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

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1,789 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,789
Reviews: 1,082
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 73
Gots: 82 | 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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Photo of Tdizzle
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This beer pours a clear dark-amber color with a minimal head of tan-colored foam that sticks around the inside the glass, leaving a few wisps of lacing behind.

S- Heavy notes of sweet, sugary, caramely malts and over-ripe dark fruits. The big alcohol content is very evident.

T- Deeply rich flavors of dark fruits and caramely-sweet malts. The 9.5% ABV is well-hidden within the flavor. The finish leaves more of that dark fruit sweetness lingering on the palate.

M- The feel is slightly chewy and on the medium side of full-bodied with active carbonation.

D- Surprisingly drinkable stuff given the high ABV coupled with the hugely sweet flavors and aromas.

Tdizzle, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of gpogo
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Brilliantly clear dark amber with a small fizzy brownish tan head.

A- Sweet roasty malt aroma, very light chocolate.

T- So much more flavor than the aroma gives way to. It was quite a surprise. Sweet malt with a very almost agressive toasty flavor. Quite an alcohol taste as well. Leaves a sweet toasty aftertaste.

M- Medium-high body with moderate carbonation.

D- A little boozy, but very enjoyable.

gpogo, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of jhammel01
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark rubyish-brown color with an offwhite caramel colored head. The head dissipates quick and lacing does not stick.

Smells of alcohol and some type of fruit. Not sure what it is. Not much else in the smell going on.

1st thing I noticed about the taste is that it tastes warmer than it actually is....does that make sense?? 1st up is the fruits I picked up in the smell. A slight toast taste with some caramel also stick around long into the smooth finish.

Mouthfeel is almost chewey. Its not watery at all.

I enjoyed this one. Always love a good sam adams!

jhammel01, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Last one to try of the SA imperial series. Loved the stout, white not so good, now time for the double bock. Pours a nice reddish brown color, not too much of a head.. slight lacing. Smell is booze, booze, and more booze... whoa that will clear your nostrils. Nice mouthfeel to this one though, lighter body than I expected and some great dark fruit taste to it. You get the booze at the end but this tastes like a fine spirit right here that will put some hair on your chest. A great night cap and a beer to sip and appreciate for sure... highly recommended.

oriolesfan4, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of joozyboozy
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this beer is a beautiful dark red amber color. i didnt get much head from it but i didnt pour it too fast.

not much of a smell, mainly the strong alcohol.

it is a dilicious beer. malty, light caramel taste and the alcohol is present. just a good dopple bock.

the mouth feel is smooth is an average amount of carbonation

i couldnt drink too many because of the high alcohol percentage but it taste good soo its definitly worth trying

joozyboozy, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of BeelzeBrew
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep, deep amber color that glistens a rich and gorgeous mahogany when held to light. Not as dark as I expected, I was pleasantly surprised with the look of this beer and spent nearly a minute admiring it before having a smell.

Immediately detected by the nose is the heavy alcohol content, not to mention the obvious maltiness and a tad bit of hops,a very balanced and pleasant smell.

The taste is definitely that of a Doppelbock, sweet, caramel-like taste, with a very slight hop bite and an alcoholic finish. This is definitely the best Doppelbock that I've tasted, and while that may not be many, I could easily state this as a favorite of my own personal palate. With a thick and rich mouthfeel, it perfectly accomidates a chilly night.


BeelzeBrew, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with a compact but dense head.
Nose is a bit light-- with a notable malt and caramel signature.

Flavor meets the definition of that of a double bock. Nice 'n' malty draped with caramel plus an undertone of alcohol. There's a hair of hops bitterness in there- so this beer isn't just cloying syrup type sweetness.

The finish lingers and transforms from the sweet malt to the hops.

The mouthfeel is quite cordial-- maybe the sweet malt overtones make it welcome to my palate.

