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

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Samuel Adams Cherry Chocolate BockSamuel Adams Cherry Chocolate Bock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Slatetank on 04-11-2011

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Ratings:
868
Reviews:
185
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
19.26%
 
 
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3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best before 5/2014.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, cherry cola, and chocolate covered cherry aromas. Taste is much the same with roasted malt and cherry cola flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting cherry cola presence in both the aroma and flavor.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

the highlight of the winter box this year, and an excellent brew overall. if this was made by three floyds or cigar city, people would rave about it, which pisses me off, but i love this beer. rich mocha color on the pour with a slowly rising tan head with alright retention. smells like tart dried cherries and cherry juice with rich dark chocolate and lager yeast, well put together and appropriately proportioned on the fruit. the flavor is outstanding, with the fruit coming on fast but not sweet, and an earthy cocoa coming in to give it a dessert vibe. its layered and unique, and the cherry is just right in intensity. the finish is quick, this is a lager after all, and it cuts the dense body and dark malt mouth coating with a crispness that makes this beer awfully drinkable. a total winner from sam adams here, i wish i could get this around the calendar.

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3/5  rDev -15%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured out and served with dessert last night at the Spinnerstown Hotel. The beer came to us and looked nice and dark in color, almost like a porter or stout. The head had almost completely vanished by the time I got my glass. The smell of this beer was pretty nice, it had a very sweet smelling cherry aroma filling my nose along with just a bit of malts in the background. The taste is sweet with loads of cherry the dark chocolate kind of shows up late in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was decent, it was well carbonated and was drinkable. Overall I feel that this beer is basically a blend of the Cherry Wheat and the Chocolate back that is released in the winter. There really isn't too much special about it other than it goes well with a sweet dessert. To be honest that beer could have been dessert and it would have done the job just fine. This is the beer I was anticipating the most from the beer dinner and it turned out to probably be my least favorite.

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3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

With the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching, and to the culinary delight to many craft brewers, the Samuel Adams brand spin offs this- a German bockbier in all its malty glory and with balancing tartness of cherry to promote intrigue and to satisfy curiosity.

The dark bronze beer shares it dark brown tones but allows ribbons of garnet to slice through because of its brilliant clarity. A partly-frothy, partly-fizzy head rises from the beer's body with an arid and loose knit before folding back into the glass. Light on lace, the beer's head character is slight.

Chocolate and cherries come to mind with the very first whiff. With the scent of grain sweetness and hearty barley malt, its nutty, toffee and molasses nose wraps around that chocolate-covered-cherry dessert scent with a rich beer cocoon. Light herbal hops give the beer a grassy and peppery tone going forward. As the beer falls semi-flat, the notes of cola emit.

To taste, its the cola-like center that takes hold of the taste buds where the malty-rich texture and savory melanoidin taste of bock is expected. Added complexities of milk chocolate and cherry Jolly Ranchers give a candied and dissected taste on the middle palate. As the beer closes, any hop presence is light and carries a peppery bitterness with stemmy wood and that cola-molasses blend.

Where bockbiers are generally quite drinkable, even with its malt richness and savory bread texture- Cherry Chocolate Bock carries a one-dimensional sweetness that doesn't quite have the same balance or depth to satisfy the palate quite as well as expected. Its mild warmth and playful acidity struggles to crispen the simple sugars that linger deep into its finish, causing this beer to be a sipping ale rather than a drinking one due to its light cloying after-texture.

Like many other Samuel Adams special offerings, the beer's base taste is overly simplified and its unique flavor additions seem disjointed and artificial. It simply lacks the true malt core to pull the beer together. Instead, grain and mineral commands.

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3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing holiday label art and standard branded pry-off pressure cap acquired as part of a Sam Adams variety 12-pack box at me local HEB grocery and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; it's a great premise for a beer.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of nice tan colour. Good creaminess and thickness. Retention is average - about two minutes. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a predictable opaquesolid dark black. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Artificial tart cherry syrup. Chocolate malts. Dark malts. Heavy candied fruit character. Admittedly, there're some medicinal cough syrup notes here, but they don't bother me as much as they do in other beers. I'm not picking up any caramel or roasted barley, unfortunately. The chocolate notes aren't real evocative or real, but they're not artificial either. Certainly on the sweet side.

