Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by jondeelee:
4.97/5 rDev +26.8%
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
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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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