FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
FridgRaider (108) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
desurfer (1283) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
JFGrind (2000) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
haddon90 (1617) - Newport Beach, California, USA - FEB 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - FEB 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 23, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2004
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark chocolate brown color with lots of ruby orange highlights glowing around the edges and even a bit within the body. Thin frothy tan head, thickly sticking lace in small blobuels. Aroma is a bit subdued and comes across fairly clean with bakers chocolate and light coffee bean freshness with some darker fruits underneath of plum, banana, and raisin. Seems closer to a baltic porter, which wouldn't be bad, but this nose was a bit softer then anticipated. Taste has some nice layers, fairly complex, I get more of the dark fruits of plum, raisin, and a touch of banana sweetness and some solid roasty tones from sweetish black malts giving slight coffee and burnt molasses then I get any real chocolate, which remains lighter then expected as well. A bit of dryness to it like cocoa powder skips about palate. Feel is slightly buttery and silken smooth with a somewhat thinner body, but respectably solid with some very slight dryish sweet tones within the maltiness and a very mild hop surface. Pretty nice drinking with some nice things going for it, but I found the price of $13 for the fancy engraved label and bottle is way too much for what comes out of it.