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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 changeup45
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color with a thick long-lasting tan head. Aroma is strong malty and sweet smelling. A whole lot of lacing on the glass. Rich, full and warming with a strong roasted malt flavor, caramel with an alcohol presence that's pretty strong as well.

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Photo of danielharper
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, clear, slight clean head. Bubbles rise slowly from the bottom of the glass. Quite nice, enticing.

Smell: Highly malty, chocolaty, sweet, strong roasted notes. Almonds, perhaps? Very nutty, invigorating.

Taste: Heavily malted, low carbonation, very sweet, very nutty. Notes of coffee and chocolate abound. Finishes somewhat astringent due to the alcohol, and can be a bit cloying when it warms.

Mouthfeel: Moderate-to-thick. Not quite as thick as a decent RIS, but for a dopplebock it's quite thick. Coats the tongue well, and carbonation is very mild.

Drinkability: Quite enjoyable, although a bit cloying, and worth buying more regularly.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark mahogany-hued body with a thin cap of white bubbles.

Smell: Toasty caramel nose with a rich, vinous vein of fruitiness and a slight solventy tone.

Taste: Very sweet, very strong taste of dark caramel with a distinct plum and golden raisin fruitiness throughout and a hint of sweetened dough. Tiny bit of spicy hops and imparted bitterness, but for the most part, this one's all sweetness. Luscious, syrupy finish with a pinch from the warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation. Definite stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A slow sipper suited for ice-cold winter nights, it's a rather well-made, respectable doppelbock that can easily be found for a good price.

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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 kinger
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good seasonal offering by the Sam Adams line of beers. A dark amber color with a ruby tint, there is a decent head with steady carbonation and the slightest trace of lacing. The aroma is a tad weak but it consists primarily of sweet malts and is very appealing. Great flavor that really accentuates an abundance of malts, sweet and slightly nutty. The high ABV is noticeable and it really adds to the wonderful flavor. Mouthfeel is slightly better than average, a little sticky but also somewhat full and rather dry. The finish is pleasant and the aftertaste is a minimal amount sweet malts. A good representation of a dopplebock from an American brewer.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a really beautiful deep amber hue color with a small head, poured into a chalice. smell is kinda weak some sweat roasted malty sugars but thats it. taste is better, more full and flavorful a slight toffee flavor interacts with a light bitterness. has a nice mouthfeel thick and rich. pretty good

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Photo of williamherbert
2.78/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The color is deep ruby red. Very little head. Hazy yet shiny and glassy. The look (misleading as it may be) points to that of a winter ale.

A vague smell of mild barley. Only a hint of a pale-smelling malt. An undefinable sweet berry aroma. Weak, yet still a bit saccharine.

Very sweet initial taste of cherry, but then a darker, more burnt berry. Dark but with a Nutra-sweet finish. Not my cup of tea. A double winter ale, with a slight Belgian ale/spicy finish.

There is a mild bite on the way down. Spicy and bubbly. LIke the feel of Coca-Cola. The flavors in this beer skew too much toward pucker, winter ale sweetness. Not bad... just not my style.

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Photo of msolar
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep rich amber color with a small head and minimal lacing. Smells like fruits (apple) and spices (nutmeg). Tastes 'spicier' than I would have expected with low carbonation and a lingering alcohol flavor. It's good, but certainly not my favorite Sam Adams brew. Medium-to-full bodied with a decent drinkability. This would make a decent winter/holiday brew. I'd buy this as a 6-pack in the winter but certainly wouldn't put it on tap. BBC's Coffeehouse Porter trumps this with ease, in my opinion.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark ruby brown color. Yellowish brown head quickly dissipates into thin layer. Light lacing.

S - Weak aroma of roasted malt with a hint of alcohol.

T - Sweet malt taste with a crisp spicy hop bite.

M/D - Slightly thin mouthfeel but still a very drinkable Doppelbock. Better examples out there, but this is a good one.

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Photo of AJFitz
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: a meduim brown with definit reddish color to it. nice, tan head, retention is ok, minimal lacing.

