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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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1,774 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,774
Reviews: 1,080
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 70
Gots: 77 | 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.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-07-2009)
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Photo of lokicat444
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%

Thick brownish appearence, good amount of head. Smells sweet, like bread.

The taste delivers, the massive amount of malts really comes through with caramel/chocolate undertones. Hops balance the malt out though, to give this beer a satisfying finish. An aftertaste of alcohol is detectable on some sips, but that's understandable given its abv.

Mouthfeel is very rich and thick, probably one of the thickest beers I've ever tasted. Its quite drinkable in the taste department, but will fill you up very fast, and is definitely not a session beer.

A very well-balanced dopplebock that goes down very smooth. It's a shame this is a seasonable.

lokicat444, Mar 15, 2006
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. A nice one finger head of a very light brown forms. Beer is dark caramel colored and crystal clear.

Huge caramel malts greet the nose. Very sweet smelling as well. Almost like a cough syrup. I can even smell the body on this puppy.

Sweet, almost but not quite cloying tasting. Caramel and butterscotch. Some bubble gum flavors as well.

Dense and full bodied beer. Silky smooth and sweet. Just the right amount of carbonation. Extremely drinkable. I have had a six pack of this in my fridge constantly for about 3 months now. This is my go to beer right now. Probably my favorite, everyday Sam Adams beer. Get it while its hot!

SaCkErZ9, Mar 13, 2006
Photo of warriorsoul
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%

Dark mahogany in color with pillowy white head...sticks around for the duration of the glass and leaves some sporatic lacing.
Pleasant aromas...rum raisins, cherries and some alcohol burn.
The taste is enjoyable...a tad too sweet up front, but coats the pallet nicely and finishes very flavorful. More cherries than raisins and not falling short on the malt side...some hops to bitter it up and the alcohol makes its way through to let you know to respect this one.
Mouthfeel is thick and somewhat cloying and the carbonation is high...I'd like to see it a bit more mellow.
A sipper for sure and a nice way to finish the evening.

warriorsoul, Mar 13, 2006
Photo of timtheenchanta
3.3/5  rDev -16%

This beer was a big letdown for me. Also, I hate how Jim always "Americanizes" the German names for the beer styles.

Inviting glowing brown color with generous head and a little retention. Lots of lacing down the glass, however.

The smell is all sweet chocolate malt. No hops.

Sugary malt sweetness. Smooth malty buttery feel.

Not a fantastic doppel. Easy enough to drink but probably not worth picking up another sixer.

timtheenchanta, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a dark warm brown body that is crystal clear with a good carbonation. The light beige head starts as a thin mat of foam but quickly turns into ring around the rim.

S- The smell of sweet dark caramel and dried fruit comes through even during the pour.

T- This beer has a dark sweet malt flavor with a buttery note and some slight stale butterscotch notes. There is a vinous finish this is a bit dry. No real hops noted in the taste or finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight watery texture.

D- This beer had some nice dark sweet malt notes but it did have a but of a off-taste in the butterscotch and the alcohol was a bit hot. However I get the feeling that this won't really stand up to age.

rhoadsrage, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured a shiney copper. Tan head leaves some evidence, a nice touch for a high end ABV%.

It has some dark fruit smell and texture to it. Alcohol is far from shy, long lasting and large warming. This is the best I've had from the Sam Adams line. Chewy, thick mouthfeel, cleans up nicely.

Notes: On the malted end of an already heavily malted dopple bock style. Carbonation is mild, making the body liquorice like, syrupy, molasses pours in, and amazingly it all works out fine. This is my favorite Sam product yet.

DogFood11, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Presentation: 12 ounce standard brown glass bottle with a Signature “Sam Adams” embossed shoulder. Classic Sam Adams label design has a gray-black color inset to a bronze border with a color-coded crown cap. A seasonal brew it has the words ‘Double Bock’ on the main label. Has a nicked “Sep” Brewery Fresh date and a listed strength of 8.8% Alc. By Vol.

Appearance: Striking with its sheer clarity, the deep brown body has a metallic bronzed depth to it. Tan colored head with a creamy texture. Light lacing but a gentle swirl brings out a feisty conditioning that seems to take forever to settle out underneath the head, you could be forgiven for thinking that time had started to slow down as you watch the slow motion carbonation cloud dissolve away.

Nose: Tonnes of malts, big warm malts with massive dollops of molasses in support. Sweet caramel with a burnt white sugar aspect to it.

Taste: Toasty malts with caramel and molasses in high concentration. Sincere but low key hop character flashes here and there. Soiled background with a soft spoken smoked malt gentleness. The alcohol is here and you can feel it but it doesn’t really take over or even become a distraction, it’s just there. Rich texture to the taste profile is very rewarding.

