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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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Ratings: 1,929 |  Reviews: 1,110
Photo of jar2574
3.29/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-22-2011 review
Small head dissolves over a couple minutes. Dark brown / red beer. No lacing. Disappointing lacing.

Smell is nice. Sweet caramel malts.

Taste is oaky, thick mouthfeel, sweet caramel flavors, a hint of hot alcohol.

Moderate carbonation, more than I'd expect in a doppelboch.

An OK beer, but I'm not craving another. Pretty average. And After I saw that I'd reviewed it in 2008, I left those comments below but adjusted my ratings above to reflect my current thoughts.

02-04-2008 review
Dark brown/ruby beer with no head.

Smells like malty sweetness.

Malts, malts, malts. Can't sense any hops.

Sweet, (almost syrupy). Little carbonation. Tasty, easy to drink. I haven't had many dopplebocks, but this one is nice.

Unlike many other darker colored beers, these malts aren't roasted, and the dominant flavor is sweetness.
A - 3
S - 3.5
T - 4.0
M - 3.5
D - 3.5

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

12-oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A = Pretty dark amber with reddish tint, good carbonation with small bubbles, good lacing.

S = Clean toasted malt smells, very light hops floral notes.

T = Rich sweet malty flavors, slight bitterness in the finish. Very smooth.

M = Medium bodied, frothy carbonation, silky smooth, good mouthcoating.

D = Good drinkability, they should make this year round.

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Photo of SafeAtFirst
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, gorgeous ruby brown with a quickly dissipating light tan colored head that settles into a thin lace. Little to no lacing on the sides of my snifter.

Big aromas of caramel. Very malty-sweet with a touch of dark fruit.

Taste is more of the same, big malty flavors of caramel and prunes, almost too sweet. Not much roast in the taste or aroma. Mouth feel is rich and creamy. Finish has a slight alcohol burn, but not enough to be distracting, slowly warms the belly.

Overall, a good doppelbock. However, I'd like to see a little more roast flavor to balance all the sweetness.

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

Sam Adams Double Bock, 2008 edition is a mahogany colored pour with a deep, inviting malty nose. Not as many chocolate notes as in previous years, but very smooth, with a bit of an alcoholic kick in the finish. Always a big time malt presentation, this one does not have the citrus notes of one produced ten years ago when it took on English strong ale characteristics. Nevertheless, this year's version is beautifully smooth, with an ester note of bannana bread, along with caramel and chocolate. Outstanding beer and reasonably priced.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark tawny color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes very slowly into a nice cap of foam. The aroma is of caramel apples, with hints of cherry and milk chocolate. The taste is full of caramel with a crisp malty finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a creamy texture and nice, low carbonation. Overall, this is a very interesting doppelbock. It is bolder than most other doppelbocks I have had, yet it doesn't have the cloying sweetness that a lot of American versions of the style tend to have. I can easily see myself drinking this beer again.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To preface, this may well be my favorite beer that Sam Adams has put out yet. Poured a 12oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. Poured a dark amber red with orange tones when held to the light. The beer had a off white head that disappeared quickly. Aroma is amazing. Lots of dark fruits, with brown sugar, caramel and cherries. Taste is roasted malts with brown sugar, dark fruits and a alcholy kick. Mouthfeel is medium to full with a light carbonation. Extremely drinkable. I think I'm going to have to go pick up a sixer.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had to try the double bock offering from Sam Adams, as it is one of my favorite styles and I like to see new interpretations.

A: Poured a dark mahogany, crystal clear, with a tan head that was about an inch thick that subsided rather quickly to a thin white film. Very appealing beer.

S:Caramel malt, buttery, a hint of alcohol, not much else, kinda thin in the nose, I can't pick up much.

T: Malty, malty, malty smooth caramel with an after taste of just a little alcohol, really not much bitterness at the end, which is what I was hoping for. A slight hop hint at the end, but really the malt covers everything. Very sugary.

M: Nice balanced feel in the mouth, it is very sticky though, i'm licking my lips after each sip.

D: Surprisingly enough this beer is quite drinkable even at 8.8% this could be a dangerous one for me. It is definitely a warming beer and a nice wind down at the end of the day. All in all a good representaion of the dopplebock style in my eyes.

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

Pour is deep brown with a reddish tinge. Not a lot of head, a light white ring. Noticeably clings to the glass when shifted. The nose on this is big with malty caramel being the most prominent. Dark fruit hints, dates.

