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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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
crazyvin (1859) - New York, USA - AUG 14, 2012
A nice opaque brown body with a tan head that had little retention and even less lace. A strong malty aroma, mostly of caramel malts. A decent amount of smoke and some toffee notes. Alcohol was a mild presence in the back. Flavor had good balance between caramel malts and the smoke flavor. Alcohol was a little more prevalent than the aroma indicated. There was a subtle dark cherry type note in the finish. A full body and smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (2371) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2014
Bottle bought through craftbeer.se. Pours rubyish dark brown with a frothy and fizzy brownish beige head that quickly dissipates while leaving a small trace on the glass. Smell is sweet, malty and smokey with sweet dark bread, smoked sausage, dried ham, hay, caramel, golden syrup, burnt wood, smoke and hints of sweet soy sauce. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty and smokey with sweet dark bread, caramel, biscuits, dry cured ham, smoked sausage, hay, butterscotch hard candy, burnt wood, smoke, burnt cereal, persimmon, alcohol, sweet soy sauce and toffee. Mouthfeel is syrupy, round, sticky sweet, tiny boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet, bitter, malty and smokey with caramel, sweet dark bread, biscuits, hay, moist soil, burnt wood, smoke, sweet soy sauce, smoked sausage and hints of orange peal. Solid offering that’s slightly too sweet and heavy to be really enjoyable.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
lukedarock (107) - Howell, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2014 Iffy idk bout this style im sure its good if u like this style but def not for me strong abv tho!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rproff78 (43) - - FEB 28, 2014
Very good strong bock beer. Sam Adams continues to surprise me with tasty beers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zgaier (1183) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Pours a muddy brown with a light tan head and sweet malty caramel aroma. Taste is of sweet malt and caramel up front, with underlying burnt bread and biscuit with a strong, malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjgmd (1226) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Bomber. Pours a a dark muddy brown pour with a java colored losse head. Nose is deep malt and caramel with a bit of liquid smoke. Taste is very rich malt and intense caramel with smoke and some sweetness breaking through. Finishes on the same rich and heavy tasting notes, definitely heavy on the palate while drinking and through the finish. Alcohol buried in the taste. Quaff Score 7 / 10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fishonmyplane (353) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Lots of caramel malt. Sweet, rich, almost syrupy but not cloying. Not too strong or bacony, just a nice oaky smoke flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
lmatos (18) - San Juan, Alabama, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Nice smoky aroma and a nice appearance. Is to bitter, smoky and bitter for my taste. Seems a little bit salty

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2014
22oz bottle served in a Allagash cervoise glass Batch - 1 A - Dark brown tea colored body with 2 fingers of yellowish tan head. Bubbles are fine and stick to the glass quite well. Excellent retention for such a high abv. S - Toasted bread, faint smokiness in the background, some fruity yeast wrapped in a hefty malt bill, toasted caramel, smokey molasses, candied bacon T - Sweet upfront followed by salty caramel, molasses, brown bread, sticky dried dark fruits, smoke is very faint is only an accent to the strong malt base. Finishes sticky, nutty, and sweet. M - Full bodied, creamy carbonation, sweet rich finish. Sweeter than expected. Wish the smoke showed up a bit more. It needed another balancing component to combat the malts. Drinks very easy for such a high ABV. I would have never have guessed his to be ABV 9.4. Not sure how old this is but I think batch - 1’s smoke has faded. Serving type: bottle 05-04-2013

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HisBoyElroy (107) - Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2013
Smells like a bag of teriyaki jerky. It is a golden brown. Taste is very jerky/malty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ericular (494) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Pours a clear red-orange amber with fizzy head and decent lacing. At first whiff, cold, freshly poured, the aroma is all smoked meats and jerky. At this point, I don’t even know if I’m going to be finishing this bomber. The flavor was similar, but more tolerable due to sweeter caramel malts and a light earthy bitterness. Smoky throughout. Alcohol well-hidden, better as it warms and settles. No problem finishing at the end, but this style still hasn’t won me over yet.

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