Zealand are loaded with citrus and its almost like biting into a fresh pink grapefruit.

This is one I will be again and put some away for later on

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