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

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Added by Jason on 01-09-2012

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear reddish copper color with a nice 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of caramel, wood, smoked meat, molasses, raisin, biscuit, earth, pepper, herbal, and toffee. Very nice aromas with nice balance and complexity. Taste of caramel, smoke, wood, toast, molasses, raisin, prune, earth, pepper, toffee, biscuit, and herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of smoke, wood, molasses, caramel, raisin, bread, toast, earth, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance of smoky flavors with the fruitiness and malts. No cloying sweetness at all, fairly clean on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is quite nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a warming present on the finish. Very smooth to sip on. Overall this is a damn nice smoked Doppelbock. Great flavor balance and smoothness. I really have no complaints on this one. Really well done and very enjoyable.

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Photo of monnik
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of UncleJon206
1/5  rDev -72%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of KSac4115
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden brownish red that is very cloudy and unfiltered with a half inch foam head that dissipates quickly. Smell is of coffee and brown sugars but also a decent amount of hops. Taste is very smokey. Starts with slight hopiness and then finishes sweet. Coffee flavors are prevalent too. Carbonation is on the higher side. The sweet flavors make the drinkability not high. Overall the flavors and the smokiness are very intriguing and delicious. Worth trying!


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Photo of lansdowne24
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
2.75/5  rDev -23%

Photo of orm56
4.25/5  rDev +19%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of JonB1958
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Like the other Sam Adams Bock, this pours an absolutely gorgeous deep red color. It has a nice off white head, and smells like a bock should: Bready and malt; but not so much like a Rauch should. There is very little smoke aroma to this.

Taste is good with a nice smooth creamy mouthfeel and a very subtle smoke flavor, certainly less than I expected. The smoke takes some of the sting of the high ABV and cloying sweetness of this beer away. Whats left is very smooth and highly drinkable.

Fortunately the base beer is good after the smoking; the rauch adds little to the experience.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 5-26-12
Batch no. 1

Appearance: a bright reddish brown color, with an immense off white head and lots of bubbles rising to the surface. Lacing is huge, and sticks to the sides in chunks.

Smell: very earthy and smoky, lots of spice and a big hit of clove. Very intriguing, the smoke really starts to dominate as it warms.

Taste: all thick smokiness, like beef jerky, in a good way. There are dark fruit flavors in there too, leading to a great tart hops/alcohol kick in the finish. A little odd, but very tasty.

Mouthfeel: just right, a slickness to accent the smoke, and lots of carbonation to lighten things up.

Overall: I liked this much more than I thought I would, and it would be a great choice for the cellar.

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Photo of Pencible
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear reddish mahogany with lots of light tan head.
S: It smelled like smoky roasted barley, with some earthy caramel and ham.
T: It tasted like smoky roasted barley and whole grain bread, with a little caramel and copper hops. It had a clean and earthy and sweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with moderate smooth carbonation. Great full but slick body.
D: This was a very nice rauchbier that had plenty of character, but not over-the-top smoke. The scent and taste were nicely balanced, and the body was excellent. The alcohol was well hidden, and the finish was smooth, so it was very easy to drink. Perfect beer for a cookout or camping. Recommended.

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Photo of jmathis
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.69/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours an attractive crimson color with a large cap of tan head. Lacing is fucking in its immense coverage. Retention is great as well. I am not sure I have ever giver a perfect score on appearance before, but damn, this one is money, cash, hoes.

Nose is sweet, a little too sweet for a rauchbier. Tons of caramel, taffy and toffee. Smoke is disappointingly light.

Taste is somewhere in between a SA Chocolate Bock and a Shiner Smokehaus. Just waaay to sweet for this kind of style...hell, any style really. One could only dream it would be like a Schlenkerla Urbock, but that is not even in the same galaxy, not to mention ballpark. I have been moderately impressed with whatever this series of 22 oz beers BBC has been putting out lately (Tasman, Griffins Bow, Dark Depths, etc..), but this one is the bottom of the dung heap for me. Too sweet, overly sweet, not enough smoke and did I mention ridiculously sweet? Dont think I can finish one on my own...Im afraid I might wake up with type I diabetes.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark reddish copper color with a hlaf finger head which recedes to edging and leaves little to no lace. The aroma is of caramel malts and a hint of smokiness. The aroma of the smokiness gets stronger as the beer warms. The taste starts off with a caramel malt taste. The middle has the taste of toffe, brown sugar, and dark fruits. The very end of the beer is smoke, again the smokiness gets stronger as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is sticky and lowly carbonated. Overall it was an okay beer, it seemed to be more of a bock than a rauchbier. The smokiness is more subdued than what I expected.

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Photo of halo913
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Wamesit
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 22oz bottle poured into Stella tulip. Pours a rich chestnut. Thick off-white head that quickly gives way to clumpy lacing.

S - Smoked and caramel malts followed by a bitter hop aroma and a hint of alcohol in the back.

T - Starts off smokey and rich. The caramel malts add a mild sweet thickness to the body. The alcohol and noble hops make appearances in the last of the finish and during retro-olfaction.

M - Thick, lush. Almost sticky.

O - Highly enjoyable. A great hybrid. (rauchbier/double bock)

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Photo of athouve1
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of HalfFull
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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 ElCommodoro
4.36/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, clear mahogany. A beautiful sight in a beer. Little head, but that bothers me little. A high alcohol beer needn't much head. What little head it had stuck around quite a while, so that was a pleasant surprise.
The smell was very sweet. Mostly of overripe bananas and garbage. Not in a bad way. But that's sort of what it smelled like.
The taste was surprisingly more of the same. I wasn't aware it was going to be a smoky beer. All I knew is it would be a bock. I mean, it had a goat on it and rauchbier isn't something I've heard of before. The beer is VERY sweet, VERY malty, and definitely smoky. But not at all overly so. It smells a bit like it might be peat-smoked even though there's no indication that it is, but that would explain that garbage smell. So would highly fermented malt heaviness, though, I suppose. This beer has a lot of doppelbock qualities. It doesn't taste like what the description of rauchbier describes. The smokiness is not too upfront and well balanced with sweet maltiness. The name and flavour would indicate to me that this is part doppelbock, part rauchbier. I'd say it's more on the doppelbock side, but that's just me. Damn if the combination isn't delicious as hell. Love the big malty sweetness of it, even if it is a bit sticky, almost cloying. Love the alcohol burn. And love that unique flavour added by the rauch (smoke). I would HIGHLY recommend this to other lovers of big, sweet beers.

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Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of PGVG
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Jason
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Tawny hue, hazed, superb head and lacing

SMELL: Smoke, birch, ash, spice, rose water, caramel, raisins, more smoke

TASTEL: Smooth, very smoky, slightly cloying, caramel, ash, charred wood, pears, spicy alcohol, bready, mild tartness, herbal, floral, semi-juicy, more smoke, ashy smoky finish

Too much smoke IMO so I can easily say it was not balanced at least for me. Thankfully this is a big beer so it can take a few lumps, good to sip but there is no way I could see finishing this bottle off during a long session. Asking you to try it would be a dare if you are not into smoked beers, even if you are it might be a challenge.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Cinder Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 465 ratings
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