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

A - Pours dark brown, almost black in color with a very thin toffee colored lacing ring.

S - Dark chocolate, dark fruit, some molasses aroma.

T - Dark chocolate, cocoa, a touch of peat (based on the age of the bottle).

M - Medium body with little to no carbonation, velvety on the tongue.

O - Not bad but should have enjoyed this bottle before it got too old.

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Photo of RonaldWilsonReagan
4.74/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Love this stuff. All the wonder of a great porter (yes I’m aware it’s not classified as such) without the thickness or heavy mouthfeel. Chocolate is subtle yet great. Smell and taste both are amazing. I could drink several of these at a time, but unfortunately BBC makes them difficult to get.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.31/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Long quick review. This brew never seems to get enough love in my opinion. Every aspect about it is subtle & nuanced, it pours beautiful - near-opaque with a light-caramelly head that lingers briefly. The nose is chocolate & dense maltiness with a hint of hop & booze (you really have to search for that booze). Altogether this beer smells so enticing to me. The flavors are dense but mild. Well-defined chocolate plays overtop a crisp hop hit that floats above the deeper malt notes. There is a trace of smokiness. This brew has a light, undercarbonated feel & I love it! I always look for this beer when it's around.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer has the best chocolate flavor of any chocolate beer I've had yet, including chocolate milk stouts. It was a little thinner than the milk stouts, but a ton of flavor.

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Photo of TBCE
4.74/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite winter seasonal beers. Missed out on it this year and am still a little depressed about it. Smooth with prominent chocolate malt flavor. Love this brew!

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Photo of Jomolieri
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For anyone who likes a smooth creamy sweet beer from time to time this is a must try. It was like a chocolate beer milk shake.

I had it as 12oz bottle and gotta say it was one my favorite chocolate beers ever. I just wish it was more available.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Look is a dark opaque beer with little to no head.

lot of astringent roasted malt. Smells like a slightly old chocolate.

Tastes like yoohoo. Lots of residual chocolate.

Very good.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a fantastic black color with one finger of caramel colored head that hangs around for a while.

S: A little weak, a mix of chocolate and faint malt aromas.

T: Chocolate and more chocolate. There is a hint of malt in there, but everything is pretty subtle. This is basically a candy bar in a bottle.

F: Thick and creamy, as it should be.

O: If you like chocolate your going to love this one, and it is a fantastic dessert beer. If it were available in six packs, I would probably have it around a lot.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown almost black color with a nice 1 inch tan colored head that takes a little while to dissipate leaving good lacing down the goblet glass.

Smell is a little weak but I can make out some chocolate malts and the lager yeast smell.

Taste is really good. Those chocolate malts really come through as the dominant taste in this one. Once the chocolate subsides a bit, there is an onrush of sweetness that reminds me of chocolate milk. Chocolate is the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the fuller side as you would expect with velvety texture.

Overall, a really good beer. I couldn't drink 20 of them in one sitting but definitely a nice beer to wind down with in the evening during the holidays.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Appearance: deep brown, almost black color

Overall: Has a chocolate and coffee taste. Very malty. Sweet finish/aftertaste. Okay for a change of pace beer.

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Photo of Mit
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Pours a black reddish colour with zero clarity..mocha head that quickly dissipates.

Smells of roasted malt flavours chocolate....some hops...coffee...

Very pronounced coffee and chocolate flavours. Almost chocolate milk flavor. Very tiny hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a little thicker. Almost like a syrup. Seemed perfect for the beer.

Overall this was quite good. Im not sure i could have tons at a time...i feel that it would get too cloying. I would buy again for sure.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark brown to black. A tight bubbled, foamy head that has great retention.

Smells like sweet malts and lager yeast with some chocolate.

Taste exactly how it smells, with a little more chocolate that is mainly on the back end. Up front it is a lighter bodied, yet malty, carmely semi sweet base. The chocolate is very prominent in the finish and aftertaste. Not bitter. More like a Twix.

An very enjoyable beer that I would like to see more often.

