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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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1,705 Ratings

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Ratings: 1705
Reviews: 1073
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.23%

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:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-07-2009)
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Photo of ZenAgnostic


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

12oz bottle poured into a Three Philosophers mini snifter. No obvious date.

Appearance - Dark semi-cloudy ruby-brown body. Tan head with decent retention and fine lacing.

Smell - Tons of caramel. Faint coffee and alcohol.

Taste - Coffee. Bitter astringent hop. Thick syrupy sweetness. Bread and alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied. Mucky. Sticky. Slight effervescent crispness underneath.

Overall Drinkability - Pretty decent doppelbock. No real off characters. Smooth and drinkable. Nothing groundbreaking though.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 04:55:18 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a murky medium mahogany with a huge (3-4 finger) light brown thick creamy head that was mostly lasting leaving behind a ton of residue which in turn created some good sticky lacing.

The aroma was very pronounced of a roasted dark bread malt, a resin hop and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of caramel, toffee, honey, some dark fruit (raisons and figs I believe) and a strong alcohol odor.

The taste was sweet and malty with a touch of caramel and honey at first the transformed into a sweet bitter mildly sour flavor with a strong dark fruit presence and a not so subtle alcohol finish. The flavor lasted a decent duration with the sweet fruitiness and the alcohol tinge creating a nice flavorful aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was a bold medium in body and a tad syrupy and slightly oily in texture with a moderate carbonation.

Overall a brew with the flavors interacting very well together giving this beer a well rounded sweet fruity warming sensation.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 17:02:23 | More by KajII
Photo of Hopfenpeter


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

This beer poured a slightly hazy medium amber mahogany, with a eggshell head building about two fingers high. It dissipates fast and leaves good lacing.
The smell is of dark fruit like plum and fig, honey, caramel and toffee.
Tasting the beer, I was surprised how mellow the sweet aromas actually were. Up front is a honey character with the dark fruit flavors making it an interesting entree. In the middle the double bock character let's you feel a well hidden ABV. The finish is a
Mild hop that balances this beer nicely.
Great job! A very drinkable Double Bock.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 04:24:25 | More by Hopfenpeter
Photo of fountainofyouth

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at RFD in Washington, DC. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The body is a cloudy darkish amber, with a fair-sized whitish head that dies after a couple of minutes.

Smell: Caramel, nuts, and dried sweet fruit.

Taste: Toasted malt, of course -- pears, figs, nuts, etc. Light hopping on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-mod carb on a creamy body. Smooth.

Overall: A pleasant doppelbock, but there are other worthy choices. (I even prefer Sam Adams's Chocolate Cherry Bock to this one.)

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 06:44:41 | More by fountainofyouth
Photo of industrialswill


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

This is a beer I might have over looked had I not read about it earlier on Beer Advocate.
It pours about the same color as the bottle it came in.
Low carbonation.
The smell is all about well roasted malt.
It's got a syrupy, sweet taste that reminds me of raisons, prunes & molasses. The high alcohol content has this beer right at the edge of tasting like wine.
This is good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 03:34:34 | More by industrialswill
Photo of rlee1390


3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear amber one finger head

S-Malty, spice some coffee.

T-Extremely malty, some roasted some bread-like, coffee flavors come in as well.

M-Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

O-I believe this is my first Doppelbock and I enjoyed it, a huge malt bomb but in a good way.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 14:20:07 | More by rlee1390
Photo of Thickfreakness

New York

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

A- Pours a mahogany brown with beautiful cherry/ruby highlights. Nice head that fades kinda quickly, but leaves a TON of sticky lacing!

S- Sweet, sweet maltiness! Notes of toasted walnuts and cashews. A little caramel, and burnt sugar. Has a real nice nuttiness to it underneath the sweet caramel malts. Picking up a touch of soap or wax as well.

T- Nice malty sweetness! Love the roasted nuttiness. I detect a bit of honey on the tongue which is nice. A nice bit of alcohol too. Really well done.

M- Sugary, sweet, nutty, and a little alcohol bite. Just a touch of soapiness. Kinda thick for a Double Bock. Nice oily, sweet finish.

O- Really sorry I waited so long to finally try this. I love all the Sam Adams Imperial series brews. Very underated if you ask me. I see me buying a bunch more of this and seeing how it ages.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 04:36:30 | More by Thickfreakness
Photo of Whadawookie


3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty good dopplebock. I really haven't tried anything that beats Ayinger's, but this is pretty damn good and a little reminiscent of it, actually. I poured into a pint glass. Not much head retention/lacing. The color in this lighting is a dark amber, almost brown. It has good carbonation. It smells malty and with raisin or some dried fruit. It's decently hoppy for the style (or is that just the alcohol burn...it is almost 10%abv...). I like this beer quite a bit and it is a bit cheaper than a 4 pack of celebrator, so it might be a good alternative to it now and again, although from reading this site, I understand that it is just a seasonal.... bummer. What if I want to fast on beer in the middle of the summer??

