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 falloutsnow
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the winter pack purchased at Hyvee in Omaha, NE.
Best by April 2012 on the bottle.
Poured into a New Belgium globe (snifter?) glass.

The Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock is an interesting beer: not really a bock in appearance, aroma, or flavor, but it is loaded with malty, chocolate flavor that's hard not to like from an individual with a sweet tooth's perspective. The mouthfeel was a bit light, but otherwise, this was an above average chocolate beer.

From the bottle, this generates a 1cm head of tan bubbles, rather fine in size, that deflates to a thin ring around the glass with a small island of foam in the center of the glass. Leaves some decent, if spotty, lacing, which is renewed every sip. The body is quite dark, either brown or black and opaque. I can't see any carbonation in it. If this is a bock, it's certainly the darkest bock I've ever come across.

Aroma of cocoa powder, damp firewood, and light roasted malt. Not particularly complex, a bit misleading as it is rather un-bock-like, but still enjoyably good.

Taste opens with sweet milk chocolate powder flavor, eventually transitioning to more café mocha-like flavors. Lingering aftertaste of chocolate-in-coffee-with-cream, slightly bitter, more than slightly sweet with a smoothness due to what would be lactose.

Body is medium-light, a bit thin and watery compared to my expectations. Carbonation is on-target, however, generating a fairly crisp at first, then smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of robmoak
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of aingle
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of LXIXME
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

About an inch of light brown fizzy head on the pint glass. Quickly recedes into a small lacing above a clear dark brown beer.

Heavy milk chocolate malt aroma and nothing else.

Nice milk chocolate taste on a slightly watery body on this beer.

The aftertaste is similar to that after eating a Hershey's bar, by the time I got this far there was no trace of a lacing left this beer.

I think this would be a pretty decent desert beer, but not much else.

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Photo of illpass78
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a stemmed Libbey stout glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown with some garnet edges. One finger tan head.

Aroma: Some chocolate, some booze. Maybe a little grass.

Taste: Hm. First thing I notice is that the malt presence I expected isn't there. Chocolate is, but it's a tiny bit too sweet. Somewhat medicinal. Booze noticeable.

Mouthfeel: It's a tiny bit lacking of body. With my eyes closed, I wouldn't suspect this is a dark beer.

Overall: A worthy, fun idea, but it just doesn't totally come together. Points for degree of difficulty. To be fair, it's been around a long time, so it's clearly popular.

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Photo of champ103
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights. A large beige head forms with great retention and lace.
S: An old musky coffee and chocolate aroma. Lightly roasted.
T: Sweet and slightly bitter chocolate malt dominates. The chocolate is kind of powdery. Not very complex, but I am enjoying it.
M/D: A medium body. Maybe a little flat and lifeless with the carbonation. Easy and smooth to drink.

This is a very enjoyable beer. Not something I am going to purchase often, but good to try.

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Photo of Ajmorriso1
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of PatGreer
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is either the 2004 or 2005 version I had; the bottle label said to drink it by March 05 for "brewery freshness."

Looks pretty much just like SA Black lager. Black if you're looking at it straight on, and a translucent brown during the pour, or held at an angle.

Smells a lot like the black lager as well, with some more noticeable nuttiness and sweetness.

Not really all that sweet, or chocolatey. Theres tones of gourmet chocolate, which is great, but this isnt exactly in the same league as Young's double chocolate or Rogue chocolate.

Nice full mouthfeel with a flavor that sticks around long after you are done drinking.

Really, this is a great-tasting beer. The problem is the price. It is not affordable and the price doesnt make much sense. I'd be interested to find out where most of that $15 per bottle is going. High costs for using gourmet chocolate? High costs for the bottle design & packaging? Who knows. You're certainly not paying for a high alcohol content, since this beer doesnt have one (5.6%). Stick with Samuel Adams double bock if you want a full-flavored, high alcohol content, yet affordable beer from Boston brewing co.

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Photo of Aaron420
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yes I got this from the wonderful Winter Mix Pack, and poured it into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass(Yes I am that guy that insists on matching beers with there breweries pint glass) but back to the review.

A: It pours a deep rich chocolaty brown almost black, with a head that is somewhere between a white and a tan. The head disappears rather quickly leaving no lacing.

S: Guess what, yep that's right this one had a rather chocolaty smell to it with a m ix of malts and a hint of nut.

T: Nothing to over powering in the taste department some malts and chocolate, with what i can only describe as a nutty finish.

M: It has a very smooth medium body with a nice touch of carbonation.

D: All in all this was a very drinkable beer, i could easily see myself sitting down on a cool winter night and putting down 5 or 6.

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Photo of LordofTime25
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours to a dark black, but brown is visible. Has a thick creamy tan head that leaves a good lacing on glass.

Smells malty and sweet, but mainly coffee and chocolate.

Has a good roasted malt-chocolate taste and finishes with a coffee after taste.

Has a good medium body with a slight carbonation.

