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

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1,774 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,774
Reviews: 1,080
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 70
Gots: 77 | 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 bgarrity
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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
Photo of mdwalsh
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

A: Pours a milk chocolate brown with a one finger tan head, but as that goes away, which it does fast, the greater light turns it to more of a redish brown. There's minimal carbonation. It looks pretty boring, and light for a double bock.

S: Smells super sweet and malty, no hops. Awesome. Perfect for a dobblebock and hopefully a harbringer of taste to come. It could use a little more complexity though.

T: Smooth, not as sweet as I would have expected from the nose, but that's a good thing I think. Still very malty. I get some brown sugar and sweeter fruit like cherry. Even a little savory. Reading the bottle, this makes sense. Half a pound of malt in every bottle. Awesome. As I continue drinking there is something that reminds me of cola or rootbeer. Yum.

M: Smooth and creamy. Not sparkling at all.

D: Pretty heavy and sweet to drink too much of it.

mdwalsh, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

A: Pours a clear crimson-cherry color with a small, dense, and creamy tan head. Head falls quickly, but a nice cap of foam remains over the top. A few spots of lace on the glass. Color is quite vibrant and lovely.

S: Rich. Dark fruits caramelized with brown sugar is the primary aroma here. Burnt caramel, some toffee, and very light chocolate also make contributions. Alcohol presence is highly noticeable and, at times, a bit distracting.

T&M: Dark fruit, molasses, caramel, alcohol, and a dry finish of toasted grain. Finish is quite interesting--an upshot of fruit and light alcohol combine in an interesting manner. Body is very full, with a highly velvety, almost syrupy feel. This one has a boatload of malt.

D: It's a whale of a doppelbock, chock full with flavor and a high ABV. Not a gulper, but still enjoyable. Well done, BBC.

BamaBeerBuff, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%

I have had all the beers out of the Sam Adams Imperial Series. They are all decent beers, but not up to the craft beer standards, which has been set extremely high by so many talented brewers around the nation.

A: Pours a deep reddish brown. Very clear with lots of carbonation. Head is dark tan and dissipates rather quickly. No lacing present.

S: Smells pretty typical for a Doppelbock. Very sweet malt with some dark fruits in there. A little musty smelling.

T: Of the three beers in the Imperial Series, I think this one is the best tasting. Alcohol is the most hidden and this has the smoothest taste overall. Lots of sweet malts. I taste a lot of brown sugar, cinnamon and some dark fruits. Figs, raisin, and maybe plum. You get a touch of alcohol, but I think it adds to the overall flavor. Pretty good.

M/D: This is definetly on the heavier side. Drinks very smoothly with a nice alcohol warmth in the finish. The easiest drinking of the three in the Sam Adams Imperial Series. Hard to drink a lot of, but could down more than one easily.

Sam Adams has a winner on their hands. Considering I am not a huge Doppelbock fan, this might be one of the best tasting ones I have had to date. Good mix of flavors and a nice thick body, this is one to sip on and savor. Pretty good effort from Sam Adams.

OldSchoolGamer, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of Spidey13
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%

Samuel Adams Double Bock pours a beautiful deep amber color with a small white head. The nose has some chocolate, molasses, prunes, and cherries. Maybe a hint of alcohol.

The flavor is very sweet and malty with some alcohol in there. Chocolate. There is more hop bitterness than expected, which is a nice suprise. The mouthfeel is a bit slick with medium/low carbonation.

Overall, this is a very good doppelbock.

Spidey13, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of yesyouam
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Samuel Adams Double Bock is a very clear red lager with a light khaki head that has great retention and lacing. It has a boozy and peppery aroma that's slightly sweet with notes of toasted grain. It's pretty full bodied, smooth, fluffy and creamy, with a sticky finish. It tastes slightly sweet, malty and pretzely. I can taste alcohol and black pepper, especially at the finish. It's pretty strong stuff.

yesyouam, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of ChuckR343
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

A - Dark amber in color, tan head which dissipates quickly, but leaves a small ring around the edge.

S - Complex smells of molasses and caramel, a faint hint of smokiness.

T/M - Wow. This beer tastes nothing like it smells. Very smooth, creamy All the flavors of spices, caramel and bread come out at you. A little on the sweet side. Alcohol is very subdued for a 9.5%.

D - A very delicious beer. A 4-pack would do quite nicely.

ChuckR343, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of MunchkinDrinker
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

A - Dark clear amber/mahogany with a fizzy ten head that dissapates quickly. Leaves some lacing.

S - Rick molasses and caramel with some passive spiciness. Solid if not complex.

