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

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1,789 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,789
Reviews: 1,082
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 73
Gots: 82 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-07-2009)
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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.

joeyels, Feb 09, 2006
Photo of dreadnatty08
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!

dreadnatty08, Feb 07, 2006
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.

rowew, Feb 07, 2006
Photo of silver0rlead
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.

silver0rlead, Feb 06, 2006
Photo of doppelmeup
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Had to pour it roughly to encourage a head, but then ended up with an inch high head that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving a nice ring of foam and some lacing. Beautiful copper/amber/tan color, with some hints of red. Very pretty color.

Malty, sweet aroma, nicely representative of the style.

Sweet, malty flavor. Not much bitterness. Alcohol could be hidden a little bit better, but overall a good flavor.

What a mouthfeel! Thick, chewy, not much carbonation. Another nice representation of the style. Slight bitterness and alcohol remnants. Palate emerges relatively unscathed.

Thickness and ABV of this beer would limit how many you could drink in a row, but a great beer to have with your meal.

Hats off to Sam Adams for brewing a beer that IMO really gives the Germans a run for their money. I think they've beaten both Optimator and Salvator, but not Celebrator.

doppelmeup, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of VoodooBrew
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 release. 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. I always like it when the beer store prices their high alcohol beers the same as the regular ones...

SA Double Bock is deep amber to ruby in color, and perfectly clear. This beer is intense right off the bat.The nose is complex -- sweet, slightly woody, and laden with dark fruit. In the flavor we find raisin, oak, and alcohol, the latter of which has a slight warming effect upon the body's core. The malt is big and dominant, but does not weight this beer down or make it cloying. There is some bitterness in the finish that provieds a nice counterpoint to the big malt.

Double Bock is one very solid brew. Damn solid. I'm glad to see that Boston Beer, despite all their mainstream success, is still able to tackle niche styles such as this -- and with aplomb! I do believe I'll be buying more of this to throw in the ol' cellar.

VoodooBrew, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of sabrills70
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with drink by date of 9/06. Pours a medium ruby red with 1/4 inch headthat faded quickly and only a bit of lace. Big huge caramel and molasses flavors with chocolate and slight roastiness. Slight dried dark fruit flavors. Huge molasses flavors mixed with brown sugar and caramel. Nice chocolate flavors and again dried dark fruit. Slightly thick and smooth. Not much alcohol presence at all. Low carbonation which explains the small head and minimal lace. This one should age very well. One of Sam's better beers. An excellent example of the style.

sabrills70, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of Citadel82
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this baby for over a year sitting quietly in my cellar. Pours a clear dark copper, with a generous tan head that leaves abundant sticky lace as it withdraws. Aroma is Ovaltine ... that splendid malted milk concotion from my childhood, some leafy hops as the aroma fades. The first sip is milk chocolate and biscuit malts drying to an alcoholic hop finish as the beer washes over the back of the tongue. This beer has aged nicely. Lots of chocolate, muted hops and a nice dry finish. I need to buy some of the 05/06 and drink some and set some aside.

Citadel82, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of Bumpon10s
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a ruby red amber, perfectly clear. No head and just a sliver of lace.

S - Sweet. Malts and molasses, very simple and pleasing.

T - Very malty with gobs of molasses. A great full flavored taste.

M - As much character as this beer has, I wish it was a bit thicker and more rich. It isn't thin by any means, but a little density to this would make it outstanding.

D - Improves as you drink it, once the flavors start to latch onto the pallet, you'll want another. Really a great beer, but be careful that 8.8% ABV doesn't sneak up on you, you can hardly, if at all, taste it.

Bumpon10s, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of wcudwight
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a burnt amber color with some ruby hues. Lots of carbonation bubbles with a creamy and fizzy head that rises to about 1/4". Head dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.
Smells good. Sweet, cherries, and a faint bready and alcohol smell.
Taste is of sweet caramel, some dark fruits and a mild alcohol finish. Leaves a nice burnt or roasted aftertaste. I like the taste, but something about it seems a little off. There is a chemical taste which seems like it shouldn't be there.
Again the drinkability is good but that funny chemical taste knocks the drinkability down a notch.
Feels fine in the mouth. Something in this beer makes me pucker a bit though.
Overall I will drink again, but not something I will make a special trip for. I think a little aging will do this beer some good.

wcudwight, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of tweeder263
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark amber/red beer , very clear.Smell is very very subtle malty. Tasty and malty with a very subtle alcohol feel toward the end of the sip.Some hops show throughout the sip but they are dominated by the malt. Mouthfeel isnt too bad i would think its a lil bit thin but no biggie. A good big brew .

tweeder263, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of Gritsak
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- nice clear brownish ruby with a big offwhite head. head dissapates fairly quickly to leave little to no lacing.

