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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!


1.3
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
maxwelldeux (3750) - Everett, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2013
Bottle. The smell is one of the worst things I have ever put near my nose, and I used to work with some nasty shit in a chemistry lab. The smell is sickeningly sweet and SUPER cherry, like cough syrup. And not good cough syrup. The chocolate comes through underneath in the taste, but the cherries are the first thing you get. Not really a fan of this one. Oy.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kidmartinek (3742) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Dark brown color. Decent head. Fresh smashed cherry aroma. Chocolate taste. Medium thick body. Very true.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
vtafro (3685) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Draft. Black pour no head. Cherry dominated aroma, almost medicinal in character. Some lighter chocolate, covered by artificially sweetened and medicinal cherry tones. Ugh.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nekronos (3647) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAR 22, 2014
Very good beer. NIce to drink, smell and look to. Cherry smalls and creamy unflitered features all the time.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
patrick767 (3585) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 27, 2012
tap (jan 6, 2012) - Pours very dark amber with a small head. The aroma is really dominated by the cherries. It tastes sweet with cherries at the forefront then the chocolate. The sweetness carries into the finish. This medium bodied brew is like drinking a chocolate covered cherry. It’s sweet but not cloying. Good.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2012
Tap at Flying Saucer, Sugar Land.
Pours a deep mahogany with amber highlights. Nose is cherry and chocolate, as advertised. Things go slightly south from here. There is cherry and chocolate in every sip but it’s too weak and too sweet. Average mouthfeel. Needs more assertiveness and less sweetness in the flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3500) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2011
On draught at the International Great Beer Expo in Uniondale. Pours a clear deep brown that still allows light to pass through with a tan head. Pleasant aroma of cherries and chocolate. The flavor is black cherries with chocolate and a bit of caramel. Definitely a sweeter beer, which I enjoy. Medium bodied. An enjoyable beer for me.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DiarmaidBHK (3467) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Draft at mellow mushroom. Pours black with a thin khaki head though this might not be accurate since the beer was served in a refrigerated glass. Definite cherry notes on the nose but they’re more of the sticky sweet variety. Not getting much chocolate on the tongue but definitely more sweet cherry. Finishes clean. Not bad but hoping this was going to be better.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3404) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 6, 2013
12 oz. bottle. It pours dark brown with some orange highlights and a rather creamy tan head. Holy cow, this smells almost exactly like Dr. Pepper. There’s a little bit of chocolate as well with mild notes of toast and fermentation byproducts. The flavor is actually pretty nice. Dr. Pepper with some rich notes of bread, yeast and chocolate. Full bodied with a nice, balanced cherry character and a sweet cherry chocolate finish. It reminds me of eating one of those chocolate covered cherries and then chasing it with a Dr. Pepper. I was surprised I liked it as much as I did.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3331) - Branson, Missouri, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Bottle; from winter sampler. Really liked the original chocolate bock, so I hope this is at least near that level. Dark brown to black with a light brown head. Aroma of cherries, Dr. Pepper, with some muted chocolate and caramel notes. Definitely not an improvement. Not bad, but a bit messy. Some sweet and tart cherry flavor; not too "fake" or medicinal which was good. Some dry chocolate notes and earthiness in the finish. Palate was a little weak. Does get better throughout. Good overall.


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