Samuel Adams Cinder Bock
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Lager - Rauchbier
Ranked #89
Ranked #44,370
3.62 | pDev: 17.4%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
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Jsmick from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +10.5%

Jun 30, 2013
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

For the finale of New Samuel Adams Beer Sunday, It's Gonna Be a Long Trail (Week 706), I am delving into the depths. This was one that I hunted down & then set aside, forgotten until today. Kenny Longshore was a fellow plankowner & shipmate aboard the USS Normandy (CG-60) as well as a fellow member of the SDBG. We attended the 25-year reunion in Norfolk, VA in 2014 & upon returning to his home in Whidbey Island, WA, he laid down for a nap & never awoke. I went back to Norfolk to assist in scattering his ashes at sea from the fantail of the Normandy & his widow was telling me about how much he enjoyed following my exploits. When I returned home, his ghost was awaiting me, perched atop a box of beer near my kitchen door & he is a regular visitor when I am drinking at home. We are joined by other fallen shipmates & even my late Pops on occasion, but Kenny is a regular. He kept pointing down towards the box upon which he was perched & it suddenly dawned on me.

From the Bottle: "Enjoy it now or age it to further develop rich and unique flavors"; "Hops: Hallertau Mittelfrueh Noble Hops[;] Malts: Two-Row Harrington, Metcalfe, and Copeland Pale Malts, Caramel 60, and Smoked Malt"; "Smoky & Rich With A Bit of Mischief"; "Unusual and playful this half-breed brew begins with a rush of smoky, almost savory, aromas and flavors. The distinctive campfire smokiness of a Rauchbier lingers and begins to reveal the rich and velvety malt smoothness of a Double Bock with notes of toffee and caramel. This roguish brew transforms from its bold start to hearty and satisfying finish."; "At Samuel Adams we love experimenting. This series of limited edition brews represents some of our favorite small batch creations."

I was again hesitant in Pop!ping the cap on an ancient bottle like this, but once more, nothing untoward occurred. A C-line pour into my largest S.A. glass not only caused the nucleation as advertised, but it also evinced a pseudo-cascade! This led to the formation of three-plus (!) fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with excellent retention, leaving a load of lacing as it fell. Color was a gorgeous Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22), reminiscent of an old flame's natural hair color. 8=O Nose had a subtle smokiness, and as the new Style Guide points out, the smokiness can/may/will die down over time. Still, this smelled like a country ham being readied for the pressure cooker, along with potatoes & green beans. Nomnomnom! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, but for a Bock, it was on the light side. The taste was smokier than the nose had led me to expect, akin to the Aecht Schlenkerla Urbock or Doppelbock, some of the smokiest Rauchbiers available. In addition to the smokiness, it was also rather sweet, with tastes of milk chocolate and caramel, making for a very interesting taste. Mmm. Finish was in that Twilight Zone realm between semi-sweet & semi-dry. The smokiness lent it a dryness, but the base Bock was fairly sweet. I will leave it to yinz & the beer to duke it out. I am going to savor the remainder of the bottle in quiet contemplation.

Sep 03, 2018
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HuaiDan from New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Jul 08, 2012
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phishbone23 from New York

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Jan 23, 2013
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ngeunit1 from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper-ruby color with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of smoke, caramel malts, earthy clove spice, cedar, vanilla, with a bit of brown sugar and booze.

T - Starts off with some smoke, vanilla, sweet caramel malts, with a bit of clove and other spices. Through the middle, some more spices with some brown sugar and cedar come through. The finish is a mix of smoke, spices, caramel malts, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a smoky and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice Rauchbier with some good smokey flavor and enough body to balance out the flavors.

Jun 12, 2012
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Beermaine from Maine

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Oct 27, 2013
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Chico1985 from Massachusetts

2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Despite the awful name, always interested in trying a new lager from Sam Adams.

Pours an amber color with some orangeish highlights. Off-white head is huge for a while, eventually coming down to a half finger. Good retention and lace.

Smell is pretty weak. Really just slight smoky ham, just enough to let you know it's a rauchbier. A bit metallic.

