Cinder Bock | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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83
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465 Ratings
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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

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%
 
 
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27
Gots:
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Photo of tigg924
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, orange-brown in color, clear

Smell: big time smoke

Taste: smoky malt--maybe slight bacon--then this beer transforms into a dopplebock with huge caramel and toffee sweetness and light bark like hops

Mouthfeel: smoky goodness at first followed by a very sweet body and finish with light bitterness to take some sweet edge off, medium carbonation, medium-light bodied

Overall: This may be my favorite Sam Adams brew. This beer is a combination of two styles that really do not combine within the brew, but take separate turns at being excellent.The rauchbier aspect is dead on--similar to Aecht Scherlenkerla's Urbock--and the dopplebock that follows almost has more of a sweetness that I associate with an English barleywine. The alcohol is scarily barely noticeable. This one is right up there with the best I have had this year. I would not take this over Scherlenkerla's Urbock or Marzen, but for a cheaper US treat, I would stock this on a regular basis.

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Photo of craig220
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Jimmys
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pretty unique shaped bomber into short stemmed tulip. bottle claims this as "Batch No. 1". not sure if this means batch number 1 of the limited series or batch number 1 of Cinder Bock.

A: clear body. very bright ruby red hue. head is reddish-white and frothy. retention and lacing are good.

S: smells like a big glass of cooked bacon. sweet wisps of caramel malt. must have used a sizable portion of caramel 60 to compete with the smoked malt.

T: flavor is bitter at first for a fleeting moment. moves to sweet and smoky BBQ-like flavors that are rather pleasant. a sweet malt underlies the smoke and reminds me that there is a big bock back there as well.

M: mellow/average carbonation on a big body.

D: im a sucker for smoke and this brew does not disappoint. smokey-sweet flavors makes for one of the biggest rauchbiers i have ever had.

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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 ryanonline
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer has a deep dark brown hue to it with a strong red background. lots of off white foamy head that dissipates quickly.

smells smokey and slightly heavy on the rye presence. Light on the hops.

taste is the same, heavier on the smoke. bit of sweetness too.

mouthfeel is slightly spritzy and dryish, overall still sweet though.

this has a truly remarkable drinkability, given the flavorful and high alcohol nature of this beer.

I approve.

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Photo of Independant
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Garrickr
2/5  rDev -45.7%

Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brick red with a thick head into my glass. Plenty 'o lacing for those who like it.

Smoky wood notes in the nose with just a hint of sweetness. Very much like the style. I like it.

Whoa baby! Smoky, chewy malt upfront. Despite the ABV, it drinks like a standard rauchbier.

Lingering smoked malt makes up the mouthfeel. Very well done. The alcohol isn't as prominent as I first thought.

I enjoy this rauchbier. You might too. It's not an authentic German example but it comes really damn close and ups the ABV in the process!

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Photo of CP20
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of SHCC
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PT. 6oz fancy dark brown bottle. Batch 1.
Served in a tall stein.
Pours a dark tannish amber color with a fast-rising, and fast-fading beige head.

Sniff fast to enjoy the peaty, smoke smell while the bubbly head is active. Smells of sweet malt, molasses, resinous and tea-like hops roll forward. A light whiff of bourbon and snuffed campfire lingers throughout.

The flavors are all familiar, yet unique in their combination.
It's malty, hoppy, smoky, nutty, malty (again), peaty, sweet and a bit boozy. What's unusual is, that despite its ever-present smokiness, all of the other flavors emerge independently and are easily noticed. It may be a tad overly brown sugar sweet, but that's the nature of a Doppelbock. On the other hand, it's a bit hoppy for a Rauch. I can live with all that, being that Cinder Bock is a style unto itself.
Prost!

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Photo of ksimons
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-a clear dark redish amber with a good amount of white head that sticks to the glass and leaves a nice layer of lace throughout

S-malty and smoky! Smells sort of liked smoked bacon

T-The taste is similar to the smell, a lot of smoke from this one with a big malt backbone. Some sweet caramel as well.

M-medium body, good carbonation, light smoky aftertaste

Overall I like these new additions to Sam Adams, they are kind of fun and different from the normal offerings. This one is another nice addition to the group.

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Photo of jbertsch
2/5  rDev -45.7%

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 rdilauro
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I really want sure what to expect with this one. I've been tasting several of the Samuel Adams from Boston Beer Company editions and each one has had its surprises.

I assumed that being a Bock, it was going to be full bodied, low in carbonation, hardly any crispness and lacking of hops.

When I taste new beers or wines, I never read the labels or any other review. I dont want to be influenced by what someone else stated.

The aroma of this one was average, malty, but what I would normally expect from a bock. But then the first sip!, I could have be next to a camp fire. The smoky taste was right there , up front, very pronounced but at the same type not over powering. I couldnt wait until the second sip. Now, I appreciated the smoky flavour so much more. I only wish I had some good smoked ribs or steak to go with this one

The finish was just right for this one.

When I talk about this beer to some of the customers, I will talk about the smoke flavour. Its the same thing I do when a customer is looking for a Sauvignon Blanc, and I explain the differences between California, Washington State and New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs. The ones from New Zealand are loaded with citrus and its almost like biting into a fresh pink grapefruit.

This is one I will be again and put some away for later on

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of PeteRiz
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of MLasoski
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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

Beer pours a rather thick dark amber color with a good amount of tan head that stays throughout.

Beer smells smokey, but not strongly. Also, notes of caramel are present. A bit sweeter smelling than expected.

Taste follows the nose. A good bit of sweet smoke that is not quite as balanced as I prefer. Notes of caramel and a bit of a nutty taste are also present.

Beer is a bit thick with very little carbonation.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear red-amber with a tan tight knit short lived head with some lacing to boot.

Not much of a nose that I could detect.

Flavor-- I think that the "rauch" gets in the way of the bock flavor. The "Rauch" part reminds me of smoke sausage. If I tune out the "Rauch" part of the flavor- there's a hint of a light bock. It's got a good helping of malt, alcohol (but not too overpowering).

The mouthfeel is a quite cordial blanket-- with a tart finish that lasts a while.

Overall this is an enjoyable beer-- I don't think I'd choose it as an example of a bock. But regardless of its strict adherence to a particular style-- it's still an enjoyable beer for it's perhaps offbeat whim of smoke.

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Photo of jaidenjb
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of neenerzig
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bomber of this at Warehouse Beverage yesterday. Poured into one of my mug's, this beer pours a clear, deep amber red color with tan head well over an inch thick when first poured. Has good lacing. Nice lacing on the inside of the glass, and the head eventually settles to a nice medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass along with a spotty foam film layer on the surface. Aromas of smokey caramel malts and some roasted nut, and a hint of herbals hops. Flavor wise it pretty much follows suit, nice smoked caramel malt upfront followed with a roasted nut brown quality, and rounded out with a touch of hoppyness. A pretty enjoyable beer here all around. Has a somewhat crisp, smooth, frothy, chewy medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Easy to drink in the say good beers are meant to be. A good effort here!

Eric

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Photo of murraymj
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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