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 00:54:10 | More by Whadawookie
Photo of TrappistJohnMD


4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a nice mahagony red-brown with thin very light tan head. Fair lacing.

S - cherries and ripe plum.

T/M - Good bit of carbonation. Mild bitterness and sweet. Good malty taste. Medium body. Very smooth.

O - This was my fist introduction to Double or Dopplebock. I love this beer. Probably a little partial to this beer over other dopplebocks because it was my first. In this economy it is always good to buy American too!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 03:13:01 | More by TrappistJohnMD
Photo of doughanson78


4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to Phelps for this in the tickers BIF.

A: Beautiful dark ruby red color with nice clarity. Two finger tan head with great retention and decent lacing.

S: Huge dark fruits, raisins and cherries. Slightly sweet. Light leather, brown sugar, and some wood.

T: Sweet cherry chocolate upfront. Raisins, figs, and plums in the middle. Finishes with plums, brown sugar and a touch of wood.

M: Medium body. Medium high carbonation. Creamy. Warming without an alcohol bite.

O: Very good dopplebock. One of the better Sam Adams beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 03:14:15 | More by doughanson78
Photo of RickS95


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

Pours a rich brown mahogany. There's a brief white head, but it's shy and dissipates quickly.

Scents of malt, lots of malt, a touch of chocolate, sweet caramel and only a hint of alcohol.

Taste follows the footsteps of the smell, loads of malt, some caramel, a bit of alcohol.

Starts off sweet. As it works it way towards the back of the tongue, it remains sweet. Early in the finish there's the faintest hint of hops and in the swallow, heat from the alcohol makes its presence. Ultimately, it's a lager and it finishes with that dull lager, almost bittering feeling.

I'm not a lager fan, but this is pretty good. It's got a lot of flavor and it's very smooth for having so much alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 03:15:39 | More by RickS95
Photo of SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my 20 oz giant Duvel tulip. Poured this deep mahogany bock very aggressive and got a massive 3 inch light tan head, that settled 3 minutes later into a hearty layer of bubbles, the lacing left is minimal, but pretty.Smell is strong dark fruits raisins and figs, brown sugar, breadyness, and some warming booze. Taste is powerful with the flavors in the nose, but carmel surprises my palate threw out. The body is large and that makes it a sipper, with a good amount carbonation for the style, on the dryer side. This is a excellent double Bock, malt lovers dream.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 18:50:18 | More by SawDog505
Photo of whendeathsleeps


4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- A beautiful brown copper, finger and a half of khaki colored head, nice lacing throughout.
S- Intense! sweet, malty, wood hints, dark fruits.
T- Much like the smell, very impressive, brown sugar, and alcohol comes through on taste.
M- Highly carbonated, smooth drinker, great boozy warmth.

Great beer, not much room to improve. A six pack of this has made it to my Christmas wishlist!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 22:33:00 | More by whendeathsleeps
Photo of keanex

New Jersey

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

Poured from a bottle to pint glass.

A: Deep brown with not much head.

S: Sweet and malty. In-fact very sweet and malty.

T: Smell is indicative of the taste. Very intense malts and very sweet, but without being overly so. Alcohol hints and a warming sensation at the end.

M: Thick without much carbonation. Very creamy.

O: Interesting beer, very thick and malty. This would make an excellent beer to watch a game with and eat some honey roasted nuts.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 15:15:53 | More by keanex
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


2.53/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Copper color, extremely thin head if any to it. I liked the color, not so much anything else in terms of appearance. Aroma was largely alcohol.

Taste, was largely alcohol. If you search for it, a miniscule amount of citrus and smoke. Yeah, nice pairing. . . psych. Lots of caramel, its like a dipa, but without hops. Weird spice flavoring that defies description other than that I would label it a negative. Like a mix of prunes and grandma's perfume.

