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Cinder Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
84
good

165 Reviews
THE BROS
79
okay

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Reviews: 165
Hads: 457
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 23
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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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 beergod1
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (321 characters)

Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a tulip, dark pour with a very large white head, light lacing. Ton of smoke on the nose. Lots of roasted, smokey flavors, thick and chewey. Full bodied, good carbonation, the 9% abv is well hidden. A very enjoyable rauch beer from SA. (262 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I REALLY love this style.

Served in a CCB snifter.

A: Poured a brown/amber, with some ruby highlights when I held it up to the light. The head was small (1/8 finger), but still effective.

S: Sort of like Boston Lager infused with beef jerky. This had a really meatiness that would go well with most entrees.

T: Malt, mild sugar, and a good seasoned beef quality that worked somewhat to my mind. I got a bit of bitterness, but it was the good kind.

M: What constituted as lacing just fell back into the glass very quickly, and the sweetness was tempered and was more in the vain of beef jerky.

O: I've had better Rauchbiers in my life, but this was still quite good. The Sam Adams taste profile worked well in this setting. (728 characters)

Photo of ryanonline
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer has a deep dark brown hue to it with a strong red background. lots of off white foamy head that dissipates quickly.

smells smokey and slightly heavy on the rye presence. Light on the hops.

taste is the same, heavier on the smoke. bit of sweetness too.

mouthfeel is slightly spritzy and dryish, overall still sweet though.

this has a truly remarkable drinkability, given the flavorful and high alcohol nature of this beer.

I approve. (447 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very clear, dark red amber color with a one-finger thick, off-white head.

Aroma smells of smoke, heavy and bread-like malt, with some piney hop notes.

A wonderful, dough-like bread and malt taste up front, followed with a soft bitterness. A very noticeable alcohol taste/warmth finishes things.

The mouthfeel is exceptional. Smooth, soft and velvety, nearly chewy. Medium to light-heavy in body. Most extraordinary!

A very interesting rauchbier creation. I didn't find the smokiness particularly noticeable in the taste (like some of Bamberg's best rauchbier offerings), but the complex taste and exceptionally smooth mouthfeel makes this beer stand out, to me. No, this isn't a Schlenkerla, but this is its own unique take on the rauchbier style. (768 characters)

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Batch 1.

A: Average pour leads to moderate head which slowly dissipates leaving light lacing and a cap. Beer is a medium-brown.

S: Sweet malts, the beer is largely billed along those lines, and some smoke at the end. Not picking up the bacon others are, which is a shame because I like bacon.

T: Sweet predominates, grains, honey, caramel. Some smokiness on the finish and a little bit of heat from the high ABV.

M: Thick and syrupy, will be a bit of a chore to finish as a result, but all in all it's a good effort, almost a dessert beer.

Nice first go for Samuel Adams on this one.

6/9/13 update - aged a second bottle for nearly a year. Hasn't changed very much, perhaps a little less smokiness and heat. Balance is very good. Give it another .05 - .10 overall. (807 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This attractive beer was a dark ruby/mahogany color with a thick tan head. There was a little bit of lace.

Smoky aroma. Caramel malt. Very sweet. These all worked well together, making a very pleasant aroma.

Taste followed aroma very closely. Strong toffee and caramel with a smoky background.

Enjoyable, medium-bodied. Maybe a little on the sweet side. I liked it. (368 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright coppery color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains smoky malts, lager yeast, caramel and some of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and toffee up front that are quickly followed by a strong but not over-powering smokiness. The malt character is hearty and the hops presence is mild but complementary creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid smoked beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style. (819 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a glass, it has a red amber color body with a 2' tan creamy head to it. The aroma is of a smoky, malty ness to it. The taste has a rich deep smoke flavor followed by a sweetness malt on the back of the tongue. The mouth feel is bold and full, it grips the taste bud very well with the smokyness and sweetness. Overall this is a really good beer, great flavor and balance. Great job Saumel adams. (419 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (366 characters)

Photo of williamjbauer
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a weizen glass from a brown bottle

A - Deep dark amber with 2 finger khaki head with good retention and lacing.

S - Smokey, savory honey, spice, and most of all BEEF JERKY!

T - Sweet honey at the start and progresses into one of the weirdest beer experiences ever. Tastes like drinking straight up beer jerky, I kid you not. Notes of smoked salmon, grassy hops, caramel, smoke. Just a touch of alcohol.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, chewy.

O - A strange beer but still enjoyable. I bet this will pair well with rich cheeses. Couldn't drink this on a regular basis, but would make a nice session beer in the middle of winter. (648 characters)

Photo of MickeyD
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 22oz bottle into clean pint glass.

Appearance: dark red glow, one finger width head, good carbonation

Smell: dark caramel, smoked peat

taste: strong peat with roasted caramel and even slight floral hop with bite.

Mouthfeel: nice malt aroma with peat

Overall: I really liked this beer. I actually happen to like peat smoked beer and it is very hard to find and this beer has a good balance of smoked peat and a caramelized malt that I love. I would buy again if I can find it. (494 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Bomber bottle labelled Batch No. 1. Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass slightly chilled.

Appearance: Light caramel brown in color and pretty clear with a light brown head that recedes almost immediately. No lacing left on top.

Aroma: The first clear note that comes off is smoked meat, particularly bacon, but it is not overpowering and gives way quickly to some dark fruits and caramel sweetness. A touch of smoke, but nothing overpowering.

Taste: A strong smoke note hits first, notes of barbeque and smoked meat. As the smoke note fades a bit, the bock character of the beer really starts to shine. Nice caramel and molasses notes lend a nice sweetness. Finishes a bit sweet and a bit smoky. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Not as creamy as I would expect for the style and ABV, which is nicely hidden.