The flavour starts out with the malty caramel from the nose, and the dark fruit presence is also there, definite dates, figs. Sweet brown sugar. Quite good, even by Doppelbock standards.

The mouthfeel on this is what I would term good but not exceptional for the style. Doppelbocks are supposed to be huge, and this is thicker than an average beer, but only about as good as expected for the style. Medium thick body. The drinkability on this is downright exceptional though, it's a Sam, so the beer is very easy to find, and is also inexpensive because of the wide distribution that Boston has.

The bottom line: Boston Brewing Company doesn't do a lot of beers that really surprise me, but this is one of them. While not up to the standards of the best German imports, their take on the doppelbock is true, tasty, and exceptionally inexpensive for what you get. One of their real winners.

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Photo of NatetheGreat
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer.

A: brown-ruby color, deep and mysterious. head is descent, but gone quickly.

S: aromas of sweet caramel, toffee, and sweet, rich fruitiness. can also smell hints of the alcohol.

T: creamy caramel and tangy red grape. malty through and through with a faint note of citrusy hops. Some raisen/fig fruitiness also.

M: smooth, creamy, full-body. Great.

D: Easy drinking but very sweet

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Photo of PlaywrightSam
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a six pack picked up at Yellow Front in New London, CT. A: Deep clear brown, decent amount of head and moderate laacing. S: Lots and lots of malt, caramel sweetness, maybe some distant hops in there. Very sweet. T: A blast of sweet malt up front, lots of toffee, caramel, brown sugar, very slightly dry on the finish with the hops making a muted appearance. Very robust. M: Thick, moderate carbonation. D: Really interesting to see a dopplebock from a macro brewery, it doesn't disappoint--pretty much exactly what I was expecting. Very straight forward intense-malt profile, very satisfying.

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Photo of Brad007
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color: Medium reddish-brown color with a decent one finger head and a bit of lacing as well.

Aroma: Strong, sweet and malty. Alcohol is prominent in the nose. A bit smoky as well.

Taste: Sweet and malty upfront with notes of caramel, raisin and brown sugar at the back of the throat. Mild dryness. Bursting with flavor here.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and mildly dry. Finishes clean.

Drinkability: Might overwhelm at first with the alcohol but once you get past that, it's a fairly decent doppelbock.

Verdict: Nice, smooth and not intimidating. A bit thin in the middle but otherwise, well balanced. You could also age a bottle judging by the ABV.

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Photo of erosier
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pors a nice dark amber color with an off-white, light tan head. The aroma is strongly of sweet malt. It tastes extremely sweet. They nailed this double bock. It is really sweet and the mouthfeel is very good with the right amount of carbonation. The drinkability is good and if you like dopplebocks, this is one for you.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a bright cranberry red with a creamy off white head that quickly dissipated. Visible carbonation was soft.

S: The nose was resinous, very nutty, with soft creamy caramel, and fresh almonds, There were slight hints of fruitiness as well.

T: The initial flavor was malty with dark caramel, bread, fresh amber malt and a nice woodiness. There was also a nice fruitiness to the flavor as well (cranberries, plums, raisins). The beer finished with a dark sweet caramel bread, some light brown sugar notes, and a woodsy/earthy hoppiness.

M: The mouthful was moderate-full with a warm fresh nuttiness, bread and noble hopping shining through.

D: Very good drinkability per style and definitely one of Sam Adams better seasonal beers.

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Photo of berserker256
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark deep amber color. Smells malty and sweet with carmel overtones. Tastes malty and sweet with carmel in there and is quite heavy, thick, and chewy. I definitely feel some warming going down from the alcohol content. It's somewhat syrupy. One or two of these will do before I switch to something lighter. Very good double bock. I'll get it this time every year.

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Photo of biggmike
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark copper color with slight head that dissipated rather quickly. Aroma is malty and sweet and smells of caramel. Flavor is also of caramel. It is a bit sweet for my tastes and has a bit of a licorice taste. Mouthfeel is okay, not much lacing on glass. Drinkability to me on this one is fairly low. This one is not for me.

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Photo of Raymond69
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost red , kinda light for the style, decent head and some lacing.

Smell is malty , sweet caramel corn , no hops evident.

Taste is again sweet , caramel, some apricot fruitiness. Very faint hoppiness keeps this from being cloyingly sweet.

Mouthfeel is medium/thick. Decent carbonation.

