Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by jzeilinger:
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured a deep reddish amber color, this really looks good. Medium amount of carbonation that's quite steady, thin creamy caramel colored head on top.
The aroma is inviting with deep caramel aroma, toasted malts, honey, and brown sugar.
Taste is insanely malty with very large amounts of toasted caramel and toffee sweetness, a faint touch of raisins. I didn't pick up much (if any) alcohol in the nose but it's very present in the taste. A little nutty in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is stick, rich in flavor, heavy body, and yields a slight warming sensation in the throat after the sip. Overall, this is a very drinkable and potent beer.
The bottle I'm reviewing is pushing 8-12 months and I'm not sure if it's my palette or the beer changed as it slightly aged. I remember first trying this when it was fresh and thinking it was the closest American beer I've ever had to a German style, it tasted very German in the beginning. Now, after sitting for several months, I have to say that I like it much better. I could be imagining things. Further, I'm not a huge Sam Adams fan and I'm really enjoying this - very well done.
Serving type: bottle
01-30-2010 00:43:44 | More by jzeilinger
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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.