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RATINGS: 1265   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3912) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2004
At first there was not a lot that revealed the chocolate--it isn’t a "bang you over the head" chocolate beer like the Florisgaarden (thankfully). At first it was only at the very end of the finish, and then its contribution was lovely. But I had another glass when everyone tired of this early on, and that revealed a bit more chocolate to me. Light carbonated palate, good red-brown color with a fascinating swirl of colors and head. High quality chocolate went into this, that is apparent to me, at least. A bit thin at the end, but still good support through most of it. (2004 Christmas Party, my #9, group’s #7)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2004
Yes, definitely a luxurious beverage - content is pleasingly thick, yet not heavy, sweet, but not too much so, solid chocolate taste though not over-powering with other subtle traces of flavors. That said, I expected more complexity in the flavorings and taste. A more than good brew and I concur it’s not up to the price in the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goblincat (398) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2004
Pours deep brown. Malty nose mixes in a little... you guessed it, chocolate. Nice smooth milk chocolate taste fused with malt and a touch of hops. Quite sweet and rich, making it hard to finish on your own, so make sure to have someone with which to share it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2004
Bottle (14.99/bomber). Dark brown in color, chocolate dominates but is not too sweet. Got better as it warmed. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, not worth the $$.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2628) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 25, 2004
Bottle. Dark brown to black color. Plenty of chocolate, smooth with a nice aftertaste. Semi-sweet but hard to pick up the complexity and other flavors. Christmas Party 2004 ranked 6/15 (mine) and 7/15 (group).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2274) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 24, 2004
bottle: A weak nose of chocolate and burnt malt. Woulld deem opaque, but once put agaisnt a bright light bulb your eye will be able to penetrate through. A rich dark chocolate flavor and of course those roasted malts. A slight tingle of caffeine on the palate which does eventually become boring. Im left with a cool fancy bottle and chocolate on my breath, but what a expensive price to pay.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2004
50 Beers rated for Me! Pours a dark brown (hints of red) with a minimal brown head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is Strong Chocolate...Period! Taste starts out with some sharp hops, but they are secondary and lying underneath. The majority of flavor is in the chocolate and secondary hints of coffee. There is also some nuttiness towards the end. The body is lite (more so that you would expect) and creamy. Also a bit astringent at the end. I would say that this is great with chocolate desserts, and the Harem o women that tried it tonight would agree!! As a last note, for the money...you can get much better...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2004
On tap at the Muddy Pig. Served in it’s own classy tulip-type glass, Chocolate Bock has an impressive appearance, fully, impenetrably black, with a fine, upstanding toasted tan head. Aroma is fine as well, with hefty cocoa character wafting out of the glass. Taste starts out good, nice chocolate, very malty, hints of fruit, but the body gives way after a while, and the finish becomes syrupy sweet, leading to an odd, medicinal tang, that stays too long on the palate, and ultimately repels. The first half of every gulp is good, but it ends badly, molasses meets Robitussin. I was glad to find this on draft, for their was no way I would spend $15 on a 22 ounce bottle of this, fancy package or ingredients or no, especially not after the first reviews came in...a sample off the tap would be more economical. (And now that I had it, I doubt I could enjoy finishing a bottle.) I was not prepared, however, for the Muddy Pig prices. Six bucks?!? YOW! One firmly in the "No, thanks" column for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
millerclmb (44) - Boulder, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Nice nutmeg and nutty aroma. The taste is deep choclate. Yet the palate and body don’t balance the taste very well. I prefer this taste with a heavier body(this should have been a stout ot a dopple bock). This is very crsip and light. Too much carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Frank (3603) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2004
I vowed that I would never try this beer due to the exorbitant price. But I got a .3 L tulip of this stuff at Delilah’s in Chicago on draft for $4--not so bad considering. The waitress there said it’s much better on tap than in the bottles. I’m not sure if you knew a whole hell of a lot about beer but she was super hot so I’m assuming she’s correct and I feel for those who sampled this from bottles if it was much worse than this.

Dark garnet with a creamy head that leaves short-lived sheets of lace. Very mild nose of bread yeast and a little cocoa. Flavor is much more pronounced but forced and lacking in subtlety. Both very chocolate and very bock. Or, Very artificial chocolate flavor and over-sweet bock with a strange sour twinge. I think a rich, roasty stout would have been a much better vehicle for such a strong chocolate treatment.

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