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

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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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Ratings: 3,050 |  Reviews: 1,217
Photo of Giggy
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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 +7.2%
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 -5%
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 +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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Photo of Arenbeer
2.86/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a snifter Glass

A- Pours a deep ruby brown that's pretty much black. Not to much, just some creamy tiny bubbles.

S- Chocolate and roasted malts. Nothing really else sticks out. Pretty plain. Like all sam's it has that metal smell and or Guinness style hard water smell.

T- Real creamy malts with a nice roasted side to it. Not bad, definitely a lot of chocolate in this one, almost to much. Has more of a unsweetened dark chocolate taste to it rather than milky. Once again with that hard water type flavor, a real big turn off for me in beers.

M- Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation and a pretty wet finish. Not to much bitterness in this one.

Overall, I'm disappointed once again by Sam Adams. There was big hype over this beer but honestly I could easily live without this stuff. I was hoping for a lot better more well rounded beer than this. It's just pure chocolate with a hint of roastiness. And that metal taste at the end is just gross.


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Photo of BarrelO
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep reddish-brown body. 1.5 finger head with lots of lacing.

S: Chocolate, roastiness, and some smoke.

T: Chocolate dominates, no surprise there. Undercurrents of fruitiness. Some smoke and tobacco. Rich maltiness. Chocolately sweetness stops short of being cloying.

M: Thick and creamy, especially for a beer its size.

D: I don't see what makes this a bock. They could've passed it off as a chocolate porter and I would've been none the wiser. Still, A better than average dessert beer. In a way, though, it's handicapped by its qualities. It's far too rich to be sessionable, but it isn't nearly big enough to be a sipper. Too bad.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like this beer. I think I like it better than the MooHoo I had the other night.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark chestnut color, with ruby hues, and topped with a thin, wispy head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Remarkable milk chocolate aroma couples nicely with a faint roasted malt scent. It's enough to drive you to drink, I swear.

Taste: Rich chocolate flavors dominate the palate. Roasted malts, floral hops, flavors of cocoa powder, vanilla bean, and a faint nuttiness help to round the brew out. It's a sweet beer, but not exceedingly so.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin bodied with a gentle, smooth silkiness.

Drinkability: A unique beer and one that's very easy to drink.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a winter variety pack. Pours brown with an off-white, thick, creamy, long lasting head.
Aroma is of bready malt, some cocoa and hints of herbal hops. Full, creamy body. Taste is sweet, chocolate malt, some cocoa and vanilla. Finish is medium, slightly sweet. Unusual, but interesting brew.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark red color. Very small head. Smell is somewhat German lager with dark fruits. Taste is crazy! Never tasted anything like this. Very chocolaty! Tastes very much like Count Chocula...which happens to be my favorite cereal. Very unique chocolate, marshmallow, cereal taste which is fairly drinkable. Mouthfeel is rather nice as well. Don't think a could drink this beer on a regular occasion, but it is definitely a unique, tasty beer.

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

trying to read my notes here will post what I have:

bitter chocolate tart pure cocoa taste

chocolatey dry aftertaste.

I must have been hammered while writing this. Since I didnt say anything bad I must have found it enjoyable. Im assuming the color was dark, you're either going to buy this beer or not. Its worth it in a mix pack.

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Photo of tapman
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Are cocoa nibs considered fruit/vegetable? Who cares. Chocolate Beer!

Pitch black with ruby hints where the glass gets thinner, a big, stout-quality head perches atop an opaque body. Head succumbs to a modest lacing.

An icy cocoa similar to chocolate flavored coca-cola which you should try if you are ever at a Johnny Rockets. I guess I smell some minty hops. I am not sure if the malty smell I get is from cocoa or chocolate malt. While smelling interesting this brew does not give you much in aroma.

Now that's what I'm talking about! A big dose of chocolate. This is called chocolate beer, right? So let's do up the chocolate. No messing around anymore. Some malts and some hops, all to support the chocolate. I'm glad someone had the guts to just artificially flavor the hell out of a beer.

Smooth and creamy.

I don't care if this review ruins my cred (sic.), but I loves me some chocolate beer. WOOHOO!

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Photo of LacquerHead
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into a Sam Adams pint

It poured a very dark brown with little head formation that quickly settled to a very thin lacing, which disappeared half way through.

The smell seemed promising. It had a mellow malty aroma. Sort of coffee mocha-ish.

The taste was surprising. I would not have guessed this was a bock. It tasted more like a mild mannered porter to me. So I'm not sure how I should exactly rate this beer.

