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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,748 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,748
Reviews: 1,075
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 65
Gots: 66 | 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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BeerBard

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Heavy malt concoction....seriously creamy full-bodied and well-rounded smoky and patent taste. The alcohol sneaks up on ya'. The absolute lack of a head bvrought it's appearance down, but the mouthfull rights it for counterbalance. The best Sam Adams beer I've been able to get ahold of in Texas. As a matter of fact it can almost fool you into believing it's a German import. This dooblebock's aboot a hoondred times better than that Shiner "Bock-it's-not" we got down in these parts.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2003 04:07:15 | More by BeerBard
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I needed a warming, tasty brew on this longest of days and I am glad I got it. Reviewing this beer in October after storing it for a few months makes me look forward to more of its kind: hearty, robust, and warming beers of winter. Can't wait.

Pours an amber brown with a thin veil of white lace. Aromas of very sweet malt and alcohol. Almost candy-like in the nose, but the alcohol reminds you this is still a wondrous beer to be savored. Sweet malts up front lead to a smokey middle with notes of caramel. Finishes on the sweet side with a nice warming alcohol effect. Warming and delicious. This beer is here to let you know BBC/Sam Adams still puts out some damn fine brews.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2003 05:48:25 | More by IrishRedRock
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is a dark amber, with good head. The smell is a very sweet malt. The taste is very sweet, with malty, nutty, molasses hints to it, and a bit of an alcohol finish. Mouthfeel is heavy, but acceptable. Drinkability-wise, with this much sweetness, it would be tough to have another.

Though the really sweet dopplebocks aren't my style (I like the drier Salvator), this is a bock that stands up amongst the best. Sam Adams bashing is a popular pastime amongst beer lovers, and sometimes it's earned, but they also have to be given full credit for the fine beers they put out, and this is certainly one of their best!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2003 02:34:25 | More by beergeek279
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GreatPondBrewer

California

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

This was a pretty good intepretation of a doppel in my opinion. All the qualities were there. Strong tan head coupled with a ruby body infused with brown, but by no means opaque. Smell was very alcohol ridden but had some great crushed grain tastes and some clove and caramel puching about. Taste was very syrup like with tons of caramel and chocolate along with a high octane punch coupled with maple syrup and honey. Not a very big hop presence on this one. Very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2003 01:08:49 | More by GreatPondBrewer
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thick impentrable light brown body, topped by a solid tight three-finger off-white-to-beige head. A bit of lacing, but not a strong point. . This is a sturdy looking brew. A yeasty/bready and (very sweet) caramel aroma rises through that head. Hits the tongue with a bulldozer of malt and a dollop of alcohol. Makes a heck of a first impression. Lingering alcohol bite, but it's a nice warning sensation. Big huge caramel taste. There may be hops here, but they are cowering in a corner. Not a beer I would throw back a sixer of, but a wonder taken one at a time.

This ain't no sell-out, but a wonderful reminder that Sam Adams is still a craft beer brewer.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2003 21:01:55 | More by RonfromJersey
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a little on the gentler side, the small head quickly reduces to a crown, which has pretty good staying power for a while.

A garnet/ruby color, very clear and inviting.

Fruity, chocolaty nose, rather sweet smelling with a definite malt handshake.

Taste - very malty, big fruitcake taste and nearly as thick. Little carbonation and no hop presence whatsoever, molasses notes on the aftertaste. Very heavy feeling and syrupy in the mouth, for malt heads this is way too drinkable for its own good at 8.4% abv. I haven't had an abundance of doppelbocks and will be interested to compare this with Celebrator, hopefully this week. As it is, I am very pleased and a bit tipsy.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2003 09:39:23 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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bmills1608

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

12 oz bottle poured a deep ruby/brown color, pretty dark but held to the light, very good clarity. Head was very tight, foamy and on the small side.

On the nose was aromas of fruit cake, very full and rich, extremely malty, with raisins and wine. Very nice nose.

My first sip was a real surprise. Holy shit, this is thick. An unbelievable malt attack right from the start which struck me with syrupy malt sweetness, sticky slick and alcoholic. Huge flavors of Vienna/Munich malts, figs and molasses crushed my tastebuds. The texture of this beer was really like no other; ropy, thick and clingy. It reminded almost of some honey heavy liquors (i.e. Drambuie or Benedictine).

Mouthfeel was incredibly thick and sticky, too much so.

Finish was sweet and fudgey.

