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 goldbot
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown color with thin, tan to brown head that dissipates quickly. Deep, earthy malt aromas with medium roasted quality. Hints of dark chocolate, coffee but it is minimal. The aroma doesn't pop but it is very pleasing. Strong chocolate flavor with some bready and roasted malts toward the end. Very sweet and chocolatey. Makes for a nice dessert beer, but the chocolate is all there is to it; not much backbone to this one.

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Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A nice dark brown, with a light brown head.

S - Chocolate. A mix between chocolate syrup and cocoa powder, but not much else.

T - Again there is a chocolate syrup flavor that is just too much. I would like it to be a bit more subtle. It is also really, really sweet. In fact, there is a hint of cherries, so it tastes a lot like cherry coca cola. No other malt flavors or hop flavors to speak of. Again, it is really syrupy sweet.

M - Medium body and light carbonation.

D - Low abv and medium body could make this really drinkable, but it is so sweet that one is enough. It is definitely a dessert beer that you sip.

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Photo of aepb1
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown body with a thin white head

S- Sweet chocolate malts

T- Nice deep chocolate flavor and the complexity in the chocolate is nice but as a bock, it's about average. Not bad, and certainly added to by the chocolate.

M- A biter watery for my taste...

D- In the mood for chocolate? Try this! It's a decent beer overall and that nose and taste of chocolate should sate the craving

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Photo of Groomsy
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle from Winter Variety pack, freshness date of Mar. 2011. Poured into a mug. Review taken from notes.

Appearance: Poured a dark, Coca-Cola type of brown and left a bubbly 2-finger tan head which slowly faded to a head of a few millimeters and left some solid but not totally impressive lacing down the side of the mug. Hints of crimson and ruby when held to the light.

Smell: Underwhelming for a beer which is so hyped. There are the obligatory caramel malts of Sam Adams' other seasonals, but there are also strong hints of milk chocolate and some vanilla on the tail end. Aromatic but one-dimensional.

Taste: Unlike other Sam Adams winter beers, the caramel malts aren't the first thing to hit the tongue. No, like the name suggests, this is all about the chocolate. At first the cocoa accents take over; there's a slightly sweet malt middle, and there are hints of more roasted malts and coffee toward the end along with a very strong taste of milk chocolate. While it's definitely sweet and pleasing, there's not much complexity here. The chocolate taste is actually fairly elegant and doesn't seem forced or artificial, which I found to be a relief. No hop presence to be found here at all, which was a shame for me; the sweetness really needed some balance. Maybe some hints of dark chocolate would have helped this.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth and velvety. This almost slides down your throat. Best thing about this beer, in my opinion.

Drinkability: Although it's pretty good, there's no way I would buy this in six packs. It's a novelty beer, let's face it. Good for dessert, but way too sweet and unbalanced to drink on a regular basis.

Not a bad beer by any means, but I think this brew was the middle of the road for the Winter Variety pack despite its reputation. I'll take the Holiday Porter over this any day.

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Photo of ztaylor1
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- dark brown body with a fizzy tan head that leaves very little lacing.

Smell- dark chocolate lands first, followed by toasted malt.

Taste- mild toasted malt but a fantastic milk chocolate finish. Very impressive. The chocolate flavors really pop once it warms up a little.

Mouthfeel- very creamy, good level of carbonation.

Drinkability- the chocolate finish is a bit sweet, but leaves me wanting more.

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

I poured this 12 oz. beer into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: clear and dark reddish-brown color, an aggressive pour produced a cherry-brown colored three-finger head, the head lasted about 2 minutes and fell into a good cap with good lacing.

S: sweet malt, milk chocolate, vaguely fruity notes. Good, but not a lot of depth.

T: the chocolate predominates the front, middle, and end; the front displays sweetness, but not a lot of ester-filled bock character, the middle flashes with chocolate milk, the finish is sweet and chocolaty, but lacks any true hop character or great depth.

M: medium-bodied, somewhat creamy, carbonation is moderate.

D: if you want a chocolate beer that reminds you of Nestle Quick, this is it. I was really hoping for even a hint of smokiness or coffee, but came up empty-handed. Still, this is not a bad beer.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not much of a head from the pour, about one finger and it died quickly. Color is a dark brown, equating to a 40 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell of chocolate, mint, vanilla, malt, coffee, and malt. Tastes like coffee, chocolate, vanilla, cream, mint, wheat, malt, and a touch of pepper. This bock is very rich and creamy in my mouth. Maybe a little sweet and rich for a daily drink, but very good for special occasions. Because it is seasonal, it is not a good everyday drink.

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

Review from notes (11/27)

A: Brown in color, off white head which dissipates quickly and leaves spotty foam on top. Not a ton of lacing.

