Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Chocolate BockSamuel Adams Chocolate Bock
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Style:
German Bock
Ranked #60
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
83
Ranked #39,303
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 16.08%
Reviews:
1,238
Ratings:
3,125
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
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Samuel Adams Chocolate BockSamuel Adams Chocolate Bock
Notes: Rich & Decadent

This rich, decadent bock has a big, malty character with the added sweetness of chocolate. Extended aging on a bed of cocoa nibs imparts a smooth, complex flavor and velvety finish.
Reviews: 1,238 | Ratings: 3,125 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of JohnnyEd
3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Looks great when pouring, Smells good, as well. Tastes a little sweet, but chocolatey. Overall, a good beer, but not a great beer. The only way I have to get it is the Annual Holiday mixed pack. I've noticed that the labels have gotten more generic.

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Photo of Jones84
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this as part of a variety pack and LOVED IT!!! Smooth, a little sweet but not bitter. Need to find who sells 12 pack in Chicago area ~ will be a loyal, returning purchaser.

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Photo of peruser
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Just really like this beer; also only chocolate flavored beer my wife likes - other brands of 'chocolate' are a bit bitter. So far, i can only get it as part of holiday variety 12 pack. I would like to be able to get a six pack, or more, of it!

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with ruby highlights. Thin tan head. Milk chocolate smell with some malt, dried fruit, caramel l. Flavor follows. On the sweet side. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of VABA
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Pours a solid black color with a light head and lacing
A-Aroma has cocoa and raisin hints
T-the taste follows the nose with cocoa and raisin flavors
T-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good Bock

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Photo of Buckeye55
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber to black pour with moderate khaki head. Scent is fruity and chocolate. Taste follows with a not bitter roastiness. Just a bit shy of medium mouthfeel. Sweet and fruity aftertaste with a hint of roast.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark red almost black pour, smells fruity with sweet chocolate, some dark raisin, slight prune notes, hints of berry, thin molasses, cola, and some caramel. Tastes like sweet cocoa powder, rich chocolate, caramel, slight marshmallowy nougat, thin molasses, some dark fruit, roasty malts, and mild earthy hop. Feels lighter medium bodied with smooth moderate carbonation. Overall a nice and sweet chocolate bock.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark amber color, almost black, with reddish-brown highlights. Capped with a small tan head. Poor retention, specks of lacing.

Dark fruits upfront on the aroma. Raisins, prunes, cherry. Then chocolate and pumpernickel bread reveal themselves.

Sweet milk chocolate on the palate, just a hint of the prune and black cherry, sweet pumpernickel bread malt, and a candied maple syrup sweetness. Quite rich and decadent.

Oily slick mouthfeel, medium-light, moderately carbonated.

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Photo of Charliethebrit
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is a disappointment following the double and triple bocks I have had from BBC in the past
It looks OK - the head is gone very quickly
Smell is overwhelming of the chocolate malt, not subtle enough
It tastes overwhelmingly of the chocolate malt, which a brewer has to use very sparingly. It has a nice slight hint of yeast. It is a little on the sweet tasting side, probably by the liberal use of the chocolate malt.
It is not all that smooth.
I way prefer their simple bocks. But this is OK occasionally.

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Photo of EJPA_0425
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very holiday oriented beer. This is one of those beers that's meant to be drank in the winter. Pours dark brown with basically no head. Smells of chocolate and molasses and a bit like wine. Tastes extremely sweet. If you like sweet beers this one's for you, but I personally prefer my beer to be bitter and hoppy. Good for occasions. Not really good to drink it every day.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a muffin top taster pint; best by 04/2020.
A: Pours a seemingly crystal clear, brown color with burnt-orange highlights, a two finger, wheat to tan colored head, more than rim retention, and rings of Belgian lacing.
S: Tangy/tart with aromas of caramel, milk chocolate, and mocha in the mix.
T: Sweet. Flavors, by and large, follow the nose: very reminiscent of a Milky Way® in its flavor characteristics. Not picking up a lot of bitterness, but roastiness/bitterness is certainly there.
M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: This is a delicious, chocolate bock. For dessert, however, not dinner.

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Photo of PMakowski
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - dark red brown color, thick foam head and plenty of lacing on glass
Smell - very sweet aroma. Sweet chocolate, like hot cocoa. Some floral nectar.
Taste - liquid milk chocolate with roasted nuts and malt. Slight cherry flavor. Some hops hit at the back end, which is needed because it is almost too sweet. Carbonation is medium and body is medium, easy to drink for a dark beer.

