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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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1,830 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,830
Reviews: 1,090
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 87
Gots: 98 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of csmiley
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes to colts9016 for this one

A - Pours a deep reddish brown and clear for the most part. The caramel head comes to just under a quarter inch. It stays around for a minute or so before it completely disappears. Lacing could use some work. It looks just like expected.

S - A big malty profile starts it out. Heavy notes of caramel really stand out. Dark bread and granola quickly follow. Alcohol is definitely noted midway. Toffee and more caramel come in on the backside. Aroma is quite pleasant overall.

T - Sweet just like a Double Bock should be. Lots of caramel and toffee right out of the gate. Again, alcohol has a strong and warm presence in the middle. Bread is also heavy in the middle. Some dark fruit finishes it up. Mostly raisin. Flavor is put together well. The alcohol could be dialed back a bit but that is a minor issue.

M - Body is lighter than expected. Carbonation is light and works well. Finish is sweet and warm.

D - Drinkability is pretty good for this selection from the BBC. This is a well crafted brew that hits all the style characteristics that I look for. Alcohol is always warm but never completely out of control. It can taste a little watered down at times. Overall, this beer is easily above average. I could see having more of this brew...even in the same session.

Photo of whtguitarguy
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a dark reddish brown with a nice one finger head that doesn't dissipate too quickly. Sort of alcoholic aroma with a malty caramel character. Taste is of nuts, coffee, chocolate and caramel, with some alcoholic flavor in the mix. Mouthfeel is rather heavy, any thicker and it would be syrup.

Photo of MTNboy
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a dark brown body with a red hue. There was about two fingers of tan head that later mad for some nice lacing. It has a strong roasted wood like flavor. There are tones of caramel malt, alcohol and some hops. It is a little bit chocolate like in the aftertaste. It's mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Photo of SAABtech
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


a. dark amber with little head

s. very malty with hints of caramel, chocolate and roasted grain or toast and a spicy alcohol presence, very clean!

t. This is the most full flavored beer I have tried so far! it is now my new winter beer.with the use of a half pound of malt when making it the flavor is full of caramel, chocolate, almonds, nuts and lots roasted malts with the spicy alcohol that warms the belly as you drink it.

m. a full bodied beer, thick and hearty with a small amount of carbonation.

d. a filling beer i could most certainly use it as a meal. i like it alot.

Photo of JRed
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bloody/ruby red in body with fleeting white head. Aroma of dark fruit, black cherries, malt, alcohol, caramel. Thick flavors of caramel, dark fruits, prunes, black cherries, syrup. Heavy bodied brew with syrupy characteristics. The alcohol doesn't interfere too much with the taste which creates a very drinkable ale. Welcome the winter.

Photo of schoolboy
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ah-ha! I let one of these sit for a while, and man does it taste good now. Smooth. Just plain amazing.

Some brews seem to just get weaker with aging. This one did not, it just got smoother, as strong beers should.

Now I just wish I had another! All I had saved is this one from April. There ain't no mo.

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

On Sight: Pours very nice deep amber with only a glazing of a tan head, with no lacing left behind.
Aromas: Very sweet, very malty. Hints of Carmel and toffee and perhaps a little apricot.
Tastes: Holy malty beers! Very sweet flavor, loaded with character and appeal. A touch of Alcohol on the finish, defiantly a big bold beer. I really enjoyed this one folks. Do yourself a favor and run out and grab a bottle of too and enjoy. Cheers!

Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured a 1 finger head. Not much lacing. Decent head retention. Dark mahogany brown color.

S. Malt, caramel, dark fruit, raisins, molasses.

T. Taste is good. Malt sweetness, raisins, dark fruit, maple syrup, taffy, nice warmth as is goes down.

M. Medium/full bodied. Low carbonation. Creamy mouth feel. Some heat from the high ABV.

D. Definitely drinkable. Pretty good beer from Sam Adams.

Photo of tjd112
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation - Poured into Sam Smith's Pint Glass

Appearance - Mahogany body, off-white finger head slowly dissipating, good lacing

Smell/Taste - Cherries and chocolate, with a slight hint of maple syrup

Mouthfeel - Sweet and creamy, well-carbonated

Drinkability - Not as much of a meal in a glass, but don't drink quickly

Photo of zeapo
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Serving type: Bottle poured into a glass

A: very thin head. leaves a lasting ring around the glass floating on the beer. reddish brown color. sort of cloudy.

S: smells similar to shiner bock, but much bolder. i smell the malt with a medium hoppy background.

