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

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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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Photo of chasmandocharles
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of travolta
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have seen this in the stores and I have always been curious.
Apperance: Lacing is nice, head retention is minimal. It is black in the glass, but when up to the light it has shades of amber and merlot.

Nose: unsweetened chocolate, syrup, thats about it.

Taste: Mostly the same as the smell. the chocolate is more pronounced in the taste. There is a lingering texture to it. It goes down like cough syrup at the end, but the body is not thick.

Notes: I was not as impressed with this as I thought I would be. It tastes like a nice bock. I didnt want nice for 15 bucks, I wanted great.

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Photo of dtivp
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a medium dark brown small tan head which dissipated very quickly and very little if any lacing.

Aroma of sweet malts and chocolate.

Taste followed the nose with burnt sugar sweetness along with mild chocolate and a hint of malt.

Mouthfeel was light to medium body, a little thin and very light carbonation.

The sweetness would make it difficult to drink more than one, needed a little more bitterness to soften the sweet flavor.

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

12oz bottle from the Costco winter mix-case. Served in a Widmer tulip -

A: Black; mahogany when held to light; light beige, one-finger head doesn’t leave much lace... maybe a few specks.

S: Cocoa; roasted malts; really nice chocolate aroma.

T: Chocolate; molasses; peat; some dark fruit on the end, with a smidge of toasty dryness.

M: Full bodied; higher carbonation; smooth; not overly sweet or rich.

D/O: Best one in the case, easily; good aroma and flavor; tasty and not over the top / too much - although I’d probably stop after a couple.

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Photo of Satsuma
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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

trying to read my notes here will post what I have:

bitter chocolate tart pure cocoa taste

chocolatey dry aftertaste.

I must have been hammered while writing this. Since I didnt say anything bad I must have found it enjoyable. Im assuming the color was dark, you're either going to buy this beer or not. Its worth it in a mix pack.

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Photo of magine
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a flute glass.

Pours a dark brown near black color with a light tan head. Lots of tight bubbles. Head settles to a thin layer up top. Some lace clings. Average looks.

Brew smells of dark malts, dark cocoa, roasted nutty notes as well. Some milk chocolate too maybe. Average nose.

Brew is peppery and carbonated up front, smooth and creamy towards the end. Finishes dry. Brew has dark cocoa malts and some sweet roasted malts as well. Milk chocolate as it warms, some dark fruit maybe. and A little thin mouthfeel. Decent tastes and feel.

Brew is a solid drinker, but is an average or slightly above average overall brew.

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Photo of TonyY
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Lawl3ss
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of PJCarnell
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of droomyster
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with soda fizz head that lasts less than a minute. Aromas have a bit of dark chocolate (not nearly as much as I expected), with a dull, nondescript maltiness and next to nothing in the way of hops except maybe a faint whiff of stale coffee. However, this beer's single selling point, its taste, outweighs these initial shortcomings by a ton. Very rich, dark malts are heavily laced with sweet and bitter chocolate notes from beginning to end. While not necessarily complex, nothing short of delicious, and in my humble opinion, should be sipped and enjoyed entirely on its own. The flavors are complemented nicely by the full body, which breaks into a luxuriously creamy mass on the midpalate. Bravo!

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Photo of jharris0624
2/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of illpass78
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a stemmed Libbey stout glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown with some garnet edges. One finger tan head.

Aroma: Some chocolate, some booze. Maybe a little grass.

Taste: Hm. First thing I notice is that the malt presence I expected isn't there. Chocolate is, but it's a tiny bit too sweet. Somewhat medicinal. Booze noticeable.

Mouthfeel: It's a tiny bit lacking of body. With my eyes closed, I wouldn't suspect this is a dark beer.

Overall: A worthy, fun idea, but it just doesn't totally come together. Points for degree of difficulty. To be fair, it's been around a long time, so it's clearly popular.

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Photo of Cooper
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of whatsgoody
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of tewaris
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with a best by date of April 2011, poured into a pint glass on 12/10/2010.

Appearance 4/5
Darkest of browns, and yet brilliantly clear, with a creamy, fluffy, light brown head. Medium retention and unexpectedly poor lacing.

Aroma 3/5
Lots of chocolate, some seemingly metallic notes and none of the bock character.

Taste 3/5
Plenty of chocolate notes on a light malty sweet base. Clean flavors that come with a well done lager, although the label says this is an ale. None of the bock character in taste either. A light, clean, 2% chocolate milk like beer.

Mouthfeel 4.5/5
Medium carbonation, medium body, and silky mouthfeel.

Drinability 4.5/5
Good. Quite flavorful and under 6% ABV! But the name is deceptive for sure.

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Photo of mattyrubes
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ElGuapo
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark brown pour that shows off amber tints when held to the light. The head is small and tannish. This one is a nice whiffer. It is loaded with roasty aromas. There is a lot of dark and sweet chocolate coming out as well.

It is very smooth with light carbonation, even creamy at times. The chocolate flavor is nice and not overdone, although it does get a bit big. Hot chocolate and milky flavors start you off. The roasty coffee flavors come in a bit later to add needed complexity. The balance is very nice, and it has enough going on to keep it interesting. I could have more than one if I were in the mood, but it sure does well as a nice treat after dinner. This is an interesting one.

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Photo of zestd
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of aubuc1
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from the winter mix pack poured in to a tulip imperial pint glass.

pours black with some brownish red highlights.

Smell is a light, bready, chocolate. Sort of thinner than I expected.

Taste is a rich, bready chocolate. Finishes like a milk chocolate, not bitter or roasty. Very interesting and good.

Mouthfeel is very creamy like milk chocolate.

It is extremely drinkable.

I wasn't sure what to expect. It isn't great, but is certainly a nice beer. I like the price of the 12 pack better than the price of the original bombers.

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Photo of horshack7
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance of the bottle is one of two things that drew me to this particular beer i thought the metal label was rather unique. The other was I simply love Samuel Adams brew's.
After pouring this beer I smelled it and noticed that the chocolate and coffee scents really showed through. The head of the beer I found to be very frothy and had great head retention which both were nice atributes. The color was very dark very pleasing to the eye with it's brown hue.

The taste i found to be just simply incredible. The chocolate and coffee flavors I felt were well balanced and not over powering. Although it was not as stout or bitter as I expected from a bock it was very smooth and pleasing to the palate. Overall I highly recomend this bock for all it's atributes. Cheers

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

The bottle warrants a masterpiece of flavor and complexity. How does the beer stack up?

Shared with my friend to celebrate the beginning of 2009 (quite a while after the New Year's Eve festivities, of course), poured into a couple of pilsner glasses.

Pours dark Coca-Cola ruby-brown, with a thin head of mocha cream that fades and leaves very little of itself behind.

Aromatics are a bit toasty, with some chocolate coming through. Not much of a Bock aroma, lacking much in the area of malts in the nose.

Body is medium, mouthfeel being quite smooth. The flavors that come through in the foreground are slightly bready malt notes being followed up by a huge, palate-encompassing chocolate character. A bit of bitterness comes through toward the end, but mostly the entire draught is roasty chocolate flavor.

Fairly light in both body and alcohol, this one is an easy drinker, but it's almost a chore to go through as the chocolate is a bit overbearing and cloying, being too dominant and leaving one without much of an idea of beer, much less Bockbier.

Rather disappointing, as the gorgeous bottle promised so much more -- as did the hefty sixteen-dollar price tag.

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Photo of Ultra-Plinian
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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