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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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1,830 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,830
Reviews: 1,090
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 87
Gots: 98 | 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 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.

Photo of granger10
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, this is definitely a big beer. Much bigger than most Dopple's I have encountered. The pour left a copperish bronze-like color with a thin head that left quickly. Lots of sticky lacing though which I liked. The aroma came out and hit me with strong maltyness and lots of alcohol. The alcohol, however, was much more hidden in the taste. The hops were also weak. This beer is all about the maltyness. Very thick in body and rich in taste. The malts begin with caramel in flavor but a dry maltyness follows that. Butterscotch becomes more prevalent the further I go. A smoky woodsy flavor hides in the background and keep this beer from being too cloying, but it's still slightly cloying as caramel takes the show. Alcohol, even though not real noticeable in taste, lets me know it's there in the burn. OH MY! I really liked this beer. Rich and Smooth, kinda like the Michelob Amber Bock advertisement.

Photo of maek228
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

this is one bad boy. truly, a man's beer. i got a 6 pack of this for the fourth of july. drinking it gave me a patriotic feeling. i bet our founding fathers drinked beer like this.

appearance: dark amber. a deep brown. the head, although not that big, has a real frothy look to it.

taste: this one knocks you on your feet. malty at first, like a colt 45 double malt. thick, full taste...some caramel, malt, and maye even toffee tastes, rounded out by some bitter hops. the alcohol is not hidden at all, which actually works to the beers advantage. it gives you a warm feeling in your chest.

mouthfeel: malty and bitter

drinkability: you can put this down better than most 8% abv beverages

Photo of MattFrenzy
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep, dark, ruby. Medium sized brown head that recedes fairly quickly but leaves a bit of lace.

Smell: Tons of roasted malts, caramel, fruity, sweet.

Taste: Deep taste, spicy, copius amounts of malts. Lip smacking beer, sticky, strong smoky aftertaste that just stays on the roof of your mouth. Alcohol comes through midway but takes off before the spicy conclusion. Decent brew.

Photo of mobyfann
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Paid $1.49 for a 12oz. bottle...

The appearence was really nice, classic bock or dunkel colored base with a hint of amber color. The head was very large of a nice golden-brown color that subsided after about 5 minutes and after that the lacing took a nice effect as well. Nicely done. The aroma was good in this doppel; I got a few hints of caramel, malts and some sweetness.

The taste didn't really jump out on me, it was just ok, nothing like the smell hints a bit weak but it still works. The mouthfeel is great for a doppel, could not believe how well this beer went down, great stuff. The drinkability is nice as well, with a strong 8.4%+ ABV content I was pretty satisfied. Very nice.

Final Thought: For some reason I thought the taste was semi-bland as compared to a nice aroma, well worth the price for all the other aspects, one I will have to try when first available in the next season brewed, it is late for doppel season...

Photo of taez555
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a big thick tan head with a dark ruby brown body.

The nose has a BIG malt smell. Alcohol, some spice, brown sugar, sweetness, some earthiness even a slight touch of mint. Slight slight slight touch. Basically a huge malt smell.

The taste is right along the same lines. Medium to thick bodied. Big malt, sugar, slight chocolate, some hints of meat, sweet malt. There’s definatly a bitterness but it really takes a back seat to the malt. There’s just this classic german earthy hop flavor from start to finish.

Sam Adams can make some amazing beers when they’re not trying to hard. A damn good bock beer.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This great offering from the BBC poured a deep, clear dark copper in color. Miniscule layer of off-white head does a nice job of patchy lace on the glass as it was consumed. Aromas are M-A-L-T-Y. Lots of caramel, brown sugar, and the like floating around in this one. Flavor is tasty as well. Heft dose of sweetness on the front side but balanced nicely in the end by a bitterness from the hops. Lots of chocolate-covered raisins detected. Only near the end do you get a slight note of the ABV of this one. Mouthfeel is great...big body and definitely on the creamy side. Very, very drinkable. Well-done!

