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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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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Ratings: 1,928 |  Reviews: 1,110
Photo of dacrza1
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Healthy dark, orange-brown body with a steady crisp white head in a Celebrator glass--handsome, almost a picture of what waters the mouth's imagination... rich, almost perfumed malt... a hint of hops adds to the complexity; toffee, some unusual notes as well... and then, the beer loses my confidence, as a slick, warm palate challenges the tongue--not as smooth as some others sampled...full-bodied for certain... the taste challenges with malts, yes, and a grainy abrasion that strains the tastebuds... not the style's fault, but almost harsh and a bit alcoholic.... I recall with humor this being on of the first "different" beers I bought when I turned 21 nearly ten years ago... mature enought orecognize a good name in Sam Adams, naive enough not to know what I had bought a case of.... Now, the burn and heavy presence is still an obstacle... as the glasss drains, the warmth invades and muzzles the bite... average to good, but not to be sought out outside of February or March...

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

12 oz bottle into a seidel yields a beautiful clear brown body with a finger of tan head that reduces to a filmy sheet.

Smells sweet, chocolatey, strong malt with only a whiff of hops.

Smooth and sweet chocolate-syrupy texture with a little alcohol bite; flavors of chocolate liqueur, aromatic pumpernickel bread, spiced molasses and just enough hops to keep the sweetness under control.

Drinkable, not at all overwhelming, but pretty strong.Excellent marinade for grilled meat!

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Photo of BgThang
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a nice deep brrown color and the nose is that of malt, chocolate, and goodness
BY FAR the best sam adams beer I have tried to date.
Still awaiting the triple bock. The palette is treated with roasted malty flavors, chocolate is certainly there on the back end.

This beer is mildy sweet and the wife loves it also. According to her, the is no awful after taste. lol

The only sam adams I actively seek out to buy when its in season

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Photo of Hoagie1973
2.48/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear medium amber color with a nice buttery head and good lacing.

Smells of malt, sugar, fruits, and maybe a hint of vanilla?

Wow this is sweet! This is too sweet even for me, and I like em sweet. Tastes extremely malty, with caramel, dark sugar, and harsh alcohol. Hops are there somewhere, but overpowered by the sweetness. Bitterness comes more from the alcohol than hops.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy.

I'm not too impressed by this one. I'm starting to think maybe I'm just not a fan of bocks in general.

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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 Kallessin
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick tan head that dissipated quickly, but hangs on the sides of the glass. Has a deep amber color that turns ruby when held up to the light. There's quite a lot of bubbles going up through the glass.

It has a sweet malty scent with some slight grassy and fruity hop aromas. I can pick up some of the alcohol as expected.

It's very sweet and malty with a lot of alcohol present which is not unpleasant and makes it surprisingly fruity.

It's very thick and full bodied, almost chewy. It practically sticks in your mouth like syrup. Very hot alcohol finish.

Considering the high alcohol content and heaviness, this beer is very drinkable, but I couldn't have more that a couple for those reasons.

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

Purchased at Wine Shop and Gallery.

The overall perception of this beer is strong but not overbearing, actually pleasant. The aroma from the bottle was notable. The flavor starts off sweet with a medium carmel flavor then changes over 5 - 10 seconds to heavy carmel flavor that's slightly bitter, with a slightly fruity essence. Careful drinking from the bottle. After my second swig the head almost overflowed. Sam Adams has done it again! A great beer that will let you know you're drinking a beer without killing your tongue.

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Photo of slvrmon82
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I am usually a fan of the sam adams name but this one I was not. It pours a deep dark red that has a little haze. The smell is extremely malty and somewhat sweet. You can smell the alcohol as soon as you open the bottle. The taste was very different then most doublebocks. It was extremely sweet with lots of honey at the end. As it warmed though it brought out lots and lots of alcohol out. The mouthfeel is a little heavy for me. Not as crisp but more syrupy. The drinkability is lacking because of its heaviness and sweetness. Also left a lingering bitterness.Probably wont pick it up again.

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Photo of JonB1958
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow. This was a surprising experience. I poured it from a bottle into a pilsner glass. My wife's first comment was that it smelled very "beery," meaning exceptionally malty.

It is a gorgeous dark red color in the glass with a quickly disappearing tan head. Good lacing.

The nose is complex, with figgy fruit overtones, lots of carmel and a heavy maltiness. Don't light a match; the alcohol is there, too.

