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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Added by TinusTime on 11-20-2003

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Photo of FarmerTed
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 12/6/11

Best before April

Dark, dark brown with some grape juice highlights. One finger head plops down to a wispy skim in no time. Thin ring of retention, too. Only a few specks of lace.

Aromas of cocoa powder, bitter dark chocolate, tangy roast and a solid grainy presence (I do like the grains). At first I didn't care for the aroma, but it really comes together after having a few moments to open up. Tastes fine, too. Toasted grains are in full effect and meld seamlessly with easy going cocoa notes and a tangy, earthy finish. Doesn't taste overly roasted. Dry and pretty well balanced. Yeah, sweetness is subtle here. The feel clocks in between medium and full. It's fairly smooth save for effervescent carbonation that, thankfully, merely brushes the palate as opposed to poking it.

Overall impression - now this is a beer I could enjoy from time to time. It's very flavorful and with an accommodating abv to match. I'm very glad I picked up a bottle.

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Photo of childklaft
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Swim424
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A-dark brown. not much head

S-Chocolate. Some coffee/oatmeal.

T-chocolate. A little oatmeal. Not much hops.

MF- creamy. Fairly thick. Good aftertaste.

O-Really good. Alot better than i thought. Getting better as i drink it.

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

deep brown. almost black. distinct(bright) ruby highlights. i think it would be clear if it werent so dark. so...translucent? brown head that eventually dissipated to a thin layer.

chocolate is most immeduatley recognizable. neat lagered malt aroma. caramel malts is a nice touch in the bouquet. no hop aroma. smell is sweet.

taste is immediatley sweet. nicely complex. caramel, toffee, and of course cholocalate. slight hop bitterness in the finish keep the beer from being cloying. no hop flavor. vey malty.

medium body. significant carbonation.

this will satisfy your sweet tooth i think. well done sam. kudos.

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Photo of mholdefer
5/5  rDev +36.2%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Oboogie
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of buschbeer
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Served in a flute

A - It pours copper colored with amber highlights. It is topped with and inch of tan head.

S - I get some faint milk chocolate. The smell seems weak compared to the taste.

T - I taste some milk chocolate right off the bat. I also get some dark chocolate. As the name implies, chocolate dominates the flavor.

M - Medium with adequate carbonation.

O - I found this to be an enjoyable bock. There is more chocolate taste than I expected. I wish this was available in a six pack.

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

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Served cool.

Pours dark brown body and a tan head. Smell of milk chocolate. Very one dimensional. Milk chocolate, kind of like malted milk balls. Taste reflects the smell. Medium body. I don't know about the bock aspect of this. I have to say that, as with many SA offerings, it delivers as expected. Not a bad offering. Good with something else.

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Photo of bespin15
4/5  rDev +9%

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 mhaugo
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of its65andsunny
5/5  rDev +36.2%

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

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of hoosier222002
4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a winter mixed case (6 different brews) that the wife picked up for me at Sam's. Poured a dark clear brown beer into a Rogue Dead Guy Ale pint. Produces a nice small bubbled 1+ finger light caramel head that dwindles down to a layer on the brew fairly quickly. Minor ringed lacing around the glass.

The smell is of chocolate malts or chocolate and malt. Nice smell. The flavor is definately different than the aroma. Picking up malted grains and dark fruit - cherries perhaps. Minor signs of chocolate that was so prevelant in the smell.

Medium sweetness and mouthfeel with low carbination. Could use a touch more bittering hops to keep the sweetness restrained. A bit out of balance for a Bock, to ME.

Getting clowing on the tongue and throat. Not a bad sipper, but for me; I'd have to look elsewhere for a Bock that I really liked. B-

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Photo of Naugros
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Winter Classics 12-pack and one of the supposed highlights of this variety pack.

It starts off really nice, looking like a thin stout with a dark brown body and a mocha head, even if the head is a bit thin for a stout. It does leave some nice lacing however.

The smell is pretty off. Smoked meats are insistent in their presence and mask the chocolate, vanilla and floral hops beneath. The taste is a vast improvement as milk chocolate is in the forefront, tasting like someone poured chocolate syrup into a flat cola. There is a little bit of carbonation, but not much. You really wouldn't want the body any lighter though as it's already pretty darn thin.

I do enjoy this beer, but it really could be done better. Maybe a higher malt load to boost the body or a different hop variety to reduce the sense of meat in the nose.

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Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev +9%

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