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

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1,803 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,803
Reviews: 1,083
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 76
Gots: 84 | 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 haddon
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a dark cola color that shows a reddish hue when held to the light. not much of a head. good lacing down the glass

S- not much to the nose- malts, toastiness & perhaps a bit of sweet molassess

T- wow, the malt is evident. biscuity taste that you would expect. on the back of the throat there is an explosion of smoky sweetness with a nice punch of warm alcohol that stays with you all the way down

M- medium to full body that is very viscous on the tongue. not much carbonation.

D- was expecting a lopsided taste heavy on the malts with no hop flavor but was pleasantly surprised. the alcohol was a little heavy on the aftertaste but overall really enjoyed the experience.

haddon, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of colts9016
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pokal glass at 42 degrees.

Appearance: A light tan two finger head that dropped like a rock. The color of the beer is a mahogany with reddish copper tint. There is effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is slightly opaque.

Nose: A very deep rich malty aroma with some toastiness. There is a some fruity aroma, plums. There are some caramel notes and some sweet melanoids. There is no hop character noticed.

Taste: A deep rich full malty flavor with toastiness. There is caramel, plums and a sweet melanoid. There is no hop character.

Overall: The mouth feel is velvety smooth and slightly sweet. The body of beer is medium body and the finish is medium. The beer is loaded with a lot malt. The head is sorely disappointing. There is not a lot of effervescence in the beer either. It is not a great beer, but descent.

colts9016, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of wahhmaster
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 0.5L Pilsner Urquell-branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a tight frothy head that lingers for a while leaving nice lacing.

Smell: Typical dopplebock territory here: sweet and malty.

Taste: Heavy on the roasted malts. Has kind of a creamy taste to it. Backed by a noticeable alcohol flavor (duh, it's 9.5%).

Mouthfeel: Really smooth. Based on the mouthfeel, you could be drinking milk.

Drinkability: A decent dopplebock and right in line with most of SA's other beers: a good representation of the style but nothing extraordinary. While this dopplebock doesn't hold a candle to its German counterparts, I'd still recommend this one to almost anyone.

wahhmaster, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of roblowther
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours opaque brown with a thin tan head that laces like my grandmother if she had practiced better living through chemistry. Smells malty, sweet, with a dark fruity undertone. Tastes woody up front then melts into a delicious sweet molases maltiness with a dry nutmeg-esque finish. NICE! Mouthfeel is well-carbonated and then slippery. Drinkability is fantastic. Not too sweet, not too dry, just out and out de-pour me another-licious.

roblowther, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of steveh
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First try of this new series, poured into a snifter for effect.

A -- Dark, black cherry color with red highlights and a light tan head that thins slowly.

S -- Mild fruit and alcohol, even a little solvent. Earthy notes back with sweet malts and toffee becoming more apparent with warmth.

T -- Rich molasses flavor up front mixed with toasted dark bread and some cookie dough character. Hints of chocolate and vanilla with warming. Finishes surprisingly clean after all that with some lingering earthy notes from malt.

M -- Syrupy mouthfeel with a medium heavy body. Alcohol warming as the bottle goes down.

D -- Very smooth and drinkable, a definite sipping and savoring beer for the cooler months. Very reminiscent of Bavarian Eisbocks.

steveh, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had an amber color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that didn't stay around very long and some good lacing.

S: Malt, malt and more malt.

T: Like the smell, malt dominates the taste. Also present is caramel and a very distinct boozy quality. This beer has a much higher and more noticable alcohol content than any Doppelbock I've tried before.

M: A high level of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: As Doppelbock's go, this is one of the more drinkable you'll find.

avalon07, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of Hovellord
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The only other doppelbocks against which I can compare Samuel Adams Double Bock are Paulaner Salvator and Aventinus and the American offering does not fall short. Great, hearty, boozy darkness. Malty, and decidedly so. Velvety in the mouth. The desired warmth on the tongue is present, as is the afterglow. Makes one know he is drinking beer. One complaint--so drinkable that one can fall off the couch before he knows what hit him. Stick to one and take your time.

Hovellord, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of Albinoh
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color, with a decent brownish head. Sugary aroma, you can tell the beer is going to go down with that syrupy taste of heavy malted beers. The taste is sweet and slightly burned, after a few sips it leaves a bite of bitterness on the tongue, but not to much. Full body, sticky.

