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

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Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

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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185
Ratings:
863
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
41.36%
 
 
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Photo of BB1313
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours the color of cola with brown hues; small off-white that fades and doesn't leave much lacing or retention. The aromas are full of maraschino cherries. It might come off as artificial to some, but it's pleasant nonetheless. There are also hints of almond and vanilla along with cocoa malts. Smells very good. The flavors are pretty roasty with a subtle sweetness. Very subtle hints of coffee in the beginning. The cherries come through in the flavors. More chocolate. Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is a nice beer. It's exactly what you would expect from a cherry-chocolate bock. It's not something I'd want to drink a ton of, but one bottle in a sitting is enjoyable. I like it though and is a fitting beer for the holidays.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled on 11/10/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a snifter glass.

Pours a dark reddish brown with a very small tan head. Some spotty lacing was seen. Perfect carbonation actually. The aroma of a chocolate covered cherry hits you right in the nose at first. Very nice of course. The taste of cocoa powder and slightly artificial cherry taste, almost like a Hall's cough drop. Still wasn't bad at all. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red-brown with a reddish-tan foam cap. Retention is okay. Lacing is poor.

Medicinal candied cherry (Luden's mixed with menthol), musty cereal grains, soft chocolate, some yeasty stank, and hints of dark caramel. Really overpowered by that off-kilter cherry note. It's a little artificial.

The chocolate comes through more to try to match the candy cherry note. Influenced by phenols that feature more dark fruit flavors. There's a bit of plum and raisin here now. Bock-like maltiness reassures itself with some darker caramel malt flavors and roastiness. It's richer than the nose would let on. Not tinny.

Unfortunately, it's really short on the carbonation. The body is semi-milky, but it feels almost syrupy without enough effervescence. Needs a crisper edge. It's falling all over itself in the mouth. Too much wetness without the feel of texture or sustenance.

Not nearly as good as Chocolate Bock. I guess I miss that one this year after having this one. It's still a holiday bock, and it just barely works. For a bock, it's got character. I'll give it that.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug.

A - Pours a semi-opaque dark brown with ruby highlights around the edges. Perfectly even two-finger creamy head of brown foam of tiny bubbles. Not much lacing.

S - Really strong aroma of maraschino cherries! Also getting some chocolate, making this smell a lot like chocolate covered cherry candy. Definitely not much else going on, but the aroma that is here is exceptionally good.

T - Sadly not quite as good as the smell. Both chocolate and cherries are there, but the taste is slightly artificial. Chocolate is closer to cocoa powder, and the cherries kind of taste like cherry Halls. Base beer contributes just enough bitterness. A nice idea overall, but just a tad off in execution.

M - Thin bodied, with moderate carbonation. Could use either more body or more carbonation. Kind of just sits there on the tongue.

O - Not bad by any means, but slightly disappointing. I found myself wishing this was a chocolate cherry stout. I think if it was a stout instead of a bock, allowing the chocolate flavors to be more natural, this could be a hit.

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Photo of zac16125
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into mug
Best before: April 2014

A: Pours a very dark brown, a little darker than cola, with 1.5 fingers width of mocha colored head. Head dissipates down fairly quickly and leaves almost zero lacing.

S: Artificial cherry, cocoa, very sweet. It actually smells a lot like cherry cola. Faint malts on the finish. It smells more like a soft drink than any beer Ive ever had, but I actually like it.

T: Cherry cough syrup, chocolate, black malt, faint bitterness. There's a nice lingering chocolate and malty aftertaste.

M/D: Thinner body, moderate carbonation, drinkability is below average.

O: Interesting brew, kind of tip toes the line of being a beer, as it tastes and feels like a soda. I actually like it though. Not something Id go to often, but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
5/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An excellent replacement to the original chocolate bock it is the sole reason why i wait to drink this one last in the winter variety pack. Nice dark brown color average head and all around smoothness. Addictive to drink all day long especially winter. So soothing it is unreal

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Photo of Chefkoli
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Mahogany with cappuccino colored head.

S: Smells like maraschino cherries/Cherry Coke. Nothing much else.

T: Strong artificial cherry flavor. Light on chocolate. Doesn't taste like an bock.

