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 mithrascruor
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a black color with a minimal fizzy tan head that goes away in a moment.Some reddish light comes through the edges.

Smell: Roasted malt aroma with some hints of chocolate. Not particularly sweet, more like cocoa.

Taste: Light roasted malt body with cocoa and sugar slowly coming in towards the finish. Aftertaste is those three elements together.Fairly monolithic, but not bad.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light carbonation; quite smooth.

Drinkability: Low ABV and pretty easy to drink.

Fairly tasty and not overly chocolately, making it sort of borderline dessert-ish, but not fully.

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Photo of mntlover
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black looking but rich deep mahogany clear when held to the light. Thumb sized head falls to a ring not much lace left behind.

Aroma is nice and malty with some decent nuttiness, with some light chocolate hints. Some light herbal/floral notes.

Taste is big malty notes some good chocolate notes noted right off and linger into the finish. Finish is also herbal notes and a light hop bite that lingers. Some light burnt notes in the finish also.

Mouthfeel is little to peppy for me fell is light medium, over all think this brew would be better if mouthfeel was smother.

Drinkability is ok not something I would run out try again, but worth a try.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle as part of the Winter Classics pack.

It's a dark brown color befitting the chocolate title, but very little head and minimal retention and lacing. Nothing special here.

There is definitely a chocolate presence on the nose, dominating even. There's something medicinal about it too... almost like a hint of cough syrup in there.

The taste is more like coffee than chocolate I think... similar but different, and there's not much else to it.

It's really an average beer and that's disappointing. By far my least favorite of the winter classics pack. I guess I'll save the second one for a friend who wants to give it a try.

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Photo of Hershdawg
2.53/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle into duvel glass.

A: brown, almost no head other than a white ring.

S: chocolate milk. Not really a good chocolate beer smell. Not how could I say it. beery enough.

T: chocolate milk... too chocolatey. They should have used nibs...

M: Not bad not good.

D: Doesn't taste like much other than chocolate milk. Meh. Give me a real beer.

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

From bottle to glass with much anticipation!!

A: Pours black and cloudy and with little foam

S: Smells like cocoa penetrate first, then some maltiness. It is very pleasant

T: The taste is sweet with chocolate, and quite malty. The sweet chocolate first tantalizes the tongue, and the ends with a velvety bitterness

M: Light carbonation, mild finish.

D: Very much like a dessert beer...enjoyed this much with brownies...

I would label this a fine dessert beer...Cheers

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

In a pint glass the beer was a very dark brown, nearly black color, with just a whisper of a head.
Very pedestrian aroma, some faint chocolate and roasted malt.
The aroma came through better in the taste. Sweet, very sweet, chocolate with a better malt presence.
This beer was way too sweet. So cloying it wasn't that much fun to drink, and certainly no more than one at a time.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My bottle says 5.8% ABV. This is the second Sam Adams beer I've found listed with the incorrect ABV. Is it really that hard for you morons to type in the correct numbers when you add a beer to the BA database?

Pours a dark clear ruby into my pint glass. no head, pathetic attempt at lacing.

It smells like a chocolate barbecue. Almost sickeningly sweet.

Taste is a lot of f'ing cocoa. Wow. I tasted a roasted malt there for a second. Ah, now it's gone..

Medium mouthfeel. Generous coating hangs around inside my mouth for a while. Can't wait to have an IPA to cleanse this out of my mouth later.

Not a terrible beer, but I was honestly pretty disappointed. The Holiday Porter and Old Fezziwig are lightyears beyond this beer. Give this one to your girlfriend who likes fruity/sweet beers.

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Photo of Genuine
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my Sam Adam's Perfect pint glass.

Very dark, red amber body in color, with a slight tan head that didn't stick around for long. Dissipated quickly.

At first, the nose on this one reminded me of their Octoberfest and hefewiezen, malty and full of yeast. Slight unpleasant sour like scent is what I'm also detecting.

Taste - fresh out of the bottle it was very sweet and yeasty. I'm not finding one hint of chocolate whatsoever. Maybe it'll get better once it warms up. I'm sad to report that this one just isn't getting better with temperature. Still has that cloying sweet/sour taste to it that is off putting to me.

Mouthfeel - on the higher side of light, almost medium.

Drinkability - based on flavor alone, I'm not sure if I'll be able to finish this one. I was excited to try this because of all the good things I read about it, but now I sit here disappointed with this brew. Watered down flavor and hardly a hint of chocolate. Maybe good for the beer beginner.

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Photo of curasowa
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a dark red with 1 finger of tan head that fades to a ring without any lacing.

Aroma - The cocoa dominates, like your smelling a can of cocoa powder.

Taste - Sweet up front, then a lot of chocolate, finishing with a unsweetened chocolate bitterness.

