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Cinder Bock | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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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 beertunes
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a semi-hazy coppery brown color with about 1/2 inch of light khaki head that had low retention and light lacing.

The aroma was mostly malty-sweet, as you'd expect in a Bock, but only had a trace of the smokiness you'd expect in a Rauch. I didn't pickup a notable hop scent. On the tongue however, the smoke really came through. Not to the levels of Schlenkerla, perhaps, but very smoky indeed. The malty Bock flavors were mostly buried, but did come through on the back of the tongue, as the smoke subsided.

The body was average, perhaps a bit thin for my tastes, for a Bock. Drinkability will depend on your tolerance for the smoke. If you like it, you'll find this beer very drinkable, if not not as much. Overall, a good, solid brew that's worth a shot if you see it. I'm happy to see a large brewery like BBC stepping out and making some of these lesser known styles available to a wider audience. Congrats to 'em!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Cinder Bock

Pours a rich brownish color, sticky lacing of slightly off white foam. Aroma is earthy, smokey, sweet and strong. In the flavor, caramel, toasted and smoked malts are all apparent right away. Decent bready notes that give it that Bock-ish style. There is a mild spicy hop and spicy alcohol flavor. Still, remains smokey all the way through with some bbq/smoke cured meat flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little slick but well carbonated. Overall, a good strong smoked beer, it will kick your ass though.

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of SpartanHistory2013
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of TheSarge
4.01/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this brew into a tiny .3L dimple beer stein, and the brew produces a strong two finger thick foam noggin, and the body is cleanly filtered with a deep ruby red and copper color.

Sure enough, this beer is a rauch one. The aroma is woody, with peat smoke, some hints of sweet caramel, and bacon.

Lots of smoky summer sausage up front, some sweetness in the middle like toffee and caramel, but finishes off smoky strong.

Feels moderately carbonated, warming to the palate.

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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of jar2574
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dark red/brown beer under little pale white bubble lacing. Not enough lacing or head retention.

Smells excellent, smoked meats and mesquite wood.

Taste is meaty, smoky BBQ beer, very unique flavor upfront and then malts make it sweet rather than hoppy on the back end. If you like BBQ you'll like this; if you don't, you probably won't.

Mouthfeel is disappointingly thin, with average carbonation and texture. On the positive side though, the high ABV is completely hidden.

Overall, I'm torn because this is a unique beer - or at least I've never had the style. I'm glad I tried it, and it was interesting. But the look and mouthfeel were disappointing. I love BBQ, but maybe not in a beer, I guess.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bomber bottle into a pint glass.

Pours reddish brown with thin ring of white foam. Some lacing. Smoky smell, notes of bacon/firewood. Flavor opens with a campfire smokiness and slowly fades into a sweet malty taste. Some toffee/caramel underneath. Good carbonation - tasty, smokiness is a touch strong and gets to be a bit much at the end.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a clear amber/brown with two fingers of dense off white head. Head retention is excellent.

S: Equal parts bready malts and hickory smoked malts with light caramel sweetness. Mild, but nice.

T: Quite sweeter than the aroma, I get lots of caramel sweetness with light bready malts in the background. I get very light smokiness, but it's barely detectable. Lots of booze. As the beer warmed, I got ,ore smoke. The beer seemed a bit more balanced, but still too sweet.

M: Full bodied with good carbonation.

O: The taste was very disappointing after a nice aroma. The beer is too sweet and boozy. I wish the bready malts and smokiness was turned up quite a bit and the sweetness was turned down a lot.

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

Pours a hazy dark amber color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of mostly smoke notes.

Tastes of the smoke upfront with a solid malt base. Smoke leads off, but is moderately done and quite pleasant. Malts come in with caramel and toasted bread with a cutting sweetness. Some sweet fruits come through as well with qpple and grape. Feels quite balanced with the smoke.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, I quite like this and have found this new series from BBC to be quite impressive.

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

22 oz. bottle.

