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RATINGS: 1293   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 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
muzzlehatch (4771) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2004
omhper in Montreal #17 (with MartinT,tiggmtl,Rastacouere,DYCSoccer). 750 ml bottle. "Smells like slim-fast" -- Martin. Dark rootbeer, Tootsie roll character in the nose, think one-dimensional choco-cereal flavor, boring quick finish. Somehow manages to feel rich without being flavorful, much like commercial candies and sugary cereals...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1764) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2004
Dark brown/black color. Aroma is chocolate, with a little coffee and dark fruit. Chocolate dominates the taste as well, with sweet malt in there as well. The body is very creamy/buttery, and light to medium. Pretty good, but probably not worth $15.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (3240) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2004
Tap @ Redbones. Good nose, Cocoa, coffee,latte. Clean orange dark brown color. Small to no head. Sweet bitter flavors, chocolate,carmel,malted milk balls. Medium body, lite creamy mouthfeel, dry bittersweet finish. Pretty damn tasty, Nice to find on tap.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2004
Medium brown body shows red hints and wears a thin beige head. Lactic chocolate paired with honey cough candies nose. Also has an understated minty presence. Taste is buttery, lightly tart and incredibly sweet, sugary in fact with hints of flour, butter, cacao powder. I had trouble finishing my ~100-125mL portion, I can’t imagine going through a whole bottle. Thin-medium bodied, powdery texture, light carbonation. Nope, this is bad stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2004
Commercial chocolate shake powder dropped in a thin, barely malty breakfast bock...Bits of metal from the pan sticking to a childish chocolate cake...A philistine of a bock, certainly worth more because of its bottle than its actual content...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2004
Short lived beige head on a mohogany body. Chocolate aroma with some caramel, hints of roastiness & light toasty malt. Chocolatey flavor goes along with aroma, some vanilla, raisiny dark fruit, and a toasty malt aftertaste. Finish is malty and chocolate. Medium body, lower carbonation. Not a bad beer, but not worth the 15 bucks for the 25 oz bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (5802) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2005 $4 dollar draught at Redbones. Much better than having to pay the exorbitant 16 dollars for the whole bottle. Dark brown body, mostly opaque with a small beige head. Aroma of ever so slight prunes, raisins and a hint of oily yeast, but mostly dominated by a rich milk chocolate. Flavor begins with possibly the best chocolate flavor I’ve ever tasted in a beer, smooth, rich, sweet and milky. Creamy body that dosent thin out. Wonderful chocolate beer. Ok, that being said, let’s talk about the rest of the beer. Hmm, not too much to talk about. It DOES have a bocky yeast to it, but it is so light and in the background, it is very hard to taste. I’m not picking up much if any roast. Just left with the bocky yeastiness that is barely perceptible, (but tastey). Some will call it subtle, I call it selling out to make this beer more drinkable to the general public. If I’m wrong, the fact still stands that this needs more than just chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
igneous1 (1532) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 18, 2004
deep brown, clear, nice light brown head, mostly lasting. aroma is surprisingly not as chocolatey as i’d imagined, instead is mostly malt. flavor has a lot more bittersweet chocolatiness with a subtle chalkiness and an even more subtle roasty quality. moderate mouthfeel, nothing really stands out, not even the chocolate as much as you’d expect it to. not a bad beer at all, but not much return on the investment, relatively speaking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (7333) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2011 Rerate Mouthfeel much more textured this time around, flavor seems to be more prominent with some vanilla notes coming through - up a notch or two. Original 3.4 Picked up at Whole Foods in Austin, Tx. Beautiful bottle with the embossed label and all. Pours a dark ruby red to dark brown color with a thin, tight, off-white head. Faint aroma of bittersweet chocolate, not much else, expected more. Flavor has some chocolate notes of course, and I’m trying hard to pick up something else, but it just is not coming through. Mouthfeel is rather thin. Not a bad beer, just not at all complex, considering the price and the packaging.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2004
nez:discret de caramel et legerement de cacaco.Couleur brun chocola.Gout:Le bon gout de malt sucre des bocks plus un tres gros gout cacao et de chocolat que les bocks habituel non pas.Mais je ne repayerais pas 14$ us pour la meme bouteille quand meme asser ordinaire.

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