Drinkability-- even with the 9.5% abv this beer is very enjoyable. I attribute this to the balance of flavors- no one flavor signature is overwhelming.

gueuzeonhigh, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Poured a reddish-brown with a thin, foamy tan head - nice sticky lacing on the glass. Aromas were abundantly sweet and malty - nice full nose of toffee, brown sugar and caramel. Tastes were pleasant as well and consisted of bready malt, brown sugar, toffee, and a touch of caramel with some mild fruity notes as well. Alcohol is present and comes across boozy, but warming - definitely a sipper. Mouth-feel is smooth and medium bodied. Overall, very good representation of the style. So far, the imperial series has been good.

barnzy78, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of maleman
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No freshness dating noted on bottle.

A - poured a dark reddish brown, almost like a red wine. less than a one finger head that receded quickly into something less than what could be considered a cap. tight lacing

S - Wow! What a nice smell! Sweet malt, caramel, dark chocolate...

T - Very malty, very bready, the alcohol was apparent.

M - full mouthfeel. higher than average carbonation. actually tasted it toward the front of the mouth. persistent bread and alcohol finish and aftertaste.

D - Like a Chimay, you don't go and buy a six of this and go sit by the river. this is to be shared with friends that appreciate what the boys in Boston have done. Nice!

maleman, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Nice mahogany color. Looks great.
smell - Malty, yeasty and earthy.
taste - Ditto from the nose. Man, that's tasty! Best Sam Adams outside the other Imperial's (and maybe the best of those).
mouthfeel - full and creamy.
drinkability - This is a sipper for me. Great for dessert.

cindyjeffsmith, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of TheJollyHop
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish brown hue with a small amount of head formation.

Aroma: Earthy scents are prevalent along with some accompanying caramel.

Taste: Hints of dried fruit and spices along with a pleasant malt flavor that is balanced by a little bitterness. Alcohol is also noticeable with slight warming sensation. On the palate the beer exhibits a smooth, silky mouthfeel that lingers briefly. This is an enjoyable beer that is highly drinkable

TheJollyHop, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of sirdrinkwell
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: this beer pours a deep and attractive auburn/amber, with a fair though not extreme amount of head which recedes relatively quickly.

S: the Double Bock smells delicious...immense roasted malt and chocolatey caramel.

T: the taste rewards the palate with more of what the nose indicates...a rich mouthful of roasted malt and caramel.

M: mouthfeel is wonderful, this brew rolls over the tongue as a smooth kiss with just enough carbonation to keep the alc. content from seeming boozey.

D: this is another hit for Sam Adams, one that i would have no problem drinking on a regular basis

sirdrinkwell, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of BlackBearForge
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark reddish copper, an extreme amber! The small tan head fades quickly leaving minimal oily lacing.

Aroma is deeply rich of toasty dark malt with sweet caramel chocolate notes.

Taste is more of what the nose intimates. A deep strong malt backbone, perhaps the strongest I've tried chock full of smokey caramel and chocolate notes. Very sweet but backed up by a warmth from the alcohol which for a high ABV beer is very well integrated into the flavors.

The mouthfeel is definitely heavy, and chewy (I've been wondering just what beer really warrants the chewy connotation and this beer is it!). The carbonation is very fine, a bit on the low side but the tiny bubbles make the beer roll across the tongue in a malty avalanch.

As a rule you would not be drinking many of these at a sitting but it is very enjoyable and warming. A great beer to enjoy slowly and pairs nicely with the pepper jack cheese I'm now eating with the rest of the glass.

BlackBearForge, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of jbennett1919
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This nice dark amber beer poured nicely into a pint glass ... at first I thought now head would be forthcoming; I was wrong as nice white frothy head quickly foamed up and slowly disappeared.

Smells of heavy malts, caramel and molasses.

The taste follows the nose. The malts are strong and upfront, tasting of biscuity, bready caramel, malts. The alcohol is noticeable on the aftertaste, but not unpleasant or overwhelming. I'm very impressed at how balanced this brew is for a high-octane imperial double bock.

The moutfeel is thick and you realize you are drinking a full bodied beer. Good carbonation.

