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

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83
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2,972 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by TinusTime on 11-20-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,972
Reviews:
1,196
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
16.35%
 
 
Wants:
90
Gots:
375
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cole's. Really pricey as a bottle (and on tap) and not worth it compared to many good and better chocolate-powered beers now available. Chocolate liquor, thinned down but still above average mouthfeel for a beer. A nice one though.A little chocolately and simple in aroma. Drop of vanilla.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: two finger head on a dark brown black body. Nice lacing.

S: dark fruit, caramel, milk chocolate.

T: sour dark fruits and yeast up front with toffee notes transitioning to a milk chocolate, mollasses and brown sugar with a late tapering finish.

M: smooth, medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: not bad. The chocolate is nice but a little weak. This is an old bottle but I imagine it would hold up through the years.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a khaki head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, chocolate syrup, and milk chocolate aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild roasty bitterness with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a thick and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good bock with a nice chocolate presence in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

you have to admit, love it or hate it, its original. the pours is black as, with a small tan head that fades fast. smell is a little bit of dark cocoa, but more bitter dark malt than anything else, and a little sweeter english malt, but this is a dark ass beer for sure. the flavor is shockingly chocolate forward, not even dark chocolate really, but almost seriously like a milk chocolate bar, sweet and luxurious, tasty and tempting, dry in the finish, sweet malt profile, but the cocoa nibs are a deadset stud in this brew. not in love with the feel, as a little moe carbonation could lighten things up in a good way, but the texture is creamy and gentle, and the bitterness of the malt is a nice contrast to the chocolate. i think this is balanced quite well, and its not a slammer, but i could have a few of these no problem. may also be nice in an beer ice cream float. i like this more than i should.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this for the first time when it was released in the big bottle with the silver embossed label was on it. The bottle looked awesome and for the outrageous price I was hoping the stuff inside the bottle would be good too.

The beer poured out as a dark brown color with a brown colored head that turned into just a thin film over top of the beer. The aroma was pretty sweet actually, reminded me of a milk chocolate bar mixed with a bunch of malts. The taste was sweet up front with a chocolaty base that changes into a dry malt aftertaste. Overall the beer was at its best the first time I had it. After that the flavor didn't have the impact like it used to. It's not a bad beer at all. Worthy of trying with a dessert.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally get a chance to try this now that it's back in the winter mixed pack. First things first... I'm really not a big fan of the bock style at all, they tend to be my lowest reviewed beers. This beer on the other hand, is surprisingly good. The chocolate taste is very present, but not overpowering, and makes for a great well balanced, solid drinking beer. Great mouthfeel and finish, still not one of the top beers I've had from SA but definitely better than expected and a great addition to the winter pack.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -18.3%

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 BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/16/08
It's a pleasure to return to this beer after a 3-year haitus. My interpretations from then still hold true, but I definately recognized the Sam Adams Double Bock base beer with all the melanoidins, dark-fruit esters, and toasty, malty rich textures. I often recognize the addition of a bit of chocolate malts in classic German Dopplebocks for complexity, richness, and a little something extra that is rarely identifiable. This beer, however, showcases this chocolate addition but not to the point of dominance, just balance, variety, and complexity. Thanks Mr. Koch for bringing it back!

7/29/05
Tried again last night, haven't had this in a while. It's like chocolate milk for the beer lover. Plops velvity into the chalace, coats the glass with thick legs and a 1/2" foamstand that withstood the durration. Very nice lacing. Opaque black - dark brown with mohogany highlights. Smells smooothly of milk chocolate and malt backbone. Mild sourness and hop aroma balance out the nose. Tastes silky sweet without being overly malty or sugary. Bittersweet cocoa is balanced with milky (lactose?) flavors make this beer slide down very easily. Round and robust to the palate. Heavy and mild at the same time. No real alcohol to heat, but does give up more thin sweetness. I would prefer more alcoholic notes in a Bock beer. But, it goes down way too easy. On the dark side, the beer seems to give up complexity, flavor, and balance as it sits for a while. All in all a great beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into De Molen stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are pretty high.

A: Pours a half finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and bad retention. Colour is a solid black. Appealing, but far from exemplary.

Sm: Chocolate, cocoa, cream, and vanilla. Quite rich. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Heavy rich chocolate is tamed nicely by cream towards the finish. The cocoa tones are wonderful - among the best I've had in beer. The roast is subtle and delicious - perfectly matching the rest of the balance. Extraordinarily well built. Bravo.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavour. I could use more cream, and the beer does fall off both in flavour and texture in the third act. It's unfortunate because the flavour is so lovely. Also, it's a touch too thin - especially for a bock.

Dr: Why is the ABV so low? While as a bock, it's strange, it works. An innovative beer with a troublesome third act. Everyone should try this to experience chocolate properly done. I'd love to have this on draught (or nitro-draught).

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark brown opaque body with a tinge of red highlights; small bone colored head with modest lacing

Smell: Chocolate nose, slightly burnt

Taste: Sweet chocolate that lasts for a long time and transforms in the mouth with a touch of bitterness in the middle; as the beer warms to room temperature, more of the bitter flavors come through, which make for a much better drinking experience

Mouthfeel: A bit thin for a beer so rich; very modest carbonation

Drinkability: Awfully tough to consume a bomber of this stuff; share it or you'll get sick of the sweetness.

Way too overpriced for what you get. I bought it once for the novelty but wouldn't purchase it again. Sure don't understand why Sam Adams would market a beer that is not conducive to repeat purchase.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, BBD: April 2012.

Toasted malts, cocoa, and light banana in the aroma. Soon after it becomes fairly nondescript, though the cocoa sweetness is ever present. Soft and creamy textured surface foam, two tone latte mocha color. It fades to a wispy skim that breaks after the first sips. Color is a dark blackish brown, that's a lighter tobacco shade in the meniscus of the glass. Glows copper red when backlit.

Bittersweet cocoa flavors, toasty in the middle, some notes of marshmallow creme and nutella. Something about it is a little one-dimensional, but it's pleasant enough to drink. Light bodied and smooth. Not bad, maybe not the most rich when it comes to chocolate infused beers, but sometimes less is more in this case.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light black beer with a huge foamy off-white head with good retention. Aroma is a mix of roasted malt, coffee/chocolate and subtle floral malt – very nice. Taste is quite incredible and can be describe as mix between Ayinger Celebrator and Rogue Chocolate Stout without too much hops, which reduce the bitterness and create something quite delicious. OK, probably a bit expensive but still would not mind to have this well balance beer once again.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a thick, foamy, tan head. It left patchy lacing.

S - It smelled of chocolate, tons of chocolate. Some sweet caramel aromas were present, too.

T - The name fits. It tastes like a sweet caramel bock with a lot of chocolate added.

M - It was crisp and yet still smooth. A light to medium bodied brew.

D - This is what it is: a chocolate bock. Would work very well as a desert beer. It found it on sale for $10.99 but it's still overpriced.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

About an inch of light brown fizzy head on the pint glass. Quickly recedes into a small lacing above a clear dark brown beer.

Heavy milk chocolate malt aroma and nothing else.

Nice milk chocolate taste on a slightly watery body on this beer.

The aftertaste is similar to that after eating a Hershey's bar, by the time I got this far there was no trace of a lacing left this beer.

I think this would be a pretty decent desert beer, but not much else.

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