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

Ah. I was afraid they would "dumb this down" for macro consumption. They did not. It is robust and malty. Sammy brews in Cincinnati so this was nice and fresh. The aroma/finish was wonderful and the smell was a nice precursor to a sweet, wonderful, malty, worty taste. Be not afraid.

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Photo of Brent
2.87/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not quite up to par with this one. Poured a bit light in color for a doppelbock. Sweet malt in the aroma, with an equally sweet malt flavor profile that lacked balance and body. A harsh edge of alcohol grated in the background. Overall, light on body and roasted malt, heavy on alcohol and sweetness.

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

I bought a 6-pack for $7.50 in Columbus. Sam Adams is usually a dependable macro-craft brewery, making consistently easy choices, so this seasonal is a no-brainer. Overall it's a good dopplebock, but the appearance suffers a little from lack of poofy head. I like my heads poofy, and this one is weak. The beer color is predictably dark, kind of a burnt copper but relatively clear nonetheless. The smell is all sweet malt and wisps of alcohol. The flavor is on the edge of old ale / barleywine rather than just a straight dopplebock, in my opinion. Pretty strong and burning with alcohol, massive malt flavor.

For the price you can't go wrong. And it comes out once a year so I recommend grabbing 6 when you see it.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle, best before 10/07. A dark amber color with a small head. A sweet caramel aroma with a definite malt presence. Very malty, chewy taste. Very bread-like. Creamt mouthfeel, very substantial. Quite drinkable, but filling. Didn't notice the 8.8% ABV. A nice beer.

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Photo of atsprings
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear burnt amber color with a thin off white head that was slightly diminishing. The aroma was of good caramel malts with hint of chocolate. The taste was a good blend of caramel, dried fruits and a slight bit of bitter chocolate. As this is a lager, this was all presented with much more smoothness in the mouth than is ever possible in a stout or a porter. There was a pleasantly light level of carbonation and the 8.8% alcohol was somewhat present but definately not overpowering. This is a very enjoyable beer and the only Sam Addams beer I really ever seek out.

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Photo of mynie
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wonderfully clear bock chocolate amber with a small and fast dying white.

Smells of alcohol and harsh bock malt. Burny, burny chocoalte.

Tastes much more complex. Rich, dry bock malt up front, giving way to a more sweet middle and ending on a dry chocolate malt at the end. Very malty, to say the least, and with only a little bit of alcohol burn.

Not too complex, but a solid DB.

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Photo of beergynt
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Bottle into a pint glass... Very clear, crisp deep brown with red highlights... 2 inches of caramelly tan head... decent lacing...

S - This beer smells wonderful! I got a lot of toffee and caramel and just all around roasted goodness... The heat provided by the 8.8 tickles the nose hairs a bit!

T - Very nice... The same aromas mentioned above parlay wonderfully to the tastebuds... This brew goes from sweet to heat along the length of the tongue and beyond...

M - Wonderful body... Silky and chewy... I guess that's what 1/2 lb of malt per bottle will get you!

D - After 2 of these last night, I definitely didn't want/need another! Not a session beer but delicious all the same.

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Photo of BBM
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This doppelbock pours a dark, clear amber color that is more red than brown. A thin white head rests atop the brew. The aroma is sticky sweet, caramel, syrup (molasses), with a sharp alcohol tinge to give off the impression this beer means business.

The taste up front is more of the same, sweet caramel, molasses, raisins, toasted malts, and some dark fruits. The huge malt backbone is followed by a warming alcohol that invites you to have more. This is a fairly complex beer. Mouthfeel is creamy and full. The only knock I may have is in its drinkability; I was getting full after only one.

Still, with this brew Sam Adams does for malt what double IPAs do for hops. A must try.

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Photo of orsulacp
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The body of this beer was clear dark brown with hints of ruby when held up to the light. The tan head started out big and then settled to a 1/8" thick ring. Then nose was sweet, like molassas, with some spiciness from the alcohol. The taste is caramel and molassas, more caramel than molassas, and some toasted malt flavor. There is a slight bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium heavy with light carbonation giving a smooth and creamy texture. A very tasty and drinkable beer.

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Photo of Shaw
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first time I've seen this beer in Florida. It keeps getting better down here ...

A deep brown in color, actually a little lighter than other double bocks I've had. It's got a short, creamy head.

