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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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Ratings: 3,020 |  Reviews: 1,210
Photo of specksnreds
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Put it in a bomber, Jim. I'd buy this kick ass beer year round. It looks, smells and tastes as its name implies. Chocolate in the name and it actually tastes of cocoa. Imagine that, not just a bunch of over-hyped crap. Malty? Chocolaty? Balanced? Lacing? Even mouthfeel? Yes, on all counts. It's worth the winter seasonal 12er price.

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Photo of AllFineThings
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well pours a two to three finger head that dissipates into a thin frothy foam at the top of the beer that hangs on throughout. Is very dark.

Smells of slight chocolate.

Taste is a bit thin, but the chocolate and maltiness is there and very sweet.

Thin mouithfeel on this one and as mentioned very sweet.

no more than two due to the sweetness, but overall not a bad brew.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Who put nestle qwik in my beer!!! This beer smells and tastes like a watery hersey's kiss! It's color is dark with creamy head. Did the brewer hit his mark...OH YEAH! Only issue...it is too sweet for me to have more than one....and you know what that means....not a session beer for this guy!

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Photo of DrewKid4
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle to Sweetwater Brewing pint glass.

A: Dark brown with hints of amber and red. Small brown head due merely to carbonation. Fizzles out in no time to resemble flat Coca-Cola in about a minute.

S: Smells like water with a hint of wet clothes and mildly sweet malts. No choco smell in mine for some reason.

T+M: I dont know why I couldn't get anything off the smell but the taste was good. Slight coffee tastes in front, with a smooth, somewhat creamy chocolate finish. No bitterness whatsoever.

D: It is quite tasty but the chocolate tastes aren't something you want to have more than one or two of in a night.

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Photo of kindestcut
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I so wanted to like this beer. It sounded good. I like beer. I like chocolate. What's not to like? Well, it's complicated.

The Sam Adams Chocolate Bock poured a deep brown with a healthy tan head. The aroma was malty with an evident sweetness...surely a road sign to the combing taste.

Here;s where things went pear-shaped for me. I love sweet beers but this one is just too sweet. Plus, how exactly is this a bock? I could sense no lager qualities. However, there was definitely a chocolaty taste, no false advertising there.

This is a mediocre beer. It's not bad, just not as good as I wanted it to be.

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Photo of ramseye4
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A=Stunning dark brown color, mostly opaque, has an almost stoutlike appearance. Creamy white head of about one finger in height, rings of lacing around the glass. Great looking beer.
S-Chocolate (Surprise!) hits the nose first, with some roasted malt and some cocoa.
T-Smooth milk chocolate, roasted malt, a bit of faint coffee. This is rich, and also much better than I expected.
M=Medium bodied, fairly bitter aftertaste
D=It's very rich, I love the taste but I would stick with one of these in a night.

I wasn't expecting much but this really surprised me with its rich chocolate taste. Props to Jim and co for another good addition to the SA lineup. However, I can't help but wonder what this would have turned out like if Boston Beer Co took the chocolate idea in the direction of an Imperial Stout instead of a Bock.

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Photo of Agold
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was really happy about getting this in the Sam Adams winter pack. It is really dark, with some light coming through the edges. The head recedes to a slight coating, and this remains throughout the beer. The beer has a coco smell, with a bit of sweetness. The taste is really nice. It is coco and for some reason it reminds me really strongly of old sheet music, which i really really like. It is a bit sweet, but not cloyingly so. The mouthfeel is medium, with some lively, smooth, and fine carbonation. Extremely drinkable beer. This is one of the few beers which i would love to have a whole keg of, and would think nothing of drinking very often.

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Photo of acehart1
4.68/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2005 vintage, sampled on Jan. 22, 2011.

This has gone from a 22-year old out of control Snooki-like girl to Stiffler's mom. Incredibly well-balanced, dangerously smooth. This stuff mellows out a ton...Very, very nice. It said to drink the bottle by March 2005, but we didn't listen. Got damn.

