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

Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series)Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series)

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1,704 Ratings

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Ratings: 1704
Reviews: 1072
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.23%

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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 macrosmatic


4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Dark reddish brown, medium tan head.

S: Aroma is wonderful - fruity but dark with roasty caramel notes. Can a smell be dark? This one is.

T: Malty taste up front. Then sweet but with a pronounced alcohol presence.

M: Somewhat on the heavier side with good carbonation.

O: A good beer, but not sure I'll be actively seeking out a second go-round.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 22:21:53 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 12oz bottle from Publix, poured into a 0.5L stein...

A: Copper with a reddish tint; one finger of light beige head; no lace.

S: Pretty rich, bread malts.

T: Caramel and toffee malts; some alcohol; somewhat dry / earthy hop finish.

M: Full; moderate carbonation; some heat from the alcohol.

O: An interesting doppelbock... not super sweet, but still tasty; nice hop bitterness was more than expected.

*from notes
** 1st brew tried from “Imperial Series”

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 23:03:47 | More by jpro
Photo of gkunkle


3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy brown with decent amount of carbonation. The head is tan but not very tall, it recedes to a ring and a few small splotches. The smell is of maple and caramel with a touch of fruit, maybe like strawberry and orange. The taste follows the smell well, strong maple and caramel, very sweet and smooth, I detect a slight alcohol taste. Mouthfeel is thick-ish. Overall a decent beer, I quite like it as an American double bock.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 05:23:21 | More by gkunkle
Photo of shand


3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours a hazy red-amber color with a large, full head. The aroma is big on malts, with some fruits backing it up. The taste is very large and alcoholic, with fruits being the primary flavor. Honestly, it's a little too much for me and winds up tasting just a bit too "hot" in general. It doesn't taste bad on the way down, but it's really just too much fruitiness with too much alcohol. The mouthfeel is far too smooth to really be of note, and the drinkability is not very good. Overall, this is a beer that's just too big for it's own good. The fruit dominance just doesn't work with the huge alcoholic flavors that this beer presents. I'm usually a big Sam Adams fan, but this tastes a little too much like hot vomit for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 03:42:51 | More by shand
Photo of donkeyrunner


3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Copper pour gathers itself and sits a beautiful, clear ruby color. Thin eggshell colored head is quick to breakup and all foam dissipates by mid glass.

Smells like dark bread soaked in caramel drizzle with some alcholic sophistication. Tastes the same.

I've been hearing this is one of Sam's best for a long time...and it's not. Not even close.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 23:45:28 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of MoreThanWine


3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a meager trace of a head which almost immediately vanished. The body looks like iced tea in masstone but held to the light it's more of an auburn. I expected quite a malty smell but to be honest it had very little until it had sat out for quite a long time, like a wine that had to open up. Taste has the malt but I've had maltier and more complex. It's also a little on the yeasty side.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 09:32:52 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of MattyG85


4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and slightly cloudy mahogany orange color. Lots of rising bubbles and a good three fingers of off white head with good retention. Moderate amount of lace on the glass.

Smell: Big aroma of bready and somewhat toasty caramel malts. Lots of dark fruits with hints of plums, raisins, and figs. Hints of brown sugar. Also some hints of apples and alcohol. The dark fruits really stand out. Kind of smells like a pie.

Taste: A very bready and moderately sweet fruity taste. Lightly roasted caramel malts up front with hints of toffee and apple. Big presence of dark fruits with notes of figs, plums, and raisins. Some brown sugar adds to the sweetness. A mild presence of earthy hops provide a little balancing bitterness. Very bready and fruity overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, chewy, and somewhat sticky. Some alcohol heat is felt but things are still pretty smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid American take on a Doppelbock. Not as dark and roasty as one might expect but the fruit flavors here are good.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 05:40:11 | More by MattyG85
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Double Bock has a medium, creamy, beige head and a dark, copper appearance with some lacing. The aroma is sweet, malty, and there is an overriding grain husk smell, not unlike what one finds with Earthquake High Gravity or Dog Bite High Gravity; probably not what Boston Brewing is shooting for. The flavor is malty, alcohilic, sweet, fruity, nutty, and syrupy. Mouthfeel is heavy and dense, and Samuel Adams Double Bock finishes rather harsh and not particularly drinkable. Overall, this is a very interesting, challenging, and tasty beer.


Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 22:51:37 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of soju6


4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice mahogany color with a beige head that fades quickly to nominal lacing. Pleasant aroma of malt with caramel, nuts dark fruits and a hint of spice. Mild taste of caramel sweetness mixed in with dark fruit and a bit of nut. Very subtle bitterness and a dry finish. Medium body, smooth with a velvety texture. As it warms the aroma and flavor are enhanced. Has a nice warming feeling. Very enjoyable. A good sipper to enjoy on a winter evening

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 17:03:52 | More by soju6
Photo of BrownNut


3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Lovely clear toasty brown in the light. Really nice textured head that makes a landscape a la Samuel Smith's beers, but dissipates down to nothing within a few minutes. Nice lacing.

