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

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Samuel Adams Chocolate BockSamuel Adams Chocolate Bock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TinusTime on 11-20-2003

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3.67
pDev:
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Photo of poundboy
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this up as a christmas present for my lady. Wonderful person that she is, she decided to split it with me.

I liked this beer quite a bit, much more than I thought I would. Others on this site disagree, but to me it tasted better than the bottle of celebrator I had a few days ago.

Appearance: roasted nut brown. borders on black, but quite brown when the light shine through. Pour produced almost no head; the only head I get comes from the chimay logo etched in the bottom of my chalice.

Smell: Alcohols, roasted caramel and nuts, perhaps the slightest hint of chocolate

Taste. The best 5.6 ABV beer I have had in a long time. Very complex. When cool their is a stout-like roasted flavor which gives way to chocolate undertones and slight bitterness. As it warms molassess and carmel flavors are brought out, but never in excess. Once it approaches room temp, something is lost, the sweetness begins to dominate. Alcohols come out, which is pleasant, but so does a bitterness which is not right in this beer.


Mouthfeel: Right thickness, slight tingle, fun to roll around on your tongue. Always have a hard time coming up with something to say here.

Drinkability: If price where not an issue, my fridge would consistently be stocked with this beer. But an $13 a 750, I can't afford to. My first five in drinkability. My reasons
1. Its darn tasty.
2. The tastes are not ones that will overwelm your pallete quickly, as hops do.
3. at 5.6 ABV, you could drink quite a bit of this

Seek this one out, and forgive Sam Adams for making a Light beer.

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Photo of ColForbin
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer comes in a 22oz bomber with a silver foil label and sells for $15. The beer pours dark brown, with a tan head. Smell is malty with a hint of chocolate, like a batch of chocolate chip cookies. Taste is full of dark chocolate, almost like one added chocolate syrup to the beer - like a chocolate malted. It isn't overpowering, and in fact is very delicious as an after-dinner drink. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and it goes down easy.

As to the price - I don't doubt that the chocolate used in this beer was very expensive german chocolate as the label states. And it is a great gift idea - I can't think of anything I'd rather get for Valentine's day. But for general drinking, I think if Sam Adams packaged it in 12oz bottles and used cheaper chocolate this beer would still be very good, and I would buy it a heck of a lot more often.

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Photo of scvance
4.26/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a pitch black color with a thin, long lasting tan head. Aroma is more subtle than I expected, but there is definitely chocolate, along with dark malt character, and caramel. The taste is very good, sweet at first, dark chocolate right up front that fades to a coffee like mocha flavor. There is a balance to the sweetness in the bitter chocolate character of the darker malts. Low carbonation, full body, and a very nice creamy mouthfeel. This almost reminds me of drinking chocolate milk. Excellent beer overall, brings unique character to the style while not straying too far away.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.26/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ooh, what a pretty bottle. Black with a silver label. And big. I was mesmerized.

It poured a black body that was dark brown on the edge of the glass. The head was dark tan and quickly settled to a thin ring.

The flavor was heavy with caramel and had only a little less chocolate. Minimal carbonation. It had a VERY smooth and equally smooth mouth feel and was equally smooth going down the pipe. Smooth as silk! No bitterness or bit in the aftertaste, not what I'm use to with stouts. This is a great quality bock and I very much enjoyed it. I just wish it didn't require me to buy a bomber for $15. I would definitely buy again for a special occasion.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love the Sam Winter Sampler. Definitely my favorite of the Sam Seasonal Mixed Boxes. You get your Holiday Porter and Old Fezzi along with the solid lagers. They finally tossed Cranberry Lambic and Cherry Wheat, which never really belonged anyway and now they brought in Choco Bock. *rubs hands together* Excellent!

Cola colored with head that dribbles to nothing in about ninety seconds. Nose is fairly complex: unsweetened chocolate, vanilla, touches of molasses and dark fruit and a background of roasted malt.

