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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TinusTime on 11-20-2003

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Photo of Meerkey
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown with ruby accents, few bubbles, clear but dark colors inhibits vision.

S: Chocolate malts, toast, molasses, and something sharp I can't place.

T: Sweet chocolate is overwhelming. Almost cloying -it almost overpowers the other tastes of toasted malts, other sugar -maybe a little fruity? Slightly bitter aftertaste

M: Sticky sweet -very full flavor -albeit a limited one.

O: Pretty alright -gets better as I get used to it -too much chocolate though and not much else.

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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 msolar
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I thought this beer was disappointing. I was pretty happy when I heard about it as I love Chocolate Stouts and think Boston Beer is a great company. However, I thought this beer was beta version - the carbonation seemed off and it had a slight metallic flavor. The beer was lacking mouthfeel, too. I think it has potential, but I wouldn't buy it again for a while. There are numerous Chocolate Stout's out there that blow this one away; Stone, Young, Rogue... to name a few.

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Photo of mnapier
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Temperature, 40 degrees farenheit. Serving glassware, *you guessed it, a 12 ounce tulip

Chocolate Bock out the bottle pours a dark and clarity-free ocean that produces strong khaki foamy head that leaves a littering of lace in the glass later on.
The nose is interesting in that the usual expectation of roasted malts along with a presence of burnt dark cocoa.
Swirling this around in my mouth I get roasted caramel some more of the fruit previously mentioned along with a mild cocoa and almost milk like quality. The mouthfeel is mild but stops a little bit over into the medium category.
Overall this beer is decent ... but worth $15 dollars I wouldn't go that far? Based on the alcohol levels of this brew I wouldn't wait to long in order to get your money's worth.


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Photo of XenonX
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Ryanc23
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Revenant
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Rbroccoli
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Here's my little spiel before I review this one..feel free to skip ahead. I haven't reviewed in a while. I first started drinking beer about 2 and a half years ago, and before deciding on what to get for my first beer, I stumbled across this one on the internet and it was one that I wanted to try before ever drinking a beer. It had not been released since then, and I finally came across it in the new winter packs. I almost skipped it, because now with my experience, SA tends to be lackluster, but this is really a different story. This one was surprisingly great. I'm very happy to have tried it.

L: Poured into a goblet, Dark brown, rich in color. Moderate lacing left behind, dense foamy head.
S: Roasted malts and woody notes, fermented fruit, and of course cocoa
T: This was quite chocolatey, but not obnoxiously so. It was assertive and semi-sweet, but didn't taste like carbonated chocolate milk. There were plenty of complimentary notes of tannic woodiness and just enough hop balance to not be out of place but to offset the possibility of being overly desserty. This was incredibly enjoyable.
M: This was the weak point of the beer. Overall, it wasn't a bad mouthfeel, but maybe a little too carbed. Not to say it drank like soda water though. There was just enough density to not make it too offputting, but it was by no means viscous, and I guess it shouldn't be so either as that wouldn't be very true to the bock style.
O: Super enjoyable. This is my favorite release in a seasonal pack since Hazel Brown in the fall pack of 2013. I hope to see this one around next year again.

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

A: black with red hues, 1/4 inch off white head that quickly fades to thin layering.

S: Milk chocolate, lactose

T: semi sweet milk chocolate, toffee, lactose sweetening, touch of bitterness towards the end

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, silky feeling in the mouth as if oatmeal was used

O: Good beer, very sweet though.

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Photo of Arherring
4/5  rDev +9%

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

Poured a dark near opaque black color with a fizzy yet fine tan head. Nice mellow chocolate aromas with a mild malt showing. Chocolate definitely dominated the palate here and I was a bit surprised that there was not much of that classic malty bock flavor. The mouthfeel was quite thin and fizzy. Not was I was expecting but still a decent brew. But at almost 11 bucks a bottle not something I will probably try again unless I see it on tap. Still worth a try if you havn't had it yet.

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

A: Nice and dark--doesn't let much light through, but it's a clear body when it does. Head is not all that great--pretty thin, no real lacing so far.

S: A very pronounced, sugary chocolate scent. Almost like too much Hershey's Chocolate Syrup in your milk. That smell dominates. It's not too bad, honestly--I was expecting sickly sweet, but this just verges on that.

T: It really does taste like a slightly less creamy but carbonated chocolate milk. Except with alcohol in it.

M: So-so mouthfeel. This would maybe work well on nitro, with a fine feel to the carbonation.

D: Not bad, if you're in the mood for a very dessert-like beer. Overall, I wouldn't really call this a bock at all--definitely a misnomer, to me. Still, it goes down well enough and suits the season.

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Photo of tbern007
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From the S.A. Winter pack.
Holy Chocolate!!
A- very dark brown, almost black. Very little head, did not last at all.
S- smells like dark baking chocolate, very slight smoke.
T- chocolate throughout, some malt. No to little hops. Very sweet. Slight smoke.
M- average. Good carbonation.
D- rare occasion that I will want this. Too sweet for me.

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Photo of bwiechmann
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with a nice tan head with some retention. Nose is strong chocolate and toasted malts. Taste follows suit with milk chocolate dominating the flavor profile. Very sweet without much balance. Mouthfeel is a touch too thin for my liking for the style. Drinkability is slightly above average. Overall, a solid brew worth trying once, however, I would never seek out a six-pack if they were available.

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Photo of rayj212
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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 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 athouve1
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of AnotherBeerGeek
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of PunkFloyd
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of HipHopinHooligan13
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of heliocopter
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of Bloodyickes
4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ejquin
2.46/5  rDev -33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

2004 vintage
Appearance: The bottle is definitely the best thing about this beer. As far as the beer itself, it's a dirty brown color with almost no light getting through. Dark brown head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Smells of chocolate for sure, but very sweet.

Taste: Not very good at all. It definitely tasted of chocolate but it was way to sweet for me. The sweet chocolate mixed with carbonation and beer was not a pretty combination

Mouthfeel: Thin viscosity, and a bit too carbonated to me for a chocolate beer.

Drinkibility: Terrible. I could not even get through one glass which is a shame considering the amount of money i spent on the bottle. It's just way too sweet.

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Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.67 out of 5 based on 2,971 ratings.
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