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

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Samuel Adams Chocolate BockSamuel Adams Chocolate Bock

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TinusTime on 11-20-2003

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Photo of mnesporov
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: A 750ml bottle that I traded for.

Smell: A distinct sweet milk chocolate aroma with hint’s of earth/smoke

Appearance: A dark brown almost black color with a head that disappeared quickly.

Taste: A highly sweet chocolate brew with a touch of bitterness.

Mouth-Feel: Is a dry low carbonation with a smooth finish.

Drink-Ability: Is definitely a beer to go along with a chocolate desert!

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Photo of inglebk
2.99/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance. Almost black with a 1 finger tan head that leaves pretty quickly. Not much lacing at all.
Aroma. Chocolate, bready and sweet malts. Dark chocolate and coffee. Something a little funny I can't pick up.
Taste. Definitely chocolate. Coffee and water. Burnt oaky charred aftertaste. No hoppy bitterness that I can tell.
Mouthfeel. After the first sip it feels very thin and watery. Maybe had it too cold. Medium carbonation.
Overall. Not too impressed. Watered down and smelled a little funky. Glad it wad part of a variety pack.

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Photo of meathookjones
2.99/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit pricey at 15 bucks a bottle but I decided to pick it up anyway. This pours out a brown color with reddish highlights and a good looking tan head that quickly drops to a ring of bubbles. All I could detect in the aroma is chocolate and maybe a touch of roasted coffee. Chocolate is dominant in the flavor with hints of roasted malts and coffee stirring about but not much else. I love chocolate and beer but the taste just wasn’t doing it for me. Mouthfeel was a bit thin and well carbonated. Drinkability was fairly low as I was getting sick of the taste and had trouble finishing the bottle. Not something I would try again for that price but not a bad beer.

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Photo of stckhndlr
2.99/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Dark Dark brown with ruby red highlights. Carbonation bubbbles streaming from the bottom of the glass up to a 1 finger tan head. Thin lacing.

S- There's a malty yeasty smell to it but not of any particular flavor. Some faint chocolate in the end with some sugar. But it's really kind of a weak smell. Not really impressive.

T- A bready malt flavor with some bland sweet chocolate. Not really alot of big flavor in this one. A touch of roasted malt on the finish. Getting a tiny bit tinge of alcohol in there too.

M- Creamy and good body with a smooth carbonation.

O- This was a let down for me. I expected alot more chocolate flavor. To put chocolate on the label and then come up short like this is sad.

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Photo of soju6
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep amber color with a small tan head and bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of chocolate and dark fruit, primarily cherry.

T: Flavor of chocolate and a dark fruit sweetness, a bit of bitterness near the end and a sort of sweet sticky finish.

F: Fairly light body, quite smooth but a bit too sweet. Needs a bit more malt character.

O: Decent beer, but too sweet to realy enjoy.

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Photo of SamN
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I miss the big old bottles with the pewter logo. Made it seem special, for the holidays. Oh well.

Chocolate Bock pours fairly thick. Almost black, some light penetrates, but that's okay. This is a dark bock with lots of dark malts, not a thick ol stout. Not much of ahead, almost 1/2 finger before fizzling out. Smell is initially chocolaty and vinegary. Malt forward, dark roasted and clear chocolate. Powdery and somewhat thin aroma. Palette is greeted with cocoa powder and roasted malts, slight vanilla smokiness. There is a thin slickness of cloying sweetness over it all. Finish is somewhat dry, and on a coca/hops bitter note. I detect a lot of vanilla in this chocolate bock. Interesting. Mouth feel is initially quite fizzy and not pleasant, but after a while it losses the carbonation and smooths out.

Drinkability is not great. I don't want another, it was a bit of a chore to finish it up. Flavors were not what I expected, too sweet and too much smokey/vanilla. The body, too, makes the sweetness thicker a little too much.

'Fraid this beer is just not for me.

