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Cinder Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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435 Ratings

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Ratings: 435
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 17.93%
Wants: 20
Gots: 24 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2012)
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3/5  rDev -16%

02-26-2012 01:23:04 | More by Independant
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2/5  rDev -44%

02-26-2012 00:34:06 | More by Garrickr
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4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brick red with a thick head into my glass. Plenty 'o lacing for those who like it.

Smoky wood notes in the nose with just a hint of sweetness. Very much like the style. I like it.

Whoa baby! Smoky, chewy malt upfront. Despite the ABV, it drinks like a standard rauchbier.

Lingering smoked malt makes up the mouthfeel. Very well done. The alcohol isn't as prominent as I first thought.

I enjoy this rauchbier. You might too. It's not an authentic German example but it comes really damn close and ups the ABV in the process!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 22:53:55 | More by Brad007
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4/5  rDev +12%

02-25-2012 19:47:49 | More by CP20
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2.5/5  rDev -30%

02-25-2012 18:24:56 | More by SHCC
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4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PT. 6oz fancy dark brown bottle. Batch 1.
Served in a tall stein.
Pours a dark tannish amber color with a fast-rising, and fast-fading beige head.

Sniff fast to enjoy the peaty, smoke smell while the bubbly head is active. Smells of sweet malt, molasses, resinous and tea-like hops roll forward. A light whiff of bourbon and snuffed campfire lingers throughout.

The flavors are all familiar, yet unique in their combination.
It's malty, hoppy, smoky, nutty, malty (again), peaty, sweet and a bit boozy. What's unusual is, that despite its ever-present smokiness, all of the other flavors emerge independently and are easily noticed. It may be a tad overly brown sugar sweet, but that's the nature of a Doppelbock. On the other hand, it's a bit hoppy for a Rauch. I can live with all that, being that Cinder Bock is a style unto itself.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 14:17:34 | More by BeerResearcher
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New York

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

A-a clear dark redish amber with a good amount of white head that sticks to the glass and leaves a nice layer of lace throughout

S-malty and smoky! Smells sort of liked smoked bacon

T-The taste is similar to the smell, a lot of smoke from this one with a big malt backbone. Some sweet caramel as well.

M-medium body, good carbonation, light smoky aftertaste

Overall I like these new additions to Sam Adams, they are kind of fun and different from the normal offerings. This one is another nice addition to the group.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 20:36:31 | More by ksimons
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2/5  rDev -44%

02-24-2012 20:03:14 | More by jbertsch
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New York

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

A: pours thin, a deep amber brown; thich fluffy head seetles into a bubbly foam, leaving lots of lace

S: some caramel/toffee, some fruit/citrus; malt

T: sweet with notes of smoke and spice - a pretty darn good taste - maybe a little sweeter than I expected, but with a nice blend of flavors - reminds me a little of scotch, too

M: a thin beer, no astringency, mild carbonation

O: a good choice - not a heavy beer, but with some kick (abv-wise) - smooth drinking and enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 19:14:21 | More by Greywulfken
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3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I really want sure what to expect with this one. I've been tasting several of the Samuel Adams from Boston Beer Company editions and each one has had its surprises.

I assumed that being a Bock, it was going to be full bodied, low in carbonation, hardly any crispness and lacking of hops.

When I taste new beers or wines, I never read the labels or any other review. I dont want to be influenced by what someone else stated.

The aroma of this one was average, malty, but what I would normally expect from a bock. But then the first sip!, I could have be next to a camp fire. The smoky taste was right there , up front, very pronounced but at the same type not over powering. I couldnt wait until the second sip. Now, I appreciated the smoky flavour so much more. I only wish I had some good smoked ribs or steak to go with this one

The finish was just right for this one.

When I talk about this beer to some of the customers, I will talk about the smoke flavour. Its the same thing I do when a customer is looking for a Sauvignon Blanc, and I explain the differences between California, Washington State and New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs. The ones from New Zealand are loaded with citrus and its almost like biting into a fresh pink grapefruit.

This is one I will be again and put some away for later on

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 17:40:14 | More by rdilauro
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

02-22-2012 02:49:20 | More by PittBeerGirl
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3/5  rDev -16%

02-21-2012 21:04:29 | More by PeteRiz
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

02-21-2012 02:10:39 | More by rab53
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16%

02-20-2012 16:06:18 | More by MLasoski
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3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a rather thick dark amber color with a good amount of tan head that stays throughout.

Beer smells smokey, but not strongly. Also, notes of caramel are present. A bit sweeter smelling than expected.

