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RATINGS: 311   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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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!


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jhp40219 (303) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 7, 2014
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 it’s not an overwhelming taste and does blend in well with the chocolate. Medium bodied, somewhat thick texture, average carbonation. Very nice!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CopterScott (135) - Kansas, USA - JAN 6, 2014
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jrwhitney6 (300) - - JAN 6, 2014
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Shot (129) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2014
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 Adams’s brews, it’s just not as good as other beers out there. Not bad, but not exceptional.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2233) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2014
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.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
batneil (279) - - JAN 4, 2014
Really unusual beer. Dark colour with hardly any head - could be a glass of coke! Smells like cherries. Initial taste of cherries with a light fizz, then fizz disappears and left with a very smooth chocolatey aftertaste, just like eating a sweet! (K)

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
sloth (2466) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Thin, brown head thats short lived. Black with faint red edging. Nose of cherries and some interesting grainy notes. Medium bodied, lil oily with a soft carbonation. Sweet, cherry and chocolate flavors that arent combining too awful well, kiddy juice. Not one i would return too. Bottle from statelineliquors.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
xblanchard29x (25) - Alabama, USA - JAN 4, 2014
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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (1704) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JAN 3, 2014
12 oz bottle from the winter variety pack. Aroma is maraschino cherries, chocolate, roasted malt. Pours dark brown with red highlights and a one finger beige head that falls fairly fast. Taste is sweet with a little bitterness in the finish. Along with the chocolate and cherries, I get toasted marshmallow, licorice, caramel. Mouthfeel is creamy, body medium. Dessert in a glass.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jcos (1522) - Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Location/Date:Bottle on 1/3/2014.

Appearance:Pours a dark brown black.
Aroma: Aroma of maraschino cherry.
Taste: Medium chocolate, then the maraschino cherry flavor. Sugary sweet.
Palate:Medium light body.

Summary: The sugary sweetness of the cherries really makes this hard for me to enjoy.


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