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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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Added by TinusTime on 11-20-2003

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Photo of dgallina
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle dated best-before 06-31-2006.

Poured a slightly-transluscent red-edged dark brown. Fairly big light tan head quickly subsided to thin foam and moderate lace. Big powdery cocoa in the nose, but nothing else happening. Sugary sweet cocoa and thin malts up front, extremely sweet and a bit dusty in the middle, slightly drier and very weak hop finish. Quit thin and highly carbonated in the mouth.

Not bad, but awfully sweet and lacking in depth for such a high-priced special offering.

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

Pours a dark ruby color. No head to speak of. Huge sweet malt nose. Artificial chocolate flavoring smell as well.

Taste is exactly as advertised. Sweet and malty, very much a typical bock in that sense. Body is big, but not too syrupy. The taste also has that same artificial chocolate flavor… Still sweet into the aftertaste and then it is gone... Taste does not linger too long.

I know they use real chocolate in this, but it comes across like a chocolate flavoring extract. I didn’t mind this beer, but not a huge fan either. Nice change of pace in the winter time.

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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 UncleFlip
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks a lot like a very dark cola- wiht some ruby edges.

Smell is very chocolatey, with a strong malt undertone.

The taste initially is smoky and malty at the same time, but chocolate quickly takes over.

The mouthfeel seems a bit fizzy for a stout, but it's not enough to take away from this beer.

Very drinakble. I rather enjoyed this one.

Be well

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Photo of cubedbee
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep deep ruby red which can easily be mistaken for black and two fingers of dense beige head. Aroma is wonderful roasted malts blended with rich milk chocolate. Taste is more of the same. The chocolate never becomes too sweet though as this must be balanced with a good deal of hops. If you love chocolate then you will love the taste of this one. The mouthfeel was silky smooth and the body was medium, maybe a little on the thin side. Really enjoyed this beer, but with the $15 price tag I won't be having another any time soon.

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Photo of nriech
4.6/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark great smelling beer. Great to sit back, relax, watch a movie and just smell, taking a few sips now and then. Rich taste, lots of chocolate. Dont gripe about the price, this one is worth the $12-14 you're gonna pay as its not an every day drinking beer. Im keeping one of these on hand for those visitors who havent tried anything but the standard american beers, definatly a convertor. Try drinking with some Guinness marbled swiss cheese, a perfect match.

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Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$11.95 for this attractive bottle at the Liquor Barn in Lexington, Ky.
Appearance: Pours a clear, dark mahogany body with garnet hues when held to light. One finger tan head retains quite well and is creamy in texture, gradually falling to an nice cap. Sheet and patch lace adorn the glass.

Aroma: Milk chocolate, some roasted malt notes, and a hint of floral/herbal German type hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with a medium full body.

Taste: Aged on a bed of Scharffen Berger premium chocolate, it's no surprise that an overwhelming chocolate presence dominates the taste. To its credit, this has more character than a mere chocolate bomb. Some roasted malt bitterness, raisin and toffee notes, and Bavarian style floral hops are all in the mix, and add a pleasant complexity. Excellent work by the Sam Adams brewmasters to lend some balance to all the chocolate sweetness.

Drinkability: Very well constructed, and one of the best chocolate flavored beers I've tried. This would be an ideal pairing with a chocolate dessert, and is a nice "Special Occasion" beer, standing alone. Not at all difficult to finish the big bottle just for the heck of it, but it's a tad overpriced, in my opinion.

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

Dark ruby with a fine-bubbled, 1-finger head that laces well.

Aroma is thick with chocolate, a bit of dark malt in the background.

Taste: The chocolate milkshake of beer. Again, chocolate predominates, with slightly nutty flavors and the faintest hint of esters far in the background. Thick, smooth, and sweet.

Drinkability: It sure is good, but for the price I was expecting something a little more... exotic I guess.

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Photo of Sixpack595
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, it sure is chocolatey. It smells like chocolate, tastes like chocolate, and is pretty close to the color of chocolate...well, a bit more red. Thats about it. Yea, go $14 beer that tastes like a mug of hot cocoa. To be fair, it is quite tastey. There is a touch of fruitiness hidden away in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit weak. Why is this beer so expensive?

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

A heartfelt danke schoen goes out to BA "Junior" for setting me up with this one, which was consumed on 04.10.05...

A deep and dark brew presented before me, with something of a beige-ish, pillowy head, which later left a sticky, yet light lace along the side of my glass. The aroma was almost entirely of chocolate, with some hints of roasted malts. The flavor followed suit, with an enveloping mouthfeel that impressed me. A fine bock, to be sure, although I was hoping this one would have a little more of a backbone to it...which could be possible, without delving into the double bock category, which Sam Adams does quite well, by the way...


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Photo of mjohn27603
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours maple brown in color. 4 finger head fills half the glass. Aroma is of roasted coffee with sweetness. Soft mouthfeel with loads of sweetness. No roasted taste. The Scharffen Berger chocolate isn't really starring here. I just get the taste of a sugary sweetness without much chocolate flavor. Extra sweet beyond a bock. Extremely low carbonation. Not worth the price of admission. I keep expecting the roasted flavor of a stout made with coffee to go alone with the sweetness. Not many other notes to this. Not very complex. As I get near the bottom of the glass more chocolate flavor kicks in. All the carbonation pours in a thick head. $15.99 a bottle.

