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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Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #23
Ranked #9,981
3.96 | pDev: 12.88%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series)Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series)
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burnerfinger from Texas

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel adams double bock - imperial series. Obviously they consider this premium stuff, it comes in a 4 pack that's a bit more expensive than most 6 packs.

A: poured from standard glass bottle. 3 inches of nice (Tasty!) thick head. which dissipates quickly leaving just a bit of lacing. dark orange hue held against a light.

S: generous Malty smell....reminds me of the Wort from my homebrew, but with an alcoholic undertone.

T: what I get here: malty, caramel. the alcohol is in your face. starts out with a malt bomb, then the alcohol stolls is and stays. Hops seems almost absent.
surprisingly, it's the alcohol rather than hops that balance the sweetness of the malt.

M: not too heavy, not too light. with light carbonation.

D: this would be a sipping beer, what with the hi alcohol..the sweet maltiness offsets the alcohol, enticing you to continue on the next bottle.

Aug 27, 2009
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Xanax37 from Nevada

4.88/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Brothers, if I can suggest one beer you simply must try in your is this one. I had the pleasure to down many a 4-pack and I appreciated every damn one of them. One of the most exceptional and boldest beers I've had the privileged to try. A word of advice, you will either hate this beer (it's not for the weak) or absolutely love it. It's Imperial Cousin isn't bad...but not the same.

Jan 26, 2017
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Todd from California

4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the few beers that I can honestly say that I look forward to each year. Malty, robust and extremely warming ... one of the last ballsy beers by Sam Adams, and one that I wish was a year round beer.

Aug 14, 2001
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oberon from North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Probably my favorite offering from BBC,pours a nice rich brown/red with a nice big rocky head.The aroma of roasted malt and caramel sweetness is very appetizing,taste is on the sweet side but not overpowering with a nice roasted background.There is some faint late dryness to balance this one out,one of the best doppelbocks I have had.

May 18, 2003
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CO-Bloom from Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another reminder beer is subjective. I loved this beer. This is an intense malt driven punch to the senses. I get huge dried fruit, banana, caramel, toffee, toast and a slight warming finish. ABV is well hidden but still present. Haven't had a ton of doppelbocks so I am not totally sure as to how it stacks up stylistically but my taste buds like the beer presented. Highly recommended for fans of big malty beers (winter warmers, English barley wines, old ales, etc.)

May 23, 2016
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A three-fingered head of frothy dark tan foam rises majestically as you pour Samuel Adam's dark and malty Double Bock. It's clear mahogany in color with a ruby cast, and crimson and orange highlights when held to the light. The head retention is good and it leaves thin streaks and tiny spots of lace about the glass.

Rich, doughy, toasty, drizzled with sweet dark caramel, and with a flicker of alcohol, the nose entices you to imbibe!

The flavor follows through on the promise made by the aroma with a grand delivery! It's remarkably full-flavored, unlike some other "doppel bocks" on the market; and it's really nicely balanced to display its maltiness, rather than alcohol, bitterness, or hops. There are some spicy and grassy hops to it, but they don't really compete with the malt up front, they just keep it in check. They do, however, show themselves at the swallow and into the lingering, surprisingly soft finish. Alcohol is present as well, and once again, unlike many other examples, it's kept well in-check. You know it's there, you can feel it in the mouth, and taste it amidst the malt, but it's not really obvious until the finish - it works with the bitterness to dry the sweetness of the malt, and it's quite nicely balanced from start to finish, never becoming cloying or sticky, and never becoming hot or overly bitter. Very nicely done! One of the best doppel bocks on the market.

May 27, 2007
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Oct 02, 2014
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optikon44 from Connecticut

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

This is a great American Double Bock - style beer. Nice amber color and pretty lace. Best served cool, not cold. Full of malty goodness below with a bit of hop attitude on top. This beer is big and filled with malty sweetness. It's creamy and smooth with a slightly smoky finish. Very respectable.

