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RATINGS: 1311   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Samuel Adams partnered with Scharffen Berger Chocolate to develop their newest innovation, Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock. Tettnang Tettnanger and Spalt hops were hand-selected from the worlds oldest growing area and combined with a complex selection of malts including two row Pale, Munich and caramel to create a rich and satisfying brew. This dark beer has a big, malty character that is combined with the subtle sweetness of chocolate. The chocolatiers at Scharffen Berger crafted an exclusive blend of chocolate for Samuel Adams made with cocoa beans from Ghana called forastero. Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock was aged on a bed of this chocolate to create its unique layers of flavor. As the beer matured, the fruity, tart, earthy and chocolate aromas were infused into the liquid to give the brew a complex, full-bodied taste with a velvety finish. A hint of vanilla was added to meld the symphony of flavors together. Due to legal restrictions, Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock can not be sold in the states of Alabama, Louisiana, and Utah.

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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
frankR (146) - Davis, California, USA - FEB 6, 2005
On tap Pizza Port Carlsbad: Quite delicious after a few slices of pie. Very rich sweet malt. Thick rich body, quite pleasant. Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 6, 2005
Dark black/brown color with very small dark tan head. Aroma is faint, but with malty and slight chocolatelyness. Flavor is smooth and malty, with a bit of alcohol early on, caramel, vanilla in the middle, and a faint chocolate note towards the finish. Faint sweetness throughout that makes for a nice rounded flavor. Overall a very nice brew, chocolately but not overwhelmingly so.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cathcacr (647) - Oregon, USA - JAN 30, 2005
This bottle wasnt fit for consumption by one human being only. Why not just whack me upside the head with this monster bottle of 7% goodness and get the same horizontal result? Good thing Im not allergic to choc, either. Grainy, gritty choc throughout, from aroma to palate. Reminds me a lot of a stout. Still not a blow-away result on the whole. Theres wateriness and not a tremendous amount of beer character, just lots of choc. Chock Bock. Hot choc-on-choc action. (If Kock Bock were brewed, would the ratings whores go out and get some? Doppelkock . . . may be a bit much.) Some roastiness, hence the stout remark. On the 1-10 IMDb scale, Id rate it better than an average 6 but not solid enough to be a 7.



FWIW, Ive found the IMDb model useful in my own deliberations on beer rating. 6.5/10. (Now, if only it would allow mid-grade ratings, e.g., an 8.5 rating for Fellinis 8 1/2.)


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Bottle. Dark pour with a small tannish head. The aroma is nice but not overly powerful. I can detect a lot of chocolate. The flavor is similar, like a tootsie roll. I cant taste the alcohol, and the flavor is a little thin. Otherwise solid beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Lots of cocoa in the aroma and in flavor as well. Lots of malt in the flavor. Maybe a bit heavy on the chocolate, as it hides the bock character and tends more towards a porter or stout. Overall, a nice dessert beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2005
Very sweet. Nice dark red color. Had on tap at The Mews (RI). Served in a pint glass but it still looked pretty. Very chocolaty and sweet. Finish of cream similar to a cream soda.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkElf (3061) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 25, 2005
(Draft: Pizza Port in Solana Beach, CA) Served in a genuine Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock tulip glass, this would be a pretty looking glass of beer, except that the half an inch of light tan head fades quickly away to nothing, so the deep dark brown beer suffers in appearance in this fancy glass. The beer is dark enough to be nearly opaque, but its actually slightly translucent and ruddy at the edges. The aromatic nose is like a sweet chocolate bar. The flavor is also like sweet chocolate, very sugary, minimally bitter. Palate should be thicker than it is, however, considering this is a fairly sweet bock. This is a very one-dimensional beer, but its very enjoyable and a good choice as a dessert beer. Unfortunately, I have a Lahaina pizza coming, so Im doing this out of order. But Im an adult, dammit, and I can have my dessert first if I want to!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3552) - Georgia, USA - JAN 25, 2005
This one pours a very dark, almost black, ruby with a dense khaki head. The aroma is heavy with cocoa and a touch of dark chocolate. Theres a sticky sweetness in the flavor, but it refrains from becoming cloying. The body is slightly sticky. Its rich and dessert like, but seems to be a little lacking in complexity.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (12083) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Ive resisted buying this one for a little while now due to the price and it being a Sam Adams beer. But in my never ending quest to try every beer I can get my hands on, I knew it was a matter of time before I broke down and bought it. Poured a dark reddish/brown color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of cocoa and roasted malts. There was something else lurking in the background that I didnt care too much for. Sweeter tasting. Had almost a chocolate milk taste to it. The alcohol content was well hidden.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JAN 17, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2005 Cool bottle: Dark brown color with reddish tint. Head initialy frothy powdered cocoa color, but fades fast. Aroma of cocoa. Flavor is milk chocolate covered caramel with just a light bite in the finish. Creamy palate with a lingering sweet aftertaste. Over priced IMHO.


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