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

Samuel Adams Cherry Chocolate BockSamuel Adams Cherry Chocolate Bock
868 Ratings
Samuel Adams Cherry Chocolate BockSamuel Adams Cherry Chocolate Bock

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

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
Photo of Gear54
3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fureousangel
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GRPunk
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
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 redsoxjim
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wingman14
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
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 -7.8%
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 LAND_MINE
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
2.18/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

It sort of tastes like cherry coke, but worse. Not interested in having this again.

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Photo of FreshButterbeer
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jadjunk
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
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 58ยบ 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 +8.9%
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 +27.7%
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 Bestinyourgirl
3.17/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BDeibs
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of joegallows
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Joe_Grizzly
2.25/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

hated it couldn't give it away

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Photo of Keelin
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of TTTBeer
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of BlackHawk89
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

Photo of seandogg1986
4.65/5  rDev +34%

Photo of M1A2
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Samuel Adams Cherry Chocolate Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 868 ratings
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