Mar 14, 2003
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IntriqKen from California

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark amber with orange and red highlights as the light shines through it. Half finger of slightly off-white foam caps the liquid gold then melts slowly to sticky lacing and a faint covering of off-white bubbles.

Aroma is rich in dark sweet amber malts and alcohol....not just alcohol, but spicy and rich alcohol.

Warmed to room temp, the flavors are sweet amber malt with a bit of toasted malt background, dark brown sugar, some dark fruits, and again the spicy complex alcohol.

Lots of alcohol warmth follows the sweetness yet the mouth dries quickly rather than becoming sticky sweet.

Mouthfeel is creamy and very smooth. Nothing weak, thin, or watery about this brew.

An excellent, excellent Double B.

Sep 08, 2007
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rye726 from Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the best brews from Sam Adams. It is a malt bombish example of teh style, but very drinkable.

Amber color with a nice tan head.

Aromas of complex malts and sweet fruits. Caramel and spicy alcohols.

Very sweet with lots and lots of malt. A faint amount of spicy alcohol and herbal hops.

Full creamy body wit good carbonation.

A little sweet, but still very good. One of these is enough.

Mar 06, 2008
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selecter70 from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yikes! I found this at the local Foodmaster, not knowing until then of such a new series from Sam Adams. I've had beers considerably stronger, but this 12oz bottle of 9.5% definitely lived up to its double-bock name, both in flavor as well as in head banging. A bright copper brown poured with a 1-2 finger light beige head releasing a sweet malty aroma with marshmallow & hints of Concord grape and cloves. The taste was a bit sweet & cloying with the cloves & a mild-smoky Scotch ale and cherries with the slightest hops-watermelon note.. Actually a bit numbing to mouth & head, this definitely leaves a strong impression, but a positive one! After 4, I was done...impressed, happy & numb!

Mar 10, 2009
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jsulko from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a shaker pint

Beer pours a dark red color with an off white head that has good retention.

Smell is very malty with hints of carmel and spices.

Taste is dominated by carmel and malt with a little sweetness. Has a slight alcohol burn on the finish. Very little hops flavor.

Really good Dopplebock. One of Sam Adams best efforts.

Mar 23, 2011
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Icedogs from Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Oct 03, 2013
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firstlighthiker from Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Jan 29, 2013
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TopherBreski from New Jersey

3.31/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not much smell but better than any other Bock I've had so far. Very red beer.

Mar 30, 2015
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Tballz420 from Minnesota

3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous cascade effect probably overdramatic as a result of my violent pour. Nice lace going on. Big khaki head on top of a clear dark amber body. Sweet malt on the nose, as well as a hint of alcohol. Big sweet caramel malt front, a touch of bittering hops. Some fruity tones as well as the alcohol spice. Full mouth with sticky syrup body.

I re-reviewed this in 2005 due to my poor earlier review. Good beer.

Mar 20, 2003
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz picked up today at the Coop for about $2.50.. Thanks Matt for pushing to get these in... Poured into my Chimay goblet.

1/4" head dies back real quick with no lace.. the brew is a beautiful polished mahogany..

Nose is deep toasty maltiness.. really everything that I would expect from a dopplebock from SA... very clean..

flavor is just about perfect too.. rich maltiness with a little bit of toast.. very clean and very rich.. the body is medium/full.. and carbonation is smooth yet ever present.. really a great dopplebock... I will pick some of these up soon just to have on hand.. I'm a sucker for well made German lagers, and SA hit a homerun on this one.

Mar 26, 2009
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gearkraft from Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A rich and dark cherry chocolate like color. Hints of amber towards edge of glass (was poured from a bottle). Very minor lacing, with little to no head retention. Im so memorized by the colors I don't care that there is an absence of head.

Smell: I hint detections of a apricot and fermented soy on the back end. Almost reminds me of a fruity soy sauce type of smell. Probably not the best way to describe it, but its pleasant... almost like a humid summer evening.

Taste: This one took me a minute to really get down. First you get hints of malts, followed by a huge rush of apricot and starchy smoothness. Back-end finishes with a slight coppery nut flavor.

