Sa­muel adams Cho­co­late Bock

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine - - Barrel-aged Dark Lager -

LOC: Bos­ton, Mas­sachusetts ABV: 5.8% | IBUS: 11 | SRM: N/A

What the brewer says

“This beer has a big, malty char­ac­ter with the added sweet­ness of cho­co­late. It is slowly aged on a bed of rare dark co­coa nibs. Known for their qual­ity, these co­coa nibs, har­vested in Ecuador, im­part com­plex aro­mas and fla­vors from choco­laty to fruity, nutty, earthy, and cit­rusy.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Prom­i­nent malt of dates, toast, and co­coa. Light brown su­gar. No hops. Rich, al­most vel­vety, malt with cho­co­late, plum, and tof­fee. Cho­co­late comes through the most, and the bock­malt char­ac­ter seems a bit low.” Fla­vor: “Prom­i­nent creamy co­coa. Tastes like a Toot­sie Roll—mild cho­co­late, tof­fee, with an un­der­ly­ing tof­fee sweet­ness. Fin­ish isn’t over­whelm­ingly sweet be­cause there’s enough hops bit­ter­ness to bal­ance and keep it from be­ing cloy­ing. Some nice warmth to the fin­ish as well. Will make you think of a cho­co­late milk shake.” Over­all: “Co­coa Puffs in liq­uid form. Well-fer­mented. If Michael Jack­son and Paul Mc­cart­ney made a beer to­gether, this would be it. Ebony and Ivory. Cho­co­late and Vanilla.”

AROMA: 11 AP­PEAR­ANCE: 3 FLA­VOR: 18 MOUTH­FEEL: 4 OVER­ALL: 9

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