jnkor (312) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance is a nice dark brown that is almost black with a caramel colored head. Aroma and taste are a smoky cocoa that is pleasant but also seemed a bit powdered. The best way I could describe it was like ovaltine - as much as you mix it still tastes like a powder in milk. Finish is a nice smooth cocoa, making the only true detractor the powdery taste.
krompt (611) - - MAR 3, 2014
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
I really loved this back in the day. Troy still drinks these because I see some in his fridge. That or either they are really old.
JDBaker11058 (1104) - 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 (529) - 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.
chinchill (1246) - 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.
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Brandon1989 (228) - 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 (2539) - 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 (1949) - 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 (307) - 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.