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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,858 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,858
Reviews: 1,098
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 94
Gots: 124 | 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 Bear1964
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

This is one outstanding beer, looks great and tastes even better! Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a standard Pint glass showed me a beautiful dark reddish brown pour with a 2 finger fluffy tan head which left nice lace as I sipped it down, the aroma is sweet and malty with hints of bread and brown sugar along with dark fruits. With the first taste I was happy I found another well made special beer by Samuel Adam's...they have many and I'm not a beer snob...so it's a winner. The medium mouthfeel sets up the malty sweet flow over the tongue, roasted malt and a rich bread round out the solid but fruity taste that hides the ABV well...and a hint of Carmel picks out at the end...a very solid Double Bock!

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance was dark brown with a egg shell white head. The smell was very sweet with a lot of malt characteristics and almost a vanilla or caramel. The taste was heavy and a little boozy. But after that I got a lot of semi sweet flavor. Dominated by malt and heavy flavors. The mouthfeel was thick but satisfying. Overall very nice but maybe not for everyday.

Photo of jaredtp
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a good beer. I liked that it was a bock beer. I liked the malt body this beer, I liked that it was dark. I also liked the fruit taste that it has. I liked that it was sweet. I could taste the raisin fig that it has in its flavor. I would not mind having this beer again if I could find it somewhere where I live.

Photo of IronLover
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep garnet in color with a slightly viscous appearance. Poured with a short light beige foam that quickly dissipated leaving random wisps. Sweet, dark candied fruit, and toasted caramel malt aromas with toffee, herbal hop and boozy notes. Full bodied with a thick oily feel with subdued, lightly crispy carbonation from the middle to the end. Big toasted and caramel malt flavors up front followed by ripe dark fruit and toffee. Crisp herbal hop flavors through the middle with expanding hop bitterness with boozy heat to the end. Started sweet and malty and finished crisp and hoppy. Finished with a light crispness with toasted malt, herbal hops and a sneaky booziness. 

Photo of alphagnome
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Notes: Unable to determine exact year brewed as it's not stated on the bottle anywhere. However, the label is an older design and I've had the bottle in my cellar for at least a year. Served at 40 degrees in a tulip.

Appearance:
Deep mahogany body with a tint of red and surprisingly clear. Heavily carbonated. Thin, bone-white head starts off small and reduces to a small ring fairly quick. Minimal lacing but decent legging.

Aroma:
Dull. As the beverage warms, some dark fruit makes a debut over a subtle malt body. Light spice.

Taste:
Thankfully more exciting than the nose leads you to believe. Gobs of biscuit and thick malt. Roast caramel and hints of toffee. Raisin and fig and all together incredibly sweet. Yeast. No real alcohol presence, with the exception of a slight burn on the finish. Aftertaste that of Molasses and caramel malt.

Mouthfeel:
One of the heaviest beers I've had in recent memory - thick, lip-smacking body. Decent carbonation helps lighten the load a bit. Leaves a slight film in your mouth. Super sweet finish.

Overall:
A solid beer from Boston Beer Co. Indulge in this one slowly as it is thick and I wouldn't be surprised if the ABV were to sneak up on some. Beware of cavities as this is one sweet beer but don't let that stop you from grabbing a bottle - it's worth it.

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a glass stein.

A - Pours a murky copper color with a foamy, three-finger, khaki-colored head. Nice retention. Spider web like lacing.

S - Big caramel aroma, with hints of prune and date as well.

T - Matches the nose, with candy sweet caramel malts forward. Esters of prune, baked apple, grape, and a good amount of fusel alcohol. Slightly spicy hop kick in the finish. Doesn't hide it's ABV particularly well. Very rich. Becomes quite cloying after a while.

M - EXTREMELY viscous and full-bodied, to the point of distraction. Somewhat creamy. Medium carbonation, but not enough to eliminate excessive syrupiness.

O - Some definite flaws here. Slightly too thick and too boozy to be considered a great brew, and not a match for most European versions. Not a repeat buy, as better Dopples are easily obtained almost anywhere.

Photo of barczar
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown with caramel highlights and minimal cream head that dissipates to almost nothing.

Deep caramelization, melanoidins. Toasted, nutty malt.

Lots of kettle caramelization, slightly sweet melanoidin character. Enough toasted malt to counter the sweetness and nuttiness to finish things out. Slightly bitter finish. A touch of roast and dark cherries.

Body is fairly full with minimal carbonation and substantial alcohol warmth.

Nice melanoidin character, not cloyingly sweet, but a bit hot.

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.74/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: a deep garnet red color. Great brightness and perfect clarity. One to two fingers of a tan head that fades fairly quickly and leaves a bit of a lacing.

Smell: super sweet caramels. Very bready. Dark fruits. Probably one of the strongest smelling beers I've opened recently. This one really bites at you with those super sweet malts and dark fruits. Alcohol is noticeable but not astringent or over powering.

Taste: starts off with bready malts. Quickly diverts to caramel, toffee and brown sugar. Dark fruits are more subtle but still big, prunes and dates. Some alcohol sneaks through especially as it warms. Alcohol is there but smooth.

