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RATINGS: 1258   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2004
This is my celebratory beer for finishing my Series 7 exam for financial advising. Hope it's worth the $15. Nice dark brown/red. Well supported tan head. To me it smells like an Imperial Ale. Smells of chocolate but not overpowering. This is a nice complex beer. Slightly tinny but very nice. Bitter coffee, chocolate, subtle and very nice. Sweet. No one else seems to like it. Compare it to other Sam Adams products and this stuff is awesome. I am glad that I cam across this, but I should have someone to share it with. My wife is pergnant so not drinking. Oh well. More for me.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Beautiful 25.4 oz bottle, dark with a tin label. Beer pours deep brown with a swirling, cocoa like white effervesence and a creamy, tannish head of dense bubbles. Nose of sweet chocolate and Vienna malts, almost chocolate cake like with a succinct of floral hops. Rather thin mouthfeel as compared to my expectation, and although chocolately and drinkable, this lacks in depth and complexity. Not big on carbonation, the feel is creamy smooth. OK, not awesome, but a good, dintrinct entree for Boston.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2004
Impressive black bottle with pewter emblem. Pours a deep, brown with red highlights and a tan foamy head. Chocolate nose was not as poweful as expected, given the quality of the chocolate used. Likewise with the flavor. A good brew and definitely remarkable but short of expectations.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2004
hmmmmm pretty good, i dont think its worth 14.00 for a 750. it has a good flavor of chocolate and other flavors. pours pretty dark, looks good, smells better, tastes ok. still- i would rather have 8 pints of guiness than 1 750 of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bmadden (3) - Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 9, 2004 does not count
Very thin mouthfeel with a surprising chocolate flavor. Not really worth the money or the time. Drink something else.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
obxdude10 (2131) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Black in color, nice tan-ish head that laced around the glass for a little while, lots of chocolate in the nose along with hints of cocoa & coffee, medium in body, not too heavy, nice malt profile, decently balanced, a little disappointing concerning its cost, but if you take the time to sip on it & enjoy it, it makes for a nice night-cap or after dinner drink

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
jjohn (4) - Devon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2004 does not count
A very nice malty, chocolately beer. If this beer were reasonably priced (say, 7 bucks per six), I would certainly buy it again. But, at 15 bucks for a bomber, it has niether the alcohol nor the flavor to justify its huge price-tag. Still, worth trying once.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 6, 2004
Not a big fan of this one-Definitely overpriced at $13.99 for a 750. Basically this is the doppelbock with a huge splash of chocolate. Dissappointing

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2004
Ruby-brown body, low carbonation, and medium beige head. Aroma of chocolate, raspberries, and some quintessential Sam Adams dusty cardboard. Flavor of hazelnuts, chocolate, and rich caramel. Chocolate dominates after awhile and no appreciable depth is ever revealed. Full bodied for a bock. Tasty and somewhat interesting, but definitely overpriced. They should have shown some guts and jacked the hop bill up a bit more, not so much as to deviate from style but just enough to tantalize. Hand selecting hops must be a tiresome endeavor because beers that make this claim never seem to have much.

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