The flavor is very unlike the style, in my opinion. It has a very sweet flavor that dominates everything else; it reminds me of the St. Bernardus ABT and it gets stronger as it warms. It's very unlike other Dopplebocks I've had the pleasure to sample.

Not bad, but not what I was expecting, either. This'll teach me to buy a case before trying it.

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Photo of jbsteiny
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time I've tried this, and, having bought the bottle as a single a couple of weeks ago, I'm starting to get anxious wondering if I can get more before next year.

Pours a very clear rosewood color with ruby highlights. Light tan head starts off as a finger, but fades to a thin ring. A lace ring at first, but it dissipates to particles of retention.

Smells strongly of malts (yummy) -- if it weren't for the diacetyl giving it a toffee characteristic and some dark fruits (figs, maybe cherry?) in there, it would smell a lot like a rich, lightly hopped wort. But better. There's also a little alcohol & vanilla in there, like Woodford Reserve (bourbon).

Tastes excellent. Better than Optimator, not quite as good as Celebrator, but close. Toffee, caramel, fig, and light smoke. Tobacco in the finish. Really nice, one of BBC's best, and you barely taste the alcohol (at nearly 9%). Could they have dried it out a little more? Though it's not a super big body, it ends slightly syrupy. Regardless, ein vunderbahr doppelbock, kinder! (is that German?)

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Photo of nem2006
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a brown copper color, clear. I poured it into a pilsner glass and was impressed by how well it maintained the head on it. When smelling it, you can definitely smell a toffee/coffee hint to it. As you drink, it starts with a sweet toffee/coffee flavor and ends with a counteracting hoppy aftertaste. The aftertaste lingers quite a while giving the beer a somewhat medium to heavy body. There is a good interaction of the sweetness from the malt and bitterness from the hop.

For my taste, the bitterness lingered a little too long on my tongue. But that is most likely just my personal taste.

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Photo of botham
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. pours a brilliant amber color with garnet mixed in. four fingers of light orange head top it off, and leave moderate lacings.

aroma is malty and full of caramel. a mild nutty base and notes of toffee and a faint note of roasted malts finish off the profile. very well proportioned.

taste is also full of caramel malts, with a nutty base and a light alcoholic note. finishes with residual nutty flavors and grain.

mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a light bite from alcohol and mild CO2. finish is smooth with a bit of warming alcohol in the aftertaste.

drinkability is great. this is an excellent doppelbock, and with a notable APV of 8.8%, this one is wonderfully smooth. cheers!

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

A: Clear rusty brown under a small white head. No lace, spotty retention.

S: Sweet smell of molasses and caramel. Noble hops show themselves a little as well.

T: Sweet up front with a mild bitterness in the finish. Warming alcohol very noticeable.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation a touch high, alcohol is there. Drinkability is so-so. Not a bad beer, I do like them sweet, but the alcohol, although not overpowering, doesn't quite mesh with sweetness. A good beer, one I would drink again, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of kcillini77
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is all kinds of sweet.

A little bit of hops on the swallow, but not much.

A little fig, raisins, vanilla, cocoa powder up front. Warming alcohol is present but not overpowering. As the beer warms its flavor is definitely more savory. Don't drink this one too cold.

A great beer for the style.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep carmel garnet with just a touch of lace ring around the circumference of the beer. Pretty good bubbling that says consistant throughout all twelve ounces. The is a warm caramel bread with light notes of toasted tobacco and dark cherries. The first sip is a heavily toasted caramel. The middle of the tongue picks up more warmth and roasted nuts andcherris. The finish is a warm, smooth, and comforting malty goodness reminiscent of cognac. Sweet yet refined with a well balanced warmth. Great dopplebock.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a chestnut colored brown with a thin off white collar. Small amount of carbonation lifts slowly to the top. Nice webbed lacing.

Smells of sweet and sticky malts with plenty of caramel and brown sugar flavors. There is also a slightly nutty quality hanging around the back end.

Very sweet and the alcohol quality has greatly diminished in only a few months. Some fruit esters, such as plum and dates are faintly present. Finishes with a warming spicy hop character. As it warms the alcohol becomes more apparent.

On the heavier side of medium mouthfeel, but not quite the full thick syrup quality of some of the German styles. Ideal level of carbonation.

I'd like to try one after a year of aging. Great to cook with or help you get through winter.

