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RATINGS: 1239   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Samuel Adamsģ partnered with Scharffen Berger Chocolate to develop their newest innovation, Samuel Adamsģ Chocolate Bock. Tettnang Tettnanger and Spalt hops were hand-selected from the worldís 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 Adamsģ made with cocoa beans from Ghana called forastero. Samuel Adamsģ 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 Adamsģ Chocolate Bock can not be sold in the states of Alabama, Louisiana, and Utah.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
joshpiledean (315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2004
Itís been said, but Iíll say it again...a little high priced for a bottle of beer. Poured like a cola, but with a longer lasting head and smaller bubblies. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malt. Comes off as thin, first taste is bitter chocolate, with a long long aftertaste. Not good, but not bad either. Either way, not worth the money spent. Iíll definately pimp the bottle, though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
A bit pricey at 15 bucks a bottle but I decided to pick it up anyway. This pours out a brown color with reddish highlights and a good looking tan head that quickly drops to a ring of bubbles. All I could detect in the aroma is chocolate and maybe a touch of roasted coffee. Chocolate is dominant in the flavor with hints of roasted malts and coffee stirring about but not much else. I love chocolate and beer but the taste just wasnít doing it for me. Mouthfeel was a bit thin and well carbonated. Drinkability was fairly low as I was getting sick of the taste and had trouble finishing the bottle. Not something I would try again for that price but not a bad beer.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2004
this is the first label iíve seen that might require a crowbar and welderís torch to remove for my collection. very chic. indeed, when a beer is this expensive, hyped and luxuriously bottled, i canít help but prepare--unconsciously even-- to wax poetic and silly about itís pressumed greatness before iíve even tasted it. pouring it into a snifter, i was already composing in my mind some extravagant praises, like this: "rivulets of chestnut brown gurgling like an appalachian cascade, pooling into the glass, and sending up a heady celebration of big-bubbled foam"-- and crap like that. and admittedly, itís true that the appearance of the pour IS quite nice. but fancy talk is wasted on this lame-o beer-- this isnít godiva, this is ovaltine. one sniff and i felt as ripped off as a waiter gettiní a two buck tip on a ninety dollar tab. i positioned my nose over the brew expecting a rich updraft of sweet aromas-- like youíd expect when opening a fat belgian dubbel-- and got: nothing! i sniffed this beer --and then sniffed a newspaper-- and found the newspaper to be more deliciously fragrant. this bockís aroma is thin, and resembles only a rolo melting on an english muffin in a microwave in the upstairs apartment where the guy collects moldy clothes for the salvation army. i was swirling it so hard to coax up some more aroma that i reckon iíd spilled five bucks worth. as it warmed, i got some nutty orange effects as well, but truly-- it holds itís aroma too close to appreciate-- like a gambler hiding his poker hand. tasting did little to ameliorate the disappointed feeling that was growing: yoo hoo chocolate sweetness on a thin malt-o-meal flavored body. the carbonation is creamy, but thin, and these sweet cola malts with no apparent alcohol or bitterness come up short in my estimation, as woefully short as a pygmy in the NBA. i had trouble finishing it, and it was inappropriately sweet-- like a nasty cat it reached out and cloyed me for no reason-- it cloyed me to the core of my being. i reread the instructions thinking that i used it incorrectly. maybe i opened the wrong end of the bottle. maybe iím supposed to be fourteen years old and easily impressed by a candy-flavored dunkle. maybe probably iíll give it a big MISS next time around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YogiBeera (2480) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Yeah - this bottle rocks- really cool lable. Wonderful chocolate and vanilla nose - sweet but not too sweet. Dark colored, no head. Wonderful Milk chocolate taste with slightly bitter intervalls what is actually great as this avoids to let it taste too sweet. A great accomplishment to a berry-dessert.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Beautiful bottle. Pours very dark with hardly any head. Chocolate and vanilla aroma. Sweet flavor, but the chocolate provides enough subtle bitterness to keep it from being cloying. Still tasted like beer, which was a pleasant surprise. Decent stuff if you can find it at a halfway reasonable price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Pours a deep brown hue with a small head. Aromas of vanilla. Flavors of chocolate, vanilla and chocolate. Foamy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Dark brown brew with a nice creamy head.Nose is very sweet and nice.the chocolate isnít just chocolate it is a blend of malts and the sweet of the choc.But is is just to sweet on the tongue for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5506) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2004
The brew poured a dark coffee color and seemed to have a reddish tint. The head was meager and soon departed. The aroma was good, a sweet maltiness with cocoa on top of it. But the taste seemed too sweet. This much chocolate in an already naturally sweet beer style was a bit too much, but not cloyingly so. Iíd rather spend my bucks on a chocolate stout, something that will counter the sweetness somewhat.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2004
Pours dark semi-transparent brown. Almost no aroma whatsoever just a little chocolate and coffee. Very complex chocolate flavors. Bitter,dark,sweet,malt even a dry cocoa taste in it. Worth a try split a bottle if you have to.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DYCSoccer17 (3333) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 24, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2011 Sampled with omhper, tiggmtl, MartinT, muzzlehatch, and Rastacouere in Montreal. Thanks to Barry for spending the money on this that I never wanted to. Sweet, sugary, chocolate milk aroma similar to hershey syrup and tootsie rolls. Transparent mahogany ruby color with a light tan head. Very sweet and one dimensional. Lots of toosie-roll flavors. Thin. Not horrible, but certainly not great either. (7/4/5/2/11)********RE-Rate********12 ounce bottle from a mixed 12 pack purchased at Nugget in Woodland, CA. Poured into the Sam Adams glass. Mostly metallic aroma with light sweet chocolate hints and some light roasted notes, too. Transparent mahogany body with a medium light tan head. Good persistence. Starts sweet, and sugary with lots of chocolate, before this becomes a little less sweet and cloying in the middle. Mild roastiness. Finishes with lots more sweetness and even more of the aforementioned tootsie-roll flavors. Awfully cloying and way out of whack.

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