To be honest, I was not very fond of this beer. It was WAY to sweet. I understand it's a dopplebock and is supposed to be a malt monster. I am not a dopplebock expert, but have thoroughly enjoyed the few I have had in the past. This one was too thick, too sweet and too unbalanced for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2003 07:19:29 | More by bmills1608
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Stingray5

New York

4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, translucent amber with a nice creamy head. Smell is sweet chocolate malt. Hints of prunes. I can detect the alcohol here. Not so representative of the taste that is about to follow, though. Mouthful is huge, bold and creamy. Low carbonation.

Taste is sticky sweet caramel, molasses, prunes, followed by a long lasting alcohol warmth. Hops? We don't need no stinkin' hops. More flavors going on here than I'm able to identify. Extremely pleasing to drink. There's a lot going on here, so combined with the higher abv, two of these at a time seems to be my limit. Aw heck, make it three!

This stuff has quite a kick. Gives me that warm fuzzy feeling. This and the Winter Lager, are my favorite offerings from BBC. Go get some. Excellent!

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2003 18:50:34 | More by Stingray5
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far333

Connecticut

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

Starts off a dark tea color, with a huge beige head of bubbles of all different sizes. The head lingers and creates intricate lacing. The aroma is of rich malt and raisin, some faint hop. Flavor is also malty, a little yeasty, with hints raisin and mild hop bitterness. Subtle bourbon notes linger. Definitely feel the alcohol warmth come through. Mouthfeel is creamy and full and rich. The malt lingers in the corners of the mouth. Seems to change as I drink it. It gets sweeter, and too pungent, and there seems to be a metallic aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2003 19:47:33 | More by far333
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oberon

North Carolina

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

Probably my favorite offering from BBC,pours a nice rich brown/red with a nice big rocky head.The aroma of roasted malt and caramel sweetness is very appetizing,taste is on the sweet side but not overpowering with a nice roasted background.There is some faint late dryness to balance this one out,one of the best doppelbocks I have had.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2003 08:41:58 | More by oberon
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powoo19

Massachusetts

2.78/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ouch... I guess I am not that keen in the pallet for this heavy flavored beer. I was unable to drink the entire bottle. It's smell was good and has an impressive dark color but it was too hearty a beer for my taste. Since only trying it once I cannot insult it. I guess its just not my bag.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2003 07:38:13 | More by powoo19
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Winter

Wisconsin

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

Pours out a clear deep mahogany in color with a rising tan head. Aroma consists of sweet malt, molasses and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth. Taste has a nice rich malt flavor to it that has hints of melted caramel and molasses. Some sweetness right before the finish that steps aside for the alcohol. This seems to be a classic example of the style. Nicely done!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2003 10:20:03 | More by Winter
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

AIBA 2003: Quite a strong pressence of caramelly malts in the nose, with some mollasses, quite sweet and sticky, with a warming alcohol finish, a bit thick, fat, and sticky. Doesn't compete with the better german examples, but what the hey. Not bad. A bit one dimensional if anything.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2003 02:31:29 | More by rastaman
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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

Color is a clear, dark garnet hue, and the head is a voluminous creamy tan, slow to crumble. Nose is impressive: deep, dark, earthy, yeasty, malty, fruity, but still a tad dry and roasted. Associations of cherries, port, sweet, strong liqueurs, cognac, leather. Full, lush, powerful mouthfeel, with a lingering, alcoholic finish. Taste is rich, delicious, never-ending. This a "dark lager" I enjoyed all the way down. It's "only" 8.5%? Feels it, too!
Probably the best Samuel Adams beer I've had in a long, long time. Yum, yum, yum!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2003 17:16:28 | More by feloniousmonk
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

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

Clear dark ruby red with brown hues and an ivory head that quickly fades to a ring around the surface. A faint aroma of caramel malt and molasses precede each sip. The taste of this medium to full bodied beer is mostly caramel malt with a good amount of molasses and alcohol mixed in. A warm syrupy mouth feel is found with each sip and a sticky malty flavored pallet is left behind.

I'm not a big fan of the Sam Adams Triple Bock due to its syrupy thick body, but I found in the Double Bock a more drinkable version with similar flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2003 14:46:02 | More by WanderingFool
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MJR

Missouri

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

Appearance: Has a clear, reddish-garnet body underneath a tan head. More 'red' than most doppelbocks...it should be more 'brown.' The head shrinks down to a tiny cap.

Smell: Decent aroma of malt and alcohol. A bit of toffee as well as some toasted and roasted grains.

Taste: The flavor is extremely malty with a lots of toffee and butterscotch. There's a touch of a toasted, bready flavor, along with a slighty roasted note. I pick up on a bit of spicy fruitiness, which comes across as plum-flavored. Alcohol asserts itself on the finish...perhaps a little too much.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is low, which combines with a fairly thick body for a smooth, rounded mouthfeel. A bit heavy on the alcohol feel.

