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

Samuel Adams Cherry Chocolate BockSamuel Adams Cherry Chocolate Bock
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From:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
Bock
Ranked #84
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
79
Ranked #28,628
Avg:
3.46 | pDev: 19.65%
Reviews:
188
Ratings:
686
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 26, 2021
Added:
Apr 11, 2011
Wants:
  38
Gots:
  76
SCORE
79
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Samuel Adams Cherry Chocolate BockSamuel Adams Cherry Chocolate Bock
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Rated: 3.82 by Mortarforker from Texas

Nov 26, 2021
 
Rated: 3.52 by Krusader from Wisconsin

Jan 23, 2019
 
Rated: 1 by COBEERHUNTER from Colorado

Jul 22, 2018
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Initial whiff is Dr. Pepper, cherry dies out in the flavor and gives way to the chocolate, with some cherry/Dr. Pepper in the background. Sweetness hides the alcohol content. Finish is dry and somewhat chalky. A bit sweeter than is the norm for a winter beer, but interesting nonetheless. Gets better with each sip.
Mar 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Dec 29, 2017
 
Rated: 3.69 by Khaack from New York

Oct 29, 2017
 
Rated: 3 by jonbonfondle from Minnesota

Apr 09, 2017
 
Rated: 3.58 by Kurzman from Rhode Island

Feb 09, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by ShepardCommander from Virginia

Jan 18, 2017
 
Rated: 3.52 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Nov 05, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by BrewskiBrandon from Missouri

Sep 16, 2016
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Reviewed by Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
This bock pours a black color with a medium tan foamy head. It smells very strongly of cherries and slightly of chocolate. There is flavor of cherry that hits you right in the face. There are also slightly more subtle flavors of chocolate and toasted malts. The body is medium, but disappointingly a little lighter than the average bock. It is also sweeter. The cherry flavor has a somewhat fake quality to it. This beer reminds me of nothing so much as the chocolate candies with the gooey cherry center that you get at Christmas. This could have been an amazing beer if the cherry flavor was just a little more subtle and maybe evenly balanced with the chocolate malts. I know that many people would not like this beer, but I find it kind of interesting in a strange way. I also like their regular chocolate bock a lot, which many people would say has overwhelming chocolate flavor though. I wouldn’t drink too many and I don’t think it’s quite as good as the original, but I think it’s a good holiday beer to have one of.
Jun 11, 2016
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Reviewed by Umdrunner from Wisconsin

3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
Pored deep brown, almost black with tan head that laced well. The scent was heavy cherry, almost cherry syrup like. Flavor was not pleasant for me. Fake/candy cherry dominated and made it un-drinkable for me. It was given to me and I will not purchase. Disclosure - fruit beers are not my thing, especially cherry.
Apr 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3.4 by ESPN_Woodsy from New York

Feb 17, 2016
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Reviewed by Raime from Korea (North)

3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Sam Adams Cherry Chocolate Bock.

I remember having the chocolate Bock some years ago. I also remember the cherry wheat from when I first got into craft. One was highly unimpressive and the other was down right offensive. Let's just hope this isn't merely a mixture of the two put into one. Whatever.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a random glass from my kitchen. Pours out a brownish shade with some ruby hues with our being held up to the light. Head amounts to about a finger in height before thinly grasping the edges of the glass. Carbonation appears to be low. No lacing or stick after a finished glass.

Smell - Alright allow me to be the first to say I am thankful for this nose not being dominated by either of the aforementioned beers. The cherry is surely dominant but nowhere near medicinal as I remember the cherry wheat being and the chocolate is complimentary to the initially nose. It smells like a chocolate covered cherry to put it into simpler terms. If the taste follows the nose I won't have a problem drinking this.

Taste - I've noticed a lot of people are getting mostly chocolate on the flavor profile but it is quite the opposite for me. Big dosage of cherry, which border lines on jolly rancher like with a moderate touch of sweet, and somewhat seemingly stale milk chocolate . Nothing much else to say about this profile so we shall move right along.

Feel - The feel is almost like pop rocks in nature. Medium, somewhat thick bodied with an ever present amount of carbonation. Showing it's malts a bit more here as the beer has slowly warmed up a tad in the heat of this room. Flavors mostly retain the same and the brew Swallows easily. Clearly, the cherry is artificial due to the stick of my lips. But oh well.

Overall - This beer is actually better than I was expecting and certainly better than the two I mentioned in my above prologue. While I personally wouldn't seek it out, you cannot complain much about it. I got more cherry than I did chocolate out of the flavor profile.
Feb 13, 2016
 
Rated: 3.77 by PJCarnell from Massachusetts

Dec 23, 2015
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Reviewed by mothmanscott from Georgia

3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a clear deep brown with bright ruby highlights, producing 1+ fingers of mocha, shortlived, frothy head that leaves a thin wash of lacing. Aroma is Cherry Coke cherry & chocolate (very chocolate cherry cordial like) roasted malt & toffee. Taste is Cherry Coke cherry, amaretto & chocolate to the point of being cloying & distracting. Behind this I pick up the definitive Bock notes: dark bread & toasted malts, molasses, toffee vanilla & delicate dark fruit. Finishes sweet & chocolatey followed by subdued (for the first time since the beginning of the sip) cherry. Aftertaste is cherry, cocoa, toffee & roast nuts. Chocolate is nicely subtle in both the nose & mouth, cherry is heavy handed. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, smooth & a little chewy with a faint hint of spiciness in the finish. This is a dessert beer and not very drinkable. I know I am in conflict with many rating remarks left by others at Rate Beer and Beer Advocate who seem to like the cherry and do not find it as overwhelming as I.
Dec 23, 2015
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

