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 Cozuma
4.42/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint or out of the bottle (I had a mix seasonal case)

A: Dark body with rich foamy head

S: Smells like chocolate cake filled with Kirschwasser, but not so alcoholic

T: Strong Cherry Chocolate cake.

M: Slightly oily but really easy to drink

O:Phenomenal beer, I was so blown away by the flavor of this beer, if you don't like chocolate cake with cherries in it, don't bother, but if that sounds good to you or you're familiar with the black forest cherry torte (search that recipe and you won't regret it) and are a fan you definitely need to check this out. I sat in a chair just beside myself wondering where I had been and how I could get an unlimited supply of this beer. Goes down easy and tastes like candy (not really) Mr. Koch won't you send me a barrel?

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Photo of schoolboy
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm pretty sure I got some of the last of this we will see for a while around here and I'm glad I did.

This is a nice flavorful be. It's nice to see this in a beer instead of an ale as everything is a bit less brutal. It looks better in the glass too. Cool fine, uniform bubbles turn into a nice lace. It has a faintly cherry smell too.

The taste is crisp and clean and very refreshing. The fruit is nicely subdued. This overall is a great special "holiday" beer. I hope we see it again next year.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with a date

look is dark cola, frothy mocha head. smell is cherry robotussin mixed with a chocolate bock. smooth and malty at first, followed by a slight cherry sweetness. finish is malty bock with a hint of artificial cherry.

much better than their other fruit beers

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Photo of BigCheese
1.84/5  rDev -48%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.5

Had this in the fridge awhile now.

A:: Dark cocacola color, head is a dark reddish brown. Head immediately died, no lacing.

S: smell is remniscent of cherry coke and a little bit of cough syrup. Its tough to get much past the cherry.

T: This is awful. Tastes like cough syrup. I get a little bit of milk chocolate in the end, but the initial tart cherry is gross. Reminds me of the cranberry lambic, sam was smart to kill that. The chocolate flavor has a very milky chocolate taste, not the deep coca often associated with stouts. This is awful.

M: I'm too distracted to notice.

O: Drain pour, its really bad, sams is usually good but I often hate their synthetic flavored fruit beers. Stay away unless you enjoyed cranberry lambic.

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Photo of PaubloEscalator
3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tastes exactly like a tootsie pop. You will never be able to drink this beer again without thinking about the previous sentence. Regardless, interesting and complex flavor. I think it's a polarizing beer, which makes it a bold move by Sam Adams. There's no middle ground, either you like it or you hate it. I, thankfully, enjoyed it. Definitely something I would only drink in the winter though.

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Photo of humuloner22
1.56/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

I guess this is a polarizing beer, some people love it. I downright hated it. I took several sips from it and couldn't get past that. It came with the Winter seasonal mixed pack and to be honest I was skeptical to begin with because I don't really like cherries and this one is loaded with that sour cherry taste. If you like chocolate covered cherries that are sour then you might like this. Its was the worst of both worlds to me. It was a bad dark beer mixed with a bad cherry Lambic or something like that. I just felt this was one of the worst beers I have ever tasted. But, to each his/her own, someone may love that about it. I am not enamored by this one. I do like most of this breweries beers that I have tried. They are not overly wonderful, but this one was just nasty.

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Photo of mes5107
4.21/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from bottle into pint glass. Minimal head that dissipated within seconds. Dark, dark brown in color with red highlights.

Smell: Heavy on maraschino cherries, with hints of chocolate in the background.

Taste: Cherry syrup explosion up front, with a mixture of chocolate, caramel, and bready malts completing the ensemble.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, very wet on the tongue.

Overall: I wasn't expecting much from this beer, but I had it for dessert one night and was pleasantly surprised. It's a nice beer to have when you want something sweet. I wouldn't really have more than one in a sitting, but it is a nice change of pace.

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Photo of Une_Petit_Citrouille
4.67/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had this beer for the first time over the weekend at a friend's vacation house. I'm one to try new things, and I'm definitely glad I tried this. It literally did taste like chocolate cherry cake- it was amazing. It had a great smell, the packaging was bright and eye-catching, the taste was amazing- the cherry was definitely noticeable, but not overpowering (I don't like cherry much to begin with) and the chocolate was certainly present as well, but not overly sweet. Would definitely drink this again!

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Photo of ACarp
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

deep brown color, tan head, nothing unexpected, for full points, a pink cherry head would have won me over. very marishino, one dimensional cherry flavor, the chocolate hides amongst the caramel breadiness of the malt. Still the syrupy cherry smell is pleasing, if looked at more as a dessert beer. Would go great with a sundae I would imagine.

Serving type: Ommegang Game of Thrones Chalice

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Photo of chinchill
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
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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Photo of ArrogantB
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a bottle of this and was pleasantly surprised. Dark brown color, almost black. Aroma was cherry and chocolate. Flavor was very much like a cherry cola, uncanny really. I liked the flavor of this but not sure if I would want a whole bottle let alone a six pack.

