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RATINGS: 318   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   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!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5410) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2013
From the Winter dampler. Decent beer. Cherry in the flavor and aroma. A lottle sweet, brown sugar and malt.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5371) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2013
Bottle best before the coming March. Nose of glorious, unrestrained cherry juice with chocolate -- the immediate and irresistible association is to the over-sugared cherry-stuffed truffles found in cheap sampler boxes of chocolate usually exchanged around the holidays. And these are sweet maraschinos, skins and all, not the sour kind. Pours a deep brown-black which is a very dark ruby under light, plenty of carbonation and a short tan head. Taste is sweet cherry juice, but this one is unfortunately much less gustatory and much more medicinal. Tumbling malt complexity but not very deep, medium body and the carbonation has turned into a gentle fizz, and the expected wave of thorough chocolate is more like a disappointing dollop of tincture of cocoa nib. The base beer is Sammy’s generic earthy lager/bock, complete with pros and cons, but man, that cherry really grabs the limelight; others might be bothered ("too much! too much!") but I really get off on the strong ice cream associations and memories of long-forgotten girlfriends who did the damn thing with the cherry stems, even if they were duds where it counted.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nuplastikk (5370) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2013
12oz bottle. Medium bodied. Chocolate forward, some chocolate syrup tones. Deep brown black body. Thin, fading beige head. Overly sweet and doubling down on artificiality, this is a pretty unacceptable Bock. Maraschino cherry aroma. Easy drinking, smooth enough. The thing I dislike the most about this beer is that it calls itself a Bock.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Sampled on 12/31/2014. This fruit beer pours a dark brown/black color from a 12oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head, with decent lacing and good retention. The aroma is fruity, bready and sweet, hints of cherry, chocolate, and dark fruit. A medium bodied fruit/bock beer. The malts are dark fruity, bready and sweet. The hops are herbal and earthy. Decent carbonation. Nice balance of fruit, chocolate and malts. A touch sweet but very drinkable. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet with some cherry.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5321) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Deep dark brown coloured body with a thin light brown head. Aroma of very strong cherries, roasted malt, alcohol, nuts, earth and a touch of alcohol - very good. Medium-bodied; Rich chocolate and cherry flavour and a lot of roasted malt with a super strong earthy and chocolate malt flavour that persists throughout. Aftertaste shows a very sweet chocolate and especially cherry flavour with a nice robust flavour and a good complexity and some subtle spices. Overall, a very nice and complex beer with a lot of cherries and roasted malt flavours coupled with some chocolate and very light spices. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle pulled from a twelve pack sampler purchased from Stop & Shop (Giant) in Newtown, Connecticut sampled at my brother-in-law’s house in Milton, Connecticut on 27-November-2013.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
thedm (5281) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 28, 2013
This bottled brew from a grocery store poured a small sized head of foamy light brown colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque except at the edges dark black brown colored body and a fair lacing. The mild aroma was of cherry mild chocolate and dark malt. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a strange mellow cherry chocolate aftertaste. The strange flavor contained notes of wood chocolate dark malt cherry and thick malt. Not one that I would likely drink again.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2012
Draft at abraxas. Happy hour. Dark brown, scant head. Aroma has a tangy tartness and no depth. The flavors are fruit tart, like a pop tart filling, and it almost tastes like a brown ale gone sour and the mistake is covered up for my calling it cherry. As it warms some mild nestle qwik type cocoa powder comes out.But anyway, it’s drinkable... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thornecb (5126) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Pours mahogany-tinged black into a Sam glass. Mocha head crackles and recedes to nothing. Cherry lolipop aromas. Medium bodied with chocolate and cherry lolipop overload front to back. Leaves an odd, bitter aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5098) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2015
Deep brown almost black with a khaki head. Nose is chocolate, cream, cherry, little sweet. Smooth palate, lots of chewy chocolate, light cherry, cream, vanilla in finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (5087) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2013
12oz bottle thanks to jcwatts, thanks John. Poured a medium density dark black body under a small to average creamy beige head. Aroma starts off as cherry soda and then dusty chocolate picks up, toast, cherry juice. Medium body that is creamy with stronger carbonation. Flavor of chocolate, cherry juice, well done toast, grains, cereal, dry chocolate cake. Interesting beer.


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