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

Samuel Adams Chocolate BockSamuel Adams Chocolate Bock
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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 ZombPumpkin
4.57/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of PA-Michigander
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nicholas2121
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock brewed by Boston Beer Company, with an ABV of 5.80% This Bock pours out a deep brown color with a small light brown head. There is also some spotty lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. This brew has the look of coffee, not saying that is a bad thing. The smell is rich with roasted grians ,malts, and chocolate sweetness. You also pick up on some nice mild hops bitterness in the smell as well. Between the look and smell, this is one inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You first pick up a nice roasted goodness, then a slight sweet chocolate ending. The best way to put it is bitter sweet, but in a good way. There is a lot going on in Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock, I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down. It is hard to pick up on the 5.80% ABV in this Bock. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. The mouth feel is Bold, Roasted, Smooth, Clean and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock a 4.5 out of 5. I would look this brew up again givin the chance to. Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams), did a real nice job with this brew. If you are a fan of roasted, chocolate flavors look this one up.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - great looking super dark beer with a great tan head that goes away but leaves a good skim
smell - dark roasty sweet matls with some chocolate in there and maybe some vanilla.
taste - slightly toasty chocolate milk, not much of a bock but yummy
Feel - medium body with a fairly light carbonation but still creamy and smooth
Overall - If I was being picky about this being a Bock beer Id have to give it a lower rating. But for being open minded, this is pretty good with lots of chocolate.

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Photo of Greasy
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sludgeman
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rsuarez1982
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beerucee
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Desert beer! At crawfish boil in Dallas.

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Photo of CobraDC23
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decent. Enjoyed straight from the bottle. Aroma is cocoa powder, some tiny roast, but mostly sweet malt. Taste follows, with the cocoa powder flavor predominant over malt and clean, floral hops. Smooth, refreshing. One chocolate ale I could have a few of in a session and not get annoyed by an overwhelming chocolate flavor.

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Photo of DJTOBY
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rsquared59
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lingenbrau
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Timc32
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BB1313
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by March 2017. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a very dark brown, almost black; fluffy tan head that quickly fades leaving solid retention and okay lacing. The aromas are chocolate forward with some hints of vanilla and hazelnut. Lots of cocoa malts. The flavors basically follow the nose. Chocolate is the star. It's slightly sweet, but nothing crazy or over the top. Strong malt backbone. Nice hazelnut notes. Subtle hints of vanilla and milk. Hints of caramel and toffee as well. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's light with moderate carbonation. It's extremely fluffy and smooth.

This is a very nice brew. Nice aromas and flavors. It might not be the most traditional example of the style, but it's enjoyable stuff nonetheless.

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Photo of bigedal60
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pantalones
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Last bottle of this one from the winter variety pack. Best-by month of June.

The beer is very dark brown -- almost black once settled into the glass, with just a bit of dark brown visible around the edges. Seems to be at least mostly clear, though it's difficult to see (even with a flashlight!) with how dark it is. Some rising bubbles, though not the rapid swarm of them that some beers have. Very thin head of foam forms, shrinking into a patchy coating on the surface of the beer with a ring around the inside of the glass pretty quick.

Smell is dark malts first, with a bit of roastiness and a nice chocolatey smell hovering in the background. Fairly mild smell-wise overall, but what's there is pretty nice.

Taste is similar to the smell, though stronger in every way. Dark malty flavors at first which shift more toward a nice cocoa flavor toward the end, lingering a bit afterward. Malt is toasty and a bit doughy with a slight roastiness to it at times. Once the chocolate fades a bit, some of that roastiness takes over as the main lingering flavor. On the second sip I got a bit of chocolate flavor right away, then shifting into the dark malts and more chocolate, then back to malt once the chocolate fades away. Overall it's a very nice-tasting beer, the combination of dark lager and chocolate is done really well and doesn't lean too far to one side or the other.

Mouthfeel is nice but doesn't really stand out. A little crisper/more fizzy than expected at times, but it's pretty drinkable and has a bit of a substantial feel to it once the fizz dies down a bit despite initially seeming lighter/thinner. I definitely was more fond of the mouthfeel during the later half of the glass when the fizz had faded some.

Overall, this is a very nice beer -- a chocolatey beer where the malt isn't overwhelmed by the chocolate, but rather blends with it to make something different. There's plenty of stouts and porters that do this but it's less common to see chocolate beers that use a brown/toasty malt rather than black/dark-roasted, it seems. Sam Adams did a nice job balancing the chocolate against the other features of the beer.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lumpy tan over ruby brown. 4
Dim branch and carob. 3.5
Brown bread crust, brownie, red berry, and slight leaf to end. 3.75
Light+, fizzy, slight cling. 3.5

Bock how, exactly? Whack of cocoa, but that’s it. Too lagery, no body, and not big on melanoidins. Sam used to brew the archetype of every style back in the 90s; shame to see what they’ve become. 3.75

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Photo of bigpoppa67
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ewelvaert
4.48/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bushwack
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jfeyes
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good chocolatey brew!

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Photo of Sexmortus
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
2.86/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Look: Pours a blackish brown color with a one finger khaki head. Leaves no lacing.

Smell: Predominantly of sweet chocolate syrup, caramel malt and mildly bitter black coffee.

Taste: Nothing special here. Has a very mild, watery taste. I'm just getting sweet milk chocolate with nothing in terms of balance besides a very mild bitter coffee note hiding somewhere in the back. More sweet malty caramel creeps in on the aftertaste.

Feel: Thin. Lightly carbonated. Sweet throughout.

Overall: A pretty mediocre bock. Very one dimensional with none of the flavors that really make a bock great, like dark red fruits or light notes of yeast. Would not repurchase or recommend. Finishing this was a chore because it was simply so sweet.

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