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)
BEER INFO

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

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierman9 on 02-07-2009

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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 mshallah
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample aged til month notched on label(sept 07). Pours a light reddish-amber brown. Head is minimal but bubbles ascend in a still glass. Aroma is a robust and spicey malt character to die for. A sweet and heady purfume. Taste is sweet upfront but then the carbonation and bittering hops step in to try to tame the malt only to be engulfed in it's lingering sweet finish and aftertaste. Molasses and butter on toasted rye bread. Not for the faint of heart and one of the earliest examples of a big, extreme beer.

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Photo of sharkheadlasers
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a dark red or brown in color. The head dissipated quickly. The smell is malty and caramel. It is rich and full-bodied. The taste is malty with a caramel finish. There is a sweet aftertaste. Although this is very drinkable, the alcohol content will keep me from ordering a third one in one sitting.

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Photo of theformula
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark ruby body w/ great clarity. Small tan head fluffs right up but doesn't stay around long. Active bubbling from below.

S: Soft, laid-back aroma. A little booze-y, prickling spice, dark chocolate malt and very ripe dark fruits.

M: Wasn't expecting this. Medium body; creamy and velvety all over. Just a touch of carbonation, good for the style.

T: Great big complexity of malt flavors here. Starts off very rich with toffee, booze-y ripe fruits like raisins, prunes and banana. Dark brown sugar, a little caramel and chocolate-covered fruit. The spicy alcohol hits in the middle, with some peppery spice. Nice! Finish is pretty long, slightly bitter w/ hops drying it out. Has some port qualities to it.

D: An awesome Doppelbock IMO. SA has stayed true to style with huge richness, complexity and a warming 8.8% finish. Drinks well for the ABV. A sweeter DB than typical but not too sweet.
Highly recommended.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of Limberg316
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is tough beer to drink a lot of. It is very heavy with massive notes of caramel, chocolate and even alittle coffee. It's a good beer for the winter season when they brew it but not something I would recommend for warmer seasons. Its very flavorful as already noted, and pours fairly well. If poured right it has a very light brown head.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a four finger off-white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Nice clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel nose. Flavor is caramel and slight raisin, clean finish, high ABV is hidden. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH. Best by Oct 2007.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in my new Sam Adams Boston Lager glass (thanks to SA and BA), the beer pours a brown/red color with about an inch tan head. Not much lacing or head retention. The aroma is nice and malty, it smells like caramel malt, bread, and some citrusy hops. Taste is very sweet, there's caramel, toasted malt, toffee and hops in there. Mouthfeel is medium/full, it's also syrupy, slick and a bit heavy. Leaves a nice coating in the mouth. Drinkability is good, the beer is smooth and not hard to drink at all. Alcohol is well hidden, but you can tell it's there and it hits you later. Overall I think this is a decent dopplebock, I'd recommend it to others and would buy this again for sure.

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Photo of hbh739
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden/redish hue with good carbonation.
(not much head due to the plastic glass from my mom's cupboard
good thing I bought a sixer)
The aroma was of sweet malt and a mild hint of alcohol.
The taste was just as I expected very flavorful and malty kind of maple/sugary sweey hint to it. Not much alcohol surprising at almost 9%. Very good. I wish I had it a bit colder i couldn't wait long enough, I admit, it was approx 65-68 F but still good because it was hot outside.
The mouthfeel was almost like a sticky soda, it coated the inside of your mouth and didn't want to let go, making the taste last and last.
Overall a beer I could drink many of these. A very good beer. Not my favorite style but I really enjoyed it none-the-less.

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Photo of sstackho
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a lovely almost-cloudy golden-red with a bit of head. Strong malty aroma. First taste is quite sweet and it takes a little while for the taste to settle down. The taste stays on the too-sweet side throughout the beer. Certainly flavourful, but too unbalanced for me.

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Photo of mcarroll10177
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good beer that I would drink year round if it was avalible. It is the only state side DB that I really am into. This is a great beer. Malty and heavy it is a real achivement by SA. It makes me wonder why other brewers do not try this great German style. Sam Adams gets it right. I only wish it was easier to find.

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Photo of Romulus141
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into the official Sam Adams drinking glass.

