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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 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beertvguy (3) - Burbank, California, USA - FEB 16, 2004 does not count
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?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - FEB 16, 2004
nothing special to this beer. Had a nice mildly sweet aroma to it, had a dark brownish-red color to it with a very thin tan head. Flavor had slight a carbonation feel to it with hins of chocolate. not worth the money.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Terminus (3371) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 16, 2004
bottle-sampled at JoeT's condo in Austin Tx alongside aceofhearts. Very faint/weak aroma of baking chocolate. deep red appearance with light carbonation. The carbonation tingles your tongue alongside the mild chocolate flavors presented. not what i was expecting and not worth the money! Thanks JoeT for letting me come to your place and sample it though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Black, tan head, chocolate aroma, some hops, flavor sweet, chocolate, finish watery chocolate, expensive and not all that great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2004
dark brown IMO black as coal would be more like it.Medium sized tan head that lasted for a decent time and faded to leave a small lace behind.The aroma was Malt and Chocolate what else with maybe a dried fruit and hops presence.Malty sweet taste with a heavy sweet chocolate taste coming through loud and clear,i detect some trace amounts of caramel and maybe some hops but chocolate seems to be the predominate flavor for this brew.The alcohol manages to stay well hidden and over all i'd have to say that this a fairly smooth brew.The chocolate can be a bit much and i can't see myself drinking this in large quantity,due to the price tag.But over all it's worth trying atleast once which i feel everyone should give it a whirl.As the brew warms i start to detect a few changes in flavor with a slight cherry cordial coming on.Not bad but i think they could throttle back on the sweet chocolate a bit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Dark amber, thin head. Faint chocolate aroma. I was expecting this to be more Rogue chocolate stout-ish, but it's more like a weak Shiner/Ziegen/Michelob Amber type bock infused with some cocao. Gets a little better as it warms, especially in the mouthfeel. Somewhat flat.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (6749) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, chocolate, roasted grain), with notes of vanilla and cardboard. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation. Ugh, you must be kidding...$15 for this? Pre-oxidized, artificially sugary syrupy sweet with little to balance, and zero elegance. See also Stoney Creek Vanilla Porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2004
My wife purchased this for me for Valentine's day (in response to strong hints from me). Aroma and flavor are heavy on the chocolate as expected but this beer seems to lack any hint of body or structure. It reminded me of chocolate flavored coca-cola. Not worth the money but well worth the experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Deep reddish brown color with a decent tan head, which fades to a thin, persistent ring. Does have some chocolate to the aroma, along with a nice roasted, caramelly malt aroma. Nice silky mouthfeel. Tastes of chocolate, of course, with sweet caramel malt and a little coffee thrown in. Didn't notice the hop flavor. Bitterness is low, seems more like a dark chocolate bitterness than from hops. I liked this beer, and I can't subtract points for price because I didn't buy it. That being said, ther is no way in hell it is worth $15 a 25.4 oz. bottle. If they could be real and make this 8 or 9 bucks a sixer, I would buy it often.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Deep red with equal amounts of brown. Thin, tan head. Strong chocolate on the nose, rather sweet, with hints of nuts and caramel. An average body. The flavor is quite malty, and surprisingly, dominated by chocolate. Despite mention of hops in the description, nary a one was to be discovered by this under developed palate. While this was actually better than I expected, it's not something I would buy again. Far too expensive for so little return. An interesting new experience.

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