Photo of UnionMade
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a deep caramel brown, topped with a froth that looks like whipped pancake batter. Incredibly creamy, with a warm, yellowed color. Incredibly clear, a fiery glow when held to light. Very attractive. The head reluctantly settles into a thick, misty coating, leaving a streaky film of lace sticking to the glass. Thicker layers of belgian lace form, as well.
The aroma is deeply malty, a rich fruitiness weighing heavy above the head. Tons of caramel, with generous heaps of coffee, chocolate, raisin and prune. A vague whiff of floral noble hops, struggling to present themselves above the malt. A faint whiff of alcohol comes through as it reaches cellar temperature. The fruity malt is excellent, but perhaps a bit one sided, lacking the complexity of the best examples of the style.
The flavor starts out almost cloyingly malty. Huge heaps of raisiny caramel, with a soft undertone of dark roasted coffee. Maybe a bit of molasses and tobacco leaves, especially as it warms. Some cocoa slides through the middle, with the raisin fruitiness intensifying, a bit of prune and red grape juice blooming. The grape adds an ever so slight sourness to the finish, although the malt does get rather cloying, especially as the brew warms. The hops lend a whisper of floral flavors, doing nothing as far as bittering goes. The roasted malt adds some bitterness, dulling the fruity caramel sweetness some, enough to be drinkable. A huge, sticky caramel aftertaste, laden with heaps of dark, juicy fruitiness. No apparent alcohol until it warms, where it presents itself in a mild tingle on top of the tongue. The malt films over the tongue with a sticky layer of sugary sweetness, I'd almost like to cut this with some ice. Full, heavy body, with a syrupy, slick mouthfeel. Mild, german styled carbonation, perhaps bordering on too bubbly.
Very, very sweet, but a pretty fair example of the style. The sweetness gets cloying, especially as it warms a bit. I always seem to have trouble with the last couple of sips, even if I start this beer ice cold. The fruitiness is very nice, and this is obviously a well made beer. I'm just inclined to believe that it's geared for a sweeter palate, as it feels like more of a dessert than a beer. My introduction to the style, and it's still pretty good.

Photo of ChrisBowers
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite brew from Sam Adams. Pours a deep reddish brown color with a nice head. Smell is rich, malty, with alcohol, fruits and a bit of sweet spiciness present. Taste is brilliant, with a rich malty sweetness that perfectly balances the high amount of alcohol present. You'll notice the alcohol, but it balances out so well that you won't care. Buttery toffee like finish. Very warming, satisfying beer. I wish I could get my hands on some more. Guess I'll have to wait until next year.

Photo of Gasp100
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first one I had just overpowered me with alcohol, but since I've had a chance to really pay attention to this next bottle it's growing on me. The pour is dark red mahogany with a thick tan head and medium lacing down the glass. The smell is of deep, overripe fruit and candied nuts, sugar and alcohol. The taste is thick and very rich, decent carbonation and heavy duty sweet malts just overpower the senses. There is a smell of almost tree bark, earthy, old, heavy duty engine oil... I like it. This definitely has the most character of any Sam Adams brew I've ever had. The alcohol is like another flavor in this one and I like it --- couldn't drink more than one or two, but it's nice and I could see buying this once a year along with Victory St. Vic as a comparison. Nice...

Photo of Dogbrick
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another decent seasonal from Sam Adams. This beer is a reddish-mahogany color with a medium thin tan head that disappeared slowly. Quick lacing. The aroma is malty with a slight smoke character. Smooth and rich body with a big malt profile, along with caramel, chocolate and hops. There is also a creeping alcohol presence. The finish is very sweet malt and molasses. Not a world class Doppelbock but a nice full and easy to drink beer.

Photo of rkhaze
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear ruby/chestnut color with a dense, tiny bubbled, creamy tan head. Good lace. Aromas of sweet roasted malt, caramel, chocolate and a mild smoky nuance. There was also a bit of yeast.
Big, rich sweet grainy malt flavor. Chocolate, dark caramel, and hints of toffee, molasses and vanilla. Had an earthiness to it and a mild alcohol and bitterness in the finish.
Medium bodied with a rich, full, slightly sticky mouthfeel and great carbonation. Big rich beer with quite a kick if you're not careful. Great sippin' for dessert.
Excellent version of the style. I've read some posts on this site about it being even better after a year...I can't wait!

Photo of BadBadger
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fine and affordable beer. Pours a rather nice deep ambe colorationr. A beautiful foamy off-white head. This head lasts the duration. Nice lace. Very tasty, malty sweetness along with hints of caramel. Even at 8.5% ABV this is a very drinkable beer. Definitely worth buying by the case-YUM.

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy light tan head. The aroma is good. It has a nice dark malt feel with dry lager yeast scent. It smells creamy and quite sweet. The taste is good. It is a rich, malty brew with an emphasis on crystal and black malts. It goes down smooth and and warms on the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a flavorful brew with a warm finish; a fine sessions beer.

Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, pours clear dark almond, with a puffy tan head. leaves a lot of lacing. Nose is of bread and a bit of alcohol. Full bodied, very malty brew. Sweat on the tongue and alcohol obviously present and high. not much hop flavors or mouth feel present. This is a strong, deeply flavorful sipper. Not my favorite style, but this one is pleasant and worth a try.

Photo of DPMomutant
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pretty hard pour results in a 2 finger head whose darkness is a great match for the dark red/brown color of the beer.

This beer has a mostly fruity smell with a little malt hint. Very pleasant and it masks the high alcohol I've heard about.

It has a nice, hearty but sweet taste, also fruity. Strong enough that you know there's some alcohol there, but is not overpowering.

