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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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very good

1,748 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,748
Reviews: 1,075
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 65
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-07-2009)
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Photo of malcontent


4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice ruddy amber/brown hue with a decent finger of head. Head dies down a bit quickly but leaves a nice little white ring in its place.

Raisins and prunes hit me right away with a touch of roasty booze. Really fruity but highly aromatic.

Man, that's big flavor! Rich, malty mouthful of dark fruit with only the slightest bit of alcohol to note. Soft, lingering roasted finish with warming alcohol from below. Delicious.

Not all that thick for something with this malt bill and highly drinkable. Startling in its drinkability which, at 9.5%, is a terrifying prospect... Up there with the Black Lager as BBC's best offering. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 02:08:05 | More by malcontent
Photo of kels


3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The pour into my pint glass yields an iced-tea colored liquid, fairly hazy, with loads of carbonation running throughout. A skim of cream colored head hangs around and leaves behind a surprising coating of cream lace all along the sides of the glass.

Smell: Really no smell to speak of. The lightest bit of caramel malt comes through, but not much else than that.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The first thing that I notice is the overwhelmingly forward alcohol. Being an imperial, that's not completely surprising, but it's big (not to mention this bottle has been in the fridge a few months already). The heat is joined by syrupy, raisiny sweet malts and a mild citrus hop presence. The feel is very carbonated, fizzy and bright. It provides a nice contrast with the heavier, darker flavors of a doppelbock.

Drinkability: Not as high as expected considering the overly impactful heat.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 19:52:42 | More by kels
Photo of DiabolikDUB


3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy deep copper with a finger of creamy khaki-colored head that slowly dissolves into a medium sized ring around the glass. The aroma is heavy with toffee with some caramel, smoke and booze. Tastes of toasted malts, light whiskey, peat and some burnt caramel. Its a medium bodied beer that is syrupy and hints of carbonation. I am actually pretty surprised at how much I liked this beer. I didn't expect too much from this and got so much in return. That said, it is a bit hot in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 06:22:34 | More by DiabolikDUB
Photo of tmoneyba


3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Hyde Park Wine.

Poured dark brown hue with large light brown head that lasted most of the beer and had good lacing. Medium aroma of citrus and caramel. Medium to full body with creamy texture and soft carbonation. Full complex sweet flavor with medium sweet finish and small alcohol bite of moderate duration.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 01:13:27 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of hopdog


3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and clear copperish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of roastiness, earthy, nutty, caramel, burnt, and lighter coffee. Tastes of caramel, toasty, nutty, and some coffee. Heavier alcohol burn in the finish. On the sweeter side.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 02:34:32 | More by hopdog
Photo of gearkraft


4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A rich and dark cherry chocolate like color. Hints of amber towards edge of glass (was poured from a bottle). Very minor lacing, with little to no head retention. Im so memorized by the colors I don't care that there is an absence of head.

Smell: I hint detections of a apricot and fermented soy on the back end. Almost reminds me of a fruity soy sauce type of smell. Probably not the best way to describe it, but its pleasant... almost like a humid summer evening.

Taste: This one took me a minute to really get down. First you get hints of malts, followed by a huge rush of apricot and starchy smoothness. Back-end finishes with a slight coppery nut flavor.

Mouthfeel: I originally was disappointed, but after a few sips it began to grow on me. Its heavy, but soothing. Almost like a home made cream sauce for pasta.

Drinkability: I rated this with a high score because it is a great beer, that I could conceivably drink several of, but with the high alcohol content I wouldnt suggest it.

Would I buy this beer again? No, probably not. But you ask, "why did you give it such a high rating"... Well, because it is simply good, and thats it. Its also expensive for a 4 pack.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 00:53:07 | More by gearkraft
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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours reddish brown with little head showing at first but it slowly shows itself at about a finger after the beer has time to sort itself out. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: Smells very malty and sweet. At 9.5% ABV I'm a little surprised the alcohol isn't making itself known immediately, but it is there to a minimal extent. Sweetness in the smell, will see how this carries over to taste.

