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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,735 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,735
Reviews: 1,074
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 64
Gots: 59 | 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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TMoney2591

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 19:18:52 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 03:00:59 | More by zeff80
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largadeer

California

3/5  rDev -23.7%

10-25-2013 07:02:15 | More by largadeer
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 12:58:29 | More by NeroFiddled
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

10-26-2013 06:03:14 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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nickfl

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

11-17-2011 05:46:50 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2006 04:00:43 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 05:39:41 | More by Jason
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2003 17:16:28 | More by feloniousmonk
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 23:34:18 | More by drabmuh
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 04:16:55 | More by russpowell
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2003 19:29:42 | More by WVbeergeek
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 16:13:21 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2004 01:41:00 | More by WesWes
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 02:29:14 | More by jlindros
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 04:12:28 | More by Mora2000
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-finger thick, well amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark amber almost plum color that shows a brilliantly clear cranberry and gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is big and chewy with dense malt notes, lots of complex, concentrated maltiness and no apparent hop character to get in the way. I am able to pick out aromas of toffee, caramelized raisins, Maillard rich malt, big toasted grain notes, hardy brown-bread aromatics and even some rich malt character that makes me think of peat smoke.

Dense and chewy as the beer hits my tongue, while rich it is not overly sweet or cloying, instead it has a rich, complex malt sweetness that approaches being savory at times. A prickle of carbonation provides a touch of peppery texture that can't really cut through the thick body that is here. Dense, caramelized malt character, a rich Maillard browning malt depth, toffee, a touch of concentrated (though malt derived) fruitiness, a savory richness and a flavor that makes me think of a rich, hardy, lightly sweetened, dense German dark bread that has a kiss of brandy in it. The beer finishes with a touch of alcohol warming that provides just a touch of spiciness, but the malt just sticks to the palate and lingers on for quite some time on the palate. As the beer warms it picks up a hint of dark cocoa flavors as well as some toasted nuttiness in the finish. This definitely has a huge body on it, even for a beer of it's strength it is quite chewy; this works very well for a Double Bock (which I am now thinking is bigger than a Doppelbock).

This beer is quite clean in both the nose and flavor; it is spot on for a lager and really allows for the concentrated malt character to come out. This is actually quite tasty and actually exceeds my expectations. The aroma is not bad, it is actually pretty good and mimics the flavors that are present quite well, but for some reason it is the flavor that I am really excited about in this beer. This will definitely age for some time in the cellar, but I am going to say that I think this is a beer that is best enjoyed fresh; you want to taste the sharp malt character and age will only round things out here.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 15:52:53 | More by Gueuzedude
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 16:44:12 | More by jwc215
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mactrail

Washington

3.38/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 05:14:21 | More by mactrail
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +27.2%

12-06-2011 02:13:38 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Halcyondays

California

3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours brown with a light white head, fair retention, no lacing.

S: More dark fruit than malt, a little bit of chocolate and cherry, not exactly what I was expecting.

T: Wow, this stuff is sweet, like sucking on a caramel candy. The flavour is good and to style, but it is sweet. Tons of caramel and toffee, no hop flavour to be found.

M: The flavour I liked, but the amount of residual maltose makes the beer quite cloying and it doesn't have enough ethanol or body to make up for it.

D: An interesting dopplebock, any malt and caramel fan would love this.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 17:31:43 | More by Halcyondays
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown with reddish hue. Appears to be clear. Minimal head that ends in single layer of bubbles. Spotty lace.

Strong, sweet caramel aromas. No hop.

Rich, thick beer, but there's enough carbonation to prevent it from being too much. Lots of sweetness from malt sugars, but there is some hop to provide balance. The aftertaste is mostly caramel sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 23:44:29 | More by smcolw
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep bronze color with an off white head that's about an inch thick. Some lacing developed. Aroma is of sweet malt. The flavor is very malty with hints of prunes. The alcohol is very noticeable.

The mouthfeel is syrupy with a tingling sensation while swallowing. The syrupy malt sticks to the tongue for a bit. The alcohol is a bit too noticeable here to give it a good drinkability ranking, but the flavor is nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2004 16:09:07 | More by Gavage
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-10-2012 21:57:55 | More by imperialking
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a deep dark mahogany color with a creamy white head that retains nicely. Scattered spots of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of creamy vanilla, cocoa, caramel, and toffee.
Taste is of huge maltiness with vanilla, cocoa, toffee, raisins, and caramel.
Mouthfeel is creamy, malty, sweet, with caramel, nuts, and a mild alcohol presence.
Pretty good beer by Sam.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 12:51:29 | More by weeare138
Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 1,735 ratings.