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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
77 80 74 4 21 10
Chocolate Bock by Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams)
5.80 % ABV

Review by tavernjef on 09/03/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2010
Dark chocolate brown color with lots of ruby orange highlights glowing around the edges and even a bit within the body. Thin frothy tan head, thickly sticking lace in small blobuels.

Aroma is a bit subdued and comes across fairly clean with bakers chocolate and light coffee bean freshness with some darker fruits underneath of plum, banana, and raisin. Seems closer to a baltic porter, which wouldn't be bad, but this nose was a bit softer then anticipated.

Taste has some nice layers, fairly complex, I get more of the dark fruits of plum, raisin, and a touch of banana sweetness and some solid roasty tones from sweetish black malts giving slight coffee and burnt molasses then I get any real chocolate, which remains lighter then expected as well. A bit of dryness to it like cocoa powder skips about the palate.

Feel is slightly buttery and silken smooth with a somewhat thinner body, but respectably solid with some very slight dryish sweet tones within the maltiness and a very mild hop surface. Pretty nice drinking with some nice things going for it, but I found the price of $13 for the fancy engraved label and bottle is way too much for what comes out of it.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by clockworkorange on 11/24/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 9 15 3 7 2009
Out of a capped 750ml bottle and into my Selin's Grove wine glass. Appears the color of a glass of coke with a finger of tan head to match. Nose and flavors are of chocolate tootsie pops/tootsie rolls, raisins, cocoa powder, slightly sour, decent amount of sweet malt. Body is quite thin with ample carbonation. Overall pretty tasty, but this is both overpriced and over packaged for what it is.

Served In: Wine Glass

Review by Oxymoron on 08/31/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 8 17 5 7 2009
Aptly named. Pours a very dark brown color different hues of black and red hues throughout. A little dark then say a typical bock style but ok. A soft off white head with good retention and lacing through the slow tasting.

The aroma is not at all surprising influenced with chocolate. Almost a coco powder chocolate aroma. A distinct Munich malt but light and more of a generic malt smell backs up the beer. Some minor yeast notes with light plum, but almost to clean. Would have liked to see more of the bock character come out.

The taste is a bit sweet even for bock standards. Although it is a chocolate bock so eh. Gives it more of a milky sweetness that leaves a lactic after taste. Some notes of generic malt backs up the chocolate well, but not very distinct on the Munich tones. A nice backing with some complexity but would like more of the German malt notes to come out. There is a bitterness that enhances the chocolate notes as well. Very clean yeast, brewed very nicely.

The body is sweet and the body if full. Maybe a bit too sweet, but there is an astringency that lingers into the finish. Overall a very interesting beer.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 11/28/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 8 15 4 7 2008
Wow, I'm the first to review this one here. Not sure when they released this bottle, but I think it was really recently. Like today or something. I dunno.

The color is dark, with decent retention. Not sure but it looks a little like a very dark ruby/brown. Smell is more muted than I expected, given the alleged chocolate. But you do get the smells of a normal bock - sweet malts, a hint of bitterness. But the chocolate is REALLY not there. Taste follows the smell fairly closely. Plenty of bock-style sweetness from the grains, a little edge from the bitterness, but not much. And the mingling of caramel and dark fruits and a hint of candy sweetness maybe. There's even a quick hint of sourness at the end of the taste. It's good, but again, "Where's the beef?!" (beef = chocolate). Feel is decent, if maybe a bit too much carbonation. But nothing overly aggressive.

Overall, this is one pretty darned good back. But the chocolate is almost non-existent. But for the price and talk, I can see several others in this style being worth it more than this bottle. Not terrible, but not up to expectations for now.

Served In: Bottle

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