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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

1,815 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,815
Reviews: 1,084
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 80
Gots: 84 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a deep brown color, with a moderate brown head that doesn't really leave much lacing at all. The smell of the beer is rich with caramel and has a good malty base. The taste of the beer is big on malts and had a subtle sweetness. There isn't much of a hop flavor at all. The mouthfeel is medium and has a good amount of carbonation in it. Overall this is probably my least favorite of the Imperial series.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark mahogany-hued body with a thin cap of white bubbles.

Smell: Toasty caramel nose with a rich, vinous vein of fruitiness and a slight solventy tone.

Taste: Very sweet, very strong taste of dark caramel with a distinct plum and golden raisin fruitiness throughout and a hint of sweetened dough. Tiny bit of spicy hops and imparted bitterness, but for the most part, this one's all sweetness. Luscious, syrupy finish with a pinch from the warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation. Definite stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A slow sipper suited for ice-cold winter nights, it's a rather well-made, respectable doppelbock that can easily be found for a good price.

Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Probably my favorite offering from BBC,pours a nice rich brown/red with a nice big rocky head.The aroma of roasted malt and caramel sweetness is very appetizing,taste is on the sweet side but not overpowering with a nice roasted background.There is some faint late dryness to balance this one out,one of the best doppelbocks I have had.

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass.

Thanks to papollo for this bottle!

Why is the style listed as doppelbock when it's actually a double bock? (Tee-hee!) It pours a clear dark-ish amber brown topped by a half-finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises caramel, blackened biscuits, honey, and that English-style toffee we always hear about. The taste mostly holds true to the caramel and toffee, along with some less-burnt biscuits, figs, and a light touch o' booze. The body is a hefty medium, with a light carbonation and an almost chewy (gummy, perhaps?) feel. I find this to be the best of the SA imperial series, in terms of taste and overall interpretation of style. A fine doppelbock, indeed.

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

the malt bomb you would expect in this style from this brewer, but a well done take on the style, bigger than most, authentically german, and memorably different at the same time. its so dense in grain, toffee and burning sugar in a fry pan. with a lager yeast that cant eat the sweet. there is a european nature to the malt, and a strong alcohol presence in there two. i like its weight, its great for the fall, but its a beer that i just cant drink real much of because of how big it is with all its sticky sweetness. seems to me like an awesome cooking beer, cheesy beer muffins, bread pudding, even a pot of chili would benefit from a brew like this. i appreciate it but i dont love it. cool that a brewery this big still does stuff like this though, this is definitely not rookie beer.

Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out ruby/brown color with a small, yet thick, tan, foamy head. It left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled biscuity and of rosted malt. Also, a fruity aroma was present.

T - It was bittersweet with a subtle spicy hop character. The warm alcohol presence added a fruity kick.

M - It was realatively soft and very smooth. A medium-bodied beer with a warming alcohol presence.

D - This is a good dopplebock. One of the most powerful that I've tried.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A three-fingered head of frothy dark tan foam rises majestically as you pour Samuel Adam's dark and malty Double Bock. It's clear mahogany in color with a ruby cast, and crimson and orange highlights when held to the light. The head retention is good and it leaves thin streaks and tiny spots of lace about the glass.

Rich, doughy, toasty, drizzled with sweet dark caramel, and with a flicker of alcohol, the nose entices you to imbibe!

The flavor follows through on the promise made by the aroma with a grand delivery! It's remarkably full-flavored, unlike some other "doppel bocks" on the market; and it's really nicely balanced to display its maltiness, rather than alcohol, bitterness, or hops. There are some spicy and grassy hops to it, but they don't really compete with the malt up front, they just keep it in check. They do, however, show themselves at the swallow and into the lingering, surprisingly soft finish. Alcohol is present as well, and once again, unlike many other examples, it's kept well in-check. You know it's there, you can feel it in the mouth, and taste it amidst the malt, but it's not really obvious until the finish - it works with the bitterness to dry the sweetness of the malt, and it's quite nicely balanced from start to finish, never becoming cloying or sticky, and never becoming hot or overly bitter. Very nicely done! One of the best doppel bocks on the market.

Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Color: Dark chestnut.

Smell: Malty. Brown bread, caramel, brown sugar, dried plums but more bready than anything else.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Thick creamy body, delicate smoothness. Semi-stodgy maltiness, thick slice of toasted bread, treacle, dried raisins and plums, sweetness throughout. Herbal hop, warming but mellow alcohol. Toasty and warms finish is semi-sweet.

