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RATINGS: 1294   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Dark brown with a smallish tan head. Aroma of sweet malt and cocoa. Taste is a little sweet with hints of chocolate and a pronounced malty flavor. Enjoyable, but not worth the money.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
LiamPatrick16 (124) - Montgomery, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2004 thick with small head. could definatly taste the chocolate but it wasn’t overpoweringly sweet. a little expensive though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4874) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Bottle. Small tan head and fine-small sized bubbles that mostly diminished. Uncarbonated, mostly opaque and a reddish brown hue. Malty, chocolate and cocoa aroma. Sweet, milk chocolate and malt flavor. Tingly palate. Fair lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (5797) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 5, 2004
This bottled brew poured a medium sized head of finely sized brown colored long lasting bubbles that left behind a fair lacing. The body was a semi-opaque very dark brown color with no visible carbonation. The aroma is very chocolaty with some malty notes. It became more vinous as time went on. The mouth feel is tingly yet smooth with a strong chocolate malt finish. The flavor is strong chocolate smooth with a thick malt base.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 5, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2005 Not a bad beer by any means. Actually, it was quite tasty, but it gets low ratings for the lofty price charged for one bottle. For $15 a pop, this sucker should have opened itself. Not as chocolaty as it proclaims; more of a roasted malt tint to it. Pours like thick motor oil. Not worth the price. I’d pay $5 tops for a beer similar to this.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
REDDOGICE (243) - nantucket, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 4, 2004
I like chocolate and i like beer, so what happens when they put the two together? a good beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (6135) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2004
Deep chestnut color with a small tan head and light lacing. Cocoa malty aroma. Very sweet chocolate taste, and hardly any carbonation. The 7% was certainly hidden. As Eyedrinkale states, there were no beer characteristics here, though it did not taste foul. A tad bit expensive, especially at the price I paid for it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2005 Brewtopia Summer ’04. Boston Beer breaks out a bottle per session of this stuff. They were hoarding it like it was gold. Tasted like chocolate soda. I didn’t taste any real beer characteristics at all, so I guess they hid the 7% pretty well. Put this on cask and let’s try it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 20, 2004
Dark brown color. Medium tannish head. Aroma is chocolate and sweet. A medium bodied bock. Malts are very chocolate, vanilla and sweet. Very sweet, almost milk stout like. Kind of a mix of malts, milk sugars and chocolate. It an OK tasting beer, but it is WAY overpriced. I usually don’t factor cost into a beer’s rating, and I’m not here either, but I need to mention that $15 is just too much money for this beer. A touch thin tasting, and it does work as a chocolate bock. The mix of flavors is a little weird and I can see this is one of those love it or hate it beers. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUN 20, 2004
Black body with mahogany and ruby colors. Sparse, bone-white head. Aroma is chocolate, maple, hazlenuts, raisins. Thin for this style. Tastes chocolate, sweet nuts, newspapers, then a light hop finish. Tasty and sweet stout, obviously chocolate-centric, but it is more than just a novelty. Purchased 750ml at Dulles Airport brewpub before leaving for Australia.

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