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 nukem5
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black with tan cap, slight reddish hues.

S: Chocolate intense chocolates, malts and sweet Chocolates(Did I say Chocolate).

T: Had this a few years ago on a travel trip for work and it tastes just as I remember it, intense chocolate malty sweetness...mmm

M: Medium bodied slightly chewy with hardly any carbonation.

D: Very drinkable but a bit on the sweet side so as a dessert would be great,an all around great beer from Sam Adams.

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

This is the third time I've had Chocolate bock. The first time was in the original 22oz bottles, which tasted different than the second two times. The second was from the holiday 12 pack, and the third, which I am reviewing, was on tap at Doyles not too far from the brewery. The glass was Sam Adams unique glass.

Appearance: Black with little head, no lacing

Smell: Chocolatey and malty

Taste: Like the smell, but with a more pronounced chocolate flavor. Almost like eating chocolate with the beer, but without actually eating chocolate

Mouthfeel: Somewhat heavy, with lower carbonation, but appropriate for the style

Drinkability: Easy to drink one, hard to drink more than one.

Overall, I enjoyed it, and will gladly get more when it is in season again, but next time I will try to age one of the bottles. My original bottle that tasted different (personally I thought it was better) was about one and a half years past the printed expiration date, and had a much more refined taste. Like the chocolate flavor mellowed out and belonged, rather than being an addition.

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Photo of southsider
2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass.

A- Poured a nice dark,reddish brown into my glass. A beige head stayed low and tight, dissolving to a thin ring around the glass. Lacing was nonexistent.

S-malty sweet,with hints of milk chocolate.

T-Initial spicy hop bitterness is immediately followed by a smooth ,carmelly,malty sweet finish.

M-Fizzy and creamy at the same time with a medium body.

D-Not hard to put one back but the finish is a little too reminiscent of malted milk ball candy and swiss miss hot cocoa minus the mini marshmellows. My least favorite of the Sam Adams Holiday Sampler pack. I Would not buy this on its own.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The only thing that wasn't outstanding about this beer was the smell. There was very little smell in this beer. I had almost no idea what to expect when going into the taste. With that being said - this was an awesome beer. Super malty, super sweet, for sure a desert beer. I got the cocoa and the chocolate, and oddly enough I tasted more vanilla that I did chocolate, weird. But this beer is excellent, very well balanced, very very drinkable. Just yummy.

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Photo of MLasoski
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1/12/2011 Review of the winter sampler edition.

My rDev might be a bit high...

A: Poured into a DFH tulip glass, it had an opaque dark, dark, dark brown body (one could say black, but I do see a tint). Minimal head stuck around, it started off with a 1/4" frothy head but dissipated quickly. Lacing is sporadic and isolated around the glass.

S: Smells of dark malts, no hops, and milk chocolate.

T: It's as if Hershey's Chocolate partnered up with BBC and made a chocolate beer with a melted Hershey Milk Chocolate bar in it. I compare it to me walking into a liquor store and buying an alcoholic Hershey bar. I would even be amiable towards a Whopper malt-ball comparison.

M: Light on the carbonation, malty up front, with the whole chocolate sha-bang at the end. Very sugary sweet with a creamy chocolate feel at the end.

D: I wish they sold these in 6 packs. I'd buy a couple and offer them up as a perfect dessert beer to a double chocolate brownie sundae or something similar. Very good! For some reason, I don't remember the 2009's 22 oz. bomber tasting the same as this.

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Photo of jampics2
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased @ Mustard Seed as a single.

Cut to the chase - this is just a lame beer. It's non-offensive and better than much of the Sam fair that's out there, but there's nothing that screams chocolate bock to me. I can't believe how much these were going for in the 750ml bottles.

As for the play-by-play, the beer is dark brown
with just a little lighter shade coming through around the edges. A film of head leaves just a small ring and no real lace. Average looking beer.

The beer smells like dark fruit and chocolate. Namely, I get notes of cocoa powder and cherry and plum. The malt provides some touches of caramel and even just a hint of nuts. This could be more aromatic, but, again, it's not offensive.

The taste is mainly prunes and chocolate. Not the best combination. This is sweet with a bitter kick towards the end. Not a lot of the bock qualities I look for here. Some semi-sweet chocolate powder lingers, but this gets very boring after a while. 6oz is enough for me.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation, not syrupy at all. The mouthfeel and drinkability are the best parts of the beer, but even those notable aspects can't save this one from an average score.