Smell: malty, very malty. hints of spicy flavors and i can almost smell the alcohol, at 8.8% ABV, not too surprised by that.

Taste: malty flavors take over. slight hint of hops and the spicy flavors, malty flavors overshadow everthing though. as the beer warms up, a slight taste of alcohol is there.

Mouthfeel: thick and creamy, feels very full

Drinkability: a good beer, hard to drink quickly, lots of malty flavor. not the smoothest beer i've ever had, but definitly worth a try. a good brew from sam adams.

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Photo of drlumps62
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer in 6 pack at a very secluded place on Swann in Tampa. I drank it out of a chilled glass from the Nut House in the comfort of my own casa.
A: Dark red.

S: Malty and spicy.

T: Malt is the king here. Malt, malt and malt.
With an emphasis on ... Malt. So much that you don't even see the alc coming.

M: Heavy syrup. Not for everybody.

D: This is a special occasion brew. Not for BBQs. But definately one of my top 5 of the Sam Adams brews.

My number one being the Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner,

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Photo of Folderol
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As I write this review, the 8.8% ABV is having funny effects on my brain. This is my favorite Sam Adams brew and it's rapidly becoming one of my favorite beers in the world. First off - the appearance is absolutely perfect: red-brown with a full 3-finger head that fills my glass. Folks, this is what beer should look like. With only a half-inch left, there's still a sheen of foam on top that few beers can boast. The flavor is pure and malty without being overly sweet. True to the style, it's not too hoppy but it is well balanced. And did I mention the alcohol kick? It's not distracting like some other high ABV beers, but there was definitely a warming sensation on the first few sips. I can't remember drinking a strong beer this fast before! Time to pour another.

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Photo of bierman2000
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A= Dark, opaque and nice foam lace

S= Bready, maltyy and caramel

T= Caramel almost burnt and very sweet in front and back of mouth, alcoholic

M= Thick, chewy, rolls round tongue well.

D= very strong and sweet and this lessens the drinkability of the beer.

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Photo of schanker21
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a dark orangeish-brown with a one finger head that quickly dissipates.

S- Smells very malty and fruity. Also the alcohol is more prominent in the smell than an average beer.

T- Wow, I love this one. It's pretty sweet, the malt definitely stands out. I tend toward the hoppier beers, preferring them over the maltier ones, but this beer is well-balanced by the spiciness of the high alcohol content. Not much taste from the hops. It's a pretty strong-tasting beer, and it definitely isn't one that you would want to use to introduce someone from the world of macros into the world of craft brews, but it is pretty good.

D- Surprisingly smooth despite the 8.8% ABV. Not a whole lot of carbonation. Excellent IMHO.

This might be my favorite of the Sam Adams seasonals.

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Photo of ericj551
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams Double Bock pours a crystal clear deep red/copper with a light head that fades quickly. The aroma is sweet and malty, with a very vinous quality. It smells almost like port, but not as strong. There is a huge sweet malty flavor to this beer, but it still remains fairly crisp. Tons of caramel malt almost overwhelm. The finish is spicy, with some alcohol flavor but not bad for the size of this beer. Tons of alcohol with a high finishing gravity make this beer a sipper for sure, but it's a great seasonal from Sam Adams, I thought I might not see it this year.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger thick eggshell white head into a goblet. it left a thin ring and light lace throughout. the body was a bubbly reddish-purple color.
s - caramel with a slight hop bitterness.
t - tasted bready and of deep fruits like plums. almost wine-like in the flavor.
m - slick and lightly coats the tongue.
d - nice sipper, very good.

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Photo of tmitch75
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear dark amber color with thin head. Smells thick and malty sweet. The fruitiness smells a little mediciney.

Sticky sweet flavor might not be so bad if it had a little hop bitterness to counter it. Thick body is very good.

This is just too sticky sweet for my taste. It's just passable for now.

Now that I notice, this is stamped best by November, but the year is not listed. I'll definitely have to revisit this one.

