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

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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 Koufax21
2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. Bottle into a standard pint glass. This beer has a lot of transparency out of the bottle but settles into a dark brown to semi black color with ruby hues when held to the light. It has a nice 1" tan head that laces the glass adequately. It smells of heavy bread like malts and toffee. The taste is straight up chocolate here. Front, middle, and finish - chocolate. It's silky smooth and carbonated well. I think this is more suited for chicks in the winter time. 12 oz. Is about all I could handle of this stuff.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Dark brown, almost black color. Half a finger of tan head.
Smells like milk chocolate and nothing else.
A balanced taste of chocolate and malt sweetness.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation and a silky texture to it.
A descent enough drink, but nothing more than "Chocolate" and "Bock". Easy to drink and smooth, I just wish there was a little more to it.

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Photo of somma4189
3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of FortSmithHops
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Moserman331
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of brown2cu
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown; not quite black because ruby highlights are apparent. Initially, there was about a finger and a half of light brown head; however, dies down to a fain ring; no lacing.

S: Overpowering cocoa notes maybe some candied sugar in there as well. In fact, I would say this beer practically smells like candy overall.

T: The taste is practically the same. However, this is a problem for me. It tastes more like artificial chocolate syrup than real cocoa. there is also no hop presence whatsoever which makes it more unbalanced than it should be.

M: smooth and creamy; the best aspect of the beer.

O: decent, but would never buy this as a 6 pack or individual bottle for that matter. It is fine where it is as a novelty in a variety pack.

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Photo of aggiearcher13
2.82/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear but dark ruby black. A bit of tan head, but it fades quickly and leaves almost no lacing.

S: Malted chocolate dominates the nose. Not unpleasant, but not particularly astounding.

T: Bland milky chocolate. Really nothing outstanding, not exactly enjoyable but not exactly bad. Sugary caramel and vanilla.

M: Pretty thin for a chocolate bock, could be a lot better.

O: Not something I would care to have again. I didn't have particularly high expectations for it, and it fell short of them.

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Photo of pavpav12
4/5  rDev +9%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of TK5150
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours dark brown with a small LIGHT brown head. The beer has ruby highlights when held up to the light. Looks a lot like a cola.

S- Yeasty esters at first followed by toffee and light chocolate.

T- Nondescript malt followed by some light toffee and hints of chocolate and dark fruits on the finish. Not a boat-load of flavor.

M- Medium bodied and feels fizzy n the mouth. Not the best mouthfeel on the planet.

O- Not a complex beer by any means, and not especially chocolatey. A decent, drinkable beer for Sam's standards, though.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
2.52/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Rich dark brown, holds a thick tan head that soon resides. Very attractive.

A - chocolate milk, and some astringency.

T - Tastes like something a kid would design, lots of milk left behind from a bowl of Cocoa-puffs and Cola. There's some breadiness and caramel, but it's overwhelmed by the cocoa. Really, this is too much chocolate and tastes artificial. Any other flavors are muted and pedestrian.

M - Thicker mouthfeel than your average ale, but not full enough to be a Bock. Bocks are meant to be fat and messy, finish sweet. This is a little too dry and the carbonation is spritzy. This beer drinks more like Yuengling Porter and dark ale than a Bock.

O - It's a great marketing ploy, and I'm sure a lot of chicks will go nuts for it. Me, I prefer my Bocks to taste like Bocks and chocolate to taste like Chocolate. This beer becomes unmanageable the more it drinks.

Sam Adams usually has some nice offerings in the Holiday Pack, but I'd prefer coal in my stocking, this year. Chocolate and Coffee may sound appetizing, but any good brewer knows those flavors can be achieved with malts alone and should only be nuances of the flavor.

I wasn't expecting Curator or Celebrator, but Sam Adams should have been able to achieve something close. Even a richer, heftier version of their Winter Lager would've been sufficient for introducing Americans to this style of the beer. Way to shit the bed, guys.

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ocelot2500
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cola color with a tight, off-white head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of mostly cocoa powder, a little fruits if you search.

Tastes of mostly chocolate again. Cocoa powder leads with a decent amount of sweetness. A bit of bread and some raisins come in, but they are all very slight and I don't particularly like the cocoa notes.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, an okay beer that's best use would probably be to introduce people to craft.

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4/5  rDev +9%

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.67 out of 5 based on 2,972 ratings.
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