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 RoamingGnome
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Adams Chocolate Cherry Bock

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

A) Dark brown with a thin tan head. Settles quickly to a thin collar.

S) Spot on chocolate covered cherries. They nailed it...

T) This follows the nose, and for as much as I really enjoyed the aroma, this is a bit cloying from a flavor perspective.

M) Medium body with lighter carbonation. Chocolate covered cherries coat the palate.

O) This beer is a good fit for the holiday pack. For the most part, I enjoyed it. It's hard not to be impressed at how well the brewer brought out the chocolate and cherry. At the same time, it was a bit much.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
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 JuicesFlowing
2.36/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a tulip glass.

The beer is a cola color with a cream colored head that quickly disappears to nearly nothing. A few light strings of lacing remain on the glass.

The aroma is liquid cherry with enough chocolate to make this smell like a cherry cordial kind of treat.

The taste is like the aroma, cherry cola tartness with some lactose kind of sugary following. The chocolate is muted, somewhat of a Tootsie Roll taste about it.

The mouthfeel is watery, and so carbonated that it feels exactly like a cherry cola.

Overall, this is the third different beer I've had with cherry in it, and none if them were favorable. This is like a Tootsie Roll cola, and I will try to learn to avoid cherry beers from now on.

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Photo of watermelon
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Dark brown body with no light getting through. One finger khaki head with alright retention and no lacing

S: As the name suggest cherry and chocolate dominate the nose, some dark fruit and malts as the beer warmed. Also some tartness could be smelled as well.

T: Follows the nose almost to a tea, the was a little bit of bitterness on the back end which I enjoyed.

M: Could have used a little more body I found it a bit thin, also I would have preferred less carbonation, that being said it felt really good almost sticky on my teeth, the tartness especially lingered on my palette.

O: I really enjoyed this, fairly favorable and sessionable ( even though theres only 2 per sampler pack)

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Photo of vkv822
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz : tulip

Black, with a foamy, fizzy light brown head.

Lots of sweet cherry upfront, with a solid cocoa backing.

A decent flavor profile, but not what the nose had me expecting. Fairly the same as in the nose, but the cherry becomes a bit artificial/cloying for my liking.

Medium body, mild carbonation.

Certainly a unique beer. I see it's potential, but as I stated above, the cherry was just a bit much in the taste for my preferences.

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Photo of 77benz
1.5/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I can only guess that the reason this beer is getting decent scores is that there are a lot of people who can drink a large quantity of soda in a single sitting. The color is nice, it looks like a proper bock, but that's about it. The mouthfeel is thin, the aroma is overly sweetened cherries, the taste is like cherry coke gone off. Poured it down the drain after giving it a couple of tries. Very disappointed as I usually love the offerings from Boston Beer.

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Photo of scratch69
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a Samuel Adams glass.

Appearance- Clear dark brown with some red highlights. A fingers worth of tan head with a light amount of lacing.

Smell- Cherry candy aroma with a hint of chocolate.

Taste- Tart cherry flavor with a bit of chocolate and malt on the backend.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- I had high hopes for this beer and I was really looking forward to trying this, but it fell short of my expectations. It was decent but Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock is way better.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 OZ bottle from a variety pack. Pours dark brown with foamy, long lasting, beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of cherries; chocolate toasted malt, cacao and hint of spices. Body full and smooth. Taste is of cherries, toasted malt, cacao and hint of hops. Finish is long and sweet. Good desert brew.

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Photo of Weston19
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served from a bottle into a Guinness glass

A: The beer pours a very dark/black color with a slight hue of red when held up against the light. The head started at about a finger's worth but quickly diminished into a nice lacing around the glass. The head is mocha colored.

S: This smells wonderful; you can clearly smell the chocolate and the cherries. It reminded me of chocolate covered cherries to be exact, and you also get some roasty smells and there is no hop aroma that I could detect. Smells like dessert in a cup!

T: Excellent. Roasted notes, slight coffee taste, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cherry flavor towards back of the palate, what I love about this beer is that the flavors are subtle but clearly detectable and are not strong enough to be offensive or overpowering. I didn't expect this to taste this pleasant.

MF: Medium body, finish is lightly dry with a slight bitter aftertaste but a welcoming one since it contrasts the sweetness of the cherries.

O: To be honest I was a little nervous when I heard that they added cherry to the bock because I remembered the cherry wheat that, to put it in kind words, was like drinking cough syrup. This however, was very well balanced and the cherries complimented the roasted notes very well. I never felt like it was too sweet or that there was cough syrup in it. I am pleasantly surprised at how well this beer turned out to be and am glad that the Boston Beer Company went for the risk to change up the annual bock.

