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

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Samuel Adams Chocolate BockSamuel Adams Chocolate Bock
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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 tastybeer
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Color is a dark, almost black redish-brown. Head on top is light cocoa froth brown. Aroma is simple. Sweet caramelly malt, faint coffee, milk chocolate, floral notes, and some diacetyl or possibly even white chocolate. Taste is sweet, aaalmost cloying. I usually find dark chocolate works best with beer, and this brew is certainly pointed in the milk chocolate direction. There's also a mysterious bright tart flavor in the mesh. It somehow makes me think lemon rind. Odd... Mouthfeel ain't bad. A little chewy with malty chocolate, mainly slick, with an ever so slight touch of grit.

Overall this beer is okay. Its a little too in your face chocolate, in not the best of ways. Nothing really objectionable going on, yet nothing very exciting.

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Photo of unshodjogger
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown black with a little lacing that doesn't linger long. The lacing is a thin light brown. Smells of roasted malts with a slight hint of chocolate. Sweet roasted malt taste with chocolate notes at the end. Medium bodied mouthfeel, smooth finish with average carbonation. Okay beer to enjoy on occasion. Would be good with a dessert. Would also like to use this as a marinade item at some point.

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Photo of Holland
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: looks good, pours black with brown highlights and a thick head that leaves a good sized lacing with fairly large bubbles.

S: chocolate, heavy dark roasted malts, some smoke, yeast

T: the chocolate is a lot more pronounced - tough to get much else out of the flavor. Definitely some malt, but not much balance of flavor. The end tastes like chocolate syrup. That's different.

M: decent mouthfeel with the medium body and medium carbonation. The downside is that the beer fizzes in my mouth a bit, like all of the carbonation is released there.

O: decent brew overall, cheap and available, and I like all of those things. The qualities of the actual beer were solid, but certainly not great. It's no Breakfast Stout, but it's easy to drink.

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Photo of tdm168
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brownish black with a thin lacing of brown head that has no retention. The nose has notes of roasted malts and faint chocolate. The taste is faint roasted malts with heavy chocolate notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, rich, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

This is a really good beer. A nice change of pace from your regular bock, and the chocolate is fantastic and balanced. I'm impressed.

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Photo of gtermi
2.69/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: I was shocked at how thin this head was. It is very thin and almost nonexistent. This beer is a very dark brown, almost black.

S: There really isnt that much there. I get a slight chocolate smell and a tiny bread smell.

T: This is almost like chocolate milk. It is very sweet, I wasnt expecting that much sweetness. I want to say it has a very good flavor, but goodness its like drinking a yoohoo. I just cant handle it.

M: The mouthfeel isnt bad at all. It has a decent amount of carbonation, but a bit of crispness. Feels nice on the tongue.

O: If this beer had a little less chocolate milk taste, I would give it a much better grade. I know it is a chocolate bock, but it almost seems fake, like chocolate syrup.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

About an inch of light brown fizzy head on the pint glass. Quickly recedes into a small lacing above a clear dark brown beer.

Heavy milk chocolate malt aroma and nothing else.

Nice milk chocolate taste on a slightly watery body on this beer.

The aftertaste is similar to that after eating a Hershey's bar, by the time I got this far there was no trace of a lacing left this beer.

I think this would be a pretty decent desert beer, but not much else.

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Photo of MrOH
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown with a single finger of tan head, very little retention. No lace.

Cocoa, some sweet malt. Has a stale coffee/vegetal quality.

Sweet malts, a slight roasted tang, and then chocolate syrup. Interesting. Cocoa crispies in coors light instead of milk, but in a good way.

On the heavier side of medium, good carbonation.