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Photo of Foyle
2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pours a 2" thick cream colored head that fades at a moderate pace. Color is a dark reddish-brown through which very little light can penetrate. Lacing is light.
Aroma: fairly mild, I do detect some mild milk chocolate, a hint of hops, and some roasted malts. Mouthfeel: mouthfeel is between light and medium with a decent amount of carbonation. Finish is not very dry.
Flavor: there is no doubt about the chocolate presence in this beer. It is almost a little overwhelming to my tastebuds. I love to eat chocolate but drinking it in a beer I find myself enjoying only in rare cases. Other than the chocolate, there is some hop bitterness,but not much, in the finish and some roasted malt flavor in the middle of the taste.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a deep brown, almost black color with a moderate head but lacing throughout.

S - A mild cocoa with some hint of malt - no hops at all.

T - Chocolate with a hint of sweetness from the malt.

M - Almost velvety smooth with a sweet finish.

O - This is "Yoo Hoo" for adults. Nothing you want to do a session with, but like a lot of Samuel Adams Specialty beers a nice change of pace.

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Photo of BierJager89
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark chocolate brown, pretty much black, with a creamy mocha ring of head.

S: Malty and chocolatey nose, not much else.

T: Malt, milk chocolate, medium roast coffee and roasted malt.

M: Medium bodied and smooth enough.

O: Not really what I expected, but then again, it doesn't stray too far from what I expected. It's decent, worth a try. Recommended.

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Photo of TeamMathis
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep, dark brown. Tiny lace remains.
Smell: Roasted chocolate and malt.
Taste: Roasted chocolate and malt.

I love this drink. It will be missed. Thankfully I saved one last bottle (I was going to compare the 2012 and 2013, but oh well). The aging didn't negatively affect the taste at all, and it was just as delicious as I remembered. The malt is big, and the roasted smell and taste was delightful. It is nicely smooth and creamy. If offered, I'll get it again.

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

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Dark Brown color, with a thin, light brown head. The head did not last long.

Smell: Nice mix of aromas. Can detect both from the chocolate and roasted malts, which makes for a nice sweet aroma.

Taste: Nice combination of chocolate and malt flavors. The mouthfeel is smooth, but a little thin. A sweet drink due to the combination of the malts and chocolate makes this an enjoyable beer to drink, but not very complex. A very nice long aftertaste that continues to please.

This is a nice Chocolate Bock from Sam Adams. Although I would like the taste to have a little more hops to balance the sweetness of the chocolate, this is a beer I would enjoy drinking all year round.

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

A - Solid, opaque black with a light tan head, quick to fade, with some lacing.

S - Definite chocolate nose, cocoa and sweet malty highlights. Suggests malted milk balls.

T - Following the nose, the front is malted milk ball as beer. The close is a bit drier, but still quite sweet.

M - Brisk. A bit heavy on the tongue, slightly slick, but still quite light.

O - A beer that actually delivers chocolate-oriented flavors without coffee or char that so frequently comes in chocolate stouts and porters. I love those, and in part this illustrates why - the bitter bite that close most stouts or porters is needed here in order to avoid fatigue.

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Photo of scanny24
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorites. I realize this beer has been replaced with the Cherry Chocolate Bock, which I have yet to try. As far as the now unavailable Chocolate Bock, it will be missed. I had it both in bottles and on tap and the chocolate flavor was right on par. Not too overpowering, not bitter at all, just right. I looked forward to this beer every year and was disappointed to see it go, however, I will withhold judgement until I try the new variation. To be continued, I suppose...

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent beer everytthing i described in the Cherry Chocolate Bock this beer deserves a 4.9 rating but i cant rate beer at 4.9 with my options on the menu but not a bad beer one of my favs especially when i could get it but now its replaced by the even better cherry chocolate bock. there is a reason why i save the chocolate beer to the end

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Photo of dbossman
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark brown with a creamy, velvety cream-colored head--decent retention; decent lacing

S: Grainy and pretty subdued; some subtle chocolate syrup aromas but pretty simple with not a whole bunch going on beyond wet grains

T: A lot more chocolate in the flavors but more like hershey's chocolate syrup than anything; I wish the malts were richer to play off the chocolate; instead it's just a lot of chocolate syrup that almost becomes cloying