Overall: A good stab at the style, fits it at least though the benchmark has been raised over the years ... this one at least meets that mark still.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a huge off white cream head, with an amazing deep ruby tone tone. This beer just looks like a treat, and once you smell feel the sweet malt and wrap around your taste buds you will be sold. WIth full syrup flavors of figs and almost a mild brandy this beer is amazing. A standard in double bocks, definitely incredible in the amount of malt. A beer that is 8.4% purchased in WV was a dream come true, and I felt like I was being rebel breaking the law. It was sweet, then I realized they labeled the bottle malt liquor , and that might be why WV can import the Sam Adams Double Bock. A full mouthfeel that fills you up, nice and chewy. I still find this one very drinkable.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a reddish brown, with a thick, off-white head that fades at a moderate rate and leaves a thick lace.

S: Very malty aroma, with caramel, vanilla spice, fruit (I want to say apple & apricot but I could be wrong), and a faint bit of hops.

T: Caramel & vanilla sweetness hit you right away and prevail throughout. There’s a slight taste of hops to provide the Sam Adams signature and it leaves a very sweet after-taste.

M: The heavy sweetness causes the beer to leave a sticky residue in your mouth; however it’s very smooth with a heavy body and medium-to-high carbonation.

D: It’s smooth and sweet so it goes down quite easily and masks the 8.80% ABV. However, it’s also very filling, which I don’t say about a lot of beers, even most full-bodied beers. Plus, even on an empty stomach, I don’t think I’d drink too many of these especially if there were something else to choose from in the fridge.

Typically I like the Sam Adams beers, but I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this beer. I did expect it to be darker in color. The smell gave me flashbacks to the miserable Cranberry Lambic from the holiday sampler pack. However, I was able to get past that as the beer doesn’t taste like the Cran-Lam at all. It does taste more like the Winter Lager & Old Fezziwig Ale though. Overall, I just wasn’t impressed.

Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Slatetank
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle cold into my dimpled lager mug. The bottle displays a besty before Oct 08 freshness date.

A - Deep bronze w/ 1.5 fingers of light tan that caps this dark lager and drops to a ring around the mug

S - Boozy, malty, creamy, rich malt + vanilla tinged milky caramel odors w/ sweet fruit in the nose w/ a hint, oh so slight of banana

M - Very malty w/ sweet fruity textures, mild to medium carbonation w/ nutty almost amaretto like qualities. Dense and full of body, almost chewy w/ the thick yet sweet finish w/ out any hint of cloying.

T - A very pleasant fig and very ripe banana taste w/ milkly caramel and sweet cream flavors. The nutty aspect is sweet also w/ a hint of pistachio. A lot of subtle stone fruit notes w/ more creamy wheat malt and caramel malt flavors w/ subtle floral and herbal hop hints. Minor notes of alcohol appear as it nears room temperature w/ hints of marzipan and honey that make this buttery smooth American Bock w/ the faintest hint of toasted malt.

D - Even at 8% this bock is so drinkable the calories are worth every sip of this national treasure. It verges on dessert in a glass, I really consider this one of the top Doppelbocks I have tasted in the U.S. or Germany so far for that matter. A well crafted beer, but not easy to drink 3 without feeling the potency of a very well made strong lager.

edit 9/25/10 bottle A-4 S-4.5 M - 4.5 T-4.5 D-4.5

A - a burnished copper color, clear with thick pale cream cap. The carbonation is visible and bead is tight with solar flare streaks of lace cling to the glass]

S - a sweet creamy scent w/ mild vinous tinge and caramel notes w/ a subtle floral hop accent and slight berry odor

M- feel is moderately carbonated and mild alcohol w/ a full feeling malt body, semi-dry as it finishes w/ light spice and subtle caramel creaminess

T - The taste is very good I enjoy the way the caramel and bready flavors intermingle with a slight spicy and dried fruit flavor there is a nice balance with alcohol flavor low in the overall taste. There is a slight hop bitterness keeping the malt fullness from becoming cloying and the light toasted notes are very pleasant

D - This is a seriously drinkable bock, I was told by a distributor that it has not been selling well so they are discontinuing it which sucks since it has always been one of my faves by Samuel Adams

Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a creamy rich 1+ finger head that fades at a medium pace over rosy auburn brown colored clear beer, with a bit of lacing as well.

