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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Photo of warnerry
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from last 12/2010

A - Pours deep brown/black with two fingers of head.

S - Smells like chocolate and grain. Also a slight sour smell that isn't that pleasant.

T - Taste is better than the smell. This particular chocolate taste is akin to Cocoa Puffs, not dark smooth chocolate. Pretty pleasant though. Also a nice malt base.

M - Medium mouthfeel . Chocolate is rich enough to be filling.

O - Mostly enjoyed this seasonal. Pretty drinkable, though I wouldn't want more than two in a sitting.

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Photo of tykees88
2.3/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- chocolate colored. off brown to mocha head. lacing is not very present.

S- chocolate syrup... roasty malts. I know how this is going to taste already.

T- chocolate syrup is now disguising itself as beer in a sam adams bottle. nasty nasty nasty.

M- thick and you guessed it syrupy.

O-folks this is a miss. almost makes the winter pack not worth buying.

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Photo of DocAJ
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Pilsner glass.

A - dark brown slightly amber with fingertip fleeting mocha head

S - pleasant cocoa, hot chocolate aroma

T - more cocoa, bittersweet/dark chocolate, toasted biscuit

M - medium body, lightly carbed, a little slick

D - overall drinkability was average, one or two max, not bad but not special either

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

First had: on tap at Ron's Original Bar & Grille, Exton, PA

Poured dark coffee brown with slight ruby highlights, with a small eggshell head that receded almost completely. Cocoa and burnt coffee on the nose. Taste of semi-sweet chocolate that fades away to bitter dark chocolate and roasted-nearly-burnt coffee. I wasn't too crazy about this one. Thinner than it appeared...light-medium body, maybe even a bit fizzy. Drinkable, but perhaps not more than one serving.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this for the first time when it was released in the big bottle with the silver embossed label was on it. The bottle looked awesome and for the outrageous price I was hoping the stuff inside the bottle would be good too.

The beer poured out as a dark brown color with a brown colored head that turned into just a thin film over top of the beer. The aroma was pretty sweet actually, reminded me of a milk chocolate bar mixed with a bunch of malts. The taste was sweet up front with a chocolaty base that changes into a dry malt aftertaste. Overall the beer was at its best the first time I had it. After that the flavor didn't have the impact like it used to. It's not a bad beer at all. Worthy of trying with a dessert.

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Photo of CHickman
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with a huge foamy/creamy bubbling tan head that fades slowly as all the bubbles pop and the head eases down; looks like a stout with a foamy head.

Smells of cocoa, chocolate and roasted malt up front, followed by molasses or syrup, caramel, charcoal and light vanilla like a sweet rum; some faint hops come through after the malts fade, but in general this smells like cocoa.

Tastes of cocoa, chocolate, roasted malt, coffee grinds, burnt grains or burnt wood, molasses or syrup, caramel, charcoal, light vanilla, faint citrus hops, lemon, mild citrus like grapefruit, brown sugar and a slight yeast funky-ness (which was strange); pretty much a malty beer that allows the cocoa and chocolate to control the flavor. While it’s sweet and enjoyable it just seems to be a bit limited in the overall sensation: the sweetness and hop flavors only seem to pop up and visit the tongue and not leave a lasting impression, so I wish they would have played a bigger part even though that deviates from the style.

Mouthfeel is slick and smooth with a watery feel, as this beer is very light, with a light body and the only aspect that seems heavy is the dry cocoa/coffee aftertaste; very surprised at how light this beer felt and how easy it went down. Decent drinkability, and another good Sam Adams variety pack beer, but not a beer that I’d buy a six pack of…worth trying for those who like variety.

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Photo of vande
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A ~ a deep, dark, chocolaty mahogany color....

S ~ a good dose of coco, chocolate syrup, hint of vanilla in there...

T ~ bitter chocolate....dry on the back...lingering flavors of coco that stay behind well after the sip is gone

M ~ lighter to medium bodied bock... I like my chocolate beers thick and rich - s. tier chokolat... this was a random bottle i picked up..

O ~ Not bad... I remember the hype behind the beer a year or two ago when it was in the bigger bottles for $15 per..glad I didn't buy one then and held out for the $1 something 12 ozer... worth a try..but nothing super special..

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Photo of hosehead83
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/cola in color, with a decent two-inch head of tan foam.
Aroma-Cocoa powder
Taste-cocoa, milk chocolate, faintly sweet malt, rather dry finish.
Overall, not too bad in my opinion. Nothing to blow your doors off, just subtle flavors. A decent, comfortable brew.

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Photo of phingdong
2.44/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Consumed fresh from the holiday mix pack.

A - Looks nice enough. Dark brown with very little head.

S - smells like chocolate but in a weird, medicinal way.

T - Way too sweet IMO. Too much chocolate. The choc taste does not have a creamy, natural feel like some other quality brews. This one has a fake, medicinal choc taste, like a flavor packet was added instead of some quality cocoa/chocolate.

