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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 16/20
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2004
Ruby brown color with a big tan head that lasts a while. Malt and cocoa aroma, cococa flavor comes through first followed by the malt. Not as sweet as I thought it would be because of it being a bock. The Cocoa used (unsweetened?) balances the malt sweetness. I really liked this beer and think that it is very well made.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2004 Deep dark ruby-brown. Lovely head and lace. Nose full of toffee, chocolate, caramel, molasses and more. Medium bodied, creamy, smooth, lots of fine malt flavor, infused sweet chocolate (remincent of Youngs), toffee, caramel, some hop presence. Very smooth and rich brew that would make an excellent dessert. Quality stuff but way overpriced but I wont let that affect the score.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (8890) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Very dark, crystal clear, crimson lager with a good-sized, frothy, khaki-colored head. The aroma is a bit metallic, but delivers big notes of chocolate, molasses, cola and raisins. The flavor is very malty, but well-balanced. Perfectly hopped. Lots of great, rich chocolate. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Lengthy, dry, astringent finish. Aftertaste of tart cherries. Overpriced, but underrated. I'm not much of a lager guy, but I really enjoyed drinking this one in front of a blazing fire on a snowy, Winter's night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2004
What in the holy hell is this abomination? Do the brewers think we can be wooed this easily by a pretty bottle? Do they beleive us all to have ADHD? What a waste of 15 dollars. I cannot vehemently protest this brew enough. The first treachery is when it lulls you into a flase sense of hope and easement with an amazing chocolatey aroma. A thick black gorgeous body and massive tan head follow. Then you taste it and it just like a commie in a vietnamese jungle, it jumps from the bush and slashes your groin and removes any feelings of sympathy. The taste, if you cna call it that, is pure sour cream. Sour with this awful tangy rotting flesh taste. Finishes with this hershey's syrup accents. This is the chocolate the label was bragging about? Did they use a whole hershey's kiss in each bottle? FU sam adams on behalf of everyone you dicked out of 15 dollars. Note: i gave credit in the rating where it was due, namely the aroma. otheriwse it'd be bloody low, where it should be.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Had this on tap at the BA Extreme Fest on tap and thought it was fantastic but, I'm having it from the bottle now and it falls alittle short. Alot of chocolate flavor. Finishes flat and watery. On tap it finishes smooth and creamy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Extreme Beer Fest 2004: Dark clear brown ruby with a small head. Chocolate aroma. Medium bodied, ends bitter and with a chocolate punch. A good beer to try at a festival and not actually buy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 19, 2004
Extreme Beer Fest '04, Deep copper in colot with a small white head.Chocolate aroma and flavor,mvery subtle.Good malt body,with a clean dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2004 This definitely isn't worth $15. Translusent brown color pours with a frothy brown head. Fruity like figs or prunes up front, chocolate and almost chalky mouthfeel on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimhilt (2391) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 18, 2004
Pours with a three-fingered light brown head that is thick but doesn't leave much of a lace. Light carbonation. Deep red/amber color that is almost black. Nose is more coffee than chocolate, starts with a distinct coffee flavor but the finish has some of the chocolate coming through, very smooth. A good bock but not even close to being worth $15.50 for a 750ML. Found at Colonial Spirits in Acton, MA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2004
This one defintely gets points for the very nice pewter plaque on the wine bottle. The taste however is less than disappointing considering the price point. The pour is syrupy and dark brown, with a quickly fading soda like head. Mouthfeel is thin, but rich, and not very complex. Taste is based on the doppelbock, with hints of cocoa and a dry roasted stout quality lingering slightly in the background.

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