Nose has some sweet darker wheats and malts, toasty reddish malts, bit of fruits like a plum or raisin, slightly syrupy and molasses.

Taste is fairly sweet, some syrupy malts again, molasses, more dried dark fruits, caramel, toasted reddish malts, a little boozy, a slight lager fruit. Finishes warming with booze, a little sticky and sweet from the syrups.

Mouth is medium to a bit heavier bodied with decent carb and plenty of warming booze.

Drink is meh, definitely shows through with the booze, a little sweet and syrupy, sticky finish, and hint of minerality.

Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBD of Oct 07 pours an effervescent chestnut with 2 fingers+ of sand colored head. Good lacing & fair head retention

S: Big bready maltness, a little cinnamon & alcohol as this warms up.

T: Big malt & breadyness up front. A little brown sugar & caramel work their way in as this warms. I also get a little toffee & maple syrup. Finishes sweet (brown sugar & toffee), warming & slightly dry

MF: Chewy, a little sticky, medium to heavy bodied with low carbonation. My lips (probably cracked from the cold) are picking up a persistently alcohol sting

Drinks pretty easy, a nice take on the style & better than last years IMO. I will try to hold some back & see how it ages

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mendvicdog
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No date on bottle. Beer served in a Celebrator glass (close enough). Beer is brown and hazy, forms a thin off white head of small, tiny bubbles. Carbonation is low.

Aroma is caramel and slightly roasty.

Taste is pretty good. Its not the best doppelbock i've had but its pretty cool. Its caramel and slightly sweet up front, some carbonation in the mouth, good mouthfeel and some roast in the back.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is a clear, dark garnet hue, and the head is a voluminous creamy tan, slow to crumble. Nose is impressive: deep, dark, earthy, yeasty, malty, fruity, but still a tad dry and roasted. Associations of cherries, port, sweet, strong liqueurs, cognac, leather. Full, lush, powerful mouthfeel, with a lingering, alcoholic finish. Taste is rich, delicious, never-ending. This a "dark lager" I enjoyed all the way down. It's "only" 8.5%? Feels it, too!
Probably the best Samuel Adams beer I've had in a long, long time. Yum, yum, yum!

Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big and rich brew. Coppery amber in the Affligem chalice. Nice foam and lacing along the glass. The usual attractive and well-made Sam Adams product. Scent of caramel and fruitcake.

Full of caramel and roasted malt. Quite sugary and rather hot with alcohol. Buttery with a little sharpness. Ends with a bitter twang. Quite fruity with figs, mixed fruit jelly, and a hint of candied orange peel. Less complex than you might like, though for a speedy hit to the brain and a rush of glucose, it can't be beat.

I like malty, sticky brews, but this one is a little too sweet and candy flavored. From the 12 oz bottle, a single from Best Damn (soon to be Krisp) in San Diego.

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +2%

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

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy light tan head. The aroma is good. It has a nice dark malt feel with dry lager yeast scent. It smells creamy and quite sweet. The taste is good. It is a rich, malty brew with an emphasis on crystal and black malts. It goes down smooth and and warms on the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a flavorful brew with a warm finish; a fine sessions beer.

Photo of jwc215
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Freshness date of end of October notched on label:

Pours dark rubyish brown with an off-white head that thins, but lasts awhile before become a lasting, swirling patch. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is bready, caramelish, with a touch of Continental-type hop spiciness in the background. Malt-accented.

The taste is malty - caramel/toffee with a spicy fruity/rum-like balance. Nice malt complexities with just a hint of sufficiently balancing hops. Fruity alcohol is prominent, but not too sharp or covering. Finishes with a warming sweetness.

Full-bodied and rich, it leaves a sweet, but not sticky, aftertaste.

Well - it packs a certain punch, but there is a smoothness, and certainly a flavor, that makes it drinkable for the abv. A good interpretation of the style and one to have around in the cold/cool months.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish-brown color with a tan head. The aroma is very nice and exactly what I expect in a doppelbock. I get a lot of toffee and sugary malt notes, as well as a little bit of dark fruit and some grape notes. The flavor is extremely malty. I get a ton of toffee and caramel malt as well as some cherries and other dark fruit. There is also a nice brown sugar quality to the flavor and the overall flavor is very sweet and malty. There is no hop presence in the beer. The alcohol is very well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the better year-round Samuel Adams beers.

Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 1,815 ratings.