S- sweet syrupy smell with some fruit hints. light alcohol presence.

T- very sweet alcohol flavor. tastes a little oaky. not sure what i think about this really..pretty complex and hard to pinpouint flavors.

M- thick body with light carbontion. very smooth.

D- taste is a bit annoying to have more then a couple. doesnt pair well with any of the food ive tried with it.

overall- im not a big fan of the style, but it is pretty good. at $6 a 6pack this is a steal. even if you are just drinking at a party this 6 pack equates to about ~12 regular beers so thats a bargin. i wouldnt neccessarly seek this out though.

Gritsak, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a dark red with a large tan foamy head. The smell is very 'bisquity' with a alot of malt. This is one good smelling beer. The taste has alot of malt flavor with some carmel sweetness. The best thing about this beer is that it's not as super sweet as other double bocks. The m/f is medium/heavy with a flavor that is mixed very well for a high alcohol beer. This is a very good beer and I will look forward to winter comming knowing that this beer will be out soon. Good job Sam's.

jmz62565, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer was poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer was a deep ruby dark amber coloration. The head was about an inch thick and creamy off white coloration. The head was short lived. The lacing was sporadic on the glass.

Smell: Very little spicyness on a bed of malty molassas and caramel. Dam!

Taste: Brief flash of spicy goodness. This quickly gives way to a bed of malty sweetness. Dam this is just a sweet treat to drink.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is full bodied. A very sweet to drink treat that does not sink into cloying. This is a highly drinkable beer. I wish Sam Adams would brew this one year round. How about placing this in the holiday pack inplace of the Cranberry Lambic?

nlmartin, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of Ego
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sometimes I over look the sammy stuff.. although having the regular sammy after a hard day of skiing up in the north is a treat, I was happy to find this one locally here and figured what the hell.. I wasn't in the mood for an ultra complex belgian or the like...

dark amber, moderately sticky lacing, tan to off white head. clean and clear, better than average but not by much.

tries to have that german metallic/mineraly smell DB.. but doesn't quite get there against other DB's I have enjoyed, caramel malts, a tinge of the alcohol, not great but very pleasant and inviting to my buds.. at a rising temp the nose becomes a little better (especially the caramel notes)

taste etc...
starts out a little thin but the carbonation kicks in to bring it up to snuff, still a little thinner than some of my fave DBs but not terrible, a bit sweeter than I like as well, it is missing the nice (mild) burnt or coffee aftertaste I like in other DBs, you are left with a bit too much sweetness, there is a quaint pleasant bitter touch that lingers, bonus. there is a definite warming sensation from this. like the nose this is better as it warms (I only had it at cellar temp fer crissake)... but still.. it doesn't eclipse other DB's I can get around here quite easily. I wonder if, like the boston lager, this is better closer to the source? I have to say that having a sam fresh up in mass is wayyy different than getting something off the shelf here...

glad I tried it.. not great, not terrible. but there are so many better DBs available here why would I bother with this again ?

Ego, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had never seen this before last week. I read the reviews and figured it was worth trying. Samuel Adams is one of those "in a pinch" beers that I will drink if I'm in a situation where I don't have a better choice, but none of their beers is anything special, IMO. This one, unfortunately, does not break that trend. The alcohol is too prominent, body too thin. The flavor isn't bad, and if the boozey taste doesn't bother you, it's not a bad beer (particularly if you don't have another double bock option). Fortunately for me, I have access to Celebrator, Bajuvator, Salvator, LaRossa, and Korbinian (which I had after the Samuel, and the Weihenstephan absolutely blew the Sam Adams away).

JohnnyDuvel, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of Enola
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a very attractive mahogony color. It had creamy head. The smell is of spices and caramel. The taste is of toasted grains with a strong alcohol finish. The caramel taste lingers in the mouthfeeel. The mouthfeel is lowered a bit by the high alcohol taste but is not too overpowering. I could drink more of these. I just would not drink many in a row. Thi beer had a different label on it so I am assuming it was last years batch and thus aged. As an interesting note, on the bottle above the ABV listing it says this beer is a malt liquor.

