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RATINGS: 315   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   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!


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phaleslu (6843) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Draft at Tellerís, served in a pint glass. Pours a cloudy brown with a small beige head that vanishes by the midway point. Aroma of cherry, chocolate, nuts, earth, and toasted sugar. Initial flavor of cherry, with a muddled chocolate, earth, and metallic middle, and a surprisingly nice sweet toasty malt finish. Over time it warms into a chocolate covered cherry flavor, more even. Light-medium bodied, with modest carbonation and a gritty, sweet, initially metallic mouthfeel. Odd.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
downender (6526) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2013
Bottle that a friend was happy to offload on to me. Near black with no head and plenty of fizz. Sweet and quite heavy with plenty of black cherry and milk chocolate, before a relatively gentle finish. Not a session beer by any means, but ok as a one-off.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (6358) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Draft. Pours near black with a beige head. Sweet cherry candy aroma with light chocolate. The flavor is like one of those fake cherry filled chocolates. Completely a gimmick beer. I recognize that this isnít technically a "good beer", but damn it if I didnít really like it for some reason. Maybe I was just in the holiday spirit, but it really rubbed me the right way.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
5000 (6299) - 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 didnít work for me.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (6169) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - NOV 11, 2013
11/11/13. Happy Veterans Day and Happy Birthday, Chris! Initiating turbo boosters early today. Basically our weekend. Letís DO THIS! 12oz bottle from the new Winter Mix Pack... stoked for 2 new ticks. The chocolate bock was always solid back in the day, so figured Iíd give this one a go. Brown pour, more or less, with some reddish hues, all under a nice khaki head that fades to a film and a ring and laces okay. Big cherry aroma, distinctly fruity, seems like a flavoring in a way because it reminds me of cherry candy as opposed to cherries themselves. There also some dark chocolate and maltiness. Less cherry in the flavor, but still there for sure, again candy-like in a way, and slightly tart. The malt and chocolate shines through more in the flavor, rich, dark chocolate, bready, creamy, and smooth. Tasty enough.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (6114) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 5, 2014
"Bottled for 2013. Yay!! Iíve long been a huge fan of chocolate bock, even when it was in big overpriced bottles. This could have gone so wrong. Cherry flavor can end up medicinal, but they really nail the cherry in this, especially in the nose. Slightly tart and complex and nearly perfectly balanced. The flavor is a little sweeter. A lesson in decadence from a 5.8% beer. Like German chocolate cake spiked with tart and sweet cherries. LOVE this. Wish I could get just this instead of the mixer :) Aroma 9.5, flavor 8.5."

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (6036) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2011
on tap, dark khaki brown color with aroma and flavors of Dr Pepper , couldnt pick out the Dublin in this though

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (5944) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2013
12ounce bottle, single .. . pours a dark burnt nutshell .. medium foam and stuff .. . donít disturb me when iím cleaning my room! .. . cherry skin, chocolate covered cherries, dark cocoa, rat tail, and black comb .. . stick together .. . pretty nice, quite a bit lighter than the original chocolate bock 22 ouncers but the taste is awesome!! . . ...

quiet down dribble lip!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (5903) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2014 Bottle. First impression: "Holy crap, this is delicious!" Deep and ruby-black, this has not a lot of head. But the aroma and flavors are bountiful. Rich with brownie-like sweet chocolate, topped with some very well finessed cherry syrup. Brilliant. (#5401, 12/30/2013)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5713) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Trade with Aurelius - thanks! Dark brown pour, thin khaki colored head. Aroma of chocolate covered cherries, a hint of potting soil. Flavor is sweet with some nice cherry accents, some milk chocolate goodness, a touch of red licorice in the back end. Mouthfeel is thick enough. Enjoyable in small doses. Could get cloying in large doses.


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