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Cinder Bock | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.45%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jason on 01-09-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,765
Reviews:
167
Ratings:
465
pDev:
17.65%
Bros Score:
3.49
 
 
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27
Gots:
39
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Ratings: 465 |  Reviews: 167
Photo of 1JTannerMan
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a warm carmel color. Not opaque. The aroma is a strong bacon odor, very smoky. Good lacing and a nice settled head. Taste is a sweet smoke flavor with a hint of cinnamon. The texture is a little syrupy but not overbearing. Would pair nicely with a banana creme brulee or anything with bacon. I liked the beer but it is a little too smoky for my tastes.

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Photo of RyanGoodman
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Ozzy2004Ironman
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of sauvy10
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz poured into pilsner glass. Appearance is a dark copper with a decent head thatdinished to about 1/4 inch. Good lacing. The smoke stands out first in the aroma but is definitely not overwhelming. It's followed by toffee and maybe some kind of spice. Tastes very pleasant and surprisingly smooth considering the abv. The smoke is very subtle which is nice and the beer is well balanced. I usually don't like smoky beers this much because they're always too smoky but this beer was very well done.

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Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of DIM
4.32/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a ruby tinted chestnut brown. It poured with a large but short lived foamy head.

s: Rich, nutty toffee and caramel, some toasty grains, and unobtrusive smoke.

t: Gentle smoke throughout, getting stronger at the finish. Toasted, nutty grains with hints of raisin and cocoa up front with some mild warmth and bitterness at the end.

m: Velvety and very smooth.

o: I appreciated the subdued smoke which didn't overwhelm a top-notch d-bock. Excellent offering at a reasonable price.

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Photo of mothman
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beige head. Leaves splattered lace. Color is a clear burnt mahogany.

Aroma: a lot of bacon and smokey flavors. Reminds me of red apples. Caramel and burnt sugar. Lots of malts. Sweet.

Taste: same as the nose. Bacon and smoked malts. Toffee and caramel. Very bockish.

Mouthfeel: smokey and sweet. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends smokey.

Overall, a tasty bock. Easy to drInk. I like the smokiness.!no alcohol present. Nice.

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Photo of dinoedb350
4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

Photo of Danielbt
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Ruger44
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of EkimGram
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of jeremy13586
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled poured in to a Sam Adams pint glass. I haven't had too many rauchbiers (maybe 3 ever), so my rating system might be kind of off for the style.

A slight hazy, brown/dark amber color. slow bubbles crawled up the side of the glass. The head was a light brown color that settled out in to a thin bubbly film. Left some decent lacing.

Black licorice and a little bit of smoke. Not much to it after that.

There is an overall nice smokey, roasted flavor. Pretty sweet backbone. Has a minor metallic taste of it, but the finish is pretty clean.

The mouthfeel is slick and smooth. Has a silky carbonation. Once again, very clean finish. Probably the highlight of this beer.

Again, I haven't had too many rauchbiers so I don't know what to look for, but I found this brew pretty enjoyable. This was a nice "gateway" beer for the style, so I think that I'll need to add more on to my "beers to drink" list.

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Photo of MystikCelt
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of kojevergas
2.1/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; I don't know that Sam Adams can pull off a rauchbier properly. Batch number 1. 9.4% ABV.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and okay retention considering the high ABV. Colour is a dark nontransparent amber. Not at all opaque. Appears overcarbonated.

Sm: Hops, light smoke, toffee, and caramel. A weak aroma that isn't particularly appealing. No real presence. My suspicions have changed from overcarbonation to undercarbonation.

T: Artifical cherry on the open (somewhat syrupy). Clean malts comprise the boring dull foundation. Where's the smoke? There's hardly any caramelization present, let alone the baconey roasted smokey goodness rauchbiers are supposed to contain. This is sheer garbage considering the style. No yeast or alcohol come through. Hints of toffee are the best aspect of the beer. Simple boring and bland. Not at all complex or subtle. What were they thinking?

Mf: Undercarbonated. Smooth, wet, and thin (the exact opposite of what a rauchbier should be). Doesn't suit the flavours well at all. Very poorly done.

Dr: Hard to drink on account of how garbage it is. Not only does it not satisfy the style, it just sucks outright. I'd never have this again, and I'd caution my friends from getting it. A severe disappointment from Sam Adams.

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Photo of johnsilk
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of setexascustoms
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of puboflyons
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle, Batch no. 1. Sampled on April 23, 2012. It was served at about 47-48 degrees Fahrenheit. It pours an attractive medium to dark amber with ruby red highlights flickering in the light along with a long lasting, foamy beige head. There are caramel and other malts on the nose along with an inviting smokiness, light yeast, and a touch of alcohol. The body is medium to bold. The taste is just as smoky as the aroma with a full bitterness, well-integrated alcohol, and and a near dry ending. A likable beer.

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Photo of JohnK17
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of jefftuck47
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of marct
2.5/5  rDev -30%

Photo of GreatPumpkin
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of beeragent
4.41/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 22oz weizen glass.

A-pours a deep amber, forming a 1/4 inch off-white head. Light spots of lace on the glass.

S - strong, wonderful aroma of smoked malts, along with a hint of caramel in the background.

T - smooth and creamy smoked malts coat the palate. The smoke is strong enough to cover most of the flavors.

M - smooth, creamy, heavy body mouthfeel.

O - first off I love rauchbiers so this one was right up my alley. The flavor was awesome, the body was spot on, and the aroma was very inviting. Almost equal to the German rauchbiers. Highly recommended!

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Photo of 6demonbag
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

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

I REALLY love this style.

Served in a CCB snifter.

A: Poured a brown/amber, with some ruby highlights when I held it up to the light. The head was small (1/8 finger), but still effective.

S: Sort of like Boston Lager infused with beef jerky. This had a really meatiness that would go well with most entrees.

T: Malt, mild sugar, and a good seasoned beef quality that worked somewhat to my mind. I got a bit of bitterness, but it was the good kind.

M: What constituted as lacing just fell back into the glass very quickly, and the sweetness was tempered and was more in the vain of beef jerky.

O: I've had better Rauchbiers in my life, but this was still quite good. The Sam Adams taste profile worked well in this setting.

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