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

Pours dark brown in color, almost black, with a frothy brown head. Aroma consists of cocoa, chocolate malt, candied raisins and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium-to almost full - in body. Rich malty body. Flavors of cocoa, chocolate malt, and tobacco are all dominant. Raisin follows that into a dry middle. Chocolate frosting emerges just before a long satisfying finish. This is a bold beer. So much so, that I would be tempted to pair this with a cigar and suggest you consume both in a contemplative mood.

This ranks as one of the most complex bock beers I have tried. The bottle I tried had a Best by date of April 2009. 3 months later, I'd say it still holds up. I enjoyed this enough that it would warrant another purchase.

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

deep brown. almost black. distinct(bright) ruby highlights. i think it would be clear if it werent so dark. so...translucent? brown head that eventually dissipated to a thin layer.

chocolate is most immeduatley recognizable. neat lagered malt aroma. caramel malts is a nice touch in the bouquet. no hop aroma. smell is sweet.

taste is immediatley sweet. nicely complex. caramel, toffee, and of course cholocalate. slight hop bitterness in the finish keep the beer from being cloying. no hop flavor. vey malty.

medium body. significant carbonation.

this will satisfy your sweet tooth i think. well done sam. kudos.

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Photo of Running4beer
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is truly a desert....Get canolli and pour yourself a glass of this Chocolate delight and you've got a match..

Pours out a dark chocolate like color with a thin to medium beige/tannish head. Aroma is chocolate and a little smokey. Taste is the same straight up chocolate sweetness and a bit of a smoked after taste. Kind of reminds me of a type of hot chocolate mix not Quick but the one that comes in a blue box, something Swiss or something like that you know the one that comes with the little marshmellows, kind of reminded me of that for some reason. This is a good choice if you want a sweet treat, very good stuff...The only downfall to this is the hefty 15 dollar price tag it carries.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= As I pour it looks a light brown color but in the glass it's black with a two finger tan colored head on it that holds decent retention and lacing.

S= Mostly roasted malts but there is some chocolate cocao nib in the nose. I feel weird saying it and it may be placebo but you get the clean lager smell coming from it for sure instead of the rugged deep nose that comes from ale yeast. Resembles coco puffs as it warms up a bit.

T= Definitally chocolaty in the taste. Again it resembles coco puffs quite a bit. A little biscuit taste to it tons of coco and a little tiny amount of roast. Very very clean finish.

M= A little thin but still velvet.

D= I never bought this in the past due to the price point but I got it this year in my holiday sampler and I like it. I may pick up a bottle in the future whether or not at the old price point. Worth trying and tasty indeed.

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

Beer first...we'll discuss over matters later.

A nice dark brown body (dark red when held to the light), topped by a frothy three fingers of light tan microbubbles. It's a "snap, krackle, pop" head. Always entertaining to hear your beer. Settles to a table top a little quicker than I like. Some lacing.

Delightful chocolate aroma, both cocoa and dark. I'd swear there were chucks of Hershey Dark floating in there.

Chocolate rolls across the tongue, until giving way to some earthy hop notes. Good, but not the deep, dark chocolate knock-out I was expecting.

Mouthfeel is rich, full, but not too overwhelmingly thick.

Drinkability is excellent. Actually too good for a "bock"

On the merits of the beer alone, I heartily recommend it. But...

Questions, comments, and brillant observations (no, that's not ego, it's a tribute to my high school chem teacher):

1 .Why Chocolate Bock? Though a fine beer, there are little if any bock characteristics readily noticeable. I think this is a "bock" because others have done chocolate stouts and porters.

2. The $15.00 a bottle price. The packaging is a bomber/champagne bottle, with a metal (silver) "tin sign" label. Different yes. Worth an extra $10/bottle? That label better be real silver.

Like Rogue's Imperial Pilsner, put the beer in conventional packaging and knock the price down to conventional, or slightly above levels, and I'll be back. At these prices, it's one and done.