T: Sweetness/Malitness wasn't as much as I had braced myself for and the alcohol is more present in the taste than the smell lead me to believe, pleasantly surprised. Some caramel, brown sugar tones in there. A good strong Doppelbock.

M: Nothing overly impressive here, pretty straight forward highly-alcoholic beer, not too strong in any area, nor is it overly heavy for its type.

D: Due to the fact that this beer could fool you into thinking it had 7% ABV I will rate it highly here, because it isn't overly potent. I would say I could easily enjoy one or two of these without them feeling too overpowering before I decided to move on, but no more than that, not that more than two would be needed of course.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 02:38:51 | More by MagyarPuska
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4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with a very minimal off white head.

Strong malty aroma tons of toffee, molasses, and raisins.

The taste is dominated by sweet bready malts. Alcohol punch near the end.

This is a damn tasty brew, watch out though the just a couple of these will have you walking sideways.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 22:27:41 | More by rebel1771
Photo of bluegrassbrew


3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a color that at first glance appears black, but upon further review is more of a deep mahogany. Minimal head yet some decent lace.

Smell is of sweet molasses and grain. Malts galore in this one. Just a subtle hint of almost spicy fruit as well.

Taste is a malt bomb. Grains and again a bit of spicy fruits in there. Reminiscent of a humid yet mild summer evening if that makes any sense.

Mouthfeel I found to be just a tad too syrupy.

Overall, this is a solid beer. Lots of complexity and well hidden alcohol. Perhaps a bit too sweet to drink much of, but still a welcome addition to the fam of Sam.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 04:35:33 | More by bluegrassbrew
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3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) pours a reddish copper color with a tan colored head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is malty and fruity. The mouthfeel is medium to thick. The flavor is strongly malty but fruit and alcohol are definitely noticeable too. Perhaps not the best doppelbock I've had, but quite good.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 00:48:55 | More by Drew966
Photo of Gueuzedude


4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-finger thick, well amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark amber almost plum color that shows a brilliantly clear cranberry and gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is big and chewy with dense malt notes, lots of complex, concentrated maltiness and no apparent hop character to get in the way. I am able to pick out aromas of toffee, caramelized raisins, Maillard rich malt, big toasted grain notes, hardy brown-bread aromatics and even some rich malt character that makes me think of peat smoke.

Dense and chewy as the beer hits my tongue, while rich it is not overly sweet or cloying, instead it has a rich, complex malt sweetness that approaches being savory at times. A prickle of carbonation provides a touch of peppery texture that can't really cut through the thick body that is here. Dense, caramelized malt character, a rich Maillard browning malt depth, toffee, a touch of concentrated (though malt derived) fruitiness, a savory richness and a flavor that makes me think of a rich, hardy, lightly sweetened, dense German dark bread that has a kiss of brandy in it. The beer finishes with a touch of alcohol warming that provides just a touch of spiciness, but the malt just sticks to the palate and lingers on for quite some time on the palate. As the beer warms it picks up a hint of dark cocoa flavors as well as some toasted nuttiness in the finish. This definitely has a huge body on it, even for a beer of it's strength it is quite chewy; this works very well for a Double Bock (which I am now thinking is bigger than a Doppelbock).

This beer is quite clean in both the nose and flavor; it is spot on for a lager and really allows for the concentrated malt character to come out. This is actually quite tasty and actually exceeds my expectations. The aroma is not bad, it is actually pretty good and mimics the flavors that are present quite well, but for some reason it is the flavor that I am really excited about in this beer. This will definitely age for some time in the cellar, but I am going to say that I think this is a beer that is best enjoyed fresh; you want to taste the sharp malt character and age will only round things out here.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 15:52:53 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of dhd1491


4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper brown. Tan head lays down quickly; no lacing. Little yeasty-malty aroma. Taste is the best part: Malty and thick with some roasted barley and sweet cocoa. Notes of cola and toffee in a buttery mouthfeel. Alcohol is a bit strong, but to be expected in SA's Imperial line. It's a sipper, but goes down pretty easy despite the high ABV. Better than their Imperial White, but not as good as their Imperial IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 21:43:47 | More by dhd1491
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3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours a dark golden brown color, with copper highlights. Two-finger head of tan foam. Retention is okay. Lacing is strand-like and fairly sticky.

