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

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Samuel Adams Chocolate BockSamuel Adams Chocolate Bock

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TinusTime on 11-20-2003

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Reviews: 1,193 | Ratings: 2,968
Photo of twi1609372
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm pretty shocked to see nobody else gave this beer a 5. I'm also surprised at some of the bad reviews. this is an exceptional beer. so what if the alcohol content is only 5.6%? and the price is $15, this inst a beer meant to be drunk every day. it's made for a special occasion. If you want raw alcohol drink 25 bud lights, you wont get anywhere near the taste but you will get a lot of alcohol.the taste is blended just right so you know it's beer but you know it's a different beer. It's a "chocolate bock" it will be somewhat sweet, get over it, it's not as if it was dark bock, you know it's sweet before you drink. The only question "is it too sweet?" and "is the beers flavor aside from the sweetness too low?" You don't want to have two distinct flavors so great that they compete with each other and i think the mixture Sam Adams came up with was good. It a beer with a coco taste. you taste both but neither totally dominates the other, although it may be a bit sweet for some tastes.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent beer everytthing i described in the Cherry Chocolate Bock this beer deserves a 4.9 rating but i cant rate beer at 4.9 with my options on the menu but not a bad beer one of my favs especially when i could get it but now its replaced by the even better cherry chocolate bock. there is a reason why i save the chocolate beer to the end

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Photo of scratch69
4.97/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I poured a bottle into a Samuel Adams glass.

Appearance- Clear dark brown with a fingers worth of head. Nice amount of lacing.

Smell- Chocolate with a whiff of malt.

Taste- Chocolate with a hint of malts.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, creamy, and crisp. Nice carbonation.

Overall- Great tasting beer. I wish they sold this year round and by the case. I love the chocolate flavor.

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Photo of wisebier
4.96/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L: dark black . Little Amber tints in light . Nice dark cream head that goes away fast.

S: a lot of chocolate cocoa malts

T: tastes like it smells. So good. Chocolate upfront and then sweetness to bitter at the end.

Really good beer. It is what it is. Job well done.

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Photo of blakesell
4.94/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750ml bottle into belgian style 'Cereal bowl' glass. Labeled best before May 2006

Appearance- Opaque, no head to speak of, reddish hue when held to the light. Minor lacing.

Smell- Chocolate and lactose sugar. Extremely chocolatey. This is candy.

Taste- Creamy chocolate with a good malty sweetness.. Oh, my, god. This is everything the hype has led up to on this beer. I want another full case. This is amazing.

Mouthfeel- Refreshing and chocolatey. This is a panty dropper for certain. Creamy chocolate and excellent balanced malt character.

Drinkability- Very. I could drink this for hours and the ABV reflects this. Wow. I need more and it's all gone. My friends are lucky I'm not a greedy man.

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Photo of ChefSchipull
4.92/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was recommended in a local liquor store as I was picking up something else at the time. I was told that it was only released once a year and I thought I would give it a try.

Sam Adams chocolate bock poured a deep brown with very dark red tones. Small frothy head that dissipated fairly quickly.

The smell of this stuff alone is worth the $16 I paid for the 25oz bottle. Chocolate is the only smell I noticed. I must have been too hypnotized in the initial waft of chocolatey goodness to pay attention to any other flavor characteristics.

This stuff was exeptionally smooth, medium carbonation, with great chocolatey aftertaste. I would definitely recommend this beer to anyone, even if you dont like beer!


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Photo of FlatRabbitRed
4.88/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very good beer, look forward to seeing it pop up from time to time in the varity cases. Well rounded beer, a knack that the brewmaster at Samuel Adams repeatedly demostrates. As a homebrewer I wish I could make one like this.

Chocholate, black malt, not heavy ....very smooth, similar taste and mouthfeel bitter aftertaste ....very nice!

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Photo of rosszimm36
4.87/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Not a typical Bock drinker, or a huge fan of straight-up chocolate beers, but this was great. Yes, it's very sweet, and very chocolaty, but come on, it's in the name.

