Goebel Liquor Wichita Kansas

Chocolate Bock

Sam Adams (Boston Beer) - United States

Seasonal: Winter

Available in 12oz bottles

Alcohol Content: 5.80% by volume

Smooth, rich, and dark, with the robust flavor and creamy texture of chocolate.

To create Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock, we wanted to take the flavor beyond the taste of dark roasted malt. For this year's brew we worked with a blend of cocoa nibs including Ecuador nibs from TCHO®, an artisanal chocolate maker in San Francisco. We started with hand selected Noble hops from Bavaria and combined them with a complex selection of carefully roasted malts. This dark beer has a big, malty character with the added sweetness of chocolate. We slowly age the beer on a bed of rare dark cocoa nibs, the primary ingredient in chocolate. Known for their quality, these cocoa nibs harvested in Ecuador, impart complex aromas and flavors from chocolaty to fruity, nutty, earthy, and citrusy.

Beer and chocolate have a much more complicated history than most people realize. In fact, recently it was discovered that the origins of chocolate stem from a brewing process. Mesoamericans, who flourished in Central America before it was colonized by the Spanish, developed chocolate as a by-product of fermenting cacao fruit to make a beer-like drink called chicha still brewed by South American tribal people.

To create the rich and layered flavor of Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock, we started with the Noble Tettnang Tettnanger and Spalt Spalter hops and combined them with a complex selection of malts including two-row Harrington and Metcalfe, Munich 10, and Caramel 60, to create a rich and satisfying brew. The roasted taste from the malt works perfectly with the addition of the chocolate to add a sweet smoothness to the beer.

The flavor of the chocolate is developed by aging the beer on a bed of rare dark cocoa nibs. The cocoa nibs, a primary ingredient in chocolate, impart an aroma and flavor of fine chocolate to the beer. As the beer matures, the flavors are released into the liquid to give the brew a complex, full bodied taste and velvety finish. A hint of vanilla is added, also used in making chocolate, to meld the combination of flavors together. This combination of flavors results in a malty, chocolaty, and wonderfully complex bock beer.

Flavor: Distinct aroma of chocolate, toffee and malt. Tastes slightly sweet, full bodied with a finish of fine chocolate.
Color: Deep rich brown
Original Gravity: 17.1° Plato
Alcohol by Vol/Wt: 5.8%ABV - 4.5%ABW
Calories/12 oz.: 237
Malt Varieties: Two-row Harrington, Metcalfe, and Copeland pale malts, Caramel 60, and and Munich 10
Hop Varieties: Tettnang Tettnanger and Spalt Spalter Noble hops
Yeast Strain: Samuel Adams lager yeast
Availability: Seasonal (Nov. - Jan.) in the Winter Classics Variety Pack
First Brewed: 2003

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