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Black. Cola. Tan head turns to lace.
Smell: Cherry and chocolate.
Taste: Cherry and chocolate.

I love this. It's a bit like a cherry cola, not only in looks. However, it really is delicious. It's simple enough: both smell and taste are chocolate and cherry. I would definitely get this again.

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Photo of SylviaFaye
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A three-finger tan head graces the top of this dark ruby brew. A waft of maraschino cherries and milk chocolate bursts from the bottle upon opening, and is even more apparent once poured. My initial excitement is quickly dampened, however. The feel of the beer in the mouth is a bit thin. The same can be said of the taste. Cherry syrup and chocolate mousse dominate the pallet but are watered down. Much like the disappointing false promises of light pudding or diet soda, the brew lacks something and does not completely immerse me in an illusion of cherry, chocolatey goodness. I will grant you something, though, Samuel Adams: there is cherry and there is chocolate. Add a little texture, a fuller body, and call me back.

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Photo of Caj1
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an interesting experiment from the Sam Adams crew, and while it doesn't really do all the right things, it's got a lot of character and it's interesting, to say the least. It pours a very deep red-brown with a cream to tan-colored head that foams up moderately (about one and a quarter fingers) and dissipates fully after a couple of minutes, leaving some moderate lacing and a thinly defined ring around the edge of the glass. Smell is intense and foreshadows what is to come: a lot of sweetness and fruit character from the cherries, some malty and bready notes, some smoke and coffee predominate. It almost smells like a cherry Tootsie Pop, to be quite honest.

Taste is quite a lot more complex than I had anticipated from the smell. It's not like candy, but there is a lot of cherries up front, along with some very nice caramel and butterscotch, as well as the aforementioned chocolate. Earthy undertones work their way up, and the cherry fruitiness lingers long after swallowing the beer, as well as some astringent character and just a tiny bit of bitterness. It almost tastes like a stout, but it's not quite deep enough, and I almost expect it to be thick like one of those porters; however, it's medium bodied with a little bit of carbonation sting and a hint of alcohol.

Overall this is a tasty and fun beer to drink; if it weren't quite so candy-like I'd probably drink it up, but after a couple of these things it gets a bit overwhelming. I really like what they were doing with this beer, though, and would love to have more of them in the future.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
4.47/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark maroon color with moderate head and what appears to be moderate carbonation. You can really smell the chocolate cherry aroma. Really smooth. The cherry and chocolate flavors blend perfectly. I drank most of this before I realized what happened. Flavor is dead on and so is drinkability. Finishes as great as it starts. However, we didn't discern any maltiness, just a balanced chocolate and cherry flavor.

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Photo of CharlesWong42
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - At first one will notice that unlike most bock it pours surprisingly dark, no doubt a result of the chocolate nibs. It was more carbonated than expected but the head was neither frothy or substantial and quickly dissipates, this leads to a lingering fizzing sensation. The dark color is deceiving to how light the beer actually is.

Smell - Unfortunately the beet emits a sweet and slightly artificial cherry scent, resembling that of a soda. As would be expected the flavor starts off strong with dark cherry, the finish could have been stronger with the chocolate to balance the sweetness with a rich tone. I would have been happy with a more dynamic scent, although it is not unpleasing it is monotone with a slightly overbearing sweetness.

Taste - It taste exactly as it smells, on one hand it is nice to know what you are getting but I would have loved to be "wow'ed". Samuel Adams describes it it have a subtle tartness which is easily lost among the sweet and powerful blend of cherry and chocolate. It is a good starting point and concept however work needs to be done on balancing the many robust flavors. Keep in mind this was brewed as a holiday special release and does have a place on the table during a Christmas or Thanksgiving dessert, but I would not go any further than that

Mouthfeel - The consistency is rich and suits the beer well. It is on the heavier side while the aforementioned fizzing sensation cheers it up with a playful dimension. It was actually quite pleasant to take from the glass. I would drink this at a temperature nearing fifty five degrees, any colder and you might as well be drinking a cherry coke.

Good on a cold winters night and after a big dinner.

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Photo of acdcsmith22
4.84/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a Sam Adams Sensory Glass.

Appearance - Very dark colored brown beer. Nice tall light colored head which did dissipate after a little while. Quite a bit of lacing left on the glass.

Smell - Maraschino cherries with a bit of cocoa.

Taste - A very sweet beer. Definitely more of a cherry flavor, however the ratio of cherry to chocolate is perfect.

Mouth - Very thick yet rich. Light carbonation which pairs perfectly with the flavors.

Overall - I would not hesitate to buy this if they came out with a 6 pack.

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Photo of Gmann
3.12/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a chocolate brown color with amber highlights. The head has tight bubbles and settles into a sparse cap. Some spotty lacing.

The aroma is of a strong cherry scent similar to the cherry wheat. There are also milk chocolate notes. The aroma seems a touch artificial and has some plastic notes. Definitely a combination of the cherry wheat and chocolate bock.

