Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Chocolate BockSamuel Adams Chocolate Bock
2,974 Ratings
Samuel Adams Chocolate BockSamuel Adams Chocolate Bock

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TinusTime on 11-20-2003

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Poured a rich dark brown color, with tinges of cola around the rim of the glass. Surprisingly, this didn't really have much for a showed up about 10 seconds after the pour and the tan colored foam swiftly dissolved, only leaving behind a ring of bubbles around the glass. There is very modest lacing on the glass and rather, more liquid residue resembling the aforementioned cola.

S- Very tempting aromas of semi sweet chocolate, but mixed in there as well is molasses, dark toffee, and mild coffee bean. Overall, the aromas are mild, with the chocolate coming off the strongest. Very little bittering hops....just more of a dry finish.

T- This is a nice rich chocolate flavored brew. It's not as nice as say a Young's Double Chocolate Stout, but this comes close. There are also sweet malty flavors that resemble caramel and mild mocha. Very mild bitterness on the finish....tasty indeed!

M- Not really a full bodied beer as advertised, but still a good effort towards medium fullness. The carbonation is fine and relatively mild, leaving a creamy chocolaty richness to swirl around the palate.

D- Yes please! I'd definitely enjoy these throughout my evening and wish I had more than the 4 that came with my winter sampler pack! Rich, sweet and comforting describe this best and I think most people who appreciate a decent brew will like this.

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

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug. It is a nice dark brown with a good thick tan head and some lacing.

I can pick up a little of the cocoa scent from smelling it.

It tastes decent. I wouldn't turn one of these down. My wife really likes it.

The mouthfeels is as it should be, and it is very drinkable.

Overall this is a good, but not great beer.

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Photo of lou50rp
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark amber color with small white head which quickly dissipates.
Smell of malt and lightly of chocolate. Not a good representation of what is to come.
Some malt taste, but heavy sweet chocolate. Chocolate dominates all other tastes..
Medium mouthfeel which complements the chocolate.
Drinkable, but only as a dessert type brew. not a session brew, unless you really like sweet chocolate.

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Photo of Jdmpolk
4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- A dark almost black center with a mahogany red sides. Little to no head with what little there is colored a grey tan.

Smell is crisp and clean, no hop aroma. Malt aroma is sweet with a hint of tartness.

Taste is sweet and malty. Very rich and roasty. Carbonation provides an effervescent brightness to the tail end. Slight bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, almost creamy. The body sticks around coating the palate similar to a roasty caramel.

Drinkability pretty effortless and easy to drink. Flavor could get repetitive after a few though.

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

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony, low head retention

smell: subtle chocolate, not powerful

taste: well defintly cocoa flavors but not as much as expected sublte sweet which I like.

mouthfeel: medium bodied.

drinkability: well I passed this up for years, bu I finally tried it snce I did not have to pay 15 for a bomber for it. Freind gave me a 12oz form his mixed case.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This came in the winter classics variety pack. It's the new one.

Appearance- dark brown almost black color, thick head

Smell- malt, a little bit of chocolate

Taste- very chocolatey flavor, pretty good

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- pretty good, I would have it again.

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Photo of RickS95
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, almost but not quite, black with little head that is gone in no time. Good looking, but a better head would be nice.

There's not much smell. You have to search for the chocolate, but eventually you find it; probably not a bad thing it's not overwhelming.

The taste is another's all chocolate, but in a good way. There is almost no other taste, but again, it's not really overpowering, the flavor works well with the beer.

It's extremely creamy on the palate. There's not a hint of bitter to offset the sweetness, but the sweetness is gentle so the beer is nicely balanced.

I like dark beers with chocolate or coffee so I think I could sip these all night long. However, it's possible I'd get tired of it after a couple, but I'm willing to find out.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from Winter Pack

Pours a light brown, with a decent cocoa head that left no lacing. Smell of lightly roasted malts, a tiny bit of butterscotch that became a little more prominent as it warmed, but not near as much malt aroma or flavor as I was expecting for a bock. The cocoa is really the prevalent overriding factor in this beer; a little cocoa goes a long way and it makes this beer more enjoyable than had there been none in it to begin with. A light carbonation and light mouthfeel, but enjoyable and easy going down. This is a very drinkable beer out of the 12 pack and one that I am sure many people would buy in 6 packs were they available.

I had avoided this one for a few years with the fancy metal emblem on the front because I didnt think that would add to the flavor. Glad I waited it out and can now find it in the 12 pack ! Thanks Sam Adams for coming through with the 12'er

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep brown color, ruby and chestnut colored edges when held to some light. Thick tan head stays around and laces up strong.

