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

Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series)Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series)

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1,706 Ratings

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Ratings: 1706
Reviews: 1073
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.23%

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:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-07-2009)
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Photo of marc77


3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2002 19:25:29 | More by marc77
Photo of cokes


4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2002 21:31:32 | More by cokes
Photo of pbrian


4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2002 08:45:15 | More by pbrian
Photo of mophie


4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2002 20:50:01 | More by mophie
Photo of ADR


3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2002 10:48:12 | More by ADR
Photo of Viking


4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the first time I've had Sam's Double Bock since my original exposure to Sam Adams brews 6 years ago. It's a shame I waited so long to try this again!

This is a deep red/coppery colored beer with a nice head (which could have stayed around a bit longer, however). It has a nice malty aroma with a heavy undertone of molasses. The aroma reminds me a bit of fine rum (the stuff made with molasses, not the flavored grain alcohol). The aroma is only a prelude to the wonderful taste of this brew. The malt/molasses flavor carries through with a hint of alcohol as it warms. This is probably the most 'drinkable' dopplebocks I've tried. It'll eventually knock you over, but it's certainly worth it!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2002 19:57:01 | More by Viking
Photo of Alewife

New Hampshire

4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my all-time favorites! Nice sweet, malty nose. Has a nice fine, creamy head on top of a great chestnut colored body. Tastes of molasses and caramel smooth out nicely over the palate. This is a great one for sipping and enjoying. 2002 is not a bad year, but if you can hold on to it for awhile and drink it in a year or two, WOW!!! Ages beautifully!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2002 21:20:08 | More by Alewife
Photo of John

New York

4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This stuff is so good I decided it merits a re-review after a recent tasting.

12oz. bottle. Deep ruby-brown color, beautiful tan, cascading, lasting head. Aroma is of sweet dark bread and toasted caramel. Full body. Flavor is dark malty sweet, chocolatey with hints of caramel. Alcohol is quite pronounced, but balances the sweetness (use caution near open flame!). Minimum detectable hop. Serious brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2002 12:46:14 | More by John
Photo of Bighuge


4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice frothy head that lasts some time. Beautiful mahogany color. Aroma is predominantly sweet. Tastes of liquorice and molasses dominate. Very well put together dopplebock. Malt dominates. Hops are used for subtle balance.This has been a favorite of mine for some time. I have even ranked it #1 in a blind taste test of 10 dopplebocks.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2002 00:41:10 | More by Bighuge
Photo of ZAP


4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally found it in my neck of the woods and I am not disappointed...dark mahogony in color...soft creamy head....chewy in texture and very malty in flavor...but not overwhelmingly so. I think an understated strong point of this beer is the hopping. It is just enough to balance this brew and keep it from being over-sweet. You can definitely taste the alcohol and it's initial mouthfeel is almost syruppy...but like I said, the hopping does wonders for this beer and overall this rates in my top 5 or so doppels...If I drink a doppel I want it to taste rich and sweet and this accomplishes that without going overboard.

Update: I have had two more of these and am finding an almost candy sugar sweetness on the nose and palate...I like it but it is different than I expected..

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2002 15:40:11 | More by ZAP
Photo of Murph


3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A truly awesome brew. Pours a dark, dark ruby color, almost to the point of being brown but not quite. Gets a creamy dark tan head that sticks for quite some time before sinking down to a nice lace. Smells of sweet malty goodness. First taste is a bit on the alcohol side followed by an almost corn syrup like?? malt sweetness. The beer flows very smoothly across the palate. Overall drinkablity is pretty high as the beer is pretty easy to consume for all it's body. All in all a very good beer and highly recommended if you can get your hands on some. I finally found some and boy was I glad.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2002 03:37:32 | More by Murph
Photo of xXTequila


3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark and very malty. as crazy as it sounds it had sort of a black licorice taste to it. Not a bad beer. I'm glad i only bought one bottle of it to try because it really filling.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2002 09:46:30 | More by xXTequila
Photo of Todd


4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the few beers that I can honestly say that I look forward to each year. Malty, robust and extremely warming ... one of the last ballsy beers by Sam Adams, and one that I wish was a year round beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2001 10:07:19 | More by Todd
Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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