M: Thin on the tongue,

O: Tastes like one of those cheap chocolate covered cherry cordials. It was interesting. I'd drink it again. It's good in small doses.

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Photo of Hopswagger
2.71/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

P: Deep dark mahogany body nearly black. A massive crown of creamy cappuccino head with decent retention and spider lacing.

S: A big dose of cherry cordials, sweet cherries, dark and milk chocolate, clove, nutmeg, figs, slight presence of anise, and spice bread.

T/M: Taste follows the nose. A pronounced profile of cherry cordial candies. Scorched grains, vanilla bean and finishes semi dry with lingering amaretto coffee. Medium-full body with moderate carb.

O: I'm not a huge fan of cherries. I have always hated cherry cordial candy but I admit this bock is not bad. I really was sure I would not like this but my mind has been changed. This isn't something I would seek out but I'm pleasantly pleased with this brew. On the negative side I feel that cherry presence really overpowers the other flavors. Cheers!

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Photo of goochpunch
1.62/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours out a dark brown/ruby body. Smell: maraschino cherry juice, almond extract, and chocolate flavoring. Tastes like a cherry Coke with chocolate flavoring. Lots of maraschino cherry syrup. Mouthfeel is flabby yet sticky. Needs more carbonation. I preferred the Chocolate Bock. I'm getting no bock characteristics between the cherry and chocolate.

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Photo of Talbott92
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Never had a bock so this is my first.

A- Very dark pour almost a coca-cola with a milk chocolatey head that quickly dissipated into virtually no lacing.

S- wow!! Immediate smells of cherry and chocolate. The chocolate finds its way in over a dominating cherry scent.

T- At first it's malty but it could be I've just started drinking beer. So Malty at first then I get the cherry and chocolate even a coffee flavor. I can't believe I'm drinking a beer right now!!

MF- Real thick and Creamy idk how to compare it to anything other than a good mocha.

OV- I really get what Sam Adams is doing here. I enjoyed this beer alot and I thought they accomplished what they were shooting for. I could drink it all holiday season.

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Photo of NickHalden
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Smell of cherries and malt hit my nose instantly as it has a dark color with slight head. The first taste reveals dark chocolate and cherries with a hint of other malts. Tastes like those Lindle chocolate covered cherry candies. It has a medium body with slight carbonation. This beer was delicious and would make a great desert drink. Might be great if made into a float with vanilla or cherry ice cream. Would love to buy this again.

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Photo of Fergyx825
1.82/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: A dark dark beer, not much head on the pour, and no bubbling is obvious. This looks the way it should.

Smell: Strong smell of cherry, and no so much any malt or hops.

Taste: Just cherry.

Mouthfeel: very high in carbonation, but a light beer. This is an okay combination.

Overall: I would attempt to avoid this.

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Photo of Duff27
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dense inch and a half light tan head on a dark brown body. Head has good staying power and layered lacing.

Distinct (somewhat artificial) cherry aroma. Smells sweet.

Starts with a cherry taste that the nose eluded too. Artifical tasting even if its not artificial. Chocolate is not as pronounced as the cherry aspect. Not a big fan of the aftertaste either, the sweetness turns to a cloying taste that I can't quite describe. Drinks at its stated 5.8%abv.

Creamy mouthfeel albeit somewhat on the thin side. Lower but adequate carbonation.

Overall the quality falls right in line with the Boston Beer variety packs, you know what you are getting. A beer worth a try if you like sweet or cherry beers for sure, but doesn't have enough redeeming qualities to earn its own six pack from the BBC.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Winter 12 pack 2013 special release, dark mahogany bottle with a light khaki tan head forming fine intricate lacing. Aroma has cola dark roasted caramel malts and toffee with hints of cherry tartness on the nose. Flavor sweet cherry cola from the front to the back this beer is like cherry wheat mixed with the chocolate bock, chocolate covered cherry bock. Mouthfeeel is a bit cloying with sweetness it weighs heavy between sips, complex but super sweet with those natural flavors added, a lager brewed with cherries with cocoa nibs added. Overall I'm seeing what they are trying to produce on a large scale, chocolate covered cherry beer.

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Photo of Zorro
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Near black colored beer with a tall brown colored head.

