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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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
berrya785 (440) - Kansas, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Pours a jet black with a small brown head with decent retention and almost no lacing. Aroma is milk chocolate and toasty. Taste is sweet with chocolate and a nutty flavor with some caramel. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmonster (953) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2014
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JDBaker11058 (1131) - Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
scanny24 (7) - Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2014 does not count
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smcolw (529) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
chinchill (1378) - 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]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brandon1989 (228) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ads135 (2579) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2025) - 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...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
ROBC3366 (361) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2013
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.

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