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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
StefanSD (2070) - Lakeside, California, USA - FEB 28, 2012
650 ml bottle from bev4less. Pours a translucent amber-brown color with a medium beige head that has good retention. The aroma is mild with sweet roasted malts and a trace of smoke. The flavor is a bit better than the nose with smoke making a soft entrance amid layers of rich sweet malts. The palate is full and creamy with medium carbonation. Finishes long with lingering sweet malts. Overall: Its a good beer, but the smoke is too weak. I was really in the mood for something like a schlenkerla, so I was disappointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwyerpg (4440) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 28, 2012
This has a bit of smoke in the aroma. Looks fine. Flavor has some definite smoke. This is pretty tasty right up front. However, I had to downgrade this at the end because it’s super sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2012
24 ounce bottle from Bottle Revolution in Raleigh. Pours a clear amber with a monstrous frothy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of smoke, stone fruits and caramel. The taste is caramel, stone fruits and smoke. Faint hops. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Poured into a snifter. Batch #1. 5.0 A: Clear deep amber color. Two and a half fingers of super creamy off-white/beige head. Retention is very good considering the ABV and glass covering lacing is left. 4.5 S: The smoke runs deep in this one and I love it. Campfire and smoked pork/bacon are abundant. Underneath, this is quite clean with caramel and toffee sweetness. This isn’t overly sweet like a lot of bocks. Good balance between the smoke and the beer. 3.0 T: The smoke is a little lighter in the taste than in the nose. Unfortunately the booze pokes through and is formitable. Caramel and toffee are there again, but in less quantity than I would have guessed. Still clean, but a little bready. Still tasty, but not as well integrated as the nose. 3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy. Smooth enough with a light warming on finish. 3.5 D: Really good looker and smeller. After that, it’s still a decent beer. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-12-2012 01:51:05

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4785) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark caramel-brown color with a huge creamy orange-tan head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was sweet caramel, molasses, and a strong bock presence but no noticeable smoke. The flavor was faint hickory with sour caramel with a solid bock presence and faint dark fruits. The finish was long and tangy bock with faint hickory. Medium body. The alcohol was well hidden. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1498) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Bottle via StateLine.. If held to the light its a ruby red color, looks brownish with out the light. Decent litle head that faded quickly. Nose of sweet malts, little vanilla and strong campfire smoked meats. The smoked campfire meats really shine through, followed by a sweet malts base. Body is a little on the sticky side but easy to drink. Overall: Nice brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dionysus (1449) - Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Bottle pours red/brown with a tan head. Aroma is sweet with notes of caramel, smoked meat, and light vanilla. Flavor shows the same with additional roasted notes as well as brown sugar toffee. Overall body is moderate, relatively sweet, and finishes with a rich, yet balanced smokiness. Definately not as intense as some other rauchs out there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Caramel pour with a light brown head. Aroma was caramel malt and a lttle smokey bbq. Taste was the smoke/bbq upfront, not overbearing followed by the sweetness of the bock. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (8862) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Brown pour, tan head. Nice smoke in the nose with some deep toffee notes in the background. Flavor is sweet and smokey and really quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadIndian (2342) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Bottled. A nice smoked brew from Sams. I t had a good blend of smoke, wood, caramel malt and bread. It was easy to drink. Not Bad.

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