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Cinder Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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447 Ratings

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Ratings: 447
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 17.93%
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:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

jefftuck47, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of marct
2.5/5  rDev -30%

marct, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of GreatPumpkin
3.25/5  rDev -9%

GreatPumpkin, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

51mmz0rz, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of beeragent
4.43/5  rDev +24.1%
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!

beeragent, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of 6demonbag
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

6demonbag, Apr 11, 2012
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.

Chaney, Apr 11, 2012
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.


Drinkerofales, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
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!

oberon, Apr 08, 2012
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.

Bierguy5, Apr 08, 2012
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.

prototypic, Apr 07, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

alexkeil, Apr 06, 2012
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...

Tilley4, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

MarkyMOD, Apr 05, 2012
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.

Tone, Apr 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12%

BeerAcolyte, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of Pintofbrown
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this "small batch creation" in a glass stein.

Appearance- I am really taken by the deep amber body. From the bottome of the glass, reddish-copper streaks beam. The head is no slouch either: a three-finger width monster the color of meringue. It is every bit as puffy as meringue as well, with decent retention and a smattering of webby lace.

Smell- A malty sense of caramel is here, even a little bready I suppose. The smokiness gives the faintest impression of smoked meat, not really charred wood or campfire. Hops are buried in the depths, earthy noble hops are coming through especially.

Taste- Very sweet and malty right away, even before the Rauch character of the beer has a chance to make an impression. The smokiness is most akin to a sweet and smoked pork, a little bacon, some pork ribs.

Again, it is not the huge, campfire and charred wood of some more prominent Rauchs, but it gets the point across. The finish leaves a little bit of hop bitterness in the back of the throat, mostly the noble hops working through.

The caramel quality and the smoked meat give the finish a maple and brown sugar-like flavor. It is one of the more decadent Rauch like palates you are likely to find.

Mouth feel- The malt overload leaves this beer feeling silky smooth. No real complaints here, I just wish it was a little drier and lasted longer in the finish.

Overall- A very sweet and almost dessert-like Rauch. I agree that this one has very little that reminds me of a bock, I suppose the uber-maltiness could make a case for it, but after the smokiness has had its way, those qualities have morphed into something completely different. I really enjoyed this beer, and would have it again.

Pintofbrown, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of beergod1
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber pour with a very thick tan head that recedes to a thick lasting cap. Aroma of sweet smoke and caramel malt. Lots of thick, broken lacing. Tastes pretty much like the aroma - smoke and sweet caramel. Smooth a drinkable, smoke is not over bearing, which I like. Another Very good offering from the small batch series.

beergod1, Apr 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16%

RollBeerTide, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean reddish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, small fruitiness and a note of smoke. In the taste, mostly fruity, and a small smoke that gets larger as it warms up. A smooth and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry fruitiness in the aftertaste. More fruit presence than smoke, it is just ok though.

OWSLEY069, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark mahogany with a thick, fluffy and rather persistent pale tan head. Malty aroma has a strong yeasty overtone and a hint of - is that beef jerky? Flavor has a malty core with tones of smoke, barbecue and caramel and a hint of yeast. It's almost like drinking a well-smoked sausage. (Ugh - I'm a vegetarian, but this is beer!) Smooth texture has above average body and some decent fizz. Like barbecue? Try this one!

Cyberkedi, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of shand
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours a stunning deep red color with a tiny head. Aroma is malty and smoky, with just a bit of alcohol popping up. The taste is actually ... well-balanced? The smokiness really takes the sweet edge off of what I'm assuming is a fairly similar recipe to their Imperial Series Double Bock. I can still taste the sweetness, but it's not cloying like I found their double bock. The mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium-bodied, and the drinkability is pretty alright. Overall, it's a solid smoked beer that's a good break from the smoked porters and lagers that dominate the market.

shand, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a medium-dark red edging toward brown but with a copper hue coming through in the light. Nearly two fingers of tan head show good retention and leave a tattered sheet of lace.
The nose is good if not a bit one-dimensional. Big malts mlay a strong foundation. Sitting on it are a big molasses sweetness and some smoke along with a sting of alcohol.
The flavor pulls out a little more. Malts remain strong and build from there. Smoke is a major element but far from overdone, and it adds a bit of a meaty element. Molasses is there as expected but also doesn't overtake the other flavors. It's a tasty, well-balanced doppelbock that is traditional but for the smoke.
Alcohol ends up being more of an issue in the feel than the flavor (where it's well masked), not quite going so far as to impart astrincency but close enough to detract. Otherwise thos doppel has a pretty big body with some smoothness to it, and depth is no issue.

Brenden, Mar 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16%

Zaphog, Mar 27, 2012
Cinder Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 447 ratings.