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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage in a 12 ounce bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt and chocolate, with a little more malt character than chocolate character.

The chocolate is much more prominent in the flavor. The chocolate character is very similar to chocolate milk. I also get some roasted malt, vanilla and a little bit of nuttyness, similar to what you could get in a nut brown ale.

Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of dajerzy52
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adams perfect pint, started at fridge temperature and then letting it warm as drinking.

Appearance- Pours a deep dark black almost opaque, with a nice off-white head.

Smell- Deep sweet malts with a hint of roasting.

Taste- Starts with intense sweet malts followed a touch of roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate. The finish is quite tart. Absolutely no hops presence in this brew.

Mouthfeel- I'm quite surprised at the medium mouthfeel. I was expecting a very thick almost chewy texture. However, I experienced a medium-heavy mouthfeel that goes down easy.

Drinkability- I could probably have a couple of these however, this is an ideal as an after dinner drink as it is fairly sweet.

In closing, this is a great addition to the Samuel Adams lineup. I'm glad to see that they're trying new styles that are outside their usual mainstreams.

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

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. Still a welcome addition over the much-maligned Cranberry Lambic.

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

Chocolate Bock pours a deep brownish maroon, very clear with amber edges. A small white head dissipates quickly leaving minimal lacing.

The aroma is of sweetish dark malts with a scent of milk chocolate and malted milk balls.

The flavor closely parallels the nose with a pronounced sweet chocolate flavored malt with just enough bitterness on the finish to keep the sweetness at bay. European style hops definitely take a back seat to the malts with just a touch of earthy-spicy flavor. Hints of raisins and dark ripe plums are also mixed in.

The body is firmly medium and silky smooth with a touch of creaminess and a slight chalkiness. The body seems to become more full and rounded upon warming.

Smooth, dark and chocolatey, a nice cool weather beer to enjoy once or twice a year.

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Photo of SuperNova777
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 11/24/10

A:Pours a dark brown color that is barley see thru with a off tan head that falls
fairly quickly leaving decent lacing down the glass.

S:Picking up a small amount of roasted malts and chocolate with a little hint of alcohol
as well, nothing too overpowering thou.

T:Roastiness comes thru up front and in the middle of the sip followed up with chocolate
coming thru in the end that lingers and hangs around on the palate.

M:Body ended up being a little thinner than I was expecting for the style with possibly
a little to much carbonation as well.

D:Drink was easy going and good on this one but that body was a little too thin, the
really enjoyable part about this was the chocolate they really came thru on that end.

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Photo of DKight
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a mug.

A- Pours very dark, almost black. Has a nice head and lace. Tan head has nice retention.

S- Smells of chocolate, almost like a dark cocoa powder.

T- Tastes just like a darker chocolate. Has just enough beer flavors to bring it back to its beer roots. The cocoa makes this delicious even if it is not cold. I almost liked it just as much warm as when it was cold.

Feel- You can feel the heaviness and the chocolate in the beer. No beer feeling. Very nice.

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Photo of corby112
3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Pours a deep dark brown, pretty much black, with a thick two finger frothy light beige head that has very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Sporadic chunks of lacing left behind.

Unfortunately the aroma i pretty bland with slight malt, sweet chocolate, nut and hops.

Medium bodied with a decent balance of roasted malt and sweet chocolate notes. There is also a subtle hop presence but this beer is all about the chocolate. It dominates the flavor but it isn't one dimensional. Slightly watered down making it easy to drink but not all that interesting. Decent but way overpriced. I won't be trying this one again anytime soon.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - This beer pours a dark brown color with a fizzy 3-finger tan head. The head left little lacing as it fell.

S - It smells of dark chocolate and toasted malts. There are also notes of sweetness, dark fruits and a bit of booziness. The chocolate smells come out more as it warms.

T - The taste is very chocolatey. There are also roasted malts present, but the sweetness of this beer is more prominent. There is no hop taste present at all. The taste is good, but the sweetness gets to you as you get closer to the bottom of the bottle.

M - This is a very smooth and silky beer. It has a lighter body than I expected, and it is lightly carbonated. Very rich and creamy beer.

D - The drinkability is good. This beer is pretty easy to drink and it tastes good. I think of this more as a desert beer, and i couldn't drink more than 1 of these in a sitting. Overall I think this is a pretty decent beer, and I would recommend trying it.

