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

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1,735 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,735
Reviews: 1,074
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 64
Gots: 59 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of djeffbee


3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$8.99/6pack - Joe Canals - Marlton, NJ...

Pours deep red with a light tan head that dissipates quickly but leaving a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Malty and almost 'brown sugarrish'

Taste: Carmel, vanilla and smooth. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and chewy but with little carbonation. Almost a flat feel.

Drinkability: Due to the thickness, I probably couldn't handle more than a couple at a sitting. Had to change to hops afterwards. May sit one or two aside until 2007.. I typically like the 2-boks too....

Worth the $.. Would like to try on tap....

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2006 02:47:05 | More by djeffbee
Photo of BigRedN


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

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, not the BA recommended glassware, so the head may have been somewhat affected. The beer is a reddish brown with a thin, tight 1/4 inch head on the pour which faded to a ring around the glass. Patchy lacing down the sides as the beer is consumed.

Smell: Malty, sweet aromas. Very typical to the German DB's that I have had.

Taste: All malt, sweet, almost too sweet. Again this is on par with the better DB's I have had recently. Alcohol is a little noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, good carbonation. There is a slight alcohol burn at the back of the throat.

Drinkability: An easy enough to drink DB, but one at a time. I can't really stomach more than in a night. On par with the better German versions I have had. I purchased a 6-pack on sale for $4.99 and at that pirce I would definitely get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2006 04:50:44 | More by BigRedN
Photo of skillerified


4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very orange-red in color. Seems like a strange color for a Double Bock. Almost no head. I even poured it a little faster when I noticed nothing was developing. Just a tiny cap that faded in about 90 seconds. Clear with lots of very fine carbonation bubbles rising slightly faster than medium speed.

Smells a bit like chocolate brownie sitting on fresh cut grass, which is a surprisingly good thing. The malt and hop scents really lay right on top of each other. There's also a nice dash of spice and a dash of fruit in there too.

Lots of flavors coming in at different times. Interesting taste. It actually tastes somewhat like a spicy chocolate brownie with a slice of lemon on top. There's a nice alcoholic spicyness all the way through. At the front end there's a malty flavor that resembles chocolate and bread (brownie). Toward the middle it favors the bread. Then at the finish there's a little of a citrus kick. Really nice.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat creamy. Burns just a little on the tongue. This is all sweet. There's no bitterness to be found.

A unique taste. Certainly worth picking up a bottle or two.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2006 10:09:52 | More by skillerified
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't think I will find this for $6.00 a six pack again so I definitely wanted to take advantage of this. One thing I noticed was that I enjoyed the second bottle in a row versus my first. This one settled into almost a barley wine vs. the malty alcohol tasting brew from my first bottle. This one may grow on me but for now, it's just above average. Nice carbonation and head, I'll enjoy the other four but may not be buying it again anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2006 03:48:27 | More by Backer2004
Photo of tonistruth


4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz long neck, 2006

A- deep copper w/ a slightly off white head, leaves little to no lacing on glass.

S- sweet, sweet, sweet. Sweet malt smell overpowers all other ingredients without smelling like candy or any kind of treat. Although im sure this brew will be one.

T- not exactly what i was expecting, but a nice surprise. Definetly as sweet as it smells, overpoweringly sweet. Has a nice spice in the aftertaste. Finishes smooth, as smooth as something this rich can finish.

M- feels very at home inside the mouth and sliding down the throat. Not as thick as a stout or porter, but thicker than a regluar ale or lager.

D- Dont know what it is about this beer but just one seems to have me feeling the effects of the alcohol. Two at the most at one time. It is easy to drink, if you enjoy it. Try to chug this and your first, an idiot for wasting a good beer and second, crazy cause this beer will feel ya up. very enjoyable though.

definetly gonna age some of this and see how it turns out

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2006 07:11:50 | More by tonistruth
Photo of bennetj17


3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a brilliant brick-red that is very clear, unfortunately not much for a head though. Aroma is strong with notes of caramel, nuts, licorice, and slight alcohol. Taste is intensly sweet on the first try. The sweet malt flavor is very caramelly and sugary, and the taste doesn't change much throughout the experience, except to say that the finish becomes moderately alcoholic. Hop flavor is either very low or very dominated by strong malt. Mouthfeel is nice, good carbonation, medium body. Drinkablity is not exceptional, as I feel the malt flavor to be overly intense for the average palate, and a bit strong on the alcohol taste. Needs a bit more complexity to round it out perhaps...