This beer feels smooth with surprising carbonation. Goes down easy...almost too easy with the ABV in this. This beer is easy enough to drink to have two....any more and it'll surely hit you.

I could see monks living on this for a few months. Three of these spread out and you won't long too much for food. If you do, have two more. Really good stuff. It's a seasonal, but it's good until November so grab a 6er or two if you can find it, you won't regret it.

Photo of goindownsouth
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thank you to Bierman9 for this fantastic sample...

Presentation: A rather unassuming 12 ounce bottle, with a demarkation that this brew is best if consumed by November of 2004. As if that was going to be a problem...

Appearance: This dopplebock poured out a deep and rich brown, with a hazy tan/beige head that, with the help of some vigorous pouring, stayed around for a long time. Actually, throughout the entire Bier.

Smell: Wow! Bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, and maybe even some light toffee notes are picked up here.

Taste: The flavor is smooth, with great emphasis on the aforementioned bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt.

Final Word: A smooth Bier. I never would have thought that this was 8.45% ABV. Moreover, if no one would have told me this was from Samuel Adams, I probably would not have guessed that either. My only legitimate knock on this Bier is that it is not a year-round offering. But damn good, at that.

Zum wohl!

Photo of garymuchow
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma possesses deep and fairly dark caramel tones and somewhat roasted that is fairly rich and satisfying.
Clear dark amber pushing brown with reddish hues. Thin head that hangs around.
Full deep rich flavor. A striking experience taking the first sip. Alcohol notes quite evident with flavor and warmth. Sweet that pushes cloy, but not too much for my tastes (which granted have become more tolerant since I first began here). Fruity notes and a bit of molasses. Slight toasty quality.
Rich, yet soft enough. Well done carbonation.
Rather pleasing beer that does style quite well.

Photo of findlayfan
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent, medium-tan head; modest lacing.

Nice smell, with slight sweetness.

Light redish-brown body with moderate bubbles.

Significant maltiness, with no distinct aftertaste.

Overall, a VERY drinkable brew - despite the ABV. Keeping a six pack or two in the cellar: it definitely benefits from cool-yet-not-cold storage.

Haven't tried this in a few years - VERY glad to make its reacquaintance (especially after a rugged NW Ohio winter)!

Photo of kbub6f
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's a medium-sized, yellowish-tan, foamy, uneven head. Color of the beer is deep, dark red. Clear. The nose is caramel, a little sick-sweet and a little nutty. There's sweet toffee in the front leaning into a caramel, buttery, thick, sweet, tangy middle. It's quite fruity (cherries?). The nuts and butter in the finish are quite nice, but just a tad cloying. Warming alcohol. It's sweet and buttery. Almost too much so, though it tames with temperature. But all around, a good, strong, thick, flavorful beer. Who can complain about that?

Photo of Dmann
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was quite a supprise to me that Sam Adams could brew a beer like this, but I was pleased. It poured a ruby red color with a frothy white head that did not stay long but left a little lace down the glass. The smell was a very inviting carmel malt scent with some toffee scents as well. The flavor was great with a huge malt carmel sweetness and a great breadyness as well. The 8.4% alc was hidden quite well and just slightly snuck into the flavor profile. For an American brewed Double Bock, this one is right up there with Sudwerk's for my fav.

Photo of jaz
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark and clean with a decent head. Aroma was sweet and pleasant. Initial taste was very sweet, rich and smooth. Roasted nut flavors came out, and rich carmel and dark roast malt flavors becoming apparent as swallowed. Had a nice hop zing to it but not enough to balance out the sweetness. A tasty beer, but it's a little too sweet for a typical session doppelbock.

Photo of Jacobob10
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My buddy picked up a six pack of this for me, and boy am I glad that he did. Pours a dark brown with an average, yet consistent head. It feels silky smooth on the pallate, with a nutty taste that stands out above the rest. Also, a slight alcohol taste was detectable, obvious with an ABV of over 8%, but was more detectable towards the end. This is a great brew, one of the best from Samuel Adams, and is drinkable but hearty. This is a liquid dinner in a bottle!

***Edit*** (2/22/06) - After trying SA Double Bock again for the first time in over a year, I have brought down my ratings of appearance and mouthfeel. The head on this beer is almost non-existent. It is also MUCH sweeter than I remember it being and less full-bodied. The sweetness is almost overwhelming but it definitely does calm down a bit after it warms up. In my opinion, this beer is most enjoyable when it is on the warmer side when the sweetness and alcohol have toned down.

Photo of proc
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a ruby-esque color in the glass with a slight, tan head. Aroma is that of raisins and light fruit. The taste is reminiscent of cognac with raisins and plums coming to the forefront. The finish is marred a bit by the presence of the alcohol, albeit slight, but still there. I have a feeling that some age on this one would mellow out the swallow a bit.

Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 1,830 ratings.