Samuel Adams Cinder Bock

Boston Beer Co.

Boston, MA

Cinder Bock Rauch Bock

9.4% ABV

Last week, I took a look at the first of two new entries in Samuel Adams’ Batch No. 1 series. Of the five beers released in the series so far, all were a hit with me, and that record is now six for six after trying Cinder Bock, their smoked bock beer.

I’m a big fan of rauch beers. I love the smokiness and roasted qualities imparted on the beer, like sitting around a campfire while eating delicious bacon. On the other hand, I’m mixed on bocks. I enjoy the history behind them, and they’re not bad beers per se, but the style itself isn’t my favorite. With all that said, Cinder Bock was a little much for me, but still a really great, unique beer.

The pour is a gorgeous clear deep ruby red and copper color. There’s about a finger of a slightly off-white head on on top that goes away pretty quickly, and a bit of lacing on the sides.

There’s a crazy amount of smoke on the nose. It’s a kind of maple BBQ sauce smokiness, with definite hints of bacon and that characteristic campfire smell.

That incredibly smokiness is very prevalent on the front of the tongue. There are very concentrated campfire and maple smoke qualities to the taste. The smoke gives way to really sweet caramel maltiness. I got hints of plum and molasses. The sweeter characteristics coat your mouth. The smokiness shines through on the back and lingers really lightly. There’s a hint of alcohol, but not in an off-putting way.

One thing I love about this series is how inexpensive all the beers are. I haven’t paid more than $6 for a 22 oz. bottle. Which is nice, because this is definitely one to share. Rauch beers are always a little rich for one (or for me, at least), but this is definitely one worth checking out and sharing.

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