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Cinder Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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439 Ratings

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Ratings: 439
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 17.98%
Wants: 20
Gots: 28 | 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 cindyjeffsmith


3.88/5  rDev +9%

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.

02-16-2012 00:14:38 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

02-15-2012 02:39:11 | More by jtierney89
Photo of JayS2629


3.8/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

02-13-2012 13:56:34 | More by JayS2629
Photo of SawDog505

New Hampshire

2.68/5  rDev -24.7%

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.

02-12-2012 18:34:49 | More by SawDog505
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.55/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured into a snifter. Batch #1.

5.0 A: Clear deep amber color. Two and a half fingers of super creamy off-white/beige head. Retention is very good considering the ABV and glass covering lacing is left.

4.5 S: The smoke runs deep in this one and I love it. Campfire and smoked pork/bacon are abundant. Underneath, this is quite clean with caramel and toffee sweetness. This isn't overly sweet like a lot of bocks. Good balance between the smoke and the beer.

3.0 T: The smoke is a little lighter in the taste than in the nose. Unfortunately the booze pokes through and is formitable. Caramel and toffee are there again, but in less quantity than I would have guessed. Still clean, but a little bready. Still tasty, but not as well integrated as the nose.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy. Smooth enough with a light warming on finish.

3.5 D: Really good looker and smeller. After that, it's still a decent beer.

02-12-2012 01:51:05 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +15.2%

Grabbed this bottle of Batch #1 today at Shaws while food-shopping, for $6.99. Was sitting right there, so why not?!?

Ok, two-thirds of the bottle fill an imperial nonic... Cinder has a lovely clear, copper color. Carbonation is light and dispersed, and the head is tan, thin and fine. Lacing isn't too heavy, yet leaves some nice stick. The aroma is great, with some lightly sweet caramel laying a base for a solid hit of "rauch"! This one is quite smooth, and the body is easily a medium, almost getting into the realm of chewyness.

Malty sweetness hits the palate, with a bit of caramel and hints of brown sugar. The smoked malts are at a nice level, being neither a bowl of bacon nor just subtle smoke. There is smidge of florality near the finish, but the smoke and malty sweetness carry the day. As with the other Sammy experimental biers lately, I like this, though I wish this was more in the $5 range. Having had a number of Rauchbiers while in Franken, I feel this one is a worthy offering. Still, a solid Rauch, though they should have snagged a more unique name than that of the dearly departed Heavyweight. Zum Wohl!!

4.1/5 rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


02-11-2012 23:00:55 | More by Bierman9
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2.83/5  rDev -20.5%

A: Pours a clear ruby with a creamy, lingering beige head.

S: I'm not getting a ton of smoked malt on the nose. Instead, aromas of caramel, roasted nuts, and grassy, herbal hops are pronounced. There is also a slight booziness here.

T: The entry is sweet and mildly smoky, quickly revealing notes of woodsmoke, smoked meat, caramel, treacle, woody spice, honey roasted nuts, and grassy, herbal, medicinal hops. The finish is intense and boozy with caramel, treacle, and medicinal hop notes consumed by fiery, peppery alcohol.

M: Full-bodied, sticky, and a little syrupy. Carbonation is a bit prickly. Alcohol presence is very pronounced.

O: This is far from my favorite Samuel Adams offering. Perhaps if the presence of smoked malt were a little more noticeable, this beer would be a winner, but as is, it's a bit rough. Maybe I just don't like the way Samuel Adams handles bocks, but this is not what I typically look for in the style.

02-10-2012 16:41:50 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%

Batch 1... a nice cold (it is winter right?) evening to sample a new brew from an old crew...

2 fingers of foam rise up on a normal pour, the head sticks around to take note of the surroundings, slowly retreating like the summer sun ducking below the horizon on those long august days, left behind is a story of lace, not just a trace, but quite the micro bubble picasso curtain. A clean ruby hue through showcasing a cirque de soliel of bubbles performing to the north, quite the eye catching brew.

sweet malts up front which then lead into a smoky highway in the realm of smoked meats, the is also an earthy dryness to it, sort of like spring, not dusty but clean and dry, nothing as good as madonna's half time show.. but better than average.

alot like the nose but more assertive, very sweet up front but thank goodness for the smoke which helps to quell the dive into uber cloy-land, wow, the alcohol really lets you know that (wait for it...) 1... 2... 3... 4.... wow.. there it is smacking up my insides and clouding my brain. This one packs a punch, sure I can read, the ABV is clearly printed on the bottle but sometimes that is just bluster. The beer remains very consistent and honestly I think one bottle might be much for most people. The mouth feel is spot on, nice thickness without being syrupy but containing the right weight to carry this bag o' bricks.

a bit heavy handed in some areas. Definitely not an every day thing, perhaps best as an aperitif split amongst friends with some nice muenster to snack on before a winter meal. Definitely worth checking out if you like smoke beers, this is like a double Bamberg, it is up to you to decide whether you like the more subtle backbone of the german ones or the brash frontbone-in-your-face of this one.


02-10-2012 05:42:53 | More by Ego
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.7/5  rDev +3.9%

Batch #1. Labeled as a rauch bock

A: Pours a nice amber color with a fingers worth of head

S: A lot of malty bock character along with salty and sweet smoke. Some fruitiness in there as well

T: Follows the nose, starting off with a solid malt base from the bock and then goes into a nice smoky/salty profile. Could use a little more smoke, but technically it isn't a full-on rauch. The 9.4% goes unnoticed for the most part

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Finishes clean

O: Another solid hybrid-style beer from SA. You definitely get both bock and rauch characters, and they combine to make a surprisingly good overall beer

02-10-2012 03:07:18 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

02-07-2012 14:56:44 | More by nmann08
Photo of TimoP


4/5  rDev +12.4%

02-07-2012 00:45:22 | More by TimoP
Photo of WMEugene


4/5  rDev +12.4%

02-06-2012 23:07:37 | More by WMEugene
Photo of Knapp85


2.83/5  rDev -20.5%

Tried a little bit of a sample at the EBF. The beer poured out looking really nice. It has a red color with some shaded of brown in it. The smell of the beer is super smokey. The taste of the beer is too smokey I think. I wasn't digging this ones flavor too much. The mouthfeel was surprisingly heavy I thought. Overall this beer was didn't go over too well with me mainly because of the flavor. I prefer the Bonfire Rauch that came in the Autumn variety pack more.

02-06-2012 04:46:12 | More by Knapp85
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +2.5%

Poured from a bottle into a stemmed pilsner, the beer is a bright, crisp, slightly hazed chestnut-auburn coloring with a thin, small bubbled, off-white head that rests a very low eighth of an inch. Aromas of campfire charcoal and darkly sweet caramel flood the nose. The beer carries the smoked qualities directly into the taste, with a meaty and charcoal burst of flavors on the forward tongue, followed by more subtle and sweet characteristics, including carmel and toffee. Very smooth and almost creamy in mouth, the brew has a subtle aftertaste of toffee and cream, with just a hint of smoke. The finish is quick for the most part, with a bit of the smokey "residue" remaining on the roof of the mouth and the back of the tongue. Good venture into the world of Rauchbier for BBC. Not a bad beer at all.

02-05-2012 22:01:17 | More by GarthDanielson
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Cinder Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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