Some light roasty aroma, with chocolate and also some fruity esters are noticeable. Great rich chocolate flavor, mildly roasty. Mostly a sweet flavor with little to no bitterness, and a nice semi-clean finish, that does leave me with a lingering prune flavor. Not a lot of complexity in aroma or flavor, but delightful in it's simplicity.

Nice body on this bock and a great smooth mouthfeel, reminiscent of some cask beers I've had. You know it's in your mouth, but it's soft and velvety.

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Photo of droomyster
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with soda fizz head that lasts less than a minute. Aromas have a bit of dark chocolate (not nearly as much as I expected), with a dull, nondescript maltiness and next to nothing in the way of hops except maybe a faint whiff of stale coffee. However, this beer's single selling point, its taste, outweighs these initial shortcomings by a ton. Very rich, dark malts are heavily laced with sweet and bitter chocolate notes from beginning to end. While not necessarily complex, nothing short of delicious, and in my humble opinion, should be sipped and enjoyed entirely on its own. The flavors are complemented nicely by the full body, which breaks into a luxuriously creamy mass on the midpalate. Bravo!

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

12oz bottle (best by March 2011) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark beer - black on the table but very dark ruby red when held up to the light. Dense, but thin, tan head across the top of the beer. Some lacing here and there, but it tended to slide back down the glass rather than stick around.

Smell: A rich chocolate liquor smell. Not bittersweet chocolate though - definitely more cocoa like with some raisin-like notes. Very tasty.

Taste: Definitely a fine marriage between roasted malts and a strong cocoa/chocolate flavor. The Mrs. described it as an "alcoholic Hershey's bar" and I don't think she's too far off the mark. Cocoa up front mixing with roasted malts and then a very mild bitter finish that is masked by more cocoa. The chocolate is the dominant flavor here, but it's not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation with a mild creamy mouthfeel. Nice.

Drinkability: This is a dessert beer - hands down. It goes at the end of the meal, maybe as the dessert itself. I think you could pair it nicely with a cheeseburger as a beer version of a chocolate milkshake, but otherwise I think it's best to have by itself at the end of a meal. I could not just go straight for this when I want a beer. A good special occasion beer.

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Photo of dcook11
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of the fridge for about twenty minutes, reviewed on a chilly night. Served in a pint glass. What a great, unique beer! Half an hour out of the fridge its a good beer.'s superb! Let it warm up.

A- Pours a nearly pitch black ebony with tints of cherry red that become more apparent when the pint glass is penetrated by rays of light. Although very dark, some carbonation is visible and by tilting the beer upward one can see the fine champagne bubbles rise toward a slowly dissipating head. An aggressive pour produces a wispy mocha head and some lacing down the side of the glass. A little better head retention would have also made the appearance score higher. A good looking beer that could be great if given some more lacing and a more persistent head.

S- Heaven. Heavy milk chocolate (like smelling a fresh Hershey's bar) followed by subtle hints of cinnamon. Some malt sweetness accompanies the first two odors with just the faintest hint of hop bite at the termination. Like desert in a bottle, so good!

T- Cocoa coats the tongue and pleasant cinnamon notes follow close behind. Sneaking in right behind the cinnamon come a sharp but balanced hop bite that quickly fades to a chocolate that lingers pleasantly on one's tongue. This is very close to being flawless.

M-Medium bodied with a velvet chocolate quality that caresses the tongue and a sharp but soft bitterness from the hops that keeps the sweetness in balance.

D- Drinkabilty is excellent; this is not a beer that I would tire of easily. All the components work well together providing the drinker with an excellent drinking experience.

Sam Adams, please make six packs year round!

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Photo of NODAK
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma has a good mix of sweet cocoa with a bit of roasted chocolate notes...a sweet and roasted mix that works well.

Taste is chocolatey through and through, albeit not all that powerful. Body has some semi-sweet chocoalte in it, like a hot chocolate in beer format...with a finish of light roasted chocolate that lends a soft bitterness to wrap it up. There's a good cocoa powder aftertaste to it as well.

It's really quite a delicious beer, if not perhaps a little monotonous. It's like a Young's, but lighter. A good winter beer.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.46/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - black with a khaki colored head that left a thin sheet of lacing.

S - cocoa puffs aroma.

T - it is chocolaty, even when it warms I didn't get too much else.

F - medium bodied with a slick feel.

D - meh.