S: Very malty, get a ton of milk chocolate. The chocolate aroma increases as the beer warms.

T: Wow, lots of chocolate. Very sweet, some roasted malt and more milk chocolate. No hop taste. Really liked it for the first 4/5 of the glass, but the last fifth was tougher to get through.

M/D: Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Overall, I liked it. The smell was very nice and the chocolate flavor was enjoyable. Went really well with Thanksgiving dessert. Glad it was in the Winter pack, but not something I would go through lots of.

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

Appearance: Dark brown, ok head.

Smell: Very sweet, lots of chocolate.

Taste: Tastes like chocolate milk with a little booze added to it. Chocolate comes across almost like a powder, dry.

Mouthfeel: Very light feel.

Drinkability: Sweet, dessert beer, wouldn't want to have more than one in a sitting.

Beer #2 from the sampler pack. I am really glad I never spent the $15 for a bomber of this. Countless stouts have a more rounded chocolate flavor than this beer. Very thin.

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

From the 2010 series 12 fl. oz. bottle with an April 2011 expiration date. The pour is an opaque brown to black with just about nothing for a head. But the ring stays for a while. The aroma is sickly sweet with chocolate malts but little else. Yet at the same time it is subtle. The taste has a more pronounced burnt chocolate feel than one would expect following the aroma. There are some thin hops way back behind everything else. It definitely brings out the chocolate and cocoa. Not something I would vigorously look for but pretty good for what it is.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark brown, near black, with a one-finger brown sugar head that fades fast and leaves behind minimal lacing.

aroma is interesting. vanilla, cream, cocoa, roasted malt. Reminds me of baileys on ice. which freaks me out a bit. I'm barely getting any of the usual beer aromas.

Whoah. Chocolate. and a bit more chocolate. Roasted malt, dark, chocolate malt. then a big kick of milky chocolate. lactose, almost like a lactose-forward milk stout. but this a bock. right?

Mouth is smooth. a touch high on the carbonation. the hop and bitter malt shows through in the mouth nicely adding another dimension to this odd beast.

It's tasty. It seems really chocolate-forward, and I'm not a die-hard chocolate fan. Roasted cocoa nibs really blow through and present themselves powerfully. It's interesting, though I feel like a lot of the character is hidden by the overt milk chocolate. not that it's a bad thing. I'm glad it's in the pack, and I'll drink it again, but it's just an odd one.

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Photo of mjw2808
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darkish brown black with a nice head that leaves pretty quickly and doesnt leave much lacing. The smell is of roasted malt and a slight bit of chocolate. In the beginning of the taste I get a strong roasted malt presence followed by sweet chocolate. The chocolate is there but not overwhelming. For a beer with chocolate in the name its not too sweet, but sweet enough to enjoy a few of these beers. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy, and for a heavy bock the drinkability aint too bad.

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Photo of BatDaddy
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Sam Adams glass.

A - Chocolaty dark brown that's nearly opaque until held to the light, where it catches some red tinges of color.

S - Sweet malts and faint whiffs of chocolate. Becomes more pronounced on deeper inhales.

T - CHOC-O-LATE. Sweet, slightly roasted malts and semi-sweet chocolate, especially on the aftertaste. Virtually no hop presence that I detect. This is a chocolate malt bomb. Pretty yummy, but does start to wear a bit thin by the end of the glass.

M - Smooth and lightly carbonated. Nice overall.

D - Not bad. Bit of a dessert beer, probably not one you'd drink much of in one sitting.

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Photo of r0nyn
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a mug.

Pours a deep brown that coalesces into a very nearly opaque darkness. Ruby slivers outline the edges. Big inch-thick head that dissipates into a thin cap, leaving some spotty lacing. Smell is pretty malty, with a milk chocolate scent that is clearly the selling point of this brew. Not much else can be discerned in the nose, not even hops.

Taste is, as expected, pretty chocolatey. Light and sweet malts are the order of the day, and they mingle with the cocoa to create an interesting flavor experience. Slight roastiness is detectable too. There's a mild astringency towards the end, and just the lightest touch of bitterness that rides a little bit into the ephemeral aftertaste. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium-bodied, with a bit of carbonation. Goes down relatively well, with a slick finish.

Drinkability is good. I could have easily had another one. Perhaps I've been spoiled by the tastes of other chocolate-styled beers, but the Sam Adams Chocolate Bock comes off a bit, for the lack of a better words, straightforward. It taste like its supposed to and does it in a clean and pleasing fashion, but I can't help feeling it could have been so much better somehow. Oh well.

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

A: Pours a dark brown with a thin off white head.

S: Lots of chocolate with some light caramel.

T: Big on chocolate like the smell. Also has the light caramel notes with hints of vanilla and citrus.