Pours brown with very little head. Has a sweet dark chocolate aroma. Mouth-feel is smooth and creamy with very strong flavors of milk and dark chocolate making this essentially the cold hot cocoa of beers. Also has notes of toasty malt that balance it all out and give it a more typical dark beer flavor. You can really taste the real cocoa it's brewed with, and to get a better idea of the flavor I'm talking about, try a bit of the baking cocoa next time you make brownies. Delicious, rich, and almost over powering, this is an great treat/dessert beer, but I wouldn't have more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.83/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer once before from a liter bottle. This year, Sam Adams put it in their Winter Sampler in a normal size bottle. I poured it into a New Belgium tulip. This beer is absolutely awesome! One of my favorites! Rich, dark, complex and absolutely delicious!

This is a southern thing that many may take a double take at...but have you ever had chocolate and biscuits for breakfast? It is a cocoa and sugar syrup poured over buttered biscuits. Well, this is the beer version of that.

A- Rich, dark pitch black. Creamy foamy head that retains nice lacing.

S- Dark chocolate and malty. Ripe grapes. Slight oat smell. Hint of coffee.

T- Not overly sweet. Rich dark belgian chocolate in the front with a milk chocolate (think Hershey bar) in the aftertaste. Not too strong. A roasted oat in the middle with slight caramel tones. Very complex. Hint of coffee.

M- Creamy, smooth and perfectly balanced. Medium balanced. Not too heavy for such a rich complext beer.

D- Liquid dessert. Sweet but not overpowering. If you like chocolate pie, you'll love this. The medium body and creamy feel are divine. The chocolate with caramel tones makes this beer absolutely delicious. It gets better with each sip as it warms up. Perfect holiday beer. Deep, complex sweet flavors. One of the best balanced dessert beers I've ever had.

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Photo of clvand0
4.82/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's been a while since I've had this one, but I remember it like it was yesterday. That was one gorgeous bottle. Poured a very dark brown color with a tan head that dies off pretty quickly. The aroma is almost all chocolate with a little sweet malt thrown in. The flavor had a very nice chocolate character to it and it leaves some dark and roasted malts around toward the end. Extremely smooth and a full, thick body. I could drink this beer all day and all night.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.8/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Drank 2 bottles of this just 2 months after it expired. I heard it gets better with age.

Appearance - Dark chocolate color, lacing, nice foamy head.

Smell - malts, choclate, cocco, alchol ting to it.

Taste - Heaven, I love chocolate! hops and malt, taste. Goes down smooth.

Drinkability - I love this, can taste it like it was yesterday. top of my list. Hard to find, but I know it shows up here and there. Rumor was they were going to reproduce it but then heard another rumor that it was not true.

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Photo of jaz
4.8/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOW! This beer was fantastic! Poured very dark but not black, with reddish hues and nice thin creamy head. The aroma was sweet with rich malt and chocolate. The taste was a true delight, extremely smooth with a soft cream feel, with robust dark malt, carmel, and chocolate lingering on the tongue. The bottle drained way to fast, saddening me to no end. It is expensive and hard to find due to limited brewing, but definitely worth it. One of the best bocks I've had in a long time. The bottle remains to adorn my china hutch!

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Photo of LyonsHead
4.79/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep mahogany brown. nearly opaque. nice tan head which dissipated quickly.

S: roasted malt, bread, and chocolate cocoa. Almost a brownie like scent in the background

T: big malty sweetness. There is a bread like quality to this beer. The chocolate is definitely present but not overpowering and it lends itself brilliantly to the sweetness of the malt. The aftertaste of this beer is the best part, it leaves you feeling like you swallowed a candy bar. There are also hints of vanilla and a plum like characteristic.

M: very smooth, medium body

D: at 15 bucks this is a steeply priced brew... but man is it good! I think it gets a bad rap because of the price tag. I will admit it is over-priced, but its definitely still a fantastic chocolate bock.

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Photo of jayrod20
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

WOW Dark chocolate color with red highlights and a tan head. Head doesn't stick around or leave any lacing, damn.

Smell is rich and chocolatey. Malt is hidden behind the cocoa aroma with no sign of alcohol or hops.

Man... it's like liquid chocolate. Strong chocolate presence as it warms. Pretty good and not overly sweet.

Goes down ultra smooth with a silky, milk chocolate feel.

