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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Reviews: 1,193 | Ratings: 2,968
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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 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 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 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 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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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 Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery out of a taster glass. Took the tour in March 2009.

A: Very dark, nearly black. Creamy tan head.

S: Lots of cocoa.

T: Quite a bit of chocolate. Some thin dark malt, and hints of vanilla.

M: Silky and smooth. Almost no carbonation. Medium bodied.

D: It's a sipper, but a very good one. Light enough to drink for a while. I'm glad they offered this one as part of the tasting, as I'd been hesitant to drop $15 on a bottle.

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Photo of mothman
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my La Chouffe tulip

Poured somewhat vigorously resulting in 3 fingers of slight tanned head. Not dark, not light. Leaves some very little splattered lace. Some what good retention. Color is pretty much oil black.

Aroma: Dark chocolate. Reminds me of Belgium chocolate. A ton of malts. Caramel. Roasted flavor. Kind of reminds me of Sam Adams honey porter for some reason. A very robust aroma.

Taste: Caramel and dark chocolate. Very, very robust flavor packed with malts. Some earthy hops are present. This is one of my favorite bocks. A 4.5 is well deserved for this bock. Very good.

Mouthfeel: A little crisp. A big robust mouthfeel. Carbonation seems to be accurate. Full bodied for a lager. Leaves a smokey/malty aftertaste. Not to bad, but I hate smoke and this wasn't expected.

Overall, I am very impressed with Sam Adams on this one. Very drinkable and a ton of flavors. I know this beer isn't worth $15 at regular price, but on clearance it is a pretty fair deal. I shared this with the family and they even liked it.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, best before May 2013. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense dark khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, cream, vanilla, roasted malt, light pear, toast, light nuttiness, and light herbal hops. Damn nice aromas with good strength and balance of dark maltiness and chocolate flavors. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, vanilla, cream, roasted malt, dark bread, light pear, light nuttiness, and light herbal hops. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, toffee, caramel, vanilla, toast, roasted malt, light nuttiness, dark bread, and light herbal on the finish for a bit. Damn nice balance and robustness of roasted chocolate flavors and other malts; with minimal cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is good; very thick feeling considering the ABV. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice flavored bock style! Very robust and nicely balanced malty roasted flavors with chocolate; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering. Definitely a dessert beer.

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Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small, one finger head of medium brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Caramel and toffee with a hint of molasses. Just a hint of cocoa in the background.

T - Caramel and toffee malt up front with some earthy chocolate. More toffee and chocolate notes in the middle as well as some spicy notes of cinnamon and anise. Finishes with some bright, fruity malt notes of plum and apple as well as lingering caramel and mocha.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - At first, the chocolate character is subdued and hard to pick out, but as the beer warms it really begins to come out. The chocolate is earthy and spicy in a way that makes the beer seem more like an ale than a lager. The chocolate character becomes surprisingly strong as the beer comes up towards room temperature and it works very nicely with the fruity caramel notes of the base beer.

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

Wow $14..99 a bottle well I guess you do what you gotta do,pours darn near black with a big rocky head that amazingly left no lace (would have gotten a near perfect score if it did).Big chocolate aroma to be expected seemed to be more of a milk chocolate than cocoa with a light orange note,alot flavor melding going on here of course a big dose of chocolate I also picked up a hint of smoke in there finishing very earthy and nutty very nice.Did not seem to be overly thin like others have said seemed right on to me,extremely drinkable and goes well with my wifes chocolate pecan pie but the that price is scary.

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

Light fizzy head fades almost instantly, dark brown coke colored with ruby light coming through.

nose has cocoa nibs, hot cocoa and creamy milk choc, caramel and vanilla are strong, bit of booze, sweet smelling, very light dark wheat aroma.

Taste starts with more chocolate, cocos nibs, milk chocolate and cocoa, creamy, fairly sweet with more caramel and vanilla, sugar daddy candy, light wheat flavors with hint of banana and clove like wheat beer, syrupy, little molasses, coffee syrup. Finishes semi sweet with more light choc, little bitterness, sticky syrupy and caramel.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb.

Overall not bad but not great, a bit syrupy and sweet, candy and choc extract syrup like tasting, like they made a light beer and just added artificial and natural chocolate flavorings. Drinkable overall though.

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Photo of chinchill
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

served in pint glass

pours a very dark brown with a bubble tan head. Head disappears VERY fast!; like the 'head on a soda rather than a beer.

Unlike other chocolate beers I've had, the cocoa in this one is not subtle. There are some flavor components in cocoa nibs (the chocolate source for this beer) that I am not real fond of, but I think it is just the particular mix of hops, roasted malt and cocoa that doesn't work for me. The objectionable aspects of the taste appear in the finish and aftertaste. In addition, I found this to be too sweet.

O: I like chocolate and beer, and I am a fan of Sam Adams, so this beer was a great disappointment.

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

A deep, almost black body rests beneath a good sized head of creamy tan foam that holds well before dropping to a wide collar and cottony surface covering; and then leaves thin splashes of lace about the glass. When held to the light the body reveals crystal clear crimson and ruby hightlights that are quite attractive. The nose displays a distinct cocoa-ish note that's soft, sweet, and welcoming. The body is medium full and its very fine, moderate carbonation leaves it lightly creamy across the palate. The cocoa returns in the flavor along with a touch of nuttiness, some vanilla, a mild yeasty fruitiness, and some gentle coffee notes. It's rich but without depth; and leans towards sweetness with its bitterness kept at a minimum, yet there's still enough bitterness present to keep it from becoming cloying. It finishes dry and powdery with a wash of lingering cocoa and some subtle yeasty fruitiness. An interesting beer that would certainly pair well with many desserts; and makes a great celebratory beer as well!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lager yeast, chocolate, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and creamy up front with a strong milk chocolate flavor that dominates as you would expect. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence and nice breadiness from the lager yeast creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, I was pleasantly surprised that this beer was better than I thought it would be. It's a nice chocolaty beer to drink for a long time. However, I do not think it's worth the high price since there are several other comparable chocolate-flavored beers out there.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Ron's Original Bar & Grille, Exton, PA

Poured dark coffee brown with slight ruby highlights, with a small eggshell head that receded almost completely. Cocoa and burnt coffee on the nose. Taste of semi-sweet chocolate that fades away to bitter dark chocolate and roasted-nearly-burnt coffee. I wasn't too crazy about this one. Thinner than it appeared...light-medium body, maybe even a bit fizzy. Drinkable, but perhaps not more than one serving.

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Photo of mactrail
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly tasty combination with that sweetish bock flavor actually enhanced by the cocoa. Ruby-dark brown color in the tulip glass. Light bodied but has a silky mouthfeel, the illusion of slurping on chocolate, I guess. Not much to sniff, but the nose of dark caramel and roasted barley is nice enough. Hops or maybe bitter chocolate give a barely perceptible bitterness at the end.

The usual sophisticated Sam Adams product, not such a bad thing when dealing with candy flavors. Rather sweeter than you might want for a whole pint, but a little glass as a curiosity is quite tasty. A pleasurable beer. And no surprise, when I opened another bottle a few nights ago, my wife liked it.

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