Cinder Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 454
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 17.93%
Wants: 19
Gots: 35 | 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 Pencible
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear reddish mahogany with lots of light tan head.
S: It smelled like smoky roasted barley, with some earthy caramel and ham.
T: It tasted like smoky roasted barley and whole grain bread, with a little caramel and copper hops. It had a clean and earthy and sweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with moderate smooth carbonation. Great full but slick body.
D: This was a very nice rauchbier that had plenty of character, but not over-the-top smoke. The scent and taste were nicely balanced, and the body was excellent. The alcohol was well hidden, and the finish was smooth, so it was very easy to drink. Perfect beer for a cookout or camping. Recommended.

Photo of jmathis
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.6/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours an attractive crimson color with a large cap of tan head. Lacing is fucking in its immense coverage. Retention is great as well. I am not sure I have ever giver a perfect score on appearance before, but damn, this one is money, cash, hoes.

Nose is sweet, a little too sweet for a rauchbier. Tons of caramel, taffy and toffee. Smoke is disappointingly light.

Taste is somewhere in between a SA Chocolate Bock and a Shiner Smokehaus. Just waaay to sweet for this kind of style...hell, any style really. One could only dream it would be like a Schlenkerla Urbock, but that is not even in the same galaxy, not to mention ballpark. I have been moderately impressed with whatever this series of 22 oz beers BBC has been putting out lately (Tasman, Griffins Bow, Dark Depths, etc..), but this one is the bottom of the dung heap for me. Too sweet, overly sweet, not enough smoke and did I mention ridiculously sweet? Dont think I can finish one on my own...Im afraid I might wake up with type I diabetes.

Photo of goblue3509
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark reddish copper color with a hlaf finger head which recedes to edging and leaves little to no lace. The aroma is of caramel malts and a hint of smokiness. The aroma of the smokiness gets stronger as the beer warms. The taste starts off with a caramel malt taste. The middle has the taste of toffe, brown sugar, and dark fruits. The very end of the beer is smoke, again the smokiness gets stronger as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is sticky and lowly carbonated. Overall it was an okay beer, it seemed to be more of a bock than a rauchbier. The smokiness is more subdued than what I expected.

Photo of halo913
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Wamesit
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 22oz bottle poured into Stella tulip. Pours a rich chestnut. Thick off-white head that quickly gives way to clumpy lacing.

S - Smoked and caramel malts followed by a bitter hop aroma and a hint of alcohol in the back.

T - Starts off smokey and rich. The caramel malts add a mild sweet thickness to the body. The alcohol and noble hops make appearances in the last of the finish and during retro-olfaction.

M - Thick, lush. Almost sticky.

O - Highly enjoyable. A great hybrid. (rauchbier/double bock)

Photo of athouve1
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of HalfFull
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 ml. bottle poured into a large wine glass, the Cinder Bock seems appropriately named for a Rauchbier and one of a seemingly ever expanding and limitless cast of Sam Adam's 'special release' type beers.

Pours a light brown in color, clear and bright orange caramel in the light. Sports a half inch of whitish foam which offers decent retention and lacing.

Aroma is bock like for sure with deep and ruddy caramel notes, well integrated with some earthy hops and rich toffee as well as some wafting alcohol notes. Smoke is a bit dubious on the aroma however.

More caramel and toffee on the taste with a slight hint of smokiness but not much, in fact not much at all. Offers a nice grainy flavor with a complex malt profile. Caramel, dark fruit and toffee with muddled brown sugar. Pretty good but not a Rauch by any means.

Offers a nice full body and balanced with a good level of carbonation. Spritzy and spicy at the same time but not a Rauchbier.

Overall a nice Doppelbock, complex and spicy with a good hop backbone, dryer and more drinkable than many a German take but not a Rauch. I'm sorry am I repeating myself?