Smoky malts, salty ham and campfire are up front but overbearing, medium strength I'd say, comes off as a little artificial. The doppelbock side doesn't really come through, though caramel+toasty malts and some dark fruit are noticeable.

High on the carbonation but a decent mouthfeel. Feels like a big beer but it does hide its alcohol quite well.

Not bad but uninteresting overall. Not much complexity and a bland smokiness, rauchbiers are not known to be easy drinking but a bomber of this solo is a haul.

Feb 26, 2012
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KiMiRaiK from Washington

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Jan 27, 2013
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gleemonger from California

4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

Jun 22, 2012
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AJ01923 from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Jan 15, 2014
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SithLantern from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.5%

May 28, 2014
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JustinSamuelson from New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Jan 20, 2013
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ryanonline from Florida

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer has a deep dark brown hue to it with a strong red background. lots of off white foamy head that dissipates quickly.

smells smokey and slightly heavy on the rye presence. Light on the hops.

taste is the same, heavier on the smoke. bit of sweetness too.

mouthfeel is slightly spritzy and dryish, overall still sweet though.

this has a truly remarkable drinkability, given the flavorful and high alcohol nature of this beer.

I approve.

Feb 26, 2012
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Bjlps from Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Dec 04, 2013
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Kinsman from California

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice and hazy dark bronze color with a beautiful ivory colored creamy head on top. Opens up nicely with a tough of smoke on the nose and a nice sweet malty undertone. Notes of molasses, bread, and vanilla make for an inviting aroma.

Big and bocky on the palate with lots of sweet malty flavors and a bit of booziness as well. Almost has a gingerbread like quality to it with the molasses notes and the heat giving it a little kick. The smoke isn't quite as noticeable on the palate but it does add a nice touch to round it out.

Wonderfully creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, a really tasty beverage but not quite smoky enough for me to consider this a true Rauchbeer.

Sep 10, 2012
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Cohasset from Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dec 18, 2014
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TheHoppiest from Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a russet-brown color with a 2" off-white head that reduces with minimal lacing.

Has a smokey, sweet aroma, with molasses, tangy fruit, and tons of BBQ and hickory. It's like the burnt sauce on a set of ribs.

Sweet, with a fair amount of alcohol, this starts thick and malty, with dark fruits, brown sugar, and a tangy, smokey finish, with hints of sweet lime and orange.

Definitely a full bodied brew, this leaves the tongue feeling slightly dry and tacky.

A decent, if not strong Rauch beer. The smokiness is not too overpowering to still get a decent idea of this beer's bock backbone. However, I'm finding it to be getting a bit too sweet as I get further through this brew.

Mar 03, 2012
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Beergelden from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

May 27, 2013
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JohnK17 from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Apr 17, 2012
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whitenads from Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

May 05, 2014
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seplo from Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

May 21, 2013
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MickeyD from Kansas

3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 22oz bottle into clean pint glass.

Appearance: dark red glow, one finger width head, good carbonation

Smell: dark caramel, smoked peat

taste: strong peat with roasted caramel and even slight floral hop with bite.

Mouthfeel: nice malt aroma with peat

Overall: I really liked this beer. I actually happen to like peat smoked beer and it is very hard to find and this beer has a good balance of smoked peat and a caramelized malt that I love. I would buy again if I can find it.

Apr 12, 2013
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FliryVorru from Alabama

3/5  rDev -17.1%

Apr 29, 2013
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marmstrong1212 from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Apr 13, 2014
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EkimGram from New York

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From my beer journal dated 2/18/12

Batch No. 1

Appearance: 22oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Colour is a rich brown with a nice garnet hue. Finger-thick, pillowy head fades slowly leaving some lacing. Slight visible carbonation.

Smell: Moderately smoked malts followed by a bitter hop aroma.

Taste: Starts off with a nice, sweet smokiness followed by a nice balance of malts and a slight bitter finish. Not very deep or as complex as I had hoped but not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, silky and oily with a surprising amount of carbonation. Finishes a little sticky.

Overall: A solid brew. There isn't really much to say. The masking of the high alcohol is impressive. Another solid Sam Adams beer.

May 03, 2012
Samuel Adams Cinder Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 468 ratings