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Photo of MP72
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice almost black color with and off white head. Looked very nice in my dimple mug.

S- I actually got a similar smell as you get from Guinness or Murphy's nitro can at first. As it warmed though a great chocolate aroma kicked in.

T- Chocolate all the way ,, much more so than say Young's double Choco stout.

M- A bit slick in the mouth but actually common for many SA brews.

D- Pretty good for a beer with such a sweetness,,I could do 2 maybe but one is a treat for sure. Drikability comes in at a 3.5 for me because it is heavy but you must consider what it is.

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Photo of beergod1
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very clear/dark brown color with nice thick fluffy brown head that hung around a while. Aroma was chocolaty, with some roasted malts, and a little Dark fruit. Flavor was pretty much the same. Almost an Oatmeal Stout with Creamy Chocolate. Mouth feel was thinner than I expected, but I have to remember this is a bock and not a stout. Drink-ability was very high on this as the flavor combined with the 5.6%abv made this an easy drinker. Had it with Grilled Short Ribs, and Asparagus. I need this in a six pack.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a "chocolate" color into my fitting SA Perfect Pint. About two fingers of mocha colored head is achieved with a moderate pour. The head dissipates at a relatively fast pace leaving slight lacing on the glass.

Smell - Massive amounts of bitter cocoa, roasted malts, vanilla, breads/biscuit, etc.

Taste - Honestly, similar to the nose, however, the bitter cocoa has a bit more sweetness to it. Honestly, there is a massive amount of chocolate in this beer. The vanilla makes itself known immediately and melds with the cocoa ever so nicely. This is, by far, a superior beer to any "chocolate" beers I have tried. Delicious and a great night cap.h

Mouthfeel - Medium boded, average carbonation, smooth, though finishes just a hint dry.

Drinkability - I will say this is more-so a "one and done" type of beer, though, for what it is, it is fantastic. I have an "actual" 2008 Chocolate Bock (in that nifty glass/metal bottle) sitting in my cellar right now and as I have read, it is even better than the "dumbed down" version that this is (though I still think it tastes great!) that I can't wait to try. For what it is, it is a great beer. Cheers!

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Photo of thespaceman
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle (Winter Sampler Pack) into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint

Appearance: Pours a medium brown in color, slightly tan head starts to emerge and slowly dissapates into just a thin wisp of lace. Head retention is decent, not enough to blow my socks off.

Smell: Up front I get a small dose of earthy hops, very grassy, yet the chocolate aromas lay in the backround a bit unpronounced. They start to emerge more as this warms in the glass yet it's overtaken by more of a toasted malt spice and small residual hop aroma. Decent balance just not what I would expect from a chocolate bock.

Taste: There we go! Let's pull a complete 360 from the look and smell and get to the good stuff. Up front I get a bit of oatmeal like sweetness, very small yet profound, with a nice dose of milk chocolate. Bread like maltiness is quick hitting yet very profound. A small tinge of hops linger in the backround yet the malt spice really takes it's toll on your taste buds. Finish consists of a jab of vanilla and some more light chocolate sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied on the tongue, carbonation is right where it should be, not to overhwelming yet not too hard on the taste buds. Nice dose of bitterness plays in yet is well rounded with the addition of the malt here.

Drinkability: Overall, a great addition to the Winter Sampler from Sam. The looks and smell are very mediocre, yet once you taste this, that goes all out the door. The chooclate really comes through nicely on the back-end, and the nice oat taste really compliments it in all fashions. With the atrocious Cranberry Lambic and Coastal Wheat out of this year's mix pack, this beer is a perfect addition to complete one of Sam's best mix packs to date.

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Photo of Stunner97
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- very dark brow to black with thick tan head off the pour, extremely dark with no light coming through

Smell- slight chocolate is noticed but not overwhelming, faint hop, roasted malts and molasses, but sort of underwhelming nose

Taste- wow pretty good the taste to me way beat out the nose, the dark cocoa is quite there and almost reminds me of the flavor you get out of the powder in hot chocolate mix before you add any liquid to it, faint roasted malts and other notes in the background but chocolate is the really dominate finish here, what this beer does great job of to me is that even though the chocolate is very much there this beer is sweet in no means and kept quite in balance, the flavor leaves you wanting more and give you git hit of chocolate with out being a chocolate bomb, well done in flavor

Mouthfeel- moderate to heavy but quite smooth, low carbonation

Drinkability- overall i thought this beer was quite enjoyable, it holds quite a good balance and neither becomes to sweet or to dry for they style, could see myself drinking a few of these, the chocolate tones are quite noticeable in the beginning but i felt did kind of mesh out a bit in flavor the more you had, overall a pretty enjoyable beer that was glad i got chance to try

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Photo of daliandragon
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love the Sam Winter Sampler. Definitely my favorite of the Sam Seasonal Mixed Boxes. You get your Holiday Porter and Old Fezzi along with the solid lagers. They finally tossed Cranberry Lambic and Cherry Wheat, which never really belonged anyway and now they brought in Choco Bock. *rubs hands together* Excellent!

