Cinder Bock | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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

Samuel Adams Cinder Bock has a thick, creamy, quickly-dissipating, tan head with minimal lacing, and a semi-opaque orange-brown, somewhat bubbly appearance. The aroma is of sweet, syrupy, barley malt, brown sugar, and Roman Meal brand bread. The flavor is smokey, quasi-burnt malt, syrup, brown bread, sugar, and just a shadow of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick and heavy, and Samuel Adams Cinder Bock finishes smooth, silky, and delicious. I think it is a most excellent beer.


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Photo of BeerLover99
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: tan/crimson body, trace khaki head,
solid lacing

S: smoky, nutty, caramel. malt

T: nutty, caramel, malt, roasted, smoky finish

M: med body, smooth mouth

O: Glad Sam Adams is exploring
with other styles. Nice brew and
fine beginners rauchbier; worth


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Photo of raznug
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a hazy dark ruby color and is topped with 1” of tan colored head .
Smell: I smell the aroma of a smoked ham or bacon and it dominates the nose as I expected it to. This beer is making me hungry for ham for supper now.
Taste: The blend of the rauch and bock styles isn’t a very far stretch but I didn’t know what to expect when I went for the first sip and I was pleasantly surprised with the tasty job that Sam Adams did with this brew. The smoke flavor is the first taste that hits your palate but it is followed quickly by the rich smoothness of the bock and I must say that they play well off of each other.
Mouthfeel: This is a very smooth and easy drinking beer but it has a richness to the mouthfeel that makes it even better drinking than a lot of bocks that tend to be on the heavy side.

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Photo of sirdrinkwell
2.91/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Ruby to copper orange pour with bone colored head and generous lacing that persists, sticky on the side of the glass.

S: Smokey, jerky-like nose. i refuse to go on.

T: very burnt and smokey, melding with a bittersweet mix of malt and grain.

M: decent mouthfeel, medium to full body with a slightly acidic feel.

O: While I am not one to leave a glass unemptied, I am not terribly impressed. this is nothing I would seek out again in the future.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright coppery color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains smoky malts, lager yeast, caramel and some of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and toffee up front that are quickly followed by a strong but not over-powering smokiness. The malt character is hearty and the hops presence is mild but complementary creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid smoked beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of Dodt
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

decide to try something different with this review . since there is two suggested glasses i thought it would be fun to try this beer in both glasses mug and stange . appearance is the same , for aroma i prefer the aroma in the stange and for the taste and mouthfeel there is no difference . i cannot wait to try the other beers in this same batch series from sam adams

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a very dark cherry red with a one finger light tan head. The beer isn't cloudy at all, just dark, and the head sticks around for awhile

S- light aroma of smoke, along with a lot of caramel malts coming through. Man, I hope this isn't a caramel smoke bomb...

T- the smoke is mild....not overbearing at all. There's a predominant taste of caramel malt, but it isn't that overwhelming...but it's *definitely* there.

M- body is actually on the thin side....odd for the ABV of this one

O- not too shabby, but overall, not something I'd buy again

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium brown with a tinge of orange running wild through it. Nice tan head holds up well and leaves a nice lacing behind.
Smell is smoke, cardboard and malt. Decent balance, but the smoke is way weaker than any other rauchbier I've ever had and I love me some smoke beer!
Taste is roasted malt, smoke, soy sauce (light) and a hint of caramel, I think. Balance is good as is the complexity.
Full-bodied, warming, lightly effervescent. Warming up improves this beer a lot, really allowing the smoke to come out. Moved the smell and taste scores up 1/2 point each because of it, though they are still down from the competition.

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Photo of MikeW51
1.8/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This was the most unusual (and unpleasant) flavor I have ever tasted in a beer. Way too smoky for my taste. While I love many of the Sam Adams varieties, this beer is among my least favorites. I would definitely not recommend this one. The ABV at 9.4% is enticing but the flavor is a turn-off.

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Photo of nickfl
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of off-white foam on top of an amber-brown body with perfect clarity. The head dissipates fairly quickly but leaves excellent lace on the glass.

S - Strongly smoky with notes of brown sugar, caramel, and bacon.

