Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Chocolate BockSamuel Adams Chocolate Bock
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Style:
German Bock
Ranked #62
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
83
Ranked #39,237
Avg:
3.66 | pDev: 16.12%
Reviews:
1,225
Ratings:
3,099
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
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Photo of Franziskaner
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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 -10.1%
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 -2.2%
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 +9.3%
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 Dinglehacker
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
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 +3.3%
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 -1.9%
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 -4.4%
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 +2.5%
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
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 +3.3%
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 -5.7%
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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Photo of kimlhurst
3.01/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Medium tan collar that reduces to edge-of-glass only with a little bit of lacing. Molasses odor. Vanilla taste with slightly sticky bitter aftertaste. Expected a coffee taste which I HATE so was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of MinerBob
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer pours a coffee color with almost no head. The smell is sweet cocoa and cola. The flavor is carmel and vanilla and extremely smooth. This was a sample pack and this is by far the best in the pack. Oh and it had NO IPA! Thank you Sam Adams.

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Photo of Profundobaso
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.
Look - two finger head that dissipates into about one with good lacing. beer itself is dark but still see through
Smell - roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee. almost stout like
Taste - velvety and smooth. flavor of the dark chocolate lingers throughout the sip, lingering into the aftertaste. slightly sweet finish.
Feel - medium bodied beer. the alcohol is detectable but not too strong.
Overall - this is a nice one to sip on. pairs nicely with some actual dark chocolate.

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Photo of GStone899
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Color is dark brown, smell is toasted bread, chocolate and dark malts. Taste is toasty with a little bit of char and also dark fruits. Minimal lacing and a quick dissipating head. Not bad for Sam Adams. Nice beer to enjoy on festivus. Wish there was more chocolate.

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Photo of FrothyBeard
2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

L: Very dark with a light tan head of foam that dissipates rather quickly
S: Smells almost like an alcoholic cola with a hint of chocolate undertones to it
T: Malty, yeasty and a bakers chocolate taste on the back end of the tongue but this does not play well together
F: It has the mouth feel of a sticky soda
O: This is not one of Sam Adams better offerings.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into Flute. Enjoy by May 2018.

L: Pours a dark brown when held up to the light, mahogany shines through.

S: Grainy, faint coffee and chocolate.

T: Lots of cheap chocolatey flavor masking the nice grain notes. Honestly this is gross.

F: Light, crisp, lingering cheap chocolate flavor.

O: Nasty stuff.

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Photo of Brookfieldglass
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The set up: 12oz bottle bought as part of a SA variety pack with APR notched on the month/date side of the label poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance : Poured a very dark brown, almost a dark brown with a red tint with a one finger head which quickly dissipated and no lacing present.

Smell: I'm picking up some yeast along with dark smelling fruits and caramel.

Taste: A lot like the smell, getting some yeast breaking through the overall sweet leaning caramel/fruit tastes.

Mouthfeel: Overall smooth, middle of the road body, moderate carbonation and finishes dry albeit a tad sticky at the end.

Overall: This beer was middle of the road for me. It smelled, tasted, and felt more like a Porter than a Bock. It is definitely drinkable but I feel like it could have been more in terms of depth and more true to the Bock style. Not a bad investment for a 12oz bottle but I doubt I'll revisit this again as I feel there are better representations of this style out there.

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Photo of mike22ne
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Smell and taste are plenty of chocolate, more like candy bar chocolate rather than dry roasted cocoa or malt sweetness. Feel is a bit too sweet for me.
Pretty good if you like some sweetness, but I think it gets too far away from the bock style. It almost feels like a sweet milk stout.

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Photo of jkblr
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle bb April 2018 poured into a pokal glass at fridge temp 5.8% ABV 11 IBU. The beer pours dense very dark brown with weak light brown head. The aroma is faint chocolate which smells more like chocolate malt than cocoa. The taste is pretty sweet bakers chocolate that fades off and dries up a little before leaving the palate. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, adequately carbonated, smooth but a tad cloying. Overall, good only if you don't mind a sweet beer. I like this one a whole lot closer to the bb date in past years.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best before March, poured into a perfect pint glass shows a rich, deep, mahogany brown body, floats a 2/3in variably-bubbled milk chocolate head, and leaves a clean glass behind.

Aroma, and flavor, is muted cocoa and a slight roast.

Mouthfeel is light and clean, with a cocoa powder aftertaste. Easy drinking.

Overall a nice Bock with good chocolate flavor.

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Photo of UnseeliePrincess
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is my first review so I may not be superb at this. My biggest cares are alcohol percentage, taste, smell, and uniquenesd. At a slightly above average abv level, it smells mildly sweet, kinda like caramel. And the taste is like a carbonated yoohoo!it took me back to my childhood. Its not very reminiscent of an actual beer but it does taste good. Its also a beer you can give a friend that doesn't usually like beers. Its not super hoppy and it tastes great over ice cream like a beer float.

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Photo of Dakin
4.44/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Very subtle smell. Notes of sweet milk chocolate coco. Smokiness like a campfire that's nice. Tobacco. Taste is great. Very smooth all the way through. Very flat chocolate milk taste. In a good way. No bitterness. Little bit of smokiness. Very good overall. Especially for a mass produced beer. 8.5/10.

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Photo of johnnybeerman
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Awesome beer. Easy drinking bock with a chocolate aftertaste that shines through after every sip. Reminds me of chocolate milk that I used to get in elementary school.

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Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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