Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Bock - Traditional
Ranked #64
Ranked #41,319
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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TheLongBeachBum from California

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: Wow, a rather fancy looking brown glass Bomber with a silver foil oval obverse label that looks Roman.

Appearance: Dark black-brown. Chocolate Milk Shake meets Guinness

Nose: Reminds me of making milk chocolate crispies. The smell of melted milk chocolate and some toffee caramel invades the nasal passages with the annoying whisps of cocoa powder on the nose edges.

Taste: A quilted melted milk chocolate start, finish and ending and erm….. not much else. Powdered cocoa and some malted roast flavors that support the coffee and chocolate still rise in the middle and ending.

Mouthfeel: Like a thick melted cooking chocolate, slick and silky with a milk chocolate feel it slates with temperature.

Drinkability: Hmmm, sooo glad I did not have a Bomber of this all to myself.

Overall: Nice but HOLD ON !!!! $16 for this. Are you jesting?? Get Real!!!! How can they justify that price tag.

This is a **total** waste of money, and quite simply pure unadulterated commercial greed from our friends at Boston “gimme your money for our latest beery gimmick” Co. Don't believe me? Then why release it near Valentines Day then? (I still don’t forgive them for the Cherry Lambic!).

Just another "run of the mill" Chocolate Beer, save your hard earned money, and buy a bottle of Abbaye des Rocs Grand Cru and still have change for a decent meal.

Rather Over-Rated and *VERY* Over-Priced. IMVHO!

Feb 29, 2004
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Retroman40 from Florida

3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a deep brown, almost black color with a moderate head but lacing throughout.

S - A mild cocoa with some hint of malt - no hops at all.

T - Chocolate with a hint of sweetness from the malt.

M - Almost velvety smooth with a sweet finish.

O - This is "Yoo Hoo" for adults. Nothing you want to do a session with, but like a lot of Samuel Adams Specialty beers a nice change of pace.

Mar 07, 2014
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: January 21, 2016... GLASSWARE:Celebrator Doppelbock pokal... OCCASION: Cavs/Clippers on a Thursday... APPEARANCE: velvet black body wihth a brown head that rings out to an uneven smear; tracings are coral and fingers... AROMA: heavy chocolate beans are empowered by heavy toasted malts... vanilla and bread make this a beer worth breathing in over and over... PALATE: medium-bodied, enjoyable start with a smooth texture over the tongue... the finish is equally agreeable, smooth and lingering in its flavor... TASTE: toasted malts and cocoa beans, with vanilla, some vegetable notes, and peat--the overriding flavors agree with one another to a lactic consistency; among the better chocolate beers I have had... OVERALL: I recall sipping this with brother Jer in Morristown at the St. Patrick's Day parade--and loving, having it again, the drinkability is its most respectable quality, the flavor, its second--a quality pair, compliment I can give is that it belongs in this Ayinger Celebrator glass...

Jan 22, 2016
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer could easily be mistaken for a brown porter. I really did not get that traditional malt flavor that is associated with bocks nor did I get that lagered character either. The head was a bit fizzy and that told me right away that the body was going to be a tad thin which it was. The only saving grace was the chocolate in the aroma and flavor which was pleasant though seemed to be too sweet for me. A decent chocolate brew but I expected more body and a heartier character for what the bottle was going for.

May 15, 2004
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery out of a taster glass. Took the tour in March 2009.

A: Very dark, nearly black. Creamy tan head.

S: Lots of cocoa.

T: Quite a bit of chocolate. Some thin dark malt, and hints of vanilla.

M: Silky and smooth. Almost no carbonation. Medium bodied.

D: It's a sipper, but a very good one. Light enough to drink for a while. I'm glad they offered this one as part of the tasting, as I'd been hesitant to drop $15 on a bottle.

Apr 24, 2009
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oberon from North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow $14..99 a bottle well I guess you do what you gotta do,pours darn near black with a big rocky head that amazingly left no lace (would have gotten a near perfect score if it did).Big chocolate aroma to be expected seemed to be more of a milk chocolate than cocoa with a light orange note,alot flavor melding going on here of course a big dose of chocolate I also picked up a hint of smoke in there finishing very earthy and nutty very nice.Did not seem to be overly thin like others have said seemed right on to me,extremely drinkable and goes well with my wifes chocolate pecan pie but the that price is scary.

Nov 26, 2004
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light fizzy head fades almost instantly, dark brown coke colored with ruby light coming through.

nose has cocoa nibs, hot cocoa and creamy milk choc, caramel and vanilla are strong, bit of booze, sweet smelling, very light dark wheat aroma.

Taste starts with more chocolate, cocos nibs, milk chocolate and cocoa, creamy, fairly sweet with more caramel and vanilla, sugar daddy candy, light wheat flavors with hint of banana and clove like wheat beer, syrupy, little molasses, coffee syrup. Finishes semi sweet with more light choc, little bitterness, sticky syrupy and caramel.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb.