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Photo of hdofu
4.7/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as part of their seasonal pack this year... it poured cola with a dark cola color. Smell is intensely of cocoa, taste is intensely smokey cocoa with hints of a strong vanilla finish. It has a pretty thick mouth feel and very little alcohol burn.This beer really is different, but different can be a good thing, this is not a session beer, it shouldn't be one you'd go to for a beer fix its more like most chocolate beers, a desert.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty dark brown, light tan head of about one and a half fingers forms and stays for a little while.

Smells of some malts, with a touch of roasted coffee. Only a hint of bitter chocolate.

First it is a bit malty, but is instantly overpowered by a pronounced sweetened cocoa. Very chocolately, similar to Young's Chocolate Stout. Ends with a grain bill note. Something about the chocolate I just don't find appealing.

Slightly wet, medium bodied.

Well I would drink it if the chocolate wasn't so much, it gets to be a bit overbearing.

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Photo of dmfrench
2.39/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

An adjuncty chocolate diet soda


A: Black with feint faded ruby highlights. One finger dusty cotton creamy but fleeting head.

S: Off-putting and adjunct-ish was my first impression. Further sniffs revealed some weak rotten prune and maybe a little powdered baker's chocolate.

T: Better than the nose, but not by too much. Cocoa is now apparent, but it tastes artificial. The beer is quite sweet, and that tastes artificial, too. A bit of hops of indiscernible variety lucks in the background, and on the finish, which is dry and adjunct-like.

M: Not much foundation, a bit watery and grainy, but with good carbonation.

D: Aftertaste wears you down... I'm considering not finishing it.

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Photo of kneeland
4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Boy did they get this one right. I've tried other chocolate beers, and some of them have been pretty good, but this one stands above the rest. It's got a real cocoa taste to it, probably because it uses real cocoa ingredients.

It pours dark, very dark. Almost looks darker than Guiness. The head was a little light from what you would think, but it worked out pretty well. For as dark as it looked, it has a fairly light taste. I made my girlfriend try and she commented on how she thought it would be too heavy, but it was good and light weight.

I only got 4 of these in a Sam Adams winter pack, so hopefully I can find more somehow.

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

A - Pours with a small, one finger head of medium brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Caramel and toffee with a hint of molasses. Just a hint of cocoa in the background.

T - Caramel and toffee malt up front with some earthy chocolate. More toffee and chocolate notes in the middle as well as some spicy notes of cinnamon and anise. Finishes with some bright, fruity malt notes of plum and apple as well as lingering caramel and mocha.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - At first, the chocolate character is subdued and hard to pick out, but as the beer warms it really begins to come out. The chocolate is earthy and spicy in a way that makes the beer seem more like an ale than a lager. The chocolate character becomes surprisingly strong as the beer comes up towards room temperature and it works very nicely with the fruity caramel notes of the base beer.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Ah, I've been wanting to try this for a long time, but could never bring myself to pay $15+ for a fancy bottle of one. Well, they finally put it in the winter mixer so here goes!

Poured a deep brown, nearly blackish with maroon/garnet hues in the light. A decently well formed 1" head that faded to a wispy ring, leaving nary a trace. A nice contrast to the white mystery of winter. I feel like one should stop and just look at the beer in the glass for a moment before taking a sip. This is supposed to be enjoyed near Christmas time, when snow is falling outside and you're sitting in front of the fireplace in the afternoon. The aroma of light chocolate, very light touches of raisin and plum, and the distinctive, clean, bock. Well balanced dark malt additions with a nice, biscuity background. At this point, the fire in the fireplace should almost be at its peak. Poke it a bit, then take your glass and swirl, and take a sip. I feel like it's telling you sit back, relax, and don't worry about things for a minute. The sweet, somewhat caramelly and raisiny flavors introduce first, followed by cocoa and brownies. Yes, I'm detecting brownies here. Bit of roast, but very clean! Like a schwarzbier. Biscuits and malty caramel (and maybe a very light hint of black currants and toffee?) sweetness bring the finish quite nicely, lasting long after the sip is sipped. The body of this beer, however, is maybe a touch lighter than I would like in a beer like this. Carbonation is done nicely, quite appropriate. The finish and texture here is a bit like the embers of the fire: somewhat finicky and hard to figure out, but when it's done right, you get that nice glow going and can add more to it. But in the end, this beer prevails as my new favorite of the winter mixer. I would drink this all winter.

Good job, Sam Adams.

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Photo of bbkd3b
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I like chocolate, and I like Bocks... So then, into the pint glass!

