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Cinder Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Reviews: 165
Hads: 457
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 17.39%
Wants: 23
Gots: 37 | 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 yesyouam
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Cinder Bock is a very clear, dense, copper beer with a soft, fluffy, yellowed foam that has great staying power. It's mostly smoke in the aroma, but a tart malt is detected as well. It smells a touch sweet. It's very full bodied and smooth with a creamy, chewy finish. The flavor is much like the the aroma: smoke and tart malt. There's a slightly sweet, herbal flavor that's somewhere between cola and a cough drop. Smoke is the dominant flavor here. When combined with the malt, it comes off as umami. There's a sort of salmiakki aftertaste. This is reasonably bold and complex. It's a sipping beer with a lot of character. There are subtleties to it, but the overall flavor is quite bold.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pretty unique shaped bomber into short stemmed tulip. bottle claims this as "Batch No. 1". not sure if this means batch number 1 of the limited series or batch number 1 of Cinder Bock.

A: clear body. very bright ruby red hue. head is reddish-white and frothy. retention and lacing are good.

S: smells like a big glass of cooked bacon. sweet wisps of caramel malt. must have used a sizable portion of caramel 60 to compete with the smoked malt.

T: flavor is bitter at first for a fleeting moment. moves to sweet and smoky BBQ-like flavors that are rather pleasant. a sweet malt underlies the smoke and reminds me that there is a big bock back there as well.

M: mellow/average carbonation on a big body.

D: im a sucker for smoke and this brew does not disappoint. smokey-sweet flavors makes for one of the biggest rauchbiers i have ever had.

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Photo of oberon
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 5-26-12
Batch no. 1

Appearance: a bright reddish brown color, with an immense off white head and lots of bubbles rising to the surface. Lacing is huge, and sticks to the sides in chunks.

Smell: very earthy and smoky, lots of spice and a big hit of clove. Very intriguing, the smoke really starts to dominate as it warms.

Taste: all thick smokiness, like beef jerky, in a good way. There are dark fruit flavors in there too, leading to a great tart hops/alcohol kick in the finish. A little odd, but very tasty.

Mouthfeel: just right, a slickness to accent the smoke, and lots of carbonation to lighten things up.

Overall: I liked this much more than I thought I would, and it would be a great choice for the cellar.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
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.


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Photo of alexgash
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle.

Dark, rich garnet brown body. Tall, fluffy, persistent, sandy brown head. Good lacing. Nose is a nice mix of sweet doppelbock and smoky rauchbier. Notes of singed caramel, rummy bread, flint, charred wood, and peat smoke.

Smoky flavors up front with a hint of cooked vegetables. Sweet malts fill in and take over mid-palate. Caramel, cookie dough, and rummy fruits mingle. Charred, smoky, woody flavors near the finish. Lingering smoke and caramel. Full bodied, syrupy feel. Slightly warming. Overal a very tasty mix of smoke and sweet.

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Photo of scratch69
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Amber-brown color with two fingers worth of tan head. Good retention with nice lacing.

Smell- Smoke, malt, and a bit of nuttiness.

Taste- Malt, caramel, and smoked bacon. Just a little warmth from the high ABV.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and smooth. Fair amount of carbonation.

Overall- Interesting beer. I could not see myself drinking alot of this but it was definitely worth trying.

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Photo of BucBasil
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up today as I was surprised to find it in a local store of mine in small town SC. I'll gladly give it a go.

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a tall glass.
The beer is a nice reddish brown color with a gigantic light tan head that stays for a while and leaves a solid coating all over the glass.

Smell: Somewhat boozy with chocolate and dark bread drizzled with caramel. For some reason not much of that smoke is coming through. Kind of smell like a chocolate chip cookie, which is fantastic.

Taste: Thick taste with much of the mentioned smoke, which stays around in the system and reemerges when you exhale. Kind of awesome. Sweet undertones of chocolate and bread, but then quickly covered up by the smoky roasty meat. Roasted coffee beans over everything else. This could be a bit cloying over a long period but it's good for now.

