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Dec 9, 2008 06:20 PM

Sam Adams Chocolate Bock

Anyone try it? It is one of the Sam Adams "extreme" beers. I saw it on the shelf today and picked up a bottle for about $15. Just curious as to what to expect.

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  1. I was curious too. Please let us know what you think of it. have you had the Ommengang Chocolate special release? or Youngs Double Chocolate stout or anything else to liken it to?

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    1. re: cannedmilkandfruitypebbles

      Its a good beer that is a great conversation piece which is horrible overpriced. Would you want more than two pints, no, but a bottle between friends would be the perfect plan. SA Chocolate Bock is between a Youngs(less choco) and Southern Tier Chokolat (hershey's syrup), in terms of mouthfeel and chocolate. I found the ommegang chocolate to have little chocolate flavor and very thin mouthfeel, I don't believe there is any actual chocolate in this either. If price weren't a factor I would rate the chocolate beers I have tried in this order:

      1. Rogue Chocolate Stout
      2. Sam Adams Chocolate Boch
      3. Young's Double Chocolate Stout
      4. Southern Tier Chokolat
      5 Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence

      P.S. cannedmilkandfruitpebbles The union brewhouse had this on tap when I was there last week. I believe you live in the area as well.

      1. re: mkel34

        Thats the info i was looking for. I'm not a huge Sam fan in general but was curious about their Chocolate Bock. You are correct, I work down the street from Union Brew House. Haven' t been in a while though. I assume you purchase your beer stash from Curtis Liquors in Braintree? Or Lukes in Rockland? Both have great beer selections, Lukes has more beers in one store than i ever thought was possible.

        1. re: mkel34

          I second this list and would add Stone's Bitter Chocolate Stout as well. The SA Chocolate Bock is good, but way overpriced.

      2. The Chocolate Bock is quite good. There's a good review of the beer here: And at 5.6% ABV, I certainly wouldn't call it an extreme beer (a term refering to high alcohol beers).

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        1. re: FlaHopper

          That is the term that Sam Adams is calling their rarer beers.

            1. re: cannedmilkandfruitypebbles

              Why? Most writers use the "Extreme Beer" term to mean any unusual beer- brewed with non-traditional ingredients or methods, aged in liquor/wine barrels, etc., not just to higher than normal alcohol level beers. (For just one example, see ).

              1. re: JessKidden

                Interesting that you cite the Alstrom Bros. When they were plugging their first "Extreme Beer" event they were doing so on the backbone of High ABV brews. I don't recall drinking a beer at the first Extreme beer fest that was less than 7%. As the years went on and as the popularity of these events grew, they could convince more brewers to attend and it seems they expanded the definition. That said, I still find nothing extreme about SA chocolate Boch. a better word would be unconventional. But then there has been an increasing popularity in the style, so it's not really even unconventional. Seasonal perhaps? you'd never see this released in the midsummer heat of July.

                1. re: cannedmilkandfruitypebbles

                  There were definitely some beers at the first EBF less than 7% abv. Although I agree, not many. One I know for sure, was Tod Mott's (Portsmouth) wild rice thang. Pretty sure there was a berliner weisse in the mix too and maybe a jalepeno lager.

                  But I agree with JessKidden, "extreme" beer means more than just high alcohol. And in SA Chocolate Bock, maybe they think they are adding an "extreme" amount of chocolate?

                  Whatever, just semantics.

                  1. re: LStaff

                    Plus wasn't that Alström Bros article, dating from 2003, written at the time of the first EBF?

                    They way I see it, the cost of the SACB is probably in line with other beers of similar ABV, bottle size and unusual ingredients and fermenting techniques. It's just that with the BBC product, you're forced to also pay for the "cool" bottle with the "pewter" label (10 bucks or so?). <g> Sure, sounds like a lot- cheap compared to the bottle which contains Utopias.