Overall not bad but not great, a bit syrupy and sweet, candy and choc extract syrup like tasting, like they made a light beer and just added artificial and natural chocolate flavorings. Drinkable overall though.

Dec 13, 2011
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Mit from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Pours a black reddish colour with zero clarity..mocha head that quickly dissipates.

Smells of roasted malt flavours chocolate....some

Very pronounced coffee and chocolate flavours. Almost chocolate milk flavor. Very tiny hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a little thicker. Almost like a syrup. Seemed perfect for the beer.

Overall this was quite good. Im not sure i could have tons at a time...i feel that it would get too cloying. I would buy again for sure.

Nov 17, 2014
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MUTINY from Virginia

4.31/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Long quick review. This brew never seems to get enough love in my opinion. Every aspect about it is subtle & nuanced, it pours beautiful - near-opaque with a light-caramelly head that lingers briefly. The nose is chocolate & dense maltiness with a hint of hop & booze (you really have to search for that booze). Altogether this beer smells so enticing to me. The flavors are dense but mild. Well-defined chocolate plays overtop a crisp hop hit that floats above the deeper malt notes. There is a trace of smokiness. This brew has a light, undercarbonated feel & I love it! I always look for this beer when it's around.

May 15, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

you have to admit, love it or hate it, its original. the pours is black as, with a small tan head that fades fast. smell is a little bit of dark cocoa, but more bitter dark malt than anything else, and a little sweeter english malt, but this is a dark ass beer for sure. the flavor is shockingly chocolate forward, not even dark chocolate really, but almost seriously like a milk chocolate bar, sweet and luxurious, tasty and tempting, dry in the finish, sweet malt profile, but the cocoa nibs are a deadset stud in this brew. not in love with the feel, as a little moe carbonation could lighten things up in a good way, but the texture is creamy and gentle, and the bitterness of the malt is a nice contrast to the chocolate. i think this is balanced quite well, and its not a slammer, but i could have a few of these no problem. may also be nice in an beer ice cream float. i like this more than i should.

Nov 28, 2012
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RonaldWilsonReagan from California

4.74/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Love this stuff. All the wonder of a great porter (yes I’m aware it’s not classified as such) without the thickness or heavy mouthfeel. Chocolate is subtle yet great. Smell and taste both are amazing. I could drink several of these at a time, but unfortunately BBC makes them difficult to get.

Aug 10, 2015
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this for the first time when it was released in the big bottle with the silver embossed label was on it. The bottle looked awesome and for the outrageous price I was hoping the stuff inside the bottle would be good too.

The beer poured out as a dark brown color with a brown colored head that turned into just a thin film over top of the beer. The aroma was pretty sweet actually, reminded me of a milk chocolate bar mixed with a bunch of malts. The taste was sweet up front with a chocolaty base that changes into a dry malt aftertaste. Overall the beer was at its best the first time I had it. After that the flavor didn't have the impact like it used to. It's not a bad beer at all. Worthy of trying with a dessert.

May 25, 2011
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Caveworm from Ohio

4.37/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams). Poured from the bottle into a nonic tumbler, this brew's head is three fingers thick and eggshell brown, with solid lacing, and a very dark brown, nearly black body.

I smell toasted malts with just a touch of the chocolate

Ok, I taste it for sure. Nothing too sweet or syrupy. I can still detect the malts as well. As it seems to be with the darker brews by Sam Adams, this has a balancing tartness at the end the rounds off the malts and chocolate sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium-light, smooth, and clean.

Overall, I'll choose to give Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) a 4.25. A good one to switch things up with; I may grab this throughout the colder months.

Nov 17, 2015
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a thick, foamy, tan head. It left patchy lacing.

S - It smelled of chocolate, tons of chocolate. Some sweet caramel aromas were present, too.

T - The name fits. It tastes like a sweet caramel bock with a lot of chocolate added.

M - It was crisp and yet still smooth. A light to medium bodied brew.

D - This is what it is: a chocolate bock. Would work very well as a desert beer. It found it on sale for $10.99 but it's still overpriced.

Jun 08, 2009
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased as part of the winter pack this year.

This one pours a dark mostly clear brown, with a foamy brown head, and not a whole lot of lacing.

Smells like sweet chocolate syrup, chocolate malt, and a little bit a lagery fruitiness.

This doesn't taste a whole lot like a bock underneath the chocolate assault here. The chocolate is definitely tasty, warm, slightly syrupy, and a little bittersweet. Reminds me of Swiss Miss powdered hot chocolate- not a bad thing in my book. I can catch some dark fruitiness on the back end that's pleasant and nice.

This is medium bodied, with a very sweet and creamy mouthfeel.

This one is pretty underrated, I definitely enjoyed it.

Dec 18, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a khaki head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, chocolate syrup, and milk chocolate aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild roasty bitterness with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a thick and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good bock with a nice chocolate presence in the aroma and flavor.

