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RATINGS: 262   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (17657) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 23, 2012
Bottle. Hazy dark amber brown color, massive thick cream colored head with good retention and solId lacing. Aroma of caramel on burnt toast. Taste is ashes, burnt embers. Decent enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12951) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 3, 2012
Bottle from Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Pours ruddy copper with a 3 finger creamy beige head which does some ring lacing. Aroma is smoke. Not harsh, but very present. Full bodied. Flavor is smoke, and it’s fairly strong. There’s some treacle. It’s malty. The smoke sort of comes and goes. Strong, but not among the strongest. No heat. There are some hop/herb flavors, but they at best support the smokiness. Well done, and compares very well with the German rauch beers. Arguably among the best of American smoked ales. With time the smoke lets loose of the taste buds and nose a bit (fatigue!) and the rich malty bock can be sensed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12498) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 11, 2012
22oz bottle. Medium beige head atop crystal clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some smoke/meat, light burnt/ash. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some smoked meat, light burnt/ash, faint cherry. Sticky medium-full body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (12404) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Bottle. Poured clear dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate smoke sweet malt aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Medium complex sweet smoke flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectation where met.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (11754) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of smoke, molasses, carmel and light fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of smoke, molasses, carmel and dark fruit with a crisp lingering smokey finisah.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11670) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2012
22oz bottle-pours copper with a tight tan head. Aroma is soft smoke, medium malt, some medium fruit. Taste is smoke, medium malt, some medium fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11116) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11048) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 20, 2012
Bottle shared by sonnycheeba. Pours clear tawny with a small, frothy light tan head, short retention with fair lacing. Aroma is smoke, oak, meat, caramel and cookie malt, light nutty notes, dark fruity esters and earthy hops. Flavor is malt forward with a good layer of smoke, lightly sweet caramel malt, some dark fruity esters, light hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2012

Name: Cinder Bock
Date: March 02, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: clear dark amber, creamy beige head, scattered streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet smokey aroma, candy caramel bock sweetness, lots of woody smokyness
Flavor: sweet bock flavor, caramel sweetness with that malt candy character, big time smoke balances the sweetness, light earthyness falls out of the smoke for a smokey earthy finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcberko (10562) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2013
22 oz. bottle, pours a hazy amber with a medium beige head. Aroma of light smoke, red fruits and toasted nuts. Flavour is lightly smoky, with smoky caramel malt, light toasted nuts and a bit of sweetness. Very weird, but fairly well-constructed. Decent stuff, though it has some jagged edges

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