Meh, if I have to drink a couple of these to get at the Old Fezziwig and Holiday Porter, it ain't so bad.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip. Pours a light black, tiny tanish head. No lacing. Smell is Hersey syrup and some dark malts. Taste is the same, not bad, but nothing earth shattering. Body is on the thin side and carbonation is fine.I remember this beer when it was a big beer, it was really expensive, but much better and more complex. It taste fine, but not nearly what it once was.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a reddish/mahogany color with a nice 2 fingered head that fizzes out more quickly than almost any I've seen before, in a matter of seconds, to literally nothing. No bubbles, nothing

S: A good dose of malts along with strong milk chocolate. Not too much else

T: Same as the smell, with a majority of the malts coming first and then a wave of cocoa. Nothing really too complex, just like a chocolate malt beverage

M: Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A good beer, but nothing overly complex. Fits the season well and again is easy to drink

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Photo of homebrew311
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into CBS snifter.

A: pours a dark brown with reddish hues at the edges, minimal head retention, no lacing

S: nose features notes of candied grapes and figs, some milk chocolate present at the end

T: starts off with dark fruits and develops into somewhat strong but quick milk chocolate flavor, the finish is a bit sweet with some dark chocolate mixed in. Interesting pairing of chocolate with style.

MF: medium body, medium carbonation

O: Well I'm certainly glad I waited for the 12 oz format to enjoy this brew. It's not bad, but certainly not worth the absurd prices it was going for in the 22 oz formats. The chocolate is nice, but a little understated. Chocolate and bock just doesn't pair as nicely as chocolate and stout.

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Photo of rangerred
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown but not completely opaque with a 1.5 finger tan head.

Smells of sweet chocolate and some roasted malt. Kind of like hot chocolate.

Tastes is somewhat sweet with the cocoa flavor dominating. There is a very slight hop bitterness in the finish that is barely noticeable below the sweetness. Some roast flavor as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth but the carbonation is very prickly. I think a little less carbonation would have done wonders for this beer.

Overall I think this is a decent offering from Sam Adams and a great inclusion in the winter variety pack.

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Photo of wrycon
2.94/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks dark as night. Want to say it's slightly brown, but hard to tell. No real nose to speak of - some chocolate. Initially tastes bitter and watery like a bock. The chocolate pops its head in during the mid-point, but drops out just as quickly. Then ends bock-like, pretty clean with a small sour and large malt finish.

Like it? It's ok

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Photo of elNopalero
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a ruby-black color, not quite opaque, topped with a hearty amount of thick, creamy foam. There’s a subtle roast on the nose, but nothing big or overly powerful. Tastes sweet and chocolaty, but real smooth. It starts off harsh, bitter, sharp but quickly mellows out into a drinkable desert. Like a chocolate fizz soda.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To be enjoyed by April

A - Very dark roasty brown body with a nice finger+ of tan head.

S - Sweet dark fruits, roasted coffee and chocolate. Hint of butter. Nice and wintery, i think.

T - Medium dark malts, some neutral roast, dark fruits, chocolate and vanilla. It's kind of muddled and theres a sweetness which hints at artificiality.

M - Light, nice carbonation, A fine mouthfeel.

O - this is pretty good. Nothing mind-blowing by any stretch, but it's quite enjoyable. If the rest of this twelve pack does good, this will make more regular appearances in my fridge in the coming months.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle freshness date use by April 2012.

Poured a ruby/brown body with 1/4 finger of beige head that dissapeared immediately! No lacing.Tastes of Dark chocolaty malts, molasses,sour fruit. Acidic but not hoppy.This is from the current Winter Collection. Meh!
Bring back Cranberry lambic.

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Photo of NickMunford
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown with little bubbly brown head. Very little retention & no lacing.

S: Prevalent chocolate.

T: Milk chocolate, toffee.

M: Silky smooth, moderate carbonation, sweet aftertaste.

O: I think this beer is delicious. An excellent addition to their winter selection.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought one of those mixed 12 packs last year and somehow I didn't get sround to drinking half of it. Strange, since this was the one I was most looking forward to. Best by June 2011.

Pours black with a soft drink head that not surprisingly is gone after about a minute.

There is a good deal of roast in the nose followed by licorice. The chocolate only comes out as it nears room temperature.

This tastes pretty good. The roast is immediately present followed by licorice and vanilla. Sugar candy in the finish with cream and a kiss of chocolate.