About my least favorite of the extreme or whatever series they're calling it.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 23:19:18 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of jayhawk73


4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a nice one finger off white head. Decent lacing on my snifter glass. Reddish highlights when held up to the light. Nose is that of caramel malt, a hint of hops, bread, and maybe a little nut in there. I'm really surprised by the nose- it's really well done. Very balanced, and I really don't get any of the 9.5% ABV in the smell. I get all the smells in the taste profile as well. It's a little on the sweet side for me, but this is a nice tasting doppelbock! Very rich, bready feel, with a slight alcohol burn on the aftertaste. The feel is not quite as refined as the taste, it's a little out of whack. Overall, this is a surprisingly good beer from Sam Adams- it's a little boozy on the aftertaste, but I generally like that. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 22:30:48 | More by jayhawk73
Photo of lwillitz


4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into snifter

A - transparent ruby/brown body under a finger of khaki head; beautiful!

S - sweet malt and alcohol; almost a wooden smell; raisin/plum/dark fruit; could be mistaken for a glass of brandy; very pleasant and inviting!

T - rich roast malt and alcohol overpower the tastebuds; caramel and brandy; hops offer a faint presence somewhere in the middle; brandy and malt flavors linger for a warm semi-sweet finish

M - full-bodied, medium/high carbonation, and smoother than smooth; alcohol content is very warming

O - This one smells and tastes like liquor. Pour it into your snifter and take your time enjoying the rich aroma and flavor. Perhaps a little pricey ($9.99/4-pack around here), but it is an enjoyable experience. I intend to age a few bottles.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 03:47:54 | More by lwillitz
Photo of JizackFH

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a brilliant clear ruby copper color. It has a big 3-finger off white head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves behind and nice sheet of lace as it falls.

S - It smells of roasted malt and dark fruits up front. There are some nice scents of raisin, plum, cherry, and fig. I am also getting some brown sugar and chocolate. There is some booziness present here as well.

T - The taste starts off sweet and roasty. There is more booze present here than in the nose, but it isn't overpowering. There dark fruits that were in the nose are present as well as some brown sugar and chocolate. The finish has more of a roasty quality and there is some lingering fruitiness and booziness.

M - This has a pretty full body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a smooth rich feel to it. It is sweet, but there is some roastiness to it as well. There is some boozy warmth in the finish.

O - This has pretty good drinkability. Even though it is high in alcohol, it goes down easy and has a nice flavor. It actually doesn't seem like a bland version of the style like a lot of other BBC beers. Overall, I thought this was a really nice beer and I would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 06:51:02 | More by JizackFH
Photo of tone77


2.48/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty deep auburn color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit on the malty side. Taste is big on alcohol, consider using a shot glass for this one. Some malts come through after the initial alcohol burn. Feels medium bodied and very strong in the mouth and overall I felt the alcohol dominated this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 20:53:13 | More by tone77
Photo of Brunite


4.83/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice dark mahogany red color with a tan head that sticks around for a while. Settles to a tan color.

S: All malts! Caramel malts and some dark, dried fruits. I am also getting some distinct molasses and brown sugar.

T: Similar to the smell, the molasses and sweet malt predominate! Wow. This tastes great. A lingering residual sweetness. I love this! Alcohol just a tad strong.

M: Medium/heavy body...definitely Creamy & smooth as silk going down.

D: I could drink this all day. This beer is great. The best SA I've had. I rate this only 2nd to Celebrator. Amazing flavor for a lager beer. Cracks my personal top 20 list for sure...which means I'll always have this on hand in my fridge! An A+ ranking from me.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 01:56:11 | More by Brunite
Photo of wcintula

New York

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very solid readily available Doppelbock,I just don't like seeing them called Double Bocks. Poured into a Noble Pils glass, the beer produces a thin beige colored head that sticks around for the beer's duration. I beer is fun and I feel as if I should be celebrating something when I drink it as it's sweet and boozy and all around enjoyable.

Sweetness seems to be represented by dark fruits,, prunes and raisins. Hops are by no means a player in this game. Malt-forward and delicious. It's a beer that can serve as a meal!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 19:57:11 | More by wcintula
Photo of Sunnanek


3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours murky deep orange with a thick creamy tan head that sinks so slowly into nice lacings.

S: Syrupy sweet roasted malt. Lots of dark dried fruits.

T: Sweet roasted malt, almost candy-like sweetness. Lots of dark dried fruits; mainly rasins and prunes. Liqourice and faint coffee.

M: Lovely long sweet aftertaste. Body is full and carbonation very moderate. SMOOTH!

