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Samuel Adams Chocolate BockSamuel Adams Chocolate Bock

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

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 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 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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Photo of Jesse13713
2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from the seasonal sampler pack; once this week and once two-three months ago.

Appearance - Pours a rich chocolaty deep brown. I was undecided to call it brown or black, but the brown hues are there subtly.

Smell - Chocolate and malts. That's it.

Taste - This tastes identical to both Whoppers and Milk Duds. Very few hints of ethanol with a charge of candy taste. It surpisingly isn't too sweet, though.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Very malty and smooth when resting in your mouth. I drank this in absolutely no time, but I don't necesarrily want to try it again in the near future. I thought it was a little too malty and candy-like. My opinions did not change over the course of two months I sampled both of these bottles.

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Photo of Wolfsdenbrew
2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I bought this one right before thanksgiving thinking it would be a good dessert beer.

The aroma is definitely that of chocolate, like a nestle's kiss. It pours almost black with a thick creamy brown head that dissipated quickly leaving very little lacing. The taste is of milk chocolate also, but there is very little body to this beer. Almost like a chocolate soda. The carbonation is good, just no presence of body in this one at all. If you love chocolate you will probably enjoy this beer, but not a good representation of a bock at all.

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Photo of Koufax21
2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. Bottle into a standard pint glass. This beer has a lot of transparency out of the bottle but settles into a dark brown to semi black color with ruby hues when held to the light. It has a nice 1" tan head that laces the glass adequately. It smells of heavy bread like malts and toffee. The taste is straight up chocolate here. Front, middle, and finish - chocolate. It's silky smooth and carbonated well. I think this is more suited for chicks in the winter time. 12 oz. Is about all I could handle of this stuff.

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Photo of aerozeppl
2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a deep ruby colored brown. About a finger of white head with some spotty lacing.

S: The weird thing is chocolate is not the most dominant smell. It is more of a sweet malt with some chocolate in the back. You can smell the lager yeast as well.

T: A ton of sweetness up front. The chocolate is really subdued. More in the aftertaste than anything else.

M: Medium body with nothing going for or against it. Good for the style.

D: Price must rank in here. This is a pedestrian beer going for world class beer money. I don't know if my taste have just progressed that much but I remember this being better. The beer geeks must have this and I think that is what Sam was counting on. I would have to say pass on this one and get something else. I have a feeling these bottles are going to be on the shelves for years.

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Photo of Hunter
2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Brew is the color of dark chocolate. Vigorous pour yielded a decent head that faded quickly.

Smell: Chocolate is certainly there.

Taste: Initial taste reminded me Cocoa Puffs. Continues through with some small notes of hop and malt, but this is all about the chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Weighty, not thin.

Overall: Overall, it's not bad. But much too much like candy/milk left in the bowl after Cocoa Puffs are eaten. A little too much for my taste - would have like to taste some alcohol!

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Photo of pants678
2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Little surprised this pours porter black and the bubbly head is there and gone.

Has an espresso/chocolate smell, sweeter midway through.

A sweet milk chocolate wades above the rest. This bock begs for a more aggressive spice or hop presence, some bitterness for complexity's sake. It's single minded but for a faint sour back end. The second half though introduces what might ginger or thistle, pine. Unfortunately by then, the coca moniker is dropped and the beer is simply bock and bready.

Carbonation is unobtrusive. Body is medium to light.

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Photo of RJLarse
2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I received 4 bottles of Chocolate Bock in a Sam Adams Winter Sampler. This was the only beer in the sampler I had not tried before. Poured in to a pilsner glass.

Pours a garnet red color, clear, with a wispy beige head.

The smell is about dark fruits, dates and plums, and some dark sugars like molasses.

Taste is darkly sweet, more bock than chocolate really. It tastes of licorice and burned prune juice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and cloying. Mild carbonation and sugary aftertaste.

Not a real drinkable beer. The flavor is not great. I'm not much on the style, and I can't see myself having this again.

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Photo of Keeton
2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm just sure about this beer. I would call it more of a novelty beer.

My main beef with the beer is that it tastes like milk chocolate, not beer. I really try not to be a snob and give everyone a chance when it comes to beer but just like when when you make a chocolate "wine" it becomes; no longer wine.

I will say it doesn't taste bad and I couldn't pull any off flavors out of it and I'm positive that there is a market for this beer... I just don't know about this beer.

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