Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by lifeboyq:
3.6/5 rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Found a 4 pack of these for 9.99 today so I picked them up given its relatively good reviews. Poured the 12 oz bottle into a Hangar 24 Craft Brewery Tulip.
Head is tan which fades quite quickly and leaves no sticky lacing. The color is a deep amber with some cherry wood mahogany hues.
Taste, a nice deep malty profile with a somewhat thin body compared to something like a celebrator. Way way way too high of hop profile for the style. I'm not sure this is really a dopplebock, but a misguided american interpretation of something else. You get burnt sucrose mostly on the nose with caramel and maybe some brandy notes as the alcohol is apparent. Not super complex pretty straight forward on the tongue from front to back with the nuances of the malt profile masked by the bitterness of the hops. i guess since it is a kettle burnt malt profile and a simple grain bill, that is the reason for lack of depth and texture. Just burnt notes and caramel sugar and booze mostly. Not horrible, but not really a great example of the style. I guess archetype of the style isnt what they are going for here since it is an imperial at 9.4% and I guess thats the best part of it all since what it leaves off from its far cry from spectacular it makes up in bold punch. If you want a deep rich thick on the tongue creamy syrupy mouthfeel like the world class dopplebocks, this definitely isnt it. If you dont mind the over hopped american's interpretation plus the imperial boldness you will like this. Even though they used thier standard american lager yeast, it could easily pass as an American Strong ale, even though it is a lager as that is really more of what this is in taste and profile. The american ale yeasts really dont put off much in terms of phenols or esters to change the complexity anyway. It isnt super boozy for what it is and sure will relax you relatively quickly. I personally wouldnt revisit as this style makeup isnt my preference.
Serving type: bottle
03-31-2011 23:15:45 | More by lifeboyq
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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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