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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 31, 2012
Nice walnut-chocolatey color with tan-colored head. Roasty sweet and chocolatey aroma. Nice bock raisiny sweetness with choco-roasty notes...like chocolate-covered raisins. A pretty good bock; a bit like a dopple bock meets a porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HighWine (954) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
generallee08 (717) - New York, USA - JUL 22, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5819) - Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (1785) - - MAY 18, 2014
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
davey101 (694) - Connecticut, USA - APR 24, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
devman171 (1022) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 19, 2014
Bottle is probably a year old, nice light roast and chocolate aroma, taste is sweet light chocolate with a medium body

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmonster (981) - 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 (1334) - 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 (530) - 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.

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