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

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Added by TinusTime on 11-20-2003

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Photo of meehandennis
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2ellas
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
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 +5.4%
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 +5.4%
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 +5.2%
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 +5.2%
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 +5.2%
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 +5.2%
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 +5.2%
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 +5.2%
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 +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wafers
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
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 +4.9%
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 +4.9%
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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Photo of Samp01
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A deep black with a medium lasting tan head on the pour. Aroma is of sweet milk chocolate and caramel malt. Taste is of dark caramel malts, and sweet milk chocolate flavor. A medium body and slightly creamy mouth feel on the palate with light carbonation. Finishes with a sweet dark malt and chocolate flavor with light bitterness. Overall a tasty and delightful after dinner drink.

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Photo of Brolo75
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark brown with a tan head, not much head retention, what is left is creamy with lots of tiny bubbles in the head, some carbonation and lacing.

A: Coffee, chocolate, very roast forward, roasted malts, more chocolate as the beer warms.

T: Hit of chocolate up front, cocoa, hints of coffee and roasted malts, vanilla, very smooth and easy drinking, is sweeter than it is roasted, cocoa lingers in the aftertastes.

M: Creamy smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, but light-medium, semi-dry finish.

O: First off, this is very easy to drink and smooth, creamy mouthfeel, a little sweet, did not get that big of a presence from the malts, but overall an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a ruby-red beer with a good head, creamy and with lace rings on the glass as I drank.

The aoma was of rich malt, a slight amount of hops, and a light hint of chocolate (but not as much as I expected).

The taste was complex and many-layered... a slightly bitter foretaste, followed by a coffee taste, then fading into smooth chocolate. Quite interesting.

I am glad I finally got to try it... not sure it was worth $14.99 for the bottle, but at least I've tried it now.

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Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of snowmageddon
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of burnerfinger
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

A: pours like dark root beer..builds a nice 2 finger tan hed selltles with a nearly clean lace.

S: chocolate does indeed come thru.not too much else, but the chocolate is not too strong at all

T: chocolate but with a distinct lack of sweetness. not too great this one

M: really great mouthfeel. silky smooth with no bite at all

D: very drinkalbe. to say the least (grins)

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Photo of RBorsato
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with amber hues and a moderate beige head. Cocoa powder aroma and flavor dominates with little else to describe; no complexity. Medium bodied with a gritty cocoa powder texture; a bit lighter than I would have liked considering the name.

Interesting but definitely not worth the pricetag.

Per label: "Beer with cocoa and natural flavors"

Per BBC website: Tettnang Tettnanger and Spalt hops. Malts two row Pale, Munich and caramel. The chocolatiers at Scharffen Berger crafted an exclusive blend of chocolate made with cocoa beans from Ghana called forastero. Chocolate Bock was aged on a bed of this chocolate to create its unique layers of flavor. A hint of vanilla was added.

Enjoy Before: June 2004
Tasted: 10/09/04

(25.4 oz champagne style bottle)

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Photo of punky796
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pilsener glass.

A - Pours a dark, dark brown with a one-finger tan head. Minimal no lacing.

S - Chocolate, very sweet. Some kind of nuts too, maybe.

T - Chocolate again for obvious reasons, nuttiness, sort of like brownies. Some malt.

M - Thick and creamy, medium carbonation.

O - Unusual but pretty good quality. Definitely a dessert type of beer.

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Photo of obrike
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a Sam Adams winter 12 pack at HEB in Round Rock.

Poured black, with a twinge of red if held against the light. Decent head that faded pretty quickly...little to no lacing on this one.

Fairly light scent of chocolate, mixed in with almost an ajunct lager scent...not knocking my socks off.

Wow..this is pretty tasty. Milk Chocolate spot on, especially the aftertaste. Almost wish it was a little less carbonated, but still, very easy drinking, sessionable beer. Quite surprised by this. Was not expecting the chocolate to be so dead on.

I recommend this one to any fans of chocolate...especially if you're looking for a beer that won't kick your ass in abv.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had ontap at Winkling Lizard Cleveland Heights

a: served in a sniffer, deep brown color with no head and slight lacing

s: nut, chocolate, and coffee notes

t: sweet chocolate really dominates the flavor, hint of coffee and what I think is vanilla

m&d: full bodied but fairly drinkable due to carbonation

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