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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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Reviews: 1,093
Hads: 1,873
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 98
Gots: 128 | 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

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-07-2009

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Photo of kunzbrew
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a nice red amber color with a creamy head that last a while then reduces to a minimal collar, leaving a lace behind. A light malt hits the nose which is what I was not expecting. The first sip brings a strong maltiness like a dopplebock should be and mild malt flavor. The finish is nice but not great. Sam Adams has an uphill battle versus the Germans.

Cheers (379 characters)

Photo of oelergud
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally the SA Double Bock is out in the stores, I've been awaiting this great brew for so long and it's just as good as I remember it.
A very clear dark ruby and a light tan head makes this a beautiful beer, not alot of lace but enough for me.
The smell doesn't hide the caramel and high alcohol % and neither does the taste, very creamy and full bodied, make sure you get a little of the head with each sip as that makes it even better.
Leaves a caramel cover in your mouth and brings a cozy warmth to your bones on these cold winter days.
This is one of the few seasonal beers I stock up on so I can enjoy the taste for a good while after the brewers stop making it.
This is one of the best beers from SA and one of the very best winter lagers.

-Oelergud, Cheers! (774 characters)

Photo of TXHops
3.34/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sam Adams Double Bock 2003 edition

-OG: 1.084
-FG: 1.021
-ABV: 8.45
-2-row Harrington, caramel 60º
-Real Extract: 7.94
-Apparent Attenuation: 74.12
-Calories/12 ounces: 240-277(I calculate 277, SA website says 240)
-Tettnang Tettnanger, Tettnang Hallertauer

Double Bock pours an unfiltered, slightly murky, brownish orange color. The light tan head of tiny bubbles starts out strong, but within a minute or two, recedes to the edges of the glass only. The deeply malty nose smells of bread dough and alcohol: like leavening rum-based wheat bread. The flavor is alcoholic, then lingeringly malty, then slightly fruity (like the aftertaste of dates), then briefly bitter from a welcome appearance from the German hops. All of those changes take place in the span of about two seconds, and then the beer finishes alcoholic again, with a faint roastiness gathering in the corners of my mouth. This beer tastes stronger than 8.4%, though the mouthfeel, which is a little softer than most SA beers, feels like less than the original gravity would suggest. While still substantial, and quite sticky on my lips, the beer just doesn’t quite feel as thick as the final gravity suggests that it is.

I think that most of the German interpretations of this style achieve better balance between the toasty maltiness and the warming alcoholic flavors than SA’s double bock does. When I drink Optimator, Celebrator or Salvator, I’m not left with as much heat in my stomach as I am with Sam Adams’ rendition. The classic German versions also show more finesse with their strength. This is a complex brew and I found it to be pretty enjoyable, but I wouldn’t want more than one. The overall sensation created by Sam Adams Double Bock is more reminiscent of EKU 28 than of Salvator. (1,786 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.88/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bright reddish-amber color with a low creamy brown head and slight lace. Big malty aroma !! Light caramel and light chocolate notes. Big malty flavor; dark caramel malt dominates. Full bodied, rich, creamy, and chewy with a warm alcohol finish.

I was worried about age but this aged incredibly well !! One of the best American dopplebocks to compare to imports.

Label states "Dark Lager" & "Rich bock brewed with extra malt".
ABV: 6.8% (per bottle).

'99 embossed stamp along bottle bottom. Tasted: 01/25/03 (516 characters)

Photo of Morris729
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 Edition. Pours a very dark amber color with a creamy tan colored head that fades into a nice lace. Nose is sweet roasted malts and alcoholic phenols. Very smooth and creamy in the mouth with flavors of rich sweet malts, dark fruits, and spicy alcohol. A very nice brew for a cold winter night. This is one of my favorite beers from Samuel Adams. (350 characters)

Photo of LarryV
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a huge finely bubbled head. After a few minutes, the head dissipated to a light froth. Aroma is subtle, enticing. A deep reddish hue when held to natural light. The alchohol is definitely very present in the taste. Sweet, but not cloyingly so. The malt is definitely the king here with the hops coming through faintly in the background. Mouthfeel is very lush and creamy. I really enjoyed this beer, but I would say it needs to be respected in terms of alchohol. After just one, I found myself mildly buzzed. :) (523 characters)

Photo of Wildman
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2003 edition:
This beer poured a dark reddish amber color and formed a nice light tan head that left laticed like lace as it subsided. Some carbonation is present. An aroma of malt and caramel. A flavor of malt and caramel with a touch of spice. The finish is lighter than some other bocks but a surprisingly good beer from Sam Adams. (335 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber-red with HUGE tan foam head.

