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

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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 DrDemento456
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in the mixed Winter seasonal. Nice

A - Well the color in general is a dark brown, almost pitch black but lighter. The foamy head depreciates pretty quickly leaving a ring of lace.

S - Slight roasted coffee with mostly dark chocolate nibs.

T - Well it starts off great. The flavor is of nice chocolate and coffee but with that comes some funk of the ale that seems to happen when sams tries to do a spiced ale. Must be in the malt. A great rating though of a constant flavor that doesn't disappear in time (get boring)

M - Very medium bodied. I felt I could drink a sixer.

D - It really is a shame I only got two because even if I could want a six pack the only way is to get the variety case (or half for 19.50) and only get 2-4. Still it was a very nice chocolate beer that will go down as a great one on my list.

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

A-pitch black, very thin white head

S-smells like roasted chocolate. actually smells wonderful

T-hits with a very deep roasted flavor and leaves with a very chocolatey after-taste that is great but sadly departs too soon. it does leave with bit of a skunky after-taste but its a small aspect of this otherwise delicious beer,

M-medium carbonation with a slight watery finish

D-the taste seems to lose its quality but it doesn't seem to take too much of a dive. its a very thick beer so it does seem to go down slowly. not sure if i'd want to drink too many in a sitting, but its definitely something i always look forward to.

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Photo of mattcrill
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From Sam Adams Winter Sampler Pack...

Already confused b/c it says it's an "ale" brewed with cocoa and natural flavors...

Aroma: Nice blend of dark chocolate and crusty grain/malty notes that form on the nose. Just a bit of coffee on the nose that is understated.

Appearance: Dark brown pour with thick and rich tan head. Nice lacing on the glass. Head retention is good.

Flavor: Artificial Hershey's type chocolate flavor up front. Wet roasted grains in the background. Just a bit of earthy hop bitterness beneath the chocolate sweetness. Finish is slightly sour and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Light dark grain astringency.

Overall impression: Meh. Seems like a brown porter with artificial chocolate flavoring. Glad I got this in the Winter Pack and didn't buy it separate as a bomber as I've seen it in the past. Worth trying once for the rarity but I wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of DIM
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a clear, moderately dark chestnut brown color. It poured with a smallish, short lived tan head.

s: Very mild overall. The malt aromas are clean but faint and hard to pick out. I did get some chocolate, but it too was mild and it reminded me more of hershey's syrup than gourmet chocolate.

t: Tastes more potent than it smell's, but I can't help but think they missed an opportunity with this one. The base beer isn't big enough to support any kind of chocolate presence. All I could really taste was that hershey's syrup flavor. Not bad I guess, I was just hoping for more. Their double bock is amazing and would compliment a good chocolate flavor nicely.

m: On the thin side, but not out of line for the abv. This was a bit too still however.

d: This is by no means bad, I was just wanted more out of this.

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

Appearance is a super dark brown, just a few shades short of black. A creamy khaki colored head sits atop, about 1 finger thick.

Aroma is full chocolaty and malty goodness. Its reminiscent of a chocolate covered pastry. Really not much else is there because the sweetness is overpowering.

Taste is sweet but not overly so. The malt backbone is sweet but with enough of a roasted flavor to take a bit of the cloying sweetness. The chocolate flavors again are quite strong, but in a good way I'd say. What a great desert beer with no need to pair with anything else.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and not overly carbonated. Overally this is a very enjoyable desert beer, but the sweetness makes it a bit much for more than one. Not that it matters, because you only get two in the pack.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.83/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer once before from a liter bottle. This year, Sam Adams put it in their Winter Sampler in a normal size bottle. I poured it into a New Belgium tulip. This beer is absolutely awesome! One of my favorites! Rich, dark, complex and absolutely delicious!

This is a southern thing that many may take a double take at...but have you ever had chocolate and biscuits for breakfast? It is a cocoa and sugar syrup poured over buttered biscuits. Well, this is the beer version of that.

A- Rich, dark pitch black. Creamy foamy head that retains nice lacing.

S- Dark chocolate and malty. Ripe grapes. Slight oat smell. Hint of coffee.

T- Not overly sweet. Rich dark belgian chocolate in the front with a milk chocolate (think Hershey bar) in the aftertaste. Not too strong. A roasted oat in the middle with slight caramel tones. Very complex. Hint of coffee.

