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RATINGS: 266   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
Sam Adams has just released 4 beer in the brewery’s new Small Batch Series, and aren’t stopping there. Cinder Bock looks to join the crew next year. Cinder is billed as a “rauchbock” or smoke bock. Unusual and playful this half-breed brew begins with a rush of smoky, almost savory, aromas and flavors. The distinctive campfire smokiness of a rauchbier lingers and beings to reveal the rich and velvety malt smoothness of a double bock with a notes of toffee and caramel. This roguish brew transforms from its bold start to a hearty and satisfying finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
obguthr (5698) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2012
Tinny smoke aroma, slight corn note. Clear copper, thick yellow head, some lacing. Sweet, smoky, and full bodied. Honey and maraschino cherry flavor, cloying with smoke just in the background. The amount of smoke is great, but the problem is the base beer. It’s simply too sweet even for a bock. It comes across syrupy and hot. Alcohol is magnified by both the sweetness and the smoke. Bocks and smoke just don’t work for me. <tangent> It speaks to my dislike of molasses or sugar based BBQ sauces. Having roots in Eastern Carolina, I prefer spicy vinegar. Hey, now there’s an idea. I bet a smoked oud bruin or red would be good. </tangent>

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2012
3/8/12 tap at pap. Nice auburn brown w an almondy head. A+F are smokey caramel and fruitiness. a bit sweeter than i care for. Rich,slick,creamy...esp for a typically thinner clean style? 7/4/6/3/14

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3873) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2012
22oz bottle 4/6/12 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-40° in Dimpled Mug-Pours a medium amber with a big tight off white head. Aroma of smoke. Taste of smoke, caramel, roasted malt, and toffee. This medium to full bodied brew is well balanced and quite smokey. Nice job.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2012
22oz. Bottle: Complex aroma of malt, smoke, bacon, caramel, smoked meat, slight candi sugar, and slight molasses. Poured copper/amber in color with a small, creamy, dense, off-white/tan head that quickly diminished but lasted throughout around the edges. Clear. Lightly sparkling. My 4/5 in appearance is generous. Flavor is medium sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of malt, smoke, light smoked meat, and slight caramel. Medium body. Slightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, smoke, smoked meat, slight caramel finish. 9.4%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slubgob (310) - West Hartford, USA - APR 3, 2012
Poured into point glass. Mahogany color with modestly thick Carmel head. Hint of campfire on the nose with malt sweetness. Sweetness Carries through to the tongue tasting like the higher ABV it is, getting in the way of any more subtle flavors. finishes with light smoke note. Hint of smoke and brown sugar notes linger on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Flavor and aroma tastes like a campfire. I could also taste some toffee and caramel notes. It does pour a nice clear amber. I would have never guessed the ABV, very subtle. Overall I just did not think it was well blended, the smokiness was overpowering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (2296) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Bomber. Aroma is not smoky enough. There’s a hint, but it could be more forceful. When I buy a smoked beer, I want something that smells and tastes like a campfire, dammit. Other than that, there’s caramel, bread. Pours clear copper with a medium beige lacy head with decent retention. The smoke comes through a lot better in the taste, although it’s still not as prominent as the best examples of the style. There are also some fruity esters. Mouthfeel is creamy, carbonation soft, body medium to almost full. A good brew but I was hoping it would smoke my balls off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Amber pour with a very thick tan head that recedes to a thick lasting cap. Aroma of sweet smoke and caramel malt. Lots of thick, broken lacing. Tastes pretty much like the aroma - smoke and sweet caramel. Smooth a drinkable, smoke is not over bearing, which I like. Another Very good offering from the small batch series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaBeer1972 (1836) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 31, 2012
A deep clear amber with a good frothy tan head. A light smoky-malt aroma right off the bat. Flavor is not that smoky, but well rounded with lots of deep malts and good hoppy balance. Bittering on the backside. Very complex more with each sip. Slightly smoky, but not overpowering finish. Good effort from SA

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EvanFriend (480) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Smells like any other dopplebock, no noticable smoke notes. Tastes like smoked gouda cheese. This is better than I expected from Sam Adams, but Schlenkerla still sets the standard for Rauchbier.

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