gnoff (7979) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 1 pt 6 fl oz, at Printz in Stockholm (Tele2 Arena) on October 26, 2013.
Marked with Batch No. 2 on the back label.
Hazy reddish brown color, small tan head. Sweet, malty, alcohol scent. Some more complex sugars and higher alcohols. Malty, toffee, some light smoke, sweet taste. Grainy and sweet aftertaste. Medium a bit fizzy mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Also some smoked aftertaste. Bottle wasn’t gushing, but was slowly working the foam/head out of the bottle by itself. A light Fusarium contamination on the grains perhaps?
thorongil2 (1390) - , Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(bottle) clear bright amber colour with a small tan head; aromas of smoke, roast, toffee; thick palate; rich and balanced flavour; very nice
Shooter42 (130) - California, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a little lighter in color and more carbonated then expected for a double bock. Otherwise this is a tasty beer and the best offering I’ve tasted from Samuel Adams so far. Nice smoky taste with a sweetness that actually reminds me more of a barley wine then a double bock.
VsXsV (2451) - Linköping, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy deep ruby liquid with small off-white head. Aroma of light smoke, toffee, bread, light ham, toast and light raw sugar. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with notes of light smoke, toffee, bread and light raw sugar. Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Quite nice.
gym399 (26) - Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2013
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
Because I absolutely love Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock I was really excited to try this a year or two ago. I tried it and hated it so much that I figured I had a bad bottle so I tried it again this weekend. It may have gotten worse. Weird bitterness with not nearly enough smokiness.
BOSSbrewer (1979) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 11, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Yuck. Beer was ranked with a different program and BeerBuddy would not let me import my information.
Lunkie (1459) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich roast malt chocolate aroma. Dark brown colour with good head and lacing. Malt nutty chocolate flavour. Smooth long lingering palate.
Fatehunter (1386) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looking great with three fingers of tan head on a cloudy, reddish brown colored body.
The aroma has a lot of smoke and a little anise and black licorice. Nice if you like that.
The taste is quite sweet all the way through, a touch of smoke with burnt wood middle to end, fairly complex with good balance.
The texture is soft, slightly sticky with low to moderate carbonation.
Pretty good overall, but a bit too sweet for my taste. I enjoyed the smoke though.
kramer (5094) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear ruby amber body with a one finger frothy off-white head that faded to a thin covering. The nose is nicely smoky with a campfire quality to it. A slightly heavy sweet malt base below. The flavor is a little more focused on the ’Bock’ qualities than the smoke. Sweet and richly malty with lots of caramel notes. The smoke comes out more towards the finish. I wish the smoke were a bit more aggressive and up-front. Medium bodied, rather smooth and almost chewy with soft minimal carbonation. This one is pretty decent. Not among my favorite for the style, but not a bad effort.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Samuel Adams Cinder Bock is a very clear, dense, copper beer with a soft, fluffy, yellowed foam that has great staying power. It’s mostly smoke in the aroma, but a tart malt is detected as well. It smells a touch sweet. It’s very full bodied and smooth with a creamy, chewy finish. The flavor is much like the the aroma: smoke and tart malt. There’s a slightly sweet, herbal flavor that’s somewhere between cola and a cough drop. Smoke is the dominant flavor here. When combined with the malt, it comes off as umami. There’s a sort of salmiakki aftertaste. This is reasonably bold and complex. It’s a sipping beer with a lot of character. There are subtleties to it, but the overall flavor is quite bold.