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2006 00:07:12 | More by bennetj17
Photo of jaluria


2.73/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A very disappointing beer with not enough flavor or texture to be enjoyable.
Poured a translucent, brown color with a soft, off-white colored head that left behind no lacing. Moderately high level of carbonation. Aromas of honey and malt seemed to dominate. The malt flavors didn't seem distinct in anyway; seemed as if just one variety of malt was used. Not complex or very tasty. A very subtle hop presence did enhance the overall flavoring of the beer, but not much, based on this style. Rather sticky and thin in the mouth with a overly sweet aftertaste that lingers and not enjoyable.
I won't be having this again. I wish I hadn't bought a 6-pack of it; one bottle was more than enough.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2006 16:45:49 | More by jaluria
Photo of Phatz


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

I must admit I had high hopes for enjoying this beer as I am a huge fan of Double Bocks and I was not disappointed.

Appearance: Pours a nice Doublebock color, that coppery amber caramel color with hints of a dark ruby hue to it. Big bubbles of carbonation. Nice creamy off white head.

Smell: Very malty sweet aroma. Sugar and caramel or molasses take over in nose. Dark fruits and earthy hints of leather become apparent as the beer warms.

Taste: Dark toasted malts sweet cognac and that classic amber cherry birch taste make up this fantastically palatable but interesting Double Bock. Through the middle there is a bit of hop bitterness that comes more to the forefront on the finish but only enough to keep the sweetness from becoming cloying.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and slippery. Defiantly a medium-full body, with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a very nice beer but certainly not a session beer. A bit sweet and very quickly that 8.80 % ABV will catch up with you. I highly recommend trying this beer if you enjoy sweet Double Bocks.

Hope this is helpful.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 04:58:20 | More by Phatz
Photo of MSchae1017


4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a Pilsner Glass from the bottle.

The beer pours a translucent brown with hints of amber and a sizeable white head that doesn't hold well or lace well. The beer smells of sweet roasted chocolate malt and dark berry aromas. The taste also possesses the same characteristics of the smell along with some spicyness. The mouthfeel is fantastically thick but a little on the overcabonated side. Overall, fantastic drinkability. I was about to give up on the Bock style until I had this one, I will be sure to hit this one year after year.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2006 01:57:26 | More by MSchae1017
Photo of MarineHokie


3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear dark copper w/orange-red highlights. A 2-finger beige head rapidly dissolves to a thin layer of foam leaving a thin slick lacing behind.

S - Malty, earthy with faint savory herbal notes.

T - Sweet maltiness fills mouth and coats the tongue. the darker malt flavors fight through bringing complexity with meaty, bacon, and pumpernickel aspects. A small amount of initial malt sweetness lingers to the finish.

M - Medium-heavy, hearty and slick, silky smooth.

D - Smoooth. I suspect this would be PFG with venison.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2006 01:09:22 | More by MarineHokie
Photo of oldirtycaffrey


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

I was impressed with this Sam Adams. It pours a deep brown with an inch head; no significant lacing to speak of. The smell is very sweet, even a little fruity. Taste is excellent. Considering the high alcohol content, this was relatively smooth and easy going down. Leaves a nice, fruity aftertaste -- but it is not overbearing. I also taste a general "sweet candy" in the aftertaste. Nice. Glad I picked this up in a six-pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2006 23:09:34 | More by oldirtycaffrey
Photo of blackie


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

appearance: The pour produces a .3" off white head that never fully recedes and leaves little lacing. The beer is a deep reddish amber with tiny particles suspended throughout.

smell: Smells of concentrated dark fruit (dates) and caramelized sugars. Also hints of candied fruits and sugar cookies. There is a nice noble hop aroma. Very malty. Ethanol is obvious.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the low side of the medium range. The body is slick and chewy, in the middle of the heavy range.

taste: Deliciously malty. Big flavors of dark dried fruits and caramelized sugar are provided by the generous malts. There is a light hop flavor. A much needed bitterness (though slight) comes in after the sip, lingering with a sticky sweetness long into the finish. Low alcohol presence.

drinkability: This is a tasty beer. The alcohol is pretty well hidden, though it shows at times, especially as it warms.

The best by date is notced as October, I assume 2006. I picked up a six pack for the nice price of $8.45, and would like to cellar a couple until next year.



Serving type: bottle

02-18-2006 21:16:15 | More by blackie
Photo of KFaulkner


4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the high alcohol doppelbocks, more bang for your buck, know what I'm saying? But aside from that, the most important part of a beer is how it's made; and Sam Adams rarely lets me down (except for their overrated Boston Lager).

