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

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Ratings: 1,828
Reviews: 1,090
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 87
Gots: 97 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-07-2009

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Photo of farHillsBrewer
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

Photo of sweethome
4.27/5  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.

Photo of hero27
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of OStrungT
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of allengarvin
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of bigbubba
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of HardTarget
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

Photo of deejaydan
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of asabreed
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Photo of carln26
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of Hibernator
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Sixpack595
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of JackStraw22
3.77/5  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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of yankeeheel
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is probably one of my favorite Samuel Adams. The crazy thing is, my favorite store was selling this for $5.49/ 6pack. Nice deep amber color with a beautiful light beige head. The aroma was nice with sweet sugared smell, but a little weak for a double. The taste was with heavy caramel, malty overtones. The finish is candy-like resemblence. The high abv is very well hidden and this one could easily catch up on you. Great fall beer!

Photo of kmpitz2
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Clvand0 for the opportunity to try this one. This pours a coppery red color with 2 fingers of head that falls fairly quick. The nose is heavy in malt, with a sweet caramel character to it. Wow. Kick me in the mouth flavor on this one. The alcohol is WAY too apparent for my tastes on the first sip, but this mellows out as I drink it. The malts are dominant with a very sweet caramel in the flavor as well. The aftertaste is nice and mellow. Mouthfeel is thick and full, with mininal carbonation. Drinkability is fairly good for a style I'm not a big fan of. I wouldn't want more than one, but I could handle having this one again.

Photo of Admiraldinty
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of the first doppelbocks I ever tried, and it helped me get interested in better beers. Still just as good even today.
Poured a dark brown with reddish highlights. Sticky, tan head.
Nose is sweet malt, alcohol, and a little hops.
Oh so smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Caramel, and toasted malts. Warming and spicy alcohol. Very balanced.
Great beer and one of the best from SA. Watch out though, this one will sneak up on you.

Photo of malthead
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice light, rich brown color with a decent head. Smells of sweet malt and some caramel, but the dominant one I get is a fruity, plum-like smell. Taste is a little too sweet for me... there's brown sugar, plum, dried cherries, etc. in addition to the usual maltyness. Good mouthfeel, but overwhelmed by an almost cloying sensation. The drinkability is affected by this too - I think it's just too sweet to be as enjoyable as most true doppelbocks... it reminds me of a nice tawny port, but is too fruity for my personal tastes and for what I consider the style to be.

Photo of clvand0
2.73/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark copper/red color with a very thin head that doesn't stick around long. The aroma was malty and had a caramel and sweet - maybe some friut in there. The flavor had some hops, but much more malt - very malty. The alcohol can be tasted in this one as well. Very sweet. Not a bad brew, but could deal with being a little more dry in the taste.

Photo of pezoids
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a deep and dark amber-burgundy color with a small and creamy off white head. Generous amount of carbonation. The aroma has sweet, buttery and caramel-like notes. Fermented fruits are evident along with cherry liqueur. The taste is bold and heavy, but the beer remains quite drinkable. Fruity, bittersweet with caramel and licorice notes in the finish. Some rubbery notes were detected. Overall, a very nice bock beer here. Heavy, sweet and hearty. This will put hair on your chest.

Photo of mattcrill
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear ruby/carmel color with a tight tan head.

Smell: Very fruity, sweet, and malty. Definitely a strong aroma of sweetness that spills over the edges of the glass.

Taste: A veritable fruit basket in my mouth! Dried cherries, plumbs, and raisins dance all over my tongue. Very sweet to start with a nice smoky finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy. Almost like drinking a milkshake. Not quite that thick but towards the end of that spectrum.

Drinkability and overall: Very sweet! Drinkability suffers some just b/c it's so damn sweet. Still, it is a malt lover's dream and a tasty after dinner treat. A fine offering from SA.

Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 1,828 ratings.