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: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of Umdrunner
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of Raime
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of puck1225
3.14/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of NWSREM
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of wingman14
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

"This special release is brewed just for the holidays. For a new approach to a classic favorite, we added cherries to our traditional Chocolate Bock for a sweet, slightly tart note. Aged on a bed of dark cocoa nibs, the malty, chocolaty, and dark fruit flavors create a rich, complex beer perfect for winter. Cheers!" Brewed in the style of a German Bock with Cherries and Cocoa Nibs added. Available originally as a limited draft release, most recently packaged for the 2013 winter classics collection in pairs of 12 oz. bottles.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Samuel Adams Sensory Pint glass. Served above 58º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp frothy foam medium tan head over a dark brown body with ruby highlights and ample, lively carbonation. Retention is average and lacing is faint. 3.25

(Smell) Cherry grenadine syrup, cocoa nibs and sweetened caramel bread. The cherry aroma lends a very mild tartness but the overall malt profile comes off very sweet aromatically. Potency is medium/high. 3.5

(Taste) The flavor follows much of what I expected from the aroma. Very sweet malt profile from the caramel syrup, sweetened cocoa nibs and cherry syrup flavors without much in the way of hops or alternative bittering agents to balance it out. The cherry flavor isn't quite as direct as I had hoped, fairly mild on the tartness and it contributes more to the sweetness, driving this beer further into sugar bomb territory. Cherry Chocolate Bock finishes on a blend of moist chocolate malt and mildly grainy caramel bread. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is mildly viscous, lightly chewy and mildly dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a mellow frothiness and a mild crispness. Body is medium/heavy for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is syrupy sweet over bitter or tart. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off flavors. 3.75

(Overall) Cherry Chocolate Bock suffers right where one might expect a beer with the name Cherry Chocolate Bock to. The issue of balance and drinkability is challenged by a heavy caramel and chocolate profile which is further complicated with the integration of cherry flavor, which adds syrupy sweetness without much tart flavor to balance it out. I could see this as a decent dessert beer but at best it's a novelty item. We've seen much finer integration of cherries into dark and roasty beers. I think with a tart or sour cherry juice addition, this would be far superior from where it is right now. 3.25

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Cherry Chocolate Bock

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with an eighth of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic. Strong notes of cherries up front, followed by some dark chocolate, roasted malt and some slight notes of freshly baked dark bread.

Taste: Very much like the aroma. Strong flavors of macerated cherries up front, followed by some bitter dark chocolate, roasted malt and freshly baked dark bread. I also get some caramel-like sweetness to round everything out. Very Nice flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty smooth as there is practically no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 5.8%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very nice beer, though with the strong flavors of cherry, dark chocolate and caramel, it is much more suited to be a desert beer and/or paired with desert as opposed to a sit down and have a beer/session beer. I do like the strong flavors of cherry and chocolate.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.43/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark proud with a large 2 finger head which dissipates down to a film, minimal lacing.
S - Roasted, toasty malts and a light, pleasant cherry aroma.
T - Nice, slightly smokey bock flavor with a lightly sweet chocolate flavor and a nice lite cherry taste. Not overbearingly sweet, just right, very pleasant and highly sessionable. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side.
O - A damned good brew, very delicious.
V - Low, as far as I know, is only available in the winter seasonal sampler pack.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a pitch black color. Produced some tan froth and bubbles.

(S)- A wonderful aroma of chocolate covered cherries with just a hint of raisins. Dessert in a glass.

(T)- A slight chalkiness meets a ton of chocolate covered cherries. Ever so slight medicinal(cough syrup) quality to the fruit, but subtle.

(M)- A good carbonation level. I like the balance aside from the chalky medicinal parts. It gets to be rather sweet as it warms.

(O)- The smell is glorious. Too bad the rest of the beer is not up to par.

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Photo of utfiero
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Color- black ruby. Slight head.

Aroma- cherry chocolate candy.