Mouthfeel: big and heavy. Thick and creamy. A meal of a beer. Very warming as well

Overall: a big and wonderful beer. Very sweet but not overly. A great beer to introduce people to a style that's not so well done in the states. Big bold flavors make me want to go for Utopias. I imagine it being a bigger bolder but somewhat related to this one

Photo of KYGunner
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost chocolatey in appearance this Doppelbock had a very rich look dark brown. The head was simple in its density and collared to a fine froth.

The aroma was full of chocolate and caramel malt with a bready fruit cake.

The flavors were well balanced between the sweet chocolate malt, sweeter caramel malt, prune, date and of dried fruit cake.

The feel is thick not necessarily creamy but the carbonation is subtle.

Samuel Adams has done this up right with rich and broad flavors.

Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Brown copper semi-translucent with a 1/2 inch that sticks, a lot of carbonation activity with lacing as you venture through the pint.

S: Bready and malty with slight caramel and fruit scent.

T: Bready, malty, and spicey (cloves?) with a yeast/malt on the back-end that lingers. The slightest of slight hops presence.

M: High carbonation that hits in the front and lingers throughout, full bodied and very creamy. A perfect mouthfeel, the best I've ever tasted.

O: Active appearance, bready and yeasty, perfect mouthfeel. I tend to favor domestic doppelbocks over bavarian because of the mouthfeel, and I think I have to rate Sam Adams over Troegenator. Simply awesome.

Photo of scotorum
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Clear copper with an inch and a half thick offwhite head which receded slowly to heavy surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Aromatic caramel malt.

t: Hefty caramel malt with some hop bite for balance. High ABV is beautifully covered.

m: Full bodied and smooth,.

o: Outstanding for the style. A tasty malty treat with a lot of substance. Wish I'd bought more than a test bottle.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/3/2013. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, plum, pear, apple, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, plum, pear, apple, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, pear, apple, biscuit, nuttiness, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, complexity, and robustness of malt and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/fruitiness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a excellent doppelbock! All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of malt and yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of rangerred
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bomber into an imperial pint.

Pours a nearly opaque dark brown with a one finger light tan head. Just ok head retention fading to a light coating over the beer. Just a few splotches of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma has a big hit of raisin plums/prunes, and brown sugar. Some burnt sugar/ dark caramel along with a touch of grass from the hops. Just a tiny bit of metal that detracts a little but not bad altogether.

Huge hit of molassass and dark fruit in the flavor. The metal is, thankfully, not present here at all. Dark bread and fruitcaked along with a good shot of alcohol in the finish providing a pleasant warming at the back of the throat. Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy up front but that fades rather quickly leaving just a moderate sweetness on the finish.

Overall, a nice stab at the style from Sam Adams. While this is not my favorite style overall, I do enjoy this beer and might even pick it up again sometime.

Photo of vegassommelier
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A solid beer, but not my favorite doppelbock style of beer (that distinction belongs to Ayinger Celebrator!).
Malty flavors of dark oats, oatmeal, cinnamon, all spice, cocoa powder and stewed christmas plums.
$12 for a 4 pack brings this beer into a category that it is not yet ready to tackle with this offering.

Photo of jadpsu
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 OZ.brown bottle, no drink before date noted - in fact it says; "enjoy this beer now or age it to develope rich and unique flavorings."
Pours a cloudy amber with red tones, with a tight, sticky head that has superior retention and some sticky side glass lace.
Alot of roasty maltiness jump out of the glass.
Raisens and some warm brown sugar and some up front malty sweetness.
Taste and mouthfeel: Very creamy and syrupy as well as warming from its high ABV. Definitely taste the alcohol.
A little too much raisens and or dried plums and brown sugar for my taste, but by its style this is an exceptional brew.

Photo of Mackbekeza
4.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very good american doppelbock! Worth a try!

Photo of Murrhey
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- One-finger light-brown head that rapidly erodes. Deep amber color with nice clarity. Interesting.

S- Spicy. Cinnamon, boozy. Some brown sugar.

T- Boozy, brown sugar and caramel malts.

M- Alcoholic thin and dry.

O- Kind of a sparse review, but there isn't much I could say about this beer. Average or below.

Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep Mahogany with good clarity. About a finger of off white head. Dark ripe fruits on the nose. Toasted butter raisin bread. Warm hearty breads.

A little stabby with the sweetness on certain parts of the tongue but pretty smooth none the less. Tart dark fruits, grapes and raisins. Lots of hearty earthy baked breads. Medium bodied with flavors all over the place, a bit of carbonation to break things up. Finishes balanced and dry with a touch of hop and faint lingering sweetness to balance. Not a lot of noticable alcohol. A pretty good beer, gets messy at parts but finishes clean.

Not sure of the age on this.

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Amber; clear; small head, dissipates quickly, but good lacing

Aroma: Sweet, syrupy malt; dried fruit; bread; butterscotch

Taste: Creamy, sweet and syrupy; warming alcohol in the mid with dried fruit; finishes sweet and slightly bitter on the end

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Photo of stella77artois
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

24 oz. bottle, served in pint glass.

