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RATINGS: 1257   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - FEB 26, 2004
Very dark with large tan head. Aroma of malts and chocolate.Taste is sweet with moderate chocolate flavor. Finishes bitter and rather dry with chocolate making it's presence known.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 23, 2004
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!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2004
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2004
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 21, 2004
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMerritt (1894) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2004
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sjoschko (3) - Montgomery, Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2004 does not count
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2004
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - FEB 16, 2004
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - FEB 16, 2004
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.

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