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Cinder Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
81
good

455 Ratings
THE BROS
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okay

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Ratings: 455
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 17.65%
Wants: 20
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

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Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2012

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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.

Photo of jeremy13586
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled poured in to a Sam Adams pint glass. I haven't had too many rauchbiers (maybe 3 ever), so my rating system might be kind of off for the style.

A slight hazy, brown/dark amber color. slow bubbles crawled up the side of the glass. The head was a light brown color that settled out in to a thin bubbly film. Left some decent lacing.

Black licorice and a little bit of smoke. Not much to it after that.

There is an overall nice smokey, roasted flavor. Pretty sweet backbone. Has a minor metallic taste of it, but the finish is pretty clean.

The mouthfeel is slick and smooth. Has a silky carbonation. Once again, very clean finish. Probably the highlight of this beer.

Again, I haven't had too many rauchbiers so I don't know what to look for, but I found this brew pretty enjoyable. This was a nice "gateway" beer for the style, so I think that I'll need to add more on to my "beers to drink" list.

Photo of MystikCelt
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of kojevergas
2.1/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; I don't know that Sam Adams can pull off a rauchbier properly. Batch number 1. 9.4% ABV.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and okay retention considering the high ABV. Colour is a dark nontransparent amber. Not at all opaque. Appears overcarbonated.

Sm: Hops, light smoke, toffee, and caramel. A weak aroma that isn't particularly appealing. No real presence. My suspicions have changed from overcarbonation to undercarbonation.

T: Artifical cherry on the open (somewhat syrupy). Clean malts comprise the boring dull foundation. Where's the smoke? There's hardly any caramelization present, let alone the baconey roasted smokey goodness rauchbiers are supposed to contain. This is sheer garbage considering the style. No yeast or alcohol come through. Hints of toffee are the best aspect of the beer. Simple boring and bland. Not at all complex or subtle. What were they thinking?

Mf: Undercarbonated. Smooth, wet, and thin (the exact opposite of what a rauchbier should be). Doesn't suit the flavours well at all. Very poorly done.

Dr: Hard to drink on account of how garbage it is. Not only does it not satisfy the style, it just sucks outright. I'd never have this again, and I'd caution my friends from getting it. A severe disappointment from Sam Adams.

D

Photo of johnsilk
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of setexascustoms
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of puboflyons
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle, Batch no. 1. Sampled on April 23, 2012. It was served at about 47-48 degrees Fahrenheit. It pours an attractive medium to dark amber with ruby red highlights flickering in the light along with a long lasting, foamy beige head. There are caramel and other malts on the nose along with an inviting smokiness, light yeast, and a touch of alcohol. The body is medium to bold. The taste is just as smoky as the aroma with a full bitterness, well-integrated alcohol, and and a near dry ending. A likable beer.

Photo of JohnK17
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of jefftuck47
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of marct
2.5/5  rDev -30%

Photo of GreatPumpkin
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of beeragent
4.41/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 22oz weizen glass.

A-pours a deep amber, forming a 1/4 inch off-white head. Light spots of lace on the glass.

S - strong, wonderful aroma of smoked malts, along with a hint of caramel in the background.

T - smooth and creamy smoked malts coat the palate. The smoke is strong enough to cover most of the flavors.

M - smooth, creamy, heavy body mouthfeel.

O - first off I love rauchbiers so this one was right up my alley. The flavor was awesome, the body was spot on, and the aroma was very inviting. Almost equal to the German rauchbiers. Highly recommended!

Photo of 6demonbag
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I REALLY love this style.

Served in a CCB snifter.

A: Poured a brown/amber, with some ruby highlights when I held it up to the light. The head was small (1/8 finger), but still effective.

S: Sort of like Boston Lager infused with beef jerky. This had a really meatiness that would go well with most entrees.

T: Malt, mild sugar, and a good seasoned beef quality that worked somewhat to my mind. I got a bit of bitterness, but it was the good kind.

M: What constituted as lacing just fell back into the glass very quickly, and the sweetness was tempered and was more in the vain of beef jerky.

O: I've had better Rauchbiers in my life, but this was still quite good. The Sam Adams taste profile worked well in this setting.

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

Pours a clear caramel copper color. A big fluffy khaki head leaves tons of lacing, and a nice ring down the whole glass.

Smells of char, stone, with a nice caramel malt underneath, though it was hard to find through the smoke. This gets a little easier as it warms.

