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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,735 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,735
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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danadeny

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper brown body, with a smooth slightly brown head. Smells malty. slight sweet, but overall faint. Tastes malty, sweet, a bit of alcohol in the middle. No major hop flavor, but awesome ballance so they must be there. On the sweeter side of dopplebocks. Mouthfeel is oily, slick, and slightly thick. Drinkability is good because of a great ballance.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2005 16:37:38 | More by danadeny
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Gaisgeil

Michigan

3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours a gorgeous deep red in color with an ample white head. Nose is quite strong, a bit citrusy, a strong malt profile in the nose is evident. Taste is quite malty, sour notes abound however with a slight hop profile emphasizing the point. The body is quite smooth and rich but the sourness overtakes all except the finish which is quite a mess of alcohol tones.

I can't say I particularly like this one, it's not very well done overall. I doubt I'll return to this one anytime soon.

Slàinte!

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2005 09:51:35 | More by Gaisgeil
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BeerFink

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Flows into my mug a deep brownish red, creating 2+ fingers of creamy head. Very clear appearance showcases a plethora of tiny CO2 bubbles rising to the surface. Smells like a modest helping of citrous hops fortified by lots of malt. There is also a yeasty breadlike character to the nose. An alcohol aroma is more easily detected as the beer warms. The taste is the bane of hop heads. Lots of malt, especially pale malts, with a slight toasted flavor. There is some spice and also some sweet caramel. A prevalent alcohol presence hampers the overall taste and drinkability. The slightest note of hops is present towards the end. The mouthfeel is pretty thin, adding to the warming effect of the alcohol. There is not much aftertaste, the flavor seems to abruptly surrender to the alcohol, leaving a winelike warm taste in your mouth.

Not a bad beer, but I was a little disappointed in this offering from Sam Adams. IMO, a little too rough around the edges.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2005 01:07:03 | More by BeerFink
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mgdeth

Montana

3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Rich copper color, head dissipates fairly quickly. Crytsal clear; appealing.

Smell - Malty aroma is present, but is considerably weaker than Salvator. A whiff of alcohol creeps into the smell as well.

Taste - Not quite as smooth as other doppelbocks I have tried. The flavor is malty sweet, but muted. There is also a roasted caramel flavor present and bready. It, however, is also relatively weak. To be fair, it appears that I purchased this beer after the freshness date marked on the bottle.

Mouthfeel - Poor. I tried this one in a blind taste test next to Salvator, and the Sam Adams is comparatively weak-bodied. Drink this after you have a golden ale, and all of a sudden it seems pretty imposing.

Drinkability - The taste is not too bad, but the beer has an aftertaste that I do not care for. The feel is a bit sticky.

Comments - It's surprising how poorly this beer stacks up against real German doppelbocks. With all due respect to other reviews of this beer, I am disappointed by this offering from what I otherwise consider to be a great brewery. Either that or don't drink this stuff wearing a blindfold while comparing it with Salvator. Once I ditch the blindfold, the characteristics of the beer improve slightly.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2005 03:56:51 | More by mgdeth
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whartontallboy

New York

3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear red pour with mahogany hues, small tan head that dissipated pretty quickly. Smell is of malt, gingerbread, caramel, and vanilla. The taste is okay. Lots of malt and some sweet fruit flavors that hint at prune or fig, and you can taste a smoke flavor that becomes more pronounced as it warms. The finish leaves an aftertaste of alcohol and licorice which is rather pleasant. The alcohol character is a bit too strong, and maybe cellaring would temper it a bit. It just seems a little boozy right now, even for its relatively high ABV.

Overall: Eh. It's not a bad beer, but it's not great, either. There are many better doppelbocks out there, although maybe none better at this price. I was really excited to try this one, but it's a tad rough and fairly forgettable. Maybe I'll cellar one for a few months and see what comes out.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2005 04:01:14 | More by whartontallboy
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rajendra82

Georgia

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

Spotted for the first time in Georgia, this seasonal beer came in a 12 oz. brown bottle. When poured the look was a clear deep red-mahogany. A small fizzy head formed for a very short time before evaporating away. The smell was very malt dominated, and exhibited pronounced notes of orange peel, cherry, lemon, and vanilla. The taste was a bit too alcoholic with tempering attempts by cherry, almond, and toffee flavors. The mouthfeel was thick, rich, and maple syrup sticky. Aftertaste was peppery with a strong burn. I think that a bit of extended cellaring is warranted by the up front alcohol profile. More to follow in a couple of years.