3.14/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Left over fro the 2014 variety pack. My least favorite of the assortment. The flavor is just too candy like. It is not unpleasant but I can only do one per year! If you are a chocoholic, this beer is for you.
Dec 11, 2015
 
Rated: 2.59 by greenday_bjh from Ohio

Nov 20, 2015
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Reviewed by NWSREM from Connecticut

3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Bottle - Opaque brown w/ reddish tinge, little to no head - strong chocolate and and cherry smell. Taste follows, strong chocolate and cherry (a little like cough syrup), sweet at first with slightly tart aftertaste. Light to moderate feel, creamy w/ little carbonation. Overall, very sweet and tasty especially as it warms, but strong flavors a bit overwhelming for the beer, making it taste a little artificial.
Nov 17, 2015
 
Rated: 3.38 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Oct 31, 2015
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Reviewed by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours dark brown - black with a tan head. Smells of divine dark chocolate with cherries. It tastes like a black forest cherry chocolate cake. No lack of cherry or chocolate here. This is a perfect dessert beer in the winter. Feels creamy and smooth, like liquid chocolate cake. Overall unique and tasty brew.
Oct 31, 2015
 
Rated: 4.06 by freshcarl from Connecticut

Aug 30, 2015
 
Rated: 3.84 by NickySop from New York

Aug 29, 2015
 
Rated: 3.23 by AmishLightning from Illinois

Aug 18, 2015
 
Rated: 3 by jpuetz from South Dakota

Aug 10, 2015
 
Rated: 1.28 by Nesfelle

Aug 03, 2015
 
Rated: 1.5 by FranMoff from Rhode Island

Jul 28, 2015
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Rated by jzlyo from Iowa

3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Aroma is cherries, mild chocolate and slight musty notes. The flavor is cherries, chocolate undertones, malts and a dryish/sweet finish.
Jun 28, 2015
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Rated by Thecalmdrinker from Nevada

4.51/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Smells a lot like cherries, but little Chocolate. You could very much taste both, which I personally love.
Jun 27, 2015
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Rated by Stableatbest from New York

4.28/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25
Doesn't get a lot of respect, but very underrated beer in my opinion. Love the aroma.
May 22, 2015
 
Rated: 3.74 by Gear54 from Indiana

May 08, 2015
 
Rated: 3.43 by connecticutpoet from Connecticut

May 04, 2015
 
Rated: 3 by fureousangel from California

May 01, 2015
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Reviewed by GRPunk from Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle from the mixed pack (best by Mar), poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- 1-finger of brown head atop a very dark brown body, nearing black. Good sustain and great stick.

S- Lots of sweet and tart cherry. Try to decide on how natural it comes off. Chocolate, and maybe a little coffee, underneath.

T- Lots of cherry and chocolate as advertised, with some coffee and dark, roasted grains to boot. Chocolate is of the dark variety, a little sweet but bitter at the same time. Cherry is multi-dimensional as well, sweet and tart (maybe a little forced, if not almost artificial).

M- Medium-full body and moderate carb. A combination of sugary sweet, tart, and a little bitter. It works better than it sounds.

O- I've been back and forth after a couple of bottles. Sometimes too sweet and artificial, other times complex and tasty. Probably somewhere in the middle. A decent, winter sipper. Not going to drink more than 1 in a sitting, enjoyable nonetheless.
Apr 18, 2015
 
Rated: 3.6 by redsoxjim from Massachusetts

Apr 17, 2015
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Reviewed by wingman14 from Ohio

3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Pours black with a mocha head. The smell is strong cherry, sweeter than Sams cherry wheat. The taste is dominated by the cherry flavor. It has subtle chocolate notes with slight bitter aftertaste. It has a medium mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Overall, an ok beer, but way too much cherry.
Apr 04, 2015
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Reviewed by mrfrancis from Kentucky

3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
A: Pours a jet black with a fizzy beige head that disappears quickly.

S: Strong aromas of ripe cherry and chocolate fill the nose.

T: Notes of cream, caramel, chocolate, and ripe cherries dominate the palate, while hints of molasses, herbs, and grass linger in the background. The finish is dominated by sensations of cherry skin and cherry stone underscored by traces of cream and chocolate.

M: Luscious medium-to-full body that feels thinner than it actually is. Carbonation is really intense. If it were a bit more restrained, this beer would be far easier to drink.

O: I'm not really sure about this one, but it does not strike me as being bad in any way. I suppose this is kind of a mediocre offering overall.
Mar 28, 2015
 
Rated: 3 by LAND_MINE from Virginia

Mar 17, 2015
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Rated by VirginiaBeerMan from Virginia

2.18/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2
It sort of tastes like cherry coke, but worse. Not interested in having this again.
Feb 16, 2015
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