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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2004
Clear dark ruby-brown body, very nice dense tan rocky head. Excellent glass lacing. The aroma is chocolate medium sweet. Not much else going on. Flavor is the same. I pick up some of the same flavors as in the Floris chcolate, though not as bad. I guess I am just not cut out for these choclate beers, as this is going to be my most expensive drain pour ever.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
Dark Brown Coloring...Ruby If Held To the Light. No Head. Sweet Malt and oh..the Chocolate in This one Is Excellent! Very Rich Flavor...End Tasting Like Dark Baking Chocolate Due to the Bitterness. Extremely Balanced...perhaps just a Pinch Watery...but Not Lacking in Flavor and Then Very Easy to Finish the Bottle and Enjoy. Keep Around for the Winter!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4974) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
Pours a dark brown color with a bit of red on the edges. No head. Big, sweet malt aroma. Nice chocolate taste with a good presence of malt. It is not way over the top, but I dont think it pretends to be. Very decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
ericnixon (745) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 19, 2004
I like the bottle. The metal label is definately a nice touch. Nice complex nutty aroma over a dark brown color. A little on the watery side, but the chocolate maltyness is definately there. Ive been keeping this in the fridge and just noticed that it said "Enjoy before June 2004", and its late Setpember. Still very drinkable nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2004
Very dark black hue with a reddish tinge to it when held to the light. Alcoholic chocolatey nose and a hint of coffee. Sweetish chocolate with roasted earthy tone and a long caramel after taste. An interesting and enjoyable drink although a little on the expensive side at $15.95

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3502) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 30, 2004
Thanks to TheBeerCellar2 for this trade. Deep brown opaque color minimal tan head. Aroma of rich malt with a distinct chocolate touch. The chocolate in the flavor is unlike that of the chocolate flavor that roasted malt has. This doesnt taste much like a Bock although it isnt a bad brew. Somewhat of a novelty to be sure and if it were $2.50 a bottle instead of the $15+ that I have seen, it would be a worthwhile brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2004
This had a pretty nice chocolate scent, but was pretty bland tasting. No better than average, and certainly not worth what they charge for a bottle. Luckily I got to sample it at a fest, and am not out the $15.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 19, 2004
Hmmmm... I dunno about this one. Its certainly darker than any other bock Ive ever tasted and it does display some of the classic toffee and sweet malt flavors of a bock, but those are quickly stamped out by an explosion of chocolate flavor. I dunno, somehow it just doesn't do it for me. If I want a bock I'll buy a good German bock. If I want nice chocolate I'll buy some nice chocolate (perhaps Sharffen Berger). I might even drink the beer while eating the chocolate, but I don't need the two combined into a single entity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2004 Sampled this beer at the Great Taste of the Midwest in Madison WI. Even though my scores on this are accurate and well researched, Da Man wants me to say more about the beer, so I will. Got a free glass with this beer, which was cool. Also used it's chocolately goodness to try to pick up women at the fest. I think it was working, but then again, I was....oh what's the word, drunk!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2004
This beer tasted like a chocolate soda with a little less carbonation. It was a medium to dark brown color with a massive malt smell. I just didnt get the complexity I thought I would get from the beer. It tasted okay but I dont think I will buy it for the price I have seen it at in most stores.

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