T: not as hoppy as i expected, but very nice. i taste the alcohol. very strong malt flavor. altogether i think its wonderful.

M: slightly creamy (for a lack of better term) leaves a light syrupy feel in my mouth.

D: i wouldnt want to drink too many of these. maybe 2-3 because of the weight it has in my stomach. but i could drink these in my regular rotation.

Photo of FickleBeast
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish amber with one finger of foam. Very clear.

Smell is insanely malty - burnt sugars and caramel

Taste is all caramel malt flavors. This is a malt bomb to be sure. Some toffee flavors and butterscotch also assault the palate.

Smooth mouthfeel, nonexistent bitterness.

Overall this beer is just too sweet to be very drinkable. I guess if you are craving pure malty sweetness this would be a good bet, but it is just not my style of beer.

Photo of righthereisay
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a single bottle at the 6 pack shop.

The smell was of a little bit of alcohol and lots of sugar.

I really couldn't taste much of the alcohol. Some sweetness. Nice body and good carbonation.

Drinkability is way too good for a beer of this abv.

Not a huge Sam Adams fan but this one was pretty great.

Photo of berley31
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a snifter with an average-sized, off-white, creamy head, that hung around at 1/2-finger or so. Body is a beautiful dark amber color, with a slight haziness to it.

S: Nice aroma of heavy malt and caramel tones... sweet, but not too sweet at all.

T: Heavy malt flavor as well... again, the sweetness really comes through, but it's not cloying at all. Long duration on the flavor. Some alcohol bite and warmth at the finish, but I'd never guess this beer was +9% ABV.

M: Medium-bodied and quite creamy, with lively carbonation.

D: Wow... I like, I like. Never ceases to amaze me how Sam Adams almost always hits the mark with their beers. I'd buy this sucker again in a second.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A beautiful deep sparkling chestnut color, with some nice ruby highlights. The thick tan head leaves gobs of lacing on the glass as it fades. Presentation is perfect.

Some interesting candy-spice notes in the aroma, along with a great sweet bready malt. Alcohol also noticeable in the nose. Wow a big licorice flavor, like the kind you can only get on the old fashioned candy stores these days. Alcohol is upfront and contributes to the overall flavor. This baby is very warm. A background of earthy malt and just a small perception of sour in the finish. No hops in the nose or the taste.

The bottle says velvety smooth and they are not lying. This is one of the most pleasing beers I've had when it comes to mouthfeel. Big bodied, and somewhat high carbonation will assure this is a once in a while beer to enjoy.

Sippability is high. Glad to finally have tried this beer.

Photo of hosehead83
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured fom a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Deep copper in color with a huge cloud deck of foam
Aroma-Sweet malt
Taste-Big malt bomb, a bit sweet and creamy-very smooth for the strength-easy drinking but use caution-A nice, warming finish that gets warmer as it warms up.
Overall, a malt-bomb meal-in-a-glass.

Photo of Rayek
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams sensory glass.

A: Deep copper with excellent clarity and a foamy cream colored head. Head retention is just OK. Leaves a bit of lace.

S: Take one whiff, and you'll know that this going to be strong stuff. Alcohol isn't front and center, but it makes up a fair amount of the total aroma. Dark fruits, toffee and pepper make up the rest.

T: Strong without being over the top. Toffee and dark fruit flavors dominate out front. Bitterness has a well balanced pepper bite. Finishes with a mild alcohol warmth going down.

M: Medium body is a touch syrupy. Carbonation level is right on.

D:Overall, I liked this beer. The high ABV crept up on me and would keep me from drinking more than one. A nice beer, but not at the top of my list for beers of this style.

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

I have been looking forward to trying some of the Sam Adams Imperial Series. This one was not a let down.

It pours pretty thick into a Sam Adams Pilsner glass. It is a pretty deep brown almost red with an off white head that fizzles down to bubbly lacing around the glass. At the first sip it was pretty sweet with an alcohol and spice after taste. It has a thick and smooth mouthfeel.

This beer is just a bit on the sweet side but still a drinkable beer.

Photo of bamadog
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have to admit, this beer was much better than I went into it thinking it was going to be. It was actually absolutely great and I will not hesitate to come back to this one. Review is from notes taken on 11/21/09. Poured from the bottle to a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a little thick and viscous looking; color is a deep caramel brown combined with a nice ruby red; starts with a 1/2 finger head that is off-white and fades quickly to a thin scum on the surface; body is clear and shows strong carbonation; spotty lacing and oily residue is left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Quite potent -- rich caramel and burnt sugary/syrupy maltiness; a slightly bready quality to it as well; slight whiff of alcohol. I'm very excited to drink this based upon the smell.