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Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
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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Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - black in color, with a thick tan colored head.

Smell - cherries with the chocolate.

Taste - Starts with the tart cherry taste, with the chocolate being a base and aftertaste for the cherries.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied and thick beer.

Overall - the chocolate is a bit covered up by the cherries, but overall a good beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased as part of the winter pack. Poured into my Rooster Fish snifter.

Pours a dark brown, with some red tinges. Half inch head, small dots and streaks of lacing down the glass.

Smells like coca-cola, cherry juice, and chocolate.

The up front flavor is rich milk chocolate, followed by maraschino cherry juice. Some vanilla there too. Very strong cherry flavor- it unfortunately is a bit too sweet and tastes like cherry candy, or fortified, sugary cherry juice- the kind you find at the bottom of a jar of maraschino cherries. It works for a bit, but gets very cloying after a while.

Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated, slightly less than drinkable due to the sweetness. No alcohol present.

A good effort, but this would've tasted better as just a chocolate bock, or with real cherries.

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Photo of bmwats
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a perfect pint

A: Black. Pours a 1+ finger, frothy, brown-white head. Settles slowly leaving a sheet of sticky residue as it does. Pretty solid spider web lacing.

S: Cherry is prominent, chocolate is slighter, not much else.

T: Malted grains with a little bitter cherry.

M: A little shallow feel. The cherry is almost synthetic feeling in nature. Bitter finish.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Really strong frothy head, and some persistent lacing. The cherry in the nose pretty much overpowers anything else. Malty, accentuated with cherry; but it's more bitter than sweet. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

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Photo of Roguer
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very nice, dark pour, oily like a stout, with a thin tan head. Decent retention (for the small size). Minimal, but pretty, lacing.

Strong notes of cherry through the nose, overwhelming the chocolate malt and a whiff of alcohol.

The taste reverses the dominance, with powdery cocoa first, sweet tangy cherries following, and a wave of slightly hoppy, but mostly strong milky chocolate finishing it off. Very well balanced overall, however.

Slightly thin at typical lager temperature, minimal carbonation sting. Slight alcohol evaporation in the mouth.

This is a very nice, tasty winter brew. I'm going to see how it tastes and feels as it warms, but I'm guessing that, like a porter, it will only improve the experience. Definitely worth buying a few for the winter months.

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Photo of BEERchitect
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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Photo of BrandonOakes
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into snifter.

Appearance - Black/red depending on lighting. By that I mean if held to light the smallest bit of red comes through. Little to no head. Almost nonexistent after a minute or so.

Smell - Slight chocolate, but a more intense cherry nose. Reminded me of the cherry wheat but a bit more subtle.

Taste - Cherry upon entry but rounded with chocolate and malts. Interesting to say the least. Cherry aftertaste that again reminds me of Cherry Wheat. Not horrible, but after a while I can already tell this is a once and a while taster.

Mouthfeel - About average carbonation. Easy drinker and smooth going down.

Overall - Not too bad, just a bit too cherry for me. I was hoping for a more chocolate tasting beer, but overall this isn't a bad sipper every once and a while. Well I have 3 more, they will go in time.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours near black; holding it to the light reveals a deep, dark ruby red color. The head peaks at around a half finger's thickness, and a sub-par retention leads to a nearly barren surface. Virtually no lacing, sans a few small spots around the edge of the glass.

Smell - As the label so accurately states, the aroma hits big on cherry and chocolate notes. Bing cherry is the predominant character here, while the chocolate plays second fiddle. Somewhat reminiscent to a Cherry Cola aroma.

Taste - More chocolate found here in the flavor, while the cherry takes a backseat. Very sweet. Milk chocolate. Bing cherry. That's pretty much it. Simple, but delicious.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with fair cabonation. Smooth. Goes down easy.

Overall - A nice winter dessert beer. Maybe something to save for a digestif after Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. The sweetness can get a bit cloying, but as a sipper after meal, it's a nice treat.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.17/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown color, almost blackish in the center areas, not much of a head and no lacing though.

Smell has a surprisingly strong cherry aroma, something you'd expect when sniffing a jar of Maraschino cherries in the amount of cherry sweetness, the chocolate takes a backseat and is only detected upon further nose investigation, the cherry really should be dialed back so other subtle nuances may actually be found.