Feel: Smooth then a bit sticky after it coats the mouth.

Overall. Probably a bit much, but a good overall beer. Nice one Sam.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 650 ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish ruby red with a tint of orange. Lots of rising bubbles and a huge four fingers of off white head with good retention. Lots of lacing sticking around the glass.

Smell: A fairly strong smell of smoke up front with hints of wood and smoked meats. Big presence of bready malts with lots of caramel and toffee. Also some hints of dark fruit, brown sugar, and faint earthy hops. Smells smoky and sweet.

Taste: Starts with a good taste of smoke that lingers throughout with a little taste of beef jerky and wood. Big bready taste with lightly roasted caramel malts and toffee. Hints of sugar/molasses and a little dark fruit. Also some hints of earthy hops to balance out the sweetness. Tastes a lot like a Dopplebock that is moderately smoked.

Mouthfeel: Body on the higher side of medium with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, somewhat sticky, and very smooth. A little alcohol heat is noticed but not much.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a Rauchbier. The smoke is very noticeable but not overwhelming and blends well with the malts.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger cream head that fades to a ring leaving some lace. Nice crystal clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Smoky nose and flavor is sweet peat and some smoke. Would go well with a barbeque. Higher ABV is hidden. $7.00 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into a strange glass

Appearance- Pours a lightly hazed light brown/copper color with a thick three finger cream colored head. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a medium level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The smell is smoky and roasty with notes of sweetness. A roasted malt and lightly burnt aroma is mixed with smoke and nuts and a sweet smell of molasses and caramel.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and roasted malt flavor. It initially has only a light caramel sweetness, but toward the middle and the end the caramel grows stronger in nature with it being joined by some brown sugar flavors as well. A smoke flavor starts out the taste quite strong only to fade in the middle of the taste and reemerge later at the end of the taste with greater intensity. With the increase in sweetness and smoke toward the end of the taste so too comes a light nutty flavor and a slight warming alcohol flavor. When all flavors are combined in the end, they leaves a pleasant warming toasty sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is quite chewy and thick complimenting quite nicely all the roasted, smoke, and nut flavors of the brew. The carbonation level also suited most of the flavors quite nicely as it was on the lower side with it enhanced both the thickness of the body as well as created a more warming feel when combined with the alcohol flavors of the brew.

Overall – This is a rather enjoyable brew. It has a good blend of toast, smoke, sweet, nut and booze with a chewy and thick body that suits the flavors rather nicely.

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Photo of acevenom
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a large brandy snifter. Pours clear dark amber with a tall, biege head that dissipates at a moderate pace. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass as the head dissipates. Some bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. Not much head is left at the top after dissipation. Mild smokiness hits the nose up front. There are sweet malts and some hops in the aroma as well. The smokiness is more intense in the flavor than it was in the aroma. It has a sweet malt background with spicy hops. It's well balanced with some alcohol taste. Even for 8.4%, the flavors are balanced enough to prevent this from tasting too boozy. I find I get used to the smokiness as I continue drinking this beer. The body is medium to full with adequate carbonation to liven this beer. The drinkability is high for a high ABV sipper. The beer is smooth. Overall, this is a great beer. I haven't tried many examples of this style, but I've been looking for a reason to like this style and explore it more. Good job for helping me on my journey, Boston Beer.

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Photo of Pencible
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear reddish mahogany with lots of light tan head.
S: It smelled like smoky roasted barley, with some earthy caramel and ham.
T: It tasted like smoky roasted barley and whole grain bread, with a little caramel and copper hops. It had a clean and earthy and sweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with moderate smooth carbonation. Great full but slick body.
D: This was a very nice rauchbier that had plenty of character, but not over-the-top smoke. The scent and taste were nicely balanced, and the body was excellent. The alcohol was well hidden, and the finish was smooth, so it was very easy to drink. Perfect beer for a cookout or camping. Recommended.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.01/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep red color with a tan head. The aroma is definitely that of a smoked beer. I get a ton of meaty BBQ-like smoke, as well as a little bit of roasted malt. The flavor follows suit. There are a lot of burnt malts, as well as as good dose of smoke and a little bit of sweetness from the toffee or caramel malt. Still, this beer is all about the smoke and it definitely delivers on that front. I don't get any alcohol, which is surprising since the beer is nearly 10 percent. Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

