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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Minor grain/ cereal notes w/ barnyard and a hint of cocoa. Brown/ red in color w/ minor head and no lacing. Chocolatey and dry cocoa w/ hints of roast and coffee. Full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (9070) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2004
Pours dark brown body with a big beigh head that diminishes in an act of defiance that mirrors the descent of your expectations for this beer. Aroma is of sweet malt and dark bitter chocolate, touch of Ovaltine. Flavour is interesting. Sweetly malty, with a touch of cocoa and milk chocolate. Fruity, slightly drier finish contains a touch of raisin. Notes of Whoppers or Maltesers, and Hershey syrup. Palate is quite smooth but unexpectedly watery at times. Not particularly balanced, it is quite sweet. Nice beer, but gets cloying after any kind of quantity. Best shared. If you go in with low expectations it may surprise you! Thanks for sharing this one rudolf.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rudolf (2345) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Nose is.. You know.. Chocolate and Bock. Sweet. Super milk chocolate. McDonald’s Chocolate Milk Shake sweet. Milky finish. Worth the $8 I paid for the bottle but not worth the $16 it would normally cost. Liquid whoppers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2004
At Argos annual beer tasting. Poured an orange, dark brown. Aroma was caramel and definite chocolate. As opposed to a stout, this had a very strong sweet chocolate taste, like drinking a hershey bar, with some honey thrown in as well. Enjoyable but a bit cloying after awhile.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2004
Dark red-brown with a nice looking mocha head, good creaminess to it. Nose is a combination of chocolate and an odd tanginess. Taste and palate initially are that of chocolate milk in that "this is too sweet to be real chocolate" sort of way. Not offensive, but generally tastes artificial and cheap.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (12516) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 4, 2004
Clear garnet body with creamy beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, caramel. Creamy medium body. A beer for non-beer drinkers -- sweet and no bitterness..

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2004
It’s been said, but I’ll 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. I’ll 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 wasn’t 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 i’ve seen that might require a crowbar and welder’s torch to remove for my collection. very chic. indeed, when a beer is this expensive, hyped and luxuriously bottled, i can’t help but prepare--unconsciously even-- to wax poetic and silly about it’s pressumed greatness before i’ve 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, it’s true that the appearance of the pour IS quite nice. but fancy talk is wasted on this lame-o beer-- this isn’t godiva, this is ovaltine. one sniff and i felt as ripped off as a waiter gettin’ a two buck tip on a ninety dollar tab. i positioned my nose over the brew expecting a rich updraft of sweet aromas-- like you’d 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 bock’s 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 i’d spilled five bucks worth. as it warmed, i got some nutty orange effects as well, but truly-- it holds it’s 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 i’m supposed to be fourteen years old and easily impressed by a candy-flavored dunkle. maybe probably i’ll give it a big MISS next time around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YogiBeera (2554) - 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.

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