Cola colored with head that dribbles to nothing in about ninety seconds. Nose is fairly complex: unsweetened chocolate, vanilla, touches of molasses and dark fruit and a background of roasted malt.

I realize bocks aren't supposed to be overly thick or heavy but a touch more body here would make this really good beer outstanding, although you could argue that it would no longer be a bock. Plenty of malty chocolate up front with medium sweetness that dries out nicely to a balanced finish. A bit of dark fruit adds some welcome complexity and the texture isn't at all bad, just a little thinner than I'm wishing for at the moment. Still, within the style this gets bonus points for exceedng expectations.

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Photo of mariposafan
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, dark chocolate brown with a short lighter brown head the dies pretty quickly.

The smell reminded me of something but I was having trouble figuring it out until my wife said "Cola" - almost. It smells like a vanilla cola. Strange, but rather pleasant.

Seriously chocolaty. Far more so than any other beer I've tasted so far. A slight sharpness that is reminiscent of cola, again. Some sweetness with a little bitterness to balance. Rich - more like dopplebock rich.

Nice medium body with good creamy carbonation.

The drinkability suffers some from the richness. It feels like it would be more appropriate for a 'bigger' beer. It's not bad but it feels a little overdone for a lower ABV bock.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best by March 2011 printed on the label. Glad to see this in smaller; more affordable bottles.

(A)- Pours a very dark brown; almost black color. Some very subtle mahogany highlights. Produced a good tan head with decent retention.

(S)- Rather rich with some nice subtle roasted components with raisin, chocolate, and molasses.

(T)- Also, rather rich. Tons of chocolate and dark chocolate in this with hints of oatmeal somehow. Mellow roasted background.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A bit richer and sweeter than your typical Bock, but balanced well with a mellow roastedness. Smooth, with a crazy chocolate profile.

(D)- A chocolate lovers paradise. The name sure fits. Perhaps one of the most chocolate driven beers in memory. It really is quite good with a fitting drinkability perfect for this time of the year.

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Photo of king75
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Black as night with a small tan colored head.

S- is primarily of coffee and chocolate,with a slight trace of alcohol.

T- A nice sweet taste, but not too sweet. A nice bitter coffee taste is present as well which stops this beer from being too sweet. Well balanced.

M-Is very light, a bit watery and a little slick on the palate.

D- Is good for this beer, could drink a few but would not recommend drinking many due to the sweetness of the beer.

Notes: Got this is the Sam Adams Winter Sampler, a lot of people rip on this brew mainly due to it being overpriced in stores. But in the sampler it is affordable and I found it to be very enjoyable.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice dark color body with a tan head.

S- mild smell of malts and chocolate in the aroma.

T- Sweet taste of chocolate and sugars from the wort. Alittle robustness from the malts.

M- Velvety smooth creamy from the chocolate and malts.

D- Very good beer from SA. Love the taste of the chocolate in this bock. Stinks I had to get it in the winter Variety pack. But it has this and Boston lager and holiday porter in it so it was a no brainier.


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Photo of TMoney2591
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass.

Still workin' my way through the Winter Styles pack. I thoroughly enjoyed this one in bomber form, so I'm anxious to see how (if at all) it's changed since then. It pours a translucent dark garnet-brown topped by a short-lived half-finger of pale ecru foam. The nose comprises chocolate (I know, I'm shocked, too), cocoa powder, light coffee, molasses, light roasted malts, and brown sugar. I think a vein of maple syrup and caramel runs through there as well. The taste is very similar, with the chocolate really taking control of things. A slight cola flavor finds its way into the mix, but remains coy and aloof in the background, so as not to interfere with the chocolate's affairs. The body is a svelte medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a silky feel. Overall, this is a tame version of the former glory, but very good nonetheless. The only major knock against it is that it's a tad fizzy for my liking, as well as feeling a bit light. Beyond that, though, I'm glad I can get my fill of cheap Chocolate Bock this Winter!

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Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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