troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Tap] Black colored pour with a nice pillow of light brown head. Initial aromas of cherry syrup, milk chocolate and lighter hints of vanilla. Taste is of roasted malts, sweet maraschino cherry syrup, molasses, plum and raisin notes. I thought the fruit and malt balance was pretty nice in this beer. Maybe a tad thin, but not too bad. Tasting notes from 12/2011.
BillWyce (916) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured opaque cola brown-to-black with a 1-finger tan head. Medicinal cherry aroma with some cocoa beneath. Medium body with a brief finish. There is some tart cherry up front, but it seems kind of artificial. The cocoa comes through in the finish. The regular chocolate bock was far better.
swiseman (459) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 1, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
pours a thick black with tan head. aromas of cherry and molasses. taste is strong cherry that finishes with a strong roasted malt. I was skeptical, but not bad for a dessert beer for cherry lovers.
sloshgator (624) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Samuel Adams Cherry Chocolate Bock is a unique brew that is better left to dessert sharing with a friend. Nice cherry aroma rising from a dark pour with a nice head. Taste is like those chocolate-covered cherry candies -- very sweet, and it hangs on the palate a little too long. Cherry Chocolate is ok for an occasional treat or change of pace.
kevinator (1730) - The Colony, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Unique but probably a one-timer. The aroma is cherry followed by chocolate. It smelled rich. Dark chocolate color. Palate is smooth but not heavy. Cherry beers always seem to run the risk of coming across as cough syrup and this one treads that line were it not for the chocolate undertones. The two main ingredients are what one tasted with a remaining hint of Bock character. Not much of a hops influence. Points for uniqueness but overall not worth pursuing again.
Nekronos (3849) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAR 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good beer. NIce to drink, smell and look to. Cherry smalls and creamy unflitered features all the time.
CardsPackHawks (149) - Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2014
1.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Not a huge fan of dark beers, but this is somewhat intriguing. The aroma is like a chocolate covered cherry, with a similar taste. Got this as part of the Christmas season variety pack. Gonna give the rest to a friend who likes these, since this is really not my style.
devilben02 (281) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2014
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This beer looks like any good stout when poured into a glass, with an almost entirely opaque brown-black color and a modest tan head. Even with the word "cherry" in the name, the aroma is surprising and intriguing with how much it reminds me of a freshly opened jar of maraschino cherries. The gimmicky cherry addition doesn’t work with the flavor profile, though, with the sweet/sour of the cherries conflicting with the roasted malts and bitter cocoa. The texture is surprisingly light, but the sugary sweetness still makes it a bit syrupy. Overall, the addition of cherries to this recipe is strangely alluring, but the gimmick wears off quickly.
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAR 12, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a clear, deep brown with a one finger medium tan head. Surprisingly good head retention for Sam Adams although not much in the way of lacing.
Aroma is very cherry with some wisps of chocolate. There is also a cola note and it reminds me of a cherry coke. A bit metallic too.
Flavor is not very good at all. A sweet syrupy cherry flavor permeates throughout and again that cola taste. Chocolate is more muted but is present in the background. Very little in the way of bitterness and a sticky finish.
Overall, Sam Adams missed the mark with this one. I really liked the chocolate bock last year but adding the cherry just messed it up. Too sweet and artificial tasting.
keanex (1655) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Best before March of 2014.
Appearance: This might be the most beautiful shade of garnet that I’ve ever seen. Perfect clarity with an opaque center. The brilliant and deep garnet shows on the edges. The head is a frothy tan with good retention. Wow.
Aroma: This smells like a chocolate covered cherry with some maltiness. Wow.
Taste: This drinks about as perfect as this style could have gone. Holy cow. Chocolate covered cherries with a mild bock sweetness. Nothing is cloying, this is prominent chocolate and cherry, but no artificial flavors. Just a very nice beer.
Palate: Medium bodied with mild carbonation.
Overall: I am blown away with how good this is. When Sam is on they are on. The flavors go so well together and are balanced very nicely. This is something I would love to have in a 12 pack of to enjoy every once in a while through Winter.