Good beer, good for winter as the alcohol is hidden in the sugar.

Albinoh, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of katan
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Continuing my tour through the imperial series.

12 oz into a goblet.

A - Pours a very clear brown to amberish colored liquid. Little carbonation is apparent. Head formation is about non-existent.

S - Some malt sweetness - caramel and peat malt flavors. Reminds me of a scotch ale. No alcohol or yeast notes. Overall pretty light scent.

T - Mega-malty - I guess he wasn't lying that a loaf of bread is in there. Maple syrup like. Mid-stream goes rather flat, no hopping, no bitter build. Finishes with a very strong caramel sweetness, super sugary. Clings on the tongue in the aftertaste while a noticeable alcohol warmth makes an appearance.

M - Super-thick, coating, clinging. Massive amounts of unfermentables are present. No carbonation bite, this beer is all smooth.

D - Deceptive ABV, but not a beer you should mess with. Not filling. Flavors are well integrated, but I find the overwhelming sweetness as almost like drinking maple syrup after a while.

This beer could easily be confused with a barley wine - the sharpness of a lager is lost here, and runs more along the vein of an ale. Oh - and do I feel a bit of deja vu from the triple bock - some of those maple notes are very similar.

katan, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of mjw2808
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany with some reddish in there. Small head, minimal lacing. The aroma is very very malty, some spices and some alcohol. The taste is beautiful, roasted malt in abundance with some caramel, maybe a hint of coffee malt in there and a very small hint of alcohol as its going down. This is one of my favorite beers from Samuel Adams.

mjw2808, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of BeerMark
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial) pours a beautiful deep brown in my glass. Mild carbonation and small head round out the appearance. Not a whole lot of aroma but I can detect a boatload of malts. The flavor is of malts and earthy spiciness. It's delicious and much better than I expected. This is a slow sipper for me due to the richness rather than the alcohol burn. Not much burn here considering the alcohol content. Very nicely done.

BeerMark, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of Anthony1
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into the new SA glass a cloudy brown color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy off-white head, some sticky lacing. The nose is malty, hint of alcohol, spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, hints of alcohol, slight spice, and caramel. There is a nice sweetness in the finish. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, recommended.

Anthony1, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of KrisPaulk77
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Lazy Magnolia pint glass.

The beer poured a deep, dark mahogany, with a minimal but dense khaki colored head. The head presented itself, and then settled down into a little remnant of foam the remained until the very end. Some sticky lacing was noticed throughout the pint.
The aroma was a pure malt assault. The heavy, thick malt sweetness was the star of this show. Their were caramel notes and some mild dark fruits as well, accenting the whole effect, but this was a showpiece of malt goodness. The hops were percieved with some spicy florals, but they as well were only there to be a backup player to the malts.
The taste was just what I was anticipating and more. A malty, bready, sweet rush. Some toffee notes, and a huge caramel flavor comes through, followed by a bitter note from the hops. The finish stuck around and left you wanting another yet another sip.
The mouthfeel was huge and satisfying. It was what I wanted it to be. A small bit of alcohol was noticed. The 9.5% is very well hidden in this wonderful brew.
I hate that I was unable to sample Double Bock in it's past incarnation. Some reviewers on here claim it was superior to this new Imperial Series version. That must've been one helluva beer, because this Double Bock was excellent. A fine offering from Jim and crew, and one I will be buying when I can find it.

KrisPaulk77, Oct 04, 2009
Photo of bnes09
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Its appearance is a beautiful deep, thick almond color with some head. Average retention and not much lacing but descent for the strength.

The smell is very malty with hints of caramel and toast with a spicy alcohol presence, very inviting!

This is the most full flavored beer I have tried so far! I now completely believe that they use a half pound of malt when making it. The flavor is full of caramel, almonds and some roasted malts with the spicy alcohol that warms the chest as you drink it. As the beer warms it acquires a taste of beef broth, a little different but not bad.

Very full bodied beer, thick and hearty with a small amount of carbonation. Smooth with a semi-crisp finish.

This is a very filling beer and really must be sipped to be properly enjoyed but it is hard for me to set it down as every sip leaves me wanting more!

bnes09, Oct 03, 2009
Photo of Tdizzle
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -13.3%
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 +9.2%
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 +7.1%
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%
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 -6.1%
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 +5.9%
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 +2%
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 +8.4%
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 +12.2%
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 +5.9%
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
Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 1,803 ratings.