A - A beauty! Features the darkness of bock, with more red than usual. Very nice looking. Good, thich head that stuck around for a while.

S - Very nice mix of hops, cocoa and a sugary aroma. Not a cheap sweetener, but a very pleasant sweet smell. Combined w/ cocoa to make a very light chocolate aroma.

T - Wonderful taste. All the aforementioned aromas without being too sweet. I find some bocks to be a bit on the sweet side. Not so in this case. Packs a punch at 9.5 ABV, so the booze is noticeable. But not in a bad way.

F - Very good, but this is the only area I'd approve. An almost perfect thickness for a bock/doppleback, and a very nice, sweetish aftertaste. I would just like a bit more carbonation, as I like the bubbly feeling.

O - A very good beer. Hadn't had this beer since I was probably 19-20, so I couldn't appreciate it as much as I do now. A delicious dopplebock w/ tremendous flavor, a good punch and wonderful aftertaste and drinkability.

Photo of bmwats
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, into my footed Celebrator bock glass.

A: Dark ruby brown. Lots of effervescence collects on the sides of the glass. Pours about a half finger, bubbly brown-white head which dissipates quickly; but does leave a little remnant of itself on the surface. Slight sporadic lacing mostly quickly retreats back into the body of the brew.

S: Roasted malt, raisin bread, and molasses.

T: Sweet roasted almond malt, with a little molasses, licorice, and clove.

M: Hearty, thick, and syrupy. Bitter, rubbery finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Dark hue, slight head, slight lacing. Nose is roasted and sweet. Nutty and sweet, hearty roasted malt with a little spice and bitterness. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Photo of mntlover
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep walnut color clear with a nice two finger tan head that falls pretty quick to a ring. Only sparse lace left behind nice color though.

Aroma is rich caramel malts mingled with some nice dark fruits raisins mostly some light hop notes mingled with earthy hints.

Taste is malty caramel with some nutty notes and dark fruits. Finish is some spicy alcohol notes hints of licorice and earthy notes. Flavor not really what I was expecting for a doppele but overall not bad little alcohol burn but it is 9.5% and its not distracting.

Mouthfeel is a big medium with pretty mellow carbonation levels.

Overall not to bad not great but pretty descent. Certainly worth a try.

Photo of MickeyD
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a 12oz bottle into a clean pilsner glass

Appearance: golden dark brown with a red hue, moderate carbonation with about 2 inches head that dissipated quickly, very light lacing.

Smell: Slightly sweet with no real hoppy bite, mostly a very clean smell.

Taste: The taste of hops comes through maybe a little more than I expected. Slight caramel notes.

Mouth feel: Moderate body and goes down very smooth. Could use just a bit more carbonation but seems typical for the style. The beer is leaving a floral sweetness on the lips.

Overall: I really like the beer however I think it is a bit hoppy compared to other bocks that I have had. However it is still a good bock with fairly good caramel malt flavor.

Photo of beergoot
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Boozy caramel aromas rise from a dark red body. Good carbonation rises from the glass and forms a lasting one-finger thick head. Thick, sweet malty taste infused with prominent alcohol notes and a mellowing bitterness at the end. Medium bodied with a rich, smooth, somewhat syrupy feel.

I've always enjoyed this beer and think it does justice to the style. It's been consistent and tasty throughout the years and this sample was no exception. Besides all the boozy, caramel-like features, there is also an enjoyable roasted malt component. Very flavorful and robust; wonderfully balanced with a nuanced complexity. Meal-in-a-glass?! Yes, indeed!

Photo of Doppel_Bach
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a fresh 4-pack recently. 9.5% ABV.

Appearance - "Deep red/mahogany" is what it says on the website, and that's about right. Not very dark compared to other beers in this style.

Smell - Lots of malt, and I always get a really sweet nose on this. Banana seems to come through. Definitely a pleasant smell.

Taste - Very intense. Different from the smell. Malt, dark fruit, and I do taste the alcohol a bit in this one. Not something I find all that pleasant. The alcohol coming through definitely adds a little too much bitterness for me, although not a hoppy kind. Very little hops, and I don't notice them until the beer goes down. One nice thing is the bready taste it leaves in my mouth for a good while afterwards.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation a bit too low. Not much to say other than that.

Overall - Compared to something like a Korbinian, the alcohol comes through too much, which hurts not only its drinkability but its taste as well. When Sam Adams used to have this as a Seasonal, it was my favorite beer. However, it's simply gone over the top as part of the Imperial line. We're talking a little over a half a percent of alcohol higher than it was before, but that's enough to be excessive. If you look at reviews for the old version, people invariably raved about it, and for good reason. This beer is made the same, but it doesn't get the rave reviews it did before...??? I definitely attribute it to the poor drinkability and alcohol presence in the taste.
I'd personally rather drink this very cold in a bigger bottle so I can do one and be done with it, and I understand it might be coming out that way. Oh, and a little age (up to 6-8 months) helps this one from past experience. Celebrator and Korbinian are still my favorite Doppelbocks.

Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 1,858 ratings.