M- Creamy, smooth and perfectly balanced. Medium balanced. Not too heavy for such a rich complext beer.

D- Liquid dessert. Sweet but not overpowering. If you like chocolate pie, you'll love this. The medium body and creamy feel are divine. The chocolate with caramel tones makes this beer absolutely delicious. It gets better with each sip as it warms up. Perfect holiday beer. Deep, complex sweet flavors. One of the best balanced dessert beers I've ever had.

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

Aromas are mainly malty as I would expect it to be, some dark roasted malts give off a sweet aroma definitely milky chocolate like a Hershey's bar.

The flavor surprised me to be honest, the chocolate fades in from nothing in the beginning and sticks with you for the entire way through to the end. It is definitely more of the sweeter milk chocolate that you would get in a hershey bar.

Overall this is a very good beer. Much more reasonable to offer this in the Winter 12 pack than in an overpriced 22 oz bomber like in year's past. I wish the Chocolate flavor was a little less "fake" tasting but I won't complain as it still tastes delicious.

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Photo of shand
4.29/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown-black with about a finger worth of head. Retention isn't great, but lacing is alright.

Smell: Roasted malts and cocoa.

Taste: Roasted malts and cocoa still take center stage here. The malts come in first, then the cocoa rushes in along with some vanilla. Tastes very good, it's a very solid chocolate beer.

Mouthfeel: Feels perfectly smooth, with some carbonation that sneaks up. Mouthfeel is a bit dry.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, the chocolate takes enough time to come in that it doesn't impair drinkability.

This is a really excellent chocolate beer. It's almost cocoa-like in it's flavor profile.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: I did not get any foam in the pour with this beer. Very dark brown, almost black, with very little light seeping through the glass. Good lacing.

Smell: Definitely the most chocolate I've ever smelled in any beer. Smells more like dark chocolate than any other chocolate. Not even really much malt in this, just chocolate.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Strong dark chocolate. This type of chocolate almost gives Chocolate Bock a liqueur-like quality. While I wish this had more maltiness, the chocolate compliments itself well with subtle hops in the finish, something I did not expect. There is also a great velvety texture with this beer.

Drinkability: If you can drink hot chocolate, you can drink this. Overall, Chocolate Bock is alcoholic hot cocoa. One is enough though, as this really fills you up quickly.

Overall: A pretty good substitute for Youngs Double Chocolate Stout. That's basically what this reminds me of. Not sure which one I like better. This gets the chocolate part down better while the other might get the malt down better. However, I do like the subtle hops in this.

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

12oz. from their holiday pack....

- Nice dark cola or root beer brown.. just slightly clear and transparent.. fizzy light mocha head down to a ring and some floating fizz.

- Rich grain aroma, oats, barley.... bright bitter chocolate malt and light hop bitterness.. grassy, earthy.

- Nice balanced cocoa flavor over some sweet malts, roasty grains and oats... slight bitter hop with a touch of grassy and herbal hops, maybe even slightly floral...

- Medium bodied, slightly chewy and velvety... little touch drying...

- Overall not a bad ale at all... perhaps it has been improved some over time as I have read through some of the old reviews. Pretty good stuff and holds up to a lot of the chocolate stouts and porters out there.

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Photo of jduffy21
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I pour this from a 12oz bottle in to a Samuel Adams glass. The appearance was a pitch black. Not much head on this one. There is a faint smell of cocoa. The taste is of cocoa, but not overly sweet. The mouth feel is a bit thin. I wish it was a bit more hearty. I could have a few of these. Overall I really like the flavor, but I expected this to be a bit heavier.

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Photo of beeragent
4.46/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a deep brown, forming a 1/2 inch mocha head. Light lace on the glass.

S - Strong aroma of roasted and cocoa. Very inviting!

T - The roasted malts dominate the palate followed by a delicious cocoa/vanilla flavor in the finish. Very complex blend of flavors throughout.

M - Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Very smooth.

D - Okay, I admit this is very lacking in the "bock" characteristics however the flavor and aroma just take it over the top IMO. Regardless of what "style" this beer is, its just fantastic. Awesome full complex flavor along with a great aroma! I really wish Sam Adams made this available in a 6 pak.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Samuel Adams Official

A - Dark dark brown with lots of ruby red when held to light, can't see through it though. It produced a 1-finger tan head that didn't hold up very long. A couple spots left on my glass but no real lacing.