Update
Since the consensus seems to be that the Samuel Adams Double Bock is best after about 1 year of aging, I decided to crack open the last of my 2005 bottles and do a side by side comparison with the 2006. For fairness, I had them both at near cellar temperature, with identical size flute glasses. Here is what I found:

Appearance: The 2005 and 2006 both came out well carbonated and clear and looked almost identical at first. If not for having different brewery logos on the flutes, it would have been easy to get them mixed up. The 2005 version was a shade darker, but I am not sure that this was due aging or just a year to year variation. Then a curious thing happened, the head on the 2006 started going down, while the head on the 2005 kept getting bigger with a volcano cone formation crowning above the rim of the glass. Since the beer is not bottle conditioned, I am not sure what caused the extra foaminess in the last year’s version.

Aroma: The 2005 had a subdued nutty aroma with some notes of sherry, while the 2006 aroma was bright, spicy, and had somewhat of an orange peel oil quality to it. The alcohol was also more readily apparent in the younger beer via the nose.

Flavor: The older beer has a mellow flavor that was hard to put into words. I think there were notes of chocolate, toffee, wood, and black cherry in there, with a subtle hint of peppermint. The new beer was less complex, with peppery spiciness, and a little bit of sour cherry. Alcohol was well hidden and unobtrusive in the older beer, while it was readily apparent with gentle warmth in the newer beer.

Mouthfeel: The 2005 was silky soft and went down luxuriously. The 2006 was a bit more prickly and sticky. The aftertaste was almost absent during sips from the glass of the aged beer, with it seemed to linger far longer while drinking the younger pour.

Drinkability: Both were easy to down, but the younger beer felt a bit more exuberant. I think after a year in the warmish cellar, the older beer had about reached the peak of maturity. At 9 months of incubation in the cellar, one would get the best of both worlds IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2005 03:44:59 | More by rajendra82
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sagito327

Massachusetts

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

NOTE: this is my FIRST review, so please, take it with a grain of salt, as I am most certainly a novice.

The color is a cherry red. The head dissipated rather quickly, leaving a respectable amount of residue on the glass. I smell almost exclusively malt--though the properly trained nose may smell more. In terms of taste, malt dominates again. There is, however, a good sensation on the front (sweet) sensory neurons of the tongue. A bitter sensation accompanies this. Molasses and sweet rum. Not either thick nor carbonated, but a pleasant medium between the two. Somewhat of a kick after swallowed--this is good. The only REAL problem lies in its high ABV, which results in a decent buzz rather quickly. All in all, I'm proud to refer to this beer as my first reviewed.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2005 08:02:08 | More by sagito327
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farHillsBrewer

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Sam Adams Double Bock looks and smells pretty good. The color is a dark reddish brown with a creamy off-white head and just a touch of sticky lace. It's quite sweet with not much bitterness, and a straightforward dark malt flavor of caramel and toffee, not too complex. What I enjoyed most was the mouthfeel, which was warming with soft bubbles, and the flavor flooding the roof of the mouth, while the taste goes front to back and through the pallet. What I liked least was the 8.8 which limits my intake. A decent though not exciting brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2005 01:08:40 | More by farHillsBrewer
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

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

12oz brown bottle. Date etched on side label.
It pours a ruby-hued teakish color with a nice thick yellow-tinged beige head and a fair amount of lacing.
The aroma is mostly of sweet malt, with a noticeable whiff of horse barn.
Man, this is one malty brew! Remember Ovaltine? There's a resemblance here.
Notes of milk chocolate and doughy buttered bread come to mind. A bit of honey and molasses add to the sweet sensation
Although there is plenty of raw and edgy resinous hop bitterness, their impact is tempered by the full powerful body of malt.
A taste of golden rum enters the picture and flitters around the peripherals of the all mighty maltiness and vies for attention with its equally dominated hop sibling.
Yeah, Sam Adams is a big brewer, but that doesn’t mean they don’t still brew good, or even excellent beers. This is one really fine brew!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2005 03:54:16 | More by BeerResearcher
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sweethome

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The "new" Sam labeling - must be the fresh 2005 version.

Pours dark amber with a bit of a chestnut hue. A little lighter than I recall. White head that leaves quickly to white huddling of bubbles on the outside of the glass. Big sweet malty nose - lush.