Overall, pretty good. Not what was intended as there should probably be more chocolate, but still pretty good for what it has become.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was from the big blue bottle. Poured a dark reddish brown/nearly black color with a good brown head. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt and coffee. On the palate, this one is medium bodied and rich, with flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate and cocoa.

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Photo of gpogo
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Black body with a small cream colored head.

A- Chocolate cream with coffee notes. Slight notes of caramel, but sweet chocolate dominates.

T- Creamy chocolate filled my mouth. Quite surprising and enjoyable. On the backside of the flavor I got some roasted malt notes. The finish was a creamy chocolate flavor with a slight coffee flavor.

M- Slightly slick oily/milky, but very smooth. Light to medium carbonation.

D- I'd say this makes a nice late night desert beer. Especially good for a cool evening. Worth a drink, interesting flavor.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Very dark clear mahogany with a wispy light beige head.

S- Loads of caramel malt and chocolate in the nose. No discernable hop aroma.

T- Sweet caramel malt hits up front but is quickly muddled by chocolate. The chocolate is about as dominate as it could be without being too much. No hop flavor to note. The finish is kept from being too sweet from some roasty notes from the malt.

M- Medium/full bodied with a slick mouthfeel and just enough carbonation to keep it from being boring.

O- While this beer may not be for everyone, or a "go-to" for myself even, it delivers everything I'd expect out of a chocolate bock. Worth a try unless you're a bock purist, or you really just don't like malt bombs.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring a brown so dark it borders on opaque, and sporting a coffee-tan head, this brew smells earthy and malty, with definite hints of chocolate.

The real fun is had in the flavor, however, as the beer has at least three distinct phases as it swirls over your tongue. In the initial phase, There's the typical bock flavors: dark toffees and caramelized sugars, dark fruit esters, molasses. Then the second phase kicks in, adding a subtle layer of dark chocolaty goodness--the 70 to 80% pure cocoa kind of goodness, that is. Finally, the third phase sweeps in, bringing chocolate malt flavors of deeply toasted grains, with hints of coffee and prunes. Hops bounce around lovingly throughout, providing just the right amount of bitter background fuzz to nicely compliment everything. The aftertaste is a light combination of toasted grains and dark cocoa, which fades off surprisingly quickly.

Overall, I think this is a lovely beer, and fantastic for its nuances and complexity. I do admit a certain surprise at how relatively light the actual cocoa flavors were, given that the bottle advertises that the beer was aged "on a bed of rare dark cocoa nibs". I somehow expected the resulting flavors to hit me over the head and drag me into a cave. Instead, they tapped me on the shoulder and politely asked me to dance. Still, the flavors were compelling, and I would gladly tango with them a second time.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm probably drinking this one a little past the expected drink by date, as on the back it says "best before April 2009." Well, better late than never I say! This was a limited edition beer for a while (the bottle I have even says so), and I missed out on the original offerings a few years back and was kicking myself for doing so. Well, I finally get to make up for lost time with this one.

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock pours a very dark, almost black, brown color with a slight tinge of red to it. A decent tan colored head forms and lasts for about 2 minutes before thinning out. Some nice lacing was left on the side of the glass. A deep, dark malt aroma was present with some cocoa noticeable, and some dark fruity aromas present as well. The mouthfeel was a bit thinner than expected, but overall reasonably smooth and lightly carbonated. As for the flavor profile, the dark malt flavor is of course the predominant flavor, with only a slight touch of cocoa. There weren't any "burnt" characteristics here, which surprised me a little bit. There are dark fruity flavors in the taste as well, and some light bitterness in the end. As I drank on, I realized that is was a nice beer, it could probably stand to be a little stronger. I don't know if "bock" is the right term for this beer, more like a very dark lager. The dark grain flavors linger in the aftertaste along with the fruity flavors. The beer has some light/moderate alcoholic warmth in the finish.

As mentioned, the beer isn't overpowering, which can be off-putting to some, especially dark beer affectionados, but I thought it was an enjoyable beer altogether, and a nice looking one at that.

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Photo of warnerry
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
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 Sweetmambyjamby
2.3/5  rDev -36.6%
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 -8.5%
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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Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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