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

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Samuel Adams Chocolate BockSamuel Adams Chocolate Bock

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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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Reviews: 1,187 | Ratings: 2,949
Photo of GreatHammerhead
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 12 oz bottle freshness notched for April 2017 poured into a Guinness pint glass.

Look: Dark ruby brown with a 1/2 finger tan head that rapidly collapses but leaves a residue across the top.

Smell: Strong malt presence all the way through, faint chocolate notes in the foreground but you have to search for them.

Taste: Malts, cocoa, dark fruits, faint alcohol esters. Flavor is big and bold, cocoa leaves a bit of a rough edge.

Feel: Medium thick body with plenty of carbonation. Smooth, clean finish.

Overall: Decent. The flavor is good and yet at times it's not. Seems unbalanced at times in my opinion.

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Photo of scootny
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent head and lacing. Clear cocoa brown fluid with a dark khaki topping. Chocolate nose. Malty and mild. Hops are floral.

Taste is malty. deep and rich with chocolate.

Feel is nicely weighted with an overall lightness that suits a porter but besides the luxurious carbonation. Crisp and drinkable.

A delicious winter chocolatey beer treat.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a clear dark brown with a smallish head. The aroma features milk chocolate, marshmallow, some roasty coffee, smoke, and caramel. The flavor has notes of caramel, chocolate, marshmallow fluff, peanut butter, and toffee chips. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Overall is is a simple and enjoyable little dessert beer - quite sweet, but that is what it seems to be going for.

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown with minimal head and no lacing.

It is thin but not inappropriately so. Taste is overwhelmingly chocolate and considering the name you can't fault them for it. There is some light roasted malt flavor.

It's meh. They accomplished the chocolate flavor but its overpowering.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz bottle into snifter glass. 5.8% abv

Appearance- Pours a chocolate brown with a light brown head. Quite dark.

Smell- Roasted grainy malt, milk chocolate.

Taste- Crisp semi roasted barely. Milk/cream flavor mixes in, retaining the roasted quality. Turns quite chocolate flavored and milky in the end with a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with active carbonation

Overall- Great use of chocolate in a beer. Highly smooth and drinkable due to the crispness.

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

A: crystal clear; cola brown in color with ruby highlights; 1 finger light brown head that receded to a thin collar; very little lacing;

S: deeply roasted grains and milk chocolate;

T: follows the note; the chocolate gets more prominent as you move toward the finish; very mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: nicely done;

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Photo of ABabbidge
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L: Dark brown with a mahogany color at the edges where light comes through. Creamy tan head without much retention.

S: Pleasant chocolate aroma.

T: Doesn't taste as good as it smells. Chocolate is mild but not bad. Some dark malt shows through and there is a little tartness in there as well.

F: Smooth and creamy to start, has a bittersweet finish.

O: I just don't like the taste of flavorings being added to beer, as this one has. The flavor is definitely chocolatey, but the chocolate flavoring just tastes a little off to me. Overall not bad though.

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Photo of Squire123
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark, dark, dark color with deep tan cap that goes away fairly quickly.

Aroma is dark roasted malt with an underlying sweetness that I can't quite place. No hops apparent.

Taste is very rich roasted malt with a noticeable sweetness, sort of like a roasted nut dusted with cocoa power and sugar. Touch of chocolate with a full roundness and low hop presence. Just a few flavors and simply presented but good flavors none the less.

Texture is full.

The resident Guinness fan says this tastes like Guinness with a touch of molasses and I agree. The sweetness is there but not in an intrusive way. From an enthusiast view this is not a conversation stopping beer but it is a well thought out combination and well made. The competency of a first sergeant without any flash or glitter. Sam Adams has a knack for turning out these brews that while not exciting do offer something a bit different in the fall variety pack.

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Photo of Jraiona
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep dark brown with a full ample head with fair retention

S- Malty with slight aroma of bread and cocoa

T- Prominent malt sweetness with bittersweet chocolate and raisin

F- A little heavy on the tongue but finishes clean

O- Good but a bit sweet for a regular beer

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Photo of Holderness
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

L -- Very dark brown, pours a minimal khaki-hued head that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing
S -- Malts, oats, brown bread, smoke
T -- Semisweet chocolate, stone fruit, molasses, jasmine notes. The sweetness is a little much.
F -- Thick, much like the feel of the BBC maple ale or the caramel bock

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark black with decent foamy head and mild lacing. Smells of dark chocolate, coco, malt, and some minor cinnamon. Taste is very nice, full on chocolate flavor up front with a malty smoothness across taste buds. This is a semi sweet beer but not over the top, very nice beer and would recommend for sure.

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Photo of Beejay
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chocolate bock.
Dark brown body light tan head on top.
Chocolate bock.
Smells like chocolate, and some bready malt.

Chocolate bock.
Tasted it the other day.
Chocolate bock.
Sweet chocolate and some malty caramel.

Chocolate bock.
Creamy smooth with bubbles pop.
Chocolate bock.
Finished it, but won't buy another one.
Chocolate bock....

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Photo of jasadewi
3.09/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Black color.
S: Strong chocolate.
T: Chocolate, coffee malt flavors, very sweet.
M: Rich, smooth, and medium to full bodied.
O: Overall, I enjoy most aspects of this beer. However, it's too sweet for me to really get into.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Black color. One finger of creamy tan head. Retention is a touch below average and a 2mm ring of lacing is left behind.

3.75 S: Big chocolate, deep supple roastiness. Caramel and tangy molasses. Sweet brown sugar to round things out.

3.75 T: Again lots of chocolate and cocoa powder. Brown sugar, caramel, and molasses. Definitely on the sweeter side. Roastiness and a mild hop bitterness balances it out a bit, but just a little. Booze is hidden really well.