S - Kinda musty with soft unsweetened chocolate notes. I get muted coffee with maybe a touch of herbal hop notes but that's about it. Overall it just smells like unsweetened chocolate from afar.

T - Tart upfront with just a bit of leafy hop flavor, and I get a somewhat smooth and semi rich cocoa flavor on the sides of the tongue and more towards the finish. I pick up a touch of brown sugar here and it finishes a bit dry with almost no bitterness but subtle cocoa lingering a bit.

M - Moderate-high crispness with a lite-medium body. Almost smooth but the C02 is a bit to high for me, and it sorta dominates.

D - Hm, well not bad although I expected something richer tasting like a stout although it is a Bock. I could drink a few for sure, pretty drinkable. A couple things I didn't like about the beer is that the C02 was too high, just too crisp, and the smell was very soft. Other than that I'd definitely drink it again but maybe not buy it again. Worth a try though. Cheers!

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Photo of JosiahS
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Glass: Samuel Adams

Very dark brown color, almost looks like cola. It's got a good 1-finger head but it doesn't look like it will stick.

Interesting smell. It's chocolate but with some mocha, almost like chocolate ice cream with extra malt added. There's some faint fig in there but not much else.

The dominate flavors i'm getting here are a malted milk ball and cocoa. It's delicious but a bit boring at the same time. A touch of grape but no coffee or anything approaching it. Mouthfeel is rich yet decently carbonated.

I'd be interested to know how this beer is brewed. It has a lactose quality, almost as if cream or some other malted ingredient was added besides barley(malted cocoa?). It's an OK bock overall, too full of one flavor for my liking though.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours a dark brown with a two finger creamy tan head

S. Roasty with some sweet chocolate on the nose.

T. Holy moly cocoa; that is, the cocoa comes through like a stallion. Some roasted malt flavor with a bit of caramel and the slightest touch of bitterness on the tail.

M. On the thin side of medium bodied with a high level of brisk carbonation.

D. If I was having a stout tasting, I would serve a beer like this to some who 1. doesn't like stouts 2. has to drive home afterward or 3. isn't a huge beer fan. I definitely understand the crowd this beer is aimed at. For me - it's not great, but it's pretty good. A nice addition to the winter seasonal pack.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from the winter mix pack poured in to a tulip imperial pint glass.

pours black with some brownish red highlights.

Smell is a light, bready, chocolate. Sort of thinner than I expected.

Taste is a rich, bready chocolate. Finishes like a milk chocolate, not bitter or roasty. Very interesting and good.

Mouthfeel is very creamy like milk chocolate.

It is extremely drinkable.

I wasn't sure what to expect. It isn't great, but is certainly a nice beer. I like the price of the 12 pack better than the price of the original bombers.

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Photo of tbern007
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From the S.A. Winter pack.
Holy Chocolate!!
A- very dark brown, almost black. Very little head, did not last at all.
S- smells like dark baking chocolate, very slight smoke.
T- chocolate throughout, some malt. No to little hops. Very sweet. Slight smoke.
M- average. Good carbonation.
D- rare occasion that I will want this. Too sweet for me.

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Photo of Rayek
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stange.

A: Deep walnut, bordering on black. A foamy tan head has good retention and leaves a smattering of lace.

S: Baking chocolate is the theme here and it dominates the nose. Some earthy lemongrass can be found behind the chocolate, but is subtle.

T: The chocolate keeps coming. Bittersweet baker's chocolate does the bulk of the flavor work. There's a bit of caramel malt in the background. Hop bitterness is very low. Finishes with lingering chocolate flavors.

M: The medium body is a touch too fizzy for my tastes.

D: This is an interesting beer that I'm glad I tried. But I'm not sure if I'll be back.

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Photo of kahjdfh
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice and dark with very little head. Aroma is combination of malt, coffee and chocolate. Has a nice slightly bitter finish. A good beer for the upcoming winter. It is a welcome addition to the Sam Adams winter pack. A suitable replacement for Cranberry Lambic.