An attack of flavors right on the tip - maple sugar, full mouthfeel of sweet maltiness. Makes quite a turn mid-mouth to bring out the malt charachter. Follows right through to a very long finish of maple, nuts, and huge sweetness. Just a bit "fresh" right now. Lay this baby down for a month or two and it it will be spot-on.

It is not quite as smooth as I like for the style, but give it time and I think it will deliver that too.

A fantastic warming feel. Leaves a satisfying malt presence.

I'll reserve judgement versus the 2004 version (one of my favorites)until it sits a while.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2005 04:25:16 | More by sweethome
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hero27

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark copper color. Initial carbonation was good but that comes to a quick halt. Leaves a very nice, tan head..tight bubbles. initial retention is really good but dies soon afterwards leaving a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Lacing is very oily and thin, doesn't stick too well.

Smell: Super sweet caramel and molasses malts. You can pick up alcohol notes as well. No hop aroma as far as i can tell.

Taste: A malt lover's delight. Strong, rich flavor, impressive..molasses, caramel, and miscellaneous fruits are the usual suspects...all making one hell of a showing. I can pick up some faint hops but the sweet malts are overwhelming, to say the least. One kick ass tasting doppelbock.. warming alcohol finish is a nice touch.

Mouthfeel: Smooth as. The nearly 9% alcohol does not make it the least bit rough to drink. Very rich and creamy, the malts make show their muscle throughout this lovely brew.

Drinkability: Considering the relatively low price and smoothness of this brew, the high-alcohol doesn't really matter...just one dangerous beer if you don't respect it.

Overall, I was pleased to see my favorite local store get this in..it's tough to get seasonals in Iowa but they do a helluva job...and for $7 a sixer, I didn't think it was a bad deal at all. If you haven't had this one yet, it's a must buy.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2005 22:01:49 | More by hero27
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OStrungT

California

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

This beer pours a dark red. The head is tan. It leaves good laces. It smells very carmel like with fruity and spicy flavors adding to it. It tastes very sweet. It almsot tastes like a malty dark red wine. It is slightly hoppy adding a spicy flavor. I can detect a flavor similar to raisins. This beer is full bodied. It is kind of thin. There might be a little too much carbonation to it though. I probably wouldnt drink this beer all night long because it is quite sweet, and I dont particularly like that. It is definately worth a try though.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2005 03:14:37 | More by OStrungT
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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Dark amber with about an inch of head. The aroma is not too exciting, just a little bit of caramel sweetness. The flavor, however, is big and malty. This is a nice suprise, since you don't usually get a flavor this big from a Sam Adams beer. Just enough hops for some balance. Mouthfeel is medium to full. This is one of the best of the regularly available bottled beers from Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2005 03:26:48 | More by beveragecaptain
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allengarvin

Texas

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

Appearance: Mahogany brown, quite clear, thin head and nice lacing.

Aroma: Caramel, and a touch of floral, spicy hops in the nose.

Flavor: Caramel malt, a bit of toffee flavor, and a peppery note of alcohol. Noble hop flavor is moderate, reminiscent of the same flavor in Boston Lager. Finish is clean.

Body: Moderate to full body.

I admit, I've never found what so many people like about this beer. It lacks the rich Munich-malt character of German doppelbocks.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2005 03:16:28 | More by allengarvin
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bigbubba

Ohio

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

This is a very nice clear dark red beer with a light tan head. After the head faded a ring of froth remained around the sides of the glass, the slight lacing left behind was not sticky enough to truely lace the glass. There is a big sweet malty aroma. The flavor is very good, a little on the sweet side. The mouthfeel is very nice, full and smooth. It is very easy to drink, but watch out for the alcohol. A very good beer, just a little sweet to make it a regular occurance.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2005 00:45:55 | More by bigbubba
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HardTarget

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown 12 oz bottle with Oct notched as “best before”. I think they are lying since I could see this one aging nicely.
Aroma: Black strap molasses, raisin rum, dark malt. I know what this smells like! It’s a slightly less intense SA Triple Bock! Um, well, duh.
Appearance: Murky brown-black glass with a small light tan head that collared but didn’t lace.
Flavor: Wow. A lot of the Triple Bock flavors, but just not condensed like the Triple. Very sweet with a syrupy taste, some spiciness that I think is hop induced. It has lots of maple, a good dash of rum (with alcohol note) and hints smoke; Complex study in dark.
Mouthfeel: Full body, rather thick with a solid chew; syrupy. Nice low carbonation level
Overall Impression: I think this is the best thing I’ve had from Sam Adams since the Triple Bock. A lot of similarities between the two, but this is much more drinkable. The only real drawback I see is what I see: the appearance is very murky, almost muddy in texture. This was an aged bottle (1 year) from my friend Pegasus. I can see this one spending time in the cellar. Highly recommended from my chair, a very good beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2005 22:42:25 | More by HardTarget
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deejaydan