The Rest - Body is actually on the thin side, the finish a fairly fast and clean and drinkability is fair. I'm not all that impressed with this one; I was expecting it to be more complex then it is. It just tastes like beer with a lot of cocoa in it.

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

Sam Adams Chocolate Bock poured from a 12 oz. bottle found in the Winter Mix pack. This beer replaced the Cranberry lambic.

The beer pours a flat, clear dark brown with a small, light tan head on top. The foam dissolves quickly leaving behind a few spots of lace.

The aroma is malty with notes of chocolate, roasted malt and nuts. Very pleasant.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate, somewhat slick, with mild carbonation. The flavor is sweet and malty with notes of chocolate and roasted malt and some earthy nuttiness. All throughout the sip is a dominating presence of milk chocolate. There's a lot of chocolate, but other flavors come through too. It finishes slightly sour. Once gone the milk chocolate flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a very tasty chocolate beer that's quite easy to drink. A great replacement for the Cranberry Lambic.

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Photo of DaveCS
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring this beer into one of my Sam Adams Lager Glasses (with laser etched bottom), the head proves itself to be astounding. I've left it for over two minutes and it remains. The aroma of the beer is very malty, little coffee, and almost no chocolate. The appearance of the beer is perfect to style, the color very dark, and light is faintly visible. The carbonation is very visible through the beer, of course my glass only helps to accentuate this. As stated before, head retention on this beer is very nice. Tasting the beer the chocolate is very, very, pronounced; it is like drinking desert. The malt taste is very present as well, little bitterness from the hops. The balance of the beer is amazing, and a very pleasant aftertaste of chocolate. The mouth feel of the beer is amazing as well, almost like drinking velvet. The creaminess just coats your mouth, and the carbonation is not assaulting in the mouth at all.

Over all this beer is an amazing one. Some might find the chocolate a little overwhelming, but as the title states, it is a chocolate bock. I hope this one comes in a six pack later on, as it would be an excellent night cap or meal ender.

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Photo of Shaw
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the winter sampler 12-pack:

Pours almost totally black; just a hint of light shows around the edges. Light-colored head turns quickly into a ring around my glass.

It smells literally of chocolate and toasted malt.

The taste is nicely chocolaty, with a nice sweetness that isn't cloying. This doesn't taste like a chocolate milkshake, though: There is plenty of malt presence.

Great creamy body, but not so much to make it seem like a stout.

Overall this is a fine beer and one of Samuel Adams' better ones.

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

Poured into a pint glass, this Bock has a dark brown body with a creamy tan head that settles in a minute or two. A really sweet chocolate nose - not a whole lot else to mention aroma wise, maybe a hint of vanilla and some roasted malts? Lots of chocolate and cocoa tastes upfront, but I do get more of those roasted malts shining through, and a nice vanilla flavor in the back. I thought this was gonna be overwhelming with the chocolate, but I like it. Medium in body and carbonation. Its not something I would wanna drink all the time, but this is a nice dessert beer and a welcome addition to the SA winter packs.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a couple singles of this beer from the winter pack, and we had them tonight with dessert. Poured into a stemmed glass. Dark brown cola colored body. Nice sized white head foamed up. A nice looking beer. Smell was very sweet, almost like a milk stout. Taste was overly suagry in my opinion. It was like drinking chocolate milk. While not offensive, I wish it was toned down a bit. Would have liked to have had more of a dark baker's cocoa bitterness. Mouthfeel was also too sweet for me. Drinkability was just average. I could drink this at home with dessert, but I would not have more than one of this beer. Not a six pack beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

served in pint glass

pours a very dark brown with a bubble tan head. Head disappears VERY fast!; like the 'head on a soda rather than a beer.

Unlike other chocolate beers I've had, the cocoa in this one is not subtle. There are some flavor components in cocoa nibs (the chocolate source for this beer) that I am not real fond of, but I think it is just the particular mix of hops, roasted malt and cocoa that doesn't work for me. The objectionable aspects of the taste appear in the finish and aftertaste. In addition, I found this to be too sweet.

O: I like chocolate and beer, and I am a fan of Sam Adams, so this beer was a great disappointment.

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Photo of brendanbeer
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a. pours into glass almost liquid back. a nice off white head hangs around for a little, then all but disappears leaving very little lacing.

s. the smell is very potent, don't even need to try, its unavoidable. lovely coffee and chocolate scents, although a bit shallow (like candy chocolate), not complex, but nice.

t. nice sweet chocolate, more bitterness would help to balance the sweetness i think. coffee lingers in the aftertaste, as well as that typical "sam adams" taste which is hard to describe. Not complex or deep, but tasty.

m. thin coating of chocolate, carbonation relatively low.

d. very drinkable at 5%. nice mellow, nothing special, chocolate bock.

