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Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series)Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series)

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,748 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,748
Reviews: 1,075
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 65
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-07-2009)
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lifeboyq

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
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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Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 1,748 ratings.