Overall, an enjoyable beer if you like dessert beers. This is one of the sweetest beers that I have had from Sam Adams. It's not bland and it's got a good body for winter so i think they did a good job. Grade is an A-

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Black in color with little light penetration. There’s a fingernail of brown around the rim. Aroma is of cocoa powder. I’m tasting creamy milk chocolate. The mouth is smooth and viscous.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Midnight black with a thick tan head

Smell: Roasted chocolate

Taste: Cocoa, sweet, malty

Mouthfeel: Pretty heavy

Overall: Definitely has a nice chocolate flavor, but doesn't stand out enough. Not a huge fan of bock beers though

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Photo of RozzieBoy
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label notched April
L - Poured a dark brown, near black with two finger tan head which dissipated rather quickly. Lots of fizzing carbonation in the head. No lacing.
S - Chocolate and cocoa with some mild roast.
T - Follows the nose with some sweetness.
F - Thin mouthfeel with the semi dry finish. Kind of flat.
O - Expected more thickness overall, especially in mouthfeel. Pretty good beer.

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Photo of pubscout
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice sipping/dessert beer, but like its package mate Old Fezziwig, it's only available in SA's Holiday 12-pack. Can definitely taste and smell the cocoa, but it's not intrusive or overpowering. The minimal head fades pretty quickly, and whatever hops are present are just dancing across the stage. Smooth mouthfeel with a nice malt presence (it's a bock, after all), and would accompany most desserts rather nicely. I still prefer my old friend Old Fezziwig over it, though.

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Photo of HardCider
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear dark brown color with a light "chocolately" head. The aroma is fresh and malty, although subtle. The taste is of semi-sweet chocolate with a nice creamy texture. I also detect a coffee flavor; reminiscent of a quality coffee ice cream. Unfortunately, there is an aftertaste of an artificial sweetener, which pulled my taste rating down slightly.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this in a winter variety pack, poured into a dimpled seidel. Khaki head which doesn't last, cola black body.

Basic grainy, malty smell, but a very sweet, though slightly dark chocolate taste. Very smooth mouth, which makes the beer feel bigger than it is.

Outside porters & stouts, chocolate is often risky in beer, but I was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of MNAle
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sweet and roasty aroma, molasses and faint chocolate. Dark and opaque, with a deep ruby color revealed by a strong back-light. Head is relatively short, even with a vigorous pour, tan, receding quickly to a ring and thin cap. Stringy lacing slides quickly downs into the beer. Body is relatively thick. Taste sweet chocolate, more enjoyable that the other reviews led me to expect (I have to stop reading them first). Not as roasty in the taste as in the aroma with hints of brandy and raisins. The chocolate remains throughout, but the sweetness is moderated by a mild bitterness in the middle which carries through to the aftertaste. Nonetheless, this remains a fairly sweet beer, but never crosses over into overly sweet. I enjoyed it a lot. It is a welcome member of the Winter Classics box.

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Photo of Milktoast75
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark. Pretty much opaque. Off white head fades quickly to next to nothing. Roasted molasses, cocoa, light alcohol scent.
Taste or burnt chocolate, malt, malt biscuit. Not as much chocolate as I anticipated but that’s ok.
Smooth rich,feel. Low carbonation. Bitter lingering after taste that changes to smother edge.
A strange cross between a bock and porter without any satisfaction of either.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Way sweet, I get a lot of chocolate obviously. But even for a chocolate beer I feel it’s too strong. The toffee toastiness and other dark fruit flavors you’d get in a traditional bock are very much masked. It’s really not too bad and is what it promises to be. I’m just not a fan.

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Photo of Nass
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.5

The chocolate comes out wonderful in this beer as it blends with the sweetness that the bock style tends to have. I like this beer more than the Winter Lager but not as much as the Boston Lager. This is a beer that's not meant to be a session beer, it's 1 & done type of beer, but it's still interesting & a joyful treat around the winter time. Cheers! B

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Photo of Act25
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I rate this higher than BAs.
a) Dark brown opaque body with a tan thick cap, that laces and lasts little.
s) Roast, coffee, char, and chocolate.
t) Sweet dark and bakers chocolate that lasts that finds its balance in bitterness midway, and better as it warms. Nice blended with IPA also.
f) Low carbonation, good feel, nice finish.
o) A bit too sweet by half way I was eager to blend it with an IPA.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Solid black color, medium carbonation and body, fairly smooth feel to this beer. Aroma is mix of milk and dark chocolate. Taste was mostly chocolate, to me the chocolate was the most prominent flavor. It reminded me a little of chocolate soda,which I don't care for but this was fairly decent. Not sure I would go out of my way for it but still it was very enjoyable,especially as a dessert beer

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Photo of dkoehler42
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I opened one of these bad boys with an undetermined date of bottling. Upon opening and pouring this beer came out dark brown with a brownish-white head. The aroma emitted from my pint glass is rich of chocolate. After taking my first taste, I was disappointed by the lack of intense chocolate flavor up front, but it does have a good taste on the back of the tongue. It's not a bad mouthfeel, very smooth.

Maybe it's the bottle, but I was hoping for closer to perfection coming from Boston Beer.

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Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 3125 ratings