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Photo of mellowmark
2.61/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle to an Imperial Pint glass. Best before May 2011. Made with Chocolate and "natural flavor". Part of the Sam Adams Winter Pack. 12-pack for $15.99.

Appearance: Large frothy semi fizzy tan head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a small ring. Color is dark dark brown with ruby highlights. Soda like carbonation clings to the side of the glass. Very little lacing with little scattered clumps here and there.

Smell: Smells like powdered hot chocolate and light earthy citrus hops. Kind of muddled. An unpleasant old musty rusty burnt malt aroma rounds it out.

Taste: Bitter roasted malt and chocolate up front. Finishes bland with no real residual flavor or bitterness. Very sweet without much balance or complexity.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is slightly thin with medium carbonation. Chalky texture.

Drinkability: Medium

This beer has average written all over it. It's really nothing worth buying for someone who likes their beers to be flavorful and balanced. Pass on this one.

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Photo of mikereaser
2.55/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Wow, found this in the back of the cellar, best by 2004. Oops.
Poured into my darkness snifter because I haven't used it yet.
Consumed 1/11/11 while the snow falls.

A - Pours a deep black with almost no foam whatsoever

S - Aroma is mostly chocolate along with maybe a slight cherry smell and a bit of a medicinal tone.

T - The taste is strange to say the least, a mix of cola and chocolate, sort of creamy tasting too, hard to explain, but its like a chocolate soda, thats the best way to describe it.

M/D - Crisp carbonation, creamy mouthfeel while still a light mouthfeel. The taste just leaves me not wanting to finish the bottle. I could blame it on the age, but according to other reviews, i'm guessing this is just how it is.

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Photo of tito42
2.82/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark cola color with a beige head that thins out quickly.

Smell: Pleasantly sweet smells of chocolate and cherry, almost a maraschino cherry scent.

Taste: Roasted cocoa with a sweetness that doesn't tie into any one flavor. Just a general sweetness that seems artificial in taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with just a tad of creaminess with a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: Purchased in the Sam Adams Holiday Sampler. This brew doesn't come close to the Winter Lager, the other 'bock' in the box. There is a sweetness that is unbalanced by the other flavors...nothing steps in to counter or compliment the sweetness. Between the maraschino cherry and roasted cocoa, I keep thinking of cherry pipe tobacco while drinking this one.

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Photo of Magpie14
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: burnt brown and cherry hues. Head dissipated quickly and left stringy caramel colored fluff in a few places. Reasonable in appearance

S: nose is full of malts and cocoa powder. However, nothing more gains a presence in the nose. Kinda of a light funk going on, maybe more of a fake sweetness than a funk

T: flavors are kinda large. It is so sweet! Sugar, malts, caramel, and a dash of vanilla nuttiness. Overall it is not very balanced and the flavors are melding strangely. Very close to overbearing with sweeter notes. A crisp slap near the finish. It does have some nice dimensions though

M: rather carbonated and not velvety as noted. Body is close to being full but falls short in my book

D: I like the "chocolate soda" comment posted by AleWatcher. I agree that it has some sort of chocolate soda fountain drink characteristics, tastes like a Black Cow.

"Break away, just when it seems so clear, that it's over now. Drink your big black cow and get out of here."

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Photo of AleWatcher
1.96/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured into pint glass.

A deep reddish color-- like rosewood. A tan head disappears pretty quickly and leaves a collar of tan bubbles. Some sticky globs of lace.

Smells like chocolate soda. Seriously. Like chocolate carbonated corn syrup. Wow. I don't really think this lives up to the standards of some of the other Winter beers... Although I haven't had a mixed pack in a few years-- so I'll be reviewing all of them soon... I can't wait to see how they compare to my memories...

Taste has some sweet malts- and a slight roasty character. A light hint of dark cherries hits after the malts just before the chocolate soda taste takes over. Surprisingly dry finish for how sweet the beer is.

Body is light and watery... Good carbonation level helps it feel thicker than it is and hints at being creamy.

Overall-- this isn't one I'll be anticipating next year. Hell, I don't even anticipate the second bottle...

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean deep amber to a brown-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a sweet cocoa powder like smell. In the taste, sweet chocolate, a small roasted malt, and a back round of what to seem to bee cocoa powder. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, small chocolate in the aftertaste. It kind of smells and tastes of cocoa powder, actually kind of average.

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Photo of SiepJones
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an inch of creamy head. This beer looks like a very dark brown on the pour but once it settles in the glass it is midnight black. Leaves a nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Scents of toffee, coffee, and both sweet then bitter chocolate on the nose.