A pretty good beer, but not for the price!

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Photo of prototypic
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate Bock's a darker, cola brown color. Garnet highlights are the product of a substantial amount of light getting through. A fluffy tan ahead sits on top and reaches over two fingers tall. It receded pretty slowly and left a nice sticky lacing on the glass. Not bad at all.

The nose is a bit underpowered. Chocolate malts seem to be the most prominent aroma. They smell a little sweet and give it a strong cocoa vibe overall. Roasted malts are present, but aren't as strong as the chocolate. They broaden its malty profile and add a little depth. There's a distinct yeasty aroma that's pronounced. Secondary vanilla, roasted coffee, and very faint dark fruit notes round it out. It's not bad, but could use some muscle.

Chocolate malts are sweet and kick off the flavor profile nicely. It is very cocoa-ish. Roasted malts have minimal impact on the flavor. They're faint and are barely noticeable. There's secondary flavors of vanilla and light coffee. There's a touch of dark fruit, but it's pretty well lost in the mix. It is a little yeasty. All in all, Chocolate Bock is far from a bad beer. But, it certainly is wanting for a little more flavor. It just seems to drop off after the initial rush of chocolate and fade. It finishes slightly acidic and bland. It's got a pretty nice flavor overall, but it's odd in that respect. Above average, but needs some work.

The body is anemic and far too thin. This one's crying out for more body. Carbonation is even keel and seems about right, but it's not smooth. More body is definitely needed to get to that level. Drinkability is pretty good. Easily above average. I like the flavor and it's easy drinking. But, there's not enough to make a second bottle a temptation. Not even close.

Chocolate Bock is a bit of a disappointment. I can't say I had high hopes, but I was hoping for a little better than it is. There's simply not enough flavor here. It starts out nicely, but needs some intermediate development to carry it through. That being said, it's pretty good and far from a disaster. Worth checking once if you run across it. It's overpriced and not worth purchasing multiple bottles. Come to think of it, the bottle's the nicest thing about it.

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Photo of akorsak
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle, from the winter case. In a mini tulip.

A: The bockbier is a dark brown, verging on black but the ruddy brown colors are still visible. A white head, contrasting with the body, is a wispy band.

S: The full grains of the bock, thick and bready, jump out of the glass even with ice cold. Powdery sweet chocolate, cocoa and milk, add to the powerful lusciousness. Shapes up to be a nice digestif.

T: Plenty of chocolate, no doubt about it. The cocoa powder and milk chocolate are firm but increasingly sweet. Of all the styles of beer, the bock seems best suited to hold the chocolate (except may an big imperial stout). The problem, as I see it, is that the chocolate crowds out most of the bock's toasted maltiness. The breads are there, present underneath the chocolate but they could stand out a bit more. The syrupy sweetness of the chocolate dominates, dragging down the bock.

M: Sweet chocolate overtop of sweet toasted malts. Sweet followed by sweet topped off with sweetness. Just too much for me.

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Photo of Erish
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this 12 oz. beer into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: clear and dark reddish-brown color, an aggressive pour produced a cherry-brown colored three-finger head, the head lasted about 2 minutes and fell into a good cap with good lacing.

S: sweet malt, milk chocolate, vaguely fruity notes. Good, but not a lot of depth.

T: the chocolate predominates the front, middle, and end; the front displays sweetness, but not a lot of ester-filled bock character, the middle flashes with chocolate milk, the finish is sweet and chocolaty, but lacks any true hop character or great depth.

M: medium-bodied, somewhat creamy, carbonation is moderate.

D: if you want a chocolate beer that reminds you of Nestle Quick, this is it. I was really hoping for even a hint of smokiness or coffee, but came up empty-handed. Still, this is not a bad beer.

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Photo of dstc
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque color with a ruby tint. Tan head falls to a very small one with thin lace.

Smells like cocoa with a bit of a mocha coffee aroma.

Huge on the cocoa flavor, I mean huge. Unsweetened chocolates with mild vanilla and again that mocha flavor. Little sweet on the tongue.

Full in the mouth and smooth. Very low carbonation.

Interesting beer. Alcoholic cocoa nibs.

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Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear exceptionally dark brown colored beer with a small brown head. Lots of red highlights when held up to the light.

Smell is sweet with a strong orange chocolate aroma and a lesser scent of nuts. Did not expect anything citrus in a bock beer. Thick syrupy malt aroma.

The taste starts out nuts and chocolate, and quite strongly so. Chocolate covered nut beer and that really does sum this up.

Mouthfeel is thick.

An OK beer but not one I will crave or likely ever sample again. Chocolate beer, OK done that don't need a second one.

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Photo of fourplayed
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From SA Holiday 12 pk. 120z pour to SA glass. 1 finger lite brown head, minimum lacing, Dark Brown with Red Hi-lites.

Smells are very mild, cocoa, malts, some bitter sweetness.

Tastes a nice cocoa, mild alcohol kick, nice malt smoothness, carbonation is a bit much.