Taste follows the nose. A good bit of sweet smoke that is not quite as balanced as I prefer. Notes of caramel and a bit of a nutty taste are also present.

Beer is a bit thick with very little carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 15:20:42 | More by Merkur
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3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear red-amber with a tan tight knit short lived head with some lacing to boot.

Not much of a nose that I could detect.

Flavor-- I think that the "rauch" gets in the way of the bock flavor. The "Rauch" part reminds me of smoke sausage. If I tune out the "Rauch" part of the flavor- there's a hint of a light bock. It's got a good helping of malt, alcohol (but not too overpowering).

The mouthfeel is a quite cordial blanket-- with a tart finish that lasts a while.

Overall this is an enjoyable beer-- I don't think I'd choose it as an example of a bock. But regardless of its strict adherence to a particular style-- it's still an enjoyable beer for it's perhaps offbeat whim of smoke.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 02:45:58 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

02-19-2012 02:30:38 | More by jaidenjb
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

02-19-2012 01:37:00 | More by jfcaa193
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4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bomber of this at Warehouse Beverage yesterday. Poured into one of my mug's, this beer pours a clear, deep amber red color with tan head well over an inch thick when first poured. Has good lacing. Nice lacing on the inside of the glass, and the head eventually settles to a nice medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass along with a spotty foam film layer on the surface. Aromas of smokey caramel malts and some roasted nut, and a hint of herbals hops. Flavor wise it pretty much follows suit, nice smoked caramel malt upfront followed with a roasted nut brown quality, and rounded out with a touch of hoppyness. A pretty enjoyable beer here all around. Has a somewhat crisp, smooth, frothy, chewy medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Easy to drink in the say good beers are meant to be. A good effort here!


Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 01:26:04 | More by neenerzig
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4/5  rDev +12%

02-18-2012 01:23:57 | More by murraymj
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New Hampshire

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

22oz bottle purchased at Shaw's in North Hampton. Pours a amber-red crystal-clear body with a good inch of khaki-colored head that sticks to the sides of the glass leaving some rather nice lacing. Smoke, banana, and nut waft from the aroma. Wood/smoke, banana, nut, and caramel hit the palate. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Definitely a bit of a sipper, but Damn tasty and definitely disappears before I wish it had.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 01:06:21 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: clear copper. Slight off white head.
smell: pleasant "smoked meat" with a malty double bock counter.
taste: ditto from the nose. This is a really well done mixture, well balanced between a smoked beer and a double bock.
overall: I'm pleasantly surprised. Interesting experiment, well executed, and more importantly, a tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 00:14:38 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last release of these beers was pretty disappointing with the exception of the vixen. Let's see if the boston beer company can redeem themselves with these two new brews.

Pours a deep garnet color with good clarity and a bit of off white head. Nose is reminiscent of a pig roast and very smokey making me fear that the beer itself may be overly smokey. A bit of dark malts come forward as the beer airs out. Nice malt sweetness up front with a pretty big body. Beer changes gears quickly though and finish incredibly porky and smokey. Not to the point of being terrible but it is slightly abrasive. It is a unique brew in starting subtle and then lashing out in flavor and is pretty fun.

The beer however whips the tongue around a bit with a few odd combos of flavors that aren't layered in the best manner possible with the smokey savory character overriding most of the others. This beer could enhance the flavor of a lot of BBQ foods or balance out some of the sweetness brought on by some asian meals.

Give the beer a few sips and some time to air out and some of the caramel and chocolate flavors that normally make up a bock make themselves present to help balance some of the richer flavors in the beer. While still in need of some more balance this brew is definitely unique and pretty good.

I would recommend splitting the bottle with a buddy though as the flavors are pretty massive and intense and can wear ya out.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 02:39:11 | More by jtierney89
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3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful mahogany with awesome clarity, a thick, two finger white head that fades slowly and leaves nice walls of lace.

The aroma has deep campfire/bacon-like aroma balanced with a bit of burnt toffee, fresh bread, and caramel.

a dash of roast, a touch of cocoa, and loads of caramel and burnt toffee creates the bottom. Smoke fills the throughout with a nice earthy balance.

Medium bodied, full, smooth

Overall, an interesting and great tasting beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 13:56:34 | More by JayS2629
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New Hampshire

2.68/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a 16 oz Stella glass. Pours a mahogany with a fluffy white 3 inch head, leaves some lacing. I will be honest not a beer I am familiar with. Smell smoked peat. Taste is just as aggressive, unfortunately I can't get anything else out of it. This is one of those styles, that amazes me it has a following.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 18:34:49 | More by SawDog505
Cinder Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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