Appearance: Pours a rich, deep amber that reveals a reddish hue when held up to a light. With an aggressive pour, there is an abundance of manilla-colored head that looks strong and healthy. It dissipates slowly, and lacing covers all sides of the glass. Overall, this is top-notch in the looks department.

Smell: Sweet, with floral and citrus characteristics. The alcohol in this can be detected if one goes looking for it. The aroma of the beer is strong, and gives due-warning that this is a hearty beer.

Taste: Just like the smell, a sweet maltiness overcomes my tongue on impact. The citrus hints come out as I let it move over my palate and down my throat. This is a creamy brew, and while it is flavorful, it isn't explosive. It's comfortably in the middle. This makes for a great dessert beer.

Mouthfeel: Very thick, almost syrupy. However, this texture is not sickly, it is actually quite pleasant. There is minimal carbonation as well, which is always welcome. As I said before, it enhances the ability for this beer to be a good dessert after a good meal.

Drinkability: These are quite good, but they are simply not made for sessions. With its high ABV and full body, it would be tough to have more than two of these in one sitting. However, I would savor those two as they were served to me.

Quite a good brew, and it's a shame that it's not readily available at bars.

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Photo of blakesell
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a beveled pint glass.

Appearance- Golden red brown with little head and minor lacing.

Smell- Malty and alcoholic. Medium malt roastiness.

Taste- Sweet and malty, prunes, maple, hard to believe this is a Sam Adams beer.

Mouthfeel- Sticky and sweet, lips are quite sticky from this level of maltiness.

Drinkability- Very, this beer is highly deceptive at 8.8% ABV. I could drink a 6'er of this and not even realize it. This is one of Sam Adams' best beers. Dark, sweet, malty, and not a bit watered down for the drinking public. Beers like these are why I won't be shunning the largest microbrewery any time soon.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nice amber color, one finger head that dissolves a little too fast, no lacing. Mild nose, sweet malt and some dried fruit. Feel is excellent. Thick and syrupy, but not sludgy. Lots of alcohol up front. Almost barley-wine-ish. Goes away and leaves some raisins, light ginger and spices, some molasses. Almost no hops. Full, strong flavor. Full-bodied with a perfect level of carbonation. A solid doppelbock, especially for a fairly mainstream brewery.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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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Photo of scoobybrew
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It has a deep copper color with a nice head and good retention. The aroma is richly malty with hints of chocolate and licorice. The taste is also rich and sweet, more licorice than chocolaty; although perhaps this is a function of the age. The alcohol is noticeable with not trace of hops, but it is balanced well for the style. It has a medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent doppelbock. It's tasty and enjoyable enough, especially for a large American brewery.

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Photo of benmiliron
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Paid 5.99 for a six pack. Wow. 6 bucks for a 9% abv sixer.

Good color, kind of a smoky maple syrup color. Beer is perfectly transparent though, which is kind of strange for the style. No head to speak of after a 20" free fall into the glass. Smell is great - warm bread, molasses, alcohol. Taste is also good - a big chocolate wallop, with great bitterness and a hefty punch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is absolutely spot on. Good density, nice carbonation - almost silky in texture.

At 8.8% it'd be tough to down this as a session, but that's not the intent here. This is definitely one of the best SA brews around.

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Photo of SMark
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle at 50 degrees. Bottle was marked to enjoy beore month notched of September.

Poured with a slight head which quickly dissipated leaving very little lacing. Color was a pleasing amber and very clear.

Very good roasted malt aroma at first hit. Came back again with a very slight vanilla.

Malty and sweet. Very good combination. Not so sure about sweet on second taste but was very satisfying.

Very appealing all around. No off odors or tastes. Well rounded.

Another good product from Sam Adams. Better than most regional brewers.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The beer has a small head that dies quickly to a small foam ring around the edge of the glass. The beer itself has a light mahogany color with small bubbles slowly rising up. The smell is very malty and it indicates that it will be really sticky and sweet. I am also smelling a little bit of yeast in there. I am surprised by the fullness of flavor. Strong, sweet malty overtones with a hint of hops and yeast in the background to keep it balanced and to take the edge off of the thick, sticky-sweet body. The alcohol adds a sharp, yet fitting, bite. This is a pretty mean beer and it's beers like this that make me appreciate Sam Adams more and more. They hit the style like Victory does, but with a more traditional and conservative manor.

