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

Should I be ashamed that I like this - more than my score would lead you to believe? Is it improper for a beer lover to admit to liking a sweet chocolate dessert beer? Is this the beer equivalent to a chocolate martini being a girly drink?

On with it....It poured a nice light brown one finger head that didn't linger too long but left a little lacing and a ring of foam the whole way down the Sam Adams glass. A nice rich brown with reddish mahogany rim.

It was not a complex beer. The chocolate was pronounced and took command of the flavor profile. Any other flavors, maybe toffee or caramel were subtle at best. The chocolate was really nice and I don't complain that it wasn't complex because I enjoyed the chocolate so much.

The 5.8% ABV was well hidden with no boozy or alcohol warmth present.

The mouthfeel was rich and dessert like. Appropriate level of carbonation.

I found it very drinkable and could have 2-3 at a time (if I could buy them more than part of a variety pack).

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Photo of jmyers89
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Bottle of Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock. Poured great, thin head, a dark brown color.
Smell of vanilla, carmel, chocolate, rich malt, and basically all I have stated of the smell, is as much as the same for the taste. I could honestly say that this also has good drinkability as well.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown with a nice tan head that sticks around for a while.
S-smells a lot like boston lager. Nothing else really here
T-wow. Nice chocolate taste. Like a boston lager with a little bit of chocolate added to it
M-medium body and smooth
D-very drinkable and nice

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Photo of trettinma
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy this bock.

A - Nice dark color. decent head

S - I was really impressed by the smell. A sweetness to it. Very little bitterness.

T - Again, very nice. A little more bitter than it smells, but a good complement to the sweetness.

M - A little too carbonated/fizzy.

D - Just a really good all-around beer.


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Photo of BeerLover99
2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: deep copper brown, trace head no lacing at all.

S: nuts, toffee, mild chocolate. hint of malt

T: big sweet toffee, chocolate, malt

M: med/light body, bubbly

D: not a huge fan, wish Sam Adams would make an honest effort with this beer. Couldn't have more than one.


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Photo of BruChef
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank this brew out of an Ommegang snifter-like goblet. Poured a very dark, almost porter-like brown with ruby highlights. An inch of head forms, dissipates with relative ease and leaves behind a bit of lace. Pretty nice looking beer. The smell was light in fragrance of roasted malt bordering on coffee and semi dark chocolate, not punching you in the nostrils but just enough to let you know it's there.

Surprisingly, i enjoyed the flavor of this beer when it was on the colder side because the chocolate and sweetness was a little more subdued. It is definitely a chocolate beer before it is a bock which isn't good or bad. As it warmed up i started getting more of an unpleasant, generic chocolate flavor more reminiscent of tootsie rolls which i find is common amongst chocolate beers (southern tier and rogue for example). I can't help but think that something like this can be remedied by adding a little more roasted barley and more chocolate malt than real chocolate. Of course none of that really matters if the majority of the population appreciates the chocolate flavor of a tootsie roll, after all i am a bit of a chocolate snob therefore i won't hold that against this beer in my review. Moving on, as it begins to warm even more, it starts to become cola like and this is where i think a bit more in the hop department might have helped. It's not exactly cloying but almost.

The body of this beer is okay for a bock, maybe just a little on the thin side but i've had thinner bocks for sure. The carbonation is also okay for a bock but just right for the body of this particular bock.
This beer wasn't bad but i have to mention that i have had the original that was sold in 750ml bottles and more recently an '04 vintage that was really fantastic. This just wasn't as good nor did i expect it to be.

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Photo of MadeInOregon
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one from the "Winter Classics" 12-pack, Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock has a black to smoky-brown body with a massive mocha-colored malty head which slowly recedes to a small, thin foam head across the surface.

THE SMELL is the low point for this otherwise interesting beer. It is mostly sour and vegetal: slightly hoppy + tiny bit sweet. It is not chocolatey and is quite odd.

THE TASTE is exactly as described on the label around the neck. "Chocolate Bock", however seems a bit misleading as there is not much warmth to this beer. The flavors are strongly cocoa powder + tobacco. There is a slight lagery tartness as well. Overall it is sweet and has a wet finish. Tastes very similar to a black lager. I think "Cocoa Lager" would be a better name for this brew cuz it almost tastes like Boston Beer Company took one of their lighter beers and just dumped a couple spoon fulls of Nestle Quik into it!

THE FEEL is of a light porter or winter warmer. It's nice and appropriate for this style.

CONCLUSION: I pity the other reviewers who paid upwards of $16 for this beer! I got two 12oz bottles in a 12-pack that cost less than that! Chocolate Bock is a mellow, very drinkable beer--if you like cocoa, of course--but it's definitely not worth the premium price that, say, Young's Double Chocolate Stout could fetch. Either way, if you can find this beer, give it a try!

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

[Best served in a Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a dark murky brown with a slight reddish hue and had a thick creamy tan head that was fully lasting and had excellent lacing which allowed for a full coating on the glass.

The aroma was of dark roasted malts, a very mild resin hop and an earthy yeast with a nice note of dark chocolate, some caramel and a touch of dark fruit.