A - Hits the glass with an impressively dark shade of brown. A pretty, caramel-toned head managed to sustain for a short while at about a half-finger.

S - Hm... mostly just a nice aroma of chocolate with a thin layer of hops. Not exactly varied or deep, but a decent scent, regardless.

T - Well, the chocolate is there for sure. It really shows up in its stronger form in the aftertaste. Before that, it tasted like a pretty standard bock, with a nice balance of hops and biscuit flavors. While I wouldn't call it great, it's certainly a solid flavor.

M - Nice, medium body with a creamy consistency. Real slick and a clean finish, with that chocolate really showing up as it leaves the mouth. Probably my favorite thing about this beer!

D - Certainly a drinkable, easy-to-find beer. It isn't going to blow you away, but that really isn't the aim here, is it? Instead, it accomplishes just what it should: encourages you to kick back with a couple and enjoy. Cheers!

Overall/notes: Seems pretty run-of-the-mill for Sam Adams, really. Another solid, drinkable beer with a nice, subtle flavor. While it won't go on my "favorites" list, it certainly will be in my hands again in the future. Pleasant little drink.

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Photo of bboelens
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Dark dark brown obviously, with a deep tan head that lasts for an average amount of time

S-Chocolate, bit of roast malt, and chocolate

T-An ok taste, clear chocolate flavor but it feels a little too forced, a bit on the over chocolaty side, like someone poured cocoa powder into my beer

M-Milky and creamy

D-I can only drink about one or maybe two of these at a time due to the heavy chocolate presence. But overall not a bad brew

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

Pours very dark, black except when held to the light, ruby colors can be seen around the edges. not much head but a ring of beige colored suds.

has that typical samuel adams aroma to it, the yeast they use is easy to pick out. and there is a lot of chocolate in there. Roasted chocolate malts abound.

Roasted chocolate comes out even stronger in the taste. finishes with and espresso, coffee type of flavor. Very dark and robust tastes, sweet bready malts. very nice bock.

medium bodied, moderately carbonated.

Very drinkable beer, and i'm glad Boston Beer Co. decided to add this to the winter variety pack. So much better than Coastal Wheat!

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Photo of cbutova
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fifth review from a good winter sampler pack.

A- Pours out dark brown almost black with a small light tan cap. The head dies down pretty quickly after only being about a finger high. Small ring fails to leave significant lacing.

S- Roasty cocoa up front. I also get some nutty malt and smoky hints. Caramel in there as well.

T- The cocoa in this is very nice, rich and milky almost. I like the way it blends with dark fruit, smoky, caramel and nutty malt notes. Somewhat of a grassy and zesty finish.

MF- Creamy moderately thick body with smooth carbonation. Feels pretty rich, which goes along with the flavor.

DB- Probably my new favorite Sam Adams beer after Black Lager now. The cocoa flavor here is very nice and works well in this format.

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Photo of biggred1
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, coffee brown with a slight fizzy head that burns off into a filmy skim. Cocoa, vanilla and coffee in the nose. Nice rich chocolate flavor with some dark roasty malt flavors and a faint smoky vanilla flavor. Medium light bodied with high carbonation. I like this beer a lot better in a $13 12-pack than I do in the previously available $15 bomber for sure. A tasty brew.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Boulevard tulip, March notched on the label, 12/8/2010.

Dark, dark brown but you can see through it, in all its cherry redness. The head is Porter brown and fades quickly to a ring. 3

A bit of moderately dark chocolate and a lot of vanilla, very Hershey's syrup. A background of lager yeast, saltine. The chocolate becomes more like cocoa powder. 3.5

This beer just doesn't deliver the chocolate it promises. It's a mish mash of vanilla, Hershey's, molasses, and roast that really make for a Coca-Cola flavor. Some dark grape and anise is hidden in there, but isn't very redeeming. 3

It has got a Bock mouthfeel; carbed, with malts apparent. 3

Much too sweet and without good chocolate flavor, this beer is not pleasing at all. Brewers often achieve better chocolate flavors with malts alone in my opinion. I am going to sit on one and see what it's like in the future. 2.5

2010 Vintage, Reviewed 3/23/2012, New Belgium glass. Score reflects this review.

I wasn't going to review this, but the change I perceive is remarkable. Appearance has stayed the same.