The taste is of chocolate, mostly milk but perhaps some bakers chocolate. Noticeable cherry flavor, candy like that you would find in a cough drop. Some caramel and light grain as well. It's ok.

Moderate feel with light carbonation. Quite sweet on the palate without any offset. Almost cloying.

A combination of two Sam Adams lesser beers resulting in another lesser beer. A bit artificial tasting and too sweet.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.74/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am not going to go in to an in depth review with this one. I was not impressed. There was basically a large undertone (yes, that is an oxymoron) of artificial cherry in this one. The syrupy cherry extract was all that was noticed in this one. There were some stout/porter underpinnings, but the cherry drove the bus. Not a fan of this one or any of the Cherry iterations from Sam Adams.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.21/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark burgundy pour with a 2 inch walnut crown has a texture that was frothy with a retention rate that was short and only moderate. Lacing was weak on the glass.

S: Aroma was sweet cherry juice, sweet dark fruit of plums with some cherry skins. The chocolate and cocoa nibs seem to be severely lacking it at all detected here, a feature i thought was much more promising on the chocolate bock original. The scent brought back some unkind memories of their cherry wheat.

T: Rich chocolate and cocoa powder comes though on the flavor, the cherry influence takes a welcome back seat opposed to its dominance on the nose. Warming cherry skins and cherry juices come through a bit more with some dark sweet plums and sugary peaches with some cherry juices and a soft tart fade mixed with some bitter cocoa nibs on the finish.

M: Creamy mouthful that was lightly milky textured, softly carbonated with a light cherry tartness.

O: Overall thought the original chocolate bock was fairly decent with a rich chocolate base, this seemed like a decent beer combined with the cherry wheat to come up with a compromise of the two in terms of drinkability and enjoyment. Think this is at best a C+ beer, decent but wouldnt go as far to claim its good other then a supplement to a variety package for a first try.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cola colored with an off white head that dissipated into a ring but left pretty decent lacing.

Aroma and flavor had lots of cherry and chocolate, living up to the name quite well. Although there was somewhat of a balancing bitterness, there wasn't any discernible hops presence. Some maltiness finished out the brew, but it wasn't pronounced, mostly you get cherry and chocolate.

Body was medium with relatively higher carbonation than I expected, but it was nice. Finished very sweet.

Overall a tasty and different one from SA.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.41/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what can I say, I guess I am partial to the vegetable/fruit types of beers because this Sam Adams blew me away. The last offering from the company wasn't so good, but this one might very well be the best I have had from Sam Adams. The only down points were it's head , no staying power or lacing, and I tasted a bit more cherry than the chocolaty malts promised - but oh boy, was it goooodddd....

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Photo of u2carew
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle
A) Pours with a finger thick tan head, tight and creamy. Settles to a thin lacing at the edge of the glass. Nearly opaque, but when held to the light it yields a deep mahogany color.
S) Bready. Cherry.
T) Rich. Chocolate. Subtle coffee notes. Cherries.
M) Full bodied. Creamy. Smooth.
O) Pretty good brew. The cherry aroma can be a bit much but the appearance and mouthfeel make up for it.

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Photo of Auraan
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep, dark brown with little light coming through and a thin ring of off-white head. It looks quite nice. Scent dominated by maraschino cherry aromas with hints of chocolate. Very sweet, cherry chocolate indeed, but very one note. Taste follows the aroma. A lot of sweet chocolate upfront, moving into more maraschino cherry flavors. A bit of a creamy flavor in the background throughout. Finish is sweet with more cherry flavors and some chocolate. Aftertaste is mostly sweet chocolate. A very sweet flavor profile, very much a dessert beer, but not a very complex one. Its a good combination of flavors if you like chocolate and cherries. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with high carbonation that cuts down the smoothness of the body quite a bit. Still quite easy to drink and with a nice feel, though maybe a bit too soda-like. Overall this is a decent dessert beer, quite sweet, but there is nothing wrong with it at all. It could do with being a bit more beer-like instead of chocolate covered cherry-like, but overall its not bad. Its smooth, drinkable and pleasant enough. My only large complaint is that the carbonation is a bit too high and it could do with more bock in this bock beer.

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Photo of 57md
3.07/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown color with ruby edges and a finger of tan head that dissipated almost immediately. The nose is reminiscent of Cherry Coke. The taste is dominated by maraschino cherries. There is only a faint hint of chocolate and no true bock qualities to this offering.

The body is too light for the style. The finish tastes fake and medicine-like.

In the Spring of 2011, I had this offering on-tap and enjoyed it thoroughly. I thought that it had definite bock qualities, a heartier body and a flavor profile that was far more balanced than the version available in the 2013 SA Winter mix case.

I certainly hope that SA either goes back to the basic Chocolate Bock for the 2014 version or pulls out the old recipe for another attempt at the Chocolate Cherry Bock.

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Samuel Adams Cherry Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.54 out of 5 based on 867 ratings.
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