Gachupines (930) - USA - FEB 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown, near black with a thick tan head. Aroma is chocolate with a vague raisin note. Almost like baked bread. Flavor is rich, chocolate in the finish. Vague notes of roasted malt. Well balanced, well rounded. Quite excellent, not overly sweet at all.
Wife’s rating: 4.5/5
HighWine (954) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thought I had rated this long ago. I remember being impressed by this beer the first time I had it. Tonight I opened the last of the 2012 Xmas sampler bottles that I had laying around in the fridge. I recall big time chocolate when I had this about a year ago. The chocolate has mellowed now into lots of vanilla. Aroma reminds of circus peanut candy and marshmallows. Taste is sweet vanilla with a touch of cocoa powder. Medium palate. Great stuff.
generallee08 (717) - New York, USA - JUL 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It pours out of the bottle a dark reddish/brown color and appears very dark in the glass with some deep crimson highlights. Its head is tall, thick and tan in color. As I drink, it fades to a thin foamy layer with a ring of sticky foam at the edge of the glass. This makes lots of slick lacing on the glass with a few spots clinging to the glass. It has a modest and nicely balanced aroma. I get some dark malty sweetness with hints of caramel, milk chocolate and dark cocoa powder. Also there is a hint of earthy/leafy hops in the background. The flavor starts by matching nose with notes of caramel, creamy milk chocolate as well as darker and dryer cocoa powder that seems to add a touch of bitterness. The hops add a touch of mild bitterness them selves but only just enough to keep things from becoming too sweet. The plate is smooth and silky with soft carbonation. It’s not too heavy or sticky at all and slides down easily, finishing fairly quick and nicely balanced.
alexsdad06 (5782) - Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating from notes 2011. I have had this from the 750 ml bottle and a 12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with reddish highlights and a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have nice milk chocolate, cocoa nibs, somewhat powdery, toasted bread, hints of coffee, a nice creamy vanilla character grows with warming. One of the better beers from Sam Adams.
Darkmagus82 (1783) - - MAY 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transferred from BA review on 2-3-12 -
Had on tap served in a pint glass
Appearance – Poured a nearly pure black that let little to no light through when held up. There was a slightly off white head that was present upon serving which gave way rather quickly leaving almost no lacing.
Smell – Chocolate is heavy on the nose mixed with a slight bit of roasty coffee aroma. Some vanilla works it way in toward the end rounding out the aroma quite nicely.
Taste – Quite a bit of roasted maltiness starts the taste profile. Sweet chocolate then shows up and takes over the show though. The light vanilla that is present at the end of the smell is also present throughout the taste; its subtle but it ties together the transitions between the roasty maltiness and sweet chocolate quite well.
Mouthfeel – Fairly creamy with a moderate level of carbonation. It is very fitting for the style, but nothing all that exceptional.
Overall – When you are in the mode for something with a nice smooth sweet chocolate taste this one delivers quite well.
davey101 (693) - Connecticut, USA - APR 24, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark brown. Nose is cocoa powder, sweet corn, and some caramel. Taste is cocoa nibs, vanilla and some light char. Thin and one note but somewhat refreshing. Light "bock" aftertaste of caramel and earth. It’s not great but it’s pretty drinkable.
devman171 (1015) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle is probably a year old, nice light roast and chocolate aroma, taste is sweet light chocolate with a medium body
cmonster (981) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
One year old bottle poured in to a dimpled mug. Dark cola in color with a short head. Nose is a delicacy. Layers of sweet cocoa, vanilla, and light roasted malt dominate. The palate is also full of milk chocolaty goodness. Medium body, creamy-sticky texture, and long med-sweet finish. A dessert beer for sure, and a great one. The two bottles you get in a Sam Adams Variety 12pk at Christmastime is worth the price!
JDBaker11058 (1334) - Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: deep mahogany (near black), with one finger of creamy light tan head that quickly vanished completely; no lacing. Aroma: dark, sweet malts, smooth bittersweet chocolate, hint of rum raisin ice cream. Taste: bittersweet dark chocolate, good traditional bock-ish malts, crème anglaise, and a bit of dark fruit. Finish: incredibly smooth and slightly dry. Notes: Outstanding beer. Really enjoyable.
scanny24 (7) - Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of my all time favorites. I was disappointed by Sam’s decision not to bring it back for the 2013 seasonal pack. Though the Cherry Chocolate Bock is good, the Chocolate Bock was better. It tasted of sweet chocolate, yet still had good Bock characteristics. Very smooth, with the slightest hint of vanilla.
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby-brown color, excellent head leaving rings of lace
Creamy milk chocolate aroma; slight alcohol smell, some earthiness as well, very little hop.
Very sweet like most bocks. Tastes like an over-malted porter. Strong alcohol oiliness. Up front, the chocolate predominates, but soon raisin and brandy flavors come through. A notable hop bitterness becomes present in the swallow. The aftertaste is nearly all sweet malt and alcohol warmth.
I think price is an important consideration here. My bottle was $16 for just under 24oz. This is a good beer, but not a spectacular one. Taste someone elses and purchase something equally creative at half the price.