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 fountainofyouth
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of Sam Adams's winter variety pack. Bottled poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: One-finger off-white head. Color is deep brown, darker than most bocks. There's a good deal of ruby red and amber when held up to light or around the edges of the glass. Leaves minimal lacing, but sugary residue is left on the glass for a few seconds before it slides back into the body of the beer.

Smell: Mostly very sweet aromas, of dark fruit and caramel. There's a darker, roastier background that doesn't quite fit with the fruit but doesn't destroy the smell either.

Taste: Very chocolatey, indeed -- but not bitter cocoa like a stout. It's more of a soft hazelnut-chocolate, more suitable for a bock. Behind the chocolate is a sweetish mix of figs and caramel malt. No discernible hops.

Mouthfeel: Sugary and smooth, with a medium body. Very little dryness, leaving a pleasant mouth coating. Some soft, ticklish carbonation and no trace of alcohol.

Overall: A good brew, part of a great winter variety pack. Would drink again.

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3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a solid black with a tan-white two-finger head, which quickly dissipates. Heavily resembles Coca-Cola in appearance. Minimal lacing left as I drink.

Smell: Smells of dark toasty malts, cocoa, caramels, with a hint of booze.

Taste: Sweet and malty; very sweet as you first drink and the cocoa sneaks in as it goes down. Caramels and coffee are also present, with a very light bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied.

Overall: Pretty damn good. I could drink this stuff all day! I just wish there was a tad bit more chocolate/cocoa taste to it.

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

Very dark brown with ruby/purple highlights and a thin cap of fine tan/beige bubbles. Mild aroma, a little bit of dry cocoa, mild caramel and chocolate. Milk chocolate dominates the flavour, sweet with mild bitterness and a bit of sugary caramel in the finish, along with a spicy alcohol and slightly burnt sugar character. Mild grainy texture and flavour, medium bodied with medium/low carbonation. It tastes alright, but it's a bit cloying towards the end of the bottle.

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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into imp pint glass.

A: Nice dark body. Ruby spots shine through when held up to light. Slight tan head recedes quickly. Unsurprisingly little lacing.

S: Ok, there is a smell/flavor to the regular Boston Lager that I really dislike (though I generally like SA). That is not present here, thankfully. Some toasted malts, a little chocolate. Not a huge aroma of either. Overall, it's mostly a single, thick sweet flavor that is not at all sugary.

T: When taken out of the fridge and poured, this beer has very little flavor. Make sure to let it warm up just a bit, as the roasted cocoa and malt flavors emerge. The chocolate is very much a semi-sweet flavor, and the maltiness is a thick sweetness, not sugary, like the aroma. Finally, there is a bit of sweet fruitiness at the end. Overall, the flavor is not as sweet as my review makes it sound.

M: A nice balanced mouth feel. Pretty light, but not Boston Lager light. Very little carbonation. The residual flavor on the palate is most certainly a cocoa flavor.

O: A solid beer and great contribution to the SA winter pack.

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

Super dark chestnut hue under a small, loosely creamy head. Aromas of toffee, caramel, and toasted malts with a fine dusting of dark cocoa sweetness that increases as it warms. Significantly more chocolate in the flavor...caramel, vanilla bean, and some nuttiness. Silky smooth medium body. Not bad...I think after one, I'd be ready to move on before it gets too cloying..but, not bad.

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3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Second I've tried of the winter 12-er I just picked up tonight.

Well, this is a strange brew indeed. It pours very dark with reddish hints around the edges of the glass. Reminiscent of Coke. Aroma... there is none to speak of to start with; once it warms a little, you pick up some faint sweet chocolate and Tootsie Roll. It's pleasant enough. Taste is very unusual. Nothing up front, and then a massive wave of sweet chocolate and something akin to Raisin Bran, and some rum raisins as well. Sounds very odd but it seems to work.

This could easily be called Rum Raisin Bran Bock and it would pass. I have a feeling you'll either really like this one or absolutely hate it.

