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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - APR 27, 2004
Amazing color, really dark red, but when held up to the light was a nice red color. The dark chocolate taste to this was exceptional.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - APR 26, 2004
(singing)"The world looks mighty good to me, cause tootsie roll is in my drink, whenever I sip me beer me think, it becomes a tootsie roll to me".(o.k. stop singing) This is an interesting brew. A nice mellow bock with chocolate undertones a rich color and semi-sweet finish. Its aroma didn't dazzle me, but overall I found the whole concoction to be quite pleasing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3193) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - APR 26, 2004
Finally pulled this one out of the "cellar" (i.e., my apartment coat closet). A nice surprise! I did not find the chocolate overbearing or cloying. Although the chocolate/cocoa flavors are the main attraction, this is also toasty with a touch of caramel and a tangy woody hint. Very smooth and creamy. Light, but in a good way. Worth $15? Probably not, but the bottle's cool :-)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
forceten (2) - West Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2004 does not count
I really enjoyed this beer, expecting more of a gimmick than a serious product. I tend to enjoy most Sam Adams offerings. That said, the aroma hits you - more towards the coffee end than the chocolate. The color is rich and deep - inviting to those of us who like dark beers. The taste - well, suffice it to say the chocolate is subtle, not forward, and there's a definate sweetness overall to the beer. Similar, in a way, to how the sweetness is a major component of their Sam Adams Double Bock. The addition of the chocolate allows this beer to be enjoyed after dinner, with or without dessert. There's definately a need for more beers in this category. However, like dessert wines, it's a taste for a smaller audience. Overall - this beer gets an A!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2004
UPDATED: APR 21, 2004 Pours with a thin head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, roast nuts, and a bit of coffee. When cooler the standard bock flavors come through but when warm the flavor is dominated by the bittersweet chocolate, nuts, and coffee. I actually really like this beer. The blend of bock and chocolate worked much better then I expected, and the aftertaste is the same as one of scharffen Bergers Nib Bars. It is nice but definatly not worthy of the price tag.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 17, 2004
Ruby Red in the glass with a quickly evaporating off white head. Very faint chocolate scent. Unimpressive bock flavor to start, but the chocolate aftertaste is REALLY amazing. Goes really well with chocolate cake.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2004
Big bottle. Hey - the chocolate works. Big chocolate nose, big chocolate flavor. Another reason why we give kids hot chocolate in the winter. I said it before: the chocolate works.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2004
Huge red-tan waterfall of a head that settles into a pillowy off tan cloud. Dark ruby body that though incredibly dark is translucent. Raisiny malt aroma is wrapped with light hops, while the dusty cocoa is secondary, an afterthought. Milky palate has a flavour like the small american pints of milk in grade school - artificial and bland. All told an interesting attempt, however failed. . .

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jgb9348 (5923) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2004
Very dark brown coloured body, almost black with a nice dense medium-sized brown head. Aroma of CHOCOLATE and some coffee with pit fruit noticeable. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong chocolate flavours, full of sweetness and a strong malt backbone run in this bottle with some light vanilla tastes. Aftertaste is purely heaven...nothing offensive, just pure sweetness and a great mouth-coating way. Overall, a great beer...it took me by surprise, but one that I wish I had a case of! I was lucky enough to sample this from the 75 cL bottle purchased by Phil (haddon90) at Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia...thanks VERY much Phil!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2004
Deep red going towards black, nice head. Aroma is darkly fruity, followed by chocolate (duh). Sweet malts dominate the flavor, followed by a chocolate finish. Should note that this isn't a chocolate flavor like you can achieve with malting, but really a quite pure chocolate flavor, along the milky lines more than the bittersweet. Not bad. I'm biased against bocks, and to a certain extent against Sam Adams. Cranberry "lambic" my butt. But I still think this gets knocked more than it should. Smack an Alesmith logo on this and the score goes up to a 3.9 on the site.

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