austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 23, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Terrific!! Though probably not worth the $16 I paid for it here in Manhattan, Sam Adams Chocolate Bock is truly a treat to behold and quaff. Light bockish nose with little hint of chocolate. Very representative of a german bock in flavor with some lactic roastiness and the hops hidden well behind the substantial malt body. Sam Adams certainly didn't skimp on their grain bill as there's boatloads of barley in here. Some slight raisiny flavors with other dried fruits. The Scharffen Berger chocolate taste is present, but extremely faint. All in all, if you enjoy bocks and want a thick, rich, fairly sweet brew, and have lots of cash, this is the beer for you!
LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2004
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A deep ruby red color with little head. Smells of coffee and chocolate. Taste is that of a sweet bock, hints of chocolate and fruit. Definately tastes more like real chocolate than chocolate stouts. Musty and earthy. Has an acidic, tannic quality that detracts from the overall mouthfeel. Worth drinking, not worth the price tag.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark chocolate brown color with lots of ruby orange highlights glowing around the edges and even a bit within the body. Thin frothy tan head, thickly sticking lace in small blobuels. Aroma is a bit subdued and comes across fairly clean with bakers chocolate and light coffee bean freshness with some darker fruits underneath of plum, banana, and raisin. Seems closer to a baltic porter, which wouldn't be bad, but this nose was a bit softer then anticipated. Taste has some nice layers, fairly complex, I get more of the dark fruits of plum, raisin, and a touch of banana sweetness and some solid roasty tones from sweetish black malts giving slight coffee and burnt molasses then I get any real chocolate, which remains lighter then expected as well. A bit of dryness to it like cocoa powder skips about palate. Feel is slightly buttery and silken smooth with a somewhat thinner body, but respectably solid with some very slight dryish sweet tones within the maltiness and a very mild hop surface. Pretty nice drinking with some nice things going for it, but I found the price of $13 for the fancy engraved label and bottle is way too much for what comes out of it.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 21, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2006 Re-Rate Not nearly as good as the first time I had it. First time I had it was towards the beginning of me rating beer. It’s a decent beer, but not a 4.4 like I had it before.
This was awesome, maybe over-hyped but sooooo awesome. No one else who tried it thought it was worth $16.95, but it was great. Cocoa out the ying yang, it was just unbelivable, maybe it’s just the novice in me speaking, but this blew my hat off. Very rich, very nice.
JMerritt (1867) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color is a deep shade of ruby red. Head is small in size, tan, and totally diminishing. Bittersweet bakers chocolate and roasted nut aroma. The aroma was rather bland at first, but upon further sniffs, the roastiness and wet peat comes out and really shines. The flavor: ahh, now THERE is the chocolate. Slightly sweet, creamy milk chocolate, sweet tangy malts, and a very slight roastiness rounds it out. Creamy, yet moderately carbonated. It may be a tad overpriced, but I think it is worth at least a try.
sjoschko (3) - Montgomery, Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2004 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A great drink with that special someone. I loved the hint of chocolate aftertaste. With the creamy head and dark color, it had my mouth watering before I even took a sip.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown with a fluffy tan head. Rich aromas of whole milk, chocolate and coffee. Smooth, velvety texture and flavor profile. Tons of milk chocolate complemented by coffee/roasted malt. More like a porter or stout than a bock and posibly a little over the top in its chocolatey character, but delightfull nonetheless.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - FEB 16, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with ruby highlights and a thick tan head. The aroma was peculiar...sour milk, bittersweet chocolate, slight roastiness. The flavor was much better...sweet milk chocolate, strong roasted character, vanilla, even a little sweet coffee. The feel was a little soft...small bubbles...semi-wet finish.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - FEB 16, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown color with a medium tan head. Sweet chocolatey aroma. Roasted malt and strong chocolate flavors with a slightly dry hops finish. Not bad.
beertvguy (3) - Burbank, California, USA - FEB 16, 2004 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured with a huge head that dissipated quickly. Color is a deep, dark red. Aroma is reminiscent of opening a Nestle Crunch bar - not too chocolatey, but sweet. Silky, somewhat syrupy mouthfeel. Soft. Delicate flavor is a mixture of mellow toasted barley, vanilla and dark chocolate that quickly turns dry from the hops. Odd lingering sweetness competes with the hops in the finish. Chocolate is present throughout. Pleasant overall. I'd like to see this beer packaged in a 6-7oz size, more appropriate for the style. Tasting this fresh, I really wonder how well this beer would age?