T/M - Better than the smell certainly. The molasses and caramel flavors come together with some mild non-sweet fruity notes. Some alcohol is present in the taste, but it doesn't hurt the flavor. Some very faint chocolate notes. Feels pleasantly frothy and a little slick, but not sticky.

D - Certainly delicious to drink, but not sure how many I'd want to have in a sitting.

MunchkinDrinker, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of ABOWMan
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%

THis ale poured a nice rich brown/red in color with near perfect clarity. Little to no head which lasted less than a minute. No lacing evident.

The aroma is of rich roasted malt.

The flavor sweet malt, then more sweet malt with roasted notes. There is also some nutty notes and sweet spice. The flavor is robust, and pleasing although slightly sweet.

The mouthfeel is thin for such a full flavored ale. I would have expected the slight turbidity to feel richer on my palate.

The drinkability is only average due to this beers intense sweetness. Not bad for such a large craft brewer.

ABOWMan, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of AmberMan22
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: A dark reddish/brown, leaves about 3/4 inch head of large bubbles that stay put. Sticky and pronounced lacing.

S: Smells strongly of sweet, toasty malt.

T/M deep, caramelly malt, roasted flavor, wonderful to behold. A fairly heavy beer across the tongue, even with a pronounced head the beer is not over-carbonated.

D: Certainly a heavy beer, one to savor -- putting down the fourpack in one sitting would be unpleasant for any number of reasons, including those monetary and physical.

AmberMan22, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of enfield249
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%

A - Pours a beautiful copper-brown, with a khaki colored head of about 2 fingers that fades to a thin layer of foam.

S - Caramel, Munich malts, sweetness.

T - First is some nice caramel maltyness, roast, slightly sweet.

M - Full, fair amount of heat from the Alcohol. Slightly cloying.

D- Very nice beer, a bit strong to drink all the time.

enfield249, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of GbVDave
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into two small snifters. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a reddish, coppery hue with a light orange/light brown head. The foam dissolves to a thick ring and sticky lace.

S: Smells sweet. Caramel, apples, vanilla, and brown sugar and/or molassas.

T: See above. Boozy dark fruit and caramel creams. Spicy hot booze drenched apples and spices.

M: Sweet, thick, and chock full of hot boozy burn. Far too hot for our liking.

D: Pretty good, but just too upfront with the alcohol.

GbVDave, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of maddogruss
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%

Got this on tap at the Cloverleaf Tavern in an 11 oz snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark amber body with a small, white head with nice retention and lacing until the finish.

S: A sweet, roasted toffee smell with some alcoholic undertones.

T: A sweet, cherry roasted toffee malt taste to it with some strong alcohol notes. Alcohol made itself more present as the beer warmed up. This beer reminding me of a sweeter tasting Robitussin.

M: A full-bodied and silky smooth mouthfeel that was very nice on the palette. A nice feeling beer overall.

D: A decent mouthfeel and taste combo made this beer pretty drinkable. The alcohol that came out later got to me a little bit, but it helped in complimenting the cherry tastes. Worth a go.

maddogruss, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours a deep ruby, but a tiny bit on the brown side. Head is almost non-factor -- a skim around the rim. No to slight lacing.

Classic bock malt scent here, with heavy caramel and fermented dark fruit. Decent.

Heavy toasted malt flavors, with some burnt caramel sweetness and boozy fermented raisin as well. A little chemical alcohol, much less present in taste as I expected (for 9.5%). Toasty, almost smoky, dry-ish finish that lingers - and not a hint of sweetness there.

Massive body in this one. You HAVE to sip.

A sipper, and a case where this is so heavy and complex, one is enough. Not the best DB I've had, but far from the worst. Absolutely fantastic domestic effort here. If you do not generally like bock/double bock, don't bother with this one. If you like the style, you must try. Would love to see how this fares in a blind BA tasting. probably holds its own against some of the big guns.

OtherShoe2, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of PaleAlien2
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%

Has kind of a dirty ruby red color. Not much head to it. Looks not so much good as interesting.

Smell is sweet with a strong alcohol scent.

Taste is sweet bread with some citrus sweetness in the back end. Alcohol warming is there, but not overpowering.

Surprisingly drinkable for 9.5% alcohol.

Probably a great beer for the style--I just don't think it's my style.

PaleAlien2, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
3.85/5  rDev -2%

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

The color is medium brown with a full tan head and a decent amount of lacing.

There is a slight coffee smell but nothing signifianct.

Smell and head are nothing to write home about but its good a strong flavor and 9.5% it will put you on your ass. It tastes like coffee and has a smooth finish that allows you drink quite a few.

I really enjoyed this beer, reminded of some good Belgians.

jrallen34, Jul 13, 2009
Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 1,774 ratings.