I realize bocks aren't supposed to be overly thick or heavy but a touch more body here would make this really good beer outstanding, although you could argue that it would no longer be a bock. Plenty of malty chocolate up front with medium sweetness that dries out nicely to a balanced finish. A bit of dark fruit adds some welcome complexity and the texture isn't at all bad, just a little thinner than I'm wishing for at the moment. Still, within the style this gets bonus points for exceedng expectations.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours a nice, rich black with a foamy creme colored head, which leaves behind traces of laces. I pick up mostly a solid malt aroma with a small sniff of chocolate. The taste opens up and closes as chocolate. A pretty darn good chocolate flavor here. This one feels rather smooth, and is easy to drink. Overall, I enjoy this beer quite a bit. Wasn't sure what to expect, but I was surprised. Glad I picked it up!

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of razorsdescent
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This beer is expensive but its as far as i know a one off so its to be expected. excellent beer is cheaper than sub par wine so i have no complaints especially since i drink bottle of beer at a time.

A- pours nice. the fizziness tells me its not going to be a thick brew but thats ok if it tastes good.

S- mmm chocolate. not much complexity here but what it does smell of smells delicious.

D- as far as taste goes this beer is delicious, yet again not complex but very chocolate and the low alcohol is completely hidden, so id have to say the low abv works in its favor

M- thin not exactly watery but still thinner than i would like in a flavorful beer.

D- i could drink this until the floor came up and smacked in the face. i love chocolate beer that really tastes like chocolate.

Not a beer for everyday drinking but on a speacial occasion id be happy to break this beer ou with fine belgian truffles

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Photo of Hoagie1973
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, nearly opaque brown with a thin tan head.
Nose is malty - no noticeable cocoa in the smell.
Flavor tells a different story. Very rich sweet chocolatey flavor. Almost a milk chocolate opposed to the usual bakers chocolate present in most chocolate beers. Roasty as well, which helps balance the sweetness somewhat. Just a hint of smoke. Almost granular brown sugar flavor in the finish that lingers on the tongue.
Medium body with prickly carbonation.
I really liked this beer, although it's almost more of a Milk Stout than a Bock. Nothing really Bock-like about it. Still it's a very tasty and enjoyable dessert beer.

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Photo of Morris729
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown mahogany color with a tall foamy light tan head before settling into a moderate lace. Nose is rich chocolaty malt with notes of cocoa and even a hint of pecan—a very lovely aroma. Taste is roasted malts with a bit of dark fruit and sweet milk chocolate blended nicely with bitter dark chocolate and lightly orange-citrusy hops. Makes for an excellent dessert beer, though $14.99 for a 750ml bottle seems a bit high.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is fairly strong, richly of molasses and chocolate with a hint of salt, more like the tang of a sea breeze. Color is a rich opaque chocolaty brown, appetizing and inviting. Malty flavor has a strong chocolate undertone, sweet hints, and just a touch of a salty tang. It leaves a molasses-like sweetness on the lips and tingles on the way down.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

couldn't wait to sample this one, and it sure delivered. pours a dark, dark brown with amber hints throughout. nice creamy tan head with decent stickiness to it. very inviting appearance. smells mainly of chocolate (surprise) with hints of coffee, malt, other sweetness and a bit of a burnt smell with possibly some caramel notes here as well. the taste is pure creamy milk chocolate goodness with an ever so slight coffee bite in the background and a bit bitter malty finish. yum. a very, very creamy brew overall that is oh so easy to drink. it's sweet but not overbearing. i'd love to sample some again, but i'm not so keen on the $13+ price tag on this one, though i must say that the price is probably worth it for a shot at what may end up being a very limited brew. excellent.

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Photo of biggietattoos
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock was a veryyy lucky find for me here in Florida.

This was a treat and I wish they would make this beer more available!

Poured a nice deep brown almost black tone. small brownish head. very nice lacing

Smelled wonderful cocoa maltiness, maybe even a slight woodsy coffee smell too.

