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

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Samuel Adams Chocolate BockSamuel Adams Chocolate Bock

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TinusTime on 11-20-2003

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A deep and rich (but not opaque) brown, almost like a cola, with reddish tinges and a similar (but longer lasting foamy khaki head. Smell is of malt and chocolate, but not terribly strong on the roasty/toasty front. Taste (particularly on the front end) is creamy and sweet, like a chocolate milk, though there are hints of maltiness and bitterness on the back end. I really enjoy it, though I'd like more balance. The mouthfeel is average: not too heavy, though it's a little more thick/syrupy than I'd prefer, especially on the back end. A good beer with strong qualities, but one that still leaves me wanting a bit more.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark brown with a tan head, not much head retention, what is left is creamy with lots of tiny bubbles in the head, some carbonation and lacing.

A: Coffee, chocolate, very roast forward, roasted malts, more chocolate as the beer warms.

T: Hit of chocolate up front, cocoa, hints of coffee and roasted malts, vanilla, very smooth and easy drinking, is sweeter than it is roasted, cocoa lingers in the aftertastes.

M: Creamy smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, but light-medium, semi-dry finish.

O: First off, this is very easy to drink and smooth, creamy mouthfeel, a little sweet, did not get that big of a presence from the malts, but overall an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours really dark decent tan head that dissipates quickly very little lacing. Smell notes of coco and chocolate not really much of a great smell. Taste is ok some chocolate up front little caramel toasted almond. It is a very smooth beer no stand out taste or feel. This is a middle of the road beer its not bad and its not great nothing really stands out.

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Photo of atr2605
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a coca cola color with an off white head with decent retention
S-caramel, toasted notes, chocolate
T-blend of caramel and sweet chocolate, with more lingering chocolate in the finish
M-medium bodied
O-interesting take on a bock, wouldn't seek it out but is nice in the mixed pack

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Photo of udfan07
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very smooth bock beer. The chocolate is very prevalent throughout while drinking the beer and it has a very sweet taste. Wish they would make this a year round beer because it's so good.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear brown-black with garnet highlights, producing 2 fingers of light mocha, shortlived, tightly bubbled, but frothy head that leaves little lacing. Aroma is cocoa, dark roasted malt, caramel, toffee & vanilla. Taste is dark bread & lightly roasted/toasted malts, cocoa & cream, caramel/ molasses/toffee, vanilla & a delicate hint of raisin & nuts. Finishes with a slight smokey bitterness. Aftertaste is lightly bitter cocoa & toffee. Chocolate is nicely subtle in both the nose & mouth. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, smooth, with a little peppery spice in the finish.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a very dark brown with a big light brown head. There is good retention and also good lacing. The smell is sweet roasted malts. Taste is the same with a huge injection of chocolate. Feel is full side of medium and slick. Overall pretty good, but in that abv range I'd much prefer a chocolate porter.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A truly surprising result. I had low expectations but this was really pretty tasty. Good looking beer, decent aroma, tasty, rich feel, overall a pretty good beer. While I am typically a fan of the bigger Sam Adams stuff their regular stuff is very much miss, miss, hit, miss, miss. This one is the 1 in 5 hit. Sam Adams gets prejudice often and this one is another example, Sam Adams hit.

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Photo of teromous
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Extremely dark brown body that appears mostly black but shows dark hues of brown in the light. Light khaki head that is creamy with a short profile and good retention. Decent lacing.

Aroma: There is a bit of a burnt caramel aroma but not really anything else. No chocolate aroma.

Taste: There is a nice light roasted flavor with a sweet caramel flavor and a touch of chocolate. It doesn't really have a strong chocolate flavor but it is there.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is a bit light and watered down but it has a nice smoothness to it.

Overall: It's a good beer and it is enjoyable and easy to drink. It doesn't have a lot of chocolate but it works well with the overall subdued flavor profile and lightness of the beer. The chocolate flavor of the beer is nice just has a good taste to it. Unfortunately it feels pretty thin for a bock but if you discount that the beer is pretty good. If I'm looking for a chocolate beer I probably wouldn't buy this and if I was looking for a bock I probably wouldn't buy it either. I'm not saying it's a bad beer but it just isn't one I would buy given the alternatives. I would drink it again if I couldn't find anything else or if it was offered to me.

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Photo of lic217
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: black with red hues, tan head, nice lacing, head lingers
Aroma: big time chocolate
Taste: chocolate soda taste, but not sweet or bitter, just very chocolately
Feel: soft, thin, a little creamy
Overall: a chocolate beer, that tastes an smells of chocolate

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a dark black color with a caramel colored head. About 1 1/2 fingers of head the dissipate slowly without lacing.

S - A robust blend of aromas mixing together chocolate, nuts and roasted malts. Fairly strong scented beer though very pleasant to the nose.

T - Incredible! Loved the beer with the first sip. Dominated instantly with flavors of chocolate, dark and bittersweet - delicious. This blast of flavor is followed by a mixture of nuttiness and malts. Leaves a sweet, lingering aftertaste. Defiantly one of the best tasting beers I've had - personally.

M - Very solid, full beer. Perfect amount of carbonation and very smooth beer. Not much else - highly drinkable.