Dark, rich garnet brown body. Tall, fluffy, persistent, sandy brown head. Good lacing. Nose is a nice mix of sweet doppelbock and smoky rauchbier. Notes of singed caramel, rummy bread, flint, charred wood, and peat smoke.

Smoky flavors up front with a hint of cooked vegetables. Sweet malts fill in and take over mid-palate. Caramel, cookie dough, and rummy fruits mingle. Charred, smoky, woody flavors near the finish. Lingering smoke and caramel. Full bodied, syrupy feel. Slightly warming. Overal a very tasty mix of smoke and sweet.

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3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of tlazaroff
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First impressions on the nose are quite nice. The smoke comes though really nicely, not like bacon, but maybe like candied bacon. It has that nice molasses, kind of sweetness quality to it. I don't get any hops at all, just nice, sweet and smokey malt.

Appearance is nice, it pours out a slightly hazy, opaque rust color that supports this tan head that approaches a pinnacle of about one finger and then falls back into the beer, but never quite dissipates completely.

Tastes better than expected! The smoke comes out right away and sticks around through the finish. It reminds me of breathing in smoke from a burning fireplace. It has that ash quality to it is very distinct. I hate to repeat myself, but the other thing I get is molasses candy! It comes in the mid-palate and lingers for a little while.

Carbonation resides on the low side and it has a body somewhere between medium and full, it's almost a bit sticky. Overall I would say this beer is quite good, I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Wine Nation, Millbury, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/4" beige head over the clear orangey copper brew. Head recedes at a moderate pace, leggy, with average lacing. Aroma is sweet malt husks, with light smokiness.

Taste begins with rich malt sweetness, tannins and some smoke in the middle, and a dry alcoholic close. Mouthfeel is pretty slickery, and drinkability is okay. Wanted more smoke, but not everyone wants Schlenkerla levels like me. Anyways...

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2/5  rDev -44%

Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a brown color and a clear texture. There was an inch and a half of creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Predictably, the aroma was dominated by the smokiness, but there was also a healthy malt presence as well.

T: Tasted of malt, light hops, a hint of caramel, and the aforementioned smokiness. A much more complex flavor than I expected, and tasty, too.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: One of Samuel Adams' better creations. Well made and eminently drinkable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Boston Beer Company opens spring with this unusually strong Dopplebock that hosts a few surprises along the way. The element of smoke enhances the already malty-rich taste and aroma but doesn't dominate. So for those who are nervous about intense smoke character should not worry, but dive on in!

Cinder Bock opens with the expected bark-brown coloring, brilliant clarity, and with garnet highlights that give a masculine and stately appearance. A dense foam stance of tannish coloration shows great staying power and laces along the glass with rings that denote each sip. This is the quentessential look for Dopplebocks.

Fully aromatic with varying notes of chocolate, toast, mild molasses, pitted and stone fruits, and the true malt scent that reminds me of Whoppers candies without the chocolate. All these savory malt aromas are decorated with the vail of light smoke that reminds me of sweet mesquite.

Larger than life in flavor, all the malty rich taste culminate with the fused characteristics of molasses, dark breads and chocolate but then with the subtleties of plumbs, dates, figs, toast, rum-like alcohols, and an almost-meaty taste that portrays a succulent and savory drinking session that conjures up images of intoxicated monks happily substituting these elixers for solid food during the fasting periods of lent.

Full bodied throughout, this unusually big Bock is dense, creamy, and richly textured as the malt coats the mouth with clinging sweetness. Penetrated with the power of 9.45% alcohol, a warming and nearly hot sensation offers a welcome reprieve to the sweetness and offers a glimmer of dryness in finish. A long lasting aftertaste of smoky sweetness, fruit, and nutty chocolate lingers well into the next sip.