The taste was awesome immediatly. the Chocolate presence was very substantial but not overbearing, The back end has a nice malty spicy hint to it. Seriously I felt like this was a treat.

The mouthfeel was thick but not too thick. coats your mouth and leaves that amazing aftertaste.

Very drinkable seemed like it would be heaver than 5.6abv by the spicy feel it left

If you could find this beer PLEASE try it.

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Photo of MirImage
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance: Very dark, slight dark amber up to the light. Off white head that laces the glass.

Smell: Dark chocolate with some sweetness.

Taste: Sweet like there is lactose in it. Definetly chocolately. Almost like chocolate milk. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, heavier mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Might get heavy feeling after a few but they go down good.

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Photo of ark57
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The bottle for this is really cool. I like the pewter label. It is black in color with ruby highlights and has a creamy head. It looks very impressive. The aroma has chocolate and some toffee (kind of reminds me of a heath bar). The taste has sweet chocolate and a sweet, creamy malty body. I don't get the impression that this is a bock, but I did enjoy this.

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Photo of shand
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown-black with about a finger worth of head. Retention isn't great, but lacing is alright.

Smell: Roasted malts and cocoa.

Taste: Roasted malts and cocoa still take center stage here. The malts come in first, then the cocoa rushes in along with some vanilla. Tastes very good, it's a very solid chocolate beer.

Mouthfeel: Feels perfectly smooth, with some carbonation that sneaks up. Mouthfeel is a bit dry.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, the chocolate takes enough time to come in that it doesn't impair drinkability.

This is a really excellent chocolate beer. It's almost cocoa-like in it's flavor profile.

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Photo of cbutova
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fifth review from a good winter sampler pack.

A- Pours out dark brown almost black with a small light tan cap. The head dies down pretty quickly after only being about a finger high. Small ring fails to leave significant lacing.

S- Roasty cocoa up front. I also get some nutty malt and smoky hints. Caramel in there as well.

T- The cocoa in this is very nice, rich and milky almost. I like the way it blends with dark fruit, smoky, caramel and nutty malt notes. Somewhat of a grassy and zesty finish.

MF- Creamy moderately thick body with smooth carbonation. Feels pretty rich, which goes along with the flavor.

DB- Probably my new favorite Sam Adams beer after Black Lager now. The cocoa flavor here is very nice and works well in this format.

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Photo of jmendels
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I took one sip of this and I was blown away. It's a perfect marriage of flavors - the richness of the doppelbock and and the semi-sweetness of chocolate. While some Samuel Adams offerings have a bit more novelty, this one has more substance. They show respect to the style while adding some new takes on it.

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Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow $14..99 a bottle well I guess you do what you gotta do,pours darn near black with a big rocky head that amazingly left no lace (would have gotten a near perfect score if it did).Big chocolate aroma to be expected seemed to be more of a milk chocolate than cocoa with a light orange note,alot flavor melding going on here of course a big dose of chocolate I also picked up a hint of smoke in there finishing very earthy and nutty very nice.Did not seem to be overly thin like others have said seemed right on to me,extremely drinkable and goes well with my wifes chocolate pecan pie but the that price is scary.

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Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1 inch head, clear, high carbonation

Smell: chocolate and roasted malt

Taste: sweet milk chocolate, roasted malt, and caramel.

Mouthfeel: sweet, medium bodied, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I like milk chocolate and this certainly shines through in this beer. A tasty holiday treat, I am glad this got included in the variety pack. I could have several.

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Photo of avylover
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TinusTime for the free sample, pre-release. Another benefit of BA and the BA's i've met.

Came in a 12 oz sample bottle. Apparently the release will be packaged much more extravagantly. Pours dark. A deep mahogany, this is not the color of a stout, more of a really dark dopplebock. There was a decent head on this that died quick. Sweet aroma, with some fruity esters and alot of chocolate. WOW!
Tastes like Cadbury's chocolate. If you like great chocolate, you will love this. Milk chocolate dominates the taste. Not sickly sweet, just a great chocolate taste. This is no doubt the most choclatey beer i've had, and this is a great thing. There are some mild hops in the finish to keep things from getting too sticky. It's malty & chocolatey, without the roasted taste you find in stouts. Mouthfeel is thick but finishes nicely due to the hops. A bit more drinkable than I expected, but still not something to pound all night. Excellent!

