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Cinder Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
81
good

449 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 449
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 17.93%
Wants: 20
Gots: 32 | 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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rmargeson, Feb 09, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bomber bottle into a clean pub glass and received the following:

A. Rose colored golden body with 3 fingers of off white fluffy head receding slowly and leaving lace behind.

S. Smells slightly like an ice cream parlor from a foot away. Up close I smell sweet chocolate, charred oak, olives, and candy. A slight yeasty and smokiness leaves the glass last.

T. Very complex flavor profile. Creamy, chocolate, earthiness (hops?) and yet strangely like an irish car bomb. Slight saltiness and a hint of peat.

M. Creamy like a root beer float but finishes clean and leaves a film on the tongue daring you to take another sip.

I think this would go good with some ribs and cornbread. Definitely not something to quaff, more of a sipper to go along with a nice dark Churchill on the deck.

bourbonbock, Aug 18, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick and slowly dissapating cream colored head sits on top of this one, leaving a patchwork of lacing with it as it goes. Great clarity to its darker color, a nice shade of ruby red or mahogany. Clean malty nose with a funky smokiness behind it that is a bit remeniscent of a campfire, no doubt. The clean smell comes from the light toffee and caramel notes, but the smokiness definitely dominates.

Rich and inviting caramel and toffee notes begin the taste wonderfully in the front of the palate. They are soft and not overbearingly sweet or cloying. It moves towards a touch of booze in the middle of the palate, with a subdued but definitely present dose of piney hops near the middle-back end. The smokiness of the malts doesn't fully hit the palate until the back end and finish, where it then engulfs the mouth with the smoky malt taste. In some rauchbiers I've tried, this smoky flavor has been overbearing to the point where it completely distracts from the other flavors in the beer. Not the case so much with this one as that smokiness complements the sweeter toffee notes and the bit of hops and booze, giving this beer a deep complexity. The toffee and caramel actually come out on top here, the smokiness being a close second. The mouthfeel is silky smooth, with a slight prickle in the middle from the booze and hops, with a medium body, but full of flavor.

I was a little wary on this one because I don't get into rauchbiers too much, but this was definitely a balanced and deliciously pleasant surprise. Pick it up if you're looking for a unique and tasty beer.

chodinheaven, Feb 29, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper-ruby color with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of smoke, caramel malts, earthy clove spice, cedar, vanilla, with a bit of brown sugar and booze.

T - Starts off with some smoke, vanilla, sweet caramel malts, with a bit of clove and other spices. Through the middle, some more spices with some brown sugar and cedar come through. The finish is a mix of smoke, spices, caramel malts, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a smoky and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice Rauchbier with some good smokey flavor and enough body to balance out the flavors.

ngeunit1, Jun 12, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a hazy dark ruby color and is topped with 1” of tan colored head .
Smell: I smell the aroma of a smoked ham or bacon and it dominates the nose as I expected it to. This beer is making me hungry for ham for supper now.
Taste: The blend of the rauch and bock styles isn’t a very far stretch but I didn’t know what to expect when I went for the first sip and I was pleasantly surprised with the tasty job that Sam Adams did with this brew. The smoke flavor is the first taste that hits your palate but it is followed quickly by the rich smoothness of the bock and I must say that they play well off of each other.
Mouthfeel: This is a very smooth and easy drinking beer but it has a richness to the mouthfeel that makes it even better drinking than a lot of bocks that tend to be on the heavy side.

raznug, Jul 29, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 1.5" rusty beige head of medium life. The body is burnt umber brown in masstone but a nice deep amber held to the light. It smells of rich malt and mild smoke. Then the taste flips that around with medium rich malt and dominant smoke. I've had a few other smoked beers and while others have that deep porter-like belly satisfaction this one I find more of a refreshing easy drinking version. I quite liked it, and it's one of the better limited release experiments from the makers of Sam, so I don't quite get why it didn't score better with others.

MoreThanWine, Jun 24, 2012
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4.19/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into pilsener glass. This was my first rauchbier, and was excited to try it. In actuality, it's more of a hybrid, I guess it's considered a "smoked doppelbock". Am a huge doppelbock fan, so I happily grabbed some.

A - Pours almost entirely brown, with just a shade of red. Shines a deep red-brown in the light. Thick, 3-finger head developed, was a tannish color. Excellent looking beer.

