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RATINGS: 1264   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Pours dark brown with quick relinquishing head that actually fizzed like a soda. Smell was light of chocolate, not really a whole lot on the nose at all. Flavor had some chocolate of course but the mouthfeel was thin, and the carbonation prickly. The sensation I got was that I was drinking Chocolate Coke. The malt/hop combination did render a similar flavour to cola. Low drinkability but this might be suitable for dessert. Won't be picking up this unremarkable brew again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2004
Pours a deep brown color that is quite clear with brilliant garnet notes when held up to the light. The head is brown and creamy. The dominant aroma is of chocolate, and in fact I can detect nothing else, though it is not overwhelming in character, like chocolate liquor would be. This beer is light in body, though the chocolate in the aftertaste does give it a faux creamy consistency. The beer is lightly sweet and quite clean in taste. There is a hint of roast malt, but the chocolate is center stage here. It is not overwhelming but it has a quiet strength which defines this beer.

I do like this beer, though it does not quite live up to the hype & the purchase price. Perhaps it is aimed at the mainstream beer lover. This beer would be quite worth it if it was priced in line with, or perhaps just above, the rest of the Sam Adams line up. The best part of this beer is that the chocolate does not bowl over the drinker, it is there, but it has a certain restraint, which makes it all the more enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2004
Obvious chocolate nose. Exceptional head and lace. The palate is on the light side. Lots of true chocolate flavors. Good desert beer. Not too sweet. Better than I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FridgRaider (108) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2004
This has a dark amber color with a dark tan head that subsides quick. Cocoa and malt were that aroma. Toasted malt and rich dark chocolate flavor. Finish is sweet and slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
desurfer (1262) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2004
This was pretty good, especially since I tasted it for free. Medium-dark caramel colored body with a small fizzy head. Chocolately/malty aroma, somewhat faint. Taste was mostly bittersweet chocolate. Not as strong as I expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFGrind (1935) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2004
A fellow homebrewer shared a bottle of this at our meeting. Fragrant aroma of chocolate malts. Flavor of roast malts with a long lasting aftertaste of chocolate. Complex flavor, I was happy to try it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
haddon90 (1575) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - FEB 27, 2004
Very impressed with this beer. Deep dark brown pour with a nice brown head. Chocolaty aroma. Malty flavor. Rich chocolate in the flavor. I think this lived up to the hype. I was very impressed that Sam Adams could make a beer this good. Good Bock! Bought this bottle at Whole Foods in Vienna, VA.

   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.

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