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Day #1 – Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock

January 2, 2011

Well it’s January 2nd and I’ve already failed at my plan to start rating on the first.  Just goes to show that things don’t always pan out how you planned.  Guess I will start my Day 1 on the 2nd.

I want to reiterate that I am attempting this project for a few reasons.  Reason 1 is for my own benefit; to give me a project to work on and also to create some more in-depth ratings and logs for my reference.  I am also attempting this in the hopes that it will prove beneficial for others.  I am more than likely only going to rate beers that are available locally to me, which would be the DFW Texas area.  This is to show that there are viable alternatives to drinking colorless, tasteless adjunct ridden beer.

On to the first.

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock

This beer is brewed by the Boston Beer Company based out of Boston, which is better known by the name “Samuel Adams”.  They are currently the largest producer of craft beer in the world, producing just over 1.3 million barrels of beer last year alone.  (A company may produce up to 2 million barrels while still maintaining their craft status.)  Most chocolate beers are not brewed with actual chocolate, merely employing the use of chocolate malts to obtain this characteristic.  The Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock however was aged over a bed of cocoa beans to glean a roasted chocolate character.  They partnered with the chocolatiers at Scharffen Berger to create a strain of bean used specifically for this beer.  It was formerly bottled in a very exclusive series, but as of 2010 they had upped production to a winter seasonal status sold in the holiday mix pack.

The style of this beer is a Dunkler Bock and is best served either in a snifter or a dimpled mug.

Upon first pouring this beer, I notice that the color is a very dark brown with rosy highlights near the edge as it is held up to the light.  It also has a very large head response, colored a bubbly tan.  The aroma is fairly complex while maintaining it’s straightforward character.  The first thing I detect is a sweet, dry chocolate, almost like a dusty Baker’s cocoa.  It is sweet with chocolate, dark malts and a sharp bitterness.  The flavor of the beer mirrors a lot of these elements.  Sweet on the upfront flavor, that rounds out to a medium-body mouthfeel with some caramel flavorings as well as malted grain.  The finish is more sweet than anything, with a dry chocolate lingering after the swallow.

This beer would make an excellent dessert beer, pairing well with sweet pastries and cake.  This bottle is available at most grocery stores and liquor stores that sell the 12 bottle holiday mix pack.

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