No yeast character, hop character, or alcohol is detectable.

I'm wary of the medicinal character, but optimistic.

T: It delivers cherry and chocolate notes, which is nice, but both are a bit lacking - they're somewhat artificial. The medicinal character does surface, but it's tolerable. Chocolate malts and dark malts comprise the foundation. No roasted barley, to its detriment. Quite sweet, but not cloying. There's a lot I like about the candied tart cherry fruit notes here, and a lot I'm iffy about. Not finding any actual cocoa nib notes - just extract-y faux-chocolate.

This is a Sam Adams variety box beer, so obviously the complexity and subtlety aren't what you'd expect from a world class beer. There's little nuance or intricacy, but the beer does deliver on its premise, and the premise is a great one. Okay balance and decent cohesion. It's not a gestalt build, but there's a clear focus and direction here.

No yeast character or hop character comes through. There is some faint alcohol.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Lightly syrupy. A bit too thick. Overcarbonated. Okay presence on the palate. Okay body. This texture gets the job done, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to the taste. Sticky. Approachable.

Not oily, astringent, harsh, gushed, boozy, hot, or rough.

Dr: I like what they're going for, and it's a good value offering for what it is. At the end of the day, it's an above average beer though it does have some flaws (the medicinal cough syrupy character being numero uno). I wouldn't mind seeing this in next year's holiday variety box, but it's far from Sam Adams' best seasonal. Drinkable and enjoyable for what it is. I'll kill this happily.

Would pair well with junior mints.

I'd be curious what would happen to this with a year or two on it. It'd probably fall apart, but there might be some flavour development.

Low C+

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3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Light beige head. Color is nearing back.

Flavor profile: Starts out with cocoa and chocolate. Very malty. Then a bit of cherry hits. Reminds me of chocolate covered cherries. It has a bit of caramel and some roasted malts. Dark fruit flavors. Molasses to finish things off.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. A lot of carbonation in this one. Too much. Ends roasted.

Overall, a decent offering from Sam Adams. I like the addition of cherry in this one to add a bit of tartness and sweetness. Enjoyable.

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3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.
Pours very dark but clear with no sediment in the bottle. The tan head is thin and short-lived.

Aroma: chocolate covered cherries, and not Godiva quality, with a faint bready malt base.

Flavor: Thankfully, this is not nearly as sweet or candy-like as the smell suggests. Still, lightly sweet with prominent cherry flavor that eventually fades to let the chocolate come thru in the aftertaste. Improved a bit with warming.

Feel: medium body with medium-light carbonation.

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2.34/5  rDev -33.7%
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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3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/4/2011 at Rose Alley Ale House in New Bedford, MA served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a short beige head that fades quickly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains cherries, some chocolate, roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a lot of creamy chocolate along with a mild cherry flavor compared to the amount you get from the smell. There’s a mild hops presence and strong breadiness from a hearty roasted malt character and lager yeast creating a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, a bit filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a flavorful stout-like lager to drink for a while.

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3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Poured into a stem glass, a dark brown color, nearly opaque, with a slight tan head that receded to a ringlet. Dark malts on the nose, with subtle hints of chocolate and cherry. So far so good. Taste followed the aroma well, with a solid malt base, overlain with a non-threatening combo of chocolate and maraschino cherry juice; woody, roasty, with a hop presence in the finish. Medium-bodied, and nicely drinkable; despite what many reviewers are saying, I though neither chocolate nor cherry was too overpowering. And even if they were...well, just look at the title of the beer: if you don't like it, don't try it.

I usually find chocolate bocks to be disappointing, but this was one of the better ones I've had.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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4.09/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Had on tap at the Pickled Pig.

A: Pours a dark brown/ruby color with a small tan head that has little retention and leaves behind very thin lacing.

S: Nice cherry pie aroma, actually has a slight tartness, and a little mustiness as well. Faint chocolate and a little roasted malt.

T: Wow, impressed by this one. Really deep cherry flavor blended with some chocolate, very smooth with a sweet finish.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth, medium carbonation. Finishes slightly dry.

O: Better than expected, went perfectly with the cherry chocolate cake it was paired with.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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