S - Lot's of malt up front, as well as roasted characters. A strong aroma of cocoa is present, and just a hint of smokiness.

T - Great tasting beer. All the aromas are noted in the taste, especially the malt and cocoa. The smoky taste is definitely noticeable, but not in an overpowering way. I think it really compliments the strong bock taste. This beast is 9.5% ABV, so a small amount of alcohol heat was noticed in the aftertaste. Not unpleasant, and actually went well with the wings I was eating.

F - It's a bock, so it's thick and can be tough on the stomach. Not a bad feeling beer, and it paired well with wings, and I'd imagine with most good flavored food. Not something I'd want to chug, but that's how it is w/ bock's.

O - A pretty darn good beer. I really view this more as a doppelbock w/ some smoke rather than a Rauch. Very suprised it's ranked as low as it is. Not quite as good as Sam Adams' Double Bock, but it's still a quality beer. Lot's of taste, lot's of power, and pairs well with food. Highly recommend for any fans of bocks/doppelbocks or extreme beers.

stella77artois, Jul 02, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle, Batch no. 1. Sampled on April 23, 2012. It was served at about 47-48 degrees Fahrenheit. It pours an attractive medium to dark amber with ruby red highlights flickering in the light along with a long lasting, foamy beige head. There are caramel and other malts on the nose along with an inviting smokiness, light yeast, and a touch of alcohol. The body is medium to bold. The taste is just as smoky as the aroma with a full bitterness, well-integrated alcohol, and and a near dry ending. A likable beer.

puboflyons, Apr 23, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

BMoney575, May 26, 2012
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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
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4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #1, poured into a Kirta Halbe stange.

The beer is a bright and clear cherrywood color. The head (under a controlled pour) still reached over a finger in height and threatened much more if desired. A nice wall of lace plasters the glass. Overall a very nice beer to sit and admire from afar.

The aroma is thankfully restrained for a Rauchbier. So few breweries can manage to properly harness a strong smoke flavor/aroma I am happier to see balance than get a nose full of dirty campfire smoke that chokes and stings and hurts the stomach.

White oak and toasty wheat greet you first, and then the aroma turns to a modest helping of caramel and Vienna-esque maltiness. Smooth.

As you take your first sip the beer is at first disappointingly non-smokey. A faint bitterness and odd soapy flavor are the first thing you notice. I sat back and let this guy warm up for ten minutes before going back for more. Now, the flavor has opened up somewhat, showcasing chewy grainy malts and an earthy woody smoke flavor. No meat or gut-wrenching ash here - again Sam Adams has demonstrated their knack for balance. And while this is a quality that is often detrimental in their IPAs, here it is most welcome.

The back of the label calls this a double bock - I'm not sure if the intent was to brew a smokey doppelbock or to just double up on a bock creating a stronger beer (and at 9.45% I'd say they achieved a definite heaftiness). I'd be inclined to assume the later, but the smoke is potent enough to mask some of the nuance that one usually looks for in a true doppelbock. What you are left with is a nice balanced toasty bread flavor along with some caramel and balancing bitterness.

The mouthfeel is smooth and chewy, and the alcohol is very well hidden. The texture of the beer on the palate is a lingering sticky smoked wort flavor.

Overall I am pretty impressed here. I really wanted to like this but after the Baltic IPA I was feeling disenfranchised with the series. What I really wish though is that Sam Adams bottle dated these beers, because I want more Tasman Red but hesitate to fall prey to a months-old bottle with faded hops.

Either way, at $4.99 this is a really affordable bomber and well worth the money spent.

Spider889, Mar 11, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love a good smoked beer. This one is a dark amber color with an off-white head. Nice clarity. The aroma is fantastic....campfire...wood, smoke, charcoal, and some underlying roasty malts. Sweet at the foretaste, with more malt character. Great balance. This beer avoids the pitfalls of a lot of smoked beers...that is, it's not hollow, astringent, or acrid. It's a really enjoyable and well made smoked beer. Great body, and very easy to drink.

Suds, Oct 20, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Bierman9, Feb 11, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Jimmys, Feb 26, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

yesyouam, May 06, 2013
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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.

DOA

Drinkerofales, Apr 09, 2012
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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.
Prost!

BeerResearcher, Feb 25, 2012
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