If this were a porter I would have thought it was decent, borderline good. It had a roasted malt flavor. Not too much hops other than a slight bitterness. The chocolate flavor for me came more towards the end of each drink.

As a bock, I would say this tasted too malty. It had more qualities of a porter than a bock.

M/F: very thin and smooth. The bottle didn't lie, it had a velvet feel.

D: very easy. I could down one of these in a second if I had to. Maybe it's too easy?

Conclusion: I would not have guessed this was a bock. With the category aside, this was good tasting beer. Very smooth with a good mocha flavor. I wouldn't having another.

Note: I gave it a 3 on taste because I didn't think this was indicative of a bock. As a porter it would be about a 4.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wow was I pleasantly surprised by this chocolate bomb. Brown, dark brown pour, smell of cocoa and chocolate evident.

Layers itself nicely, really distinguishes the differences between the choco taste and the cocoa, never comes across heavy, but flavor of the choco/cocoaness comes across hearty, but finishes crisp and clean. Strangely the bottle has a bunch of hop cones on it, but there is almost no hop presence, which in this beer, works very nicely.

Doesn't really come across like anything like a bock, but that is a good thing in my book. Lots of flavor. One of the best and most affordable SA beers out there.

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Photo of Aaron420
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yes I got this from the wonderful Winter Mix Pack, and poured it into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass(Yes I am that guy that insists on matching beers with there breweries pint glass) but back to the review.

A: It pours a deep rich chocolaty brown almost black, with a head that is somewhere between a white and a tan. The head disappears rather quickly leaving no lacing.

S: Guess what, yep that's right this one had a rather chocolaty smell to it with a m ix of malts and a hint of nut.

T: Nothing to over powering in the taste department some malts and chocolate, with what i can only describe as a nutty finish.

M: It has a very smooth medium body with a nice touch of carbonation.

D: All in all this was a very drinkable beer, i could easily see myself sitting down on a cool winter night and putting down 5 or 6.

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Photo of MowryJC
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (from the winter sampler pack) into an Imperial Pint glass

A - Rich deep brown with mahogany highlights topped by a light caramel-colored head that starts frothy but soon collapses into a thin ring. Leaves a fine spotty lacing that quickly slides back into the beer.

S - Rich vanilla moves into a bourbon-chocolate alcohol scent. Ends with a bit of coffee. Smells stronger than the actual ABV, but it's rather enjoyable. No hops to discern.

T - Rich malt moves quickly into Chocolate (go figure), then into coffee and milk which quickly jumps back into cocoa. Has a bit of an identity crisis which detracts from the taste, as it's not really a complexity so much as conflict.

M - Fairly silky, but ends a bit on the cloying side. For a chocolate beer, however, it is commendable (not many Sterling examples in that style)

D - Just not all that drinkable, as the mouthfeel is cloying enough that I couldn't have more than one of these. Definitely a dessert beer.

As enjoyable as the start is with a nice appearance and great smell, the taste and mouthfeel fall a bit short and keep me from wanting pint after pint like Sam Adams Holiday Porter. Also, with such awesome dessert beers like Bourbon County Stout and its derivatives, I think I'll be happy to enjoy the Chocolate Bock as part of the Holiday Sampler, but no further than that.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another bottle from the winter pack. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark murky brown. A thin creamy tan head caps it off, and some light lace lingers behind. Scents of vanilla, Hershey's chocolate, and musty grains.

The mouth is the weakest aspect of this beer. Thin and slick going down. Carbonation level is short and tame. This is definitely a chocolate beer first and foremost. Lots of creamy milk chocolate, cocoa, some sweet vanilla, and more chocolate. There isn't a bitter presence at all. This is for sure a dessert beer. It was pleasant to drink, but I'd need to be in the mood for something like this.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a creamy but bubbly looking caramel colored head with a deep brown virtually black body.

S-the nose is decent but has aspects that lead me to believe it will be slightly thin and watery. the chocolate aroma is right up front, hints of cake and a touch of marshmellow. light note of lager yeast and a touch of grain in the back.

T-fuller than anticipated and more malt characteristics than the nose. roasted chocolate malts are there, buttery milk chocolate, marshmellow, vanilla, notes of toasted grains and some light hay like hops in the finish.

M-the body is a little thin especially falling off in the back. the carbonation is there and the feel is smooth and creamy. the finish is crisp and clean, very wet.

D-easy drinking beer with big flavors. the finish in all aspects, nose, taste, and body seems to fall thin and is somewhat watery. the flavors are still vibrant and the flavor and nose up front. the malt characteristics are rather light as the sweetness seems a little strong. still, easy to drink and reasonably tasty.