Taste: Outstanding! Big and rich caramel and burnt sugar flavors that match the nose and a very firm bready backing; solid flavor of alcohol is present as well, a little big, but still pretty well blended; a slight raisin-like flavor is kind of hidden in there too.

Mouthfeel: Body is thick and chewy and coats evenly; strong carbonation keeps the viscous body lively; gums are left tingly and the belly is left especially warm.

Drinkability: I know that a 4 seems high for something pushing 10% ABV, but the smell and flavors are just so great with this beer and the price is right! Perfect for a nice cool fall/winter evening.

Photo of Rootdog316
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep ruby red/dark auburn with a head that quickly disappears.

Aroma: Caramel, bread crust, banana and vanilla.

Taste: It starts with a big mouthful of caramel, then some dark rum, a little banana, and bitter, European hops. Has a hint of chocolate too.

Mouthfeel: Thick, almost chewy.

Overall: Very drinkable, a bit on the sweet side. Heavy on the alcohol, but not something you notice half way through a glass.

Photo of losdizzel
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very nice beer

Poured in a Sam Adams boston lager glass very nice look.

A B V is 9.5 The taste is very nice
a whole lot of MALTS in this one
mouthfeel is pretty good
About 10.00 dollers a 4 pack
very nice sam adams beer
still looking for double chocolate stout.heard sams made one yet to find .

Photo of Mavajo
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat dark, rich brown with a moderate head that fades to a medium crown. Mild to moderate lacing. Nose is of caramel malt and a hint of apple. Taste is sweet, caramel, no real bitterness. Slight alcohol burn and warming sensation that becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is sticky syrupy and smooth. Medium carbonation.

All in all, a sweet alcoholic brew with moderate drinkability. Don't know if it's a favorite but I did enjoy it and its definitely worth experiencing.

Photo of Mosley1212
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a glass.

I was expecting it to be a very bitter beer, but I don't get that at all. It have a very sweet taste (maybe caramel?), but there is some bitterness on the back of the tongue with each swallow.

Once you swallow you can taste the acohol and I get a very warm sensation as it is going down.

The color is impressive light brown with a hint of red or orange. Very attractive.

This beer is drinkable, but I don't think I could drink very may in one sitting.

Overall, this is another fine product by one of the best American brewers.

Photo of BillyBoysPie
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a pint glass.

Nice half inch pale tan head. I quite like the color - it reminds me of several of the Dopplebocks I had while studying in Germany. It also has beautiful ruby notes if you hold it up to the light. I strongly recommend that. The head dissipated quickly, andI didn't get much lacing, but it may have been the pour. I'll change that if I have a second that does lace.

Nice and caramel/malty. A hint of chocolate, but that's not what you should be interested in. The caramel is very sweet - there's a bit of sugar smell to the beer. The 9.5% alcohol is well hidden in the fragrance. No real herbs.

I'd recommend serving this beer after about an hour and a half of warming if you've refrigerated it, it really brings out the flavor. A really smooth caramel malt beginning. The spice flavors are very light, and subtle - the reason for the warm beer recommendation. The alcohol is noticeable at the end - but really is part of the flavor profile, just like it should be in a Doppelbock. It tastes, to be honest, quite good.

A very full-bodied beer with a bit of carbonation to balance the strong flavors. A mouthful of this beer is just that, but it's worth it. I don't feel the 9.5%, but I have a high tolerance and drank this over the course of about a half an hour. It could be seen as a meal in a glass - similar to the original doppelbocks.

I recommend trying this one. I'm planning on having the other two of the imperial series after my excellent impression of this beer.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 19oz pilsner.

Appearance: Deep caramel in color, with a very minimal tan head that leaves some lace.

Smell: All malt- chocolate and caramel throughout, with hints of apple and alcohol.

Taste: Very sweet from the malts, but finishes with a strong alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thick, with balanced, natural feeling carbonation. Warming alcohol finish.

Drinkability: A very good beer from Sam Adams, but a sipper for sure due to the high ABV.

Photo of dmamiano
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a snifter with virtually no head, but lacing attaches to the glass with a swirl. Also nice legs observed at this point as well.
Deep reddish brown gloes from the glass as fine bubbles rise to the top.
very malty and sweet in the nose. ripened fruits, slight medicinal reminding me of an english style barleywine.
A malt bomb for sure. Very warming with alcohol as I swallow. Slight bitterness also felt on the back of the tongue.

Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 1,830 ratings.