T: This beer has strong coco flavors, like a glass of chocolate milk. Some hints of bready malt and a touch of dark fruit on the finish.

M: Low carbonation, with a slippery mouthfeel. The flavors mix well together to give this beer a good finish.

D: I enjoyed this beer and would purchase it if it were available year round. Low ABV and good flavors make it a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of micmillon18
2.58/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Sam Adams has a notching system on the side of the bottle to tell when the beer is good til. This one should be solid til june of 2011. Got this out of the winter variety pack.

A - Pours a dark brown color with a head that dissipates quickly. No real lacing to be found on the glass.

S - Dark chocolate. thats all I can smell.

T - Dark and Milk chocolates throughout. However, I would argue that the chocolate flavoring is much too strong. It's almost a soda beer, like they took a lager and just poured chocolate syrup in it. The chocolate flavor doesn't balance well with the rest of the beer and unfortunately it seems we have another Sam Adams Cherry Wheat situation here. Its not a bad taste, just slightly overpowering.

M - Thin but the carbonation is in check. Syrup like in someways; thick but not in a pleasing way.

D - I'm having difficulty finishing this one due to the profound chocolate flavors. Sam Adams makes a great bock in their Winter Lager, which balances its cinnamon flavors quite well. I wish they had created that same kind of balance here. If you enjoy chocolate with your beer than this one should be a hit with you. Otherwise it just feels like a poor attempt at a holiday brew, one that is poorly balanced.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a mug.

Appearance: rich brown hue with a thick finger of rapidly-dissipating tan head. Not bad, but kind of odd for a bock.

Smell: rich, malty, chocolatey aroma reminiscent of an English porter. Malt has a bit of a caramel-y characteristic and a hint of tartness which just cements the porteriness of it all.

Taste: rich chocolatey flavor, just what you'd expect based on the aroma. It's got a pretty solid malt component as well, so I know I'm drinking a bock. Overall not too bad; at least it is labeled accurately.

Mouthfeel: somewhat light in body but with a good creaminess nonetheless. I like it.

Drinkability: the kind of beer you have to be in the mood to drink. It's not bad, though, and I could drink a couple in the right setting.

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

Boston Beer Company--Samuel Adams--Chocolate Bock--Ale With Cocoa And Natural Flavor--Limited Release 2008 25.4 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV--25 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Bock--Chocolate--Tan thin delicate lace head. Clear bronze red opaque black color. Rich chocolate mild hop mellow roasted front. Mild sweet zesty chocolate lager smooth vanilla hint big malty creamy body. Smooth mild hop malty end. Very rich. Overpowering at end of 2 Bottles. Sampled 6/27/2009. 2 @ $16.99.

Boston Beer Company--Samuel Adams--Chocolate Bock--Ale With Cocoa And Natural Flavor--Winter Classics Mix-Pack--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV. 10 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Bock--Spiced. Caffe Mocha mild lace head. Clear bronze red edged dark color. Big aromatic chocolate mild hop front. Semi sweet rich smooth creamy cocoa body. No Bitter Malt notes. Thin mild hop cloying smooth chocolate end. Smooth Balanced Richly Chocolate Bock. Well Made. Sampled 1/3/2011. Purchased Mix-Pack @ Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle for $12.99 10/23/2010.

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

12oz bottle - glad to see this out of the big (and overpriced) 750's

served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with just a thin amount of light tan colored foam, mostly settling to a small ring with some light film floating on top. the beer is seemingly brown, but letting in some ruby tones against light.

S - lightly roasted malts, some smoke, cocoa powder, roasted nuts, and also oddly...a bit of peanut butter

T - the chocolate is very evident and almost dominating here, milky and only mildly chalky. toasted nuts all over the place, along with some browned malt and caramel.

M - lightish body, with moderate yet punchy and lively carbonation. only slightly sticky from the sweetness, finishes mostly clean.

D - this one brings back some memories for me. me and my closest friends made it a habit to split a few big bottles of this during Pittsburgh championship games, and we are 3-0 (SB XL, XLIII, Stanley Cup '09) with it. cool to see in the small format, minus the $15-$20ish pricetag. a decent beer, well suited for dessert.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, dark red highlights when held up to the light. Nice puffy beige head rests at about half a finger eventually leaving nice lacing.

Cocoa in the smell, some caramel. Pleasant enough but not much else to it.