Smell: Mild, citrus-like aroma. Not much malt in the nose.

Taste: Sweet, malty, low hops, like a Red Lager. Some caramel notes. A slight aromatic hop flavor in the finish. A bit of alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin with low carbonation, but smooth, and clean with very low hop flavor.

Drinkability: Good, very easy to drink. (394 characters)

Photo of kwill
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The initial appearance and smell of this beer left me a little disappointed. Not to say it was bad, just not quite what I was expecting. It pours a dark, red/brown with a thick brown head that disappeared a bit too quickly. The smell is good, but a little too sweet.

The taste is a bit too sweet with a light caramel taste. Mouthfeel is a little too thick and syrupy for a beer this sweet. The sweetness would not be so distracting if it finished cleaner and didn't leave such a thick and long-lasting aftertaste.

Overall a good beer, but it certainly can't stand up to some of the better doppelbocks like the Ayinger Celebrator or Paulaner Salvator. (656 characters)

Photo of sponberg
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep reddish brown, with a head that likes to hang around for a while. Aroma of biscuity malt, sweetness, and hints of hop spice.

Initial sip is sweet malt - sugar, honey, you are my candy girl, and you've got me wanting you....err, umm, right... The alcohol makes itself known throughout the sip. Chocolate and toffee halfway through to round things out. About mid-sip, a noble hop spiciness makes itself known, and that spiciness joins the malt through the finish. The flavor left on the tongue after swallowing is green apple with a background of espresso - very similar to Wagner Sled Dog Doppelbock. This is a very good thing. Very good body, but the sheer alcohol & body of the thing precludes multiple bottles.

Definitely a brew that improves if you let it cold condition for a few months. I've done this with this brew since the early 1990s, and it works every time. Somewhat sweet when fresh, but so tasty when it's given the chance to mature. (958 characters)

Photo of allboutbierge
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark, and rich blackish-brown. Fluffy copper colored head that disapates in a few minutes. Aroma is sweet smelling chocolates. Flavor is much the same, a little on the sweet side for my liking, but offset by a tiny bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is excellent; Its has a very silky feeling and thick chewy body. (314 characters)

Photo of StevieW
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Multiple samples at the 2002 GABF. Poured from bottles and not a keg, was a bit of a dissapointment, but not for long. This was a much sought after beer for me.

Rich bronze to copper color. Formed a fluffy full tan head. Smell was full of thick carmel malty sweetness. Very sweet smell hits your nose. Taste was everything I was hoping for. Full rich creamy carmel malt sweetness. Finish is full of carmel malt, and very good. Does linger a bit, but not bad again. Nearly syrupy feel, but not in a negative way. Medium bodied, rich, full, and tasty. Probably Boston Beer Co.'s best offering. I wish I could get it more often. Right up there with Salvator in this category. I beer could have often and not get tired of. (722 characters)

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark and rich, I always enjoy this beer. Used to think it was a seasonal beer, but I see it throughout the year. It is sweet, but a bitter sweet. Any more than two for me and it gets a bland taste, almost lie eating too much cake. (237 characters)

Photo of hyuga
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

January 2002 release. Beautiful deep amber color with a tan head that almost disappears rather quickly. Familiar peat-like, spicy, and extremely malty smell of a doppelbock, which I absolutely love. Very spicy yet smooth malt taste with some sweetness in the background. Definite warming alcohol presence. Some sticky caramel that stays after it goes down. I can't get enough of the spicy malt flavor! A wonderful surprise from a brewery that's an old favorite of mine. I thought right when I decided to get a six pack of these instead of just one to sample! (558 characters)

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I could never locate this beer in Philly...so many thanks to Bierman9 for the sixer!!
Pours a bronze color with a big red tint to it. The head in cardboard colored, mouth feel is smooth. Malt and butter toffee and caramel aromas on the nose. The same is found on the palate touch of butter toffee, alcohol makes itself know, and caramel. Great DB! (349 characters)

Photo of beerluvr
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This (aged since February) beauty pours a thick luscious and long-lasting tan head, very finely carbonated. Deep amber/reddish liquid. Nose is fruity, sweet...I swear I got a whiff of banana when I first poured it into the glass. Wow, taste is sweet with malt sugars, complex notes of alcohol and subtle fruitiness gives way to a gorgeous hoppiness...just dry & bitter enough to balance out the viscuous mouthfeel. This beer has aged beautifully, one of the finest to emerge from the cellar! Sadly, it's also the last bottle, the rest were drunk months ago...if only I knew how well it keeps. To those who have some stashed away...enjoy! (638 characters)

Photo of BeerBob
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a firm pour there is a tan head with small bubbles (hard to push heavy bock around) that did not stay long. Taste starts with some hops then goes very very sweet with raisin, fig and prune, then, some malt. This nice Sam Adams "Double Bock" also has a warm alcohol after glow. Dark amber in color, this viscous fluid makes a grand desert beer or a topping for ice cream. To be had with cigars and taken from brandy snifters in the library or den, certainly not for sitting at a bar and chugging. Sam Adams has pushed the envelope just a bit with this “Double Bock”. (572 characters)

Photo of DarthMalt
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

You have to trade 4 for 6 on this one, otherwise you might wake up someplace strange, or with your head in a toilet bowl (if you are accustomed to putting away six without a problem).