This beer is good. I was looking for the right occasion to finally drink it and this cool summer night seems appropriate. This is not a session beer by any means, but I would not hesitate to revisit this beer in the future.

jbennett1919, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of cavedave
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A thin beige cap of disappearing foam rests upon a clear, cordovan beauty of a brew. Red notes shine through a translucent, dextrinous liquid gemstone. For once, the appearance of a beer proves important, as the look of this is making me drool.

The smell is a monstrous and insinuative mix of caramel, molasses, toast, ripe plum, edged in earth and alcohol.

Taste is a viscous and sweet rolling wave of the darker notes of malt, heavy dark fruitbread, molasses, dark caramel, with estery ghosts of dark fruit, and zephyrs of herb and floral keeping the sip from careening into a swamp of oversweet heat. The finish is less oily than the front of the sip predicts, but it is alcohol which wins out and carries in the mouth.

Mouthfeel is a bit too much, even for a style whose malt bill almost demands the kind of overly chewy thickness this beer has. Troegenator had equal thickness, but lighter mouthfeel, for example.

Drinkability. It is tough to rate, or justify a rating, for styles like this, but I am sipping this slowly, and I don't think I will have another, that was the method used, hence the above score.

cavedave, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of bgarrity
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Liked the color. Fan of copper/amber colored beers.
S - Not a very strong smell in my opinion, but a nice aroma nonetheless
T - Tasted great. Plenty of malt, with a slight hint of citrus. The alcohol taste is not too overwhelming either, considering it is 9.5%
M - A little thick, but still good.
D - Goes down nice and smooth without being overwhelming

bgarrity, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of Deuane
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Bright dark copper with a thin tan head that vanished into thin air and left no lace.

S-Caramel malt sweetness and a touch of spice.

T-Sweet caramel malt with a building biting spiciness as it warms. Background roastiness adds a bit of balance.

F-Medium bodied and VERY smooth.

D-Fairly solid. a tasty, easy to drink beer. Too bad it's so dull to look at. Not a bad effort by BBC....certainly not the best DBon the planet but a nice introduction to the style.

Deuane, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of MaxBrews
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours with a large off white head, but with a quick dissipation. Presents a medium-sized white lacing around the edge of the glass. Great swirls when agitated. Color is a dark reddish brown and the beer is completely clear,

Smell: Big whiff of spicy alcohol, caramel, toasted malt, dark fruit, bourbon and brandy. A small amount of hops sits on top of the nose.

Taste: First taste is a big spicy and warm alcoholic note, lots of caramel, slight chocolate notes, brandy, raisins, black cherry's and other dark fruits, very subtle floral notes the hops. The raisins, toasted malt and alcohol are bit overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Appropriate carbonation, a bit dry from what I'm not sure, I'm guessing the alcohol The alcoholic note is a bit too present as the ABV is high but not that high. It provides a very warming and bit harsh feel on the mouth.

Drinkability: A great lager overall but still has some lagerness too it. Its crisp and complex but certain flavors are too prominent and the ABV is not shielded well. The 9.5% abv is all too obvious in the brew. The rasiny/dark fruit taste is too overwhelming and the finnish is rather dry. Overall though a fantastic and complex lager.

MaxBrews, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of burnerfinger
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel adams double bock - imperial series. Obviously they consider this premium stuff, it comes in a 4 pack that's a bit more expensive than most 6 packs.

A: poured from standard glass bottle. 3 inches of nice (Tasty!) thick head. which dissipates quickly leaving just a bit of lacing. dark orange hue held against a light.

S: generous Malty smell....reminds me of the Wort from my homebrew, but with an alcoholic undertone.

T: what I get here: malty, caramel. the alcohol is in your face. starts out with a malt bomb, then the alcohol stolls is and stays. Hops seems almost absent.
surprisingly, it's the alcohol rather than hops that balance the sweetness of the malt.

M: not too heavy, not too light. with light carbonation.

D: this would be a sipping beer, what with the hi alcohol..the sweet maltiness offsets the alcohol, enticing you to continue on the next bottle.

burnerfinger, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of ditch
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another well done beer for the Imperial Series! I really enjoy these beers. They are more novelty than true craft beer for me. But they are tastey and very drinkable for the amount of alcohol they contain. Very fun stuff.

