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

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Samuel Adams Chocolate BockSamuel Adams Chocolate Bock
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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

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Added by TinusTime on 11-20-2003

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Photo of GBB
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aptly named. Pours a very dark brown color different hues of black and red hues throughout. A little dark then say a typical bock style but ok. A soft off white head with good retention and lacing through the slow tasting.

The aroma is not at all surprising influenced with chocolate. Almost a coco powder chocolate aroma. A distinct Munich malt but light and more of a generic malt smell backs up the beer. Some minor yeast notes with light plum, but almost to clean. Would have liked to see more of the bock character come out.

The taste is a bit sweet even for bock standards. Although it is a chocolate bock so eh. Gives it more of a milky sweetness that leaves a lactic after taste. Some notes of generic malt backs up the chocolate well, but not very distinct on the Munich tones. A nice backing with some complexity but would like more of the German malt notes to come out. There is a bitterness that enhances the chocolate notes as well. Very clean yeast, brewed very nicely.

The body is sweet and the body if full. Maybe a bit too sweet, but there is an astringency that lingers into the finish. Overall a very interesting beer.

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Photo of jsanford
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark, cola-brown with a thin, short-lived ivory head. Leaves a bit of haze on the surface for quite some time.
S - Well, it smells like chocolate. Getting lots of cocoa powder and roasted cocoa nibs, with a good amount of dark roasted and caramel malts, a bit of molasses, and just the faintest whiff of smoke. I like this.
T - Chocolate dominates again, with just a touch of vanilla and dark malt. This tastes like a fudge brownie in beer form. Somehow SA managed to make this sweet but not cloyingly so. Really surprised by this!
M - Medium-thin bodied with low carbonation. The mouthfeel works well with this beer, if it was thicker I think it would be tough to get through.
D - I really liked this, but one is plenty for an evening. Still, this was a very happy surprise in the Winter Classics Mix, great choice, SA!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

As Sheepnutz gave this beer to me last November to celebrate my 39th birthday, so too do I drink this Boston Beer product in honor of the Boston Red Sox to celebrate their most historic comeback, unmatched in all of baseball history. A momentous occasion for review # 300. Well done, Sox. This Bock's for you.

Appearance - pours a dark ruby brown with almost 3 foamy fingers of tan head. Mmmmm...

Aroma - a restrained crackery malt nose. Some faint chocolate, getting slightly more aromatic as it warms. Overall a little underachieving considering the grandiose of the bottle and all.

Taste - thick malt base sets up a sweet chocolate middle. The swallow allows some roasted malt flavor in and delivers a finish that has lingering chocolate sweetness alongside warm coffeelike roastiness. A fine taste, yet somehow I was expecting more.

Mouthfeel - silky smooth, like velvet, truly the one area of the profile that lives up to the billing. Moderate carbonation is right on target, a wonderful residue that prolongs that taste experience.

Drinkability - somewhat below the top shelf experience I anticipated, but a delicious bottle of beer nonetheless. Thanks, Ryan!!

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Photo of Capsfan90
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mphopkins99
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Black body with some reddish tones. Thin head, some of the lacing hangs around.
S - Sweet, a definite dark chocolate presence.
T - Sweet malt, very chocolatey with a hint of caramel and coffee.
M - Carbonation almost non-existant. Very rich.
D - As a beer, its very drinkable. However, the price in my opinion hurts the drinkability. It is significantly over-priced in my opinion.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a Christmas gift that was BB April 2009, suddenly I know why Premier Gourmet had this on sale in March. In any event, there is a fizzy tan head initially atop a cola-black liquid; soon only a ring is left. Smell was of chocolate almonds, not overly sweet. I thought the body was sufficiently smooth, nice texture, a lit thin in the body. Smell and taste were best soon after opening, air did not seem to develop much beyond that. Still, I thought that the first half of this beer was delightful with hot chocolate notes, cocoa beans, well balanced and not too sweet. There was also a toasted malty backbone that complimented the chocolate notes. With air and warming, it went a bit flat and the lovely flavours were less pronounced. Too bad I didn't pick some up on sale in March, exceedingly drinkable.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Like the SA coffee stout, this is an inoffensive but slightly boring brew. It's pretty flat in the glass, but dark and clear.

It's malty and sweet. The chocolate is way under the lat, and that;s good. It's extremely well balanced (to a fault).

Hopefully next year SA will switch these out for other styles. I miss the lambic.

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Photo of masi3vol
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was rather pleased with this beer. A distinct but not overpowering taste of chocolate combined with a tangy wheat flavor. I would have preferred a more full bodied mouth feel with a more delicate carbonation but still a good beer overall.

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Photo of MaduroMike
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark brown/black with a thick tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

S - Sweet malts, hints of chocolate, coffee and vanilla. A touch of hops.