S - Moderate wheat bran cereal

T - Pretty malty and bready. Somewhat mild flavor, but nice. Has a near-metallic tang that winds up as something slightly tart. There's some sweet but not too much, and it seems closer to molasses than caramel. The booze is hidden very well as you taste it but you get nice warm gentle booze fumes in the back of the throat afterwards.

M - Thick and smooth with a tiny bit of prickly carbonation on the tip of the tongue. A bit of film that sticks around on the tongue.

O - Pretty good and easy drinking. Not the best doppelbock I've had but holds its own in the style. I like the thick mouthfeel. I missed that recently in a Spaten Optimator. This is one of the best Sam Adams beers I've had, contrasted against a lot of safe, transitional beers they put out. Kinda pricey - not on an ABV per ounce basis, just on a per ounce basis. I'm not drinking to get drunk, so ABV is incidental and it's pricey when a fourpack costs the same as a sixpack would.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 01:48:09 | More by BrownNut
Photo of jsprain1


3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Red-copper with a thin white head. Head retention is fair.
S- Aroma is mild but pleasant. Toasted bread, caramel, less fruit than most doppels.
T- Nice well balanced doppel that has a whole lot of nice sweet flavor. There is a bit of fruityness with a figlike flavor. There is a bready, butterscotch, dark caramel flavors. Hits a lot of notes, but not as deep as some of the German classics.
M- Very good mouthfeel. Smooth, medium-full with medium-low but smooth carbonation.
O- This is a quite goood doppelbock. I like some of the German examples better but this is still good.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 02:05:14 | More by jsprain1
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep caramel amber with a thin layer of soft, off white head that has little retention. The nose has strong notes of baked apples and caramel with some alcohol esters. The flavor is simplistic; baked apples, mild sugar, faint bread. The mouthfeel is warm, smooth, and medium to full bodied with the right amount of carbonation.

This is a rather solid American version of the German classic. Sam Adams has done a superb job creating a balanced, smooth, easy drinking, high ABV beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 23:18:11 | More by tdm168
Photo of BucannonXC5


3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass. Color was hazy caramel, almost like iced tea. About a finger of head. Very little lacing on the top. No film on the sides.

Smelled dark fruit, mostly plum and purple grapes. Also some caramel malts.

Tasted pretty similar to the nose. Dark fruits, grapes, plums and lots of malts.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Soft carbonation. Long, consistent finish.

I was expecting a bit more, but it was still a decent beer. It grew on my toward the end.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 07:41:46 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red colour with a white head.

Smells of rich malts.

Tastes strongly of malts and alcohol. Some liquorice and treacle as well.

Feels very smooth on the mouth. Thick and syrupy.

Overall a powerfull tasting beer, srong flavours and you can taste the alcohol in this.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 23:44:27 | More by Dave1999
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Appears a dark mahogany color, no visible hazing, with a short-lived soda fizzle sand colored head that leaves minimal lacing behind. At the moment of popping the cap, there is a very strange initial burst of pineapple upside-down cake aroma that settles back down, eventually content to be in the background of the multi faceted malt aroma. (bready, yeast, caramel, toffee) Flavor is a sweet brown sugared and hearty raisin bread buffet with some small amounts of drying alcoholic heat in the finish, although not quite as boozey as, oh say, a barleywine would be, it still has some mild hotness to it. Texture is smooth and silky as it ought to be, but that hotness does distract ever so slightly. Very slightly under carbonated as well for my preferences, but only just barely so. For me, this beer was like a flawed or poorly cut gemstone, in that it was a thing of real beauty unfortunately marred by a couple of imperfections.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 21:21:58 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of Vonerichs


3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The body is a deeper hue of copper with a 1/2" of off white head. No lacing.

The smell is toasty as hell and for a second resembles sour dough pretzel. Herbal and caramel scents finish it.

A caramel and toffee sweetness is more prevalent in the flavor. Again, toasty malts dominate.

Mouthfeel is heavy with decent carbonation. There's a slight burn in the finish.

Decent for the style, I suppose, just not my cup of tea. I've definitely had better doppelbocks.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 05:06:56 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

Appearance: Deep red hues in an amber body. Decent head that hold to about 2 fingers and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Brown bread, caramel and some fruit that i can't pinpoint.

Taste: Mix of herbs, caramel, dark bread, dried fruits and a sweet touch. Herb-like presence is more felt as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Smooth overall with some bitterness as well. Gets mildly harsh as it warms.