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

a: pours a deep dark brown almost black color with about an eigth inch of tan head that disappears quickly leaving barely a trace of lace around the edge of the glass and top of the beer. There are no noticeable carbonation bubbles rising to the top, even though i am using my sam adams magic pint glass.

s: sweet toasted cocoa malty aroma. There is little hop bitterness to balance.

t: sweet toasted cocoa malt flavor. There is a little hop bitterness to balance the flavor

m: full bodied beer with little carbonation but it seems right for the flavor

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Photo of pilotgod
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark, almost pitch black. The head is typical for the Bock style with a little less than one finger of a tan color. Lacing is minimal with only a few bubbles able to really cling on.

S: The smell is fantastic, lots of cocoa comes through with notes of bittersweet chocolate, like a fine Ghiradelli or Godiva chocolate. A roasted, malty fragrance is also present and combines with the chocolate to give a nose not unlike hot cocoa.

T: The taste is good with the malted chocolate coming through in waves. It isn't quite as pronounced as the smell leads on, but is still very good. Some other notes are present as well, such as vanilla and a cream that combine to make this a pretty sweet beer, but not overly done.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. The carbonation is a bit more pronounced than in other Bock styles, but is not so much as to be "overdone".

D: When I can find it, I love to grab a few of these beers and save them for those gray, drab days of winter. This is like comfort food in a glass.

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Photo of jimbus
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, deep brown with a light khaki one finger head. Smells of sweet cocoa and chocolate malted grain. Great taste - dark chocolate and mild hop battering. It's a smooth taste. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light compared to the apearance, with nice carbonation. Drinkable are well. A nice beer for a snowy winter night.

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Photo of chrismg
4.63/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Not exactly black but one dark brew. The head is off white with a decent amount of lacing.

S - It certainly smells like a rich dark chocolate bar. The smell doesn't exactly hit you over the head but it's certainly a presence of chocolate and nuts.

T - This beer definitely lives up to its name! It's very chocolaty and creamy. I feel like this would go great with a simple vanilla ice cream. I'm very pleased with this one!

M - Medium/Heavy. It's creamy and goes down slow.

D - I'm in no rush to plow through six of these. It's easy to take my time drinking this one!

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark brown color with only a small amount of light making its way through. there is a thin off white head that quickly fades.

the beer has a sweet, chocolatey, malty aroma with no bitterness from hop or grain, its a little boring

the name of the beer is delivered through the taste it is a very sweet chocolatey beer with a pretty clan finish

the beer has a medium mouthfeel due to sweetness and is very drinkable

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

ST: 12oz poured into a Duvel glass

A: Dark brown until almost black, it fizzes when poured but only a thin brown head remains after a few seconds. When held to the light, the beer has some red tint in the bottom of the glass.

S: An impressive waft of chocolate and coco (it reminds me of chocolate cake) meet with a cake, malt, and light smoke.

T: Sweet heaps of chocolate take over most of this beer. It has some smoke and roasted malts that make an appearance on the weak finish, and a slight bit of coffee.

M: Surprisingly on the light to medium body and it is not very creamy.

D: It is actually not that heavy, and it does not have a large abv.

Overall: I do not mind some sweetness in my beers when I am in the mood for it. Thus, it does not bother me that the beer is mostly sweet chocolate notes. The beer could be more balanced and a bit heavier in order to accentuate the chocolate flavor.

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Photo of zdk9
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours black with a cocoa tinted finger and a half of head. This is really more the appearance of a stout. I'm not sure whether to give it credit for looking good or to take credit away for deceiving my eyes. Maybe I'll hold it at even. It is a "chocolate" bock after all, so a little chocolaty appearance can't hurt.

S- Smells of sweet milk chocolate. Very reminiscent of a Youngs Double Chocolate Stout- it's got that milkshake aroma that really makes you question what you thought a beer should smell like. A bit of roast and pumpernickel bread comes out as it warms up a scoach.

T= The taste is more complex but more watered down than the smell all at once. There's much less milk chocolate, although still present. Instead I get roast, burnt bread, wood smoke, chocolate liquor, vanilla. Not bad, I wish the taste was a little more...solid, but I'll take it.

M- More syrupy than I like my bocks. Like the look, this would work for a stout so maybe I'm ok with it.

D- I think the intense chocolate on the nose would get tiresome a few of these, but the taste is good enough to warrant drinking one more bottle.