Tasted on 4/9/08.

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Photo of ncvbc
2.58/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a ruby red type color with a medium fizzy head that slowly fades to a ring. Slow, limited carbonation. Smell is of some overwhelming fruit and sweetness. Kind of cough syrupy and maple. Taste bring a little more sweetness and makes me want to use the word cloying for once. A little too thick and artificial. Mouthfeel isn't too bad. A decent sweetness but a little thick again. Some heat in there. Good bready aftertaste. I don't think I can handle this one. Not your typical Dopplebock. Has some of the right characteristics but it's nothing close to some favorites of mine.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of Sam Adams finest offerings here. I loved this brew a lot!

Dark brownish ruby coloring with a thick creamy head...

Aroma brings loads of sweet malts with the merest hint of the Bavarian hops...

One smooth doppelbock here... Sweet malts loaded with sweetness and richness... Damn, this is really good..

Its a damn shame that this is a seasonal offering... I would buy this year round if it were available... Delicious and creamy..

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Photo of Godot
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one poured a nice ruby color with a finger and a half of tan head that disappeared a little too quickly. The smell is of sweet malty goodness with maybe a little hop. There is also present a little whiff of alcohol in the back of the nose. The taste is luxurious malt with a slight toastiness and maybe a little nuttiness. These earthy flavors are balanced well against just enough hop presence to keep it crisp, and the final warming alcohol in the finish. A truly great beer that is rich and complex, and yet dangerously drinkable for its 8.8% abv. The perfect early spring beer.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the 120z bottle into an goblett. Brownish red color but providing tints of ruby at time. Big boy 2 finger head, light tan, but doesn't stick around for long.

S: Prominant rich malts, and minor whiff of caramel.

Taste: Overpoweringly intense blast of toasted malts, but nowhere near as creamy caramel aftertaste i was hoping for or adverstised on the bottles. A bittern spicenyess overlayed the entire taste which i was not fond of.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and thick and providing true range of the malt mix.

Drinkability: Difficut but enjoyable when sipped casually.

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Photo of tiger88
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GPHarris for this one
Pours a rich copper to mahogony with a finger and a half of tan head. Head goes away fairly quick leaving a little lace tracings. Smell is not overwhelming but a subtle caramel malty odor. Never having had a double bock, the taste is very unlike the smell. It's a rich malty taste with a mild but acceptable aftertaste. Tastes a little more complex than I would have thought. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. Carbonation definitely stands out as I was not expecting so much. Fair drinkability. Probably wouldn't have more than 2 in a sitting.

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Photo of akogrady
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - deep red/red brown hue, a little over a finger of head after pour, mostly dissipating but never going away entirely

S - Rich in malts, some minor spice undertones

T - very rich in malt, some spice, very smooth and well balanced, a little warm courtesy of the high ABV, but nothing at all standoffish

M - very full bodies and smooth, medium carbonation, only a hint of the alcohol

D - ignoring the high ABV, quite good, wouldn't mind more than one in an evening

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Photo of Beervalve
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful dark reddish brown color. Head didn't last very long.

Smell: Malty aroma, strong chocolate smell upon first pouring. Didn't really get much afterwards though.

Taste: Rich malty taste, very sweet, just a hint of hops.

Mouth: Very thick, medium bodied.

Drinkability: My roommate who does not like beer liked it, i'd say thats a good sign of drinkability (at least for the untrained)

*my first review*

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Photo of andrewt960
2.73/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured dark crimnson in color... almost burgundy. A head the reflected the body of the beer. the head didn't stick around for the whole beer.
S- Had rich malty smell, and had very little hops that were recognizable. It almost had a apple, or some type of fruit smell in the background.
T- Has aobviouse malt taste... and is very stong... both in alcohol taste and in the malt. Again, very little in the hops, but it's not meant to.
D- Comes off a bit strong and is a bit of an aquired taste. Not bad, but it's not my favorite beer. The 8.5 is nice and keeps you warm on the aftertaste.

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Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 1,930 ratings
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