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RATINGS: 1288   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Samuel Adams® partnered with Scharffen Berger Chocolate to develop their newest innovation, Samuel Adams® Chocolate Bock. Tettnang Tettnanger and Spalt hops were hand-selected from the world’s oldest growing area and combined with a complex selection of malts including two row Pale, Munich and caramel to create a rich and satisfying brew. This dark beer has a big, malty character that is combined with the subtle sweetness of chocolate. The chocolatiers at Scharffen Berger crafted an exclusive blend of chocolate for Samuel Adams® made with cocoa beans from Ghana called forastero. Samuel Adams® Chocolate Bock was aged on a bed of this chocolate to create its unique layers of flavor. As the beer matured, the fruity, tart, earthy and chocolate aromas were infused into the liquid to give the brew a complex, full-bodied taste with a velvety finish. A hint of vanilla was added to meld the symphony of flavors together. Due to legal restrictions, Samuel Adams® Chocolate Bock can not be sold in the states of Alabama, Louisiana, and Utah.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cigarsnbeer (146) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - MAY 18, 2005
WTF 16.00 dollars for a bottle, oh wait I got it on sale for 5 bucks. And it wsa a great beer for 5 bucks,very choc. and malty flavors. If you see it for a good sale price pick it up its pretty good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (4000) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle - 16.9 oz] Dark brown pour with a puffy tan head. Very potent and rich aroma of chocolate, malts, cocoa and some coffee. The flavor is a mix of chocolate, malt and burnt coffee. Not too bad, but it definitely gets more chocolaty as the beer gets warmer. A good brew, but definitely not worth $15. Maybe worth $6.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights. Thick tan head. Smell is chocolate and bitter with some underlying sweet maltiness. Taste is strongly of cocoa. Hints of coffee flavors as well. Sweet malt underpins the whole deal. A bit sticky on the palate. Once you get used to the chocolate flavors and get to the actual beer flavors you realize this would be a pretty damn good bock without the added chocolate essence. A pretty good brew anyway. Is it worth the $15? (The $25,000 question...) I don’t know but my wife loves it so I’ll be getting it again at some point.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12719) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Mothers Day Tasting. Bottle. Pours a dark brown with medium light brown head. Aroma was complex with the primary tone of chocolate. Flavor and body was medium to full syrupy sweet with a medium finish. Good brew alone but also good blend with a lambic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mybrainhurts (390) - North Dakota, USA - MAY 6, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2010 Pours deep brown with a short tight head. Aroma is coca, molasses, maple syrup and caramel. Chocolate malts, rich dark caramel and hints of toffee. Somewhat syrupy and thickly sweet. Not bad, but no where worth the sixteen dollars they price it. If you can get it on sale buy it! UPDATE: Sam Adams have decided to put this in the Holiday Classics this year and with the 12 pack a much more fair price point. Still pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7464) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2005
I enjoy my chocolate and I enjoy my beer, but this is one of the few instances where they are somewhat well melded together. Unfortunately, this was almost a one-dimensional brew. Poured a deep brown, almost black with a modest tan head. Aroma was dominated by sweet chocolate, but some coffee was present. Flavor was also dominated by chocolate in this smooth brew. Alcohol was completely hidden. This was very tasty, but somewhat lacked in complexity that I had expected. Recommended, especially if you can find it for less than $14.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2005
At first I was underwhelmed - until it warmed a little. Gorgeous, rich mahogany color. Nice cocoa nose with hints of maple sugar. Flavor of toasted malt and, surprise, chocolate. Not as complex as I expected. It finishes dry and non-cloying. Very enjoyable - I’ll gladly take another if If someone wants to gift me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2005
From a bottle. Pours a very dark brown color making it appear stout-like until it’s held up to the light. Aroma is dominated by chocolate as is the flavor. This is a great beer but all that is good about it is offset by the inflated price. Note that rate beer has this beer listed at 7% Alcohol but the Sam Adams site has it listed at 5.5%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2005
04.22.05 best before June 2004. Mahoganey pour, glowing, with little head. Aroma is sweet chocolate, some maple, raisin, soy sauce. The more I shiff, the more it reminds me of a sweet, salty, teriaki or something similar. Not bad, but unexpected. Not at all the flavors I expected...a bit bland, very sweet up front, more hints of maple and slightly salty. Dark fruits across the middle, slick and oily body, hardly any eff. Finish is where the chocolate really comes in and it’s much more appropriate and less sweet than I expected, some buttery flavors temper what could (should?) be a sharper, more bitter bite from both hops, chocoalte malts, and chocolate itself. Probably a bit oxidized.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 7/20
aamademedrink (3) - USA - APR 16, 2005 does not count
I expected more from this beer. Light Sweet Aroma, Beautiful color. A beer My wife who is a chocoholic would enjoy. What I didnt care for was the Price for one. Also, the overall flavor of the beer could have been better in my opinion.

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