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3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle marked best by April 2012 into a pint glass:

A: Pours a dark, dark shade of brown, borderline black. Comes out of the bottle and into the glass with a small, semi-bubbly creme colored head that doesn't stick around too long but settles to a nice web around the glass which looks kind of like the crema of a good espresso.

S: Smells roasty up front, chock full of chocolate malts with a hint of nuttiness. A nuanced scent of sweetened cocoa can be picked up at the end of the aroma.

T: Sweet, milk chocolatey notes are readily noticeable upfront, balanced out a bit (but probably not enough) by a roasty profile playing second fiddle. Finishes sweet with milk chocolate really being the star of the show, a little bit like Hershey's syrup and milk - Some may find this on the verge of cloying but I rather enjoy it. I guess it brings back a little bit of childhood (the chocolate milk aspect, not the beer!)

M: Medium bodied, a bit fizzy in the beginning but calms down into a nicely bodied brew. Smooth and coating, the beer finishes in a pleasantly sweet manner. Reminds me of a lighter bodied Young's Double Chocolate stout.

O: This beer seems to receive a bad reputation for being "out of style" and a bit one dimensional. However, I do rather enjoy it quite a bit. It may not scream "Bock" to me, but the chocolate is well done in a very sweet fashion and makes for an easy drinking alternative to a heavier chocolate stout.

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3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown almost black with a red hue. Pours 1 inch of tan head that fades fairly quickly. Moderate lacing.

Smell: roasted malt, chocolate malt, coffee.

Taste: chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: medium-full bodied. Minimal carbonation. Smooth.

Overall: drinkability is high. Not very complex. Good chocolate flavor.

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3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with some ruby hues. Weak, almost non-existent head. No retention or lacing to be seen.

Sweet, prune-like aroma with pale malt mixed in.

Solid, biscuit like malt character forms a sturdy backbone. Milk chocolate sneaks with enough cocoa flavor to add depth but not overwhelm. Prune juice sweetness and mild pine-like hop flavor. Interesting.

Medium bodied and very smooth. Good texture and carbonation. Flavors seem to blend very well and this helps the feel too.

Pretty good overall. Different for sure. Good flavor, feel and balance.

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3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass form a 12oz bottle.
Out of the 2011 Winter Classics pack.

A - Pours a nice rich dark brown with some ruby edges. There is a nice hearty 1 inch head that has some nice soft dense bubbles and slowly recedes. It leaves some nice lacing.

S - Aroma starts off with some mild milk chocolate powder notes. Nice mild brown sugar sweetness and slight caramel notes. There is also some nice fresh and soft baked bread notes. Slight nuttiness. Nose is a bit mild.

T & M - Flavor starts off with some delicious milk chocolate notes. Cake and coca powder come to mind. Nice bread notes are present and delicious. The flavors are so soft and welcoming. Very nice for these cooler nights. However the beer is nothing too special. The base beer seems too mild. There is some slight roast but not a lot. There is also some slight nutty notes. The mouthfeel is medium to light with some nice smooth notes.

O - The brew is good but nothing to write home about. It is nice and easy to drink. Probably wont buy it again.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of the Winter Mix pack...

The roasted malts are prevalent and upfront with this for sure... Reminds me of their Honey Porter almost... Very sweet aromas and the chocolate smells like the cheaper chocolate candy you get at Christmas or Easter... Just ok..

Big load of sweetness from the malts and a sub-par attempt at adding chocolate flavors to a brew... Very sweet and the flavors just don't have the same pop as other chocolate brews out there... It's almost like a Yoo Hoo except not as tasty...

I'll pass on the second bottle from the pack and give it to the wife or someone...

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3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Perfect Pint:

A: pours a deep, nearly opaque, ruby-mahogany with 2 fingers of mocha head that dissipates rapidly.

S: Caramel, brown sugar, cocoa... Everything I expected to smell

T: The cocoa is extremely evident, yet allows the roasted barley and brown sugar flavors to surface.

M: Slightly creamy, and rather medium-bodied. Carbonation is delicate

O: Solid brew, but I feel a little less emphasis on the chocolate would have made this beer outstanding. Obviously, the chocolate was meant to be the focal point, but I feel balance must always be upheld.

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