T - Malty sweet, chocolate, cocoa is very subtle with hints of caramel and vanilla. Faint flavors of coffee and toffee. No taste of hops as in the smell.

M - Creamy smooth, little carbonation, medium bodied.

D - Enjoyable, could drink another, but the price is very hard to swallow.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not bad. Not as disappointing as some reviews would lead me to believe, and not a shining star like I thought this was going to be when it was first released. Poured a dark reddish brown colour that barely let any light pass. Had a light tan foamy head that subsided to a 2mm haze in about 60 seconds. The smell is astonishingly chocolate. To me, anyway. It is also important for me to mention that the date on this bottle is March 2005. At 5.6%, I wouldn't think this would really be palatable after a year and change. Not to mention I got this from a guy I know who works for Sam Adams who has had these since they came out. I have no idea how he stored them. Anyway, it seems to taste fine. The smell, like I said, is mad with milk chocolate; the taste, not so much. When you first take a sip, there's a brief moment where the chocolate is immediately identifiable and fairly strong. Then, just as quickly as it came, it's gone and you're left with some roasted malt and a few flavour profiles I cannot readily identify. The mouthfeel seems thin for what this is supposed to be. It is, however, pretty smooth and drinkable. Overall, I thought this was pretty good, but I am really, really glad that I had someone kind enough to give me a bottle and I didn't spend $16 on this. I might have been a bit irritated otherwise.

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Photo of DinoBlueShoes
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2ellas
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with an average mocha head
smell is a hint of chocolate
taste is more cocoa than chocolate if that makes sense. I don't eat sweets but this was pleasant
Feels nicely carbonated with a good slickness
Overall a good beer for a mix pack. Glad to have tried it

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Photo of thespaceman
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle (Winter Sampler Pack) into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint

Appearance: Pours a medium brown in color, slightly tan head starts to emerge and slowly dissapates into just a thin wisp of lace. Head retention is decent, not enough to blow my socks off.

Smell: Up front I get a small dose of earthy hops, very grassy, yet the chocolate aromas lay in the backround a bit unpronounced. They start to emerge more as this warms in the glass yet it's overtaken by more of a toasted malt spice and small residual hop aroma. Decent balance just not what I would expect from a chocolate bock.

Taste: There we go! Let's pull a complete 360 from the look and smell and get to the good stuff. Up front I get a bit of oatmeal like sweetness, very small yet profound, with a nice dose of milk chocolate. Bread like maltiness is quick hitting yet very profound. A small tinge of hops linger in the backround yet the malt spice really takes it's toll on your taste buds. Finish consists of a jab of vanilla and some more light chocolate sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied on the tongue, carbonation is right where it should be, not to overhwelming yet not too hard on the taste buds. Nice dose of bitterness plays in yet is well rounded with the addition of the malt here.

Drinkability: Overall, a great addition to the Winter Sampler from Sam. The looks and smell are very mediocre, yet once you taste this, that goes all out the door. The chooclate really comes through nicely on the back-end, and the nice oat taste really compliments it in all fashions. With the atrocious Cranberry Lambic and Coastal Wheat out of this year's mix pack, this beer is a perfect addition to complete one of Sam's best mix packs to date.

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Photo of kleffman
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to this beer for awhile, and the bottles are rather exorbitantly priced. Luckily O'Briens got a keg.

Pours a dark brown with not a ton of head, but what is there is a creamy tan head. Slight retention.

Aroma consists of a bold chocolate, light caramel and roast. Really enjoyed the nose on this one.

Decent flavor, chocolate, bready flavors similar to some bocks but it's a rather small beer and as such is slightly lacking in "big" flavor. I would love to see this brewed up to around 8% or so. I think it would improve a lot.

Mouthfeel is light, medium carbonation, and drinkability is rather high since it's a small beer and good tasting. I definitely enjoy it, but would never spend the amount they want for a bottle now that I've tasted it. Worth a try once, but not exceptional. Worth seeking out though.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasting notes from 1-11-11
On tap at Zenos in State College, PA

A - Medium black with almost no head.

S - Very light nose. Some chocolate and slight bitterness, but not very strong at all.

T - Sweet chocolate - syrupy. A slight bitterness but overall sweet. Dry chocolate finish.

M - Medium body, light carbonation. Smooth

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Photo of BB1313
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by March 2017. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a very dark brown, almost black; fluffy tan head that quickly fades leaving solid retention and okay lacing. The aromas are chocolate forward with some hints of vanilla and hazelnut. Lots of cocoa malts. The flavors basically follow the nose. Chocolate is the star. It's slightly sweet, but nothing crazy or over the top. Strong malt backbone. Nice hazelnut notes. Subtle hints of vanilla and milk. Hints of caramel and toffee as well. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's light with moderate carbonation. It's extremely fluffy and smooth.