The chocolate/cocoa comes through pretty solid in the taste but a bit artificial. Definitely caramel and nutty malts. Has a finish of bread and roasted malt. Pretty sweet but not overly so. Just a tiny bit of booze.

It doesn't really have that huge malty character I would expect from a bock, other than that the mouthfeel is fine.

I definitely agree with Jason's review saying this could easily be mistaken for a porter. I don't get much of a bock presence but that being said I did like it, chocolate comes through nicely without overpowering.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours into my perfect pint with a dark brown color, light red highlights, and a small, light brown head.

Aroma is moderately chocolatey, with a dessert like, chocolate cake/frosting character. There is also an earthy, dirt like element as well as some full fruitiness to the aroma. Very little roast.

Flavor has moderate, caramelly maltiness which backs up a unique chocolate taste. Despite the color, there seems to be very little dark flavors coming from the malts. Chocolate, hazelnut, nougat and caramel flavors take up the mid-palate. This beer has recognizable chocolate flavors that I haven't had in a chocolate beer before.

Moderate body and carbonation. Interesting flavors, but as a beer it doen't wow me.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark, fairly opaque brown color, with garnet highlights. The tall, light brown head has a dense, foamy and frothy texture and good retention. Some foamy rings of lacing stick to the glass.

S: Mostly sweet in the nose. Some sugar cookie-ish sweetness, plus some caramel/toffee character. Light cocoa character stays mostly hidden behind the upfront sweetness, unfortunately. Vague notes of vanilla and nuts are detectable.

T: Sweet up front, with firm toffee/caramel notes. A persistent brown sugar character, actually. Chocolate flavor is much better than the nose initially indicated. Vanilla and nuts provide some flavor depth. There's little, if any, hop bitterness to balance.

M: Medium bodied. Velvety smooth, with creamy carbonation. This would be much better if it weren't as (relatively) thin in comparison. A pleasant aftertaste.

D: This is basic and borderline cloying, but momentarily tasty. A bit too sweet of a base bock is partially rescued by a very pleasant chocolate flavor. This needs more heft, more bitterness, and more carbonation. As it stands, it's a bit too thin and one-dimensional, even for a dessert-y bock.

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Photo of alli4051
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic.

Part of the winter mixer that has served me well. Pours a dark, translucent, mahogany with a big, fizzy, tan head. Head recedes pretty quickly and doesn't leave a whole lot of lacing. Scent is overwhelmingly chocolate. This sounds weird but I think I detect some banana in there as well, odd. Taste is again tons of milk chocolate. Not really cloying but kind of overwhelming where you can't taste much else. Kind of reminded me of a liquid version of a chocolate Tootsie Pop. Mouthfeel was on the lighter side of medium with the right amount of carbonation. Drinkability is great, like everything else in this mix-pack.

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

Poured from a bottle and into a Pilsener glass.

Look - dark brown with about 2 finger's worth of dark beige-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - subtle hints of spices (possibly the Ecuadorian nibs). Chocholaty as well, but that's a given.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Intensely chocolatey! Almost a roasted chocolate flavor. Well balanced between maltiness and hoppiness. Slight tinge of bitterness toward the finish. Understandably a little creamier in texture.

Drinkability - decent brew. A little overdone maybe in regard to the chocolate theme, but I think BB did a good job with this one. Definitely a nice Winter bock.

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Photo of ChimRichels
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - deep mahogany with ruby edges with a fizzy head that dissipates quickly despite an aggressive pour.

S - Smells fairly mild. Some notes of caramel and rye bread dough. A hint of smokiness.

T - Tastes of espresso with dark chocolate. Tastes sweet and even cola like at times.

M - a little dry in the mouthfeel, but smooth and creamy

D - Very delicious and drinkable

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: solid black, little carb, very little lacing
S: light odor of cocoa, not much else in the aroma
T: yep, as promised, very heavy on the chocolate, no sweetess; bitter without many hops at work
M: average

Overall, not one of SA's best; I really don't want another

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Photo of gskitt
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- black with a fizzy head, head doesn't last long.
S- Malty sweetness, chocolate pudding, ripe fruit.
T- Wow, not what I was expecting. Smooth, deep, dark, subtle chocolate, bitter cocoa, dark bread. Not much of the fruit I picked up on the nose.
M- Smooth and creamy, but not heavy, really nice.
D- Yup. Taste is subtle and doesn't linger, and at 5% it can be drunk.
For me, this is why I should not read other reviews of beers before I complete my own. Really liked this beer.

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Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.67 out of 5 based on 2,973 ratings.
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