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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,736 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,736
Reviews: 1,074
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 64
Gots: 59 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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granite

New Hampshire

2.1/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz poured into bock glass.

A---It poured mahogany with red hues and a thin white head.

S---Esters, green apple and late malt.

T---Malty, hot alcohol, fruity yeast and cider aftertaste.

M---Medium bodied.

D---It was more ale like then a lager. It tasted like it was fermented hot. I have no interest in trying the 07 batch again.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 17:39:50 | More by granite
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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Clear amber/red brew with a massive four finger head that quickly recedes to a tight cap of tan cream. A good amount of lacing is left on the glass.

S - Creamy chocolate ice cream, oreo cookies, root beer, with some caramel notes. The aroma is a bit weak though. I have to really stick my nose in the glass to get a good whiff.

T - Whipped cream and chocolate. Cake-batter malt flavors with some unexpected but welcome nuttiness. I taste hints of almond liquor amaretto.

M - Sandy-feeling on the tongue and full bodied with a very creamy whipped texture. Gritty chocolate cake batter feel with some warming alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2007 17:44:33 | More by pmcadamis
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david131

California

2.63/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Extremely clear. Copper and a dark amber come to mind. Even with a hard pour, the head is just like a soda- shows up for a second and fizzles out.

S- Brown sugar, a little spice, alcohol.

T- Sweet and malty. The spice sticks out a little bit. The alcohol is very apparent.

M- Wow, this is kind of thin and astringent. The alcohol is not hidden well at all.

D- I am glad I only had a single of this. All I could think of was a SA Octoberfest with more alcohol in it. It did get to be a little easier to drink as I got further into the glass, but that could have just been the alcohol taking effect.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2007 17:24:02 | More by david131
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams seems to be coming out with stuff from the past quite a bit lately. This one poured a sort of copper coloration, with a small white heading. Smell had hints of honey, caramel, toasted grains, and a bit of molasses. Taste was huge on the malt, with a sort of maple syrup sweetness. Mouthfeel was big, but the alcohol was not too noticable. I did notice however, that after one of them I had a definite warming sensation. I dont think I could handle more then a few of these, as the sweetness is a bit much for me. I would like to see how this differs on tap as opposed to in the bottle. Either way, recommended. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2007 00:19:44 | More by jamie2dope
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auxiliary

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark amber color, little head but when away after a bit. No lace.

Smell - Sweetness, and malts.

Taste - Sweet malts, goes down nice. First time I have had this. Says seasonal bew.

Mouthfeel - Medium bosy, some carbination. Malty.

Drinkability - Sweet beer, would be a nice summer beer. In the shade that is with almost 9% ABV Real nice beer, should always be available.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 01:59:53 | More by auxiliary
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Freshie

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a nice dark, amber hue. Very clear.

The smell is molasses sweet. A bit of spice.

The taste is big and sweet. Molasses maltiness with spicy hops coming afterwards. Mouthfeel is syrupy but warming.

Not a chugger but a great winter sipping brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 01:49:01 | More by Freshie
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sraimondi

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had 2 of these over the weekend. First of all, glad to see that Jimmy Koch's company has decided to brew this one again, as I could not get this one in New England last year (I think they substituted their Brown at the time.). A nice dark auburn color with a 1" head which dissipated into a thin foam film with little lacing, which is normal given the higher ABV. The initial aroma, with the head still present, has some banana notes, with malt nose dominating. The taste is very good and spot on the style. The mouthfeel is quite smooth for the style, with a bit of alcohol at the back of the tongue at the finish. The drinkability is ok, but suffers a bit with the elevated ABV.

Dopplebock is my fave style and this one is one of the better US produced versions. If you are a Malt-head, seek this one out. You will like it, trust me.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 22:09:29 | More by sraimondi
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memory

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean ruby red with slight lacing. What lacing there is shows the distinct alcohol presence. However, the alcohol is nicely balanced out by the smooth malt finish on the palette. Not too sweet, just enough for what seems to be an honest rep of the style. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 03:31:21 | More by memory
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bashiba

Iowa

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear reddish brown with a thick dark tan head and decent lacing.

Smell was sweet and malty with hints of cedar and raisons.

Taste is definitly malt dominated, with a light sweet malty flavor with hints of cedar, oak, nuts and raisons along with a little bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is a little slick with some nice alcohol warmth.

Very easy to drink and tasty, pretty spot on double bock.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2007 21:56:03 | More by bashiba
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Madmax99

New York

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

I am actually enjoying this beer at this very second. When I poured it into my mug I noticed the head took a little while to form, but it was worth it. The head smells of hoppyness (its sam adams) and a slight note of carmel. The malt is very nicely roasted to give it a beautifl chesnut color. As I drink the beer I can see the beautiful lacing around the glass. A perfect blend of flavor, alcohol, and spice. Good beer here.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 02:56:24 | More by Madmax99
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a beautifully clear chestnut brown with ruby highlights. Small creamy tan head that thins, speckled lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and caramel malty with light hints of cocoa and a mild nuttiness.