Overall: I liked it but not exceedingly so. Would have liked a more mellow taste though at almost 10%, it's an easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 12:23:07 | More by papat444
Photo of CuriousMonk


3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Never been a big Sam Adams fan but heard about their Imperial Series and supposedly this one was one of the best in the series, so I decided to give this one a chance. Pours medium brown with a reddish tinge along with a thin off-white head. Very malty aromatics, some notes of apple juice, slight whiff of alcohol, and a nice brown sugar note. Full malt flavor along with some apple juice and brown sugar as well. Malty with a nice warming finish and crisp mouthfeel. While not a bad offering from Sam Adams, I will not seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 23:23:46 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of Blueribbon666


3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber into dimpled mug with a little bubbly head presence before dissipating rapidly. Smells of malt and sour dough bread. A good mouthfeel on the tongue velvety smooth and a bit thick with combo of sweet malt with the alcohol present as well. Malty goodness but was surprised how this reminded me of an english barleyine or wee heavy with the combination of sweet malty thickness and evident alcohol presence, where as with a Dopplebock I was expecting a bit more carbonation to balance the sweet malts and alcohol. Overall a very good sipper with a little burn in the after taste...good to see SA showing they can still put out BIG beers as well as good well balanced styles

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 14:57:03 | More by Blueribbon666
Photo of gustogasmic


3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Proudly poured into my RED WINGS pint glass. Been too long since I've had a new doppelbock.

Pours a beautifully clear dark brown/ red amber. Bone-white head of thin bubbles. Tiny little bubbles move up from the bottom center constantly.

Smells weird but I don't know why. Molasses, syrup, and dark fruit are detectable but not in-your-face.

A sip opens up the mysterious aroma- caramel, molasses, raisins. Delicious and syruppy.

The mouthfeel rocks, which is good, because any doppelbock that doesn't feel awesome is shit. Little lager bubbles and a thick, creamy leave that complements the dark flavors very appropritely.

Doppelbock is one of my favorite styles- I've never encountered one this hot! 9.5 takes away the refreshment factor and makes it a sipper, but it's a type of beer that's good in big sips. Pretty great, but I'll go for an Ayinger Celebrator or Bell's Consecrator first! After this and the Wee Heavy, I'm certainly going to check out the rest of the Sam Adam's Imperials.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 06:14:05 | More by gustogasmic
Photo of djbow


4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark amber / brown, well formed two finger off-white head. Good lacing.

S- Sweet, super malty, vanilla and cherry undertones.

T- Sweet malt, some caramel and a mild hop bitterness. Dry alcohol finish.

M- Thick, coating, alcohol warmth.

O- I f you like you beer on the malty sweet side like I do you will enjoy this beer. Considering the amount of malt and other expensive ingredients that go into this beer it is reasonably priced. This fact coupled with it 9.5% ABV content there is allot of bang for you buck.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 02:25:11 | More by djbow
Photo of ikantspel


4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served into a russian river goblet
no freshness date on bottle or label

pours a furniture oak color with a miniscule head. not too much lacing going on here

dark fruits, spices, hops, roasted black coffee, and lots of sweetness in the aroma

rich roastiness from the malts, some sweetness from the dark fruits, and a hint of toffee/coffee flavor

this is my first dopplebock but definately not my last.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 06:13:48 | More by ikantspel
Photo of jman892


3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very dark ramber, light brown. Somewhat flimsy off white head which fades quickly.

S - Very nice aroma of brown sugar, dark fruit like a plum or a prune. Definite sweetness, like a brown sugar, or molasses.

T - Follows the nose, alcohol is noticeable. There is a bit of hop bitterness mixed in here, which balances off the sweetness. To me, which the hop flavor was a little more subdued.

M - Moderate carbonation, slight alcohol bite.

O - Solid if not spectacular. The hops were a little too present for my taste in a dopplebock, but on balance, was still a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 17:01:26 | More by jman892
Photo of tobelerone


4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really a tremendous brew, one of the best made by this venerable company and one I have enjoyed since its inception about 20 years ago. Semi-clear, hazy mahogany color, small head that dissipates quickly, not a lot of lace. Still the color alone makes for a nice appearance.

The taste and aroma are both excellent, sweet, caramel maltiness, toffee, molasses, figs and dates. Booze is well hidden. Just extremely tasty. Tons of chewy, bready malt.

Medium-full bodied, slightly sticky, very creamy, low carbonation, superb overall mouthfeel. Up there with the icons of the style like Salvator. I really enjoyed coming back to this one after many years away.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 05:20:40 | More by tobelerone
Photo of dcook11


4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Poured into a snifter. One finger off white head. Ample lacing. Dark amber color, with small fine bubbles rising to the top.

S- Soy sauce. Sweet and tart. Cherries, both sweet and sour.Heavy maltyness.

T- Soy sauce. Again, a tartness, followed by a balancing sweetness. Sweet and sour cherries. Mild hop bitterness and a drying finish.

M- Heavy bodied.

O- One of my favorite beers in the style..

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 03:20:59 | More by dcook11
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