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Cinder Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
81
good

454 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 454
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2012

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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.

Photo of RollBeerTide
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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!

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.

Photo of Brenden
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of Zaphog
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of brewbaker
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber. Fine two finger light tan head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of light malt and smoke. Flavor is roasted and caramel malt, sweet dark fruit with a nice smoke overlay. Finish is malt and smoke. Very nicely integrated. Medium to heavy bodied with pleasant creaminess. Nicely balanced and enjoyable.

Photo of Mdog
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark red-brown, good head that fades somewhat quickly.

Smell: Starts fruity then the smoke comes through.

Taste: Mild fruit and caramel sweetness, smoke comes late and lingers in the finish.

Overall: A pretty nice double bock with smoked flavor enhancements. The smoke is a complimentary flavor instead of overpowering everything, and I think it works pretty well. It didn't feel as strong as the ABV.

Photo of microbrewlover
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a soild amber/copper color. There is maybe a half finger of head which dissapates quickly and light lacing which stays in the glass until the end.

The smell is of toasted malts, toffee, carmel and smoke.

The mouthfeel is bready and chewy; also a little grainy.

The taste is as promised both a bock and a Rauchbier. The drinker climbs a malt wall and is rewarded with toffee and carmel. There is also a bready and toasted grain taste. The smoke hits the palate on the back end and tastes just like a campfire smells. I am talking about one of those really good smelling campfires. However there is a little bit of 'ashy-ness' at the end of the smoke taste but not on every swallow.

Overall this brew does a good job of mixing the Rauchier and Bock styles. Watch out for the 9.45 ABV content because it will hit you at the end of the glass.

Photo of bacher468
2/5  rDev -44%

Photo of GoGators
4/5  rDev +12%

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

A: Pours a really dark brown with a creamy head that disappears quickly

S: Lots of malts, toffee/caramel, and lots of woody/oaky aromas

T: Up front lots of malts and bready sweetness, followed by a thick peat and wooden smoke, with the aftertaste just coasting off with a smoky goodness. Pretty nice.

O: Another one that surprises me from sam adams. Pretty good and I'll be looking for more of these specialties.

Photo of beertunes
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a semi-hazy coppery brown color with about 1/2 inch of light khaki head that had low retention and light lacing.

The aroma was mostly malty-sweet, as you'd expect in a Bock, but only had a trace of the smokiness you'd expect in a Rauch. I didn't pickup a notable hop scent. On the tongue however, the smoke really came through. Not to the levels of Schlenkerla, perhaps, but very smoky indeed. The malty Bock flavors were mostly buried, but did come through on the back of the tongue, as the smoke subsided.

The body was average, perhaps a bit thin for my tastes, for a Bock. Drinkability will depend on your tolerance for the smoke. If you like it, you'll find this beer very drinkable, if not not as much. Overall, a good, solid brew that's worth a shot if you see it. I'm happy to see a large brewery like BBC stepping out and making some of these lesser known styles available to a wider audience. Congrats to 'em!

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Cinder Bock

Pours a rich brownish color, sticky lacing of slightly off white foam. Aroma is earthy, smokey, sweet and strong. In the flavor, caramel, toasted and smoked malts are all apparent right away. Decent bready notes that give it that Bock-ish style. There is a mild spicy hop and spicy alcohol flavor. Still, remains smokey all the way through with some bbq/smoke cured meat flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little slick but well carbonated. Overall, a good strong smoked beer, it will kick your ass though.

Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of PoppaK
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of szmnnl99
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of SpartanHistory2013
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of TheSarge
4.01/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this brew into a tiny .3L dimple beer stein, and the brew produces a strong two finger thick foam noggin, and the body is cleanly filtered with a deep ruby red and copper color.

Sure enough, this beer is a rauch one. The aroma is woody, with peat smoke, some hints of sweet caramel, and bacon.

Lots of smoky summer sausage up front, some sweetness in the middle like toffee and caramel, but finishes off smoky strong.

Feels moderately carbonated, warming to the palate.

Photo of roadhouse
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of jar2574
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dark red/brown beer under little pale white bubble lacing. Not enough lacing or head retention.

Smells excellent, smoked meats and mesquite wood.

Taste is meaty, smoky BBQ beer, very unique flavor upfront and then malts make it sweet rather than hoppy on the back end. If you like BBQ you'll like this; if you don't, you probably won't.

Mouthfeel is disappointingly thin, with average carbonation and texture. On the positive side though, the high ABV is completely hidden.

Overall, I'm torn because this is a unique beer - or at least I've never had the style. I'm glad I tried it, and it was interesting. But the look and mouthfeel were disappointing. I love BBQ, but maybe not in a beer, I guess.

Photo of KTCamm
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bomber bottle into a pint glass.

Pours reddish brown with thin ring of white foam. Some lacing. Smoky smell, notes of bacon/firewood. Flavor opens with a campfire smokiness and slowly fades into a sweet malty taste. Some toffee/caramel underneath. Good carbonation - tasty, smokiness is a touch strong and gets to be a bit much at the end.

Photo of JohnnyP3
3.75/5  rDev +5%

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