It's fair game to say that Doppebocks are among the earliest examples of "extreme" beers. If so, then this Sam Adams example makes "extreme" out of "extreme" by boosting the alchols up a few degrees and weaving in the smoky elements of traditional Rauchbiers. Still, I would prefer the beer to demonstrate a drier and toastier body like Ayinger Celebrator or a more succulent sherry-like version of Weihenstephaner Korbinian because the molasses sweetness in Cinder Bock gets a little one-dimensional and "Americanized" for me.

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Photo of mactrail
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep and rich flavors, not overwhelmed by smoke. Attractive dark coppery brown with perfect off-white head. Pleasant carbonation on the tongue.

Some smoke in the aroma that follows through modestly in the flavor. Very tangy, with some sharp flavors to go with the malty richness. Quite sweet, but certainly appropriate for a night cap or maybe an aperitif for a meaty dinner. Smoke is about as much as I'd ever like to taste in a beer. At least it tastes real, and not harsh. Interesting to mate the smoke with the sugar, like a barbecue sauce. Slightly bitter in the aftertaste, but more like candy.

Yet another well-made strong beer from Boston Beer. A little pricey at $8.99 for the 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
2.3/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured in a wellington glass.

Appearance: Dark amber, 1" tan head drops after a sip or two.

Smell: Yes it smells, if you think it has an aroma you must be hungry this beer smells of shish-kebabs and steaks. Super-smoked and hardcore meats on top of a wooden-chipped BBQ.

Taste: I am being real with you I try all beers before I judge them but this beer does not taste like your normal "beer". It hints of smoked meat over a fire just like the name of it and an after taste which doesn't leave till after time or after a meal to water it down.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation, sticks to your mouth unfortunately...Sam Adams must have been running the experiment of a lifetime to massively distribute this beer.

Overall: Better than it's bonfire predecessor but just like that beer this one does have a purpose besides making your face squirm, I would definitely use it in a marinade which it probably would excel in. I have had worse beers in my life but with the label of Sam Adams this is by far at the bottom of the list. If I had a slogan it would be "looks good taste morbid"

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Photo of Spider889
4.11/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #1, poured into a Kirta Halbe stange.

The beer is a bright and clear cherrywood color. The head (under a controlled pour) still reached over a finger in height and threatened much more if desired. A nice wall of lace plasters the glass. Overall a very nice beer to sit and admire from afar.

The aroma is thankfully restrained for a Rauchbier. So few breweries can manage to properly harness a strong smoke flavor/aroma I am happier to see balance than get a nose full of dirty campfire smoke that chokes and stings and hurts the stomach.

White oak and toasty wheat greet you first, and then the aroma turns to a modest helping of caramel and Vienna-esque maltiness. Smooth.

As you take your first sip the beer is at first disappointingly non-smokey. A faint bitterness and odd soapy flavor are the first thing you notice. I sat back and let this guy warm up for ten minutes before going back for more. Now, the flavor has opened up somewhat, showcasing chewy grainy malts and an earthy woody smoke flavor. No meat or gut-wrenching ash here - again Sam Adams has demonstrated their knack for balance. And while this is a quality that is often detrimental in their IPAs, here it is most welcome.

The back of the label calls this a double bock - I'm not sure if the intent was to brew a smokey doppelbock or to just double up on a bock creating a stronger beer (and at 9.45% I'd say they achieved a definite heaftiness). I'd be inclined to assume the later, but the smoke is potent enough to mask some of the nuance that one usually looks for in a true doppelbock. What you are left with is a nice balanced toasty bread flavor along with some caramel and balancing bitterness.

The mouthfeel is smooth and chewy, and the alcohol is very well hidden. The texture of the beer on the palate is a lingering sticky smoked wort flavor.

Overall I am pretty impressed here. I really wanted to like this but after the Baltic IPA I was feeling disenfranchised with the series. What I really wish though is that Sam Adams bottle dated these beers, because I want more Tasman Red but hesitate to fall prey to a months-old bottle with faded hops.

Either way, at $4.99 this is a really affordable bomber and well worth the money spent.

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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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