Enola, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of gotbeer
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is simply an incredible brew. Sam Adams has proven to me with many of it's seasonals like this one, and one offs like the Imperial Pils that they can make world class beers.

This brew has an almost spicy malt presence that is incredibly smooth. There is a little alcohol presence at the end, but it is still quite drinkable.

It's appearance is a deep copper brown with a decent head that fades somewhat quickly.

The smell is malty, sweet, and hints of bread.

An incredible double bock.

I wish SA made this beer year round. It is one of their very best.

gotbeer, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of nickss
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber brown with a modest cap of very audible head, which rapidly disipates to a thin layer topping the beverage.

Smells of maple, lots of malt, and a touch of hops. Very rich smell, which lends itself quite well to the style.

Huge syrupy sweet malt flavor... too sweet for me.... extremely unbalanced, hops are barely perceptable.... lots of brown sugar flavour.

A bit too highly carbonated for my liking... I prefer my doppels to be smooth and subdued (regarding carbonation). However, the thickness in the mouth is about right.

Drinkable, but like I said, a bit too sweet for me. That being said, the abv is hidden very well, making this brew a trouble maker to be sure.

nickss, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of ypsifly
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz notched best before October poured into a pilsener.

Burnished copper with a small head of light tan that leaves rings of lace.

The nose has a strong malt aroma with some raisins, walnuts, sweet caramel, and euro hops. It has an almost candy like aroma in the back, almost like there's a pinch of cinnamonor nutmeg thrown in.

The taste has, like the nose, a lot of sweet malt. Caramel and dark sugars tempered by bitter hops and a spicy finish. Delicious!

Thick, viscous mouthfeel. Not oily or annoying but BIG. Drinkable up to the point where the abv lets itself be known.

ypsifly, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of bearrunner44
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Woody, burnt crimson color. Clear. Thick, off-white head; I touched it with the tip of my finger and a good amount of foam stuck to it.

Smell- Strong, floral alcohol scents in the nose. The malt profile is sweet and slightly nutty, but the alcohol dominates it. The overall smell is estery and slightly smoky.

Taste- Malty, but not overwhelmingly thick. The mouthfeel is slippery, but fairly substantial; the carbonation is fairly low and the body is moderately heavy. I like the malt profile. It has a mild, roasted character to it, almost toffee-like. The alcohol isn't concealed very well, though; the malt and the alcohol constantly fight for attention, and it doesn't make for a great overall taste.

Verdict- I'm glad Sam Adams can take a stab at a doppelbock, but I'm not a big fan of this. I wouldn't call it thin-bodied, but I don't think it has enough body to support its ABV. It might improve with cellaring, though.

bearrunner44, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of Higravity
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice deep copper brown with a thinish head that hangs around for a little while. Smells of alcohol right away and there are some caramel notes and sweetness that reminds me slightly of brandy, no hops to speak of so I won't. The taste starts out hard and sweet but finishes alcoholic and a touch of spicyness. This could eb a little tighter and with somemore depth to even it out but overall I am liking this. The body is decent and I would be against have a sixer in the fridge.

Higravity, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of evanackerman
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

well, another solid and tasty beer from BBC! This beer is as pretty as they come, deep ruby color with a thick tan head with good retention, aroma is mostly dried fruit malt witha hint of alcohol.

Taste is primarily malt dominated as most dopples are, this one has a nice toasty characteristic as well which helps to balance the sweetness of the malt, exceptional flavor profile! very nice.

Honestly this ranks as high as any other dopple i've tasted, i think this one and Capital's autumnal fire are my two favorites.

Excellent Beer!

evanackerman, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My second favorite Sama Adams. Favorite? Imperial Pilsner. Body is dark brown and clear, visible carbonation. Head is small, lacing full. Smell is malty and sweet, brown sugar. Taste is full and rich, the flavors are bolstered by the ABV, making this an even larger and more enjoyable beer. Hops are not very noticeable or necessary, the malt leads the way. Mouthfeel is full and slick, very good.

TastyTaste, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of rodrot
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a deep ruby, brown color with a very small head that didn't stick around. There was a slight aroma of malt and hops wafting from my glass. Taste was incredible, and I'm more of a hophead so that says quite a bit about this brew. This beer was very rich, with flavors of malt, caramel and a little bit of smoke. Hops were barely detectable. This beer is truly a meal in a glass and gives the German double bocks a run for their money. Purchased 2 years ago and has benefited from the aging.

rodrot, Jan 24, 2006
Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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