chinchill (1808) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
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]
Brandon1989 (239) - Euless, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Thomcann (6) - Selden, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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.
ads135 (2921) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a pretty solid sweetish bock. Dark in appearance with a nice malty character. Thick head and toffee and chocolate aroma.
Beergeek23322 (2229) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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...
ROBC3366 (616) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft, pours black with a tan head. Not much aroma just a little chocolate. Taste is A carbonated dark chocolate milk, very tasty, hints of coffee. Good stuff.
ADesenberg (586) - Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
GarrettB (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
DiarmaidBHK (3386) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
themaker75 (7) - - OCT 12, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
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
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