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RATINGS: 306   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!


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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Archibald89 (38) - Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Pours dark with an aroma of chocolate and cherry. Tastes like its name sake but the palette is disappointing. Other than that its not half bad.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kevinator (709) - The Colony, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2014
Unique but probably a one-timer. The aroma is cherry followed by chocolate. It smelled rich. Dark chocolate color. Palate is smooth but not heavy. Cherry beers always seem to run the risk of coming across as cough syrup and this one treads that line were it not for the chocolate undertones. The two main ingredients are what one tasted with a remaining hint of Bock character. Not much of a hops influence. Points for uniqueness but overall not worth pursuing again.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nekronos (3594) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAR 22, 2014
Very good beer. NIce to drink, smell and look to. Cherry smalls and creamy unflitered features all the time.

1.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
CardsPackHawks (91) - Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Not a huge fan of dark beers, but this is somewhat intriguing. The aroma is like a chocolate covered cherry, with a similar taste. Got this as part of the Christmas season variety pack. Gonna give the rest to a friend who likes these, since this is really not my style.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
devilben02 (265) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2014
This beer looks like any good stout when poured into a glass, with an almost entirely opaque brown-black color and a modest tan head. Even with the word "cherry" in the name, the aroma is surprising and intriguing with how much it reminds me of a freshly opened jar of maraschino cherries. The gimmicky cherry addition doesnít work with the flavor profile, though, with the sweet/sour of the cherries conflicting with the roasted malts and bitter cocoa. The texture is surprisingly light, but the sugary sweetness still makes it a bit syrupy. Overall, the addition of cherries to this recipe is strangely alluring, but the gimmick wears off quickly.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
rangerred (859) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAR 12, 2014
12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear, deep brown with a one finger medium tan head. Surprisingly good head retention for Sam Adams although not much in the way of lacing. Aroma is very cherry with some wisps of chocolate. There is also a cola note and it reminds me of a cherry coke. A bit metallic too. Flavor is not very good at all. A sweet syrupy cherry flavor permeates throughout and again that cola taste. Chocolate is more muted but is present in the background. Very little in the way of bitterness and a sticky finish. Overall, Sam Adams missed the mark with this one. I really liked the chocolate bock last year but adding the cherry just messed it up. Too sweet and artificial tasting.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
keanex (1278) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Best before March of 2014.
Appearance: This might be the most beautiful shade of garnet that Iíve ever seen. Perfect clarity with an opaque center. The brilliant and deep garnet shows on the edges. The head is a frothy tan with good retention. Wow.
Aroma: This smells like a chocolate covered cherry with some maltiness. Wow.
Taste: This drinks about as perfect as this style could have gone. Holy cow. Chocolate covered cherries with a mild bock sweetness. Nothing is cloying, this is prominent chocolate and cherry, but no artificial flavors. Just a very nice beer.
Palate: Medium bodied with mild carbonation.
Overall: I am blown away with how good this is. When Sam is on they are on. The flavors go so well together and are balanced very nicely. This is something I would love to have in a 12 pack of to enjoy every once in a while through Winter.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (2549) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2014
bottle. Brown with small head. Both the cherry and chocolate are quite prominent within a malty base. Sweet and pleasant. Seems like a great beer to have around a fireplace or campfire.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bropgh (21) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Poured from bottle into snifter. Appearance - Black/red depending on lighting. By that I mean if held to light the smallest bit of red comes through. Little to no head. Almost nonexistent after a minute or so. Smell - Slight chocolate, but a more intense cherry nose. Reminded me of the cherry wheat but a bit more subtle. Taste - Cherry upon entry but rounded with chocolate and malts. Interesting to say the least. Cherry aftertaste that again reminds me of Cherry Wheat. Not horrible, but after a while I can already tell this is a once and a while taster. Mouthfeel - About average carbonation. Easy drinker and smooth going down. Overall - Not too bad, just a bit too cherry for me. I was hoping for a more chocolate tasting beer, but overall this isnít a bad sipper every once and a while. Well I have 3 more, they will go in time.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
5000 (6023) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerfest5 (1059) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 17, 2014
12oz bottle from holiday sampler. I donít why Sam Adams didnít try a chocolate cherry porter instead of a bock, youíd think that would work a little better. Anyways, this poured a brown to red into the pint glass. Like the other bottles from the holiday sampler, this is overly done and limits you to one or two. The cherry in this begins well balanced with the sweet malt backbone but after awhile its like having cough syrup.


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