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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

1,829 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,829
Reviews: 1,090
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 87
Gots: 98 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-07-2009

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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 83Orioles
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnSadler
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ALC82
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, poured into a tulip at approximately 45 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a deep, rich, clear mahogany red-amber, and forms a massive, fluffy head of tawny beige foam. Lacing is present and impressive. The bottom of the glass lines with large bubbles, and sheets of tiny bubbles rise continuously.

Smell: Heavy caramel malt swirls out of the glass, thick with the scent of fresh bread as well. There's a toffee presence in the aroma, and something vaguely leathery.

Taste: As predicted from the smell, this is heavy on the caramel and toffee malt flavors, from the opening all the way through the finish. There's a breadiness in the background as well, alongside a rather sharp, metallic iron sort of taste. By the finish, that metallic note intensifies, turning dry and sharp, and there's an odd lingering intense bitter toffee aftertaste. Not much going on in the way of any fruits, though there is a vague sort of walnut tone that manifests through the middle.

Mouthfeel: Initially somewhat creamy and sticky, this breaks down at the end to leave a watery finish.

Overall: Not a bad go at a doppelbock from a US brewer! It stays solidly in the malt flavor wheelhouse, and comes decently close on mouthfeel. It's not my favorite doppelbock, nor even my favorite US attempt, but it's a solid beer.

Photo of badgustav
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not the best Dopplebock, but a nice draft

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FreshButterbeer
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BFCarr
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnnyI
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one has quite the shoes to fill, following a glass of the legendary Bavarian benchmark, Celebrator Dopplebock. Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a nonic pint glass with perhaps a little too much oomph. After a brief cascade of foam over the side, it settles in to a towering, frothy cream-colored head. The interesting color of the brew only accentuates the appearance. Ruby red under the lamp, with amber highlights. A transparent mahogany in the shadows. In time the pronounced foam settles in to a patchy coating with consistent lacing all the way up to the rim. The aroma epitomizes that massive malt dopplebock bouquet. Bread dough with some faint molasses, soy sauce and fig-like esters. A touch of earthy minerals in the nose. The first sip brings a potent malt sweetness and a bit of a metallic twang. Boozy brown sugar flavors coat the tongue and finish with a slightly drying bitterness. A little toffee is present but this is not particularly complex. Not as earthy as I expected either. Mostly there's rock candy sweetness and enormous malt flavors. The mouthfeel is rich and hearty, a bit sticky. Full bodied. The carbonation is such that it helps provide a creamy texture. Given the high gravity of this one it's no surprise that a noticeable alcohol warmth is present in the chest. Maybe a tad cloying and a little stronger than I prefer for the style. Perhaps it's lacking some of the character of its Bavarian brethren, but it's a solid representation of the style. A worthy beer to pay tribute to it's predecessors and a solid nod to Sam for crafting another outstanding offering.

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3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NMFB
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ruzzal
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Sam Adams Brewhouse in Breinigsville, Pa. Very smooth and flavorful. One of the few Sam Adams products that I really enjoyed.

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3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cosmicdebris
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was better before they switched to 4 packs

Photo of MikeAndrews
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -23.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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2/5  rDev -49%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of NHPC
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

thick and chewy.. mmm I liked it a lot. sweet and complex.

Photo of Kyrojack
4/5  rDev +2%

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Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 1,829 ratings.