Taste is sweet upfront with a nice caramel malty taste with hints of cocoa. A mild toasted nuttiness is also present. Finishes with a lingering sweetness.

Medium-full body, light carbonation.

A decent dopplebock, just a tad on the sweet side. Could certainly drink more than one, and a good choice for the price.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 04:08:47 | More by MaltyGoodness
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Lupin

Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a corsendonk curved flutip (tulip/flute, i think tute is inappropriate, especially for nosing)

Pours with a minimal head, which leaves the faintest of lacings and dies quickly. Looks and, too a degree, smells like a brown ale.

First obvious aroma is bananas, then the malt, then caramel.. Very soft, but if you pay enough attention the alcohol is obvious, but well camouflaged.

Looks a lot like Salvator, I guess, but tastes much better. Nutty overtones cloak the initial banana aroma. Perhaps a bit too sweet. Very well balanced, with a wonderful finish of hops cloaking just the right amount of sweetness from the front and sides of the tongue.

Probably the most memorable Samuel Adams brew I've had, ahead of the standard boston lager slightly, and the dark lager/oktoberfest/pumpkin ale by far. This doppelbock shoots from the hip and has pretty good aim.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 01:08:42 | More by Lupin
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arnulfooxblood

Connecticut

4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance--Reddish brown, 1 cm. head. Very active carbonation.

Smell--Sweet malts, caramel notes, maybe some almond tones. Quite nice.

Taste/Moutfeel--Sharp taste on the tip of the tongue mellows to a sweet bread flavor and hints of a leathery taste as it moves back on the palate. Sweet malty aftertaste. A very slight note of alcohol, not enough to frighten anyone off, but just enough to add to the experience. As the beer warms, faint raisin and licorice flavors come through. Well carbonated, almost creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability--This is a delicious brew and overall a very fun beer to drink. The 8.8% alcohol, without being overpowering makes it that much better.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2007 18:07:18 | More by arnulfooxblood
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kwakwhore

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish brown with a light tan head which lasts for a couple of minutes, some lacing on the glass. smells of sweet ripe fruit, alcohol. Taste is not as sweet as last year's offering, a bit leaner this year. Mouthfeel is a little bit on the thin side. The alcohol is a bit too upfront but overall this is a more balanced example of a dopplebock. I wish that this beer was available all year round instead of being a seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2007 04:08:44 | More by kwakwhore
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adammills

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep copper with edges of amber. It is topped with a frothy yellow/orangish head, very inviting. The head does fade but does manage to leave some patches of lace on the sides of the glass.

The aroma and taste of the beer is quite full. There is a tremendous malt quality that strikes you first, some elements of caramel and toffee, very rich. It is a dense brew but not too heavy. You can certainly taste, feel, and smell the alcohol level in this beer. It is present yet does not overwhelm. Right in the back of the palate you can percieve a slight citrusy earthy taste from the hops. There is not a lot of carbonation is this beer, but what is there is a palpable softness.

In regards to mouthfeel, it is full and chewy. Slightly viscous and pleasant to drink. This is a great winter beer, it warms and is a great filling malty brew for the 0* temps of Michigan in the winter.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 20:47:59 | More by adammills
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a pretty good doppelbock, but I feel like it lacks th compexity to make it a great one. Alcohol was also a bit evident in the aroma and flavor. The arom aroma didnt really do ti for me, I found it weak for such a big beer. The flavor still had trademark chocolate and licorice doppel flavors, but this beer could be more. Still worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 20:40:50 | More by tempest
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athensbeermaster

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Well for only $6.99 a six pk. at 8.8% abv. this beer is a bargain.
Compared to german double bocks it lacks some depth. The alcohol is so high, it overpowers the palate. The brew still has wonderful caramel,molases,and slight hint of chocolate. The finish is very creamy with just a hint of hops to tickle your taste-buds.
Thanks goes out to Sam Adams for keeping the price so cheep!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 18:21:02 | More by athensbeermaster
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foureyedgeek

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a brownish-red color, quite cleatr. Two fingers of head falls to a decent cap of foam.

Smell is interesting for a dopplebock, its kind of hoppy. Definite notes of alcohol. Also a good malty breadiness and some molasses.

Taste is very sweet and only a little fruity, with a good bitterness to back it up, with a very obvious alcohol presence. Not a ton of depth, but tasty nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is well-bodied, creamy and chewy with a good alcohol warming.

Drinkability is pretty good, though the alcohol combined with the sweetness is a tad too much for me. Good beer though!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 02:27:59 | More by foureyedgeek
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Mdog

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber with a fast fading head.

Smell: Sweet, banana, alcohol.

Taste: Very sweet. Caramel and brown sugar dominate.

