Part of their Extreme Beers collection, Samuel Adams has something special here with their Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock. Dark and foreboding, this chocolate beer completely lives up to its name and delivers a truly outstanding experience. Smooth and silky, the chocolate isn’t only present, but it is up on the podium leading my mouth in a beautiful rendition of the hokey pokey, turning itself around and leaving me utterly thrilled. It doesn’t have the best nose on the block, but where it lacks that, it makes up for it in every other category. The body and finish aren’t too sweet, but they don’t have any bitterness to take away from the overall experience, either. Big thanks to Dave for picking this up at Malt & Vine the other day and sharing some with me…
A good read on their website:
Samuel Adams® partnered Felchlin, a renowned Swiss chocolatier, to develop a unique innovation, Samuel Adams® Chocolate Bock. We started with a complex selection of carefully roasted malts combined with hand-selected Noble hops from Bavaria, the world’s oldest growing area. After using a centuries old brewing process, called Krausening, we slowly aged the beer on a bed of rare dark cocoa nibs from Felchlin®, a renowned Swiss chocolatier. Known for their quality these wild cocoa nibs, harvested from the rainforest of Northern Bolivia, impart complex aromas and flavors of chocolate, honey and vanilla in the beer. The resulting beer, Samuel Adams® Chocolate Bock, has a big, malty character that is combined with the subtle sweetness of chocolate, giving this brew a complex full-body taste with a velvety finish.
Tettnang-Tettnanger and Spalt hops were hand-selected from the world’s oldest growing area and combined with a complex selection of malts including two-row Pale, Munich and Caramel to create a rich and satisfying brew. This dark beer has a big, malty character that is combined with the subtle sweetness of chocolate. Samuel Adams® Chocolate Bock was aged on a bed of cocoa nibs to create its unique layers of flavor. As the beer matured, the fruity, tart, earthy and chocolate aromas were released into the liquid to give the brew a complex, full -bodied taste with a velvety finish. A hint of vanilla was added to meld the symphony of flavors together.
JBB6 Rating: For the Win