It now smells much deeper, full of caramelized sugars, chocolate liqueur, marshmallows, prunes, and sleek dark chocolate. 4

The flavors are much the same. More chocolate presents as cocoa and candy bar; I'm reminded of Twix. 4

Mouthfeel is softer than it was and more pleasant for it. That said, I wouldn't want any more carbonation fleeing. 4

2.5 is my old drinkability score and I stand by that if this beer is fresh. Now, however, with the change to an overall score and the development of this beverage, I give it a 4. This is not one I had high hopes for, but it shows that a year can make a world of difference in integrating and calming a beer.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best before March 2011 notched on label. Bottle is from the Samuel Adams Winter Classics pack.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, almost coffee black color with a 1/2 finger light tan head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Sweet cocoa, roasted malt, dried fruit and a hint of vanilla.

Taste: Dried fruit with a hint of grain up front. Almost reminiscent of Belgian strong dark ale at first sip. This is followed by a mild hoppy bitterness and just a touch of alcohol in the middle. The finish is creamy cocoa. The cocoa is not overly sweet but lingers very nicely. Aftertaste is semisweet chocolate. The flavor is well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Somewhat creamy.

Drinkability: High drinkability. You could knock back a few without much trouble. This is a good beer to enjoy on a winter day.

Overall: Good beer overall. Another solid offering from Sam Adams. I'm definitely glad they included it with their Winter pack this year.

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Photo of Misfit138
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Dark cola brown with tan head that went away quickly

S- Mostly chocolate and cream smell

T- Rich chocolate flavor no real bitterness with hints of vanilla

M- Fairly heavy with light carbonation

D- Very tasty for a chocolate beer. Very smooth flavor and could have a couple of these whenever.

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Photo of kflorence
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque black with a fair amount of frothy, tan head that only lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a creamy layer that lingers on the top of the beer. Minimal lacing around the glass as you drink.

S: Well, quite appropriately it smells very chocolately; lots of cocoa. Hops are detectable in there as well, but very subtly compared with the overwhelming chocolate aroma. I am a chocoholic, so this is not a bad thing, but there is a slight hint of "fakeness" in there that leaves me with questions.

T: Much like the smell, there is definitely a lot of cocoa in the taste. It's interesting how it plays out, though. Initially the flavor is of roasted malts and some grains; almost earthy. It then ventures into the land of hops and a slight astringent alcohol flavor, but then the lasting note is back to the cocoa which just seems to sit on your tongue forever. Overall it's pretty well balanced and doesn't come off overly sweet.

M: This beer sits on the lighter side of a medium body brew. It is dark enough to warrant the medium body label, but it is not overly thick. It isn't thick or creamy, but it definitely has some syrupy properties to it.

D: Overall I was pleased with this new brew. While I'm still not entirely convinced it is all natural, I thought Samuel Adam's did a nice job mixing the wonders chocolate into a tasty beer that works itself nicely into the fridge during the colder months. Sam Adam's does not disappoint!

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Photo of righthereisay
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got it from the variety pack. Was looking forward to this over the others.

12 ounce bottle poured into a tervis tumbler. Had it in the freezer for about 10 minutes.

After pouring, it almost looked like root beer. The head was medium, a darker brown. The beer was dark brown/black.

The smell was rather nice. Definite chocolate with small hints of vanilla.

This tasted the best of the entire Sam Adams Winter pack. After smelling it, I thought the chocolate would be overwhelming. There is a sweet malt middle that seems like it has some tints of roast coffee. Not too much bitterness, whch was a plus for me. A little too much carbonation on this one, sure wish they could have minimized that.

The mouthfeel was nice and smooth. Very nice body, but this is where it could have improved a little more.

For a dark beer drinker, it is definitely drinkable. I was pretty impressed considering it was Sam Adams. May be their best beer.

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Photo of jdflyer06
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up in the holiday sampler and poured into a 12 oz. snifter.

A: Dark brown, almost black with no head at all. Some faint carbonation makes its way to the top.

S: Some chocolate and the smell of imitation vanilla come through. Locorice and cream soda dominate. No detectable hop presence.

M: Somewhat creamy but thins out quickly. A bit high on the carbonation and a dry, clean finish.

T: Office coffee with french vanilla comes to mind foremost. Roasty with a mild chocolate flavor. Dry hoppiness makes it through but tastes less rich than I'd hoped.

O: I think it misses its mark in that the chocolate is somewhat absent and I was expecting a richer, more velvety mouthfeel. It's still not bad, but not what I was expecting. On the plus side, you could probably drink quite a few of these in a session and this would still pair well with desserts that incorporate chocolate or berries.

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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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