Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Bock - Traditional
Ranked #67
Ranked #41,679
3.67 | pDev: 16.08%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
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.
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Sigmund from Norway

2.44/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

RBESG 2006 Grand Tasting. 750 ml bottle. Dark brown colour, low head. Sickening chocolate aroma, like chocolate sauce. Very sweet chocolate flavour, too sweet for me, but probably nice if you "simply LOVE" chocolate.

Sunday at 09:19 PM
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Samlover55 from New York

3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks and smells alright.
Thin chocolate taste. Thin mouthfeel, was expecting more crisp as it's a lager after all.
Definitely not my favorite from Sam.

Jun 07, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark Mahogany with a 1/2 inch tan head, which dissipates. Minimal lacing.

Strong aroma of cocoa, toffee, slight coffee.

Taste is malty, chocolate, caramel, toffee. Sweet.

Full bodied, Light carbonation. Sweet finish.

This is a pretty good chocolate bock. One of the best chocolate beers I've had.

May 13, 2020
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4.79/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Now here's a rare beauty in my neck of the woods. I was privileged enough to try this one from a cousin out in Boston. This was rare there as well. It had the smoothest after tones and hints of dark chocolate. A subtle after tone of cherry. and a mass influx of aroma and thickness that made you appreciate the beer that much more. When I cracked it I took a huge whiff from the bottle, Hearing only good things about it. I took a quick taste before I let it breathe. Even in this shocking state where it was not allowed to breath it was inspiring and tasteful, chalked full of flavor. and kindness. I grabbed a glass from the freezer and proceeded to do a long and tasteful pour, Hitting the end of the bottle to leave some great head. The head was fantastic, breating beer Chocolate beer. Armoa beer. Felt nice on the upper lip. lasted quite awhile. until I took it down with glee. The only downside was wanting more, and knowing I would not be able to have it. A+ definatly in the top 10 for me.

Mar 08, 2020
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JohnnyEd from Georgia

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.

Jan 19, 2020
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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.

Jan 03, 2020
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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!

Dec 23, 2019
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

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.

Dec 23, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

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

Dec 22, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

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.

Dec 21, 2019
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

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.

Dec 15, 2019
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

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.

Dec 13, 2019
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Charliethebrit from Massachusetts

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.

Dec 06, 2019
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EJPA_0425 from California

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.

Nov 30, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

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.

Nov 29, 2019
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PMakowski from New Hampshire

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-

Nov 26, 2019
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Franziskaner from Missouri

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.

Apr 08, 2019
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bgillespie from New Jersey

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

Mar 15, 2019
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RozzieBoy from Rhode Island

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.

Jan 20, 2019
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pubscout from New Jersey

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.

Jan 06, 2019
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HardCider from Pennsylvania

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.

Dec 21, 2018
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Dinglehacker from Oklahoma

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.

Dec 18, 2018
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MNAle from Minnesota

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.

Dec 17, 2018
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Milktoast75 from Wisconsin

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.

Nov 22, 2018
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Scott17Taylor from Iowa

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.

Nov 18, 2018
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