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 lwillitz
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - ruby/black body under 2 fingers of light tan foam, head fades away fairly quickly leaving no lace

S - maraschino cherry sweetness, almost smells like a cherry cola; touch of chocolate

T - cherry sweetness, dark chocolate, dark fruit notes, slight bitterness and earthy notes

M - smooth medium body, highly carbonated (prickly carbonation cuts into the smoothness)

O - While the original SA chocolate bock is better, the addition of cherries this year resulted in a sweet bock that is pretty good as its own thing.

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Photo of ChuckHardslab
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I must admit I approached this beer with a bit of apprehension. I really do not like the Cherry Wheat. I was pleasantly surprised.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into the only clean glass I could find at the moment, a tulip. It pours an opaque cola color with a one finger off white head that dissipated pretty quickly to a thin cap, then a ring that leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma: Very cherry candy up front followed by chocolate. Very much like a chocolate covered cherry. I couldn't really discern any hop aroma, but there was a mild earthiness in the background.

Taste: Following the smell, there's cherry candy and soft chocolate. It's not a 'grown up' bitter chocolate, but a chocolate my kids would like. There's a fair amount of sweetness. Thankfully it's all balanced nicely with some bitterness from the malts and hops, with clean carbonation in the finish.

Feel: It's medium bodied with fizzy carbonation that keeps the beer from feeling heavy and helps it finish cleanly.

I certainly wouldn't buy a 6 pack full of the stuff, but it's pleasant enough. I like it much better than the Cherry Wheat.

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Photo of Craigory
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the Winter Classics pack, bottle notched best by May, 2014. Poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours a deep ruby body with an inch of off-white head. The head recedes to a thin cap that lasts the length of the beer, and I get some nice spotty lacing.

S: Big cherry aroma, jolly ranchers, just a hint of cocoa in the background. The aroma is nearly identical to that of Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat. Not a lot to speak of here.

T: Smooth, velvety semi-sweet chocolate up front, followed by cherries, including a bit of a cherry candy flavor. Doesn't have the same artificiality as the Cherry Wheat. More chocolate follows, with a cocoa finish. This beer is all sweet, but the sweetness is good.

M: Medium-bodied, with maybe a tad much carbonation for the flavor profile, as I would like the beer to feel as velvety-smooth as it tastes.

O: This is a nice variation on their Chocolate Bock, though I do prefer the original. Damn close to cloying, but it works nicely as light dessert beer.

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Photo of fank2788
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Very dark brown with only a hint of red around the edges a thin khaki head doesn't last long but laces nicely. Rather interesting aroma for this one, the normal dark malts and clean yeast of a bock are present but so too is a very distinct cherry aroma along with sweet chocolate. I know chocolate is often used to describe stouts and the like but that is always a bittersweet dark chocolate type aroma, this time I get sweet milk chocolate without any bitter characteristic at all. Well there is absolutely no mistaking the cherry in this one. There is even more cherry in here than in the cherry wheat also produced by BBC. It never becomes cloying however because it is balanced by enough bitter malt and a touch of malt sweetness as well, while the cherry wheat doesn't have this balance. Overall it is fairly crisp with low to moderate levels of carbonation and a surprisingly clean finish. Overall this is a pretty nice spin on the bock style a great beer for a cold winters night.

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Photo of delta490
4.04/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-a deep chocolate brown with cherry tints. Tan head had little retention

S-rich malt chocolate and cherry. Smells like chocolate covered cherries

T-also tastes like a chocolate covered cherry

M- a little fizzy and some bite from the cherry juice

O- an interesting twist on their previous chocolate bock

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Photo of RJLarse
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had 4 bottles of Samuel Adams Cherry Chocolate Bock in a Holiday Sampler. Poured in to a pilsner glass.

Pours a dark walnut color, nearly opaque with red hues when held up to the light. A thin bubbly beige head caps the beer.

Smel is decidedly cherry. Kind of a sweet cherry cough syrup aroma.

Taste is a cherry flavor up front, with a mild bitter unsweetened chocolate favor to follow, and dry bitter charcoal finish. It tastes a little like a cherry cola.

Mouthfeel is ell carbonated, with a light to medium body, and a zesty finish.

Overall a decent brew. Not the best of the SA sampler, and I wouldn't want to drink a lot of this, but it's good.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this as part of a "Beers of Winter" case at Sam's Club (for 25.99 - very reasonable!)

A - Pours out a very dark, nearly black color with a rich thick lasting head that has hints of reddish brown.

S - Chocolate and cherries with a hint of malt.

T - A little bit like drinking a cherry filled chocolate. The cherry hits first with the chocolate coming out at the finish.

M - Decent enough; hardly "thick" but certainly not "thin".