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Photo of Kanyon22
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was found in the Sam Adams winter mix pack. Poured into my 1 liter Paulaner dimple mug, the reason for this is that after this beer going to try and destroy a good chunk of homebrews lying around. Anyway on to the bock

A: Pours a brownish, blackish color with a amber hues on the side. Head was a khaki color with very small bubbles that didn't last at all.

S: Has a grainy, earthy, like really raw sweetish cocoa smell going as well. Has a faint hint of butter as well. So far so good.

T: All right this little guy starts off with sweet malts, transitions into a drying astringint quility. Then kicks of with the earthy cocoa on the back end for sure. Weird don't know what to make of this beer, I'm enjoying the rawness of the cocoa, but isn't smooth or malty like most bocks. Kinda has an English porter thing going here, the problem is I like them porters.

M: Sits on the lighter side for a bock, also has a harshness to it that eventually is taken over by the dry cocoa that coats the mouth. This beer feels dirty to me, take that for what it is.

D: This beer is tough, for a one off special after dinner treat I like the flavors, but anymore than one its to dry and has a dirty not clean or bock likeness that I'm starting to find appalling, because of the name.

Sam Adams need to name there beers in the style the brew them. Just like there Cranberry offering they label a lambic this one is a chocolatey porter not a German brewed bock.

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Photo of gdrydenc
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown, maybe dark amber color. Gorgeous light brown head, but sadly it disappears too quickly. A halo of head remains with very little lacing.

S - Have to get really close to smell it. Once I can, I get hints of chocolate, roasted malts. Not a whole lot other than that.

T - Tastes like chocolate, but more watery than I had hoped. The aftertaste is fairly unappealing, but the front is pretty delicious. It's certainly a good offering from Sam Adams.

M - The carbonation is creamy and subtle, well crafted. It fits the beer very well.

D - Very drinkable. Doesn't take a lot out of me to guzzle one down, I could see more than one easily.

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Photo of psugrad98
4.52/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite beer from the winter variety pack.

Pours dark brown with a light hint of redness. Sweet nose with hints of fresh chocolate, sweet malt, balanced by slight floral aroma.

Smooth and sweet with hints of dark chocolate. Lightly carbonated and slightly syruppy with mouth coating palate and slightly bitter finished.

Nicely balanced and quite drinkable, though due to the richness of it, it does better as a first beer as subsequent repeats tend to overwhelm the palate.

Very good for the chocolate lover in us all.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A= Pretty dark black in color, Tan head not much lacing.

S= The nose was roasted malts picked up on some chocolate. Smelled a little sweet.

T= The taste was pretty decent. roasted chocolate really comes through.

M= Lots of carbonation (too much), really thin in body.

D= Pretty drinkable low ABV decent taste.

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Photo of Dodt
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the final beer from the sam adams winter variety pack
poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass
appearance wonderful dark hue with a dark cream colored head
smell malty with a mouthwatering coco aroma
taste a bit of malt with a strong presents of dark coco
mouthfeel creamy and smooth texture

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Photo of GBB
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aptly named. Pours a very dark brown color different hues of black and red hues throughout. A little dark then say a typical bock style but ok. A soft off white head with good retention and lacing through the slow tasting.

The aroma is not at all surprising influenced with chocolate. Almost a coco powder chocolate aroma. A distinct Munich malt but light and more of a generic malt smell backs up the beer. Some minor yeast notes with light plum, but almost to clean. Would have liked to see more of the bock character come out.

The taste is a bit sweet even for bock standards. Although it is a chocolate bock so eh. Gives it more of a milky sweetness that leaves a lactic after taste. Some notes of generic malt backs up the chocolate well, but not very distinct on the Munich tones. A nice backing with some complexity but would like more of the German malt notes to come out. There is a bitterness that enhances the chocolate notes as well. Very clean yeast, brewed very nicely.

The body is sweet and the body if full. Maybe a bit too sweet, but there is an astringency that lingers into the finish. Overall a very interesting beer.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasting notes from 1-11-11
On tap at Zenos in State College, PA

A - Medium black with almost no head.

S - Very light nose. Some chocolate and slight bitterness, but not very strong at all.

T - Sweet chocolate - syrupy. A slight bitterness but overall sweet. Dry chocolate finish.

M - Medium body, light carbonation. Smooth

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Photo of nukem5
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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 +3.3%
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 -24.8%
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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Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 3,020 ratings
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