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

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TinusTime on 11-20-2003

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Photo of stlfatguy
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour Looks like root beer in a glass. Lots of head, tight bubbles, dissipates quickly. Dark brown/black looks amber in the light. Smell is mostly chocolate. Almost chocolate milk. Taste is dark chocolate. Like drinking a dark melted chocolate bar, but not too thick and not unpleasant. Very nice for what it is. Thought it would be a forced, fake flavor, but I Like it a lot. Smooth feel.

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Photo of Rbroccoli
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Here's my little spiel before I review this one..feel free to skip ahead. I haven't reviewed in a while. I first started drinking beer about 2 and a half years ago, and before deciding on what to get for my first beer, I stumbled across this one on the internet and it was one that I wanted to try before ever drinking a beer. It had not been released since then, and I finally came across it in the new winter packs. I almost skipped it, because now with my experience, SA tends to be lackluster, but this is really a different story. This one was surprisingly great. I'm very happy to have tried it.

L: Poured into a goblet, Dark brown, rich in color. Moderate lacing left behind, dense foamy head.
S: Roasted malts and woody notes, fermented fruit, and of course cocoa
T: This was quite chocolatey, but not obnoxiously so. It was assertive and semi-sweet, but didn't taste like carbonated chocolate milk. There were plenty of complimentary notes of tannic woodiness and just enough hop balance to not be out of place but to offset the possibility of being overly desserty. This was incredibly enjoyable.
M: This was the weak point of the beer. Overall, it wasn't a bad mouthfeel, but maybe a little too carbed. Not to say it drank like soda water though. There was just enough density to not make it too offputting, but it was by no means viscous, and I guess it shouldn't be so either as that wouldn't be very true to the bock style.
O: Super enjoyable. This is my favorite release in a seasonal pack since Hazel Brown in the fall pack of 2013. I hope to see this one around next year again.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight "4.5 out of 5" for me. Sampled this past Saturday on 12/19/15. Had this once before back in 2011. Hard to come by as it is part of a 'Winter Sampler" 12-pack only in a 12-ounce bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage "Sam Adam's" pint glass.

Brew pours a very deep mahogany in color that is almost pitch-black with a good creamy/foamy 1-finger beige head. A good amount of sticky lacing is seen when sipped that stuck to the sides of the glass after each sip. Aroma is of cocoa powder, dark roasted malt with a hint of caramel. Pretty much can be said for the taste along with some dark fruits. Very smooth and goes down easy with no bitterness at all. Very tasty brew! Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. Love this one!

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

I opened the bottle, pour it in a pint. The color is dark brown with little carbonation, and a white brown head. I get little bit of chocolate, almost like a 'Hershey dark chocolate' smell. The chocolate is stronger on the taste. Again, It sorta tastes like Hershey's dark chocolate, but more natural. I would say the body is medium-light, very smooth. Nice and sweet, which I like.

I really think this beer is underrated. This easily deserves a 'very good' rating.

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Photo of hman43
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours black with a brown head that is large and lasts.

Smell: It has aromas of chocolate and caramel.

Taste: It has chocolate and caramle flavors with hints of dark fruits.

Feel: It is smooth and rich with plenty of carbonation and a moderately bitter finish.

Overall: It is full of chocolate flavors, rich, easy drinking.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sounds nice, as much as I like bock and chocolate both. This pours a dark brown with slight tan head. Minimal chocolate with light malt and caramel sweet aroma. Much more chocolate comes through in the taste, finishing fairly clean and a little dry. Not bad..

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Photo of NateDyk47
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

L- almost black with a thin beige head
S- very obvious chocolate smell
T- overwhelming chocolate taste, but that's about it
F- pretty thin, light body... if this were thicker/heavier, it could be a really good beer, but this took a lot away from it for me

Overall, I guess this about what i was expecting from a Sam Adams beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased as part of the winter pack this year.

This one pours a dark mostly clear brown, with a foamy brown head, and not a whole lot of lacing.

Smells like sweet chocolate syrup, chocolate malt, and a little bit a lagery fruitiness.

This doesn't taste a whole lot like a bock underneath the chocolate assault here. The chocolate is definitely tasty, warm, slightly syrupy, and a little bittersweet. Reminds me of Swiss Miss powdered hot chocolate- not a bad thing in my book. I can catch some dark fruitiness on the back end that's pleasant and nice.

This is medium bodied, with a very sweet and creamy mouthfeel.

This one is pretty underrated, I definitely enjoyed it.

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Photo of illpass78
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a stemmed Libbey stout glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown with some garnet edges. One finger tan head.

Aroma: Some chocolate, some booze. Maybe a little grass.

Taste: Hm. First thing I notice is that the malt presence I expected isn't there. Chocolate is, but it's a tiny bit too sweet. Somewhat medicinal. Booze noticeable.

Mouthfeel: It's a tiny bit lacking of body. With my eyes closed, I wouldn't suspect this is a dark beer.

Overall: A worthy, fun idea, but it just doesn't totally come together. Points for degree of difficulty. To be fair, it's been around a long time, so it's clearly popular.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate is the dominant smell and flavor, and drowns out everything else. They took it about as far as you can take it and still call it beer, to the point where it made no difference if it was bock or stout. The only way you could tell it's bock (and not a double) is that it feels a little lighter and carbonated. Still I liked it overall - this is kind of what I was hoping Sweet Baby Jesus would be like. Good for something different and unique in a holiday setting. I wouldn't seek it out again but I finished the bottle no problem.

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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 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 though...it 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 MACrist
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 like...like 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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