O - I've come to greatly appreciate SA's. A great brewery that I feel many overlook due to their size. This beer is certainly no exception - beautiful from the pour to the last sip. I haven't had all too many bock style beers, yet this beer makes me want more. All in all phenomenally well done SA, keep up the good work! Will definitely be drinking this one again.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BB Apr 2016 at 42 degrees into a snifter
Aroma of chocolate, fades away
Head average (2.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, fizzy, rapidly diminishes to two mm ring and small island
Lacing – none
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor – roasted malt and chocolate; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of matcris
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

LOOKS: Perfect 5, in a pint glass. 2 finger tan Head, Great lacing (as with most SA beers??!) Looks like your average porter, very dark brown, ruby tints, small bubbles.
AROMA: Cereal, malt, mild sweet chocolate.
TASTE: Tastes chocolate chocolate syrup added to milk...not bad. Malty sweet, but not cloying.
MOUTHFEEL: Nice upfront carbonation. Light to medium body. Fairly dry finish.
SA makes good beer, not great beer, IMO. This is like a lighter version of Boulder Shake Chocolate Porter which is stellar compared to this. Still, certainly not a bad beer.

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Photo of TLWalsh
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Part of the latest seasonal assortment pack. Pours deep and dark, almost black. Has a fairly dense vanilla head with medium carbonation. Very chocolatey aroma, sort of a medium malty semi sweet chocolatey taste. Nice and smooth mouthfeel. A pretty decent brew from SA, would likely be fun to use in certain cooking recipes.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours mahogany with a light brown head.
S- Roasted malt, marshmallow, chocolate.
T- Sweet, mostly chocolate and malt.
M- Medium body, low carbonation, if it wasn't so sweet it'd be easy to drink a few of these.
O- It's ok, nothing to seek out or go crazy over. A sweet dark ale. It would be a good dessert beer.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice looking beer in my glass. Would like the body a little blacker/more oil like but otherwise the head is really nice and billowy with good retention. Smell has a hint of chocolate at most. The taste is very sweet yet not heavy syrupy so its actually quite sessionable yet getting plenty of chocolate and vanilla sweetness. No roast, no hop bitterness. This tastes more like a milk stout than a bock but I think its a very nice sessionable flavorful dark beer.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

If there is something Sam Adams is good at it's simplicity. This is an admittedly simple beer. The carbonation is a little bit to high for my liking, but the simple chocolate flavor really works for me. Not a great beer by any chance, but a good beer - and a damn drinkable one at that.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.37/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams). Poured from the bottle into a nonic tumbler, this brew's head is three fingers thick and eggshell brown, with solid lacing, and a very dark brown, nearly black body.

I smell toasted malts with just a touch of the chocolate

Ok, I taste it for sure. Nothing too sweet or syrupy. I can still detect the malts as well. As it seems to be with the darker brews by Sam Adams, this has a balancing tartness at the end the rounds off the malts and chocolate sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium-light, smooth, and clean.

Overall, I'll choose to give Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) a 4.25. A good one to switch things up with; I may grab this throughout the colder months.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Very dark black pours, with a few hints of Amber. Light brown head that doesn't stick around too long.

Smell: Lots of milk chocolate, reminds of chocolate milk. The chocolate dominates, I get a little roast but not much.

Taste: Pretty much all milk chocolate and like the smell reminds me some of chocolate milk.

Feel: Pretty creamy mouthfeel, mild carbonation.

Overall: Lots of chocolate and not much else. It's drinkable but nothing special.

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Photo of wisebier
4.96/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L: dark black . Little Amber tints in light . Nice dark cream head that goes away fast.

S: a lot of chocolate cocoa malts

T: tastes like it smells. So good. Chocolate upfront and then sweetness to bitter at the end.

Really good beer. It is what it is. Job well done.

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Photo of jimboothdesigns
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good chocolate bock. Pours a very dark brownish black. Smell of sweet bakers chocolate and little else. Maybe a hint of orange/citrus. Thin to medium feel with almost zero carbonation. Bakers chocolate taste from start to finish. On the sweet side rather than bitter.

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Photo of RockRuler
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice chocolate aroma, a bit fizzy feel and a bit light on the palate. I'm glad I was able to try it. There are much better chocolate stouts but this one is worth drinking. Cheers!

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Photo of 2ellas
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with an average mocha head
smell is a hint of chocolate
taste is more cocoa than chocolate if that makes sense. I don't eat sweets but this was pleasant
Feels nicely carbonated with a good slickness
Overall a good beer for a mix pack. Glad to have tried it

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Photo of MarkLinton1
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of six offerings in the 2015 Samuel Adams Holiday Classics 12 pack. First time I've had the Chocolate Bock. Based on some other reviews I have seen, I feel this beer should rate higher. Very smooth mouth feel with crisp notes of chocolate, vanilla and a touch of carmel. Not too sweet and even a little smokey taste with some underlying hops in the background. Well pleased with this holiday 12 pack so far.

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Photo of pweis909
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I just picked up the winter beers 12 pack for the first time in about a decade because I see it has Chocolate Bock, a beer that I remember seeing several years back but never tried. What I forgot was that I had a chance to sample Chocolate Cherry Bock a few years ago and was sort of disappointed. This hits me in the same way.

Appearance - Opaque, black, with a tawny head. The head recedes a little fast, reminding me of a cola,
Aroma has some chocolate w/ vanilla notes. Smells and tastes a bit artificially, you know what I mean. Nothing else going on here, except for possibly a slight soapiness. It is balanced so that the chocolate notes don't come across as too sweet or too bitter, hops are unobtrusive, presumably a light-moderate bittering charge. It's not bad, but it is a one trick pony. Dry finish, yet has a somewhat velvety mouthfeel. Would I drink it again? Well, the 12 pack came with two of these, so maybe once. I wonder if I still like Old Fezziwig?

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Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.67 out of 5 based on 2,969 ratings.
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