F; Medium body with some creaminess

O: It's not an awful beer but it just doesn't have a ton going on and as I said, the sweet chocolate flavoring does become just too much

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Photo of Samp01
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A deep black with a medium lasting tan head on the pour. Aroma is of sweet milk chocolate and caramel malt. Taste is of dark caramel malts, and sweet milk chocolate flavor. A medium body and slightly creamy mouth feel on the palate with light carbonation. Finishes with a sweet dark malt and chocolate flavor with light bitterness. Overall a tasty and delightful after dinner drink.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock combines our carefully roasted malts with the robust flavor of premium dark nibs from Ecuador. We slowly age the brew on a bed of cocoa to impart bold flavors of rich chocolate and a smooth velvety finish. Cheers!" Brewed in the style of a Bock, although it varies a good deal from this style. Available exclusively as part of the Winter Classics Collection for several years now.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle to a snifter. Served north of 54º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a semi fizzy creamy foam head of a mocha cream tone. Retention is below average, head thickens to a shallow cream but doesn't linger long. Body color is deep dark brown with ruby highlights and high clarity. Carbonation is spritely and plentiful. Head quality is shallow for this otherwise decent looking beer. It's obviously much darker in color than the average bock. 3.25

(Smell) As a bock, it stands that this beer has a similar bready malt character but also a semi-sweet cocoa nib backbone. Lager characteristics are still noticeable, but a sweetness with a coffee and mild earthy hop contribution does make things more complex. Potency is above average- the beer shows a lot more than it hides. It's a very inviting aroma overall. 3.75

(Taste) This is much farther from a bock than it smelled, but is rather enjoyable on it's own merits. Moist chocolate brownie malts pair with a lightly toasted caramel bread and a touch of lactose sweetness. Bitterness comes from cocoa nibs and a mild earthy hop bitterness. Still notable in the background is a mild lager cleanliness, although it doesn't contribute much to the flavor of this beer, it adds some slickness to the texture and adds focus to the chocolate. It's most certainly chocolate-heavy, no doubt about that. Sweetness is not over-the-top, but might come close to cloying for a few. Very easy to drink for a dark beer. It flows very smoothly, and as it warms, the chocolate becomes even more noticeable. Perhaps sailing too far on the cocoa boat for some, but the taste is spot-on in my opinion. I personally enjoy the flavor, it really comes out in the upper 50's, and whether it's regarded as a stout, porter, or roasty bock, it holds a unique, enjoyable identity for itself. It's quite the filling beer. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is creamy and smooth with a smack of sticky milk-chocolate lactose sweetness on the finish and a mild bready chewiness. Body is heavy for a bock and medium/heavy overall. Alcohol presence is low, well overshadowed by the bread and chocolate. A very filling beer- certainly comes off as deep and heavy for a lager style but the textures are next to ideal for the flavors involved. 4

(Overall) This beer has received as much disdain as it has praise. Even for style purists, I can hardly see what the fuss is about. Make no bock about it, chocolate bock is a dessert in itself- chocolate hardly does the name justice. The balance, however is remedied by the lager strain and a moderate cocoa nib bitterness and earthy hop blend, so drinkability is still high, despite being a filling drink. This would make an excellent complementary dessert beer with something equally bold in chocolate flavor and depth. 3.75

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock

Vertical Reviews:

Winter 2011 (1 year, 6 months aged)

Head has thinned out a touch to a crispier froth, yet the same retention quality marks and colors remain. Aroma is a lot sharper and still maintains a bready chocolate malt tone for a mild sweetness, although the hop and coffee characteristics have faded and a mild tartness has set in. Flavor reveals a closer balance between chocolate and biscuity lager notes. Texture is slick and less creamy, a touch thinner and slightly drier although it still balances sweet over bitter.Some of the depth of the original beer is lost but it's far from the worst aging I've tried. Try saving one bottle at most for yourself, if you thought the fresh batch was too intensely flavored, this might be a bit more to your liking. I personally recommend a fresh batch of this beer.

Recommended age: Fresh

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