Note: Dopplebock/Rauch Light

Photo of ElCommodoro
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, clear mahogany. A beautiful sight in a beer. Little head, but that bothers me little. A high alcohol beer needn't much head. What little head it had stuck around quite a while, so that was a pleasant surprise.
The smell was very sweet. Mostly of overripe bananas and garbage. Not in a bad way. But that's sort of what it smelled like.
The taste was surprisingly more of the same. I wasn't aware it was going to be a smoky beer. All I knew is it would be a bock. I mean, it had a goat on it and rauchbier isn't something I've heard of before. The beer is VERY sweet, VERY malty, and definitely smoky. But not at all overly so. It smells a bit like it might be peat-smoked even though there's no indication that it is, but that would explain that garbage smell. So would highly fermented malt heaviness, though, I suppose. This beer has a lot of doppelbock qualities. It doesn't taste like what the description of rauchbier describes. The smokiness is not too upfront and well balanced with sweet maltiness. The name and flavour would indicate to me that this is part doppelbock, part rauchbier. I'd say it's more on the doppelbock side, but that's just me. Damn if the combination isn't delicious as hell. Love the big malty sweetness of it, even if it is a bit sticky, almost cloying. Love the alcohol burn. And love that unique flavour added by the rauch (smoke). I would HIGHLY recommend this to other lovers of big, sweet beers.

Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of PGVG
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Jason
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Tawny hue, hazed, superb head and lacing

SMELL: Smoke, birch, ash, spice, rose water, caramel, raisins, more smoke

TASTEL: Smooth, very smoky, slightly cloying, caramel, ash, charred wood, pears, spicy alcohol, bready, mild tartness, herbal, floral, semi-juicy, more smoke, ashy smoky finish

Too much smoke IMO so I can easily say it was not balanced at least for me. Thankfully this is a big beer so it can take a few lumps, good to sip but there is no way I could see finishing this bottle off during a long session. Asking you to try it would be a dare if you are not into smoked beers, even if you are it might be a challenge.

Photo of rkcrozier
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of BossDJ
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of 1JTannerMan
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a warm carmel color. Not opaque. The aroma is a strong bacon odor, very smoky. Good lacing and a nice settled head. Taste is a sweet smoke flavor with a hint of cinnamon. The texture is a little syrupy but not overbearing. Would pair nicely with a banana creme brulee or anything with bacon. I liked the beer but it is a little too smoky for my tastes.

Photo of RyanGoodman
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Ozzy2004Ironman
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of sauvy10
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz poured into pilsner glass. Appearance is a dark copper with a decent head thatdinished to about 1/4 inch. Good lacing. The smoke stands out first in the aroma but is definitely not overwhelming. It's followed by toffee and maybe some kind of spice. Tastes very pleasant and surprisingly smooth considering the abv. The smoke is very subtle which is nice and the beer is well balanced. I usually don't like smoky beers this much because they're always too smoky but this beer was very well done.

Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of DIM
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a ruby tinted chestnut brown. It poured with a large but short lived foamy head.

s: Rich, nutty toffee and caramel, some toasty grains, and unobtrusive smoke.

t: Gentle smoke throughout, getting stronger at the finish. Toasted, nutty grains with hints of raisin and cocoa up front with some mild warmth and bitterness at the end.

m: Velvety and very smooth.

o: I appreciated the subdued smoke which didn't overwhelm a top-notch d-bock. Excellent offering at a reasonable price.

Photo of mothman
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beige head. Leaves splattered lace. Color is a clear burnt mahogany.

Aroma: a lot of bacon and smokey flavors. Reminds me of red apples. Caramel and burnt sugar. Lots of malts. Sweet.

Taste: same as the nose. Bacon and smoked malts. Toffee and caramel. Very bockish.

Mouthfeel: smokey and sweet. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends smokey.

Overall, a tasty bock. Easy to drInk. I like the smokiness.!no alcohol present. Nice.

Photo of dinoedb350
4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

Photo of Danielbt
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Ruger44
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of EkimGram
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From my beer journal dated 2/18/12

Batch No. 1

Appearance: 22oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Colour is a rich brown with a nice garnet hue. Finger-thick, pillowy head fades slowly leaving some lacing. Slight visible carbonation.

Smell: Moderately smoked malts followed by a bitter hop aroma.

Taste: Starts off with a nice, sweet smokiness followed by a nice balance of malts and a slight bitter finish. Not very deep or as complex as I had hoped but not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, silky and oily with a surprising amount of carbonation. Finishes a little sticky.

Overall: A solid brew. There isn't really much to say. The masking of the high alcohol is impressive. Another solid Sam Adams beer.

Cinder Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 454 ratings.