I admit a certain amount of trepidation, since rauchbiers are not one of my favorite styles. However, the aromas of Cinder Bock are quite pleasant, and while they do feature a good helping of the liquid smoke and campfire notes that I associate with the style, the nose is nicely balanced by dark sugars (fig, molasses) and dark breads (marble rye, toasted wheat crust). There's even a touch of vanilla and honey in there. Overall, I'm (at least so far) impressed by this brew, and while I do wish that the smokiness was a little more dampened, I don't find it as offputting as I do in other rauchbiers.

On the tongue, the beer starts off deep and smoky, the first tastes to hit the tongue much like the smoky part of, say, a smoked turkey, if you somehow removed the turkey. These flavors bring to mind campfires, charcoal brisquets, ash. A strong wave of sugars almost instantly joins, bringing caramel, fig, brown sugar, molasses, and vanilla, as well as some orange and berry and helps to soften the smoky blow. More marble rye breads follow, and the beer has a distinct spicy, peppery quality, biting at the tongue. A tinge of vodka does mar the brew somewhat, the huge flavors still not quite capable of coping with the 9.4% ABV. And even through the sugars and breads, a wave of smoke rolls over everything, sometimes catalyzing, sometimes masking, as it does in the aftertaste, which reminds me strongly of drinking a sugary stout while sucking in a cloud of piney campfire smoke. The aftertaste does last for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, I like the beer, despite my problems with the style. The smoke notes here are still too strong for my tastes, but they are nicely balanced (except in the aftertaste) by lovely, sugary dark fruit esters, and for most of the mouthful neatly complement the brew. So well made is the beer that even subsequent mouthfuls don't lose their potency or nuance, assuring a smooth drink for the entire bottle. Worth trying.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant chestnut with a slight red tint. Produces a rocky 2” cream colored foam collar that leaves minimal lace.
S: Smoky with a hint of maple bacon
T: Bold smoke, sweet dark sugars, a touch of banana.
F: Chewy with below average carbonation and alcohol warming on the finish.
O: A sweet, big flavor packed beer.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark amber color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of mostly smoke notes.

Tastes of the smoke upfront with a solid malt base. Smoke leads off, but is moderately done and quite pleasant. Malts come in with caramel and toasted bread with a cutting sweetness. Some sweet fruits come through as well with qpple and grape. Feels quite balanced with the smoke.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, I quite like this and have found this new series from BBC to be quite impressive.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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

A clear red colored beer with a medium sized tan colored head.

Sweet and nutty bock with some smoke and medicine aromas. Reminds me a bit of smoked almonds. Good but not overpowering smoke aroma.

Starts out sweet and smoky. Slight sourness and a decent amount of bitterness. Sweetness is almost too much, but there is enough hop and smoke to keep it in check. Alcohol is well hidden but you can feel it in your chest..

Mouthfeel is very full.

Overall, good beer but it could be a little less sweet.

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Photo of shand
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Tone
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear reddish copper color with a nice 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of caramel, wood, smoked meat, molasses, raisin, biscuit, earth, pepper, herbal, and toffee. Very nice aromas with nice balance and complexity. Taste of caramel, smoke, wood, toast, molasses, raisin, prune, earth, pepper, toffee, biscuit, and herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of smoke, wood, molasses, caramel, raisin, bread, toast, earth, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance of smoky flavors with the fruitiness and malts. No cloying sweetness at all, fairly clean on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is quite nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a warming present on the finish. Very smooth to sip on. Overall this is a damn nice smoked Doppelbock. Great flavor balance and smoothness. I really have no complaints on this one. Really well done and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Krakistophales
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Cinder Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.