Smell is sweet as expected. Strong cherry cent something like cherry candy. I can smell the chocolate but just barely the cherry is strong. Little bit of an almond scent. Reminds me a bit of cherry ice cream.

Starts out much drier than the smell with a big hit of cherry with a chocolate finish. Slight burnt taste. The taste and the smell don't match very closely the smell says sweet candy but the taste say unsweetened bakers chocolate. This is the one bock I can think of that could be a little sweeter. It is good but the difference between the smell and taste is a brain twister.

Mouthfeel is good.

An OK beer but honestly I would have preferred they had left the Holiday Porter in the Holiday pack for this year.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark brown with some red highlights at the edges. Not much head retention to speak of. Smell starts with heavy dose of mariscino cherry complete with the sugary syrup it is packages with. Milk chocolate comes through next with moderate malty sweetness . Taste leans towards the sweet side and the flavors come in the same order as the nose. The chocolate is more pronounced and features more of a dark chocolate flavor than the nose. The bock base adds a considerable amount of sweetness and works well with the flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with mild carbonation. Overall, this is a nice dessert beer that is well rounde and drinks smoothly. Not a bad brew.

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Photo of Rast
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served icy at Matthew's 1600 in Catonsville, MD. Wonderful to have a draught option of a beer previously unbeknownst to me. After the obligatory warming period, with frigid phalanges to boot, I gazed. Dark, dark, dark, ah, but what's that I see at the bottom of the glass? Gorgeous deep red peeks through the storm. Upon lowering my nose towards it, I'm hit with a tidal wave of cherry. Subtly would have been appreciated. My tongue confirms what my nose suspects. CHERRY. Creamy swishing makes for a mildly above average mouthfeel. Aftertaste is lingerful. About 2/3 thru the glass, the chocolate became more prominent. Sammy Adams, you've out-cherried yrself again.

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Photo of deebo
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
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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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adams signature pint glass. 

Appearance: pretty dark brown with light bubbles, head is thin I do mean real thin maybe a 1/10" if your lucky.

Smell: believe it or not light hops and brief chocolate.

Taste: Complex with a notch sweet and little bitter. You definitely feel the chocolate with its sweet bitter feel.

Mouth: it doesn't blow up my pallets but it makes you happy, medium carbonation that isnt the sharpest but just right.

Overall: almost more of a dessert than a beer, very good and incredibly built. Salud!

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Photo of devinoconnor
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
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 Stinkypuss
2.73/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Samuel Adams Chocolate Cherry Bock

Pours a dark brown color. Aroma of sweet cherries, chocolate, toffee and alcohol. In the taste, more cherry, with some sweet bock character, but all too sweet. Artificial cherry flavor, lots of malt sweetness and sugars behind it. Cloying. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and syrupy. Overall, this would be a good choice for fans of sweet beers, but not one of the better offerings from Boston Beer Co.

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Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet chocolate and crystal malt scent along with a faint cherry aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a quaffable chocolate and cherry flavor; delicious, yet not overly done. It's incredibly easy drinking even at 7%. It goes down quick with a sweet, almost milk stout character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good dessert style beer. It doesn't wimp out on chocolate flavor. The cherry taste is mild at best, but goes a long way in rounding out the taste.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.55/5  rDev -27.8%
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 pzrhsau
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice rich brown color with deep amber hues. The beer has a nice white head.
S: The beer has a nice rich cherry chocolate cordial aroma with hints of smoke.
T: The first flavor you get happens to be the rich dark cherry flavor and it has some background flavor of chocolate and smokiness.
M/O: This beer was on tap at RFD in DC. Very complex and balanced beer. Good for the winter time and very good with desserts.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.31/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate Cherry Bock pours a black color, with a small whitish head. There was a nice sweet smell, mostly from the chocolate. The taste was rather sweet, alot of chocolate and cherry, but it blended very well, with just a bit of a smokey malty undertone. Very easy to drink, and it had a nice strong flavor. Overall a very nice desert type beer. I wasn't impressed with Sam Adams chocolate bock, but this one with cherries is like a candy bar, and i was very impressed.

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Samuel Adams Cherry Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.
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