Drinkability: Good for an American made doppelbock. This isn't in the same league as those made by Capital, but it's still a good brew.

While I don't buy Sam Adam's beers anymore for a number of reasons, it's good to see that they can still make a good, hearty brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2003 10:01:08 | More by MJR
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marcobrau

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The color of this brew is just about spot on, perhaps a bit too red. A bit smoother and perhaps a bit thinner in body than I remember. I haven't had one of these in a couple years. There's a lot of dark caramel malt in this beer that makes for a flavorful and full-bodied beer. There's some complexity in this brew with some flavors a bit reminescent of tawny port. The strength is evident but not overwhelming. Fairly long finish that again reminds me a bit of port. Still not quite as full-bodied as I remember...but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2003 20:14:37 | More by marcobrau
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edchicma

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is my first double bock. This brew is not for Joe Six Pack. The first thing I noticed was the somewhat fruity smell with a definite alcohol tinge. The color is amber red with a head that dissipates rapidly retaining a lacy quality for some time. After my initial taste, I was strcuk with how much this reminded me of wine, but with a nice mouthfeel witha lingering full-bodied aftertaste. Very smoth going down (but sip, don't gulp). A beer that is meant to be savored and appreciated.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2003 15:24:22 | More by edchicma
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tavernjef

Minnesota

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

Color is clear, dark ruby red color with a small, light, fizzy head that doesn't linger. The aroma is faintly sweet malt with hints of toffee and caramel. Taste is very sweet and malty caramel upfront with a long, sweet finish thats slightly dry and hinted citrus. Feel is medium bodied with low carbination and lends a sweet twinge in the mouth, could use a bit more roasted body I think. A pretty good effort by Samual Adams non th less, and is one of their top beers along with thier Scotch Ale & Octoberfest. It's not as good as many of the German doppelbocks, which conquer all. This was a little too sweet, needed to be more deep, robust, and roastier.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2003 10:27:33 | More by tavernjef
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usualpulp

Texas

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first thing that comes to mind to say about this beer is, sweet and malty. This is one malty brew, but not in a bad way. The beer pours a very deep amber color with a dark tan head, with slight carbonation. The beer goes down smooth, and packs a punch at the end. Overall this is one seasonal beer I will look forward to each year. I may have to set aside a 6pack and age it.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2003 19:48:54 | More by usualpulp
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Rifrafboy

Minnesota

2.85/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark and with a substantial head. The nose smells cocoa and chocolate malt. Taste is thick and malty. This reminds me of a stout or a porter? Finishes sweet with a little alcohol accent. This is good stuff. This would go well with a nice steak.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2003 15:59:29 | More by Rifrafboy
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Tballz420

Minnesota

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

Gorgeous cascade effect probably overdramatic as a result of my violent pour. Nice lace going on. Big khaki head on top of a clear dark amber body. Sweet malt on the nose, as well as a hint of alcohol. Big sweet caramel malt front, a touch of bittering hops. Some fruity tones as well as the alcohol spice. Full mouth with sticky syrup body.

I re-reviewed this in 2005 due to my poor earlier review. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2003 11:28:47 | More by Tballz420
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texascarl

Kansas

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

Appearance = mahogony color w/reddish highlights. Extra-thick dark tan head, poured out slowly from the bottle and receded slowly in the glass. Light carbonation. Good looking beer.

Nose = malt & molasses, nice

Taste = Malty. This could put the malt in the Maltese Falcon, and still have some leftovers to make malted milk. Rich as Rockefeller. Some hops are in there, but I had to go look for 'em. Short finish, creamy mouthfeel.

Nice brew. I'm not a big fan of most of the other Samuel Adams beers I've tried, but this I like.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2003 18:11:50 | More by texascarl
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vitesse

Georgia

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

12 oz. brown bottle
appearance: lots of chill haze. color is dark, clear amber. nice thick head that seemed to retain well.
smell: malts and fruity sweetness are very prominent
taste: this beer hits you real quickly with huge round malt taste. there's some sweetness. some orange, nectarine flavors are there. also a bit of smokiness at the back.
mouthfeel: chewy chewy chewy.
drinkabilty: considering the abv, it's pretty good. defnitely a big big beer.
the verdict: a great beer for fans of big dark malty beers.
if you like strong, rich lagers, buy this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2003 11:58:11 | More by vitesse
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optikon44

Connecticut

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

This is a great American Double Bock - style beer. Nice amber color and pretty lace. Best served cool, not cold. Full of malty goodness below with a bit of hop attitude on top. This beer is big and filled with malty sweetness. It's creamy and smooth with a slightly smoky finish. Very respectable.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2003 10:52:44 | More by optikon44
Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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