trave916 (3) - mt.vernon, Maine, USA - DEC 25, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Good, smoky beer. Taste of smoke and cinder is like sitting by a fire pit enjoying a cool fall afternoon. Stronger than most at near 10% is a good kick. Not much head but that doesnt take away from it at all. Caramel, toast, coffee, roasty, basement aromas, smoke
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of smoke, grain, caramel, wood, and biscuit. Flavor of grain, caramel, smoke, toffee, and brown sugar.
fonefan (42844) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[ As Samuel Adams Cinder Bock ].
Unclear matt medium brown amber color with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, dark malt, smoke, wood, light phenol. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, candy - sugary, smoke, wood, dark malt, caramel, light phenol, light alcohol, medium dry. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery and sticky, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. 
rlgk (16886) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Nya Tröls, thanks to fonefan. Cloudy dark Amber/brownish beer with a decent beige head. Fruity aroma, smoked, grapes, caramel, biscuits, vinous notes. Smoked fruity flavor, grapes, brown sugar, caramel, toffee raisins, figs, some warming alcohol. Quite nice
N3lson1 (852) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Drank from a large bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a beautiful smokey, red color with a bit of white head. Has smokey, alcohol/belgian aromas and tastes, a good beer.
sinfull (1326) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chestnut color , thin off-white head. Aroma of ham and caramel malt . Malty , smoked taste. Smooth finish. Interesting mix of styles.
GreatDane1632 (1155) - North Dakota, USA - MAY 15, 2015
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rated based on notes taken 28 Apr 2012 -- This may have been one of my first experiences down into the smoke realm. Loved it.
rdixon77 (2014) - Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Old rating. Interesting try. Smokey (not too much), big malts, some booziness. Okay.
deathserv (25) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smoky aroma but not overdone, I have never particularly liked beers or whiskys for that matter that smell like a house fire. Balanced with kind of a caramel aroma with a little bit of alcohol bite to it. Deep amber/caramel color with a relatively fizzy looking head, tasted less carbonated than it looked, perhaps I just had a crappy pour into my glass. Head leaves behind lace as you drink. Smoky "savory" as described on the bottle with a decent bit of sweetness, a bit too sweet for my taste but not bad. Slightly oily and wine-like on the palate due to the almost 10% ABV. Pretty nice but not one I’d go to regularly I don’t think, just for personal taste.
Brandon1989 (492) - Euless, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light brown with an off white head that left some good armount of lacing. The aroma is smokey and some caramel. The taste is similar, somewhat bitter. I pick up some alcohol.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle -
I had some mixed feelings about this beer. On one hand, I applaud Sam Adams for doing different styles of beer and pricing them on the affordable side. But sometimes making a beer style because you can, should be reeled in a bit because the end product isn’t quite spectacular, or above average even. I guess all things considered, it is above averag, but barely.
The aroma has some smokey character to it, light soy, some Coca-cola wit just a little floral note. Flavor carries the smokey character pretty easily, but it’s rather watered down. I can’t help comparing this smoked bock, with another smoked bock...one Aecht Schlenkerla’s Ur-bock and it’s not even in the same stratosphere. Not much else going on with this beer. It’s like all the character and complexity has been stripped down to some light smoke. While it’s not a bad beer, it could have been a smoked amber, or a smoked brown or some other vague style. Worth it once I thought, but not much else.