T - Sweet, thick malt up front with notes of black bread and caramel. Smoky, burnt sugar in the middle and a finish of sweet malt, toffee, and lingering, smoky coffee.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Nicely done, it is a touch too sweet for my taste and this element becomes a bit cloying towards the end. However, the smoke is nice and the dark malt works well with it. Not quite Schlenkerla, but a good attempt.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear deep amber body. The head on mine was thin and dissipated rapidly.

S: very mesquite, with jerky, sweet BBQ and smokey notes.

T: syrup, caramel and a hint of honey provide sweetness on a smokey and mesquite backbone brew.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: sweeter than others I have had which doesnt really balance the beer but makes it different from others I have had in the genre.

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Photo of HarrySTruman
2.06/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22oz into a mug

Red/dark red/reddish brown color with a half finger head. Head dissipated quickly. Lacing is strong and maintains for a while. Looks like dirty sewage water.

Smells like liquid smoke and dehydrated meat.

Tastes of molasses, alcohol and beef jerky. It's an odd flavor, quite strong, very warming, not the best option on a hot summer day.

Mouth feel is good. Not too crisp, as one would expect from the style, but not too much like syrup. There's a good balance on this aspect.

Kind of forgettable for the style. Pretty much what one would expect from reading any reviews of rauchbier, but not really a great example of the style. The high abv for such a low price helps out, but really not even a good introductory beer for the style. Certainly NOT a session beer.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a weizen glass from a brown bottle

A - Deep dark amber with 2 finger khaki head with good retention and lacing.

S - Smokey, savory honey, spice, and most of all BEEF JERKY!

T - Sweet honey at the start and progresses into one of the weirdest beer experiences ever. Tastes like drinking straight up beer jerky, I kid you not. Notes of smoked salmon, grassy hops, caramel, smoke. Just a touch of alcohol.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, chewy.

O - A strange beer but still enjoyable. I bet this will pair well with rich cheeses. Couldn't drink this on a regular basis, but would make a nice session beer in the middle of winter.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 1.5" rusty beige head of medium life. The body is burnt umber brown in masstone but a nice deep amber held to the light. It smells of rich malt and mild smoke. Then the taste flips that around with medium rich malt and dominant smoke. I've had a few other smoked beers and while others have that deep porter-like belly satisfaction this one I find more of a refreshing easy drinking version. I quite liked it, and it's one of the better limited release experiments from the makers of Sam, so I don't quite get why it didn't score better with others.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Mug

A - A clear amber colored brew with lots of visible carbonation, and a 2-finger head. Head is dense and creamy looking, and it held well. I got some splotchy lacing left on my mug.

S - Lemon citrus like hop characteristics. Jerky, bacon like smokey notes. A bit of tree bark, cinnamon, brown sugar, and a touch of alcohol. Raisin and plum like alcoholic notes.

T - Wow, very sweet. The first thing I notice is alcohol, with dark fruits, and candy like qualities. Brown sugar, caramel, toffee. Smokiness, charcoal, bacon/jerky like flavors come in towards the finish, in a sorta background/as you swallow way. Alcohol is noticeable but masked well with lots of sweetness. It finishes with low bitterness, and soft, lingering smoky notes.

M - Full bodied, creamy, smooth, and soft crispness.

O - I'm not one to like sweet beers, and being that the ABV is so high, I new it was going to be sweet, but decided to give it a try anyway. I thought that the aroma was inviting with the nice smokey notes I picked up, and the appearance was very nice as well. The taste however needed to be a bit more smokey, a little less sweet, and the body should be a little thinner, in my opinion.

Overall I enjoyed it, but I would definitely only drink about 6-8 ounces of it, before it became sickly sweet. Worth a try though. Cheers!

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Photo of JosiahS
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

glass: Mug

Mahogany color, clear with medium bubbles. 1-finger tan head, acute sudsy lacing.

Initially tart and sweet on the nose. Some grape, caramel, alcohol, ripe banana and a smoky somewhat leather-like aroma.

Mouthfeel is thick, oily with low-medium carbonation.