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Photo of BierFan
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 25.4 ounce bottle into a cervoise. Bottle lists the abv as being 5.5%.

Appearance: Dark brown body with a head the color of cola fizz. Barely any lacing.

Smell: Smells like a malty doppelbock with some sweet chocolate coming through.

Taste: Very nice balance between malts and chocolate but unfortunately the malts and chocolate are not as big as I thought they would be. Still delicious, though.

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Photo of MLasoski
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1/12/2011 Review of the winter sampler edition.

My rDev might be a bit high...

A: Poured into a DFH tulip glass, it had an opaque dark, dark, dark brown body (one could say black, but I do see a tint). Minimal head stuck around, it started off with a 1/4" frothy head but dissipated quickly. Lacing is sporadic and isolated around the glass.

S: Smells of dark malts, no hops, and milk chocolate.

T: It's as if Hershey's Chocolate partnered up with BBC and made a chocolate beer with a melted Hershey Milk Chocolate bar in it. I compare it to me walking into a liquor store and buying an alcoholic Hershey bar. I would even be amiable towards a Whopper malt-ball comparison.

M: Light on the carbonation, malty up front, with the whole chocolate sha-bang at the end. Very sugary sweet with a creamy chocolate feel at the end.

D: I wish they sold these in 6 packs. I'd buy a couple and offer them up as a perfect dessert beer to a double chocolate brownie sundae or something similar. Very good! For some reason, I don't remember the 2009's 22 oz. bomber tasting the same as this.

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Photo of errantnight
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From holiday review notes...

Well I can't say that I'll ever buy this again at 14.99 a bottle... but I'll be sorely tempted.

My expectations were set just about right... think bock (single bock, not doppel), and think mellow but full chocolate flavor. And boy did this deliver.

Pours an unassuming pale brown. Solidly brown, no amber, ruby, or orange highlights. Very little head, although carbonation seems fair.

Aroma is subdued, maybe a whisp of cocoa powder, maybe cold chocolate milk with a bit of caramel sweetness.

And the taste isn't overwhelming at first... there's a delicate subtlety and balance here... but after a few sips, this really gets going. And I mean really gets going. Has a good bocks impeccable balance of staunchly forward malt with a crisp clean finish that's not bitter or hoppy, and it rides along on a wave of simple clean chocolate notes. It's not roasty and strong, nor is it a milk chocolate simplicity. The body is just right, medium and silky, SILKY smooth. Some sips highlight the light caramel toffee notes a bit more, but this is just a pleasure to drink.

All set to berate myself for blowing my wad on this, I was instead more upset that I had so little of it, and that it was priced out of my interest-in-repurchasing range. But for those of you with more dough, or those with an appreciation for mellow, middle of the road strength beers, I can't recommend this enough.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was not what I was expecting - it ended up being so much more...

Out of the bottle it pours a dark, practically black brew that just amazes. The aroma is all chocolate mixed with the hops and barley with a hint of honey - truly amazing. The mouthfeel is by far now the best I have ever had - it rolls silkily and velvety across your tongue with a minimal amount of carbonation to get in the way - yes, very good. The taste was all chocolate with barley, hops, and malt all mixed to perfection - it was not what I was expecting and it exceeded my expectations beyond belief. This by far is the best brew I have tasted during the holidays or, so far, any time of year. Go out and getcha some, and enjoy!

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Photo of brdc
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Another impressive Samuel Adams.
Very dark beer with some reddish hues when held against a light.
Great sweet smell of roasted malts, hot chocolate and coffee.
Taste is impressive as well, with sweet chocolate, coffee, toffee and caramels.
Medium to heavy body, very tasty but a little too sweet to have more than one.
Will definitely get more of this one.

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