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was plesantly surpised to see this beer back in Michigan, it had been at least 6 years since I'd seen it here. Color is medium brown with amber highlights. Some carmely tones in the aroma, fairly standard. Taste is surpising to me. Not as lush and rich as I remember. Slightly vegetal, perhaps either oxidized or they used adjuncts. Taste otherwise is nice, grassy german hops, and some malt taste present. Drinkablity is pretty high for a double (or dopple) bock. Decent drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2005 02:49:53 | More by deejaydan
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Gagnonsux

Texas

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

The appearance is dark caramel color with a creamy, full-sized head. Obviously the aroma is malty, however it wasn't as strong or full as expected. Smell is caramel malt mainly, fairly standard. Taste is primarily of sweet malts with just a touch of hops spice. Malt flavor is very full as should be expected. Mouthfeel is a little bit creamy which adds to the expirience. This is a great beer, easily one of the best Samuel Adams I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2005 04:01:47 | More by Gagnonsux
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asabreed

New York

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

I know I say it all the time, but a case of this for around $26 is indeed a steal. Since it's also fairly limited, I'd say if you're a DB fan, definitely try to at least pick up a 6 pack when you see one.

NOTE: This one I'm drinking is a year old, and it has indeed gotten better.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown / amber. On the darker side more than anything. Nice mocha colored head that leaves a thin line of white lace around the glass.

Smell: There's a lot here for sure. Malt presence is huge and welcoming. Caramel malt, sweet chocolate, raisins, some nuts, toffee. Very complex and very worthy of getting your nose in there to see what you can find.

Taste: Very complex. Toffee, some chocolate, raisins, caramel presence is huge in taste also. Very much like a dessert in itself, and as you swallow the mouthfeel is fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied, but not syrupy or extremely thick. The swallow is really where it feels and tastes amazingly nice, though. It may be ineffable, but there's something that happens that I've not gotten with any other beer.

Drinkability: I consider this, even though it's not the most expensive beer, somewhat of a delicacy -- for both it's sweetness and high alcohol percentage. So why would you want to make it a session beer, really? I've yet to pair it with a dessert, but I'd like to try. As I said before, though, it's pretty much a great dessert in itself.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2005 23:10:41 | More by asabreed
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carln26

Missouri

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

I’ve read the thread on this site about the beer that started people down the path of Advocacy. I couldn’t pick a particular beer at the time, but when I saw this in the store yesterday, I reminisced, and realized: this was it for me. Being a struggling engineer fresh out of college. SA was about the top beer I could afford, and I remember seeing this in the store, taking it home, and trying. WOW, this is what beer is supposed to taste like? That was what drove me to start trying other beers and styles. When I looked at this site, I was pleasantly surprised to see how high a ranking this beer is given, and I’d say I have to agree.

A great deep amber color with gentle ruby highlights is topped a medium, dense cream colored head. The malt in the beer gives off toffee and caramel aromas. It’s difficult for me to find any hints of the hops used in the brewing. The taste has more toffee flavors, maybe even some butterscotch. The hops don’t bring a ton of flavor to the beer, more a subtle bitterness that accents the rest of the flavor. The mouth feel is smooth and rich. Very drinkable. This beer deserves the favorable reviews.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2005 14:31:28 | More by carln26
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

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

I was pleasantly surpised to see a six pack of the Sam Adams Double Bock on the shelves this early in the season. It's January 14th and I know this must be a fresh shipment.

I had this from a 12 oz brown bottle and served in an imperial pint glass. Freshness date notched for November 2005. The label lets you know this is an 8.8% ABV Dark Lager. I was excited to pick this up tonight from the store.

Reddish brown in color with a great fluffy head. Some sticky lacings cling to the sides of the glass.

Strong aroma of caramel malts with some hops in the background. A little chocolate smell as well.