Purchased as a six-pack in Hagerstown, MD, the bottle noted a drink-by date, alcohol percentage and the "malt liquor" designation; I almost poured some out for my befallen homies, but decided the beer was too good to waste.

Appearance: Gorgeous dark brown color, nice head and a frothy look.

Smell: Nutty, with a the high alcohol content barely noticeable (but there). Smelled "dark" which is about how I can describe it.

Mouthfeel: Warm and viscous, more so than I'd expect but not unpleasant at all.

Taste: Very nice, about what I'd expect from a dopplebock only smoother; the Troegenator is still my favorite double, but this went down smooth and the 8.8 didn't faze me for a second; until I had about 4 of them.

If this is what malt liquor tastes like, I only wish I could pick up a couple 40's.

Rock on beer lovers!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2006 23:25:59 | More by KFaulkner
Photo of macpapi


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

This is the one Samuel Adams beer that I look forward to each year. It is not as widely distributed and a bit harder to find than the brewer's main styles. Worth looking for and at the price a steal once located.

S.A. Double Bock pours a nice deep chestnut-brown color with a small purple-tannish head. Lacing is very nice. Smells of roasted malt, nuts, caramel and toffee. Full, deep and very impressive in the nose. The taste is mainly malty and full. A touch of deep caramel is also there. Again, a very substantial flavor. Surprisingly light on alcohol presence. In the mouth the beer is sweet, with a bit of bitterness--perhaps from the 8.8% abv. Carbonation seems perfectly balanced. Overall, I would have to say this is one of the more impressive beers out there all things considered. Too drinkable for such a potent and smooth-tasting brew. To my mind, this is Sam Adam's finest beer bar none.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2006 19:56:01 | More by macpapi
Photo of barleyman


4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a wonderful mahogany color. Has a small amount of dark tan head.The aroma is raisins and caramel. The taste is of sweet malt and raisins. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but not terribly so for this style. I typically enjoy Spaten Optimator, but this Samuel Adams if much more fresh and alive. Almost on par with Ayinger Celebrator. This is my standard beer until I drink up all there is for this year in town. I wish SA would brew this year round!

Just a thought,


Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 05:17:57 | More by barleyman
Photo of sacfly


4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz notched SEP, “Best Before” although I’m sure this one would be great long after that. No year found though…

Pours a clear ruby red with a tan head of large bubbles. Sweet, sweet malty smell. Dark caramel. Huge body and wonderful creamy mouthfeel. Not overly sweet as the aroma would indicate. Burnt caramel flavor turns into a smooth bitter lingering aftertaste.

8.8% ABV is barley noticeable. Very smooth and refined. A perfect after diner drink to sit and savor.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2006 19:15:50 | More by sacfly
Photo of PBRstreetgang


3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber with excellent clarity. A dense, one finger head of off-white foam will show good retention and leave a few specs of lacing. Mostly clean nose, some noble hops, toasted dark malts and a few roasted notes, fusels will become apparent as it warms to room temp. The taste is very sweet, lots of toasted caramel; and a fruity ester hiding behind all that delicious malt. The aftertaste is a touch dry with some faint noble hops that I felt were not enough to balance the sweet flavor. The carbonation is at medium level, and makes a smooth mouthfeel in a truly full-bodied beer. Nothing residual in the finish, and the alcoholic ester is the only flaw in an otherwise outstanding drinkability. Perfect example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2006 04:13:48 | More by PBRstreetgang
Photo of shbobdb


4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Sam Adam's does it again! I can't think of a style they do better than anybody else (correction: light and Vienna lager), however they always manage to beautifully combine price with quality. They haven't let me down yet.
This Doppelbock is an absolute delight! It is quite sweet, but that is balanced out by a nice alcohol-punch and a pinch of bitter chocolate that keeps you coming back for more. The smell is a delightfully layered one of differing malts with just enough alcohol to really get you excited, and the colour is a perfect burnt amber. The head collaspes a little quickly, but let's not nitpick here.

The only thing about this beer that is not absolutely outstanding is the mouthfeel. It is a touch thin for the style (or at least the members of the style I like) and it has a slightly sugary-sticky feel to it. But that's really the only fault I can find with this beer and it is a minor one at best. Man, gonna go buy a sixer of this tomorrow.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2006 23:46:39 | More by shbobdb
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

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

After reading the post regarding this beer, I just so happened to find it at a local Total Wine for $6.79 a sixer, not a bad deal for an 8.8% abv brew.

A rough pour into my Pioneer Double Bock chalice reveals a clear, scorched amber colored brew wearing a sizzling khaki head that noisily settles to a lasting ring, leaving just a bit of lace. Lighter than expected, about the color of Optimator.

