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

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1,745 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,745
Reviews: 1,075
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 65
Gots: 64 | FT: 0
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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Photo of orsulacp


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

The body of this beer was clear dark brown with hints of ruby when held up to the light. The tan head started out big and then settled to a 1/8" thick ring. Then nose was sweet, like molassas, with some spiciness from the alcohol. The taste is caramel and molassas, more caramel than molassas, and some toasted malt flavor. There is a slight bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium heavy with light carbonation giving a smooth and creamy texture. A very tasty and drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2007 18:50:28 | More by orsulacp
Photo of Shaw


4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first time I've seen this beer in Florida. It keeps getting better down here ...

A deep brown in color, actually a little lighter than other double bocks I've had. It's got a short, creamy head.

The aroma -- no surprise here -- is all malt with notes of caramel and a bit of alcohol.

I'm blown away with the taste. This is wonderful. It's almost syrupy, thanks to the massive amount of malt. Sweet with just enough bitterness mixed with a noticeable alcohol flavor. The grape-like flavors I like in other beers of this style is also there.

The body is also excellent: creamy and slick and chewy.

Overall this is a fantastic double bock. It's easily one of SA's best beers. Bravo!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2007 06:44:14 | More by Shaw
Photo of supercolter


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

A decent doppelbock, I respect Sam Adams more everytime I try a new style of their brews. Appearance is good. A bit of head, no lacing. Smell and Taste are quite similar, with some caramel malt and possibly cocoa like. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Drinkability is good.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2007 01:24:46 | More by supercolter
Photo of neenerzig


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

This beer pours a clear, medium deep reddish, amber brown color with a nice fluffy white head about 3/4 of an inch thick upon being poured that settles to a decent film layer. Has some decent lacing. Sweet, malty aromas are present are present along with some candy like caramel aromas as well as bit of hoppiness. Sweet, malty, zesty flavors with hints of caramel and candy are present and dominate the taste upfront followed by a hint of hops. Definitely has a crisp and chewy and fullbodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. fairly easy to drink. Another interesting offering from Sam Adams.


Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 06:26:36 | More by neenerzig
Photo of mpyle


3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reddish brown color, clear as could possibly be. Moderate white head with fairly poor retention.

Fruitcake sweetness in the aroma. Dark malt mealnoidan character, but otherwise a clean lager character aroma (which is to say, not much aroma).

Dark malt sweetness, almost candy-like in character. Sweetness borders on cloying, with a tinge of alcohol evident as well. Lingering blend of malt sweetness and alcohol bitterness.

Full bodied and chewy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Alcohol warming is evident but very much under control. A big, smooth, creamy bock.

Has the full body and dark malt sweetness of the doppelbock style, but the sweetness is overpowering and a bit one-dimensional. A lower starting gravity, or better attenuation, would improve drinkability considerably in my view.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 00:03:14 | More by mpyle
Photo of robmorris31


2.7/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I was expecting this to be better tasting than most of the Bocks that I have tried, however it was not pleasing. Too bad, as it is coming from my favorite brewer!

The color was great just what I expected, the smell was very pleasing, as well, mouth feel was nice but it gave bit of a stinging after taste.

It was almost like a Porter Bock if there is such a thing.

Watch out this is an 8.8% ABV, which means it is about double the intesity of other beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 22:53:31 | More by robmorris31
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz long neck brown bottle with crimped cap.

Clear.intense ruby red color. The head was very thin,maybe served a bit to cold, just a thin off white coating lasting through the entire beer.A few strings of tiny bubbles stringing tightly knitted.

Candied carmell aromas,very malty,lots of fruit,a bit nutty,alcohol aromas,sweet candy like aromas throughout.

Very malty,candied carmell tastes,like a candy apple,sugary and syrupy. Very fruitty,lots of alcohol heat,boozy with some burnt tastes.A warming effect to the alcohol feel.

A very thick mouthfeel,very chewy and cloying.
Too sweet and boozy to have much drinkability for me. This beer seemed to have a bit more drinkability in years past. If you like double bock,I'd still give this beer a try.
I liked the Troegs double bock a lot better.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 18:57:19 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of adams82


3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A nice addition to my recent SA kick.

Poured from a bottle, this pours fairly brilliant dark amber color with a nice off white head that quickly reduces to a thin foamy layer. Large notes of sweet and maybe chocolate malts dominate with a lingering hint of a dark dried fruit or even licorice... raisins or prunes perhaps, alcohol is in there as well. There is a fairly complex flavor profile here... Rich but not overly sweet malty flavors with a little brown sugar meld nicely with a hint of alcohol, finishes a with the dried fruit/licorice and a slight hop tinge. This is full bodied and fairly chewy and paired with the 8.8% weight, this certianly won't session well but a few can be enjoyed quite easily.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 18:31:25 | More by adams82
Photo of joe1510


3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. Bottle
$6.99 6-pack
Health Mart

Sam Adams Double Bock poured a burnt amber with all kinds of medium sized carbonation bubbles quickly rising to the head. When poured the head rose to a half finger then fell to nothing more than a thin but creamy cap. Left decent lacing after each sip. Looks good.

Starts off with a healthy dose of warm banana bread. Quickly followed by a raw graininess and tart green apple. I even smell something reminiscent of grape bubble gum. It's mild but there. Solvent alcohol shows up at the end.

Taste is fairly simple. Raw grains and a doughiness up front followed by an astrigent alcohol character. It's not really that bad but stronger than it should be. Mild aftertaste of the tart green apple.

Mouthfeel is much thinner than I'd like it to be. Seems to push through too quickly. Alcohol fumes rise through my throat and nose.

Drinkability is ok. I could drink a couple but thats all I could handle at a time. The alcohol is a little too noticeable and the body too thin. Overall it's a good beer that's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 23:33:41 | More by joe1510
Photo of 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
Photo of pmcadamis


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
Photo of david131


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
Photo of jamie2dope


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
Photo of 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
Photo of Freshie


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
Photo of sraimondi


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
Photo of memory


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
Photo of bashiba


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
Photo of 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
Photo of MaltyGoodness


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
Photo of Lupin


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
Photo of arnulfooxblood


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
Photo of 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
Photo of adammills


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
Photo of tempest


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
Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 1,745 ratings.