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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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Ratings: 465 |  Reviews: 167
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 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 RonaldTheriot
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

RJT

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Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
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 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 Kromes
4.32/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear copper color with a finger's width tan colored head that stays on top of the beer and doesn't fade.

S: Sweet toasted malts with a really nice hickory smoke aroma. Great to just swirl and enjoy.

T: The smoke hits right from the start. A sweet hickory smoke that is not overwhelming at all. Nice and mellow and mixes well with the toasted caramel and earthy flavors of the beer. Well done.

M: Medium-Heavy body with peppery carbonation and a warmth in the finish from the alcohol....which is well hidden.

O: Judging it as a Rauchbier, it's definitely up there. I can imagine trying to get the right balance of smoke, sweet, and bitter can be tricky.

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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 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 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 irongator
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

great brew. High ABV and you can definetely taste it. I have not had any true Rauchbiers but this one tastes like a great cross betweens SA doublebock and Wee Heavy, which I freaking love. The smoke is there, not overpowering like in a wee heavy but enough to give the beer a nice flavor. I let this brew sit out 1 hour before I drank it and it was very tasty.

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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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