I don't think I'll drink to many at 8.8, but I'll try.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2007 batch. Pours into my glass a vibrant hue of copper and deep red with a fizzy head that quickly becomes a ring on the top of the brew. Good clarity as well. Aromas begin with big, bready sweet malts along with caramel and fruits. Some toffee and a slight nuttiness. Smells sweet off the bat with a touch of alcohol as well.

First sip brings a sweet bready, caramel heavy malt upfront that gets plowed into by a solid fruitiness. Notes of toffee and a touch of nuttiness comes in on the way down, however the sweetness keeps its hold the entire time. It flows down with a cherry afterthought and a touch of alcohol burn on the back of the throat. Plenty of malts here but the fruitiness and sweetness just does me in. Only a tiny touch of bitterness comes through here.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slickness to it that doesn't really jive well with me. Prickly carbonation on the way down. It just doesn't have the body I would like in a dopplebock. Overall drinkability is hindered by the sweetness and alcohol burn this one brings. I've heard many say this gets better with age so I'll set some aside and see, as for right now I'd pass.

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Photo of elmore
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a dark carmel with a thin tan head. Head receded rapidly with minimal lacing.

Smells of moderately roasted malts, caramel, brown sugar, minimal hops aroma. Taste is similar to smell with nice alcohol warmth. Moderate carbonation with a medium body make this a very drinkable.

This is a real gem from Sam Adams. One of the best Doppelbocks I've had. I think better than some that are very highly ranked ones. This is the best BBC beer I've had.

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

A - Poured a dark amber color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Sweet malt some fruit

T - More sweet malt with hints of caramel

M - Only a little bit of carbonation very smooth

D - This is one of those beers thats great for relaxing with worth a try

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

The beer may not be out on the market yet, but I sampled some at the Sam Adams brewery multiple times on December 21. On to the beer:

The beer is a medium bodied amber. Sweet like any other doppelbock, perhaps a little more fruity and a little less malty, but smoother overall. Raisins and grapes were some of the more dominating flavors, the latter being the result from the alcohol, which by the way is lighly perceived. Why couldn't I find this in my area last winter? Oh well, at least I can say I'm one of the few to try it on draft.

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Photo of baggio
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage

A: Ruby-red in color. A thin, thin, head can be seen around the edges.

S: Malt a'la plenty, caramel, prunes.

T: Malt, yeast, candysugar, ripe fruits, alcohol.

M: Little carbonation. Rich and smooth feel.

This is a beer that i've been coming back to on several occasions. So damn nice to sip at during the cold nights in the winter. Is there anything better from Samuel Adams ? I've yet to find it....

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Photo of fitzy84
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pretty nice. The drink poured with a syrupy-color, thin appearance into the glass. Little to no head immediately. Brown-amber colors are the general colors seen in this drink. The smell is great; thick, thick malts and spices. The taste is out of this world: pure sweetness with sharp bitter-alcohol tastes that are more delicious than overpowering. The mouthfeel is awesomely perfect for this drink since it allows the beverage to be thin enough so its not like a meal for some people. Is this the best doppelbock? No, but with its very above average dimensions, this Sam Adams staple is one of the best in their repertoire.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An outstanding beer, the Double Bock might be the best beer that Sam Adams makes. Its smooth texture and rich flavors elide its heavy alcohol count (8.8% ABV). It pours rich and reddish brown, producing a thick tan head that lasts well through its consumption. It is extremely rich in flavor and taste, with chocolate, caramel, and berry malt all in a magnificent roasted melange. The malt is heavy but not obstreperous, allowing the other flavors to emerge as it's consumed. It finishes as smoothly as it begins. A genuine treat, one of the best dopplebocks around. A gem, and not to be passed up.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to UncleJimbo for this brew.

Poured into the new SA glass a cloudy brown color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy off-white head, some sticky lacing. The nose is malty, hint of alcohol, spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, hints of alcohol, slight spice, and caramel. There is a nice sweetness in the finish. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, recommended.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"For brewery fresh taste enjoy before OCT"

Oops. I was going through my stash today when I found this bottle. Glad I did, probably a little past its prime.

a: pours a dark amber with a small amount of cream colored head that disappeared quickly. Weak lacing.

s: dark roasted malt, sweet molasses, and prunes.

t: rich malts, prunes, raisins, brown sugar, don't detect much in the way of hops here.

m: Creamy, velvety, very rich, very clean finish

d: A mixed bag here: it has a smooth finish and goes down easy for an 8.8% brew, however, it is quite sweet. IMO, this limits the drinkability.

I am a big fan of this beer, great nose, good taste, but the sweetness always gets to me.

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Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 1,929 ratings
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