RATINGS: 1309   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartinT (9592) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2004
Commercial chocolate shake powder dropped in a thin, barely malty breakfast bock...Bits of metal from the pan sticking to a childish chocolate cake...A philistine of a bock, certainly worth more because of its bottle than its actual content...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2004
Short lived beige head on a mohogany body. Chocolate aroma with some caramel, hints of roastiness & light toasty malt. Chocolatey flavor goes along with aroma, some vanilla, raisiny dark fruit, and a toasty malt aftertaste. Finish is malty and chocolate. Medium body, lower carbonation. Not a bad beer, but not worth the 15 bucks for the 25 oz bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (6100) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2005 $4 dollar draught at Redbones. Much better than having to pay the exorbitant 16 dollars for the whole bottle. Dark brown body, mostly opaque with a small beige head. Aroma of ever so slight prunes, raisins and a hint of oily yeast, but mostly dominated by a rich milk chocolate. Flavor begins with possibly the best chocolate flavor Ive ever tasted in a beer, smooth, rich, sweet and milky. Creamy body that dosent thin out. Wonderful chocolate beer. Ok, that being said, lets talk about the rest of the beer. Hmm, not too much to talk about. It DOES have a bocky yeast to it, but it is so light and in the background, it is very hard to taste. Im not picking up much if any roast. Just left with the bocky yeastiness that is barely perceptible, (but tastey). Some will call it subtle, I call it selling out to make this beer more drinkable to the general public. If Im wrong, the fact still stands that this needs more than just chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
igneous1 (1535) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 18, 2004
deep brown, clear, nice light brown head, mostly lasting. aroma is surprisingly not as chocolatey as id imagined, instead is mostly malt. flavor has a lot more bittersweet chocolatiness with a subtle chalkiness and an even more subtle roasty quality. moderate mouthfeel, nothing really stands out, not even the chocolate as much as youd expect it to. not a bad beer at all, but not much return on the investment, relatively speaking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (7620) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2011 Rerate Mouthfeel much more textured this time around, flavor seems to be more prominent with some vanilla notes coming through - up a notch or two. Original 3.4 Picked up at Whole Foods in Austin, Tx. Beautiful bottle with the embossed label and all. Pours a dark ruby red to dark brown color with a thin, tight, off-white head. Faint aroma of bittersweet chocolate, not much else, expected more. Flavor has some chocolate notes of course, and Im trying hard to pick up something else, but it just is not coming through. Mouthfeel is rather thin. Not a bad beer, just not at all complex, considering the price and the packaging.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2004
nez:discret de caramel et legerement de cacaco.Couleur brun chocola.Gout:Le bon gout de malt sucre des bocks plus un tres gros gout cacao et de chocolat que les bocks habituel non pas.Mais je ne repayerais pas 14$ us pour la meme bouteille quand meme asser ordinaire.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Poured chocolate black with big bubbled tan head that faded quickly...smell is somehow strange...maybe a hint of cocoa, but there is something a little gross about it...feet and yeast or hops and raisins? Maybe it is past its date...says BB June 04...I wouldnt think it would be bad though...taste is strange at first...my tongue feels like it got hit with something excessively carbonated...it got that numb feeling...but the beer is really just barely carbonated...thick mouthfeel and quite smooth...a little more thin than I wouldve liked...roasty sweetness with a definate dark chocolate flavors...finish is sticky, cloying and grassy...this was so tasty in my imagination...luxurious, velvety, sweet, bitter, thick, smooth...in reality the beer was none of these things...a disappointment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2004
11.06.04 CMON COWBOY LIGHT YOUR FIRE! Had this with biznizness, zeppelinsoul, and tsarman for biznizs 100th beer. Theres no stopping now

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2004
100 RATINGS. Id like to thank Joe, Ztan, and Gene for helping me reach this milestone. As for this beer, what a great choice to break the century mark with. Taste like a glass of melted dark chocolate. Hops are subdued, allowing the sweet creaminess to really come out. MUCH better than the Triple Bock, which was the worst beer I ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
shadey (2093) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 7, 2004
Black pour without much head. The mouthfeel is really extrordinary. Silky smooth. The flavor didnt change too much as it warmed up. There was a subtle flavor of sweet chocolate, not bitter like I expected. This was really outstanding. I will also chime in and say the price was outrageous. They know that their audiance will pay for it, so they gouge them brutally. If I can buy a bottle of trappist beer for less than this... thats highway robbery. I choose not to hurt the rating based on that however.

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