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Photo of Dadoftwogirls
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's funny what beers appeal to which people. I wasn't sure how I was going to like this one when I got it as part of the Winter Sampler. But I can honestly say, this is one of the best "chocolate" beers that I have had. It pours great and has a dark brown, almost black appearance. Aroma is great and hits you with complexity and rich chocolate. It goes down very easy and makes for a great winter after dinner brew. For some, they may find it a bit sweet. However, I find it to have a deep burnt chocolate flavor that goes down extremely smooth. Keep them coming!

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

One of my favorite winter seasonal beers. Missed out on it this year and am still a little depressed about it. Smooth with prominent chocolate malt flavor. Love this brew!

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Photo of RonaldWilsonReagan
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.

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Photo of hdofu
4.7/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as part of their seasonal pack this year... it poured cola with a dark cola color. Smell is intensely of cocoa, taste is intensely smokey cocoa with hints of a strong vanilla finish. It has a pretty thick mouth feel and very little alcohol burn.This beer really is different, but different can be a good thing, this is not a session beer, it shouldn't be one you'd go to for a beer fix its more like most chocolate beers, a desert.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.7/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2nd to last bottle remaining from the winter 2008 release.

Poured from the 22oz. bottle into a stemmed glass.

The color is a nice dark brown to black with a light brown had with about three fingers two fingers of some really nice looking foam.

The smell is malty with some dark chocolate flavor that is pretty right up front. There is also some slight vanilla aroma.

The taste is pretty creamy, with a nice malty chocolate flavor. Is a bit like Chocolate milk with the warming feeling of alcohol to give a slight bit to the taste. Is pretty tasty even with a little age on it and is better than some chocolate stout I have had.

The feel to this beer is a pleasant medium bodied bock with a pretty light feel with some wisps of alcohol that does tend to make this beer feel heavier at times.

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Photo of camillo13
4.7/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I had this in two different forms. The first serving (750ml 2006?) was among the best beers I've ever had. I wish the second time (2011, 12oz) was as good. The numbers I've awarded are based on the first dosage.
The mouthfeel was smooth and almost silky, the second time was in 12oz bottle form and more watery.
The chocolate was was balanced with bitterness from the dark malts and chocolate nibs inclusion. The 12oz form was less balanced and frankly less good.
Wish Sam would release the 'big bottle' version again.

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Photo of acehart1
4.68/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2005 vintage, sampled on Jan. 22, 2011.

This has gone from a 22-year old out of control Snooki-like girl to Stiffler's mom. Incredibly well-balanced, dangerously smooth. This stuff mellows out a ton...Very, very nice. It said to drink the bottle by March 2005, but we didn't listen. Got damn.

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Photo of lsrose
4.65/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer set me on a binge of chocolate stouts and other malty beers this whole winter. I went through lots of the variety packs just to get this beer, and I still have some of the my lesser favorite ones lingering around.

This is a wonderful chocolate winter beer. Hopefully, Sam Adams will continue to bring this beer to a higher profile and release it in 6/12 packs next year or even on tap.

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Photo of Duxx
4.64/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a couple of these at a christmas party last night. Just drinking them out of the bottle so I can't say anything about the appearance.

The taste very chocolate with just a hint of malt sweetness. There was no pronounced hoppiness. I have been looking for chocolate stout recipie for a home brew batch. If I could get this taste in my homebrew that would be awesome.

Mouthfeel was creamy with minimal carbonation that was just right for a chocolate beer.

As for drinkability, there were 2 in beer cooler and I had them both. Would of liked to have had a couple more.

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Photo of chrismg
4.63/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Not exactly black but one dark brew. The head is off white with a decent amount of lacing.

S - It certainly smells like a rich dark chocolate bar. The smell doesn't exactly hit you over the head but it's certainly a presence of chocolate and nuts.

T - This beer definitely lives up to its name! It's very chocolaty and creamy. I feel like this would go great with a simple vanilla ice cream. I'm very pleased with this one!

M - Medium/Heavy. It's creamy and goes down slow.

D - I'm in no rush to plow through six of these. It's easy to take my time drinking this one!

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Photo of nriech
4.6/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark great smelling beer. Great to sit back, relax, watch a movie and just smell, taking a few sips now and then. Rich taste, lots of chocolate. Dont gripe about the price, this one is worth the $12-14 you're gonna pay as its not an every day drinking beer. Im keeping one of these on hand for those visitors who havent tried anything but the standard american beers, definatly a convertor. Try drinking with some Guinness marbled swiss cheese, a perfect match.

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