Important Note: The bottle says to enjoy vefore March 2005 and I am drinking it in early April. This may not be fair to judge. Too much for a stale beer. They made sure to place this label small on the back of the bottle.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was really anxious to have this as an after-dinner drink to accompany a slice of chocolate cake and it went well as a pairing. It had a foamy, white/light tan head. The color was a deep ruby red which was very nice to look at in the glass. There was a really heavy taste of chocolate both in the mouth and on the finish. After a while, it really began to become overwhelming. It was just a bit too chocolatey for my taste.

I must have reviewed this early on from one of those heavy bottles with the aluminum label (no boostin', yo!). Let's try again, this time nearly six years later and out of the Winter Sampler pack.

My pour got me two thick fingers' worth of mocha-brown head with good retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown with minimal light penetration and ruby highlights. Nose was more milk chocolaty than I might have expected, given the verbiage on the neck label. Mouthfeel was big, thick, even chewy! Whoa. Lots of rich chocolate flavor in the mouth, like liquid dessert, think chocolate cake or brownies. Man. I think that I prefer my chocolate beers to have a dark chocolate taste, as opposed to a milk or sweet chocolate taste. This may have been inherited from my parents, since my late Pops only really liked Hershey's Special Dark and my mom was not into chocolate at all, showing a preference for licorice, pastel peanuts, gummy candy et al. Leave the sweet stuff to hose who can appreciate it, I say. Finish left me thinking that I should have shared that 12-ounce bottle with somebody. Anybody want to trade for the other?

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: an initially thick head that quickly turns into a thin lace. Dark, almost black in fact, but with some mahogany visible win the beer is held up to a light.

Smell: With a slightly heavy whiff of alcohol and a strong molasses-like aroma, it certainly smells like a bock. Strong smell of chocolate too.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Slightly less than medium-body, the mouthfeel is much thinner than I expected. The smooth chocolate flavor is (pleasantly) unusual, most of the chocolate flavors in beers are more of the bitter, baker’s chocolate taste, while with this beer it’s closer to a sweet milk-chocolate taste. There are some other nice flavors in there – some roasty coffee notes, a tiny trace of toffee, etc. – but for the most part the chocolate flavor totally eclipses every sip and is strongly present in the aftertaste too.

Pretty unremarkable really. The one redeeming virtue of this beer is its uniquely sweet and smooth chocolate flavor. At about $14 for a 24 ouncer, it was definitely NOT worth the money! Also, this beer really didn’t have too much in common with your average bock, if fact I might have mistook it for a weird-tasting porter if I hadn’t of poured it from the bottle myself. Still, if you can get it cheap its decent.

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"Your chocolate is in my Bock!" "Your Bock is in my chocolate!" Two great tastes that go great together? Well, kind of...

Deep reddish brown with a creamy head. Looks good...
Coffee, mild sourdough and dark chocolate smells. Tastes basically like chocolate soda, a good chocolate soda but just too much. It is March 2005 after all, maybe it gets sweeter with age (I remember having this on tap before at Extreme Beer 2004 and I don't remember the chocolate flavor being this strong.) A bit of coffee in the finish, a little chewy in the mouth but this works, a chewier mouthfeel would turn this into a very expensive Hershey bar.

Pretty good beer, a fun experiment, even better at $4.50pint on tap (hell, that's cheaper than a bottle by a large margin.) Good for a pint, but too much would send me to WonkaLand.

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Photo of Zraly
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown in appearance, chocolate and coffee by scent...pours with a fizzy, tan head. Looks like your typical porter poured at the local pub.

The flavor is thin and not at all what I was expecting. I was hoping for a rich, hearty, semi-chewy punch. What a receive is mostly an off-coffee note with some weird, sugary, citrusy twang in the finish.

I think, overall, this brew fails as a bock. I would consider this more along the lines of a fusion/experimental beer. It has the presence of a porter and the flavor of a dark lager that has been adulterated with a shot of espresso.

It's okay for an after dinner drink. But I think there is better out there for your tastebuds and your wallets.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting. It’s definitely different, but is the difference good? Pours a deep brown under a fluffy but transient tan head with dark flecks. Smell is rather subdued, slightly bitter for a bock, with Droeste cocoa highlights. Taste is fine, perhaps a little too much coffee roast. Probably should have been a little less bitter to work better with the chocolate.

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

Dark ruby-brown color, excellent head leaving rings of lace

Creamy milk chocolate aroma; slight alcohol smell, some earthiness as well, very little hop.

Very sweet like most bocks. Tastes like an over-malted porter. Strong alcohol oiliness. Up front, the chocolate predominates, but soon raisin and brandy flavors come through. A notable hop bitterness becomes present in the swallow. The aftertaste is nearly all sweet malt and alcohol warmth.

