Cinder Bock | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Cinder BockCinder Bock
465 Ratings
Cinder BockCinder Bock

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

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.45%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 01-09-2012

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4.74/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

bomber 22 oz. bottle poured into 22 oz. glass, head meant not enough room for entire serving.

appearance - dark brown, little light passed through the poured clear glass. A mildly careful but fast angled pour yielded a 3/4 inch tan (very light at top, medium khaki at the bottom) head, a little lace as the beer was drank. Most beers would have yielded more head if I were to pour them this fast.

smell - I could get technical, but really, it smells like a bock, or more like a doppelbock/doublebock.

taste - see smell notes. It tastes like other good bocks and doppelbocks/doublebocks. The high alcohol content wasn't tasted though; it went down easily enough that I thought it was weaker.

mouthfeel - thick, but not real heavy. To say silky would be too light, to say more like satin would still be light. People think of fabrics for some reason... Imagine a gel-filled computer keyboard wrist rest with a satin outer surface. In other words, smooth with some but not a lot of weight. My beer vocabulary sucks, but this is what's in my head when I think of this beer's mouthfeel.

overall - This is a good bock that tastes like a good doppelbock/doublebock. The large bottle and high abv got me buzzed. I am incapable of dazzling you with expert tasting notes, but I can at least say, it's a really good bock, and worth the price I paid.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the best imitation (American) rauchbier. There seems to be an intagible missing. Maybe the smell is the weak point, but the taste is spot on.The aftertaste is quite nice too.

It's nice and clear in the glass with not enough head. Maybe the next (warmer) glass will be even better. I would recommend this for comparing with Heller-Trum, THE rauchbier. It is real close.

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4.43/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

$7.29 for a 22oz bottle. 25 SRM, OG=22.5° Plato, 9.4% ABV
315 Calories/12 oz, 25 IBU
Brewed with Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, Caramel 60, Munich, and Smoked Malt. Hopped with Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops, fermented with Samuel Adams lager yeast strain.

Pours out to a clear medium amber with ruby highlights, forming a creamy yellow head with excellent retention and solid sheets of lacing, with a medium-mild carb, ~2.0 carbs. The aroma displays subtle smoked malt, a clean ferment, some subtle spicy hops, a suggestion of caramel. Really nice nose.The mouthfeel is soft and creamy with a medium dense body. Velvety on the tongue. Wonderful mouthfeel. The taste is awesome...a very well balanced display of the smoke, spicy hops, followed by a pleasant mild bitterness which offsets the abundant chewy and bready malts. Suggestions of toffee, cola, and caramel in the finish. Cleanly fermented with no appreciable off-flavors. The alcohol doesn't really stand out, considering it's strength.

This is clearly the best out of the bunch of Limited release beers this year that I've had so far (haven't had The Vixen or Third Voyage yet). I wish it had more smoke, more on a Schlenkerla level. I would buy this year round if it were in 6 packs. Great beer! Highly recommended.

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4.42/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, orange-brown in color, clear

Smell: big time smoke

Taste: smoky malt--maybe slight bacon--then this beer transforms into a dopplebock with huge caramel and toffee sweetness and light bark like hops

Mouthfeel: smoky goodness at first followed by a very sweet body and finish with light bitterness to take some sweet edge off, medium carbonation, medium-light bodied

Overall: This may be my favorite Sam Adams brew. This beer is a combination of two styles that really do not combine within the brew, but take separate turns at being excellent.The rauchbier aspect is dead on--similar to Aecht Scherlenkerla's Urbock--and the dopplebock that follows almost has more of a sweetness that I associate with an English barleywine. The alcohol is scarily barely noticeable. This one is right up there with the best I have had this year. I would not take this over Scherlenkerla's Urbock or Marzen, but for a cheaper US treat, I would stock this on a regular basis.

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Cinder Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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