This is a very nice brew. Nice aromas and flavors. It might not be the most traditional example of the style, but it's enjoyable stuff nonetheless.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

sa choc bock

a 4-4.5 clear very dk brown, tan head leave ring and delicately scattered lace, nice fine bubbles.

s 3.5-4 sweet tangy toast, also hints of chocolate and leafy hops. restrained.

t 3.5-4 despite worries of overwhelming roast, is actually balanced toward sweet. choc essence is present, finish mixes tan with a lightly roasted sweetness. ending could use a little more zip, perhaps by adding a few bittering hops.

m 3.5-4 fine carb appreciated, but might need more of it so does not leave impression of wateryness or flatness.

d 4 makes a nice dessert beer. surprised by this one.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 12/6/11

Best before April

Dark, dark brown with some grape juice highlights. One finger head plops down to a wispy skim in no time. Thin ring of retention, too. Only a few specks of lace.

Aromas of cocoa powder, bitter dark chocolate, tangy roast and a solid grainy presence (I do like the grains). At first I didn't care for the aroma, but it really comes together after having a few moments to open up. Tastes fine, too. Toasted grains are in full effect and meld seamlessly with easy going cocoa notes and a tangy, earthy finish. Doesn't taste overly roasted. Dry and pretty well balanced. Yeah, sweetness is subtle here. The feel clocks in between medium and full. It's fairly smooth save for effervescent carbonation that, thankfully, merely brushes the palate as opposed to poking it.

Overall impression - now this is a beer I could enjoy from time to time. It's very flavorful and with an accommodating abv to match. I'm very glad I picked up a bottle.

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Photo of mavbrew
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Otter Creek mug.

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black in color with a small tan head that quickly dissipates.

S: Smells of roasted malts with hints of sweet chocolate. Also has a slight scent of hops. Could be a bit stronger in the nose.

T: Strong taste of roasted malts, very similar to the scent. Also has the sweetness of the chocolate that was apparent in the smell.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation. Very smooth.

D: This is a very smooth and delicious beer that I could drink very easily. This may be because of the lower ABV but it also just goes together very well.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from the winter mix pack poured in to a tulip imperial pint glass.

pours black with some brownish red highlights.

Smell is a light, bready, chocolate. Sort of thinner than I expected.

Taste is a rich, bready chocolate. Finishes like a milk chocolate, not bitter or roasty. Very interesting and good.

Mouthfeel is very creamy like milk chocolate.

It is extremely drinkable.

I wasn't sure what to expect. It isn't great, but is certainly a nice beer. I like the price of the 12 pack better than the price of the original bombers.

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Photo of hopley
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wafers
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BB Apr 2016 at 42 degrees into a snifter
Aroma of chocolate, fades away
Head average (2.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, fizzy, rapidly diminishes to two mm ring and small island
Lacing – none
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor – roasted malt and chocolate; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of FleeVT
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep brown with auburn highlights towards the edges with a tan head that starts out big but quickly fizzles to an almost imperceptible layer. My only knock on this was the headloss.

S: Sweet cocoa mixed with mild malts. I would have expected a bit more in the malt department, but the nose is inviting. I pick up hints of coffee at times, as well.

T: Just as advertised on the nose. A nice dose of bittersweet chocolate and malts. The coffee flavor comes through in the bitter back. A delicious beer!

M: A thin body with moderate to high carbonation. I actually like it a lot, as it plays nicely off the chocolate flavors.

D: The reviews on this one have been all over the place. I was excited to receive it as a gift then nervous once I read some of the reviews. I thoroughly enjoyed the sweet and bitter balance on the palate. The nose left a little to be desired but I feel the taste more than made up for it.

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Photo of Jon
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light brown, cola-colored liquid with a thin taupe-tinged head. Minimal lacing ability.

Nose redolent of chocolate and not much else at first. Closer investigation yields sweet cola aroma and a hint of weak, cheap diner coffee.

The name says it all in the flavor department -- lots of chocolate, cocoa, chocolate milk, etc. Cocoa Krispies in milk, more or less, with some standard bock-like sweet malt. Additional hints of sweetened coffee and cola accompanied by hardly any hop presence. Sweet, but not cloying, and, well, chocolatey. Sweet, lenghty finish.

Mouthfeel is decent, though the body could stand to be a bit fuller and fatter. The thinness improves drinkability, though it does not add much to the beer itself.

More drinkable than I'd initially thought, this is a tasty, interesting brew. Without question, it's great with dessert. I tried pairing it with Cherry covered cheesecake, which worked very well. I'm not even going to mention the price tag. Let's just say it's not the best value you'll find at the store, though it is beautifully packaged and worth a try for posterity's sake.

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Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 2,987 ratings
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