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)

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Bierman9 on 02-07-2009

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark blackish-brown with reddish hues. Carmel and mollasses aroma, with ever-prent old ale alcohol. Deep and rich fruitiness and residual sweetness, fig and melange of pressed fruit. Medium-mouthfeel. Good to the end, and the tongue tingling and mouth drying, One of their best,satisfying.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown with a 1 inch tan head that settles to a film. Small streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt, bread, caramel, earthy wood, and some spicy hops. Taste is of sweet malt, bread, caramel, and some fruity flavors. Mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower carbonation level with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but not something I would probably go for again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a deep brown color, with a moderate brown head that doesn't really leave much lacing at all. The smell of the beer is rich with caramel and has a good malty base. The taste of the beer is big on malts and had a subtle sweetness. There isn't much of a hop flavor at all. The mouthfeel is medium and has a good amount of carbonation in it. Overall this is probably my least favorite of the Imperial series.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Last one to try of the SA imperial series. Loved the stout, white not so good, now time for the double bock. Pours a nice reddish brown color, not too much of a head.. slight lacing. Smell is booze, booze, and more booze... whoa that will clear your nostrils. Nice mouthfeel to this one though, lighter body than I expected and some great dark fruit taste to it. You get the booze at the end but this tastes like a fine spirit right here that will put some hair on your chest. A great night cap and a beer to sip and appreciate for sure... highly recommended.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy reddish brown in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles on the surface along with a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of brown sugar and raisins in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is malty with flavors of brown bread, caramel, molasses and raisins.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of alcohol warming in the finish.
O: This beer is like having liquid brown bread along with some additional flavors and is rather easy to drink considering its strength because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. It is a good representation of the style.

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3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks promising at the offset with a lable that states it's higher than average alcohol, big body, and malty sweetness. A beautiful brown / ruby hue with a fleeting, white-ish head. Very sweet and very bold aromas that take on a molassas, syrup, nutty quality. Lowly hopped for maximum preceived sweetness. Tastes sweet and thick up front with a hiding alcohol content that comes through only in the dry, tacky finish. Barley malt, nuts, and toffee flavors remain persistant from beginning to end. Bold enough to counter the sugar sweetness. A bite-ey graininess hangs up in the back of the throat that compromises the drinkability, but not enough to ruin the beer. Though it doesn't compete, it's good to see an American Double Bock that stands up to German counterparts.

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Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The clear amber colored liquid is capped by firm beige head that leaves plenty of lace

Smell: Plums and caramel

Taste: Although the flavor profile starts out sweet, with almost a plum jam character, other flavors arrive, such as chocolate and spice cake that keep it from heading into cloying territory; the sweetness builds a bit after the swallow, but continues to stay on the right side of the equation throughout

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but a bit syrupy; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A fine domestic example of the style

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Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out ruby/brown color with a small, yet thick, tan, foamy head. It left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled biscuity and of rosted malt. Also, a fruity aroma was present.

T - It was bittersweet with a subtle spicy hop character. The warm alcohol presence added a fruity kick.

M - It was realatively soft and very smooth. A medium-bodied beer with a warming alcohol presence.

D - This is a good dopplebock. One of the most powerful that I've tried.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Shp555: Poured a deep dark brown color beer with a nice light brown head with better then average retention. Aroma is dominated by some banana and cloves as well as some sweet malt. Taste comprised some subtle notes of banana bread with some cloves and some sweet malt. Body is about average for the style with alcohol well hidden.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/3/2013. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, plum, pear, apple, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, plum, pear, apple, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, pear, apple, biscuit, nuttiness, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, complexity, and robustness of malt and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/fruitiness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a excellent doppelbock! All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of malt and yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of mothman
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apparently this beer already has 620 reviews when it has been out for a month.... weird. I think somebody need to make an addition, because this is a completely different double bock.


Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass. Pours a one finger slightly tan head that fizzles down pretty fast but leaves a thin layer enough to leave some defined lace rings. Color is a copper amber hue.

The aroma is very malty. Reminds me a lot of Celebrator. I am also picking up so earthy hops. Carmel and alcohol are very present as well.

Taste is very boozy. HEAVY on the malts. Carmely. Dark Chocolate. Black licorice.

Mouthfeel is very bitter and crisp. The alcohol is so present that it's hard to keep in mouth too long. Leaves a slight sticky aftertaste.

Overall this beer gets a little more drinkable as it warms up. First it is just way too boozy. But, for a lager, this is pretty decent. I recommend at least a try.

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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