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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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1,840 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,840
Reviews: 1,094
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 88
Gots: 107 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-07-2009

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Photo of h00dak
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I crack open this bottle and take a whiff... what have I opened?

I smell alcohol mixed with brown sugar but not exactly.

The appearance is beautiful. Pours with a thin, caramel colored head. One of the darker colored heads I have seen. This dissipates very quickly.

My first taste... Very akin to the Imperial Stout. Alcohol feeling is present. A bit of a challenge. Sweet taste. Powerful and extremely robust. This is not for drinking at parties.

Light to medium carbonation.

Great brew. Not to be taken lightly.

Photo of streetcommander
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wonderful taste, loaded with flavor...just to much damn sugar. The high BAC is almost unnoticeable. Drink ability suffers because of the sweetness. That said, it is probably the best "drink with a meal" beer Ive ever had. Drinking more than one is simply undeniable gluttony.

Sam Adams routinely produces top notch buy-anywhere beers.

Photo of gmfessen
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a clear, deep crimson-brown color with a thin but semi-active tan head. The nose seems a bit one-dimensional with a malty sweet brown sugar note with just a touch of dark fruit mingled in. One dimensional, but good. The flavor on the other hand seems to explode with depth. The premise is basically the same as the nose but with a whole new layer of complexity. Chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, dates, figs, and a bit of smoke combine to make this an excellent doppelbock. The mouthfeel is all of full bodied with a minimal carbonation that suits the beer well, goes down extremely smooth and leaves a slick yet drying finish. Overall, dangerously drinkable with the deceivingly high ABV. Try this one for sure.

Photo of mnrider
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle. Pilsner Glass.

A: Dark amber with ruby highlights. Little head with little lacing.

S: Sweet malts with spicy hops and caramel.

T/M: Smooth and creamy, with good amount of carbonation on the tongue. Full bodied with sweet malts. Hops are noticeable with a bitterness balance. This beer is chewy and kind of syrupy.

D: Very drinkable brew evan with the high sneak up on you ABV. A real filling beer with the large amount of malts that were used.


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

Has a very rich, strongly malty, somewhat yeasty and subtly fruity and smoky aroma - very inviting. Pours a dark clear mahogany with a thick, fluffy, light buff head that likes to stick around. Strong, spicy flavor attacks the tongue with some hoppy bitterness and a firm alcohol bite. It has a smooth, malty, slightly fruity undertone that cools on its way down the pipes. Finish is lip-smacking, jagged, zingy, tingly and spicy.

Photo of techfed87
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a minimal head to it, with a nutty smell to it. A very very malty flavor to it, which combined with the overall gravity of the beer, makes for a very nice flavor.

Body is moderately thick. Fits the profile of a doppelbock spot on.

All in all, this beer won't blow you out of your socks. However, it is a very good beer.

Photo of OlRasputin989
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pilsner glass...

A: a dark burnt amber brew with a little haziness and an off white head of mousse-like foam. leaves a decent layer atop the beer on teh way down and leaves arches and spots of lacing

S: very rich with aromas of chocolate, raisin bread, peanut butter, and pecans.

T: also very smooth and rich upfront with caramel and pecans with a sharp noble hop background. finishes piney, spicey and boozy with caramel and leather notes

M: full body brew that is a little syrupy and heavier than i would like for the style. could most certainly be a meal in a bottle. has a lively carbonation and finishes off dry

Overall, I feel this beer would be better if it wasn't as "big" as it is. The high abv and heaviness of the brew take away from drinkability points on this one.

Photo of Augustiner719
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA perfect pint

Appearance: Dark rich crystal clear brown color. Nice medium head that is rich and creamy. Lasts until the end. No lacing.

Smell: Smells rich and nutty. Little bit of alcohol comes through. Not too strong of a smell but the malty nutty aromos comes through.

Taste: Tastes medium bodied and sweet. A little bit too sweet with some dark caramel and malts.

Mouthfeel: Slightly overcarbonated. Good vicosity and smooth aftertaste.

Drinkability: High abv means this is a sipper and i wouldnt have too many of these. not bad though and i would have again.

Photo of RoyalT
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a gorgeous medium-brown in color with one of the most magnificent heads that I've ever seen. It's would properly be called off-white I guess but shows a lot of brown. It is firm, well structured, retentive, and left pits of shaving cream all around the glass and on top of the liquid. This is truly a beauty shop.

Smell - The malts here are rich and show a lot of depth. There's a light toastiness to them and a sweet character reminiscent of sulphored molasses.

Taste - The malts are incredibly rich. The sweets are substantial without imparting that cheap table sugar flavor that poor efforts at the style can't seem to resist. I get a hint of chocolate as well giving this one a little more complexity than is typical of the style.

Mouthfeel - This is a big medium-bodied with no bitter aftertaste. The alcohol was a little more prominent than I would like for a DB but other than that one minor complaint this was an excellent mouthfeel.

Drinkability - It was wonderful experience drinking this beer. Too often American brewers use a sledgehammer to beef up an otherwise mild style but here they managed to stay fairly true to the beer yet produce a big ale deserving of the "imperial" moniker. Well done Sam Adams.

Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy reddish-brown-orange, with tons of off-white frothy head. The head lasted for a long time, leaving tons of lacing

Smell: Very malty, as to be expected, with notes of cinnamon and gingerbread. Some honey in there too. Almost smells like a winter warmer.

Taste: Very sweet, malty, and boozy. This one tastes all of the nearly ten percent ABV it is. Tastes like gingerbread and honey, with a nice honey aftertaste. This one is all malt, but it never becomes sweet to the point of becoming cloying, which is nice. It would be a very smooth beer, except for the underlying presence of the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and creamy, almost chewy. Very nice.

Drinkability: It was enjoyable, but the alcohol was too noticeable in this one. It would have been a very smooth and sweet beer, but the alcohol cut right through it. That being said, it was a good beer, and one I was impressed with from Sam Adams.

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.

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Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 1,840 ratings.