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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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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

**
11/21/12
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 it....now, having it again, the drinkability is its most respectable quality, the flavor, its second--a quality pair, indeed...best 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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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a variety 12 pack $14.99 Safeway. Dark black color, chocolate smell, creamy chocolate taste, heavy mouthfeel, overall an ok beer for the style. I wouldn't drink a 6 pack of it, but to have one on occasions is fine.

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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 theskjoung
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown with creamy beige top.
Toasty, chocolate and a little malty taste.
Smells like milk and chocolate.
I would say the body isn't dry and light.

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

Look: Dark chocolate color: A bit of lacing. 1 finger or so of beige foam.

Smell: Not coming up with much. Perhaps a little cocoa sweetness.
Somewhat non-descript.

Taste: A little sweetness upfront, with some chocolate flavor in
the middle (once the beer warms), followed by some slight bitterness
in the close. It hedges towards something like a milk stout, but without
the depth of flavor and thickness.

Feel: Decent; somewhat creamy.

Overall: Had one at a holiday party in mid-Dec and another just recently. Recall
"more love" for the holiday party version (seemed sweeter - more festive) vs. the
recent pour. (Perhaps the 1st was "environmentally enhanced!") I had thought
initially that this one might be motivation enough to buy the SA Holiday pack,
but would probably 2nd-guess that. Interesting, but not sure I'd call it memorable.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "enjoy before" date April 2016.

APPEARANCE: pours a very dark brown color that let's very little light penetrate, one-finger tan head that quickly dissipated until a ring of small bubbles remained around the glass, lighter carbonation, there is almost no lacing on the glass.

SMELL: the nose is very faint, roasted malt and cocoa.

TASTE: initially sweet cocoa then roasted malt, I'm not picking up much of a hop profile but that would be appropriate for this style.

PALATE: lighter carbonation, the bottle says velvety texture and that about sums it up, it's very smooth.

OVERALL: this is a good beer for what it is, a good novelty beer during the season, perfect for a sampler pack, I would not want to have more than one in a sitting, I would have this during the season but would not go out of my way to seek it out on it's own.

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Photo of weaselface89
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- dark almost black. looks alittle amber in the light. nice head that dissipates and leaves a nice creamy layer on top.
S- chocolate smell for sure. getting a sweetness from malts in the nose also.
T- read the smell description lol.
F- very nice thick creamy feel. low carbonation as you would expect.
O- very good. just for fun I drank this one on the back porch and its about 45F here in Georgia in December. this beer really did the trick for me tonight, and it doesn't get much better than a nice glass of one of these on a somewhat cold holiday night.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Velvety mouthfeel, dark chocolate, sweet but not TOO sweet. Perfect for a roaring fire on a winter's night. Part of a winter sampler pack, poured into a goblet, darkest brown with minimal lacing. Smells of chocolate. Tastes of chocolate, black berries, caramel. Back to the mouthfeel, it coats the throat in a warm hug. Overall, quite good.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.77/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Re-review. Pours a very dark brown color, topped off by a finger worth of pale yellow-colored head. While its creamy, it doesn't have the best retention. Small amounts of lacing stick to the glass.

Hey, how about them apples, Sam Adams didn't overdo the chocolate. The aroma clearly reveals it, but also reveals the bock underneath. I get notes of subtle roast, caramel, molasses, and brown sugar, which pairs well with its chocolaty qualities. There's even a faint note of noble hops to break up the monotony! Hardly showstopping, but hey, at least it's not offensively chemical.

The flavor also reveals chocolate in a somewhat subtle manner. No, I'm wrong, actually - this is a chocolate bomb. I do catch fringe notes of tart cherry, caramel, and brown sugar on the aftertaste. Otherwise, this is pure baker's chocolate, and it's pretty tiring.

Because it's so chocolaty, it's sweet and hard to drink. It's also creamy on the palate, however, with its carbonation helping it seem more so. This beer really coats the mouth almost like an imperial stout. Sounds nice, but I still want more drinkability.

A fun novelty, that's for certain. But that's all it is: I wouldn't buy 6 packs of this beer in a million years. This is the perfect SA winter 12 pack filler - fun to try once a year, MAYBE twice (I'd be more likely to pawn it off to a significant other that likes chocolate and doesn't like beer), and then forget about it until next year. I'd even suggest it's the worst beer in the aforementioned 12 pack.

2.77/5: Chocolate with a splash of bock, more like

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

Rich and chocolatey, with caramel malt flavors. Foamy and frothy with a smooth, velvety finish. Not something I could have more than one of at a time, but very nice for a special occasion.

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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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