M: Medium mouth feel with enough carbonation.

D: Moderate.

This is another solid addition to the SA holiday pack. I enjoy the big chocolate flavor but I think it would be a bit much after 2 or 3.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
2.36/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A-Black with some auburn hues. It has an off white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S-Very, very malty with chocolate, brown sugar, and maple syrup notes. The malt smelled very odd to me and was a red flag.

T-The flavors I could pick out were chocolate and some vanilla. Overall the flavor was terrible. It was way, way too sweet and I didn't like the malt flavor. I don't know what malts were used, but they tasted and smelled much like the same ones used in the Octoberfest. Whatever they were in my opinion, they did not go with the chocolate.

M-Kind of on the thin side.

D-I took about 5 sips and let someone else try to drink it. After a few sips they poured it out. I can imagine there are worse tasting beers out there, but this to me was about as bad as it gets.

Overall, I was really excited about this beer, but it was a major disappointment.

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

Chocolate Bock

A: Deep Brown with ruby tinges in good lightning. Pours a magnificent fluffy head that fades into a fine light brown lacing.

S: The aroma was not as expected - I detected citrus rind, nutmeg, spices underlying a natural roasted malt character. There is a subtle (polar bear in a snowstorm subtle) hint of cocoa, but it is far from the dominant feature.

T: Did I just bite into a giant, carbonated Chocolate Bar? One of the reasons I love beer is how little aroma can correlate to actual taste; sometimes it can, sometimes it does no such thing. If the aroma was a short trip up the sugar and spice train, the taste was the Midnight Chocolate Express (Have you ever been to a Turkish Prison?)

The initial taste was strongly chocolate and a cascade of roasted malts; as your palate adjusts, you take in a hazlenut feel that gives it the sense of a carbonated jar of nutella; finally, after half a bottle, you're wondering if the sweet finish is beginning to taste a bit like chocolate cough syrup.

A drinkable and sweet beer, this makes an good evening dessert beer. It's almost too sweet to drink in any quantity, and I imagine after several of these you might lapse into a sugar coma.

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Photo of chilidog
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this brew in the Winter pack. Nice to see. I have a 750 bottle I got a few years ago i never opened after paying 14 bucks for. This was a welcome sight and taste.

Pours a nice dark brownish black in a holiday snifter glass on Thanksgiving morn. Beleave it or not, used this as breakfast beer and it worked.

A tan head sat ontop abit, carbonation is medium for a bock. Faded it did.
Aroma of cocoa and dark chocolate with malt.

Tasted chocolate cocoa all the way with malts, vanilla backed by backnotes of the abv. At only 5.6% i noted it.

Mouth feels like a chocolate cola.

Drinkable yes, tasty indeed though sweeter than other Sams as a linger of cocoa bitter remains. Would enjoy again perhaps another holiday. Cheers

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Photo of zhanson88
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours dark brown, almost black. About a finger of tan head, pretty short retention and almost no lacing.

Smell: A bunch of cocoa and dark malts right up front just like the name would imply, along with a bit of caramel. I do get just a touch of floral hops as well.

Taste: Cocoa and chocolate all the way, baby. I did not expect this to taste this much like chocolate. Some dark malts and maybe just a bit of floral hops at the end. My score on this probably won't reflect how much I like the taste of this beer. It just isn't real complex, but is a great winter beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is medium bodied and very smooth. One of the smoothest beers I've tried. This beer is very drinkable, especially if you enjoy the taste of chocolate.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The final 'seasonal' of the Sam Adam's winter pack. Long awaited, can't believe I waited til the end of the pack to pop it. Poured into my, oh the travesty of it!, pint glass

A- Thumbs up on our finger's worth of head. Cream and oatmeal coloration with thick emulsive head. From the middle to the edges large bubbles begin to develop as the head settles down. Fluffy is a great description of this beer's cap. The head lingers delightfully along the edges much like cotton balls. After a few minutes, it has fizzled down to a skin and moderate collar. Tons of carbonation beds apparent from top view.

The body is deceptively dark. Unfortunate lighting caused me to at first think this would not allow light through. A few drinks later and some fortunate monitor waves allowed me to see the ruby base hues.

S- Hmmm... interesting. Sharp notes in the beginning cause me to wonder if there are spices here. I am taken aback by how unusual the nose is here. There is chocolate, but it is beyond faint. It is almost an afterthought I feel for the nose. It sits behind a roasted character. It is the sidekick to captain bock. I am forced to believe that the sharp character is actually a medicinal smell... and it is in fact the alcohol coming out. At sub six percent, I would never have thought this to happen... but it clearly detracts.

