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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsmerig (1464) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Aroma strong with smoke and bacon. The beer pours a ruby red with an off-white head. The taste is very much like the aroma, smokey up front and sweet and malty. The alcohol comes through a bit at the end and the bacon lingers a bit on the tounge.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Bottle pours a clear red/copper with a thick tan head. Scent is smoked pork, dark sugar and toffee. Taste is smoke, caramel and sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bbbeer (706) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Deep red brown with small tan head. Aroma bacon-like smoke and a little caramel. Medium-full body with alcohol pretty hidden. Flavor is smoky but not unpleasantly so, strong background of malt and bread and mostly dry finish. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 15, 2012
This one surprised me. Dark brown color with creamy off white head that fades quickly. Aroma of malt, smoke, and caramel sweetness. Taste is the same with the alcohol well hidden. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
annunz123 (948) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 15, 2012
Caramel malt and some smoke in the aroma. Flavor starts sweet and malty, then finishes with some smoke that provides nice balance without being overpowering. Carbonation gives very creamy mouthfeel. One of the best beers I’ve had from Sam Adams in a long time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (6560) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2012
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. I brought it. Coppery hued with a light tan head that lasts nicely. Not a big aroma but it has smoke. I also taste smoke with meat and cinnamon. It is sweet and just a bit prickly. This is fairly hot. Not a bad beer at all.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAR 13, 2012
22oz Sam Adams bottle, Batch #1. Vintage 2012. Dark reddish-brown color, light tan head. Sweet smell of smoke. Aroma of smoked meat. Sweet malt has flavors of toffee and heavy caramel. Finishes with a hearty flavor of smoke and a touch of spice. (3273)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sethbreaker (179) - New York, Greater London, USA - MAR 11, 2012
From the bottle. Whiffs of smoke and alcohol, Rich boozy sweetness with a good amount of smoke coming through, soft mouth feel, the booze out lingers the taste of smoke. Decent interpretation

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RSRIZZO (1940) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2012
22oz bottle poured into a Dimpled Mug at 42°. Color is a bright amber with good carbonation and a tight Soft looking head. Aroma is smoky with a light malt note. It has a medium body with a smooth, almost creamy mouth feel. Flavor is rich with caramel, malt and smoke. In the after taste a bit of hop spice and a mild bitterness show with a hint of the smoke hanging on. Overall its a very well done brew, evenly balanced with mellow flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (5407) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Pours bright mahogany into a Sam glass. Tan head with medium retention recedes hug rim. Smoky sweet caramel aromas. Sweet dark thick molasses upfront turning smoky in the lasting warm toffee finish.

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