Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by MadeInOregon:
3.48/5 rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Finally got my hands on a bottle of this stuff from Whole Foods!
Poured into a stemless wineglass I found it very carbonated--soda-like, in fact. The head was almost non-existant and dissipated rapidly. However there is significant lacing around the cup which is nice. The color is very deep reddish bronze--very similar to Dr. Pepper. The Double Bock has a beautiful color, but is kinda lacking in the visuals overall.
The smell is faint but very oily and astringent. It reminds me of red wine and finger nail polish remover (yuck!) There is some syrupy sweetness, but overall the smell is not very appetizing.
The first sip surprised me: much more cough syrupy than I was expecting. I've had a good number of double bocks so I was expecting some of that, but Sam Adams' is way more medicinal than I was anticipating. My first thought after taking a sip was "wow, I might need help finishing this." Not a good sign in my book.
There is some piney, smokiness and faint hop bit that pierce through, but the overall flavor is mostly syrupy medicine.
Did I mention the alcohol? Yes, lots of in there and not hidden at all. It's not inappropriate for the style, just not very pleasant. If it weren't for the hop bite it'd be a major turn off. As it is, it's not that bad.
Drinkability?....eh, not so good.
This is indeed an above average beer as its scores suggest, but is just an average double bock in my opinion. The candy-like maltness is interesting but doesn't make for a beer I'd want to drink a lot of. 8 oz. is probably plenty unless you REALLY love sherry, because that is almost exactly what this tastes like! But, heck, throw in some ice cubes, maybe a lemon wedge, and you'd have a decent afterdinner drink.
Glad I tried it, but I'd take their Imperial Stout over this one any day.
Serving type: bottle
07-29-2010 03:46:53 | More by MadeInOregon
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4.74/5 rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Appearance: a deep garnet red color. Great brightness and perfect clarity. One to two fingers of a tan head that fades fairly quickly and leaves a bit of a lacing.
Smell: super sweet caramels. Very bready. Dark fruits. Probably one of the strongest smelling beers I've opened recently. This one really bites at you with those super sweet malts and dark fruits. Alcohol is noticeable but not astringent or over powering.
Taste: starts off with bready malts. Quickly diverts to caramel, toffee and brown sugar. Dark fruits are more subtle but still big, prunes and dates. Some alcohol sneaks through especially as it warms. Alcohol is there but smooth.
Mouthfeel: big and heavy. Thick and creamy. A meal of a beer. Very warming as well
Overall: a big and wonderful beer. Very sweet but not overly. A great beer to introduce people to a style that's not so well done in the states. Big bold flavors make me want to go for Utopias. I imagine it being a bigger bolder but somewhat related to this one
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 13:38:32 | More by SportsandJorts
4.11/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Almost chocolatey in appearance this Doppelbock had a very rich look dark brown. The head was simple in its density and collared to a fine froth.
The aroma was full of chocolate and caramel malt with a bready fruit cake.
The flavors were well balanced between the sweet chocolate malt, sweeter caramel malt, prune, date and of dried fruit cake.
The feel is thick not necessarily creamy but the carbonation is subtle.
Samuel Adams has done this up right with rich and broad flavors.
Serving type: on-tap
03-02-2014 16:14:49 | More by KYGunner
4.69/5 rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
A: Brown copper semi-translucent with a 1/2 inch that sticks, a lot of carbonation activity with lacing as you venture through the pint.
S: Bready and malty with slight caramel and fruit scent.
T: Bready, malty, and spicey (cloves?) with a yeast/malt on the back-end that lingers. The slightest of slight hops presence.
M: High carbonation that hits in the front and lingers throughout, full bodied and very creamy. A perfect mouthfeel, the best I've ever tasted.
O: Active appearance, bready and yeasty, perfect mouthfeel. I tend to favor domestic doppelbocks over bavarian because of the mouthfeel, and I think I have to rate Sam Adams over Troegenator. Simply awesome.
Serving type: bottle
02-28-2014 15:55:13 | More by BoulderBarrovecchio
Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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