bropgh (31) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
beerfest5 (1206) - Cloneen, IRELAND - FEB 17, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
wmubronco1992 (670) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
vnzjunk (1) - - FEB 14, 2014 does not count
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
bigguns22 (728) - Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
dantheman4162 (9) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 7, 2014 does not count
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 2/20
Aroma was cherryheavy. Taste Too sweet on the cherries. Chocolate subtle but there Syrupy. Smooth beer otherwise. Not a very drinkable beer.
BobGuts (22) - Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
beaz1591 (238) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Salamiwami (50) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, almost black, beer with lots of tan head. Strong cherry aroma with some hints of roasted chocolate. Smells just like a cherry cordial. Full bodied with surprisingly subtle flavors. A little too much cherry but it wasn’t as overpowering as expected. Decent beer but drinking more than one would be too much.