jbuskirk (301) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Samuel Adams releases a lot of seasonal beers. Theyíre almost always unusual in some way - usually itís the ingredients. Some of these creations are bold but ultimately bad and some are surprisingly (and happily) decent. Cherry Chocolate Bock isnít that different from these other beers, conceptually. The chocolate and cherry ingredients are intriguing additions to a bock beer. Whatís different from a lot of the aforementioned beers is that this one is pretty awesome. It has a cola-colored body with a velvet-soft, tan head. The cherry aroma is fresh, sweet perfection. The taste offers a lot of chocolate and cherry sweetness, but thereís a nice touch of fruity tartness to keep it from being overly sweet. Iíd like a little more richness and complexity from the taste. Still, itís hard to complain when you have flavors that are this good, and this balanced. Iíd very happily have another one of these right now.
Frahmo (224) - Idaho, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Smells like a cherry soda, and taste like one too! Great cherry flavor with high carbonation and a chocolate finish. Had to double check that I was actually drinking a beer. Tasty.
Jesterdeal (1640) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is dirty malt, dusty cocoa, and dried cherries. Pours deep brown with a small to medium beige head. Taste is tasty with cherry but is so cit with the Samuel Adams chocolate bock malty goodness. Taste is a little strong with the cherry but not fake tasting. Overall, a little out there but weíll put together. I can see getting sick of this pretty fast.
brenn79 (1429) - Idaho, USA - JAN 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle- Pours almost black with red highlights and a one finger light tan head. Aroma is all chocolate covered cherries, like taking a whiff of Maraschino cherry dipped in decadent chocolate. The taste is less dramatic than the aroma, more balanced which i think In this case is a good thing, Maraschino cherries, chocolate, less sweet than the aroma led on. Dessert in a glass!
MarkSachon (506) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Dark and low foam on the pour. Immediate taste of chocolate covered cherries. Some caramel and sugars, along with a heavy malts. This is a sipper and not to be consumed in quantity.
jhp40219 (254) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at River City Drafthouse. From notes: 1/3/14 - Pours a soda brown with a small tan head and very little lacing. Aroma of cherry, milk chocolate, roasted malts, toffee, caramel. Taste is artificial cherry up front blended very well with milk chocolate and roasted malts with a bit of licorice in the background. Cherry did taste a bit medicine-ish and fake, but itís not an overwhelming taste and does blend in well with the chocolate. Medium bodied, somewhat thick texture, average carbonation. Very nice!
CopterScott (83) - Kansas, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown to black color with a reddish hue, thin tan head. Cherry really dominates the aroma. Flavor is cherry, roasted malts, hints of dark chocolate. medium carbonation.
Jrwhitney6 (239) - - JAN 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown - held up to the light there is a reddish hue, like a Dr Pepper. Nose is a cherry explosion...I liked it, but was worried this would taste artificial and overly sweet like the Sam Adams Cherry Wheat. That wasn't the case...yes, the cherry taste is strongly present, but it is nicely balanced by the chocolate and roasted malt. A good dessert beer.
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Shot (79) - Westerville, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with a beige head. Head dissipates quickly to a very thin lace. Aromas of milk chocolate and cherry. Upfront flavors of cherries, cola, and chocolate. Finishes with sweet chocolate, raisin, and a touch of licorice. The flavors are subtle; not overpowering at all. No discernible hop presence whatsoever. Mouthfeel begins a bit peppery, but finishes creamy. This is a pretty nice beer, but like most Sam Adamsís brews, itís just not as good as other beers out there. Not bad, but not exceptional.
ilovedarkbeer (2198) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown reddish color with a small ring of a head. Notes of tootsie rolls, cherry cordials, and burnt bread. Pretty straight forward.