Mouthfeel: I originally was disappointed, but after a few sips it began to grow on me. Its heavy, but soothing. Almost like a home made cream sauce for pasta.

Drinkability: I rated this with a high score because it is a great beer, that I could conceivably drink several of, but with the high alcohol content I wouldnt suggest it.

Would I buy this beer again? No, probably not. But you ask, "why did you give it such a high rating"... Well, because it is simply good, and thats it. Its also expensive for a 4 pack.

Jun 14, 2009
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bamadog from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have to admit, this beer was much better than I went into it thinking it was going to be. It was actually absolutely great and I will not hesitate to come back to this one. Review is from notes taken on 11/21/09. Poured from the bottle to a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a little thick and viscous looking; color is a deep caramel brown combined with a nice ruby red; starts with a 1/2 finger head that is off-white and fades quickly to a thin scum on the surface; body is clear and shows strong carbonation; spotty lacing and oily residue is left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Quite potent -- rich caramel and burnt sugary/syrupy maltiness; a slightly bready quality to it as well; slight whiff of alcohol. I'm very excited to drink this based upon the smell.

Taste: Outstanding! Big and rich caramel and burnt sugar flavors that match the nose and a very firm bready backing; solid flavor of alcohol is present as well, a little big, but still pretty well blended; a slight raisin-like flavor is kind of hidden in there too.

Mouthfeel: Body is thick and chewy and coats evenly; strong carbonation keeps the viscous body lively; gums are left tingly and the belly is left especially warm.

Drinkability: I know that a 4 seems high for something pushing 10% ABV, but the smell and flavors are just so great with this beer and the price is right! Perfect for a nice cool fall/winter evening.

Nov 24, 2009
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wvsabbath from West Virginia

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type- Bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/brown, nice 2 inch creamy head, and some lacing.

Smell - Malts, carmal, nut. Some dark fruits, mollasses, spices. Has a bread armoa also.

Taste - Very malty, with carmal backbone, hints of fruits like plum and rasin, banana, vanilla and some hops. Alcohol is present with each drink. Bread-like flavor from the yeast and spices.

Mouthfeel - Thick, bold and strong. Malts coat mouth with carmal and nut flavors, hops add some fruitness, and booze warms up mouth quite nice. Palette gets alot of fruit and sugar, and aftertaste is thin and malty, not long lasting flavor, but the alcohol hangs on for a bit.

Overall - Pretty strong and tasty. The alcohol does overpower a bit, but the sweetness really comes out in each drink. Loved the vanilla but wished it had a little chocolate flavor and a little less carmal.

Aug 16, 2011
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hoorayfourbeer from Indiana

5/5  rDev +26.3%

Nov 29, 2011
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bsmith1029 from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Dec 28, 2012
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raiderob from California

4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reddish brown.light creamy head.minimal amount of lacing.sweet on the pallet.smooth finish..Prost

Apr 07, 2015
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tavernjef from Minnesota

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

Color is clear, dark ruby red color with a small, light, fizzy head that doesn't linger. The aroma is faintly sweet malt with hints of toffee and caramel. Taste is very sweet and malty caramel upfront with a long, sweet finish thats slightly dry and hinted citrus. Feel is medium bodied with low carbination and lends a sweet twinge in the mouth, could use a bit more roasted body I think. A pretty good effort by Samual Adams non th less, and is one of their top beers along with thier Scotch Ale & Octoberfest. It's not as good as many of the German doppelbocks, which conquer all. This was a little too sweet, needed to be more deep, robust, and roastier.

Apr 03, 2003
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Enola from North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a very attractive mahogony color. It had creamy head. The smell is of spices and caramel. The taste is of toasted grains with a strong alcohol finish. The caramel taste lingers in the mouthfeeel. The mouthfeel is lowered a bit by the high alcohol taste but is not too overpowering. I could drink more of these. I just would not drink many in a row. Thi beer had a different label on it so I am assuming it was last years batch and thus aged. As an interesting note, on the bottle above the ABV listing it says this beer is a malt liquor.

Jan 28, 2006
Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1947 ratings