Cinder Bock | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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83
good
465 Ratings
THE BROS
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Cinder BockCinder Bock
BEER INFO

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

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.45%

Availability: Rotating

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
465
Reviews:
167
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
17.39%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
38
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 465 |  Reviews: 167
Photo of stella77artois
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into pilsener glass. This was my first rauchbier, and was excited to try it. In actuality, it's more of a hybrid, I guess it's considered a "smoked doppelbock". Am a huge doppelbock fan, so I happily grabbed some.

A - Pours almost entirely brown, with just a shade of red. Shines a deep red-brown in the light. Thick, 3-finger head developed, was a tannish color. Excellent looking beer.

S - Lot's of malt up front, as well as roasted characters. A strong aroma of cocoa is present, and just a hint of smokiness.

T - Great tasting beer. All the aromas are noted in the taste, especially the malt and cocoa. The smoky taste is definitely noticeable, but not in an overpowering way. I think it really compliments the strong bock taste. This beast is 9.5% ABV, so a small amount of alcohol heat was noticed in the aftertaste. Not unpleasant, and actually went well with the wings I was eating.

F - It's a bock, so it's thick and can be tough on the stomach. Not a bad feeling beer, and it paired well with wings, and I'd imagine with most good flavored food. Not something I'd want to chug, but that's how it is w/ bock's.

O - A pretty darn good beer. I really view this more as a doppelbock w/ some smoke rather than a Rauch. Very suprised it's ranked as low as it is. Not quite as good as Sam Adams' Double Bock, but it's still a quality beer. Lot's of taste, lot's of power, and pairs well with food. Highly recommend for any fans of bocks/doppelbocks or extreme beers.

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Photo of kristougher
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Jsmick
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of hellhammermario
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of beerbtl
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Murrhey
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 1pt, 6oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a conic pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Quite a big bottle. Reviewed live.

A- Three finger cream-colored head with rapidly eroding retention. Lasts about a minute and a half. Sinks down to a half-finger floater with some creamy lacing. Dark orange color with low clarity. Semi-hazy.

S- Bacon, smoke. Smells like breakfast. Typical Rauch smell.

T- Smoky, caramel malts. Some booze. Not bad. Not good.

M- Wet and thicker bodied.

O- Kind of a miss on this one. Not special.

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Photo of Brew33
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looking great with three fingers of tan head on a cloudy, reddish brown colored body.
The aroma has a lot of smoke and a little anise and black licorice. Nice if you like that.
The taste is quite sweet all the way through, a touch of smoke with burnt wood middle to end, fairly complex with good balance.
The texture is soft, slightly sticky with low to moderate carbonation.
Pretty good overall, but a bit too sweet for my taste. I enjoyed the smoke though.

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Photo of jl28r1
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of gigantor1313
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

smell - smokey, bacon-y, leathery, skin of the potato....y

apearence, red/brownish, almost like a killian

taste - sweet, like alot of bocks to me

mouthfeel - too sweet, smooth, smokey

overall - not bad, but one and done. Not a session beer to me.

Its my first beer into the drinking session. Its great starter. Possibly even better with food like a salty cheese or a salty meat, like pepporoni or salami. Overall its sweetness kills me for making me drink more than one in a session. Would buy again.

Poured into ceramic stein. Allowed head to develop and stayed for a good while.

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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 civicm87
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of herrburgess
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of Beergelden
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of alaimoa
2.81/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Purchased in 2012 - pours a brown light coffee color with not much of a head. Tastes nutty and toffee flavors with thick coating aftertaste. Not the most pleasant on smell, taste or aftertaste.
Overall: I probably wouldn't buy it again but sometimes the Sam single bottles are surprisingly good. Just not this one

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Photo of tzieser
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Spaz7
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of MadWolf
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of johntfox
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of seplo
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Dave7500kl
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of tommyguz
2/5  rDev -45.7%

Photo of yesyouam
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Cinder Bock is a very clear, dense, copper beer with a soft, fluffy, yellowed foam that has great staying power. It's mostly smoke in the aroma, but a tart malt is detected as well. It smells a touch sweet. It's very full bodied and smooth with a creamy, chewy finish. The flavor is much like the the aroma: smoke and tart malt. There's a slightly sweet, herbal flavor that's somewhere between cola and a cough drop. Smoke is the dominant flavor here. When combined with the malt, it comes off as umami. There's a sort of salmiakki aftertaste. This is reasonably bold and complex. It's a sipping beer with a lot of character. There are subtleties to it, but the overall flavor is quite bold.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in a Allagash cervoise glass

Batch - 1

A - Dark brown tea colored body with 2 fingers of yellowish tan head. Bubbles are fine and stick to the glass quite well. Excellent retention for such a high abv.

S - Toasted bread, faint smokiness in the background, some fruity yeast wrapped in a hefty malt bill, toasted caramel, smokey molasses, candied bacon

T - Sweet upfront followed by salty caramel, molasses, brown bread, sticky dried dark fruits, smoke is very faint is only an accent to the strong malt base. Finishes sticky, nutty, and sweet.

M - Full bodied, creamy carbonation, sweet rich finish.

Sweeter than expected. Wish the smoke showed up a bit more. It needed another balancing component to combat the malts. Drinks very easy for such a high ABV. I would have never have guessed his to be ABV 9.4.
Not sure how old this is but I think batch - 1's smoke has faded.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.73/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a dimple mug)
Batch #1
A- This beer pours a dense light caramel hued body with a raging carbonation of big bubbles supporting a rocky head of light tan.

S- The mellow cloth band aid aroma has some brown sweet malt notes to follow.

T- The big band aid and salty bacon flavored smoke taste stains the tongue with some slight sweetness in the finish taking on some salty sweet brown malt notes as it opens.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle carbonation and no real alcohol

O- If I have to taste band aids this is the least offensive of the kinds but it grows stronger and stronger with each sip. I think there is a tasty beer in this bottle with nice hints of malt sweetness but it is well hidden in the loud salty bacon, band aid flavors. It was a bit to rough to finish.

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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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