Creamy, juicy caramel sweetness blends with a strong malty backbone. The finish lends itself to a tangy hop snap. Nicely balanced, maybe with the chewy malts taking an advantage overall. I have no idea where the 8.8% ABV is hiding. Surprisingly, I can't detect any alcohol warmth. Rich and sweet with a full flavor.

Very nice...one of the better Sam Adams offerings out there. I'll be picking up six packs of this during the upcoming weeks.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2005 22:32:47 | More by Hibernator
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Sixpack595

Michigan

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

Overall a fairly good beer. Not the best doppelbock, but enjoyable. Head is thin and fades fast, color is a slightly hazy redish brown. Aroma is sweet malty caramel with a very slight hint of alcohol sneaking in. Flavor is caramel, toffee and sweet with a light bitterness cleaning things up in the end. Mouthfeel is quite good, full and just a touch of sticky, syrupy thickness. A good beer but not nearly as good as the German Doppelbocks I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2005 05:18:10 | More by Sixpack595
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JackStraw22

Virginia

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

Poured a cloudy amber orange with a thin tan head. Not really an lacing. Quite sweet aroma, lots of malt, apple, cherries, grapes. I like this smell in beers in general, but not how they translate into the taste. I'm more of a hops guy, but for the style, this has a nice taste, just like it smells, except there's some chocolate I can taste, but can't smell.. No real hoppiness to speak of, very sweet, can taste the alcohol some. It flows quickly over the top of the mouth and is then gone, quite thin, not as sticky as I was expecting for how sweet it is, I like that. I just had the Otter Creek Alpine Ale last night, this reminds me a lot of that, I like this better though.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2004 02:50:20 | More by JackStraw22
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lovely shade of rich, lustrous reddish copper that displays especial radiance when backlit with sunlight. A truly stunning color. The large, caramel-colored head is as creamydense as any you're likely to see and sets off the beer nicely. There isn't much lace, but even that can't dampen my enthusiasm. This is easily the best looking Sam Adams beer that I've ever seen.

The nose couldn't help but be a letdown. It consists of lightly roasted malt with a very faint sweet molasses presence. I don't pick up any chocolate or nuts or much of anything else that would make the nose the least bit interesting. Thankfully, it opens up with warming, pulling the score up in the process.

Back on track on the palate. Where was all that power and complexity in the nose? Double Bock reminds me a little of a wee heavy in that it has a sweet, smoky, brown sugary flavor with a wonderful alcoholic mini-punch to the chin.

The brewers did not skimp on the malt and it shows. This ain't no weak-kneed doppelbock, but a full-throated roar of lightly chocolatey, sweet and syrupy, dark caramelly, sticky date-like, three-dimensional, lightly boozy deliciousness. I'm not one to quote on style adherence, but it seems to me that this beer could also fit into the Scotch ale/wee heavy, the old ale or even the (lighter) barleywine categories with a little creative shoehorning.

The body is medium-full and the mouthfeel is slightly slick and infinitely smooth. The long, diminishing finish is especially nice with echoes of dark caramel intermingled with sweet citrus. Stealth carbonation is a perfect fit for the flavor profile and the body.

I'd be lying if I said that this beer is anything less than a stunning surprise. No BBC product that had previously crossed my lips led me to expect such an amazing beer, one that has been in my cellar for at least half a year, but one that I've passed over on innumerable occasions for more interesting looking fare. Unless you're an unrepentant hophead to the exclusion of all else, you'll find something to like about Sam Adams Double Bock.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2004 20:09:09 | More by BuckeyeNation
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yankeeheel

Maine

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

03 vintage

Pours a dark brown/red with a small, slightly fizzy, cream colored head. Nice sheet of lace sticks around. Fruit bomb to the nose. Fig, cherry, licorice, vanilla, and cocoa all come roaring through. Swirling it only makes it better. I think I will have the next one in a tulip glass just to soak it up. Taste wise it is classic Bock. Big malty dark fruit waves roar over my tounge. There goes cherry and fig. Now it's grape and anise. Then it's caramel and coffee. It's massive, it's delightful, it's refreshing. I could drink this until I pass out, which would be after aboout a six of these because the alcohol is creeping in the dark. I can't recomend cellaring this strongly enough. 1 year and it's nectar.

When SA can make a lager this good, you really have to question some of their other brewing decisions.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2004 23:05:45 | More by yankeeheel
Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 1,735 ratings.