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Photo of mbutter1997
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated best before 10/2007.
A: Reddish caramel color; ~3/4" frothy head that reduces to thin scattered foam & light glass stick.
S: Sweet malty aroma w/ molasses and trace of alcohol.
T/M: A rich palate of caramels, light hops & smooth alcohol flavors. Definitely a full-bodied brew. The only problem, if it is one at all, is the alcohol taste is a bit overwhelming at first, but it does quickly blend in as the other flavors come out.
D: This became my favorite Sam Adams' brew after the 1st bottle. I'm reviewing the last beer in the six-pack and am already longing for the next release. HIGHLY recommended.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby-brown color. Clear, but with virtually no head.

Smell: Aroma of rich, sweet roasted malts with caramel and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Spicy malty alcohol taste with some caramel and a hint of bitter hops. Finish is a bit difficult.

Mouthfeel: Medium- to heavy-bodied, very smooth, and with a light tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: The alcohol in the taste is more than I would have desired for this type of beer, and makes it a bit difficult to drink.

Better than average doppelbock, but it doesn't impress me very much. It's strong, but more in alcohol than in taste.

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Photo of cixelsydima
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a copper,metallic orange,with a 1 finger head.Head fades quickly,yet continues to percolate.
S: 1st sniff....yea,this is a dopplebock,no doubt! Smells sweet.Maple?,cloves,cranberry,....wow,this beer has me thinkin about my Grandmothers Thanksgiving ham!
T: The alcohol is devilishly well hidden.I know it's there cause I can feel it.This beer is a sipper.Between tastes,the flavors just keep going like the Energizer Bunny.
M: This beer has texture.Chewy....yet smooth,too smooth for a dopplebock.
D: Watch out with this one.After 2 or 3 of these,I think I'd have have to say "uncle".I'm enjoying this more as it warms up a bit.I will have this on tap latter this year for the holidays.

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Photo of jslot38
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz Bottle, freshness date marked. Been looking forward to this one for a while now.

Appearance: Ruby tints amongst a somewhat cloudy yet transparent mahagony body. A lovely head sits atop, made up of an egg-shell white colour with faint bubbles. The head looks like its gonna stay around and a few sheets of lacing are starting to form.

Smell: Toasted nuts, biscuit, deep malts, a cherry or two lingers.

Taste: Slow down here, this is a sipping beer. The 8.8% ABV doesn't hold back, which is fine in my mind. This warming alcohol is surrounded by some great malt flavours, caramel, nuts, toast, and lingers of cherries and chocolate. Any note of hops is hidden, and there are faint touches of earth ridden hops.

Mouthfeel: Spot on, the mouthfeel of a nice lager. The hops give it a bit of an oily touch.

Drinkability: While I do enjoy it, its impossible to drink more than one, maybe two of these as the alcohol will overwhelm you - its just strong in all of its aspect. Strong and good, another spot on beer from Sam Adams.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a mug, producing a hazlenut brown colored, transparent body. A finger's width of tan head slowly receeds and leaves a whisp of foam (no lacing). Aroma is fun, full of raisin, fig, nut, and caramel...all quite malty.

Tastes surprisingly fruity and sweet with big cranberry and malt notes that ride the tongue like the hoppiest DIPA. An alcoholic note pops in to say "Hi!" as this beer warms. Mouthfeel is smooth and juicy with a sour bite to the finish. In sum, it's tasty, but not good enough to make me want to have another any time in the near future.

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Photo of StarSAELS
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The black and bronze six pack should be a hint as to what you're getting into, and this double bock lives up to it.

Pours a deep burgundy with a thick, resilient, light tan head that sticks to the glass like Super Glue. Hold this up to the light and you'll be thinking, "Oh, yeah, babe!"

Get a whiff of that malty, malty aroma! Roasty and robust, this brew's sending out pheromones that scream, "DRINK ME!"

The brew's dark-roasted malts do a serious tune on your tastebuds, and do a good job at trying to mask the 8.8 abv. Combine that with the elixir's viscosity, and you've got a brew that leaves its flavors lingering up inside your cheeks. Lick your lips a minute or so after sipping and they taste like toasted marshmallows.

One of these is really enough, but two of a good thing isn't bad? Right? I'm stocking up before they're gone for the season! This should keep well next to the LongShot Old Ale and the Sweetwater Festive (2006).

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Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,928 ratings.
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