T- Is this a brown ale? What the hell. It opens up with sweet caramel notes, but from there is an explosion of roasted notes, not to be confused with the burnt and roasted grains of stouts, that pair with a hazelnut flavor. This fades away gradually to a faint chocolate finish. A memory of one, not anything strong or enjoyable. Just a glimpse of what you may have wanted but unfortunately can't have.

M- Smooth, medium body. There is a mild carbonation to this that I wish was a bit more spunky, this beer isn't a characteristic bock anyway. It flows evenly and lingers with decent flavors. It picks it up here at least.

D- It is enjoyable... just not what is advertised. This was the biggest let down of the pack. Give me Boston Lager over this any day. At least there I know what I'm getting myself into. Perhaps this was hyped higher in my mind and forums than I was expecting. My only complaints are how far this has strayed from what it describes itself as.

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

Bought a SA 12 pack variety pack for the recent Thanksgiving holiday for the non craft drinkers and this was left over.
Pours a clear deep dark brown with faint ruby highlight on the edges. Minuscule tan head disappears almost immediately but leaves a ring around the top of the beer. Smells like a full glass of Hershey's chocolate syrup mixed with a faint hint of wet dog. Taste is malty sweet with again lots of chocolate syrup. Slight bit of dark fruit and a hint of minerals in the taste as well. Sweet chocolate chewy mouthfeel, oily mouthfeel and a moderate level of carbonation. I remember not being to fond of this when I overpaid for a bigger bottle, this reasonably priced bottle doesn't make it much better. Its really kind of one dimensional, I get lots of chocolate and little else.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a brown color with red hues to it when held to the light. One finger light tan head shows medium retention and ends up capping the beer. Light streaks of lacing on the glass as I drink it down.

S- Chocolate and more chocolate. There seems to be a light bready malt faintly in the background but really the chocolate takes claim over the rest of the aroma. This could be from either the cocoa nibs or the chocolate malt or maybe a combo of both. But chocolate...yea...

T- Just like the aroma there is a lot of chocoalte going through this beer. From start to finish there is a lightly sweet chocoalte flavor. Some light vanilla like notes in the middle of the beer and maybe a light alcohol taste in the backing but not much else. If you like chocolate then this beer delivers!

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation for this beer was good...a little off for Sam Adams though. Chocoalte left on the palate all the way to the aftertaste. Light alcohol drying on the palate. Not really balanced with chocoalte being the dominate flavor. Clean tasting with no real off flavors.

D- This was highly drinkable beer. A little on the sweet side for me but no problem drinking it. The ABV was well hidden to the very end before sneaking up. Overall a good beer that Sam Adams seemed to deliver on.

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

Overall a fair beer, but not my favorite out of Sam Adams. The flavors just didn't seem to balance at times. I did drink it out of a bottle, which is not my preference, and looking at the bottle itself, it looked like it might have been sitting around for a while. I had never seen this particular beer from Sam Adams so I gave it a try. Will update review if and when I find it and buy it myself. It just happened to be available in the cooler where I was for thanks giving.

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Photo of drtth
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a clear walnut brown with tinges of red. The ½" light tan head persist for quite a while, at first receding to a nice ring of foam and some patches on the surface. Sipping leaves leggy lacing and even ½ way through the beer there are small speckles and a spider web of lacing clinging to portions of the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a nice fresh almost vanilla or caramel-like cocoa character to it. Not much else can be found here so there are no hops. It would be easy to say some chocolate from the malt, but no way I can tell if the chocolate undertones are from the cocoa nibs or part of the malt profile.

Taste: The flavor is mostly cocoa with some almost caramel/vanilla character, but thee isn't much else to speak of here.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and soft with the gentle but persistent carbonation. The finish is quite long in that it begins in the sweetness of the cocoa and caramel flavors but then trails off into some lightly bittered almost dark chocolate aftertaste.

Drinkability: As a one a night treat I've enjoyed this beer. It's a bit like drinking some cocoa soda and not particularly challenging. However, the sweetness never cloys as the bitterness in the finish comes in to prevent that. Will I have this one again? Well, not tonight as one of these will be enough. But on another night I'd be happy to have another. So the final verdict is pleasant enough but not outstanding.

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

A: deep brown amber with slight auburn hues when held to the light; ultra thin ring of head with even slighter lacing that quickly dissipates...

S: mildly roasted malt and caramel character and super slight dry notes of chocolate

T: super mild peppery bitterness up front with an equally mild malty middle, followed at last by a subtle bit of chocolate on the finish

M: dry and crisp, thin bodied.

D: this is a very accessible and subtle bitter. Underwhelming but still pleasant. Of course, since the day Boston Beer company makes a true dud beer is the day non-Yankees fans become relevant. :)


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Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.67 out of 5 based on 2,972 ratings.
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