Taste actually starts out with a roasted malt front coupled with a decent chocolate flavor but is quickly kicked to the side with a sweet cherry assault, it's really hard to believe how much of an aspect that the addition of cherries can impart and dominate the flavor profile in a negative way, carbonation is soft but ample which lends a good creaminess to it all, body is medium with a slight slickness on the tongue.

Would have preferred the regular Chocolate Bock in the holiday pack this year, also would have preferred that they have kept the holiday porter as part of it too but that's another story.

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Photo of jburd19
1.67/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Surprised by the rating this is getting. Total drain pour for me, taste is very artificial cherry. Like cough syrup and the bad taste lingers. Not picking up chocolate at all, to over powered by the bad cherry flavor. Very disappointed in this one, was the one I was wanting to try most from the variety pack

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep-deep brown color with some red highlights seen shining through the brew. Upon pouring there is a small cream colored head. The head fades rather rapidly, leaving only a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a rather nice mix of a cherry smell along with a good dose of a sweeter milk chocolate. Mixed with these smells are some aromas of vanilla and a little bit of almond and some roasted malt smells. Overall the aroma is very much like a chocolate covered cherry cordial smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a lighter cherry flavor and a moderately strong milk chocolate taste. There are flavors of vanilla right from the start as well as some lighter notes of coffee and a rather decent level of a roasted malt taste. The cherry grows stronger as the flavor advances bringing with it lots of cherry sweetness. The roasted flavors that were in the front fade some as the taste advances with the sweeter chocolate flavor, like the sweet cherry, getting stronger toward the end. A light almond flavor comes to the tongue at the end for the taste, mixing the sweet chocolate and cherry flavors to leave a rather chocolate cherry brownie like flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is quite creamy for a brew of only 5.8% abv with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The creamy body and lower carbonation are good for the dessert like, sweet flavors of the brew coasting the mouth with all the sweet flavors.

Overall – While a bit too sweet and dessert like for a regular going to, an occasional encounter is in line as it makes for a good drinking alternative to a sweet dessert.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a dark mahogany with a one inch light tan head, that leaves behind excellent lace. Smell is more cherry than chocolate, with vanilla blended in with the others. Taste is chocolate to start, then the cherry and vanilla comes in at the finish. Body is medium, nice amount of carbonation, not dry, and very drinkable. This is a nice beer and a bit different. Don't drink it to cold, the flavors really blend well as it warms.

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Photo of kojevergas
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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Photo of puboflyons
3.99/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of April 2014. Sampled on November 15, 2013.

The pour is ruby red to dark brown but not quite black. The beige head simmers down momentarily.

The aroma is more cherry forward than chocolate forward but it is a vibrantly sweet cherry character. It's like my favorite ice cream fudge sundae minus the nuts frankly.

The body is medium to heavy with a keen creamy quality to it.

While the aroma tends to favor the cherry, the taste tends to favor the chocolate but both flavors are there. Mild bitterness if that is the correct term. But it has a slight lingering quality at the end. Very nice.

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Photo of freakdiablo
2.96/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Recently picked up a Samuel Adams Winter Variety Pack. Label states "enjoy by April".

A - Darker coke brown color. Whiter head that quickly fades leaving a slight spotted lacing.

S - Heavy chocolate, sweet cherry. Almost like chocolate milk mixed with the juice from maraschino cherries. Really faint malts in the background.

T - Kind of follows the smell. Strong up front chocolate laced with cherry. Not much else.

M - Slightly thicker, lower to mid levels of carbonation.

O - Overall SAs Chocolate Cherry Bock gives me the impression of melted candy. I'm sure others would like it, and it's along the lines of what I expected, but it's not for me.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Cola brown with ruby brown hues. Medium sized, light, foamy head. Disappears fast without much lacing.

S - Sweet cherries up front. At first it was an artificial jolly-rancher type of cherry aroma but after awhile I was getting more maraschino cherry aroma. Chocolate and cocoa are also strong and fairly sweet. In the back some caramel notes but predominantly it's the cherries and chocolate.

T - Tastes a lot like the chocolate covered cherry cordials. Sweet cherries followed by sweet and slightly bittersweet chocolate. Cocoa and subtle roasted flavors creep in. A slight caramel sweetness on the finish.

M - Medium to light carbonation. Thin and somewhat silky.

D - Kind of a one note beer to me, and one that you need to be in the mood for. Fortunately, I enjoy Cordials from time to time during the winter and could easily find two times to be in the mood to drink this. Not something I'd want a six pack of but I like it as something different in the Winter 12 pack.

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Samuel Adams Cherry Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.53 out of 5 based on 868 ratings.
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