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RATINGS: 1293   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2004
Big bottle. Hey - the chocolate works. Big chocolate nose, big chocolate flavor. Another reason why we give kids hot chocolate in the winter. I said it before: the chocolate works.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2004
Huge red-tan waterfall of a head that settles into a pillowy off tan cloud. Dark ruby body that though incredibly dark is translucent. Raisiny malt aroma is wrapped with light hops, while the dusty cocoa is secondary, an afterthought. Milky palate has a flavour like the small american pints of milk in grade school - artificial and bland. All told an interesting attempt, however failed. . .

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jgb9348 (5681) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2004
Very dark brown coloured body, almost black with a nice dense medium-sized brown head. Aroma of CHOCOLATE and some coffee with pit fruit noticeable. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong chocolate flavours, full of sweetness and a strong malt backbone run in this bottle with some light vanilla tastes. Aftertaste is purely heaven...nothing offensive, just pure sweetness and a great mouth-coating way. Overall, a great beer...it took me by surprise, but one that I wish I had a case of! I was lucky enough to sample this from the 75 cL bottle purchased by Phil (haddon90) at Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia...thanks VERY much Phil!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2004
Deep red going towards black, nice head. Aroma is darkly fruity, followed by chocolate (duh). Sweet malts dominate the flavor, followed by a chocolate finish. Should note that this isn't a chocolate flavor like you can achieve with malting, but really a quite pure chocolate flavor, along the milky lines more than the bittersweet. Not bad. I'm biased against bocks, and to a certain extent against Sam Adams. Cranberry "lambic" my butt. But I still think this gets knocked more than it should. Smack an Alesmith logo on this and the score goes up to a 3.9 on the site.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jaymobrown (1840) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2004
Didn't remind me too much of a bock, but more like a sweet chocolate stout. The texture seemed too flat. Only the slightest hints of grains and hops. Way too sweet for my liking.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 13, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2004 The color of coca cola. Thin tan head on top. Zero carbonation. Aroma is of tobacco. I'm no smoker, but smells like a fresh box of cigarettes. Malty flavor but mostly rich chocolate. Something I really appreciate about this beer is that it is not too sweet. Rich but not too sweet. Nice thick body really coats the sides of your mouth. Smooth going down. Not a bad beer, but WAY overpriced. I paid 15 for this one. I would buy it again if it was closer to 3.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2004
Blaahh! Alcohol containing chocolate water. I just didn't like it, and for the price I paid!! Pours a translucent brown color with a small bubbly head. Aroma is super sweet and chocolaty. Flavor hits for a split second with a sourish note and then CHOCOLATE, cocoa and just the slightest bit of malt blast you mouth and stay there forever. My wife loved it but I'll never drink it again. It did have a cool looking bottle though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2004
Smells rich of milk chocolate, but seemingly artificial. Look of thick brown with a slight bit of head that went away qucikly. The flavor smooth and chocolate-lovin all around, but again, it feels a slight bit faked, more like chocolate abstracte added to it. For a chocolate beer its pretty good, but over all as a beer it isnt too hot. (I'd still opt for the trumpeters stout for a chocolate brew.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2004 wow, what an awesome beer. I drank this and brooklyn chocolate stout in the same night. I have to say I like this more. Great taste. well worth it.

   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.

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