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RATINGS: 1239   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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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.


3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
chinchill (2053) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2014
pours a very dark brown with a bubble tan head. Head disappears VERY fast!; like the ’head on a soda rather than a beer. Unlike other chocolate beers I’ve had, the cocoa in this one is not subtle. There are some flavor components in cocoa nibs (the chocolate source for this beer) that I am not real fond of, but I think it is just the particular mix of hops, roasted malt and cocoa that doesn’t work for me. The objectionable aspects of the taste appear in the finish and aftertaste. In addition, I found this to be too sweet. O: I like chocolate and beer, and I am a big fan of Sam Adams, so this beer was a disappointment. [from 2010 notes]

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brandon1989 (240) - Euless, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2014
pours a dark brown with a thick khaki head. the aroma is of course chocolate, brown sugar, coffee, nuttiness. the taste is all the same characteristics. Sam Adams did a great job with this beer.

4.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Thomcann (6) - Selden, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2013 does not count
My favorite of Sam's. The chocolate is an aftertaste that does not overpower nor present itself as a separate entity. The beer and chocolate mesh together in quite the symphony.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ads135 (3071) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 30, 2013
This was a pretty solid sweetish bock. Dark in appearance with a nice malty character. Thick head and toffee and chocolate aroma.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2432) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2013
11/29/2011. From bottle. This goes to show that Sam Adam’s is more than just mediocre beer made for the masses. Dark brown with a tan head. Roasted malt, dried fruit, spices and chocolate aromas. Full bodies with flavors of chocolate, malt and earthy notes. Light on hops, but a very robust bock. Nice one...

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ADesenberg (630) - Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Bottle: after drinking this years cherry chocolate bock I went digging through my notes for last years wonderful chocolate bock... It’s a dark brown pour with a nice tan head. Aroma is a light roasted chocolate, and the taste is like light, slightly sweet chocolate. Tasty brew and I miss it when I drink this years variety pack.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (1076) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 8, 2013
January 23rd, 2012 - Sam Adams’ Chocolate Bock is one of the most promising bottles to come out of the box of seasonal varietals being pushed on customers at Costco this season. The bottle’s label os understated, but when you read the words, you’ll begin pre-salivating for that imagined chocolate and beer blend. But before that, the aroma is a curious mix of well worn leather, cooked beef and a touch of sweet cocoa, like a dried hot cocoa mix. The official description for Sam Adams’ Chocolate Bock lists a whole congregation of flavors and opposing tastes, but my bedraggled taste buds catch a much simpler collection of chocolate shavings and chocolate milk. Though the flavors are dark, sweet and bitter, the palate is thick and quenching, making the Chocolate Bock strangely filling, almost akin to chocolate milk. I don’t know that this is the most elegant expression of a chocolate based beer, but it’s certainly a welcome highlight to the Sam Adams boxed seasonal beers.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DiarmaidBHK (3472) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2013
Draft at Sharp Edge Brasserie. Pours coca cola brown with a thin khaki head. Nice dark chocolate on the nose. It becomes more expressive as the beer warms. Lots of chocolate on be tongue but it’s damn good chocolate which adds lots of flavor. Finishes clean. Very nice! Perhaps my favorite Sam Adams beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
themaker75 (8) - - OCT 12, 2013 does not count
Pours dark. I wasn't dissapointed with the beer. I got what I expected. A chocolate stout. Only fult to me was it was a little more carbonated than I would like. Expensive but glad I tried it ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmcgavin12 (492) - Madison, USA - SEP 4, 2013
Pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma is chock full of cocoa, a bit of coffee, and toasted caramel. The flavor is super sweet with a bitter, crisp finish. Quite a great after dinner beer.


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