3.75 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasantly creamy and super smooth.

4.0 D: Plenty good and scratches the chocolate itch. A great beer if ST Choklat isn't in your fridge.

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Photo of ordybill
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear ruby black color with a large tan head. The aroma is malt and chocolate. The taste is mostly chocolate and some malt. An average beer.

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Photo of gandres
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
4.00 dark, almost opaque
4.00 vg fragrant, cocoa
low bitterness, a bit sweet
4.00 lively carbonation
4.00 very good beer
drank: 11/6/2016 9:00 PM

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Photo of q33jeff
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to pint glass.
AROMA: Chocolate, brown sugar.
LOOK: Dark Black Pour. Decent Head, faded.
TASTE: Very Chocolatey, a little too sweet.
FEEL: Light weight overall, but a bit syrupy near the end of the glass.

Good Chocolate Flavor, but probably too much sugar and not enough other flavors or beer attributes.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour, leaves a brown thin head. Chocolate jumps, chocolate powder right out the gate aroma wise.

Becomes evident this is a one trick pony adjunct beer, but it works for me. There is a beauty in simplicity sometimes. This is one example. A bock? You really can't tell. Is that for the better? Depends. I like the clean finish here, it doesn't drop a bunch of esters and phenols, after a relatively sweet chocolate experience, the body whisks itself away from the palate and mouthfeel quite efficiently.

I know its gimmicky, but this really does do well with imparting chocolate without having to go to the tried and true porter or stout base. I like it.

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Photo of moxjake
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a surprisingly strong chocolate flavor. Creamy, smooth mouth feel. Described as a bock, and is labeled am ale, so it is somewhat confused. Enjoyable, but a definite divergence from a typical beer.

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Photo of donspublic
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rating this and the rest of the Winter series, someone gave me a sixer or Christmas :). Poured from bottle into Tulip, 1 finger tan head that recedes into a ring. Smells of Chocolate and orange, kinda different. Taste of chocolate and a lingering orange after taste. Not sure this is a bock. Doesn't have the traditional malt profile. That said it is a pretty easy drinking beer. This kind of reminds me of the Shiner Chocolate Stout, but not as sweet. Great after dinner beer if you want to skip out on dessert

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Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar—when held up to a bright light the bottom of the glass is clear dark red in color. It poured with a short beige head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a narrow collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet chocolate are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has sweet flavors of chocolate, similar to what you might expect from a dessert sauce. Some hints of cream are also perceptible.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is sweeter compared to other bocks but makes for a good dessert beer. It also fills you up to a certain degree.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle from the Winter Classics mixed pack.

Deep brown with a small light tan head. Some sparse lacing on the glass. Very mild aroma of chocolate and roasted malt. Milk chocolate dominates the flavor. A touch of vanilla in there too. No bitterness at all, in fact it is rather creamy and smooth. Medium bodied and lighter on its feet than you would expect based on its appearance. Overall, a fairly one note beer, but that one note is not all that bad.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I swear I rated this years ago, maybe I'm mixing up my memory with the Michelob version.

12 oz. bottle notched Apr. from the winter case (Costco) poured into a mug.

A- An assertive pour makes a huge, brown head atop a near black body. Held to light, deep red tones and light carbonation are visible. The head drops to 1/4 finger and leaves awesome lacing on the glass.

S- A good deal of chocolate (like the powder for chocolate milk). A little vanilla and some nutty aromas too. Overall, a little muted.

T- A lot of chocolate without going over the top. It's on the sweeter side, like milk chocolate with characteristics of vanilla and light roast coffee.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Pretty creamy with just a hint of chalky feel.

O- A favorite from this year's variety pack, probably the best of the bunch really. It straddles that line of a smooth nightcap and something I could put back in a session. Mind you, it's not something I'm going to go out of my way to find. It's just a really solid, drinkable beer.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: January 21, 2016... GLASSWARE:Celebrator Doppelbock pokal... OCCASION: Cavs/Clippers on a Thursday... APPEARANCE: velvet black body wihth a brown head that rings out to an uneven smear; tracings are coral and fingers... AROMA: heavy chocolate beans are empowered by heavy toasted malts... vanilla and bread make this a beer worth breathing in over and over... PALATE: medium-bodied, enjoyable start with a smooth texture over the tongue... the finish is equally agreeable, smooth and lingering in its flavor... TASTE: toasted malts and cocoa beans, with vanilla, some vegetable notes, and peat--the overriding flavors agree with one another to a lactic consistency; among the better chocolate beers I have had... OVERALL: I recall sipping this with brother Jer in Morristown at the St. Patrick's Day parade--and loving, having it again, the drinkability is its most respectable quality, the flavor, its second--a quality pair, compliment I can give is that it belongs in this Ayinger Celebrator glass...

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light walnut color from the bottle and then turns dark chocolate brown (surprise?) into the glass. It's actually darker and thicker than their Holiday Porter. The head is almond colored and 2 fingers.

Aroma of melted chocolate, roast malts, and whipped cream. Could be stronger, but nothing off here.

Taste is roasted, dark, flavorful, and rich. Chocolate takes a back seat, and then very faintly a bit of fish oil on the finish, but it's so faint and so quick that it doesn't destroy the beer. Nevertheless, it's still a flaw.

Feel is highly carbonated, but that's okay because it's a Bock. A roasty feel, chocolatey, velvety, and a dry parch on the finish.

Chocolate Bock has been the best offering I've tried from the Holiday Pack so far. Whether that's saying much I'm not sure, but I'd have THIS one again.

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