3. This does work as a Valentine seasonal. Like men ordering the roses that are marked up more than double for two weeks in February, this is a chance for females to be price gouged when shopping for their beek geek significant other. And I would appreciate the thought.

Summary: An enjoyable beer with too much baggage. Strip it down and I'll be happy.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.31/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Long quick review. This brew never seems to get enough love in my opinion. Every aspect about it is subtle & nuanced, it pours beautiful - near-opaque with a light-caramelly head that lingers briefly. The nose is chocolate & dense maltiness with a hint of hop & booze (you really have to search for that booze). Altogether this beer smells so enticing to me. The flavors are dense but mild. Well-defined chocolate plays overtop a crisp hop hit that floats above the deeper malt notes. There is a trace of smokiness. This brew has a light, undercarbonated feel & I love it! I always look for this beer when it's around.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
4.31/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 12/4/2008 (bottle BB April 09):

Pours a very dark reddish color. Small off-white head. Coffee, chocolate aromas. Not a strong aroma, weak. Milk chocolate taste. Cocoa aftertaste. Very tasty. Sweet Like a milk stout. Probably the best chocolate beer I've ever had. And one of the best tasting beers overall.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber in color with good clarity and slight carbonation. The tan-colored head is very large, but fades fairly quickly, leaving scattered islands of foam. Lacing is thin, but quite good, coating the glass with lots of fine, small beads.

Aroma: Notes of roasted dark cocoa utterly dominate, as well as earth notes, coffee, and smoke.

Taste: Begins with rich bitter chocolate notes, soon followed by a pronounced vanilla flavor and sweet alcohol. Underlying these are notes of coffee, earth, and a slight smoke. Finishes dry with a lingering cocoa and coffee flavor.

Mouth feel: Quite soft on the palette, very, very smooth, just a touch thinner than I would have expected.

Drinkability/notes: A devastatingly superb beer, not to be missed. In view of its price and scarcity, obviously a beer for very special occasions, it can be favorably compared to champagne or cognac. Sampled in a Belgian chalice, which intensified the aroma.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a pry-off crown and an embossed metal label, served in a standard pint tap glass.

2011-12-24 review:

Appearance: Deep reddish-amber in color with excellent clarity and moderate slow-rising carbonation. The small tan-colored head retains fairly well.Thick lacing coats the glass walls.

Aroma: Notes of roasted dark cocoa, milk chocolate, vanilla and oak.

Taste: Begins with moderately sweet dark cocoa flavors, followed by a pronounced vanilla. Roasted malt and wood follow as the taste progresses. Late in the taste, there is some earth and espresso. Finishes with a mild, lingering earthy note.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft on the palate,with a little late stinging carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A wonderfully superb beer, not to be missed. Certainly a fine compliment to a holiday dessert. Its a shame that this is only available in the "Winter Classics" package. Comparing this to my years-ago review of the original version of Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock, this seems a bit different, albeit good.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

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Photo of KoG
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hrmmmm.... Dark chocolate color with red highlights and a tan head. Head doesn't stick around or leave any lacing, damn.

Smell is rich and chocolatey. Malt is hidden behind the cocoa aroma with no sign of alcohol or hops.

Man... it's like liquid chocolate. Strong chocolate presence as it warms. Pretty good and not overly sweet.

Goes down ultra smooth with a silky, milk chocolate feel.

Super drinkable but definately something that isn't a daily drinker(especially for the price). Happy New Year!!

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Photo of Tuey13
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with a bit of a ruby red tinge coming through in the light.... has a thick and creamy one finger tan head that leaves wonderful lacing as it dissipates.
The smell is roasty, malty, and full of chocolate.
Taste follows the nose... roasted malt and rich chocolate flavors... a little toffee sweetness with a dry finish.
The chocolate smell and taste intensifies as this beer warms... delicious.
I got this as part of the holiday sampler pack from Sam Adams.... I wish that this was available in at least six packs as i would buy it often!!