Taste- Starts with strong cherry with chocolate background, then chocolate dominates the middle and finishing with a long, odd chocolate cherry roasty finish. Overall a decent brew but nothing like the Sammy Chocolate Bock made with Scharffen Berger chocolate in 750 ml bottles. This reminds us of cheap cherry-chocolate candy by Russel Stover.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle, enjoy before March 2014. It's a bit dated, so we'll see how it is. Served in a mug, the beer pours dark brown with some ruby red tints. There's also an inch light tan head that stays around for a while. There's a small amount of lacing. The brew mostly smells like cherries, along with some chocolate, cola and plums. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some molasses and a slight medicinal flavor. Also, the chocolate is more noticeable in the flavor of this brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit syrupy with low/moderate carbonation. I thought it was a good enough brew, definitely worth a try if you've never had it before.

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Photo of dbyoung
4.57/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful in a glass. deep rich color, the cherry taste seems powerful at first and then the chocolate takes over. This may be a bit too much as a dinner beer, but better as a dessert beer. Or just as dessert. Rich and full bodied. Good with red meats, particularly grilled.

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Photo of bgillespie
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown with a thick tan head.

Smell: A lot of cherry, faint chocolate like a tootsie roll, some malt.

Taste: Very very sweet, strong cherry taste at first, then comes in with a dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Almost a syrup like consistence, almost no carbonation.

Overall: Not a fan of this beer and had a hard time drinking it. It tasted like a flat cherry coke with cough syrup. Cherry flavor was too strong.

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Photo of devilben02
2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This beer looks like any good stout when poured into a glass, with an almost entirely opaque brown-black color and a modest tan head. Even with the word "cherry" in the name, the aroma is surprising and intriguing with how much it reminds me of a freshly opened jar of maraschino cherries. The gimmicky cherry addition doesn't work with the flavor profile, though, with the sweet/sour of the cherries conflicting with the roasted malts and bitter cocoa. The texture is surprisingly light, but the sugary sweetness still makes it a bit syrupy. Overall, the addition of cherries to this recipe is strangely alluring, but the gimmick wears off quickly.

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Photo of rangerred
2.32/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, deep brown with a one finger medium tan head. Surprisingly good head retention for Sam Adams although not much in the way of lacing.

Aroma is very cherry with some wisps of chocolate. There is also a cola note and it reminds me of a cherry coke. A bit metallic too.

Flavor is not very good at all. A sweet syrupy cherry flavor permeates throughout and again that cola taste. Chocolate is more muted but is present in the background. Very little in the way of bitterness and a sticky finish.

Overall, Sam Adams missed the mark with this one. I really liked the chocolate bock last year but adding the cherry just messed it up. Too sweet and artificial tasting.

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Photo of Michael_Squires
2.76/5  rDev -21.8%
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 cyclonece09
3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. Pours black with a one finger slightly off white head. Smells of cherry syrup, much like cough syrup. Tastes of some dark roasted malt and coffee but with a syrupy cherry aftertaste, quite artificial. Beer is light bodied good carbonation. Overall an ok beer.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
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 RVigz
3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: This beer pours a very very dark brown color with a nice dark head that lightens at the top.

Smell: The smell is an incredibly delicious chocolate covered cherry smell followed by a light malty/toastyness.

Taste: Heavy sweet cherry upfront with a mild sweet chocolate aftertaste almost like a tootsie roll or something of the sort. Perhaps a too sweet, slightly synthetic cherry taste.

Mouthfeel: Very sweet with slight bitter aftertaste but still smooth.

Overall: A good beer for the chocolate cherry lover but a little too much cherry and sweetness for me.

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Photo of scottfrie
2.71/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle into SA Perfect Pint.

A: Pours a deep cola brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. The light tan head is very dense and thick, and slowly faded into a dense finger of film that lasted the whole beer through. Patchy lace was left down the glass.
S: Smells exactly like cherry tootsie pops, I mean spot on. Cherry is synthetic, sugary sweet, and candy-like, and the chocolate is similarly candy sweet and smells just like a tootsie roll. We have tootsie pops at work, and this seriously smells just like one.
T: The chocolate on the taste still tastes just like a tootsie roll, but overall the flavor is not as sugary sweet as a cherry tootsie roll pop. The cherry is maraschino-like and sweet, and lingers after the swallow. Mild bitterness. Overall the flavors remind me of old, less sweet, cherry coke.
M: Very creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation and a fluffy and full yet light body. This is the best part of the beer.
O: Not the worst beer, but definitely synthetic and sugary. Tastes as described, and pretty much as expected, but I did not enjoy this one.

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