Poured a deep copper whith a definite red hue to it. Head was buttery and short lived. No lacing to speak of.

Smell of rich roasted malts and a slight date or raisin in the finish.

Taste is extremely sweet. Again the malts hit you like a Mack Truck. Very easy to drink though. A slight burn from the booze, but not as much as the other Imperials.

The Mouth feel is a bit oily and thick on this one. But that is to be expected with a description of "there is almost enough malt is each bottle to bake a loaf of bread."

Not disappointed at all with this pick up. At $11 it was a bit overpriced, but it is a novelty beer and I am entertained by it. So we'll call it even. Definitely check it out if you get a chance, but not a necessity for the average beer lover.


ditch, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of hossua34
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark mahoganey brown, but clear. Virtually no head to start out with... no real lacing either.

S - Has an EXTREMELY potent smell to it; it actually hits you as soon as you start the pour. Smells like the floors of a brewery and a bakery mixed together. Very malty and sweet. Strong chocolate and spicy, molasses-like notes.

T - Extremely strong taste as well. Sweet alcohol and chocolate syrup come on first, with a strong and bitter caramel-coffee finish. Almost TOO MUCH body.

M - Most complaints I have about mouthfeel are that the beer's too thin. This brew is exactly the opposite. It's so syrupy and warm feeling, it feels as though it's expanding to fill up your mouth.

D - If you can drink more than one of these at a time, there is something wrong with you. Incredibly strong and filling, this is one hell of a hearty beer. The definition of a "sipper", all the way. Unfortunately, I think the strong alcohol flavor takes a lot away from this one.

hossua34, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of beer2day
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep copper with serious red tints. 1-finger head dissapates quickly, leaving very little behind. Very light lacing.

Nose is very bready. Smells like brown bread baking in the oven. Caramel and sweet malt are there as well. Alcohol comes through, too. Classic bock.

You taste the alcohol start to finish. That is the very first thing that jumps out at you. Slight sweetness as the beer hits your tongue. Very tart finish, mild hop profile, and lots of body.

A little heavy to drink more than one, but a nice take on the style.

beer2day, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of buschbeer
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured into a pint glass to a half inch of head. It is a ruddy brown color and clear. I get sweet toffee and molasses malts. It starts out sweet with toffee but I get roasted malts on the back end. It is syrupy but not over the top. I could enjoy this every now and then, but not a mainstay.

buschbeer, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of twaddlac
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Decent head that simmers quickly into a thick, cream colored lace that hangs around for a while. Cloudy burnt orange with a cough syrup like consistency

S- Heavy hops, currants, slight malt, maple syrup and a tantilizing brown sugar note that mingles nicely with the hops

T- Very high alcohol content and can taste it right off the bat. Spicy with subtle malts and toffee, almost completely drowned out by the esters. It's a kick in the mouth.. literally!

M- Thick like 2% milk with the same residual filmy feeling, good carbonation that shadows the alcohol. Goes down smooth with the warm fuzzy feeling

D- Goot, smooth, refreshing but the AC is a little too high for my liking, drowning out what could be one of the best sam adam's there is. Not bad and definately something that you could enjoy for a while! I am interested in what an aged bottle of this stuff would taste like...

twaddlac, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of berkey
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 08/03/09

Poured into a tulip. Forms a medium tan head with good retention. Deep but fairly clean brown body that shows some garnet hues when held to light.

Aromas are of mellow chocolate along with an underlying fruitiness, especially berries which hasn't always been my experience with Bocks. Some leafy hop character is also in there along with a mild peppery spicyness.

First sip was a little sweeter than expected but fairly balanced. Some cherry and yeast flavors join the chocolate and bitter hops that were picked up earlier on the nose. On the aftertaste I'm getting some roasty flavors and a figgy character.

Good balance keeps it pretty drinkable despite the ABV but can't see myself reaching for another bottle.

Overall a well done beer and one of the better Sam Adams I've had. Probably not a repeat purchase as it's not exactly to my tastes.

berkey, Aug 08, 2009
Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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