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Photo of oddfire
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the second round of tasting this beer. The last was the last release 4 or 5 years ago...I can't quite remember exactly. Anyway on to the beer. I was very excited when this bock arrived at the local beer store. Needless to say I was not disappointed with this years limited release. The aroma is like that of dark roasted malt with a chocolate aroma....but there is a slight moccaish coffee aroma which catches you by surprise just before you are ready to drink the beer. The flavor of this beer is very smooth and easily drinkable. There is a light and not overpowering flavor of a finer chocolate in the finish of the beer. I would recommend this beer to anyone. I will buy some more.

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Photo of righthereisay
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got it from the variety pack. Was looking forward to this over the others.

12 ounce bottle poured into a tervis tumbler. Had it in the freezer for about 10 minutes.

After pouring, it almost looked like root beer. The head was medium, a darker brown. The beer was dark brown/black.

The smell was rather nice. Definite chocolate with small hints of vanilla.

This tasted the best of the entire Sam Adams Winter pack. After smelling it, I thought the chocolate would be overwhelming. There is a sweet malt middle that seems like it has some tints of roast coffee. Not too much bitterness, whch was a plus for me. A little too much carbonation on this one, sure wish they could have minimized that.

The mouthfeel was nice and smooth. Very nice body, but this is where it could have improved a little more.

For a dark beer drinker, it is definitely drinkable. I was pretty impressed considering it was Sam Adams. May be their best beer.

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Photo of JamesS
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a wonderfully dark brown with very nice initial head and lacing. Great scent, a nice deep malty aroma with great chocolate tones and a hint of caramel. Great flavor, chocolate up front and at the back, with a great thick malty bock (caramel and thick) in the middle. Goes down fine, but a bit over thick perhaps with a slight alcohol heat. Still, a wonderful beer... and if you don't like the chocolate tones, why did you drink it?

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Photo of HockeytownBrew
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass

A: Pours a deep, dark brown. My pour featured a pretty minimal head, not too much lacing.

S: Roasted malts and hints of chocolate, with subtle notes of roasted coffee and nuts.

T: Hints of malts, with a very pleasant chocolate flavor - thankfully, not overpowering. Aftertaste is a bit more on the malty side. Slightly sweet, and I also detect some toffee as well.

M: Medium to full bodied, very smooth.

D: You'll have no problem with a few of these. If I had more of this, I could see myself doing so.

Another home run for the Boston Beer Company. Very glad this was included in the Winter Variety pack this year.

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Photo of Vengeance526
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle with best before date of April 2009...

Pours a dark, nearly opaque color with a very light tan head that lasted throughout and left a good deal of lacing.

Smell and taste were overwhelmingly...get this...chocolate. Slight notes of honey also in the background. I could really feel the sweetness in this one and the flavor and aroma really come to life as the beer warms up just slightly. If you're a hophead you'll probably be disappointed but if you can sit for a dessert beer, it definitely has a taste that can be savored. Goes down easy and I could honestly see myself drinking this all night...assuming I could get some for less than $14.75 a bottle of course.

Tried this one with a friend who is relatively new to micros and this was definitely to his liking. By that respect it seems like a great transition beer...different enough to open your eyes to the world of better beer without being overwhelming. But I can see how veteran BAs may be turned off by Sam's attempt at a beer that is more over the top than their traditional offerings. Now IMO, being that this is a limited release, it is worth a try at least once if you can find it, but at that price I would expect it to be a little better than it was. Luckily I had some friends to go in with me on this one or I doubt I would have picked it up.

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Photo of joerodiii
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2004 bottle.

I purchased this beer about 4 years ago and kept it refrigerated the entire time. Since I recently purchased some more, I figured it was time to crack it open.

This was an exceptional variation on a bock. It had the malty sweetness of a dopplebock balanced by the bitterness of the chocolate. Even though it was very dark, upon holding it up to the light, I was impressed by its clarity. It had the mouthfeel of a typical dopplebck, thick but not syrupy. The aroma blended malt with chocolate. I could discern no hops. The flavor was clean (lager-like), slightly sweet with a strong but not overwhelming flavor of chocolate. (Chocolate-chocolate as in cocoa...not chocolate malt.) In spite of the sweetness, it had a balanced finish.