Taste is prominently sweet, full of syrupy, candy-like malt. Not as sweet as a double bock might be though. Mid-pallete the smoked wood comes in, a bit of leather and taste of what smoked pork may smell like. Finishes rather neutral, mildly sweet and some heat.

Nice effort from Sam Adams. It has all the makings of a great smoked beer but this thick and oily 9.45 ABV brew is just a bit too much for my tastes.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Burgundy red with a strong show of effervesce. A two finger rigid, frothy beige head shows a good level of support and stay. Full thin film lacing adores the glass.

S: Smoked meat and jerky, mid level range of strength.

T: Smoked crystal malt sweetness with smoked meat and jerky once again. Soft smoked woodiness, caramelized malt with a noticeable trail of warm roses and noble hop flowers on the finish and particularly upon warming.

M: medium based, frothy texture with a strong carbonation. Spicy smoked crystal sweetness off the tongue.

O: Overall strong malt presence, mid level amount of smokiness, more malty sweet, generally easy to consume with a alcohol that will creep up on you.

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Photo of acevenom
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a large brandy snifter. Pours clear dark amber with a tall, biege head that dissipates at a moderate pace. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass as the head dissipates. Some bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. Not much head is left at the top after dissipation. Mild smokiness hits the nose up front. There are sweet malts and some hops in the aroma as well. The smokiness is more intense in the flavor than it was in the aroma. It has a sweet malt background with spicy hops. It's well balanced with some alcohol taste. Even for 8.4%, the flavors are balanced enough to prevent this from tasting too boozy. I find I get used to the smokiness as I continue drinking this beer. The body is medium to full with adequate carbonation to liven this beer. The drinkability is high for a high ABV sipper. The beer is smooth. Overall, this is a great beer. I haven't tried many examples of this style, but I've been looking for a reason to like this style and explore it more. Good job for helping me on my journey, Boston Beer.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper-ruby color with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of smoke, caramel malts, earthy clove spice, cedar, vanilla, with a bit of brown sugar and booze.

T - Starts off with some smoke, vanilla, sweet caramel malts, with a bit of clove and other spices. Through the middle, some more spices with some brown sugar and cedar come through. The finish is a mix of smoke, spices, caramel malts, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a smoky and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice Rauchbier with some good smokey flavor and enough body to balance out the flavors.

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Photo of FlemingVSKing
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


It's a campfire in a bottle and if you're up for some smokey goodness, then cheers.

I liked it, but it is a beer made for mood and sipping. I'd get it again to have the next time I'm snowed in, and I'd love it for exactly that purpose.

It pours well and looks great. The aroma is extremely inviting. The mild hop leaves for an interesting aftertaste, but the nose is a faint spicy smoke, the taste is of a campfire, and the finish is a complementary heavy earth note of toffee and maybe roasted nuts before that touch of hop aftertaste finally kicks in.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

$7.29 for a 22oz bottle. 25 SRM, OG=22.5° Plato, 9.4% ABV
315 Calories/12 oz, 25 IBU
Brewed with Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, Caramel 60, Munich, and Smoked Malt. Hopped with Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops, fermented with Samuel Adams lager yeast strain.

Pours out to a clear medium amber with ruby highlights, forming a creamy yellow head with excellent retention and solid sheets of lacing, with a medium-mild carb, ~2.0 carbs. The aroma displays subtle smoked malt, a clean ferment, some subtle spicy hops, a suggestion of caramel. Really nice nose.The mouthfeel is soft and creamy with a medium dense body. Velvety on the tongue. Wonderful mouthfeel. The taste is awesome...a very well balanced display of the smoke, spicy hops, followed by a pleasant mild bitterness which offsets the abundant chewy and bready malts. Suggestions of toffee, cola, and caramel in the finish. Cleanly fermented with no appreciable off-flavors. The alcohol doesn't really stand out, considering it's strength.

This is clearly the best out of the bunch of Limited release beers this year that I've had so far (haven't had The Vixen or Third Voyage yet). I wish it had more smoke, more on a Schlenkerla level. I would buy this year round if it were in 6 packs. Great beer! Highly recommended.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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 KSac4115
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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 JonB1958
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
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 +10.9%
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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