Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock

Those of you who follow the twitter feed know that I said that I was going to review my new Takeya glass water bottle today, but due to extenuating circumstances, I need to push it back to Friday. I apoplogize, and offer this wonderful beer review instead.

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock is a superb beverage. I am, in general, a fan of darker beers, but I had never heard of the term "bock" before. I found, after some research, that "bock" is simply a term for a strong German lager. Excited, I opened up the beer and took a drink. At first, all that I tasted was a strong beer, but as I let the deep amber fluid sit in my mouth for a moment, I could begin to taste the cocoa. The cocoa's influence was even more profound upon swallowing, and the aftertaste was smooth and rich without being overpowering or lingering too heavily in the throat. I had just sort of assumed that the word "chocolate" in "chocolate bock" was simply a descriptor of the color (although I realized after opening it that the label does clearly state that it is made with cocoa), but the actual chocolate taste was a nice surprise and gave this winter brew a little something extra to make it unique. It certainly has a very "holiday" quality about it, but I think that I only feel that way because of marketing and social understandings about what makes certain foods and beverages holiday or seasonal. I really enjoyed this beer, and my only complaint is its limited yearly availability. But, of course, maybe that will help keep it special. I look forward to having another around this time next year.

Verdict: Recommended

Purchased: Gift
Size: 12 fl. oz.
Price: Unknown [Part of the Sam Adams winter sampler pack]

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