Mouthfeel: Quickly warms up in the first third and has a very satisfying feel throughout. Thick and chewy with a full-bodied resolute constitution. The alcohol adds a bold nature from the first second of the first sip. Smooth and rich with a gorgeous sweet caramel toffee finish.

Drinkability: I sipped my first bottle, but soon found myself returning to my fridge to get a second and top up the remnants of the first. Even that one did not last too long either, but I was filled by the time I finished a brace of these.

Overall: This is a great offering, I have never seen it before but I am glad that I picked up a six-pack of this beauty. It’s been a chilly wet day today in Long Beach and this is the perfect warm-up to the night. I'm not too big on Doppelbocks but this is definitely worth trying out.

TheLongBeachBum, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of akajimmyd
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Appearance – Fluffy head does not retain well. Rich dark brown body.

Smell – Rich full malty aroma.

Taste – Sweet malts, tart flavors and a boozy finish. (over 8%)

Mouthfeel/Drinkability – Full body as you might expect. By definition, I believe, it is quite heavy and one or two is more than enough to satify. Nice "big beer" from SA.

akajimmyd, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Looks promising at the offset with a lable that states it's higher than average alcohol, big body, and malty sweetness. A beautiful brown / ruby hue with a fleeting, white-ish head. Very sweet and very bold aromas that take on a molassas, syrup, nutty quality. Lowly hopped for maximum preceived sweetness. Tastes sweet and thick up front with a hiding alcohol content that comes through only in the dry, tacky finish. Barley malt, nuts, and toffee flavors remain persistant from beginning to end. Bold enough to counter the sugar sweetness. A bite-ey graininess hangs up in the back of the throat that compromises the drinkability, but not enough to ruin the beer. Though it doesn't compete, it's good to see an American Double Bock that stands up to German counterparts.

BEERchitect, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of palliko
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%

Appearance is deep brown/red with beige foam that sticks to the glass. Aroma is of crystal malt, hops, and butterscotch. Initial taste is creamy and smooth, opening up into a deep sugary malt middle with some balancing hops and smoky toast. Finishing with caramel notes and a lingering dryness. Reminiscent of Salvator and Celebrator, but less sweet.

palliko, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of Engibeer
4.88/5  rDev +24.2%

This is a top-notch beer. Deep, deep reddish copper. It focuses the light like a prism. Beautiful. A vigorous pour raise a thick, buff head that recedes to a ring around the glass. The aroma of rich malt fills my nose and summons the glass to my lips. Thick, January sorghum with just the mere hint of bitter cocoa on the back end of the finish. I truly love this beer. Easy drinking with no real alcohol that I can detect inspite of the high abv. Wonderful. I passed on this the first time I saw it. Never again. If I see it, I will buy it, and you should too.

Engibeer, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of CJfromPhilly
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours from the bottle a dark, iced-tea-ish brown with a 1/2 finger head that disappeared into a medium lacing. Aroma is sweet malt and a hint of vanilla. Taste is muy malty (4 times the malt of regular beer? yeah, i'd say so!), sweetish, a hint of vanilla & breadiness. Maybe some dark fruit as well. Mouthfeel is thick, you can practically chew this beer. There's a hint of hops hiding in the background to offset the sweetness, and the alcohol is barely noticeable, just a slight burning sensationon the way down. This is WAY too drinkable for a beer that clocks in at 8.8% abv. One of my favorite styles, and one of my favorite beers!

CJfromPhilly, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

The beer upon release from the 12-ounce brown bottle resides in the glass a clarion brown, the head is modest in size, semi-creamy in texture and the color a nice light tan, upon depletion, the lace forms a surrounding sheet upon the glass. Nose is rich in sweet malt, hints of caramel, with the start sweet, the grain profile perfect, the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is dynamically acidic, the hops delectable, with the aftertaste dry and long lasting, a nice representative to the style.

Gusler, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of SteveO1231
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a dark rust. Very little ring of off-white foam sticks to the edge of my glass. Little bit of slow moving carbonation.

An aroma of rich malts.

Very thick and syrupy on the palate, malty-sweet with traces of fruity raisin flavors.

Very light bitterness in this brew. And a mettalic-tangy finish. This brew is very thick, matly sweet, and the abv warms me up.

Good Brew


SteveO1231, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of djeffbee
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

$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....

djeffbee, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of BigRedN
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

BigRedN, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of skillerified
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

skillerified, Mar 01, 2006
Photo of Backer2004
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

Backer2004, Feb 23, 2006
Photo of tonistruth
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

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

tonistruth, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%

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...

bennetj17, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of jaluria
2.73/5  rDev -30.5%

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.

jaluria, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.4/5  rDev +12%

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.

Phatz, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of MSchae1017
4.4/5  rDev +12%

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.

MSchae1017, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of MarineHokie
3.85/5  rDev -2%

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.

MarineHokie, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

oldirtycaffrey, Feb 18, 2006
Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 1,774 ratings.