It tasted sweet, smooth and rather malty with a touch of caramel and cocoa at first, and then a nice strong dark mocha flavor took hold and engulfed the taste buds with just a mild note of dark fruit and a mild bitter tinge at the end.

Mouthfeel was just on the light side of full in body and quite creamy texture with a very soft carbonation.

Overall a very nice blending of flavors, letting one have an exquisitely tasty chocolaty experience!!

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Photo of psuKinger
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Review written from notes at the new downtown Sharp Edge.

A: Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black, with a thin off-white head on top that dissipated quickly.

S: Muted smell of dark malts and chocolate.

T: Wow. Choc-o-late... A ridiculour amount of sweet chocolate in this guy. A rather simple beer, actually, the dark munich lager backbone is in the background. This beer is what it claims to be and what it aimed to be. I've had other "chocolate beers", and have never tasted one where the chocolate actually shines through as brightly as it does here.

This is a one-trick-pony. Not a lot of layers here, just thick chocolate.

M: Relatively thin and unremarkable from a mouthfeel standpoint. Leaves a nice flavor of chocolate on the finish.

D: This is not terribly drinkable for me. It has a huge *wow* factor of chocolate initially, but as I worked through the glass it just didn't do it for me. I grew tired of this and would not have wanted to follow it with another one.

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Photo of devilben02
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with an opaque chocolate brown color that is much like that of a good stout. The aroma almost explodes out of the bottle from the second the cap is removed with the unmistakable scent of bittersweet chocolate. The flavor is likewise dense with chocolate, with a rich chocolate cake characteristic up front. This chocolate bomb wears on the palate after a while, though, and an earthy bitterness that doesn't entirely mesh with the chocolate notes creeps in. The texture is smooth, creamy, but also quite clean, creating a strange and interesting contrast to the rich flavor. Overall, this may be the most chocolate-flavored beer I've had, but the novelty wears off after a while, and what's left isn't particularly robust. Definitely interesting, though, and worth the try.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well appearance wise it's pretty average. Very near black, but mostly clear, with very fine rising bubbles along the sides of the snifter. 1/2 finger head and some lacing.

Smells pretty good. Very roasted malt, with ample chocolate, smooth and milky, and a smidge of coffee.

Taste is pretty darn fine. It's got a smooth roasted malt backbone with an all-permeating milk chocolate goodness to it. Porter-like roastiness with a touch of coffee.

Body is really nice. Smooth, almost full bodied, lingering sweet milk chocolate and roasted malt finish.

Drinks pretty well. One of my favs from the winter pack.

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Photo of dstc
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque color with a ruby tint. Tan head falls to a very small one with thin lace.

Smells like cocoa with a bit of a mocha coffee aroma.

Huge on the cocoa flavor, I mean huge. Unsweetened chocolates with mild vanilla and again that mocha flavor. Little sweet on the tongue.

Full in the mouth and smooth. Very low carbonation.

Interesting beer. Alcoholic cocoa nibs.

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Photo of Jesse13713
2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from the seasonal sampler pack; once this week and once two-three months ago.

Appearance - Pours a rich chocolaty deep brown. I was undecided to call it brown or black, but the brown hues are there subtly.

Smell - Chocolate and malts. That's it.

Taste - This tastes identical to both Whoppers and Milk Duds. Very few hints of ethanol with a charge of candy taste. It surpisingly isn't too sweet, though.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Very malty and smooth when resting in your mouth. I drank this in absolutely no time, but I don't necesarrily want to try it again in the near future. I thought it was a little too malty and candy-like. My opinions did not change over the course of two months I sampled both of these bottles.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The beer poured black with a creamy head. Very nice chocolate smell. Below average head retention, average stickage. This beer tasted more like a brown ale to me then a bock- I think I would have like a more of a bitter chocolate taste, this tasted like "milk chocolate" if that is possible. Average beer, seasonal.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours black with a one finger light tan head that quickly fades. Lacing is excellent

S- chocolate and I'm getting slight hints of nuttiness as well in there. Smells more like a brown ale

T- I'm getting chocolate, but it's more of a sweet, milky chocolate as opposed to the dark, bitter chocolate you usually get in most stouts. Then again, it's a bock and not a stout. Not sure if I like it...might be a little too sweet compared to what I'm used to

M- really creamy, and very, dare I say...smooth.

D- might be a little TOO much chocolate, if that's possible. I enjoyed it, but thank god it's only a seasonal

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Photo of lsrose
4.65/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer set me on a binge of chocolate stouts and other malty beers this whole winter. I went through lots of the variety packs just to get this beer, and I still have some of the my lesser favorite ones lingering around.

This is a wonderful chocolate winter beer. Hopefully, Sam Adams will continue to bring this beer to a higher profile and release it in 6/12 packs next year or even on tap.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a nice dark chocolate body with a light tan head that fades away to a thin lace. The smell is of chocolate. The taste is nice and of roasted malts and hints of dark chocolate, then on the back of the tongue i pick up a little vanilla. The mouth feel is ok, a little syrupy constituency to it. I think it is drinkable if you want to try something different, i couldn't drink this all the time but once in a while is good for me.

