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

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83
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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:
2,971
Reviews:
1,194
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
16.35%
 
 
Wants:
90
Gots:
375
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Timc32
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BB1313
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by March 2017. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a very dark brown, almost black; fluffy tan head that quickly fades leaving solid retention and okay lacing. The aromas are chocolate forward with some hints of vanilla and hazelnut. Lots of cocoa malts. The flavors basically follow the nose. Chocolate is the star. It's slightly sweet, but nothing crazy or over the top. Strong malt backbone. Nice hazelnut notes. Subtle hints of vanilla and milk. Hints of caramel and toffee as well. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's light with moderate carbonation. It's extremely fluffy and smooth.

This is a very nice brew. Nice aromas and flavors. It might not be the most traditional example of the style, but it's enjoyable stuff nonetheless.

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Photo of bigedal60
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 StJamesGate
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lumpy tan over ruby brown. 4
Dim branch and carob. 3.5
Brown bread crust, brownie, red berry, and slight leaf to end. 3.75
Light+, fizzy, slight cling. 3.5

Bock how, exactly? Whack of cocoa, but that’s it. Too lagery, no body, and not big on melanoidins. Sam used to brew the archetype of every style back in the 90s; shame to see what they’ve become. 3.75

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Photo of bigpoppa67
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ewelvaert
4.48/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bushwack
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jfeyes
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good chocolatey brew!

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Photo of Sexmortus
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
2.86/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Look: Pours a blackish brown color with a one finger khaki head. Leaves no lacing.

Smell: Predominantly of sweet chocolate syrup, caramel malt and mildly bitter black coffee.

Taste: Nothing special here. Has a very mild, watery taste. I'm just getting sweet milk chocolate with nothing in terms of balance besides a very mild bitter coffee note hiding somewhere in the back. More sweet malty caramel creeps in on the aftertaste.

Feel: Thin. Lightly carbonated. Sweet throughout.

Overall: A pretty mediocre bock. Very one dimensional with none of the flavors that really make a bock great, like dark red fruits or light notes of yeast. Would not repurchase or recommend. Finishing this was a chore because it was simply so sweet.

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Photo of ThePold
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh from a bottle into a bock glass. Pours dark, but not a head like a Guinness. Otherwise it is a very nice beer with some good solid cocoa notes. A good example of its type.

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Photo of Feel_the_Darkness
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of syzygy0
2.05/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Photo of GreatHammerhead
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 12 oz bottle freshness notched for April 2017 poured into a Guinness pint glass.

Look: Dark ruby brown with a 1/2 finger tan head that rapidly collapses but leaves a residue across the top.

Smell: Strong malt presence all the way through, faint chocolate notes in the foreground but you have to search for them.

Taste: Malts, cocoa, dark fruits, faint alcohol esters. Flavor is big and bold, cocoa leaves a bit of a rough edge.

Feel: Medium thick body with plenty of carbonation. Smooth, clean finish.

Overall: Decent. The flavor is good and yet at times it's not. Seems unbalanced at times in my opinion.

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Photo of mattmarka1
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DesertFox24
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Decent head and lacing. Clear cocoa brown fluid with a dark khaki topping. Chocolate nose. Malty and mild. Hops are floral.

Taste is malty. deep and rich with chocolate.

Feel is nicely weighted with an overall lightness that suits a porter but besides the luxurious carbonation. Crisp and drinkable.

A delicious winter chocolatey beer treat.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a clear dark brown with a smallish head. The aroma features milk chocolate, marshmallow, some roasty coffee, smoke, and caramel. The flavor has notes of caramel, chocolate, marshmallow fluff, peanut butter, and toffee chips. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Overall is is a simple and enjoyable little dessert beer - quite sweet, but that is what it seems to be going for.

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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 bwbetts
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeremiah87
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of wafers
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

It's pretty good for what it is

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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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