I was not a fan of this one at all. I did not finish the bottle.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams chocolate bock

A: It has a dark brown colour and a pretty crappy head. 4

S: The smell is kind of grainy with a hint of chocolate. 4

T: It is sweet and chocolatey with some maltiness. There are some hints of sourness. 4

M: Milky with quite some carbonation. 4

O: Quite Drinkable but not fantastic. 3.5

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A-Lighter-brown head receded kind of quickly to sparse bubbles. Dark brown beer, likely imparted from the chocolate aging.

S-Prominent chocolate aroma with some choco-toffee malts underneath.

T-Chocolate over a pretty sweet bock foundation, with lingering toffee and chocolate flavors.

M-Medium body, medium-high carbonation feels a bit too aggressive.

O-Moderately drinkable brew, enjoyable and a pretty decent beer.

Sampled 11/19/2010

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Photo of Yagman3000
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 64 oz growler for $8.99 at Superstar Beverage in Huntington, NY from their growler station. Read reviews here and was excited by descriptions of milk chocolate flavors as opposed to dark or bitter chocolate, a flavor seen a bit more commonly.

Appearance is medium brown... Definitely not the classic brown black of stouts. Bottom of large glass stein has a lighter brown glow.

Chocolatey smell with a touch of burnt coffee.

Taste is not as milk chocolate as I would have hoped. A true Bock in flavor with flavors of chocolate... Not the other way around.

Mouth is ok. Short-lived flavor. Wouldn't run to get this again but happy it's on my "resume."

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

12 oz brown longneck poured into a pint. The beer is a dark brown with ruby highlights and a dense tan head.

Aroma is coco and lightly roasted malts.

The taste leads with chocolate. It is coco not bakers or dark chocolate. Reminds me a bit of hot chocolate and marshmallows. It is sweet but not overly so as there is enough of the roasted malts to keep it blanced.

My only minor quibble with the beer is the mouth. I wish it was a little thicker and creamier. All-in-all, an enjoyable treat.

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Photo of HattedClassic
1.98/5  rDev -46%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown with very little head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Cocoa that reminded me of coffee mix.

Taste: Overly sweet cocoa. I barely got to mouthfeel because I could barely stand the sweetness of the chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation on the tongue. The beer itself feels thick and syrupy but also watered down like watered down chocolate mixed with syrup.

I think the idea of an all chocolate beer was a pretty nice concept. Unfortunately, I think what they should have done was use different types of cocoa to vary the sweetness and add some bitterness to it.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle
Poured for me by the bartender at a private party into an overly small glass; poured carefully so that the foam would not overflow

A - black beer with ruby highlights under a 1-finger tan head; potential for more head, but poured carefully to fit in small glass; not much lacing

S - sweet chocolate smell; earthy hops

T - bitter chocolate, earthy hops, conspicuous alcohol warmth

M - thick medium body; high carbonation

O - pretty good for a chocolate bock, but nothing spectacular

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Photo of secondtooth
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, almost black with a big tan head. No lace whatsoever.

The nose isn't big or overpowering, but I get cocoa. No surprises, please (thank you Radiohead). But as I am not ashamed to love a good dark chocolate, this is welcome.

Taste is, well, chocolate. Big-time cocoa. Very delicious, if sweet and un-beerlike. I definitely sense the cocoa nibs used in this brew.

Nice, and I'd even be tempted to buy a 6-pack of these if offered one day, as a change of pace from the usual.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.4/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle (2010)

Vista, CA

A somewhat lifeless pour in to the glass. There's minimal carbonation and not much of a head. The color is a lovely dark brown ruby, but the color is the only thing working well as far as appearance goes. Minimal lacing.

The beer, unsurprisingly, smells like chocolate. More and more chocolate aroma presents itself as the beer warms; and I actually can smell the chocolate best once the beer is finished and there's just a filmy residue left on the glass. Pleasant and appropriate at least initially, but simple and one-note and in the end, overly sweet. This nose is not growing on me, in fact, the opposite is occurring. Hops and any malt aromas are lost; this beer smells like melted and very sweet chocolate.

More chocolate on the palette. Overly sweet. No hop presence. I applaud Sam Adams for the idea behind this chocolate beer, but this one simply doesn't taste very good nor is it very drinkable. It's too sweet, too syrupy.

Thin mouthfeel. Little carbonation. Unpleasant.

A better concept than a finished product. I applaud the effort, but this beer isn't for me.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Dark brown with a creamy off-white head,

S: Chocolate and caramel pop out with a bit of hop balance and sourness.

T: Weak chocolate flavour that doesn't blend well with the crisp bock taste.

D: Easy to down, no doubt, but one is enough for me. A bit boring and ultimately doesn't seem to work.

Overall: I'm sorry, but I just don't think chocolate has any place in a Bock. Save the chocolate for the stouts and porters, it has no place in a thin-bodied lager.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is dark brown, almost black but for the lighter tint around the edges.

The smell is overwhelmingly artificial chocolate syrup.