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Photo of earthboundagain
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ok this beer is now in the winter/holiday sampler pack in 12oz bottles. This is my first encounter with this brew, so we will see how it shapes up.

A- Pours a shade under black, the head is a tight laying ring of tan fluff. The lacing is spotty at best.

S- Wow we have some serious chocolate going on here, willy wonka would be proud. I do detect some roast and malt in the background, but it is almost overwhelmed bye the chocolate.

T- Ok we have the moment of truth... Ok bam you have a blast of malted milk ball chocolate, with some vanilla and cream mixed in as a balance. But the beer is all about the chocolate and it is the star and a sweet star it is.

M- The beer is smooth and creamy and the carbonation just keeps this beer a skirting the cloying line.

D- The beer is sweet almost too sweet but as it warms it gets much easier to drink.

Notes: This beer seems to get a lot of hype both good and bad. I think it is somewhere in the middle. This beer screams sweet stout with a twist, but a chocolate bock it is and this billy goat gives it two horns up.

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Photo of ksimons
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a very dark brown, hints of ruby, with a tan head that quickly disappears and leaves a bit of lacing on top

S-roasted malts, sweet chocolate

T-roasted malts and sweet chocolate. Not as strong as I would have liked though. Was hoping it would have more bock characteristics, a higher ABV might help it.

M-creamy, medium body, light carbonation, smooth

D-not bad, good mouthfeel, just wish it was a little richer

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown with mahogany hues. 1 finger of a light tan.

S - Vanilla, anise, hints of chocolate. Not much going on here.

T - Chocolate syrup, crystal malt, roasted wood malt, vanilla. It's sweet but not cloying. Almost has a cola flavor.

M - Moderate carbonation, slick, a tad thin.

This was better than I expected. The chocolate didn't overpower and it didn't go over the edge on the sweetness.

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Photo of Lakers805
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer in the winter classics pack! Very impressed with this beer. It's a lot better than I thought it would be! It has a good chocolate taste to it. Real easy to drink. Drinkability is good. The smell is real good. Nice chocolate smell to it! I recommend this beer if you like chocolate beers, or if u just want to try something different. Good winter beer!

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Photo of Tballz420
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Whoops, poured it like a madman, so theres a massive tan head on top of this black bodied beer. Considerable amber light hues, enough that its probably really as dark of a brown as you can get before it turns black on the spectrum. Lagered malt scent, nothing too impressive. Taste is a lagered malt one, mainly chocolate but id say theres more than one malt in there, some caramel influence. Just a light hop influence. Fairly full bodied, somewhat sharp but pretty smooth overall. Certainly nothing wrong with this brew, not a bad bock.

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Photo of artdob
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Color of root beer or dark cola. Healthy head.

S: Chocolate, roasted malt, and sweet bread

T: Mild chocolate, cream, and malty. Not much hoppiness. After awhile however, getting a bit of sourness on the back palate.

M: Good carbonation. Tilting toward a creaminess.

D: Comforting and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown - plainly short of black - with nice garnet highlights. Quite clear for the color. Short tan head falls fast and leaves rather minimal lacing.

S: Chocolate, roasty malts, dark molasses and burnt toffee sweetness. Sort of a nice, but tame profiled porter type nose. Expressive though.

T: Whoa.... Chocolate! Far more than the nose. Super chocolatey, almost like a thin milkshake. Just pushing the cloy-o-meter a slight bit. Even the burps are chocolate. There is also a good amount of roasted malts, but it is clearly behind the cocoa. Chocolate is sweet, almost milk chocolate even, but with a slight edge and hints of dark cocoa. It never gets powdery or offensive in any way, just rather pronounced. You can tell that there is a fair beer behind it, but the chocolate is so strong in verges on being a one dimensional beer.

M: Medium-heavy with just normal CO2. Makes for a dense, sweet, and somewhat chewy thickly smooth brew. A sweet and lingering, yet clean, finish.

D: A treat, but a sipper for sure. This beer sure is distinct, a bit of a novelty. In a good way though. Not really malty enough to be much of a bock, but then the label does say "Ale with cocoa..." Confusing marketing.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap @ Blue Dog Tavern in a Tulip glass, glad to see this on tap because there is no way im paying 20 a pop for a bottle.

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock looks like the name in that it's probably the blackest bock out there. A maroon shaded body with brown spots and a nice inch of cream colored foam up top that becomes nothing, leaving a dead looking beer. No stick on this one. Tried to swirl this a few times to get something but again, nothing.

Smell is tootsie roll and melted chocolate left out over night. A fair amount of toasty malt and some caramel with a whiff of nastiness. I don't know what it is but it is nasty.

Taste is of the chocolate persuasion, but whatever chocolate malting they used stinks. The sweet just seems bland and unfocused. I think the choc takes away from whatever bock is in here. Some caramel/werthers quality, Slight lactose, major bummer

Feel is less than medium, muddy, barely carbed, hardly drinkable.

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