Roasted malts. Caramel and brown sugar. Yeast notes. Raisins and figs, with a hint of plum.
Nice nose for a Double Bock. A little more going on than expected.

Big, sweet, maltiness. Brown sugared figs and raisins. Notes of caramel sweet bread. Molasses and toffee. Mild hops, in the finish.

Full-bodied. Kind of smooth, kind of creamy. Nothing to write home about, but it's enjoyable.

Nicely drinkable. The 9.5%ABV will keep most people from downing too many, though. The sweetness is probably more than most people want, also.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 03:51:22 | More by coldmeat23
Photo of Bung


4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Deep orange/amber pour. Not much of an off white head, but plenty of carbonation is present. Aroma is malty, caramel and raisin with some citrus. Taste has the caramel, toffee and raisin with a solid bready component. Finishes with a little bite and warming. Alcohol is well hidden until it peaks through in the end. Almost creamy, but with a pretty good amount of carbonation. Good drinkabilit for the abv. Not a bad large production brew at all, possibly better within the style than the Imperial Stout of the Imperial series.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 02:14:05 | More by Bung
Photo of bum732


3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown, nice creamy head leaving crazy amounts of lacing. Smells of raisin bread, other dark fruits, yeasty bread, caramel, toffee, . Tastes of sweet bready malt, lots of raisiny sweetness and boldness. Caramel and toffee near the finish, touch of alcohol. Finishes with some bitterness and brown sugar finish. Very full bodied and almost creamy, carbonation low, appropriate for the style.

A great bock, very bold and full bodied. Not sure if i could drink more than one of these a session, too rich. Great beer though.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 19:40:59 | More by bum732
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3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well there are some things that I enjoy in craft beer, and others that I can appreciate, this is the latter. What I mean by this is I can appreciate that this has desirable qualities, ones that are sought after in their respective styles, however the black cherry flavor I find in most doppelbocks is not something I love. So this is a great beer, just not for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 03:51:54 | More by cheapxceptbeer
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4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a stemmed pilsner glass.

Pours a deep, brilliantly clear mahogany brown with glowing ruby highlights. The rich creamy froth of off-white foam leans a bit toward light tan, fading away somewhat quickly to a thick crown that leaves thick rings of lace on the walls of the glass.

Aroma takes the deep malty aroma common to most doppelbocks and elevates it to a new level, throwing in much deeper notes of plums and even some figs, along with a whiff of sweet alcohol.

Full and rich in body with a moderately carbonated mouthfeel; smooth and desireable, with just a bit of a prickly bite. Palate is richly malty, with malt sweetness up front blending in with a bit of graininess, perhaps a touch biscuity with sweet bread mixing in. Mild hop bitterness balances things out and leads to a finish that is just a touch dry, with a lingering sweet malt flavor that includes a bit of dark fruit.

Rounded, complex and clean, it lends itself well to drinkability, but the 9.5% ABV is on he high side and can be a bit of a knockout, keeping things down to a bottle or two. Straddles the line in character between a Doppel and an Eisbock, but overall quite delicious and a wonderful addition to the year-round Sam Adams lineup.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 02:54:29 | More by superdedooperboy
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4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Glass with a decent head, faded fast but a light rim was present throughout. Lacing was present but nothing spectacular. As the bottle says it is a mahogany color.

Smells like a lot of Malt, not surprising as it says it uses a pound per bottle. The alcohol also is present behind the malt.