Taste is lightly smoked, not overpowering. I can still get caramel malt, a nice hint of booze and richness, and another lightly smoked aftertaste.

Texture is smooth, with a medium body that coats the tongue. Almost syrupy, and right where a bock should be.

I love smoke beers, so this was right up my alley, not too strong on the smoke in the flavor, which makes it even better. Nicely done, another beer, that were it under a different label, it would be getting a better score.

DOA

Photo of oberon
4.09/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In order for me to give a perfect score in any category of a beer I have to be wowed and in awe of it and I gotta say I was both in the pour of this beer.Poured a rich deep bronze with a perfectly formed cremay one finger light tan head that has held thru the duration,just perfect color and definition and creaminess in the head.The aromas don't bring so much promise with some hardwood smoke and mild sweetness.That creamy head translates in the feel with a creamy coating feel,very nice.A nice mix of sweet caramel and anise flavors and more subtle upfront smoke,the smoke plays a larger role in the finish.Hey I love this hybrid,the smoke is somewhat assertive as is the doppelbock toasty sweetness and warming notes,I loved it!

Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 9.4% abv. Clear, amber color with a nice tan fluffy head. Nice retention.

Nice smoke up front. A bit meaty, but not overwhelming. Toffee and caramel notes follow, all blending well.

Rich, malty character. Toffee and caramel notes abound. A bit of sweetness, but nothing overwhelming or out of style. Smoke is more subtle in the mouth.

Medium body, with lower carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well. While not overly smoky, the base dopplebock here is really good. Well made.

Photo of prototypic
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1

Cinder Bock pours a copper color. It’s very clear. A little light gives it a nice crimson hue. A soft tan head tops it. It’s rather modest, standing less than a finger tall. It was quick to dissipate and left only a very light coat of lace behind. Not bad.

The nose is above average. It’s a little week in terms of aromatics. It does feature some caramel malt notes early on. Smells a little sweet. There’s a smoky scent to it. I like that. It seems to work well with the malts. Secondary scents include yeast, light cocoa, and perhaps some very light, subtle dark fruit. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t seem too strong. It’s really not bad. A little more strength would probably go a long way.

The flavor is likewise above average. The malt base is a mix of caramel and chocolate varieties. It’s a bit sweet. The chocolate tastes mostly like cocoa though. A smoky flavor resonates throughout. It meshes pretty well with the malt base, but could be a little better. Seems a tad convoluted as it is. It is a little deeper and more complex than I anticipated. It features secondary flavors of yeast, raisin, plum, and a bit of alcohol. It’s not hot or overbearing though. Finishes smoky and malty.

Cinder Bock has a medium body. Carbonation is light and restrained. It actually feels pretty smooth. I’m impressed. It goes down alright. Could be a little better with a tweak or two though.

Boston Beer Company did a credible job with Cinder Bock. My hopes were honestly not all that high. It’s a pretty decent collision of a Rauchbier and a Doppelbock. The smoke and malt flavors seem to fight for space. If the smoke flavor were a little lighter, the problem would be solved. Not a bad beer though. If you’re into smoky beer, check it out.

Photo of alexkeil
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle (1 pint 6 fl.oz.) from Consumer Beverage in Lockport, NY. No freshness date but the back label says batch #1.

This is a really nice looking beer: pours a clear, really beautiful mahogany color with an off white just about tan head, that sticks along the glass and that persists nicely thoughout the beer's life.

The smell is predominately sweet malts: toffee and caramel with hints of light smoke way in the back.

The taste is big malt flavor up front: toffee, caramel, ripe banana. There is a quick drying from the higher alcohol level that is noticeable in the swallow. The smoke is right there on the back of the tongue and helps fight that malt sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium to slightly full body with a little prickle from the carbonation and alcohol. A pretty different experience with this malty velvety texture followed by a quick drying smokey finish.

I like that Samuel Adams is experimenting with smoked malts and I hope they do more. I like their rauchbier and hope maybe they'll do a smoked porter. This beer is very well made, adventurous, and thoughtful beer. I would prefer more smoke malts and maybe less alcohol, but an enjoyable taste nonetheless.

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...

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

Photo of Tone
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. 5/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of smoke, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, hint of caramel malt, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Rauchbier. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of smoke, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of pale malt, hint of hop, hint of caramel malt, and slight alcohol. Overall, good smoke blend: good aroma, body, and feel.

Photo of BeerAcolyte
4/5  rDev +12%

Cinder Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 455 ratings.