I think price is an important consideration here. My bottle was $16 for just under 24oz. This is a good beer, but not a spectacular one. Taste someone elses and purchase something equally creative at half the price.

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Photo of ScottS
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Even though this said it was a chocolate bock I was still expecting a stout or porter flavor. The aroma had a nice amount of chocolate and fruity bock aroma. I found it for $10 a bottle which seems about what it's worth. While I'm not a big chocolate fan the chocolate in the beer was done nicely. It's nice and complex without being too sweet. Overall I'd recommend picking up a bottle if you get the chance.

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Photo of Gavage
4.56/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decided to open this up while serving dessert while some friends were over. Ruby brown in color, with a short spotty head. Aroma is a wonderful combination of chocolate, coffee, raisin, plum, and mild alcohol. The flavor is an exceptional balance of roasted malts, huge chocolate, mild coffee, and a wonderful nuttiness. Nice sweetness, but note overly so.

The mouthfeel is smooth, and the chocolate rides the tongue long. Medium / heavy in body, extremely drinkable dessert brew. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of BeerBard
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I looked up Scharffen Berger, the beer chocolatier here, and discovered the reason for the $13-$14 bottle. That's some pretty expensive chocolate they make! Sam Adams, of course, is pretty cheap stuff (and probably making a nice profit on this "Limited Edition Brew").
Scharffen did a nice job of putting his chocolate in Sam's beer...or Sam did a good job of putting his beer in Scharffen's chocolate....because this here's a pretty drinkable chocobock (those gals in Shonen Knife would probably like this, come to think of it).
It's dark brown (like Godiva liquor) but doesn't have that much of a smell (or have I just got too much mucus in my nose to smell it?....oh, that's gross, I know).
I'm drinking the entire 1pt 9.4fl oz, so "poohey" on those who say it's only for sipping. I'm CELEBRATING! Dammit! I can't tell you why, but it's a good day for me.
I wish I had an Andechs Dopplebock, but the syrupy, chocolaty, semi-sweet rich chocolate bock does the job just fine.
It costs a bit, and it isn't equal to most beers in it's price range, but it IS a good beer....drink it with that in mind.
(Best before March 2005 Brew - I'm drinking it in February 2005)

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Photo of aracauna
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a very dark, almost black, ruby with a dense khaki head. The aroma is heavy with cocoa and a touch of dark chocolate. There’s a sticky sweetness in the flavor, but it refrains from becoming cloying. The body is slightly sticky. It’s rich and dessert like, but seems to be a little lacking in complexity.

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Photo of BadBadger
4.55/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A very fine beer. This chocolate bock pours a nice dark color. A good size head forms and lasts. The smell is pleasing: sweat malt and hints of chocolate. The taste is nice: nutty and slightly chocolate. Smooth mouth feel, Certainly a beer to be worth searching out and enjoying.

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

Unwrapped the foil and stood dumbstruck as a golden ticket was revealed with this one on 1/15/2005. 16-oz. pour (probably should have asked for a 10-oz. pour) at the Sunset.

Jackson Pollock frag of thin, barely covering head. Dark, caramel hue with just a touch of light at the point where the glass tapers. Boil, boil, toil and trouble cooked chocolate on nose with a tremulous malt underpinning. Roasted punch on mouth, with a creamy chocolate veil that embraces the flailing malt. Had a bottle a year ago, when first released, and was not impressed, yet this draught offering surprised me – more compelling than its progenitor.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at the Snakebite bar by accident (sam adams sent them the wrong kegs: lucky me!!!) Pours an opaque black color with a tiny white head about a quarter inch thick. Aromas are deeply of chocolate, cocoa, and a hint of roastiness. Initial flavors are quite chocolatey, with tones of toffee and coffee and a bit sweetness in the mix. Overall mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, almost like a giant milkshake. In the middle there are hints of caramels, roastiness, and molasses but there is absolutely no astringency present from the malts, which makes this brew quite smooth. The finish and is as sweet and chocolately as the beginning and truly reminds me of an alcoholic chocolate milkshake. As for drinkablility I feel like I could have 20 of these and just not notice, because there is no astringency and a lot of cocoa and chocolate like flavors.. A nice offering on draft!

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Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a Christmas gift from my main man, fellow hockey-playing and bier-drinking bro, Artied2.
This bock pours clear, and is a deep, richly hued mahogany/chestnut. Topping the brew is a 1/2" tan, creamy smooth head, though it thins rapidly to a fine layer of bubbling. No real lacing to speak of. Nose is malty, like caramel and crystal, with light sweetness and a light hop touch. Chocolate is quite subdued. This bock has a solid medium body, though I wish it were fuller like other bocks. There's some carbonation on the tongue, but it's more of a bubbly feel as opposed to being prickly. Flavor has plenty of mild sweetness, with savory caramel maltiness and light roasty touches. Not quite near the rich flavor of Sammys Doppelbock, though. Floral hops are present and meld nicely with the malt flavors near the finish. Chocolate is there, though quite subtle. I'm glad for that, as I was concerned this would be a bier/choco milkshake kind of combo. A tasty bier, all-in-all (though quite pricey, from what I hear). Thnx again, Bro!


overall: 4
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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