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RATINGS: 310   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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This special release is brewed just for the holidays. For a new approach to a classic favorite, we added cherries to our traditional Chocolate Bock for a sweet, slightly tart note. Aged on a bed of dark cocoa nibs, the malty, chocolaty, and dark fruit flavors create a rich, complex beer perfect for winter. Cheers!

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4.3
penguinfinity (107) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Bottle. Smells of cherries and chocolate like the bottle says. Pours dark, can’t see a thing through it. Taste is like cherries, but a sharper flavor, less like cherry candy and more like cough drops, due to the beer. The taste lives up to the name, but it seems like it could offer a little more. Still, what is there is pretty amazing.

4.3
kidmartinek (5007) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Dark brown color. Decent head. Fresh smashed cherry aroma. Chocolate taste. Medium thick body. Very true.

4.3
MetalNHopHead (2191) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Samuel Adams releases a lot of seasonal beers. They’re almost always unusual in some way - usually it’s the ingredients. Some of these creations are bold but ultimately bad and some are surprisingly (and happily) decent. Cherry Chocolate Bock isn’t that different from these other beers, conceptually. The chocolate and cherry ingredients are intriguing additions to a bock beer. What’s different from a lot of the aforementioned beers is that this one is pretty awesome. It has a cola-colored body with a velvet-soft, tan head. The cherry aroma is fresh, sweet perfection. The taste offers a lot of chocolate and cherry sweetness, but there’s a nice touch of fruity tartness to keep it from being overly sweet. I’d like a little more richness and complexity from the taste. Still, it’s hard to complain when you have flavors that are this good, and this balanced. I’d very happily have another one of these right now.

4.3
slowrunner77 (12895) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 5, 2014
"Bottled for 2013. Yay!! I’ve long been a huge fan of chocolate bock, even when it was in big overpriced bottles. This could have gone so wrong. Cherry flavor can end up medicinal, but they really nail the cherry in this, especially in the nose. Slightly tart and complex and nearly perfectly balanced. The flavor is a little sweeter. A lesson in decadence from a 5.8% beer. Like German chocolate cake spiked with tart and sweet cherries. LOVE this. Wish I could get just this instead of the mixer :) Aroma 9.5, flavor 8.5."

4.2
Ironicmedic (77) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Drank from bottle 11/2. Nice cherry aroma. Chocolate front with nice cherry finish. Enjoyable and a nice bock.

4.2
jsmerig (1682) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Pours a deep near black with a deep brown tan. Aroma of maraschino cherries. Don't really get the chocolate in the aroma. The taste yields the chocolate in a big way. Cherries up front followed by deep rich cocoa. Good mouthfeel, nice finish. Not overly sweet. Very satisfying. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
bpreo (2943) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Oh so good. This could easily become one of my new favorite Winter Seasonal beers.

4.2
keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Best before March of 2014.
Appearance: This might be the most beautiful shade of garnet that I’ve ever seen. Perfect clarity with an opaque center. The brilliant and deep garnet shows on the edges. The head is a frothy tan with good retention. Wow.
Aroma: This smells like a chocolate covered cherry with some maltiness. Wow.
Taste: This drinks about as perfect as this style could have gone. Holy cow. Chocolate covered cherries with a mild bock sweetness. Nothing is cloying, this is prominent chocolate and cherry, but no artificial flavors. Just a very nice beer.
Palate: Medium bodied with mild carbonation.
Overall: I am blown away with how good this is. When Sam is on they are on. The flavors go so well together and are balanced very nicely. This is something I would love to have in a 12 pack of to enjoy every once in a while through Winter.

4.1
sodakotakid (230) - Belle Fourche, South Dakota, USA - DEC 4, 2013
pour a reddish black with a thin dark head. This is smooth chocolate bock with a great chocolate and cherry taste. impressive for S.A.!!

4.1
cubs (10714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2014
On tap @ Black Bottle. Pours a fairly clear reddish brown appearance with a brown head. Maraschino cherry x20, chocolate, light vanilla, tart aroma. Flavor is more subdued but still very good. Tart black cherry, caramel, cookie flavor. Very similar to Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat in terms of the cherry. Great.


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