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Photo of wvu9787
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought A 2010 "Sam Adams Winter Classic" mix beer pack for 15.19+tax at local Walmart. The Winter Classic pack comes with 6 diffrent beers, 2 of each type (Winter Lager, White Ale, Holiday Porter, Old Fezziwig Ale, Boston Lager and Chocolate Bock) Beer poured into a 16.oz West Virginia Mountineers pint glass. 5.6% ABV

Apperence- 1 finger tan head, beer is a very dark brown/redish color, just about black.

Smell- Chocolate, Malt, and a little Carmel

Taste- Chocolate, Carmel, Basic Bock taste, Sweet, dry and a little bitter, not really too much flavor going on here and i didnt care too much for the aftertaste but its goes away pretty quick.

Mouthfeel- a little bit watery, not a very good mouthfeel at all, i was thinking this would be a more creamy beer, guess i was wrong.

Drinkabilty- Well at 5.6% ABV you could drink a good many of these beers but i really dont think i would want to, dont get me wrong its ok but thats just it...ok.

Overall I was thinking this beer would be great, However its turns out its just an ok beer, i must admit I do not like bocks very much and this is a better of the ones I have had,but I would take a Rogue Chocolate Stout over Sam Adams
Chocolate Bock anyday. Cheers!

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Photo of NuclearSoAndSo
2.97/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a beer mug.

Appearance- Poured a two finger cappuccino head; nearly black with amber tones coming through when held to the light. Head dissipated pretty quickly.

Smell- Earthy, and in all honesty reminded me of a wet dog... maybe it was me or maybe I got a bad bottle, I don't know.

Taste- Hits you with a malty chocolate flavor upfront and subsides to a metallic taste (which is distracting when it takes over). It finishes out with a nice chocolate aftertaste; kind of sweet.

Mouthfeel- Relatively smooth, but lighter than I anticipated; medium carbonation.

Overall- I couldn't decide if I liked this beer. It was like with one sip I liked it, I was enjoying the aftertaste, but after the next sip it seemed abrasive.

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Photo of cokes
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Sexy bottle huh? Maybe that's why my $15 dollars were so easily parted with.

Black cherry hued, with ample tan suds on top.
Smells roasty, lightly bready, with plenty of chocolate. Malty, and one-noteish. A slight astringent waft does not help.

This 750mL virtually mirrors me running multiple miles. Right at first, all is well, and I'm psyched to be doing it. Things start to drag a bit as time progresses, but I'm still doing ok. The later sections have me begging to be finished and only trudging along for the sake of completion. Afterward, I inform myself that I am fucking crazy, and vow, alternately, to never do it again / to get into better shape.

What are we talking about? Oh SA ChocBock.

Roasty sweet upstart. Caramel and vanilla nougat. And tons of them. Rich, milk chocolate floods in. This is the closest thing to a liquid candy bar I've ever experienced. Tasty and decadent, but nothing else. Some grape-jam alcohol notes arrive late, along with smothered strawberries. But nuance is limited on the whole, and the beer suffers as a result.

Fat bodied and filling. It goes down easy up front, but becomes progressively harder to drain. By the end, it is nearly a chore.
No, check that, it *is* a chore.

This is the sort of beer that creates the need to go exercise. Heavy and uncomfortable in the gut.

A 750mL is far more than I can chew.

It's worth trying, but split a bottle amongst a few homies. And split the cost while you're at it.

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Photo of wedgie9
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasted from 750mL bottle at Lush Roscoe. Pours a super dark amber with a medium gray-ish head that leaves nice lace around the glass. Nose is malted chocolate milk with dark roasted malts and even more milk chocolate. Flavors are very similar to the nose with milk chocolate and very dark malt and just a hint of sweetness. The body is creamy but not super heavy with light carbonation and a long roasted finish.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wow, a very rich flavored beer. Like a big glass of molasses. This thing is thick. Poured from the specialty bottle into a pint glass.
A - Very, very dark brown / black in appearance. A ½ inch medium brown head forms and falls in a few minutes to a swirly mass on top the beer.
S - A moderately strong roasty molasses like smell.
T - Tastes similar to a standard double bock in the beginning but sits heavier in the mouth. The chocolate note comes in as the finish. Roasted malt overtones.
M - Thick, slick, and heavy, low carbonation.