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Photo of Star80
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark brown with a rich tan head. Some lacing around the glass. Smell is dark bittersweet chocolate, some sweet malts and mild smoke. The taste of the beer is not overly sweet, has a depth of chocolate flavor and some tobacco leaf and mild bitter hop. Not too much going on with the hops but enough to balance the sweetness of the malt. I am no stranger to chocolate beer, in fact, Rogue Chocolate Stout is one of my favorite brews. This beer is somewhat similar but more malty than bittersweet or hoppy like that brew. Not nearly as much depth of flavor, but to be fair I am comparing a Bock (in the lager family) to a full blown ale stout. Also, there is no residual chocolate floating around in this filtered beer which is a mild disappointment in the mouthfeel department (yes, I want to drink my dessert in the form of beer). But should I expect that, from a company that filters all of their beers? Overall this is one drinkable bock and I am glad that the sampler pack included it this year. A well put together beer...

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Photo of Domingo
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I remember this beer being in large metal embossed bottles and the beer inside not being overly chocolatey or really all that great.
Luckily it's now inside the much more affordable Winter Classics pack, and I'd dare say the beer inside is different/better.
Pours a dusty deep brown color. Carbonation is strong initially, but fades really fast. There's some definite lacing, though.
The nose is a mix of caramel sweetness with wafts of cocoa coming through. Sometimes there's no cocoa, other times it's huge.
The flavor continues this theme. My first sip had a huge dark chocolate presence, followed by a toffee/caramel maltiness, and a fading chocolate aftertaste. Other sips still have chocolate notes, but they were milder. Still, I don't mind that. It keeps the flavor interesting.
Because this is a bock, the flavor doesn't quite meld like I'd like. I think a doppelbock base along the lines of Celebrator would've been better. This one is a little too slick and single minded with the caramel/toffee note.
Not to strong and pretty easy drinking, although with the carbonation fading I'd say the beer was somewhat flat after 10 minutes.
I like this more than I used to and It's a welcome addition to the winter mix-pack.

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Photo of jsh420
2.65/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

pours dark brown with a small 1 finger tan head that left some spotted lacing

smells like a tootsie roll - milk chocolate and sugar

taste is underwhelming - some cocoa some roasted malt not much past that

mouthfeel is light over carbonated

drinkability - glad i waited until this was in the winter sampler because this beer is nowhere near worth the 15 bones a bomber they wanted for it the last couple years

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

So I bought the Winter Pack just for this beer. Not bad overall, but I'm really glad I didn't shell out $12-15 for it before when it was in the really cool bottles. Pours opaque black with a bit of brown head. Smell is chocolate--cocoa powder really, with maybe a hint of roast behind it. Taste is ok, big cocoa notes, some bitterness in line with some darker chocolate flavors, and some toasted malt. Something in it doesn't jive with me, however... almost a chalky or flat taste to the chocolate. MF is medium--this would benefit from a bit more body and a bit less carbonation. Overall, a drinkable beer, just not my favorite. Definitely better than Cranberry Lambic, however.

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

12 oz. bottle in the 2010 Winter Classics 12-Pack.

Deep, opaque brown body with faint ruby highlights peeking through, with a fleeting finger of soda-like brown/tan head atop; decent lacing on the trusty, well-traveled Duvel tulip. Cocoa aromas emanate with a bit of patience, as well as some dark chocolate, but the smell is too understated.

The taste is delicious--very chocolaty (both dark and sweet), with lots of toasted caramel, and some spice (ginger, perhaps) emerging in the aftertaste. It is certainly more complex in taste than the underwhelming nose indicates. I am equally fond of the mouthfeel, which is moderately effervescent, creamy smooth, and easy on the palate.

This is a distinct bock upon which Sam Adams, as with so many others, has imprinted its own particular character. The unmistakable cocoa flavor is most welcome, and adds a decent but easy-going bitterness. A stronger smell would make up the grade on it, but Chocolate Bock is a very welcome addition to their Winter Classics lineup. Now, if only Sam Adams would finally remove their Boston Lager (and the White Ale) and return the much missed Cranberry Lambic to the 12-Pack...

Good stuff.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got two of these out of this years Winter Seasonal 12pk.

A- Pours a dark black color with the slightest bit of light visible on the sides. A robust coffee colored head sticks around for a little while.

S- Some faint sweet roasted scents with chocolate malt coming through a bit. Not as impressive of a nose as I was expecting though...

T- Some sweet malt and cocoa is present in the beginning but it quickly fades. There is some chocolate flavor in here but not enough to warrant the title "Chocolate Bock".

M- A little thin with low carbonation.

D- Certainly not a bad brew, but I think they might have missed the mark a little on the original concept.

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