Aroma is filled with sweet, chewy caramel malt, molasses, brown sugar, honey soaked berries, and a light dusting of cocoa. There are hints of freshly baked bread and floral Noble hops.

Flavor is quite good with a big caramel and molasses malt presence that is roasty and sweet. It has light nuances of dried fruit and golden raisins with a nice dusting of chocolate powder and hints of maple syrup. It tastes pretty fresh and the Noble hop character really shines through. A tad hot and boozey at nearly 9%, probably awesome with a year on it.

Body is definately big and chewy, with a creamy slick mouthfeel and slippey, mouth-coating texture with an in your face alcohol bite at the end that needs to be tamed. A real steal for the price and one of the better American versions of this style.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2006 23:40:47 | More by AlexJ
Photo of adam42381


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

Very appealing in color, not as dark as I expected however.

The smell is nice with strong traces of caramel.

The taste gives away it's high alcohol content but it is somewhat masked by a chocolate/caramel flavoring. Not exactly my cup of tea, but right where a Doppelbock should be.

The mouth feel was very smooth and creamy. Very enjoyable.

Good example of this style of beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2006 06:38:30 | More by adam42381
Photo of Domingo


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

I'd been looking forward to this one after learning of it on BA.
Pours a medium-brown color. Not as dark as a typical german doppel, but more on par with a dark lager.
Smell is a nice caramel sweetness, a potent malty backgone, and even with a little yeasty sourness. Hops might be there, but I don't really notice them all that much.
Flavor is definitely malty. Not quite as potent as some others, but still very admirable. The alcohol is well hidden behind the malt. The caramel flavor is strong in this brew, which is nice if you like that (like me).
Mouthfeel and drinkability are great. Just the right mixture of thin drinkability with a thicker flavor. The only knock is that with the alcohol content and strong flavors, I'm not sure I could drink more than 2 in one sitting.
Admittedly I haven't had too many non-Bavarian doppels, but this is the best American one I've had.

EDIT: Not sure if the receipe has completely changed, but the flavor seems stronger with the new "Imperial Series" version...although the alcohol is definitely hotter, too. I'd probably rate it roughly the same with the color being a little nicer, but the drinkability lower.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2006 19:26:46 | More by Domingo
Photo of joeyels


4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown amber color with a thin 1" head that fades pretty quickly, leaving moderate lacing around the glass. Tiny bubbles of carbonation rush to the top of the glass, very appealing. Smell is sweet, with a touch of chocolate, also a faint hoppiness to the nose. Taste has a prevelent sweet malt character, traces of raisin and plum, very bold and a bit tangy in flavor, hops come through ever so slightly on the back end. Delicious brew, crisp finish yet hearty at the same time. Full enough body to pair with beef, yet sweet enough to enjoy with dessert, or just fine by itself.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2006 14:55:22 | More by joeyels
Photo of dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mahogany dark color. Pillowy head with nice tracing all the way down. Very malty in the nose, some spices picked up. Flavors of bread, vanilla. Medium body with a creamy finish. Alcohol is detected but not overwhelming; fortunately masked by the rich sweetness. Could drink these on a biting cold night and enjoy its warming ability. Get some for yourself while it's available!

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2006 20:50:58 | More by dreadnatty08
Photo of rowew


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

Presentation: 12 oz longneck - typical Sam Adams packaging. Best by month notched on the side, but no year. This is actually the first time I have found this beer in Colorado.

Appearance: Clear reddish brown in color with a medium sized head, good retention. Slight slow bubbling.

Smell: Aroma is definitely dominated by sweet malts, with just a hint of hops and alcohol in there too.

Taste: Again, sweet and malty - just a hint of floral hops at the end. The alcohol is lightly present here too. Nice mouthfeel - fairly thick with a low carbonation.

Overall impression: Very nice example of a dopplebock - especially from a fairly mainstream American brewer.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2006 03:43:18 | More by rowew
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with remarkable clarity, and a nice tan head that retains well for a nearly 9% brew. The aroma kicks it up a notch, with a huge malt character that jumps out of the glass (notes of molasses, burnt bread, fig, plum, raisin and dates), some light floral hops, and some alcohol. The flavor also starts off with big malt flavors of molasses, burnt bread, dark fruits (date, fig, plum, raisin and cherry), along with some chocolate, floral and spicy hops, a hint of cinammon, and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is full and chewy without being overwhelmingly heavy, and drinkability is good especially for a brew this high in alcohol. Overall a kickass dopplebock, a great brew for a great price.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2006 04:37:19 | More by silver0rlead
Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 1,735 ratings.