This was a good beer but just not as exciting as I had hoped.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Black with a one finger white head. No lacing.

S - Slight chocolate, mostly vanilla though.

T - Chocolate hops, that's about it though. Definitely chocolatey.

M - Lightly carbonated with a medium to heavy body.

O - Overall, not too bad but not great. I'd have again.

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Photo of mnrider
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. brown bottle. Fresh.

A: Pours a deep black with a nice cocoa colored head that
turns thin within a minute. Lots of carbonation can be seen.

S: A weak mixture of roasted malts, cocoa and faint hops.

T/M: First thing I notice is the sweetness. After that a
mixture of roasted malts and chocolate flavors create a nice
smooth feel. Alcohol comes through a little and theirs not
much of a hop presence. A semi-bitter aftertaste.

O: A little to sweet for me. A Bock? Excellent chocolate
presence saves the brew a little. However, not much else
going on for it.


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Photo of bound4er
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

From a Holiday pack.

A. Dark brown with a tan head of 1 finger. The head breaks pretty quickly to leave a full covering skim.

S. Roasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate and whipping cream.

T. More sweetness than I prefer - this comes across in a plodding, unfocused manner. The roasted malt and chocolate on the nose is nowhere to be found in the taste. I only get sweet malt. Odd.

M. Medium to full bodied with good creaminess. No carbonation.

D. Too sweet for more than one. Not something I will seek out again but glad to have tried it.

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Photo of wrycon
2.94/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks dark as night. Want to say it's slightly brown, but hard to tell. No real nose to speak of - some chocolate. Initially tastes bitter and watery like a bock. The chocolate pops its head in during the mid-point, but drops out just as quickly. Then ends bock-like, pretty clean with a small sour and large malt finish.

Like it? It's ok

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Photo of Reagan1984
2.94/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fizzy tan head fades quickly. Some light lace. Dark brown with a shiny finish.

I don’t like the aroma and I can’t pinpoint why. Not dank like an overly hoppy beer, but dank. Almost a little like dirty dish water. I’d consider the glass to be an issue, but this is my second beer and there was no issue with the last one.

OK, instantly reminds me of Count Chocula cereal. Almost an artificial cocoa flavor. Like a chocolate bread or cookie. A touch of caramel underneath.

Almost powdery on the tongue.

Ehh, it’s ok. Not too exciting.

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Photo of psuKinger
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Review written from notes at the new downtown Sharp Edge.

A: Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black, with a thin off-white head on top that dissipated quickly.

S: Muted smell of dark malts and chocolate.

T: Wow. Choc-o-late... A ridiculour amount of sweet chocolate in this guy. A rather simple beer, actually, the dark munich lager backbone is in the background. This beer is what it claims to be and what it aimed to be. I've had other "chocolate beers", and have never tasted one where the chocolate actually shines through as brightly as it does here.

This is a one-trick-pony. Not a lot of layers here, just thick chocolate.

M: Relatively thin and unremarkable from a mouthfeel standpoint. Leaves a nice flavor of chocolate on the finish.

D: This is not terribly drinkable for me. It has a huge *wow* factor of chocolate initially, but as I worked through the glass it just didn't do it for me. I grew tired of this and would not have wanted to follow it with another one.

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sam Adams Chocolate Bock...in a bottle from the holiday pack.

Appearance-deep dark color, light black, creamy white head, leaves quickly, no lacing.

Smell-chocolate mixed with malt, decent aroma, alcohol well hidden

Taste/Mouthfeel-milky upfront, notes of chocolate and toffee, syrupy as well, hops are hidden, not a lot of malt backbone, finishes with a last helping of chocolate.

Drinkability-not sure about having a ton of these, milky and syrupy, how would the stomach handle that?

Overall-ehhh, ok as a holiday beer for something different but not great and I was not thirsting for more.