The taste is pretty one dimensional as well. It tastes like a watery chocolate-cola phosphate.

Mouthfeel is thin and it doesn't play well with the chocolate. I want it to be creamy and a little sweet with the chocolate, but this is too watery.

Don't expect too much from this beer, it is what it is. It was good to try once, but not something I'm likely to have again.

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Photo of Meerkey
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown with ruby accents, few bubbles, clear but dark colors inhibits vision.

S: Chocolate malts, toast, molasses, and something sharp I can't place.

T: Sweet chocolate is overwhelming. Almost cloying -it almost overpowers the other tastes of toasted malts, other sugar -maybe a little fruity? Slightly bitter aftertaste

M: Sticky sweet -very full flavor -albeit a limited one.

O: Pretty alright -gets better as I get used to it -too much chocolate though and not much else.

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Photo of WinthrHOPHEAD89
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (a part of the winter mix pack) into an irish style pint glass.

A - This beer pours pitch black in appearance, but is actually a very dark ruby red when held up to the light. This beer generates a very cratery and marshmallowy 4 finger head. This beer appears to have no carbonation, and leaves some very nice lacing on the glass.

S - The smell of this beer is surprisingly more malty than chocolatly. Not overbearing, but not bad. Not really much else to say.

T - The taste of this beer is not very strong, but fairly rich and balanced in flavor; with the chocolate and malts going hand in hand. The chocolate flavor here isn't as bitter as some chocolate stouts can be, but still very rich and milky tasting. The alcohol is not noticable at all in the taste.

M - The mouthfeel is very velvety. Which is pretty traditional of most of bocks, especialy the way Sam Adams does them. This beer is medium-full bodied, but not too syrupy. This bock goes down very very smooth.

D - The drinkability of this bock isnt as intense as some of the other bocks Sam Adams has to offer, like the Double, or even some of the Imperials they have, but still fairly low. This is not the kind of beer one should just slug back. This is one that can be enjoyed with a nice dessert, or by itself. But 2 of these should be enough to not feel overwhelmed.

O - Overall this is a pretty solid release from Sam Adams, but at the same time not something to go absolutely crazy over either. Its just a shame this is not released in 6 packs. I would certainly consider buying a 6er of this if they had it. Would def recommend. Solid 1 thumb up.

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Photo of LtCracker20
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Taken from notes. Strangely it says "An ale..." Oh well...

A- Pours a dark brown body with reddish hues. Thin khaki head that bubbles away to a thin cap quickly. OK lace.

S- Roasted malts, sweet milk chocolate, grainy, bready with out malt sweetness. Slightly acidic.

T- Slight malt sweetness flashes by very fast, flollwed by cocoa and nothing more.

MF- Medium body with more that enough carbonstion. More of a novelty than a good bock. More of a chocolate porter. A little tasty, but not close to style.

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Photo of HopBacchus
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fizzy dark head that disappears quicker than I would have liked. The body is dark and murky.

Chocolate and roasted malts dominate the nose.

Doesn't really taste like a Bock, more like a chocolate porter. Its smooth with a massive chocolate presence throughout. Roasted malts and raisins are detectable as well

Thinner than it should have been and less creamy.

Overall this is a pretty good brew. Great to introduce a beer noob to. However I wish SA could have given this beer a larger body and more lagered taste.

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Photo of Brenden
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Using a Bock as a base for a chocolate beer is an interesting idea, to say the least. Notes are from last night.

This beer is dark brown, pretty close to black, with a little reddish-brown peeking through the edges. The head that forms is small and somewhat tight, though it doesn't take particularly long to dissipate. A fairly thick foam remains and leaves light, thin lacing in moderation.
The cocoa is certainly there on the nose, fresh nibs more prominently then almost a cocoa powder edge to it. Otherwise a pretty sturdy malt sets it up, and offers some lightly roasted notes. There's a lightly floral presence to it as well.
The chocolate is well-rounded in the flavor, and there's a good hops and malts balance that doesn't allow the hops to knock off the emphasis on the chocolate. The touch of floral tang to it does keep it from being great. Otherwise, under the chocolate and lightly roasted malts are gentle touches of grains and wood and a very light smoke/charcoal note that adds a pleasantness to the flavor.
If the body were fuller, the mouthfeel would be excellent. The smoothness is here, velvety rich, and sometimes adds to the impression of a thicker body, but in truth it's just slightly too thin to work as well as it could. Otherwise, a very nice mouthfeel.
There are more chocolaty beers out there, but this is a very nice beer and, in my experience, goes well with pasta and chocolate chip cookies alike.

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Photo of dtivp
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a medium dark brown small tan head which dissipated very quickly and very little if any lacing.

Aroma of sweet malts and chocolate.

Taste followed the nose with burnt sugar sweetness along with mild chocolate and a hint of malt.

Mouthfeel was light to medium body, a little thin and very light carbonation.

The sweetness would make it difficult to drink more than one, needed a little more bitterness to soften the sweet flavor.

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