Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series)Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series)

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1,858 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,858
Reviews: 1,098
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 94
Gots: 124 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-07-2009

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Photo of oberon
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Probably my favorite offering from BBC,pours a nice rich brown/red with a nice big rocky head.The aroma of roasted malt and caramel sweetness is very appetizing,taste is on the sweet side but not overpowering with a nice roasted background.There is some faint late dryness to balance this one out,one of the best doppelbocks I have had.

Photo of RoyalT
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a gorgeous medium-brown in color with one of the most magnificent heads that I've ever seen. It's would properly be called off-white I guess but shows a lot of brown. It is firm, well structured, retentive, and left pits of shaving cream all around the glass and on top of the liquid. This is truly a beauty shop.

Smell - The malts here are rich and show a lot of depth. There's a light toastiness to them and a sweet character reminiscent of sulphored molasses.

Taste - The malts are incredibly rich. The sweets are substantial without imparting that cheap table sugar flavor that poor efforts at the style can't seem to resist. I get a hint of chocolate as well giving this one a little more complexity than is typical of the style.

Mouthfeel - This is a big medium-bodied with no bitter aftertaste. The alcohol was a little more prominent than I would like for a DB but other than that one minor complaint this was an excellent mouthfeel.

Drinkability - It was wonderful experience drinking this beer. Too often American brewers use a sledgehammer to beef up an otherwise mild style but here they managed to stay fairly true to the beer yet produce a big ale deserving of the "imperial" moniker. Well done Sam Adams.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a dark beer with a little head. The smell it gives actually reminds me alot of Horn Dog Barleywine from Flying Dog. It smells very sugary, yeasty, and I get alcohol and dark fruit, maybe even black cherry. The taste is intensely sweet with only feeble bittering hops attempting to hold it back. I get tones of caramel, nut, and red apple skin but all of these cower on the palate before the sugary-sweet presence of this cloying malt-bomb. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy-sludgey. I guess this could be considered doppelbock but it is closer to what I think of as barleywine. In the end it has none of the lager characteristics that make good doppelbock such a thing of beauty.

Photo of Dmann
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was quite a supprise to me that Sam Adams could brew a beer like this, but I was pleased. It poured a ruby red color with a frothy white head that did not stay long but left a little lace down the glass. The smell was a very inviting carmel malt scent with some toffee scents as well. The flavor was great with a huge malt carmel sweetness and a great breadyness as well. The 8.4% alc was hidden quite well and just slightly snuck into the flavor profile. For an American brewed Double Bock, this one is right up there with Sudwerk's for my fav.

Photo of Engibeer
4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a top-notch beer. Deep, deep reddish copper. It focuses the light like a prism. Beautiful. A vigorous pour raise a thick, buff head that recedes to a ring around the glass. The aroma of rich malt fills my nose and summons the glass to my lips. Thick, January sorghum with just the mere hint of bitter cocoa on the back end of the finish. I truly love this beer. Easy drinking with no real alcohol that I can detect inspite of the high abv. Wonderful. I passed on this the first time I saw it. Never again. If I see it, I will buy it, and you should too.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2007 batch. Pours into my glass a vibrant hue of copper and deep red with a fizzy head that quickly becomes a ring on the top of the brew. Good clarity as well. Aromas begin with big, bready sweet malts along with caramel and fruits. Some toffee and a slight nuttiness. Smells sweet off the bat with a touch of alcohol as well.

First sip brings a sweet bready, caramel heavy malt upfront that gets plowed into by a solid fruitiness. Notes of toffee and a touch of nuttiness comes in on the way down, however the sweetness keeps its hold the entire time. It flows down with a cherry afterthought and a touch of alcohol burn on the back of the throat. Plenty of malts here but the fruitiness and sweetness just does me in. Only a tiny touch of bitterness comes through here.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slickness to it that doesn't really jive well with me. Prickly carbonation on the way down. It just doesn't have the body I would like in a dopplebock. Overall drinkability is hindered by the sweetness and alcohol burn this one brings. I've heard many say this gets better with age so I'll set some aside and see, as for right now I'd pass.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Whew, deceptively strong offering from Samuel Adams.

Kind of on the clearer side of reddish-brown. Smallish head. Tons of malty alcoholic sweetness in the nose.

Taste is nice and complex. The alcohol is pretty up-front and noticeable. Very sweet at first with a strong malty finish.

