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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

1,803 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,803
Reviews: 1,083
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 76
Gots: 84 | 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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the malt bomb you would expect in this style from this brewer, but a well done take on the style, bigger than most, authentically german, and memorably different at the same time. its so dense in grain, toffee and burning sugar in a fry pan. with a lager yeast that cant eat the sweet. there is a european nature to the malt, and a strong alcohol presence in there two. i like its weight, its great for the fall, but its a beer that i just cant drink real much of because of how big it is with all its sticky sweetness. seems to me like an awesome cooking beer, cheesy beer muffins, bread pudding, even a pot of chili would benefit from a brew like this. i appreciate it but i dont love it. cool that a brewery this big still does stuff like this though, this is definitely not rookie beer.

StonedTrippin, Oct 02, 2014
Photo of fossage78
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

fossage78, Oct 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

dgtiii, Sep 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

blue-dream, Sep 29, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

SF_Posse, Sep 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Smileitsfreetobehappy, Sep 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

qcghost, Sep 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

dshansen1184, Sep 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

vwbus7, Sep 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

myteam24, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of whity
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%

whity, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of atlbravsrno1
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

atlbravsrno1, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of Treyliff
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%

Bottle poured into pint glass

A- pours a deep murky brown color with some ruby hue on the edges, small creamy off-white colored head retains for a while, eventually settling to a film on top that stays for a while 4.25

S- big caramel malt aroma up front with notes of butter-toffee, fruit cake, raisins, figs, roasted nuts, caramelized brown sugar & candy corn. Classic malt bomb aroma expected of the style 4.25

T- the caramel notes continue through to the taste with massive sweetness of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, banana bread & molasses. Nutty & earthy notes kick in mid-palate along with dark fruity notes of fig, raisin & prune. Light herbal hop bitterness allows the malty sweetness to shine. 4.5

M- thick and creamy body with moderate carbonation leads to a smooth and chewy mouthfeel slightly warming silky finish 4.75

O- quite possibly my favorite SA beer, it's a massive malt bomb that shines with caramel and dark fruit notes. A fine example of the style 4.5

Treyliff, Sep 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

KevChiTown, Sep 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

probert, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Darkmagus82
4/5  rDev +2%

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a deep mahogany color with a rather large head of off white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a very nice level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is massive of a sweet caramel smell and is mixed with some lighter aromas of a more chocolate and bready smell. Along with these aromas comes some other sweeter smells of a dark fruit nature with some fig and raisin hitting the nose. A little bit of a molasses as well as some very light hop smells of an herbal nature and a little bit of a boozy rum smell come to the nose, overall producing a nice sweet and warming smell.

Taste – The taste begins big and malty with tons of caramel and some very bready and roasted malt flavors. As the taste advances the darker roasted malt flavors are intensified with a bit more roast and some darker fruits of raisin and fig joining the tongue. The darker fruits also add some more sweetness to the brew and with a molasses flavor that develops later in the taste, ends up sweetening the brews taste ever so slightly sweeter, even with a loss of some of the caramel sweetness. A tiny bit of a boozy rum comes to the tongue at the end, but this is rather light for a bock of 9.5 % abv, leaving a decently roasted, and dark fruity sweetened, malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is super thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the double bock style the feel is right on with it really nicely complimenting the malty and sweeter flavors of the brew and making for a nice slow sipper.

Overall – A big and robust, thick and fruity sweet double bock. If looking for something very sweet and malty then this is a good choice, with it delivering in both sweet and malty with a bit of alcohol and roast balancing it all out. Overall fairly tasty.

Darkmagus82, Sep 05, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

LutherBrau, Sep 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

NJBeer265, Aug 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

One1Asterisk, Aug 28, 2014
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!

Bear1964, Aug 27, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev +5.1%

Lovethemhopps, Aug 26, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

WoostaBia, Aug 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

Hohnbaum, Aug 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

ErinnA, Aug 19, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +12.2%

Patlee3324, Aug 18, 2014
Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 1,803 ratings.