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Photo of wschmit
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Nice and dark--doesn't let much light through, but it's a clear body when it does. Head is not all that great--pretty thin, no real lacing so far.

S: A very pronounced, sugary chocolate scent. Almost like too much Hershey's Chocolate Syrup in your milk. That smell dominates. It's not too bad, honestly--I was expecting sickly sweet, but this just verges on that.

T: It really does taste like a slightly less creamy but carbonated chocolate milk. Except with alcohol in it.

M: So-so mouthfeel. This would maybe work well on nitro, with a fine feel to the carbonation.

D: Not bad, if you're in the mood for a very dessert-like beer. Overall, I wouldn't really call this a bock at all--definitely a misnomer, to me. Still, it goes down well enough and suits the season.

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Photo of bound4er
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

From a Holiday pack.

A. Dark brown with a tan head of 1 finger. The head breaks pretty quickly to leave a full covering skim.

S. Roasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate and whipping cream.

T. More sweetness than I prefer - this comes across in a plodding, unfocused manner. The roasted malt and chocolate on the nose is nowhere to be found in the taste. I only get sweet malt. Odd.

M. Medium to full bodied with good creaminess. No carbonation.

D. Too sweet for more than one. Not something I will seek out again but glad to have tried it.

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Photo of hardy008
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, with raisin color highlights. Has a two finger beige head with good retention. The aroma has chocolate and cocoa, but is not very strong.

The taste also has chocolate and cocoa. Also some caramel and vanilla which I did not pick up in the aroma. Fairly sweet, and the taste is better than the aroma suggested.

Light to medium bodied, the carbonation seems a little high, and there is a sweet aftertaste. I would buy this beer again.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark brown/black, creamy, brown head

S - Hints of chocolate, malts. Takes a while before you actually sense the chocolate in the smell, actually

T - Very chocolatey. Finishes a bit mocha.

M - Not as thick as I thought it would be. Kinda leaves an odd feeling nearing the back of the mouth, almost a little dry near the back. Decent amount of carbonation

D - It goes down fairly smooth, as you drink more, you start to sip a bit, as the chocolate flavor tends to come out the most in smaller sips rather than big draws.

Overall - I thought it was pretty good. For being a chocolate bock, I expected a little more chocolate. The aftertaste lingers and it's not entirely pleasant. But for what it is, a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown color, almost black, with two inches of tan head that lasts for a minute and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of cocoa, bitter chocolate and coffee, roasted malts, and light vanilla. Also a tiny amount of metal in the smell, which drops it a bit.

t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, toasted malts, vanilla, fruit, and light coffee. Definitely a step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

d - A decent, above average bock. Lots of nice chocolate and roasted malts in the smell and taste. If it wasn't for the small amount of metal in the smell it would be even better. Would give another shot.

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sam Adams Chocolate a bottle from the holiday pack.

Appearance-deep dark color, light black, creamy white head, leaves quickly, no lacing.

Smell-chocolate mixed with malt, decent aroma, alcohol well hidden

Taste/Mouthfeel-milky upfront, notes of chocolate and toffee, syrupy as well, hops are hidden, not a lot of malt backbone, finishes with a last helping of chocolate.

Drinkability-not sure about having a ton of these, milky and syrupy, how would the stomach handle that?

Overall-ehhh, ok as a holiday beer for something different but not great and I was not thirsting for more.

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Photo of tewaris
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with a best by date of April 2011, poured into a pint glass on 12/10/2010.

Appearance 4/5
Darkest of browns, and yet brilliantly clear, with a creamy, fluffy, light brown head. Medium retention and unexpectedly poor lacing.

Aroma 3/5
Lots of chocolate, some seemingly metallic notes and none of the bock character.

Taste 3/5
Plenty of chocolate notes on a light malty sweet base. Clean flavors that come with a well done lager, although the label says this is an ale. None of the bock character in taste either. A light, clean, 2% chocolate milk like beer.

Mouthfeel 4.5/5
Medium carbonation, medium body, and silky mouthfeel.

Drinability 4.5/5
Good. Quite flavorful and under 6% ABV! But the name is deceptive for sure.

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

In a perfect pint this pours a very deep brown with some red hues, just a little bit of head, and no lacing. On the nose it's straight chocolate and a little something like brussel sprouts that I always seem to get from very chocolaty beers, not altogether unpleasant here. On the tongue there are roasted malts and lots of chocolate and some nice bitterness coming through. In the mouth it's rather thin and a little fizzy like some of the other beers in this mixed 12. Overall it's a nice beer, a bit too much to drink back to back, but a nice diversion.

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