Strange that this beer is (relatively) light colored, and with a thinish mouthfeel. If you dont watch out, this one will bite you. 8.8% alcohol.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle, best before 10/07. A dark amber color with a small head. A sweet caramel aroma with a definite malt presence. Very malty, chewy taste. Very bread-like. Creamt mouthfeel, very substantial. Quite drinkable, but filling. Didn't notice the 8.8% ABV. A nice beer.

Photo of Todd
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the few beers that I can honestly say that I look forward to each year. Malty, robust and extremely warming ... one of the last ballsy beers by Sam Adams, and one that I wish was a year round beer.

Photo of sponberg
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep reddish brown, with a head that likes to hang around for a while. Aroma of biscuity malt, sweetness, and hints of hop spice.

Initial sip is sweet malt - sugar, honey, you are my candy girl, and you've got me wanting you....err, umm, right... The alcohol makes itself known throughout the sip. Chocolate and toffee halfway through to round things out. About mid-sip, a noble hop spiciness makes itself known, and that spiciness joins the malt through the finish. The flavor left on the tongue after swallowing is green apple with a background of espresso - very similar to Wagner Sled Dog Doppelbock. This is a very good thing. Very good body, but the sheer alcohol & body of the thing precludes multiple bottles.

Definitely a brew that improves if you let it cold condition for a few months. I've done this with this brew since the early 1990s, and it works every time. Somewhat sweet when fresh, but so tasty when it's given the chance to mature.

Photo of grynder33
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a black brown body with a nice 1" head sour fruit initial smell but then started getting coffee biscut molasses and carmel. My palate seemed overwhelmed by the multitude of flavors that exploded on first taste.sweet cream dark fruit chocolate all very bold and a port wine alcohol taste jumps right in. Also a winderful chewy texture. Wonderful stuff

Photo of generallee
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a small mug.

Appearance: This beer pours a beautiful deep amber brown color with a small cap of creamy foam. Inside this big beer there is some slow moving carbonation making its way through the thick body. Its light tan head holds on well and makes a little lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has some nice sweet malty notes of sweet dark bread, roasted barley, caramel, and brown sugar. There is a boozy note as well and hops can be found way off in the background.

Taste/Palate: Like the aroma its flavor sweet and malty but not overly so or to the point of being cloying. The abv comes through and adds some mellow warmth to its overall character. Hop bitterness is low and just light leafy hop spice is noted in the finish. The palate is thick and heavy with just enough carbonation to give it some life.

Notes: Over all its big and bold which hits home for me when were talking about Doppelbocks.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a very clear, dark amber/red color with a nice creamy, 1/2 inch beige head that sticks around for a little while before fizzling to a constant thin layer hovering atop the brew. Decent lacing noted.
Aroma is very sweet, very malty, cherries, anisette, dark fruits, and evident alcohol.
Flavor consists of more high dose malty sweetness right off the bat. Initial punch of huge malts, cherries, figs, raisins is followed by a slightly nutty taste with more residual sweetness, anisette, light bitter hop presence, and alcohol which leaves a nice warming effect down the gullet.
Mouthfeel is creamy, full-bodied but not as much as say, a Celebrator, light carbonation, and a dry finish. Not a bad interpretation by the boys over at Boston Beer Co. I wouldn't call it extremely drinkable, not would I call any other doppelbock so. Heavy with lots of sweetness.

Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Color: Dark chestnut.

Smell: Malty. Brown bread, caramel, brown sugar, dried plums but more bready than anything else.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Thick creamy body, delicate smoothness. Semi-stodgy maltiness, thick slice of toasted bread, treacle, dried raisins and plums, sweetness throughout. Herbal hop, warming but mellow alcohol. Toasty and warms finish is semi-sweet.

Overall: A good stab at the style, fits it at least though the benchmark has been raised over the years ... this one at least meets that mark still.

Photo of Rifrafboy
2.85/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark and with a substantial head. The nose smells cocoa and chocolate malt. Taste is thick and malty. This reminds me of a stout or a porter? Finishes sweet with a little alcohol accent. This is good stuff. This would go well with a nice steak.

Photo of merlin48
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a clear, ruby toned, copper body with a one inch beige head that has some orange accents. Head retention is decent and some spotty lace is left behind on the glass.
Aroma is quite malty. Toffee, caramel, brown sugar, figs, and raisins, with a vague hint of floral hops.
Mouthfeel is almost full bodied and has plenty of chewy malt. Low carbonation.
Taste is dominated by sweet malts. Caramel, brown sugar, and some molasses mostly. Dark fruit presence is mostly figs. Some mild notes of roasted grain, but very little bitterness. Hops aren't apparent, and the taste finishes cloying and a bit syrupy.
This is a decent doppelbock, but there are better American versions available. The malt sweetness is overdone in this bottle.

Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, pours clear dark almond, with a puffy tan head. leaves a lot of lacing. Nose is of bread and a bit of alcohol. Full bodied, very malty brew. Sweat on the tongue and alcohol obviously present and high. not much hop flavors or mouth feel present. This is a strong, deeply flavorful sipper. Not my favorite style, but this one is pleasant and worth a try.

Photo of fdrich29
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gift for volunteering at the 2009 Extreme Beer Festival.

12 oz bottle. "Enjoy this beer now or age it to develop rich and unique flavors". Back of the bottle says " brewed with half a pound of malt in each bottle, almost enough for a loaf of bread. This intense, rich lager reveals a deep mahogany color and velvety smooth flavor. Samuel Adams Double Bock is one of our most sought after brews. Enjoy!"

I'm always in search of the maltiest beers on the planet, and this one is right up there. I'd love to set some of these away in the cellar for a few years, although it's a pretty good beer now as it is.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark mahogany in color with pillowy white head...sticks around for the duration of the glass and leaves some sporatic lacing.
Pleasant aromas...rum raisins, cherries and some alcohol burn.
The taste is enjoyable...a tad too sweet up front, but coats the pallet nicely and finishes very flavorful. More cherries than raisins and not falling short on the malt side...some hops to bitter it up and the alcohol makes its way through to let you know to respect this one.
Mouthfeel is thick and somewhat cloying and the carbonation is high...I'd like to see it a bit more mellow.
A sipper for sure and a nice way to finish the evening.

Photo of nem2006
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a brown copper color, clear. I poured it into a pilsner glass and was impressed by how well it maintained the head on it. When smelling it, you can definitely smell a toffee/coffee hint to it. As you drink, it starts with a sweet toffee/coffee flavor and ends with a counteracting hoppy aftertaste. The aftertaste lingers quite a while giving the beer a somewhat medium to heavy body. There is a good interaction of the sweetness from the malt and bitterness from the hop.

For my taste, the bitterness lingered a little too long on my tongue. But that is most likely just my personal taste.

Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: big head, caramel brown, high carbonation

Smell: caramel, malt, and toffee

Taste: sweet caramel, brown sugar, malt, and alcohol

Mouthfeel: a sweet initial taste, leading to a bitter ale cresendo, with a malty semi-sweet finish, medium body

Drinkability: Initially the alcohol struck me, but it mellows as you drink. This big alcohol taste knocks this down a notch in my mind. I have had better dopplebocks, I have had way worse. I believe this is easily the best of the new imperial series...I would buy this again

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish-brown color with a tan head. The aroma is very nice and exactly what I expect in a doppelbock. I get a lot of toffee and sugary malt notes, as well as a little bit of dark fruit and some grape notes. The flavor is extremely malty. I get a ton of toffee and caramel malt as well as some cherries and other dark fruit. There is also a nice brown sugar quality to the flavor and the overall flavor is very sweet and malty. There is no hop presence in the beer. The alcohol is very well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the better year-round Samuel Adams beers.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This great offering from the BBC poured a deep, clear dark copper in color. Miniscule layer of off-white head does a nice job of patchy lace on the glass as it was consumed. Aromas are M-A-L-T-Y. Lots of caramel, brown sugar, and the like floating around in this one. Flavor is tasty as well. Heft dose of sweetness on the front side but balanced nicely in the end by a bitterness from the hops. Lots of chocolate-covered raisins detected. Only near the end do you get a slight note of the ABV of this one. Mouthfeel is great...big body and definitely on the creamy side. Very, very drinkable. Well-done!

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Stateline in MD. Pours with a thin head. Dark brown in color. Bready & malty smell. Taste is malty with a hint of sweetness. Not a very complex flavor but true to style. Mouthfeel is smooth & the ABV is well hidden. Very drinkable at almost 9%. I am a fan of the style & I will be getting this again.


Photo of bsp77
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into dimpled mug.

Appearance: Glowing red with a thin white head that doesn't last too long.

Smell: Very strong cherry and caramel, with a light dusting of spiciness. A little too simple, but the aroma persists much longer than most lagers.

Taste: Pretty sweet overall, with cherry, caramel and toast dominating. Not much hops used, but the malts are so good that the lack of balance works for me more than I would expect it to.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, slightly cloying.

Overall: While this is another example of a too sweet US-made Doppelbock, the flavor is strong enough for me to ultimately let it slide. Pretty good overall.

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Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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