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

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1,093 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,093
Hads: 1,873
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 99
Gots: 129 | 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 soju6
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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 (452 characters)

Photo of BrownNut
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (1,174 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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. (582 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (492 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (280 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (954 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (468 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.82/5  rDev -3%
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. (588 characters)

Photo of Blueribbon666
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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 (690 characters)

Photo of gustogasmic
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (1,001 characters)

Photo of djbow
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of ikantspel
4.06/5  rDev +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. (404 characters)

Photo of jman892
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (657 characters)

Photo of dcook11
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
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.. (403 characters)

Photo of TuffNut87
2.86/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer looks beautiful in a tall glass..full bubbly head, deep amber color. Like their wee heavy the first drink is decent but grows excessively sweet. The flavors of chocolate and coffee would be better if not drowned in the higher alcohol content and sweetness. It is milder than the wee heavy but has some of the same issues. (330 characters)

Photo of xensure
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle in to the official Sam Adams glass.

A - Pours a beautiful dark amber/brown. Almost the exact same color of the empty bottle in the light. About a finger of head sits on the beer but settles away. However, a simple swirl of the glass with bring the head back to about a half finger.

S - A rather unimpressive smell, but still good. It smells of full malt almost bread like and a very slight hop scent in the background.

T - A deep rich malty flavor rolls through the mouth and lingers for a bit. A very slight but perfectly balanced hop oil flavor comes through on the very back of the tongue on the finish. These hops keep the beer very balanced and drinkable. The alcohol (9.5%) is well hidden in the beer and only warms through the stomach and not on the swallow.

M - The beers sits well in the mouth, smooth and rich, a little frothy. Leaves a bit of a syrupy film though on the finish, which is a little put offish.

O - This is a great beer. The malty rich flavors and alcohol content make it very enjoyable to drink. I liked it very much and even at $10 for a four pack I would buy it again. (1,127 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy brown with amber hues. Nice lacing, tan-brown single finger head. Aroma is malty, cherry, plum and caramel; sweet and a touch boozy. Flavor is malty, musty dark fruits and a little boozy. Moderate carbonation and medium in body. Semi dry finish. The booziness is near the edge of being too much. Otherwise this is a nicely complex bock. (341 characters)

Photo of HopNelius
2.23/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a mini snifter.
Appearance-Redish mahogany, appeared a lot lighter in color than Double Bock's that I am used too.
Smell- malty smell but not as malty as I would expect from a double bock.
Taste- notes of caramel and lots of malt, malt however is not burnt malt.Booziness does shine trough a bit.
Mouthfeel- Full Bodied, thick.
Overall- I did not buy this beer. Someone had bought it for me whith out knowing what kind of beer's I prefer. I do not normally gravitate towards Double Bock's but I have had several over the years and I usually end up comapring them all to ayinger celebrator double bock which this beer pales in comparison to. (653 characters)

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (517 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (996 characters)

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of fountainofyouth
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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.) (516 characters)

Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 1,093 ratings.