Cinder Bock | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Cinder BockCinder Bock

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

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.45%

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 465 |  Reviews: 167
Photo of jsanford
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of JohnK17
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of thebigredone
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of kristougher
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Greywulfken
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours thin, a deep amber brown; thich fluffy head seetles into a bubbly foam, leaving lots of lace

S: some caramel/toffee, some fruit/citrus; malt

T: sweet with notes of smoke and spice - a pretty darn good taste - maybe a little sweeter than I expected, but with a nice blend of flavors - reminds me a little of scotch, too

M: a thin beer, no astringency, mild carbonation

O: a good choice - not a heavy beer, but with some kick (abv-wise) - smooth drinking and enjoyable

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Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of archero
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of secondtooth
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy, cloudy red. Huge head of off-white bubbles. Stunning, detailed, frilly lace.

Nose is lively smoky bacon, with notes of salted meat and woody goodness. Wow.

Taste is similar, but heavier on the malty bock side. I get some of the woody, cured-meat flavor, but with a heftier sweetness on the palate than I was hoping for. Finishes woody and warming.

Overall, a curious and unique melding of styles, but not of the caliber as the Schlenkerla rauchbiers.

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Photo of SawDog505
2.69/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a 16 oz Stella glass. Pours a mahogany with a fluffy white 3 inch head, leaves some lacing. I will be honest not a beer I am familiar with. Smell smoked peat. Taste is just as aggressive, unfortunately I can't get anything else out of it. This is one of those styles, that amazes me it has a following.

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Photo of Noelito76
2.25/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of juicebox
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of duff247
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Chico1985
2.99/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish amber with a cream colored sticky head. Nice half inch of foam and a very clingy cap on the brew. Nice clarity. Pretty.

Mild bacon smoke, sugary malt in the nose. Wanted more smoke out of this one. I know this straddles bock and rauchbier, but this needed a bit more here.

An interesting experiment. Rauchbier notes up front. Dried smokiness, then rich sweet bock. I really liked the SA doppelbock, and it seems like they just kinda smoked that version of the recipe, which doesn't hurt but doesn't overly impress either. Bitterness in the background, rich toasted malt with burnt sugars. Nice complexity, but a little too sweet. Finish on a bitter note. Alcohol is well hidden.

Full bodied, mouth coating, but dries a touch on the tongue.

Ok. Like the combination, but not sure it works very well. This is one that I would have to wait a while before having again. Worth a try.

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Photo of sparx1100
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of HalfFull
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 ml. bottle poured into a large wine glass, the Cinder Bock seems appropriately named for a Rauchbier and one of a seemingly ever expanding and limitless cast of Sam Adam's 'special release' type beers.

Pours a light brown in color, clear and bright orange caramel in the light. Sports a half inch of whitish foam which offers decent retention and lacing.

Aroma is bock like for sure with deep and ruddy caramel notes, well integrated with some earthy hops and rich toffee as well as some wafting alcohol notes. Smoke is a bit dubious on the aroma however.

More caramel and toffee on the taste with a slight hint of smokiness but not much, in fact not much at all. Offers a nice grainy flavor with a complex malt profile. Caramel, dark fruit and toffee with muddled brown sugar. Pretty good but not a Rauch by any means.

Offers a nice full body and balanced with a good level of carbonation. Spritzy and spicy at the same time but not a Rauchbier.

Overall a nice Doppelbock, complex and spicy with a good hop backbone, dryer and more drinkable than many a German take but not a Rauch. I'm sorry am I repeating myself?

Note: Dopplebock/Rauch Light

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a very dark cherry red with a one finger light tan head. The beer isn't cloudy at all, just dark, and the head sticks around for awhile

S- light aroma of smoke, along with a lot of caramel malts coming through. Man, I hope this isn't a caramel smoke bomb...

T- the smoke is mild....not overbearing at all. There's a predominant taste of caramel malt, but it isn't that overwhelming...but it's *definitely* there.

M- body is actually on the thin side....odd for the ABV of this one

O- not too shabby, but overall, not something I'd buy again

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Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 9.4% abv. Clear, amber color with a nice tan fluffy head. Nice retention.

Nice smoke up front. A bit meaty, but not overwhelming. Toffee and caramel notes follow, all blending well.

Rich, malty character. Toffee and caramel notes abound. A bit of sweetness, but nothing overwhelming or out of style. Smoke is more subtle in the mouth.

Medium body, with lower carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well. While not overly smoky, the base dopplebock here is really good. Well made.

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Photo of WoostaBia
3.35/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of WastingFreetime
2.97/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a ruby-tinted mahogany color with good clarity but a disappointing single finger of fizzle-foam for a head that leaves behind no real lacing and only sticks around for about 60 seconds. Medium-light body and medium carbonation levels, chewy texture.

I get a good blast of hickory and beechwood smoke over solid and beefy caramel / toffee malts. The flavor is much more boozey than the nose, I think the smoke may be covering up the ABV vapors. I'm liking the doppelbock and chocolate malt profile in the mid-sip. Sadly, the ashen aspects of the smoke and the herbal hopping are combining in a strange way in the finish to make a sweet-and-sour stomach bile off-flavor that makes the aftertaste a chore instead of a pleasure.

In summary, a promising nose that leads to disappointment in the mouth. My best suggestion would be to dry it out some more by about 20% with additional noble hopping, so that the malts present less like a milk chocolate bar with a pile of cigarette ash on top. The breadiness that exists needs to be brought into the foreground and accentuated with the smoke. I'd give this one a pass unless you are morbidly curious what controlled cellaring smoke degradation would do for it.

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Photo of jbertsch
2/5  rDev -45.7%

Photo of mpalestino
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Mdog
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark red-brown, good head that fades somewhat quickly.

Smell: Starts fruity then the smoke comes through.

Taste: Mild fruit and caramel sweetness, smoke comes late and lingers in the finish.

Overall: A pretty nice double bock with smoked flavor enhancements. The smoke is a complimentary flavor instead of overpowering everything, and I think it works pretty well. It didn't feel as strong as the ABV.

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Cinder Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.68 out of 5 based on 465 ratings.
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