Drinkability: Tasty but strong. One of the cheapest double bocks out there: $6.99 a six pack.

When I first started drinking good beers, double bocks and tripels were my favorites. I've moved on to highly hopped beers but this one is still worth picking up at the price. Pretty good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 22:23:26 | More by Mdog
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bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Boy, I was shocked at this one, a huge brew from Sam Adam's. Smells kinda sweet and malty, like a souped up Oktoberfest. Detectable banana and whiskyish plum notes dominate the smell and the taste. The beer is beautiful looking with a huge head, and overflowed the glass. Couldn't drink too many, very strong and let's you know it, with a brandish, strong, whisky like flavor pouring through on the back end.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 23:55:42 | More by bigdeuce
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Chaz

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 'fridge into a Libby pint produces a tan head of medium duration and moderate lacing. To the casual onlooker this is the sort of "dark beer" that so many fizzy yellow beer drinkers speak of in a curious, almost fearful manner; a dark, almost opaque brown in color. Upon closer inspection -and held up to direct light- it's more of a dark reddish-amber than brown in color, and it is brilliantly clear in appearance. Carbonation looks almost minimal, but is actually moderate on the palate. The nose is consistent as per memory and previous reviews, offering caramel, toffee, licorice, sour apple, and even rum. Diacetyl is also present, but it's minimal and consistent with past offerings of this brew. There's still only a hint of hop bitterness showing through on the nose, and that's fine, as this is a malt monster rather than a hop bomb after all. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and does a great job of coating the tongue with an unctious, treacle-like malt-based quality . . . "malt-slime"? Nah, just put it down to Turbo Maltitude. "Plenty of rich malt goodness"? Absolutely, and as per style this offers both fruit (sweet cherry, red apple, raisin) and spirits (rum, brandy) notes. Quite warming and deceptively drinkable. Medium-to-full bodied, and definitely a sipper rather than an easy sessioning beer. Flavors and overall drinkability tend to improve with a bit of warming-up as opposed to drinking straight from the 'fridge.

Flavorful and substantial, Samuel Adams Double Bock remains my favorite offering from the brewery, and is worth buying by the palate-load.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2007 21:37:03 | More by Chaz
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Alanthebeerguy

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured the beer into a pint glass, the color is a beautiful copper brown color, not very much head.

I could not quite place what I got in the nose but I liked it, sweet and hoppy.

The taste was good I picked up alittle sweetness in the back of my mouth, with the malts up front

The mouth feel was thick and somewhat creamy

I could definitely see drinking more that one of these at a time

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2007 01:59:39 | More by Alanthebeerguy
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBD of Oct 07 pours an effervescent chestnut with 2 fingers+ of sand colored head. Good lacing & fair head retention

S: Big bready maltness, a little cinnamon & alcohol as this warms up.

T: Big malt & breadyness up front. A little brown sugar & caramel work their way in as this warms. I also get a little toffee & maple syrup. Finishes sweet (brown sugar & toffee), warming & slightly dry

MF: Chewy, a little sticky, medium to heavy bodied with low carbonation. My lips (probably cracked from the cold) are picking up a persistently alcohol sting

Drinks pretty easy, a nice take on the style & better than last years IMO. I will try to hold some back & see how it ages

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 04:16:55 | More by russpowell
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Vancer

Illinois

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

SOB, can’t believe I’ve missed out on this one in previous years. What a top notch, great brew.

Just look at that great pour, clear mahogany brown, ivory head, lace city in my Sammy tulip glass.

Sweet molasses and malts in the aroma, but then – BAM ! The quaff will just about knock you to your knees with the big malty, molasses, toasty and doughy, hints of bourbon. This is so freakin full bodied – I bet this is way over 200 calories a bottle. NO hint that we almost talkin’ 9%. The only negative is the overall sweetness of the brew, just a tad too much.

The final kicker – sixer was a standard price of $7 like any other offerings from Sammy. Unbelievable all around great deal for a great brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2007 15:54:42 | More by Vancer
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BeerSox

Virginia

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

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Clear deep amber, almost a ruby red color with some lighter honey amber toward the bottom of the glass where it's thinner. Light tan fizzy head that has decent retention. Solid lacing throughout the glass.

Sweet malt aroma with some caramel and a creaminess that is akin to vanilla yogurt. A little bit of warming alcohol makes its way through.

Mostly malts are tasted, with a light creaminess, toastiness, and sweet caramel flavor. Some alcohol makes its way through with a little bit of vanilla as well. Thick and spritzy mouthfeel, almost like carbonated olive oil. Finishes with some grainy malts and caramel, along with a little bit of alcohol.

Seems to be a popular beer among the masses, and I can see why. It's hot or miss when the bigger breweries make this one, but they hit it dead on. Get some when you can.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 01:59:32 | More by BeerSox
Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 1,736 ratings.