Medium body, medium carbonation with zing, dry hops on tongue, a little sticky in back of throat.

Overall a nice brew, cocoa mildly sweet is center stage, with decent malts and hops to finish it.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark coffee color with a thin mocha colored head which leaves a little in the way of lace. The aroma is of roasted malts and chocolate. The taste follows suit nicely with a roasted malt backbone which the big chocolate flavor comes over. There is not a lot of complexity in the taste. The mouthfeel is a little thin and watery. Overall it was not a bad beer, but not a great beer, a little more complexity would make this very good.

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Photo of BruChef
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank this brew out of an Ommegang snifter-like goblet. Poured a very dark, almost porter-like brown with ruby highlights. An inch of head forms, dissipates with relative ease and leaves behind a bit of lace. Pretty nice looking beer. The smell was light in fragrance of roasted malt bordering on coffee and semi dark chocolate, not punching you in the nostrils but just enough to let you know it's there.

Surprisingly, i enjoyed the flavor of this beer when it was on the colder side because the chocolate and sweetness was a little more subdued. It is definitely a chocolate beer before it is a bock which isn't good or bad. As it warmed up i started getting more of an unpleasant, generic chocolate flavor more reminiscent of tootsie rolls which i find is common amongst chocolate beers (southern tier and rogue for example). I can't help but think that something like this can be remedied by adding a little more roasted barley and more chocolate malt than real chocolate. Of course none of that really matters if the majority of the population appreciates the chocolate flavor of a tootsie roll, after all i am a bit of a chocolate snob therefore i won't hold that against this beer in my review. Moving on, as it begins to warm even more, it starts to become cola like and this is where i think a bit more in the hop department might have helped. It's not exactly cloying but almost.

The body of this beer is okay for a bock, maybe just a little on the thin side but i've had thinner bocks for sure. The carbonation is also okay for a bock but just right for the body of this particular bock.
This beer wasn't bad but i have to mention that i have had the original that was sold in 750ml bottles and more recently an '04 vintage that was really fantastic. This just wasn't as good nor did i expect it to be.

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Photo of craigbelly
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jsprain1
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a deep walnet, almost reddish on the edges. Thin somewhat tanned head holds on so so. little lacing.
S- Smell is not as chocolatey as I would have expected. Some coffee aromas as well.
T- There is a certain coffee/nuttiness in the opening, something like how starbucks smells. Finishes with a chocolate milkshake kinda presence. definite chocolate in finish.
M- Moderate body. Carbonation is silky, though my beer seemed kinda flat by the end.
D- The chocolate finish, though enjoyable, would make this a hard session beer. I dug where they were going with this one, but this is more of an after-dinner beer.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A very dark brown that would pass for black until held to a light and some nice ruby hues come out at the edges. The head that forms is ever so slightly off white that is kind of splotchy. When given a good swirl, the head really builds back up again.

S- Sweet cocoa is really all I can get out this. It is not really all that aromatic. I also get a little bit of Sam Adams-ness to it as well.

T- Sweet cocoa, with a hint of vanilla and nuttiness. This is pretty simple but enjoyable.

M- Very creamy with a great amount of carbonation. Very clean.

D- A tasty beverage, but c'mon... this is not worth $14. It is good and easily drinkable, but so are most beers at 5.5% ABV.

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Photo of tut2528
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours about 2 fingers worth of head with very good retention and a good amount of lacing

smell: hmm, not all that appealing. Chocolate is definitely there with a mixture of grain and malt.

taste: it tastes like a damn cookie. the cocoa is extremely sweet and there is a huge milky/creamy finish to it. There is some touches of dark fruit (raisins), and there actually seems to be a yeasty/bready component to it.

overall, i have no idea what to think of this to be honest. the nose is lacking but this is unlike any other brew i've had up to this point. i would say its worth a try.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful big bottle with a scrollworked label. Quite impressive looking.

Pours what appears at fist to be brown but actually is a deep, dark ruby color. A decent head that drops quickly to a ring and island.
Smell is the obvious malt, some chocolate, some peat, some alcohol.
Taste is malty, chooclate,alcohol, peat and smoke. Very well balanced though a little too lightly flavored.
Smooth, creamy, toasty, somewhat chewy and warming in the throat. Very nice but expected more than I received.

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Photo of SuperNova777
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 11/24/10

A:Pours a dark brown color that is barley see thru with a off tan head that falls
fairly quickly leaving decent lacing down the glass.

S:Picking up a small amount of roasted malts and chocolate with a little hint of alcohol
as well, nothing too overpowering thou.

T:Roastiness comes thru up front and in the middle of the sip followed up with chocolate
coming thru in the end that lingers and hangs around on the palate.

M:Body ended up being a little thinner than I was expecting for the style with possibly
a little to much carbonation as well.

D:Drink was easy going and good on this one but that body was a little too thin, the
really enjoyable part about this was the chocolate they really came thru on that end.

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