BOOZY! What else can I say. When hedonistic tendencies and flaming thirst come together in a harmonic convergence, this is the perfect beer. You can eat it in one sitting (mind the 4/6 caveat above, however), and then burn it off throwing a Boston Tea Party or something with your friends.

I really liked it at first, and my wife (recovering law student, nuff said) thought it was great! But, like I said, by bottle four you begin to wonder if beer enthusiasm hasn't turned to something more dark and sinister.

This is a seductive beer, without a doubt. Just make sure you can "trust your feelings" before imbibing throughout. (824 characters)

Photo of inebrius
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber-red, ultra tight bubble head that leaves a thick lace behind. Malt raisin cookie nose with traces of alcohol. The buds enjoy the balanced malt sweetness and hop bitterness while the nerves are numbed and the whole vibe is generally mellowed. Boston Beer Co., once again, shows us how good beer and good business can coincide. (336 characters)

Photo of Andy
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Word to the wise: don't let this beer warm up too much. Don't drink it ice cold, but it loses flavor after it warms to a certain point. Hazy reddish brown. No german malt aroma, sweeter like American or other Euro malt. Strong alcohol nose and flavor. A classic and perhaps Sam's best regularly produced beer (313 characters)

Photo of marc77
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The bubbly crystal clear dark bronze hue is topped by a creamy and dense head. The aroma is comprised of candy - like sweetness coupled with toasty Munich malt and is reminescent of caramelized sugars and fruit. The only elements lacking in aroma are the complex melanoidins provided by decoction. Otherwise, it's quite appetizing. Although quite bubbly in appearance, the brew is perfectly carbonated, the mouthfeel is very smooth and it's quite full bodied. This brew is definitely a sipper. Although very sweet, almost sticky sweet, there's enough rich malt complexity to keep this brew from being cloying and one - dimensional. Hop bitterness is paltry and doesn't even come close to balancing the malt sweetness. Finishes w/ a lingering toffee sweetness and pleasant alcohol warmth. This is a fine brew. The powerful sweetness hurts the drinkability just a touch. (878 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Like Jaybeerman below me...Sammy's hasn't shipped much of this to Wis. either. Many thanks go to VENOM for sending me this.

Pours a deep scarlet/brown body with a fizzy tan head that recedes to a wisp quickly, but never goes away.
Camel sweetness and alcohol on the nose. Quite malty smelling.
Great malt taste. Camel and butterscotch up front. Just a tiny hint of roastedness/chocolate. Alcohol peeks up for a moment before being pushed aside by the bavarian hops toward the finish. The hopping of this doppelbock is top notch. The faint herbalness balances the huge malt load just enough to make it wonderfully, (and potentially dangerously) drinkable.
Sticky and smooth at the same time. Fun to have in the mouth.
Great doppel. My favorite Sammy product.
Thanks again to Venom. (799 characters)

Photo of pbrian
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Doppelbocks aren't my favorite style. So it says something about Sam's offering that I liked it so much. This full-bodied malty treat sits in the glass majesticly, its off-white dense head proudly sitting atop the clear dark copper viscous liquid. Sweet chewy malts with caramel undertones are nicely balanced by a warming alcohol presence. Nice evening sipper. (364 characters)

Photo of mophie
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome brew. Deep orange-ruby-copper hue, slowly rising bubbles, and a thin but persistent white-tan head. Clean, crisp malty aroma. Slightly spicy, wonderful caramel and toffee flavors, with outstanding carbonation. Warming alcohol. Caramel finish. Outstanding. (263 characters)

Photo of ADR
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep orange copper color. Very attractive. Head is an ochre color. Malty scent...good and consistant heavy body that's full but not quite sticky (it gets close, though) all the way to the swallow. Pleasant malt, malt, malt with just a touch of diacetyl. There is a slightly offputting sense of beefy meatiness after a few sips, if I think about it, it gets worse. And there is a sense of alcohol warming. Sam does another pretty good brew here. (444 characters)

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