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Photo of LtCracker20
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Taken from notes. Strangely it says "An ale..." Oh well...

A- Pours a dark brown body with reddish hues. Thin khaki head that bubbles away to a thin cap quickly. OK lace.

S- Roasted malts, sweet milk chocolate, grainy, bready with out malt sweetness. Slightly acidic.

T- Slight malt sweetness flashes by very fast, flollwed by cocoa and nothing more.

MF- Medium body with more that enough carbonstion. More of a novelty than a good bock. More of a chocolate porter. A little tasty, but not close to style.

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Photo of Zraly
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown in appearance, chocolate and coffee by scent...pours with a fizzy, tan head. Looks like your typical porter poured at the local pub.

The flavor is thin and not at all what I was expecting. I was hoping for a rich, hearty, semi-chewy punch. What a receive is mostly an off-coffee note with some weird, sugary, citrusy twang in the finish.

I think, overall, this brew fails as a bock. I would consider this more along the lines of a fusion/experimental beer. It has the presence of a porter and the flavor of a dark lager that has been adulterated with a shot of espresso.

It's okay for an after dinner drink. But I think there is better out there for your tastebuds and your wallets.

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Photo of tbern007
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From the S.A. Winter pack.
Holy Chocolate!!
A- very dark brown, almost black. Very little head, did not last at all.
S- smells like dark baking chocolate, very slight smoke.
T- chocolate throughout, some malt. No to little hops. Very sweet. Slight smoke.
M- average. Good carbonation.
D- rare occasion that I will want this. Too sweet for me.

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Photo of BullDurham
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured a dark brown, when held up to the light a nice red color is seen. A tall tan head hangs on just for a few seconds and leaves little trace.

Smell: Nothing very strong, Roasted/burnt chocolate, that is all. Simple but nice.

Taste: Roasted malts, Little chocolate, touch of vanilla, and a slight bitter taste at the end, which seemed out of place.

Feel: Very light, water-like, but smooth. Little carbonation.

Drink: Not so sure I want to finish this bottle off. Had my fill in just one glass.

Overall: To be honest I bought this because of the bottle, looks nice. But I will not buy this again. Much better beer to be had for the price (about 15.00).

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Photo of BigPlay1824
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a pilsner glass

A: pours a very deep brown with a slight reddish character that is perfectly clear and has ample carbonation bubbles, pours with a finger and a half of fine bubbled tan colored head that disipates pretty rapidly and leaves no lacing
S: slightly sweet chocolate malts with a slight scent like a powdered chocolate milk mix
T: ok, not bad, begins with a nice milk chocolate note which is overall pleasant then it moves into kind of this odd, once again powdery chocolate taste which lingers, unfortunately, on the palate, starts nice but doesnt finish the same
M: silky, thick kind of like chocolate milk, gentle carbonation, leaves the mouth with a silky coating
O: ive been spoiled by the other chocolate brews out there, the last two, this one and saranac's were just sub par, the quality, to me, seems to be where they are lacking, it literally tastes like they use powdered drink mix

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Photo of maxpower
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown almost black with a decent creamy brown head that leaves some lacing. Sweet dark chocolate aromas, buttery chocolate flavors, medium bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel, finishes a bit too sweet, overpriced for what it is, I was disappointed.

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Photo of KaitouShiroi
2.91/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Look: Pours a dark, espresso-brown, without much head at all. What head does form quickly dissipates, leaving no latticing at all.

Smell: Faint malty smell, though the chocolate is definitely the overwhelming characteristic.

Taste: Smooth, silky, with coffee notes at the beginning, turning to a rich dark-chocolate taste in the middle and back. Doesn't taste much like a bock, as far as maltiness is concerned, and hops are pretty much non-existent. Just on the tolerable side of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, though a little thin. Leaves a slight coating after going down.

Drinkability: Due to the high sweetness, I don't think I could drink more than one or two in a sitting. Not a bad beer as a result, but not one you want to do more than a couple in an evening. Maybe best as a desert sort of thing due to the sweetness.

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