O - The label says Chocolate Cherry and that's what you get. This is a fun seasonal beer that I probably wouldn't buy any other way than in the Beers of Winter assortment.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a large wine glass. This offering pours a dark brown with bright and clear ruby highlights and offers a half inch of tan foam. Average retention and lace follow.

Aroma is right there as expected with chocolate and cherry notes abounding. Surely not the complex notes of a malt inspired dubbel but in line again with expectations of some infused fruit. No real malt depth beyond the obvious and warming makes it smell quite like a cherry liqueur filled holiday chocolate. Gets a bit overwhelming actually though may pair well with a similar desert.

Taste is a subdued version of the aroma with a touch of caramel and lightly roasted chocolate emerging with warming which actually helps to balance the dessert like sweetness otherwise present. Decent feel, lightly bready in texture. An interesting take on the style and rather pleasant, though I wouldn't want more than one in a sitting given its profile and sweetness coupled with a lack of malt depth/complexity.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this poured out of the bottle into a porter glass. A bit sweet, but one of the better offerings I've had from Sam in a long time. Deep chocolate brown color and heavy body with a very smooth mouthfeel. Sweet cocoa and cherry aroma, with a flavor to match. Try it with desserts.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours dark brown, nearly black with a small fizzy cream colored head, decent retention, reducing to a ring around the glass

S- smells just like a chocolate covered cherry that is sold around Christmas time, even has that sugary sweet aroma that goes with it. Also picking up some cherry cola, chocolate malt and artificial vanilla

T- chocolaty malt up front with a sugary sweetness, flavors of fig/raisin. The cherry is subtle but adds a light tartness to the mid-palate, it isn't as artificial as I expected it to be. The finish tastes just like a tootsie roll with a hint of cherry.

M- medium body and carbonation, fizzy mouthfeel with a foamy finish

O- I was already a big fan of the regular chocolate bock, and I enjoyed this one as well, the cherry was a nice compliment to the chocolate. Another good one from SA

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a stemless wine glass. Best by April 2014.

A- Pours a nice dark brown mostly black with some light coming through on the edges. Has a medium light brown head that dissipates to a small ring.

S- Smells like cherry Coke with that artificial cherry syrup smell. Some light chocolate but like a Hershey's chocolate not roasted malt or that that there is not some roasted malt to back up the sweet chocolate.

T- More of that artificial cherry and chocolate. Some roasted malt that I didn't get in the nose.

M- Medium and a bit lighter than I prefer for a bock.

O- It's got chocolate and cherry, just not in a convincing natural way. Pretty easy drinking but just an okay beer.

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Photo of davemathews68
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark, dark brown however it does let some light through. Tan head. Darker side of a bock.

S- Cherries and cherries with sight malt.

T- Cherries up front but the chocolate comes through well. Cherry Tootsie Pop.

M- Nice carbonation. texture is good for the style.

O- It's a Cherry Chocolate Bock and taste so. I personally like cherry and chocolate flavors so I enjoy this beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
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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Photo of CloudStrife
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz poured into a tulip. May notched on the side of the label.

A: Pours a clear dark brown appearing black in the glass with a khaki head on top. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides as the head slowly dissipates.

S: Very strong cherry upfront that seems to overwhelm everything. Tough to pull out the chocolate. There are some other dark fruit notes in there from the malts.

T: Luckily the flavor isnt as cherry dominant as the aroma. Chocolate does make it through to provide substantial flavor. A bit fake in the cherry department but the chocolate works well.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Clean finish for the amount of sweet cherry in this.

Overall its pretty much their cherry wheat mixed with their chocolate bock. Not the best cherry flavor but the chocolate bock notes are solid.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.77/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle from the 12 pack from Market Basket
Pours a deep dark brown with faint garnet highlights at the edges and a smallish off white head that quickly dissipates. Aromas of cherry overwhelm my olfactory system. Tart sweet medicinal cough drop conjuring cherry aromas. Everything I hate about Sam Adams cherry wheat unfortunately made it into this beer. Light chocolate and burnt sugars deep underneath, I think. The flavor is sweet medicinal cherry with bits of Hershey's syrup drizzled on top. Hints of dark sugary flavors are there but little else. Medium body with a sweet sticky syrupy mouthfeel and a light level of carbonation. I choked down the last of this bottle, but on the bright side my cough cleared up. Now to pawn the remaining bottle off on some unsuspecting Christmas guest.

