thorongil2 (2355) - , 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 (131) - 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 (3920) - Stockholm, 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 (2705) - 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 (1813) - 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 (2240) - 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 (5826) - 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.
Belgian22 (17) - Deerfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
After spotting this while up in Maine for the weekend, I grabbed one. When I looked it up, the first review gave me a laugh, so I’m still chuckling over the aroma of ’beggin’ strips.’
That said, yes, I can see where that may be slightly possible, but for me this is much more reminiscent of my standby doppel from Ayinger. Sure it’s even sweeter and not quite as balanced, but for who it’s made by I have to say this isn’t bad.
Firm, somewhat lively carbonation, heavier mouthfeel, plenty of dough and malt all day. I think the nose and color are the strongest qualities here.
Overall, not too subtle, but absolutely worth a go, especially at $6 for 22oz.