Tastes good, strong malt characteristics that fall somewhere between roasted and caramelized, more towards the roasted for sure though but with a sweetness added. The alcohol was present also, almost like a faint barrel aging taste with some oak flavors (maybe coming from the roasted malts)

Carbonation is perfect, feels perfect on the tongue. Balanced throughout the mouth, definitely for the alcohol content this is made to be as easy as possible to drink. That said by half way through the bottle the alcohol is definitely becoming more prominent in the taste. Just because of this its drinkability is limited, but really this is not meant to be drank in bulk, much more for savoring. Definitely a good beer, and one that I will definitely have again should nothing new be available.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 17:32:35 | More by Baileyuk
Photo of MVotter

New York

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma from the freshly opened bottle: sweet malts and caramels

Aroma after the pour: less interesting ... faint breads, yeast.

The Sam Adams Double Bock poured down the middle of a pils glass produces a towering tan head which settles back to 2+ fingers in a couple of minutes, leaving some thin lacing. The brew itself is a crystal clear amber.

The taste is immediately sweet; molasses and black licorice; "Malt Disney," baby.

The mouthfeel is chewy, noticeably "gravitational," not a lot of carbonation remains after that pour down the middle. After finishing the glass, I refilled and poured down the side. This produced a plentiful, playful effervescence.

The Samuel Adams Double Bock is a DB for sure. Sweet, but not over the top sweet. After a while, roasted notes also come through, along with a warming alcohol flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 02:42:34 | More by MVotter
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a flute glass.

A-Tan, dense head. Dark, garnet body.

S-Toffee, caramel, some smoke, great german malt flavor.

T-great german malt flavor. very slight alcohol finish.


D-Great beer. I appreciate breweries that try to bring a foreign flavor to the states. It makes me think that this is what the stale imports we get here are so much better fresh.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 20:22:05 | More by jneiswender
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams- Double Bock

A- Deep amber brown with a good moderately thick lacing head. Clear with no carbonation.
S- Thick sweet malt, molasses, and brown sugar.
T- Powerfully sweet sugary dried fruits; raisin, prune, and figs. Sweet brown sugar and a mild molasses flavor really dominate. Slight touch of hot alc. in the end.
M- Very sweet and sticky, slightly cloying. Warm alcoholic finish.

Overall- A bit too sweet. Good, but a bit cloying. 1 or 2 would be the max.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 22:11:41 | More by NJpadreFan
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4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - Rich dark malts and some sweet fruitiness and an almost roasted quality as well.

Appearance - Poured a dark red that produced a decent off-white head.

Taste- Sweet upfront that gives way to a spicy alcohol that finishes in a roasted bread like flavor. This is a very smooth beer that only hints at its alcohol content.

Mouthfeel - A good amount of carbonation does not distract from the thick body this beer carries.

Drinkability - An amazing beer that has to be tried. I love a malty beer and this one is a winner.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 00:26:38 | More by jwhawkins81
Photo of OtisinAZ


3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

beer poured a dark red/ burnt brown color.

very small head tan colored with some lacing.

smell an immediate syrup malty caramel note with no noticeable hop aroma.

a very "chewy" beer with a small alcohol bite.

good beer glad it comes in a 4 pack, 6 would do damage.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 00:15:19 | More by OtisinAZ
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3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark red-brown color, with 3 finger white head, Really a beautiful pour. Smells of syrupy, bready, maltiness. Smells like its going to be too sweet, also has a bit of boozeynes to it. Taste is pretty dang sweet, but its not cloyingly sweet. Really bready taste and feel about it. I can feel my blood sugar rising with each sip of this one. Half pound of malts in each glass?! wow. Lot of body in this one, pretty darn thick actually, a bit syrupy.

Overall this is pretty darn good! Dont think i could ever drink more than one of these in a sitting, and also with the sweetness dont think I would want to either.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 23:56:27 | More by webbcreative
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South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is a garnet red with a slight foamy white head. Aroma is top notch, very malty and sweet, chocolate, caramel and brownies with a substantial bit of whiskey. Taste is very smooth, malty and sweet, lots of milk chocolate and butter rum. Again the whiskey is prevalent, giving this a substantial alcohol warming as it goes down. Only a slight bitterness keeps this from being cloying.

A well-crafted brew, a bit boozy, but a welcome addition to SA's big beer series.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 04:42:39 | More by saintwarrick
Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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