Cinder Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.4/5 rDev -4.5%
Nice ruby color but no head to speak of. My main impression is that this is a very sweet Bock! The smell is sugary instead of smoky--not ideal--and the base beer is also too much caramel and booze for me. Nice hickory-beech smoke, but I would turn the sweet-sticky characteristics down a LOT before I would drink this beer again. Glad to see the attempt at the style, though!
11-15-2012 03:07:06 | More by lstokes
2.93/5 rDev -17.7%
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.
11-08-2012 17:39:45 | More by WastingFreetime
4/5 rDev +12.4%
I poured from a bomber into a tulip, dark pour with a very large white head, light lacing. Ton of smoke on the nose. Lots of roasted, smokey flavors, thick and chewey. Full bodied, good carbonation, the 9% abv is well hidden. A very enjoyable rauch beer from SA.
11-01-2012 01:30:13 | More by bonkers
2.9/5 rDev -18.5%
Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.
This was possibly my most anticipated of the single batch releases thus far, save for Verloren. Let's get our smoke on, shall we? This stuff pours a clear russet-amber topped by a finger of ashy cream foam. The nose comprises mild beech smoke, light caramel, and a twinge of cocoa. The taste is a surprising barrage of sweetness, with caramel, light cocoa, and buttercream melding with some mild-though-substantial booze to form a harsh assault on the tongue. Throughout, a vein of mild smoke pervades, a mixture of hickory and beech, but it never comes close to even matching the sweetness nor does it ever get to stand on its own. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a lightly syrupy feel, and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a decent rauchbier, but one that comes across too sweet and not-smoky-enough for its own good.
10-31-2012 15:02:58 | More by TMoney2591
Cinder Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 439 ratings.