I look forward to drinking the 2008 version of this beer.

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Photo of soupermirl
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Take a look at it, chocolaty, dark but not to dark, and when you move it around a bit in the glass and give it a sniff, it just smells like it will taste great. When you actually taste it, chocolate bock does taste great. Chocolaty...Yes. Smooth...Yes. Malty...Yes. Bitter, only a very slight bitter, just right for the chocolate taste. Expensive...Yes. Relatively speaking. But I thought it was so good, I ordered 3 on the internet @ $14.99 each.


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Photo of davexisxrabid
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared this bottle with my girlfriend and glad to say that we both enjoyed the hell out of it!

Poured a nice dark brown that was almost black and opaque were it not for the hazy brown tinges at the edge of the glass when held up to light. Nice thick brown one and half inch head that sticks around for a little bit then fades.

Aroma is of chocolate, malts, and yeast.

Taste is of sweet milk chocolate mixed with a bit of unsweetened dark chocolate but not cloying. No hop bitterness detected.

Medium-full bodied, well carbonated moutfeel to it but I expected it to be a bit heavier for a bock.

I could drink a few of these in a night without becoming bored of it were it not for the exhorbant price...

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown, not quite black, with nice medium brown head.

Nose has a pleasant nougat-like chocolate component, somewhat reminding me of Young's double chocolate stout, but more tamed.

Palate is a great balance of chocolate, roasty sweet malts, and hops to round it out.

Nice chocolate presence without being overwhelming. Good balance.

Very drinkable.

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Photo of TownDunkel
4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams Chocolate Bock ... can you say Yes Please!

Appearance - Chocloate brown with a nutty brown head

Smell - Weak smell that is hoppy but doesnt give away all the awesome flavors

Taste - Awesome... First it is smooth and dark that turns to a cocoa and milk choclate finish. Only beer on par with this is Left Hand brewing Chocolate Stout

Mouthfeel - Great, smooth, satisfying, great carbonation that makes it stick around like it should

Overall - This is a hard beer to beat!

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Photo of kneeland
4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Boy did they get this one right. I've tried other chocolate beers, and some of them have been pretty good, but this one stands above the rest. It's got a real cocoa taste to it, probably because it uses real cocoa ingredients.

It pours dark, very dark. Almost looks darker than Guiness. The head was a little light from what you would think, but it worked out pretty well. For as dark as it looked, it has a fairly light taste. I made my girlfriend try and she commented on how she thought it would be too heavy, but it was good and light weight.

I only got 4 of these in a Sam Adams winter pack, so hopefully I can find more somehow.

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Photo of stlfatguy
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour Looks like root beer in a glass. Lots of head, tight bubbles, dissipates quickly. Dark brown/black looks amber in the light. Smell is mostly chocolate. Almost chocolate milk. Taste is dark chocolate. Like drinking a dark melted chocolate bar, but not too thick and not unpleasant. Very nice for what it is. Thought it would be a forced, fake flavor, but I Like it a lot. Smooth feel.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in the mixed Winter seasonal. Nice

A - Well the color in general is a dark brown, almost pitch black but lighter. The foamy head depreciates pretty quickly leaving a ring of lace.

S - Slight roasted coffee with mostly dark chocolate nibs.

T - Well it starts off great. The flavor is of nice chocolate and coffee but with that comes some funk of the ale that seems to happen when sams tries to do a spiced ale. Must be in the malt. A great rating though of a constant flavor that doesn't disappear in time (get boring)

M - Very medium bodied. I felt I could drink a sixer.

D - It really is a shame I only got two because even if I could want a six pack the only way is to get the variety case (or half for 19.50) and only get 2-4. Still it was a very nice chocolate beer that will go down as a great one on my list.

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