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

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1,802 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,802
Reviews: 1,083
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 76
Gots: 84 | 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 GuinnessSmurf
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A reasonably priced double bock from Samuel Adams, this beer comes on a little thin when you first take it out of the fridge. However, after the poor breathes and warms up to room temperature the flavor really starts to come alive. There is a burnt sugar flavor on the onset. After a few seconds it grows into a warm combination of deep caramels and fruit. Finishes surprisingly clean and the aftertaste is a little short for this beer. I was expecting a little more body to this double bock but it was overall a very delicious beer.

GuinnessSmurf, Dec 16, 2003
Photo of BigPapaLager
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double bock poured a big tan head. along with that a dark ruby body that is so thick it barely moves when you shake the glass. Tastes of caramel and slight coffee. Very heavy beer, and strong. This was my last one from last year, almost a year after it was bought. Better than ever.

BigPapaLager, Nov 29, 2003
Photo of grynder33
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a black brown body with a nice 1" head sour fruit initial smell but then started getting coffee biscut molasses and carmel. My palate seemed overwhelmed by the multitude of flavors that exploded on first taste.sweet cream dark fruit chocolate all very bold and a port wine alcohol taste jumps right in. Also a winderful chewy texture. Wonderful stuff

grynder33, Nov 15, 2003
Photo of aaronh
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark copper color that is brilliantly clear. It is topped by a thin tan head that fades to a layer of tan foam. The aroma is all sweet malt and caramel, with a touch of alcohol. Upon taking the first sip, well actually a gulp, I squinted my eyes and my head twitched. There's a lot of alcohol in this beer, and it warms the throat as it goes down. Second taste was more appropriately sized, and I discovered a very sweet beer, with a thick biscuit malt taste. A bit of hops seems to show up in the finish, but the alcohol dominates the finish and aftertaste. This is an evening sipping beer, definitely not a session beer of any type. The mouthfeel is somewhat full, but not bold enough for the alcohol. This beer does little to hide the ABV in comparison to many imperial stouts and Belgian beers with similar alcohol levels. The drinkability is good, but suffers a bit due to the overpowering alcohol notes. Maybe this will mellow a bit in the bottle. I'll come back to it in a month or two. Regardless, it is a good beer, but not one of my top higher gravity brews.

** 7-2-03, Revisited**

After four months of aging, the beer has mellowed and is much more drinkable. Alcohol sweetness has subsided, but still not all that smooth. Maybe another 4 months will help it out a bit.

** 11-11-03, Revisited**

Although not planned, I opened another bottle, about 4 months after my last one (see above). It has mellowed, has better flavors and drinkability. Chocolate notes are much more pronounced. Should have saved a whole case for a year or more.

aaronh, Nov 12, 2003
Photo of BeerBard
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

BeerBard, Nov 05, 2003
Photo of IrishRedRock
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

IrishRedRock, Oct 28, 2003
Photo of beergeek279
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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!

beergeek279, Sep 13, 2003
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

GreatPondBrewer, Aug 24, 2003
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

RonfromJersey, Aug 09, 2003
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

brewdlyhooked13, Jun 04, 2003
Photo of bmills1608
3/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

bmills1608, Jun 02, 2003
Photo of Stingray5
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
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!

Stingray5, May 22, 2003
Photo of far333
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

far333, May 21, 2003
Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

oberon, May 18, 2003
Photo of powoo19
2.78/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

powoo19, May 17, 2003
Photo of Winter
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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!

Winter, May 09, 2003
Photo of rastaman
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

rastaman, May 05, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

feloniousmonk, May 04, 2003
Photo of WanderingFool
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

WanderingFool, May 03, 2003
Photo of MJR
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

MJR, Apr 30, 2003
Photo of marcobrau
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

marcobrau, Apr 10, 2003
Photo of edchicma
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

edchicma, Apr 08, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

tavernjef, Apr 03, 2003
Photo of usualpulp
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

usualpulp, Apr 01, 2003
Photo of Rifrafboy
2.85/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

Rifrafboy, Mar 25, 2003
Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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