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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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
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 BB1313
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Pantalones
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
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 +0.3%
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 BloodSoakedAleMug
2.86/5  rDev -22.1%
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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Photo of ThePold
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh from a bottle into a bock glass. Pours dark, but not a head like a Guinness. Otherwise it is a very nice beer with some good solid cocoa notes. A good example of its type.

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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
2.84/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 1

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

EDIT, to add an overall score: Months after having this, I still remember it as being one of the most disgusting beers I've had.. The sweetness was just so damn artificial

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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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