Full Review

Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams
Cinder Bock

Category: Rauchbier

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 9.5%
97 Points
Platinum Medal
Superlative
2017 Best Lager, 2017 Top 2 Best Ale, 2017 Top 3 Best US Beer, 2017 Top 3 Best Beer

Samuel Adams
Cinder Bock

Category: Rauchbier

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 9.5%
Hazy sunburst color. Attractive, smoky, meaty aromas and flavors of smoked meats, sausages and nuts, caramelized dried fruits, and apple butter on raisin toast with a chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-full body and a warming, very long chocolate custard and orange peels, sweet bbq rub, and white ash finish. A superb smoky beer with great chewy, fruity, and smoky malt abounding with finesse and fine balance.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Malty, Rich & Heavy & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: smoked meats, sausages and nuts, caramelized dried fruits, and apple butter on raisin toast
Taste Flavor: chocolate custard and orange peels, sweet bbq rub, and white ash
Bitterness Bitterness: None
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Flank Steak with Bacon Balsamic Glaze, Smoked Turkey Quiche, Blue Cheese
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A superb smoky beer with great chewy, fruity, and smoky malt abounding with finesse and fine balance.

The Producer

The Boston Beer Co. Brewery

The Producer
30 Germania St.
Boston, MA 02130
USA
1 617-368-5000

Their Portfolio

94 Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA 6% (USA)
88 Samuel Adams Blueberry Hill Lager 5.5% (USA)
93 Samuel Adams Boston Lager 4.9% (USA)
94 Samuel Adams Double Lager 7.5% (USA)
93 Samuel Adams Holiday Porter 5.8% (USA)
87 Samuel Adams Downtime Pilsner 5% (USA)
88 Samuel Adams New World 10% (USA)
90 Samuel Adams Tetravis 10.2% (USA)
90 Samuel Adams Boston Ale 5.9% (USA)
92 Samuel Adams Escape Route 5% (USA)
84 Samuel Adams Pumpkin Batch 5.6% (USA)
95 Samuel Adams Crystal Pale Ale 5.3% (USA)
92 Samuel Adams Nitro IPA 7.5% (USA)
88 Samuel Adams Rebel Rider IPA 4.5% (USA)
92 Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig 5.9% (USA)
93 Samuel Adams Session Ale 5% (USA)
93 Samuel Adams Scotch Ale 5.5% (USA)
96 Samuel Adams Rebel Rouser 8.4% (USA)
94 Samuel Adams Rebel IPA 6.5% (USA)
93 Samuel Adams Irish Red 5.8% (USA)
83 Samuel Adams Summer Ale 5.3% (USA)
84 Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat Ale 5.3% (USA)
87 Samuel Adams Nitro White Ale 5.5% (USA)
92 Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red 9% (USA)
93 Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA 6.3% (USA)
93 Samuel Adams Rebel Raw Imperial IPA 10% (USA)
89 Samuel Adams 20 Pounds of Pumpkin Ale 5.7% (USA)
90 Samuel Adams Fat Jack Pumpkin Ale 5.7% (USA)
88 Samuel Adams Bonfire Blonde Ale 5.5% (USA)
84 Samuel Adams Maple Ale 6.4% (USA)
90 Samuel Adams Light Lager 4.3% (USA)
88 Samuel Adams Toasted Caramel Bock 5.6% (USA)
90 Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock 5.8% (USA)
89 Samuel Adams Boston Ale 5.4% (USA)
94 Samuel Adams Rebel Juiced IPA 6.2% (USA)
95 Samuel Adams Rebel White Citra IPA 7.3% (USA)
91 Samuel Adams Hopscape Wheat Ale 5.5% (USA)
87 Samuel Adams Hefeweizen 5.4% (USA)
89 Samuel Adams Berliner Weisse 4.8% (USA)
93 Samuel Adams Cold Snap White Ale 5.3% (USA)
89 Samuel Adams Porch Rocker Flavored Lager 4.5% (USA)
92 Samuel Adams Tropic of Yuzu Flavored Ale 6% (USA)
83 Samuel Adams Summer Lemon Wheat Ale 5.3% (USA)
90 Samuel Adams Irish Red 5.8% (USA)
88 Samuel Adams New World Tripel 10% (USA)
90 Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout 9% (USA)
92 Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red Ale 9% (USA)
93 Samuel Adams Octoberfest 5.3% (USA)
93 Samuel Adams Double Bock 9.5% (USA)
97 Samuel Adams Cinder Bock 9.5% (USA)
94 Samuel Adams Black Lager 4.9% (USA)
92 Samuel Adams Utopias 2015 Barrel-Aged Strong Ale 28% (USA)
84 Samuel Adams KMF Grand Cru Barrel Aged Sour 6.5% (USA)
91 Samuel Adams Cream Stout 4.9% (USA)
90 Samuel Adams Kellerbier 5% (USA)
92 Samuel Adams Noble Pils 4.9% (USA)
91 Samuel Adams Boston Lager 5% (USA)
92 Samuel Adams Bohemian Pilsner 5% (USA)
88 Samuel Adams Fresh as Helles 5.4% (USA)
91 Samuel Adams Rebel IPA 6.5% (USA)
96 Samuel Adams Rebel Rouser IPA 8.4% (USA)
92 Samuel Adams New England IPA 6.8% (USA)
87 Samuel Adams Rebel Anytime Session IPA 4.7% (USA)
84 Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat Ale 5.3% (USA)
84 Samuel Adams Raspberry Lemon Gose 5.0% (USA)
91 Samuel Adams American Kriek 7% (USA)
91 Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA 6.3% (USA)
97 The Boston Beer Co. 2013 Utopias 27% (USA)
93 The Boston Beer Co. "White Christmas" 5.8% (USA)
88 The Boston Beer Co. Merry Maker 9% (USA)

Rauchbier

Beer Glass Nonic Pint Amber.jpg
Serve in a Nonic Pint Glass
Rauchbiers are amber to dark brown in color and range in alcohol from 5-6%. These beers are characterized by assertive smoky aromas and flavors resulting from a portion of the malted barley kilned by Beechwood-fueled fires. The intensity of smoked flavors and aromas greatly vary and are generally balanced by a sweet malty framework. Originating in Bamberg, these beers can be described as smoked märzen style lagers. Rauchbiers are still brewed in the traditional manner by many breweries centered around Bamberg, though many brewers in other parts of the world have begun to make similarly styled beers. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen, Spezial Rauchbier Märzen, Fort Collins Out of Ashes Rauchbier and Samuel Adams Bonfire Rauchbier.