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Photo of Brenden
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is dark for any style, particularly a Bock. It's a thick brown with just the slightest bit of light getting into, but not through, the body. The head consists of a tan cap not more than 1/2 finger that has moderate retention and pretty decent spotting as it goes.
Whoa. The cherry is there, and as the chocolate comes through secondary to the cherry, it smells like a cherry cordial. It's sweet cherry, not tart. It's not artificial, but it does have the sugary/syrupy likeness almost exactly of the boxed treats. Malts are also present, not roasty but toasty with some dryness.
The taste follows suit, with a slight chalky dryness in the otherwise sweet chocolate evening it out and sweet candied cherry syrup there, but with a substantial malt backbone and even a little toast. It has more of a cherry cola taste in the middle before heavier, barley-like grains finish it out.
The feel is interesting. It's thick for a Bock, but it feels like soda at times. Crispness is a little fluffy at the front, but it's pretty smooth as it goes.

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Photo of bigeyedfish89
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks like black coffee, small head with little to no lacing down the glass.

S: Smells very good, like chocolate covered cherries or Cherry Garcia Ice cream from Ben and Jerry's.

T: Not your typical Bock. The cherry taste is very present with some slight mocha coming through. The more I tasted it, the more it tasted like Cherry Coke.

O: Overall, an okay beer, definitely not my favorite from the Winter Sampler.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.01/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Actually not as bad as I was expecting it to be, the beer did leave quite a weird aftertaste that I thought at first were the chocolate malts... not so sure as it got very medicinal in spots and felt artificial... it wasn't horrible as others would have you believe but it certainly isn't a bock and not an excellent fruit beer for that matter either... they could have done something really nice with this had more time been taken but... it is what it is... okay beer but one that I probably wont revisit... I will give the other bottle away to someone...

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Sam Smith oversized nonic.

A: Dark, clear mahogany with ruby tones; off-white head fades quickly.

S: Huge cherry cordial and cherry soda; sugary sweet. Caramel is apparent too, making it even more soda-like.

T: More chocolate and cocoa arrives here, with a bittersweet chocolate undertone. Still lots of cherry and caramel; Dr Pepper comes to mind. Finish is a bit chalky with a dusting of some more cocoa.

MF: Medium bodied, semi-prickly carbonation.

O: Too sweet to session, but overall a beer that I believe does what SA wanted it to do.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4.42/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a longneck into a sampler. A moderate pour creates a 1/2 inch creamy, light tan head. The beer is a deep ruby-brown with plenty of carbonation.

Even my poor nose can smell chocolate covered cherries wafting from the glass. Plenty of chocolate-cherry on the tongue as well, with a little nutty bitterness. The intense, but highly flavorful and complex dark cherry and chocolate manages to not be overbearing and is actually quite delightful without being too sweet.

This is a perfect beer for the Christmas season. I am usually a bit skeptical with some of the additives put in beer, but this one is a winner. The bottle was part of a 12 pack holiday sampler bought for 14.99 and, so far, a very good value. Send more of these chocolate cherry beers please!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now I am rating this beer for what the brewer intended....not necessarily that I think this beer is overly amazing. The beer poured a deep almost opaque dark amber with ecru head that is not leaving much of a lace. The scent carries cherries and chocolate. The taste is very similar to the scent and is very sweet...almost like a cherry coke. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its decent....too sweet for me to session.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
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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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap

S: Cherry dominates with both dark and milk chocolate notes in there as well. Light maltiness, but the cherry and chocolate really take over

T: Starts off with quite a bit of sweetness, given off by the cherry and milk chocolate notes. Some maltiness comes in after the fact, but it's fairly one dimensional with the chocolate-covered cherry aspect

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: If this were anything but a holiday beer, it really wouldn't work. Pretty much a mix of their chocolate bock and cherry wheat, it's definitely on the sweet side with nothing to balance. One at a time is the only way to drink this, as it's a dessert in a glass. Glad it only comes in the mix pack because as a sixer, it would last a bit longer than the Christmas season

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Photo of barnzy78
3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, Best Before April
A - dark brown with ruby hues when held to a light. Creamy beige head fades to a foam fairly quickly.
S - sweet chocolate and cherry aroma - chocolate covered cherry comes to mind
T - very sweet, cloyingly at times, chocolate covered maraschino cherry flavor. Not much else though.
M - nice fuller body, exceptionally smooth and creamy, ample carbonation
O - if this wasn't so sweet I think I'd like it more. I know it was meant to be sweet, but it was too sweet for me

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Very deep dark black, very thick mocha head. Actually quite impressed since it's around 6%
S - Very Candy like cherry sort of reminding me of chocolate covered cherries, mostly baking sugars, mild candy cherries, and chocolate which is to be expected since it's base is their famous cherry bock.
T - Not bad it's kind of cherry medicinal in taste and the cocoa flavors are kind of powder like with mild roasty notes with some bock caramel sweetness. It's not actually as sweet as most describe. Somewhat enjoyable.
M - Rather smooth light to medium in body.

Overall not saying its disappointing but it could use more more complexity. It was a decent beer strictly for novelty.

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