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Photo of socon67
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours black, and with little foam

S - Smells more like hot cocoa than chocolate. It is very pleasant though.

T - The taste is sweet with chocolate, and quite malty. Not sure how this is a bock; just a little different than than style in my opinion. But it does taste really good.

M - Not heavy at all. Light carbonation, strong finish.

D - Not something I'd have a second of. Very glad these are in the holiday packs since one bottle is usually enough.

Maybe not the best chocolate brew out there but I always seem to enjoy it.

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

12 oz.

Pours black, very little light passing through, with a brown hue around the edges. Thin off white head dissipates to nothing.

Smells like dark chocolate with smokey notes and a bit of caramelized sweetness.

Tastes chocolatey with a bit of tartness to it, like figs or black cherries.

Fuller in the mouth with mild tingly carbonation on the tip of the tongue.

Fairly decent beer, the chocolate and dark fruit sweetness don't quite go together though. Would be a good beer to have with sweet desserts.

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

I don't know what SA thinks they're trying to do with this brew, but it needs some work. If I'm left trying to find something in the real world that this "chocolate" flavor resembles, without much success, and the whole "bock" connection I'm failing to make, it needs some work. I'll 'splain.

The most bock-ish thing about the beer is its color - a dark ruby brown. A bit of head with the pour with some residual bubbles swirling out on the fringes. Okay start. The aroma is where preconceptions begin to tweak. First thing that hits is pipe tobacco, not entirely unpleasant, but unexpected. Shortly after, some syrupy/baker's chocolate notes leach out, then you get a mix of that and the tobacco, creating a processed, artificial iced coffee odor. Not diggin' this. Then I take a sip, and the coffee really pokes out - lightly roasted coffee infused with a square of hyper-corn syrup-injected low-grade chocolate bar. Nothing screamingly bock going on here, really. It has some light-moderate maltiness to it, sweet-sweet and almost porter-like, and the medium body, though clean and without carb presence, has a tiny viscosity that reminds me of flat, syrup-heavy, bar-mix cola.

Can't get past the cheap, fake qualities to the flavorings. Not going to get sick having one, but two, maybe. Underwhelming. Misguided.

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Photo of NHGrafx
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle

Pours a dark black color with a small head that didn't last very long.

Aroma was very nice. Dark chocolate and cocoa, with nice roasted malts.

Taste had nice hints of chocolate and was malty. Some spice notes present as well.

Mouthfeel was very smooth but had an oddness to it I cannot quite describe. Drinkability was quite good as well. I would have this one again.

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

Wasn't sure what to expect with this one but it's not bad at all. Very rich and leaves a heavy aftertaste and lends itself more to sipping than sessioning but I can't complain. It reminds me of fudge brownies and has a nice warm, rich flavor of, well... Chocolate! If you're a vanilla kind of person then obviously you'll think it's overpowering, but if you love chocolate you must try this at least once!

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Photo of Giggy
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark ruby brown with two thick fingers of light tan head.

S: Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of sweet and dark chocolate.

T: It's a sweet beer.Rich chocolate flavors dominate the palate, almost like drinking a chocolate bar. Roasted malts, coffee, flavors of cocoa powder, vanilla bean, and caramel.

M: Medium body, very smooth and silky.

D: Unique, not heavy. Would be abe to drink more.

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

Pours a very dark black/brown with a head that dissipates very quickly.

The aroma is completely dominated by the chocolate malts with a slight espresso in the background and a subtle sweet toffee.

For what you would expect this beer drinks very thin. I hate to say it but it is like a dark/semi-sweet chocolate Yoohoo. It has that same texture milky but too smooth to be milk. There is barely any after taste. If anything the sweet chocolate aspect lingers but barely.

I like how this is chocolate beer that isn't too thick. I can drink more of this chocolate beer than any other.
Not too bad.

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

Winter classics 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours jet black with minimal off white foam. Completely opaque.

Roasted chocolately malt smell.

Taste is rich/chewy with chocolate notes running throughout. Very little bitterness. Slight aftertaste/medicinal notes at the finish. Clean, chocolately, but something just a touch off.

Very good drinkability. I like using the bock to distribute the chocolate. Good, not great.

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

12 oz bottle into DFH snifter

A - Pours a dark brown with half a finger of light tan head.

S - Very full of chocolate. A bit of grainy malt is also present.

T - Again, it lives up to the name. Chocolate dominates and is extremely pleasant. A bit of grainy malt, but it's mostly a chocolate show here.

M - Medium body and a nice feel from the carbonation. Not the beer's greatest strength, but not a weakness either.

D - Very pleasant and enjoyable to drink. I'm a fan. The only issue is that the profile is a bit one-noted. Not much balance, as the chocolate is entirely dominant.

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Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.67 out of 5 based on 2,971 ratings.
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