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Photo of Natural510
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from 12oz bottle with minimal head but nice lacing along the glass. Deep ruby red color.
Smells richly of malts with brown sugar notes.
Tastes deeply malty & sweet with brown sugar & honey. Not very hoppy, but that is acceptable given the sugary sweetness.
Not much to speak of as far as feeling...main component is the 8.8% alcohol. Carbonation and bite minimal.
Overall a good sipping brew. I wouldn't drink more than one at a time but the sweet & smooth character makes for a fine after-dinner drink or one-away special.

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Photo of JDV
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of ford9719. Thanks!
Pours a rich brown/maroon color with a hazy but slightly transparent body. Cream colored short lived head. Smell is sticky sweet malt, a hint of alcohol, and some chocolately caramel. Taste is chocolately, bright, rich and sweet with some alcohol noticeable, but not bad for almost 9%. Quite sweet overall, which kept it from being more drinkable. Decent beer, but not my favorite style, and a rather sweet example, at that.

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Photo of nrbw23
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a nice clear dark copper/amber in color

S- sweet with caramel, nice roasted malts, toffee and a tiny bit of alcohol

T- nice with a biscuit taste, malty, caramel and a nice warming alcohol taste in the very end.

M- medium body, light carbonation and a little burn from alcohol.

D- really nice and smooth. Alcohol level is hidden nicely. A very nice brew.

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Photo of babaracas
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear ruby with barely any head retention and no lacing (!). Smell: sweet and malty. Caramel malts, maple syrup, earthy and a bit yeasty. Taste: loads of sweet caramel and toasted malts, sweet and very rich, a hint of grassy hops in the finish. Alcohol is fairly well hidden but is definitely there at >8%. Mouthfeel: smooth, almost creamy. Lots of malts which is good, but very sweet... not cloying, just really sweet, one is more than enough.

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Photo of udrick
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a beer mug

A--Dark brown, red with a thick white head. Looks great in the glass

S--Chocolate and malt. You can clearly detect the sweetness that is to come

T--Sweet up front with a nice hop to round it out and not make it sickening. You can't taste the high ABV, but you can sure feel it.

M--A little thinner than expected, but still a nice hearty brew

D--Fantastic beer for a cold evening. Drink one and the chill is gone. Simply a great offering from SA

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Photo of KI9A
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


First off, I am a doppelbock/bock guy. That is my style. A friend bragged this up, so, I bought a 6-er tonite, ready to be disappointed, but, satisfied, as I am with alot of other domestic doppels.

A: Brown, bright ruby

S: Obvious malt, dark fruits, candy.

T: Chocolate malt, very sweet, almost to an extreme, dark fruits, plums? Apple. Slight metallic finish, normal for this style.

M: Heavy, sweet. Warmth of the ABV. NOT a session beer. Perfect for a chilly evening.

D: Again, NOT a session beer, but, the best domestic dop I have had yet. Much more complex than Tommyknocker, Leinies, and others.

I have always liked SA beers. This is the best by far, of the group.

Good job, Mr. Koch.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My brew haven has this in stock and I purchased it to see how it would fare. Result=Happiness in a bottle.
The look is a reddish, amber, copper color with a light head.
The smell is of prunes and malt.
The taste is prunes,malt, slight touch of hops and sweet caramel butter taste. There is no let down in flavor as the taste of alcohol tingles but does not overwhelm.
The feel is very little carbonation and a hoppy yet balanced beer.
It is like a meal, deep and filling but no bloated feeling as in some stouts. This is incredibly delicious and one can have more than one despite the ABV. This is highly recommended.

Note: The best Sam Adams beer I have ever tasted and I like to have one to two after a hard days work. So tasteful, and I believe that even with my limited tasting experience I can appreciate it as an American Classic.

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

The malt definitely reigns supreme in this beer. Although it's not overpowering the malt is what comes out and covers your mouth, a little sweet but not too much. I don't get any hops but I'm sure they're there.

It's a cold, windy, moist day and this is really hitting the spot with a nice warmth left on the tongue from the alcohol.

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Photo of drinksandeats
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I opened this on a sunny, chilly afternoon. Its low carbonation made for a head-free pour, and the beer was a nice burgundy color, flashing ruby red depending on how the light hit the glass. Its sweet malt aroma showed no signs of burnt malt and was reminiscent of prunes or of fountain Dr. Pepper.

Sam Adams brags that half a pound of malt goes into each bottle, and one taste shows the claim is true. The first sip was mildly sweet, with a warm alcohol taste rolling over the tongue, finishing with a small amount of German noble hops. A nice medium mouthfeel and a feeling of caramel around the cheeks complete this dopplebock experience.

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