Overall, a nice and drinkable beer, especially at this ABV and for this style. The rauchbier notes are not overdone at all, but they could be a bit more, however they blend nicely with the bock notes. Nicely done and good for the price. Not sure if I would get it regularly, but definitely something I'm glad I tried. (1,182 characters)

Photo of ksimons
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A first batch bottle I'm just now getting around to drink. I'll try to not knock it for any age related issues.
Still an attractive beer. Nice tan head. Cloudy amber browns, pale red body. Sticky dripping lacing
Nice caramel with some smoke, but not excessive. Some oxidation (I at least need to note it). But nice bock aroma's.
Pretty big mouthfeel. Sticky and chewy in a nice lager like way. Good balance of flavors with the bock clearly there and a forthright but not excessive smoke stream. Very rich beer, it will be a little tough to drink the whole thing alone without something to eat to help cut it a bit. Gets all sticky on my teeth.
Enjoyable. Probably best with food.
Thanks brother. (696 characters)

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this "small batch creation" in a glass stein.

Appearance- I am really taken by the deep amber body. From the bottome of the glass, reddish-copper streaks beam. The head is no slouch either: a three-finger width monster the color of meringue. It is every bit as puffy as meringue as well, with decent retention and a smattering of webby lace.

Smell- A malty sense of caramel is here, even a little bready I suppose. The smokiness gives the faintest impression of smoked meat, not really charred wood or campfire. Hops are buried in the depths, earthy noble hops are coming through especially.

Taste- Very sweet and malty right away, even before the Rauch character of the beer has a chance to make an impression. The smokiness is most akin to a sweet and smoked pork, a little bacon, some pork ribs.

Again, it is not the huge, campfire and charred wood of some more prominent Rauchs, but it gets the point across. The finish leaves a little bit of hop bitterness in the back of the throat, mostly the noble hops working through.

The caramel quality and the smoked meat give the finish a maple and brown sugar-like flavor. It is one of the more decadent Rauch like palates you are likely to find.

Mouth feel- The malt overload leaves this beer feeling silky smooth. No real complaints here, I just wish it was a little drier and lasted longer in the finish.

Overall- A very sweet and almost dessert-like Rauch. I agree that this one has very little that reminds me of a bock, I suppose the uber-maltiness could make a case for it, but after the smokiness has had its way, those qualities have morphed into something completely different. I really enjoyed this beer, and would have it again. (1,707 characters)

Photo of zhanson88
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very clear amber color, with a fair amount of carbonation. Head is an off white color, that has extremely nice retention and lacing. All in all, a pretty nice looking beer.

Smell: I get some caramel and some fruitiness, all overlayed by layers of smoke. The smoke is definitely prevalent, but it doesn't overpower the rest of the beer by any means.

Taste: Caramel and fruitiness initially. Fruits that come across are of the dark variety, and give a pretty good showing in the overall scheme. Smoke really hits mid-palate and dominates the rest of the flavor. Some hints of dark fruits peek out as well, but the smoke is the main flavor the last half of the sip.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty nice feel, and it does drink lighter than ~9.5% ABV. Very flavorful but it stays reasonably drinkable. Pretty good rauschbier. Admittedly I'm notl experienced with this style, but this beer is pretty nice and not over the top in smoke flavor, which I appreciate. (1,016 characters)

Photo of JonB1958
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Like the other Sam Adams Bock, this pours an absolutely gorgeous deep red color. It has a nice off white head, and smells like a bock should: Bready and malt; but not so much like a Rauch should. There is very little smoke aroma to this.

Taste is good with a nice smooth creamy mouthfeel and a very subtle smoke flavor, certainly less than I expected. The smoke takes some of the sting of the high ABV and cloying sweetness of this beer away. Whats left is very smooth and highly drinkable.

Fortunately the base beer is good after the smoking; the rauch adds little to the experience. (586 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 03/03/12 notes. My girlfriend liked this one up at EBF so we bought a bottle. 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark amber color with two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smell's of smokey malts, dark fruits, toasted and roasted malts, burnt malts. Not a ton going on aside from some smokey malts.

t - Tastes of light smoke, sweet dark fruits, light brown sugar, roasted and toasted malts, bready malts. Better then the nose; some nice sweet fruit.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Nice body and easy to drink; definitely doesn't feel like 9.45% ABV.

o - Overall a nice rauchbier. The nose is a little one dimensional but the taste is really nice; it's lightly smokey and fruity. Would have it again. (755 characters)

Photo of Mdog
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy, cloudy red. Huge head of off-white bubbles. Stunning, detailed, frilly lace.

Nose is lively smoky bacon, with notes of salted meat and woody goodness. Wow.

Taste is similar, but heavier on the malty bock side. I get some of the woody, cured-meat flavor, but with a heftier sweetness on the palate than I was hoping for. Finishes woody and warming.

Overall, a curious and unique melding of styles, but not of the caliber as the Schlenkerla rauchbiers. (468 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of off-white foam on top of an amber-brown body with perfect clarity. The head dissipates fairly quickly but leaves excellent lace on the glass.

S - Strongly smoky with notes of brown sugar, caramel, and bacon.

T - Sweet, thick malt up front with notes of black bread and caramel. Smoky, burnt sugar in the middle and a finish of sweet malt, toffee, and lingering, smoky coffee.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Nicely done, it is a touch too sweet for my taste and this element becomes a bit cloying towards the end. However, the smoke is nice and the dark malt works well with it. Not quite Schlenkerla, but a good attempt. (703 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (943 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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 (479 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (342 characters)

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