Jun 10, 2012
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark brown opaque body with a tinge of red highlights; small bone colored head with modest lacing

Smell: Chocolate nose, slightly burnt

Taste: Sweet chocolate that lasts for a long time and transforms in the mouth with a touch of bitterness in the middle; as the beer warms to room temperature, more of the bitter flavors come through, which make for a much better drinking experience

Mouthfeel: A bit thin for a beer so rich; very modest carbonation

Drinkability: Awfully tough to consume a bomber of this stuff; share it or you'll get sick of the sweetness.

Way too overpriced for what you get. I bought it once for the novelty but wouldn't purchase it again. Sure don't understand why Sam Adams would market a beer that is not conducive to repeat purchase.

Nov 21, 2004
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Zaktcc from Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a dark black color with a caramel colored head. About 1 1/2 fingers of head the dissipate slowly without lacing.

S - A robust blend of aromas mixing together chocolate, nuts and roasted malts. Fairly strong scented beer though very pleasant to the nose.

T - Incredible! Loved the beer with the first sip. Dominated instantly with flavors of chocolate, dark and bittersweet - delicious. This blast of flavor is followed by a mixture of nuttiness and malts. Leaves a sweet, lingering aftertaste. Defiantly one of the best tasting beers I've had - personally.

M - Very solid, full beer. Perfect amount of carbonation and very smooth beer. Not much else - highly drinkable.

O - I've come to greatly appreciate SA's. A great brewery that I feel many overlook due to their size. This beer is certainly no exception - beautiful from the pour to the last sip. I haven't had all too many bock style beers, yet this beer makes me want more. All in all phenomenally well done SA, keep up the good work! Will definitely be drinking this one again.

Nov 29, 2015
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ExtraStout from Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark, fairly opaque brown color, with garnet highlights. The tall, light brown head has a dense, foamy and frothy texture and good retention. Some foamy rings of lacing stick to the glass.

S: Mostly sweet in the nose. Some sugar cookie-ish sweetness, plus some caramel/toffee character. Light cocoa character stays mostly hidden behind the upfront sweetness, unfortunately. Vague notes of vanilla and nuts are detectable.

T: Sweet up front, with firm toffee/caramel notes. A persistent brown sugar character, actually. Chocolate flavor is much better than the nose initially indicated. Vanilla and nuts provide some flavor depth. There's little, if any, hop bitterness to balance.

M: Medium bodied. Velvety smooth, with creamy carbonation. This would be much better if it weren't as (relatively) thin in comparison. A pleasant aftertaste.

D: This is basic and borderline cloying, but momentarily tasty. A bit too sweet of a base bock is partially rescued by a very pleasant chocolate flavor. This needs more heft, more bitterness, and more carbonation. As it stands, it's a bit too thin and one-dimensional, even for a dessert-y bock.

Jan 01, 2011
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ChrisCage from Canada (AB)

4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Poured a rich dark brown color, with tinges of cola around the rim of the glass. Surprisingly, this didn't really have much for a showed up about 10 seconds after the pour and the tan colored foam swiftly dissolved, only leaving behind a ring of bubbles around the glass. There is very modest lacing on the glass and rather, more liquid residue resembling the aforementioned cola.

S- Very tempting aromas of semi sweet chocolate, but mixed in there as well is molasses, dark toffee, and mild coffee bean. Overall, the aromas are mild, with the chocolate coming off the strongest. Very little bittering hops....just more of a dry finish.

T- This is a nice rich chocolate flavored brew. It's not as nice as say a Young's Double Chocolate Stout, but this comes close. There are also sweet malty flavors that resemble caramel and mild mocha. Very mild bitterness on the finish....tasty indeed!

M- Not really a full bodied beer as advertised, but still a good effort towards medium fullness. The carbonation is fine and relatively mild, leaving a creamy chocolaty richness to swirl around the palate.

D- Yes please! I'd definitely enjoy these throughout my evening and wish I had more than the 4 that came with my winter sampler pack! Rich, sweet and comforting describe this best and I think most people who appreciate a decent brew will like this.

Nov 15, 2010
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imperialking from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Jan 10, 2012
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twowheelssoar from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%

Nov 15, 2011
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Nerudamann from Oregon

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle and into a Pilsener glass.

Look - dark brown with about 2 finger's worth of dark beige-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - subtle hints of spices (possibly the Ecuadorian nibs). Chocholaty as well, but that's a given.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Intensely chocolatey! Almost a roasted chocolate flavor. Well balanced between maltiness and hoppiness. Slight tinge of bitterness toward the finish. Understandably a little creamier in texture.

Drinkability - decent brew. A little overdone maybe in regard to the chocolate theme, but I think BB did a good job with this one. Definitely a nice Winter bock.

Jan 01, 2011
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cshull from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%

May 31, 2012
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RustyBoltz from Texas

4/5  rDev +9%

Oct 08, 2012
Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 3132 ratings