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RATINGS: 318   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
This special release is brewed just for the holidays. For a new approach to a classic favorite, we added cherries to our traditional Chocolate Bock for a sweet, slightly tart note. Aged on a bed of dark cocoa nibs, the malty, chocolaty, and dark fruit flavors create a rich, complex beer perfect for winter. Cheers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (4290) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2014
bottle. Brown with small head. Both the cherry and chocolate are quite prominent within a malty base. Sweet and pleasant. Seems like a great beer to have around a fireplace or campfire.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bropgh (31) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Poured from bottle into snifter. Appearance - Black/red depending on lighting. By that I mean if held to light the smallest bit of red comes through. Little to no head. Almost nonexistent after a minute or so. Smell - Slight chocolate, but a more intense cherry nose. Reminded me of the cherry wheat but a bit more subtle. Taste - Cherry upon entry but rounded with chocolate and malts. Interesting to say the least. Cherry aftertaste that again reminds me of Cherry Wheat. Not horrible, but after a while I can already tell this is a once and a while taster. Mouthfeel - About average carbonation. Easy drinker and smooth going down. Overall - Not too bad, just a bit too cherry for me. I was hoping for a more chocolate tasting beer, but overall this isn’t a bad sipper every once and a while. Well I have 3 more, they will go in time.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Bottle:   Cherry comes across as a bit of cough syrup.   Otherwise its like a cherry tootsie roll from start to finish.   Perhaps a lot like that knock-off cherry soda from those weird grocery store brands.   Otherwise a bit of carob.   This one was way too artificial.   Just didn’t work for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerfest5 (1206) - Cloneen, IRELAND - FEB 17, 2014
12oz bottle from holiday sampler. I don’t why Sam Adams didn’t try a chocolate cherry porter instead of a bock, you’d think that would work a little better. Anyways, this poured a brown to red into the pint glass. Like the other bottles from the holiday sampler, this is overly done and limits you to one or two. The cherry in this begins well balanced with the sweet malt backbone but after awhile its like having cough syrup.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wmubronco1992 (674) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle from holiday 12 pack. Pours near black with a small tan head. Aroma is of maraschino cherries. Flavor is of sweet chocolate and cherries. Body is decent. Finish is a little weak which is a knock that I have on a lot of Sam Adams seasonals. Kind of excited when I saw this because I’ve enjoyed the Chocolate Bock. Its a decent beer, but the cherry flavor/aroma is pretty medicinal. Very much like the Cherry Wheat. Its a nice holiday beer that I would drink again, but its not something to seek out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
vnzjunk (1) - - FEB 14, 2014 does not count
Heavy on cherry. Chocolate rather subdued. This was included in a Christmas pack. It was a pleasant surprise as had not had the chocolate cherry combo and like both flavors. Nice sipping beer. Would not want to drink many in 1 sitting but a nice occasional change of pace.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigguns22 (747) - Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Great beer for start to finsh. Aroma is rich and full of cherry, chocolate and a little tart. A nice flavor profile that starts malty with chocolate and a nice cherry finsh. A great dessert beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 2/20
dantheman4162 (9) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 7, 2014 does not count
Aroma was cherryheavy. Taste Too sweet on the cherries. Chocolate subtle but there Syrupy. Smooth beer otherwise. Not a very drinkable beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BobGuts (22) - Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Comparted it side by side to a local brewery in the area called Triptych who just came out with their own (very limited supply) Cherry Chocolate. Really is no comparison. I was expecting more from a Sam Adams. I will pick up another grower now. Sorry Sam, you lose this taste test.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beaz1591 (238) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Flute. Great cherry and chocolate odor. Pours an almost black color but has little head. Awesome malty mouth feel. Really tasty beer but I think I could only drink one at a time.

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