Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by jondeelee:
4.97/5 rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
With a label on the back noting that each bottle contains "a half pound of malt...almost enough for a loaf of bread," it comes as no surprise that even the aroma of this beer is strong, smelling of thick caramels and dark brown sugars, marbled rye bread and toasted grains.
On the tongue the maltiness continues in delectable waves, breaking against the tastebuds in caramelized sugars, dark fruit esters such as prunes, thick and woody maple syrups, roasted grains, and many fruity alcohol notes that seem more appropriate for wines or ports. Hops are low to medium, bringing in just the right amount of grapefruit bitterness to keep the keep the malts in check, but coming through more strongly in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thick, as is to be expected, and comes across like cream.
I do admit to a bit of bias here, as the original Samuel Adams Double Bock is one of my favorite beers, but it seems to me that the brewery has only improved on it. This Imperial incarnation has all the flavors of a well-cellared beer, but without all the wait.
Serving type: bottle
08-09-2011 16:01:07 | More by jondeelee
More User Reviews:
3.81/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Notes: Unable to determine exact year brewed as it's not stated on the bottle anywhere. However, the label is an older design and I've had the bottle in my cellar for at least a year. Served at 40 degrees in a tulip.
Deep mahogany body with a tint of red and surprisingly clear. Heavily carbonated. Thin, bone-white head starts off small and reduces to a small ring fairly quick. Minimal lacing but decent legging.
Dull. As the beverage warms, some dark fruit makes a debut over a subtle malt body. Light spice.
Thankfully more exciting than the nose leads you to believe. Gobs of biscuit and thick malt. Roast caramel and hints of toffee. Raisin and fig and all together incredibly sweet. Yeast. No real alcohol presence, with the exception of a slight burn on the finish. Aftertaste that of Molasses and caramel malt.
One of the heaviest beers I've had in recent memory - thick, lip-smacking body. Decent carbonation helps lighten the load a bit. Leaves a slight film in your mouth. Super sweet finish.
A solid beer from Boston Beer Co. Indulge in this one slowly as it is thick and I wouldn't be surprised if the ABV were to sneak up on some. Beware of cavities as this is one sweet beer but don't let that stop you from grabbing a bottle - it's worth it.
Serving type: bottle
06-01-2014 19:12:34 | More by alphagnome
Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 1,735 ratings.