O: You can't go wrong with a Doppelbock!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 21:05:10 | More by Sunnanek
Photo of tgorgz


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

P: into a goblet from a 12oz bottle.
A: Dark amber honey on the colour. Not much here on lacing, actually, and a smaller head than expected.
S: Lots of prune and raisin, followed by something resembling toffee. I'm not getting as much malt as I had expected- perhaps it's overpowered by the prune and raisin flavours. I'm not quite sure how to read this- but it's certainly pleasant and I'm looking forward to the drink
T: Again, very much like the smell. I'm getting lots of prune, lots of raisin, a hint of plumb or black olive there at the end. The malt does come in there at the end to provide a rich, thick bready flavour as well.
M: I love, thick strong, powerful beers. This one is no exception. When served at room temperature, the beer runs like molasses across the palate. Definitely very happy this one.

One of the better servings from Sam I've had in a little while.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 01:52:00 | More by tgorgz
Photo of CharlieMurphy

New York

3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark maroon red with a puffy white head 1/2" that remains all the way down.

S: Smells of prunes, maris, hints of malty scotch, some spiciness that seems to waft about coming and going, and some slight olive - olives have NO place in beer.

T: Mild sweetness dampened by dusty malts, muted smells of darker dried fruit than in the nose, a more refined and reserved taste vs. nose.

M: Mellow-lower than moderate carbonation, some residual malty tastes which contribute to drying, spiciness, albeit mild, remains more than anything else

O: Slightly above meh. This serves as a fine single bock, but I expect more from doublebocks in terms of boldness of flavor and mouthfeel. I pretty much always lose an insurmountable notch of interest when the pour on a (double)bock doesn't yield darkness of color.

Not worth the price point.

PS. I hate olives

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 05:22:40 | More by CharlieMurphy
Photo of rickyleepotts


5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well it’s been a LONG time since we have drank a beer. It’s funny, I have been traveling so much we truly have not had time to drink. Well, we have time to drink, but as I always say, this projects lets us drink with a purpose. Anyway, we are back and we had some time this afternoon to write. (I say that as I am about to head to work!)

Today we are drinking a Samuel Adams Double Bock. I have had Sam Adams (what I call them) several times, and their beers are always solid. But this one is part of their Imperial Series. I know that every time I drink an Imperial beer… I am always impressed. Anyway, this one is a Double Bock (following suit for a traditional doppelbock), a German style beer. Speaking of this type of beer, what is it with the goat? All of these beers have a goat on them somewhere. Oh well, let’s drink.

In the Glass: In the glass, it’s thin and has a subtle head. You can’t really see through it, but it doesn’t appear to be that thick of a beer. If I had to say the color, I would say a penny… something with a deep copper color. The head, even when you swirl it around the glass, remains thin.

Nose: This beer smells AMAZING. Oh man, this is one of the most powerful noses that I have ever smelt. It starts sweet, then ends with a bit of oxidation on the back of the nose. It smells wet, and you can pick up the hints of alcohol that this big beer (nearly 10% ABV) has in it. I am sure once I taste this beer, the alcohol will scream at me. Let’s see what this beer tastes like.

Flavor: When a beer has a strong nose, it rarely follows up without the taste. This beer does. Oh man, the taste is amazing, and just as the nose changes on the front of the nose to the back, the flavors change as it goes from the front of the palate to the back of your throat. It starts fresh, and has an almost citrus flavor at first. As it moves back the palate, it becomes dark, smokey, and almost gives you a burnt caramel flavor by the time it finishes. Speaking of the finish, it lasts for a long time. The aftertaste (which I will get to) is consistent and lasts for a long time.

Mouthfeel: The beer, in the glass, doesn’t appear to have a thick nature, but in the mouth it has a subtle thickness to it. Not molasses, but close. Considering how it smells, to how it tastes, I almost want to leave it in my mouth for a while. I can tell that the longer this beer sits, and the closer it gets to room temperature, the better this brew will taste.

Aftertaste: It’s still there! I tell you, a good beer has a solid nose and a great mouthfeel. This beer offers all that, and has the taste to back it all up. This beer is one of the best beers I have had in a long time, and the aftertaste isn’t going anywhere. It’s a big beer, thick a thick IPA, and would go well with red meat or nuts. The aftertaste is thing, but it sticks around for a good three to five minutes after each drink. I bet this beer would be good on tap too.

I have to say, this beer is amazing. I rarely rank a beer this high, but it’s one of the best beers I have had all year. I just had an Ass Kisser Double IPA… and this blows that out of the water. (The Ass Kisser is one of the most popular double IPAs on the market, and has won several awards over the years.) This beer smells great, tastes great, and leaves my mouth wanting more. I am thirsty after each drink, as it leaves the mouth dry… but who cares? It’s delicious, and I just want another drink! Bottoms up people.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 19:04:34 | More by rickyleepotts
Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 1,705 ratings.