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

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Samuel Adams Cherry Chocolate BockSamuel Adams Cherry Chocolate Bock

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: German Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Slatetank on 04-11-2011

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Reviews by devinoconnor:
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3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a very dark brown, almost black color with little brown foam from the tap. Smell was strong and bitter, sugary and sweet.

Taste is downright tart. Any chocolate malts are overpowered by the sweet cherries. Cherries remind me of the Sam Adams Cherry Wheat brew, which I actually like... Not here. Too artificial and way too sugary.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and syrupy. Unless you're a sours fan, I'd avoid this.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Label is very attractive and eye-catching with a metallic foil look and awesome graphics. Front label gives a small description of beer, ABV info, Enjoy Before Date(4/2014), a bit of brewery info, and states “Special Release”. Neck label has a nice small description and back story on the beer. Sam Adams is embossed in the glass bottle.

Appearance: I decanted this Cherry Chocolate Bock aggressively from its 12oz brown bottle into a 13oz pokal glass which led to a thick 3 finger mocha head atop a deep opaque brown beer that has slight ruby tones when held up to the light. Head retention was a excellent 4min 37sec before fading to a thick coating and ring with excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: CCB smells heavy of sweet maraschino cherries with hints of coco and a slight nuttiness. Has a slight soda aroma.

Flavor/Taste: CCB tastes heavy on sweet chocolate malts with a slight nuttiness on the front-end. A sweet maraschino cherry flavor along with more chocolate comes through on midpoint. Back-end is dominated by sweet chocolate with some light cherry sweetness and a toasty nutty flavor. Finish is very soda like with a sweet chocolate and cherry flavor. Very sweet.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the full side of medium bodied with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. CCB is only just slightly drinkable because of the overly sweet flavor.

Overall/Comments: CCB is a solid offering that I would classify as a dessert beer because of the extremely sweet nature of this beer. In my opinion if this beer have had more of a sour cherry flavor it would have been a very good offering however it is overly sweet for me as is. Consumed 12/17/2013. Classified as a Bock @ 5.8% ABV.

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Photo of oberon
2.34/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured one and a half bottles into a 1/2 liter stein a deep dark chocolate color with a reddish brown hue,a lighter tan colored head atop,downhill from there.Aromas of maraschino cherries dominate the nose,just artificial and overly sweet.Flavors are cloying and so artificial tasting that it's hard to come up with anything other than sweet as far as a profile goes.It tastes like cherry syrup with a little bit of chocolate.I think Boston Beer Company is a great, and Jim Koch is great, but this beer to me is a slap in the face to craft beer drinkers.

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Photo of Hoppin_mad
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.44/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.65/5  rDev +34.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Billolick
3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle, with enjoy before dating notched onto the side of the lable.

Pours dark mahogony brown, moderate medium khaki head , that quickly departs leaving next to no film, a thin collar and just a thin tongue of lace here and there.

Bright and pungent cherry nose, with a hint of chocolate in the rear.

Cherry fruityness, dark maltyness and chocolaty sweetness, provides decent complexity and intrigue. Not bad stuff, sort of a poor mans craft winter warmer thats amped up with a load of cherry notes.

Not subtle in its approach, but I'll bet this would work just fine with a chocolate dessert on a cold winters night

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Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: 1 inch head, high carbonation, dark brown in color, clear

Smell: cherry soda, cocoa, and dark chocolate

Taste: dark chocolate, cocoa, dark cherry, and slight milk chocolate

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy body, sweet, rich, moderate carbonation

Overall: A good beer but not a great one. I find this to b the best of the new offerings in the winter pack and I hope they bring this back. That said it is like a mixture of their cherry wheat and chocolate bock, but does not work as well as either of those beers, which I adore. I think O'Fallon has a tastier version of a cherry chocolate bock, but this one is still fairly good.

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1.75/5  rDev -49.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of Michael_Squires
2.76/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- no problems here

Smell- clear cherry smell, probably a bit overwhelming to some but I personally like cherry

Taste- Tasted like cherry cough syrup... absolutely disgusting. I don't know how anyone could like the taste. The chocolate tried to mask the overwhelming cherry flavor but couldn't for me at least.

Mouthfeel- Smooth enough, no problems there.

Overall- I was a few sips in and really didn't even want to finish it.

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Photo of deebo
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in the Sam Adams glass this beer has a weak tan head that dissipates quickly. Brown with garnet highlights and clear. Aromas of cherry and chocolate for sure. A bit of a cola aroma. Taste is chocolate cherry cola-weird. Weak on grainy malts or hops this beer is high on carbonation and weak in body given the ABV. A fairly easy beer to drink-recommended for someone looking for a beery cherry cola. A sweet dessert beer.

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2/5  rDev -42.2%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Best before APR 2014 notched.

Pours out nearly pitch black, actually a really dark brown color, very short lived head even straight off of the pour, fixed to nothing within a minute. Lots of rising carbonation bubbles.

The aroma is almost entirely maraschino cherries, smells artificial. hard to get much else, maybe hints at chocolate.

Cherry is a big part of the taste, but there's more complexity than the aroma suggests. Maraschino cherry, sweet toasted, lightly roasted malt, hints of dark chocolate.

Body is lighter side of medium, it could definatly use some more body to stand up to the big flavors here. Carbonation is just a bit much at times.

Definatly a sweet desert beer, for me the flavors are just a bit too artificial.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.55/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Nearly black in color with nearly no head and very little stick to the glass. The beer looks somewhat thin.

The aroma is a bit strange; yes, there's chocolate, yes there's some cherry, and yes there's some roasted malt, but it doesn't quite come together as nicely as it sounds on paper. The cherry flavor seems somewhat artificial, perhaps like a (cough) syrup.

The flavor has similar failings: the cherry flavor doesn't come together particularly well and doesn't accentuate any of the positives present in this beer. The roast character is very mild, dominated by artificial chocolate and cherry flavors.

Thin to medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

I wasn't a fan of the Chocolate Bock or now this Chocolate Cherry Bock. Apparently, they just aren't for me. That being said, the ice cream Churchill's Pub & Grille made using this ice cream was fantastic.

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Photo of briandaube
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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