The aroma -- no surprise here -- is all malt with notes of caramel and a bit of alcohol.

I'm blown away with the taste. This is wonderful. It's almost syrupy, thanks to the massive amount of malt. Sweet with just enough bitterness mixed with a noticeable alcohol flavor. The grape-like flavors I like in other beers of this style is also there.

The body is also excellent: creamy and slick and chewy.

Overall this is a fantastic double bock. It's easily one of SA's best beers. Bravo!

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Photo of supercolter
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent doppelbock, I respect Sam Adams more everytime I try a new style of their brews. Appearance is good. A bit of head, no lacing. Smell and Taste are quite similar, with some caramel malt and possibly cocoa like. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Drinkability is good.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear, medium deep reddish, amber brown color with a nice fluffy white head about 3/4 of an inch thick upon being poured that settles to a decent film layer. Has some decent lacing. Sweet, malty aromas are present are present along with some candy like caramel aromas as well as bit of hoppiness. Sweet, malty, zesty flavors with hints of caramel and candy are present and dominate the taste upfront followed by a hint of hops. Definitely has a crisp and chewy and fullbodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. fairly easy to drink. Another interesting offering from Sam Adams.


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Photo of mpyle
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reddish brown color, clear as could possibly be. Moderate white head with fairly poor retention.

Fruitcake sweetness in the aroma. Dark malt mealnoidan character, but otherwise a clean lager character aroma (which is to say, not much aroma).

Dark malt sweetness, almost candy-like in character. Sweetness borders on cloying, with a tinge of alcohol evident as well. Lingering blend of malt sweetness and alcohol bitterness.

Full bodied and chewy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Alcohol warming is evident but very much under control. A big, smooth, creamy bock.

Has the full body and dark malt sweetness of the doppelbock style, but the sweetness is overpowering and a bit one-dimensional. A lower starting gravity, or better attenuation, would improve drinkability considerably in my view.

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Photo of robmorris31
2.78/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I was expecting this to be better tasting than most of the Bocks that I have tried, however it was not pleasing. Too bad, as it is coming from my favorite brewer!

The color was great just what I expected, the smell was very pleasing, as well, mouth feel was nice but it gave bit of a stinging after taste.

It was almost like a Porter Bock if there is such a thing.

Watch out this is an 8.8% ABV, which means it is about double the intesity of other beers.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.14/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz long neck brown bottle with crimped cap.

Clear.intense ruby red color. The head was very thin,maybe served a bit to cold, just a thin off white coating lasting through the entire beer.A few strings of tiny bubbles stringing tightly knitted.

Candied carmell aromas,very malty,lots of fruit,a bit nutty,alcohol aromas,sweet candy like aromas throughout.

Very malty,candied carmell tastes,like a candy apple,sugary and syrupy. Very fruitty,lots of alcohol heat,boozy with some burnt tastes.A warming effect to the alcohol feel.

A very thick mouthfeel,very chewy and cloying.
Too sweet and boozy to have much drinkability for me. This beer seemed to have a bit more drinkability in years past. If you like double bock,I'd still give this beer a try.
I liked the Troegs double bock a lot better.

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Photo of adams82
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A nice addition to my recent SA kick.

Poured from a bottle, this pours fairly brilliant dark amber color with a nice off white head that quickly reduces to a thin foamy layer. Large notes of sweet and maybe chocolate malts dominate with a lingering hint of a dark dried fruit or even licorice... raisins or prunes perhaps, alcohol is in there as well. There is a fairly complex flavor profile here... Rich but not overly sweet malty flavors with a little brown sugar meld nicely with a hint of alcohol, finishes a with the dried fruit/licorice and a slight hop tinge. This is full bodied and fairly chewy and paired with the 8.8% weight, this certianly won't session well but a few can be enjoyed quite easily.

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Photo of joe1510
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. Bottle
$6.99 6-pack
Health Mart

Sam Adams Double Bock poured a burnt amber with all kinds of medium sized carbonation bubbles quickly rising to the head. When poured the head rose to a half finger then fell to nothing more than a thin but creamy cap. Left decent lacing after each sip. Looks good.

Starts off with a healthy dose of warm banana bread. Quickly followed by a raw graininess and tart green apple. I even smell something reminiscent of grape bubble gum. It's mild but there. Solvent alcohol shows up at the end.

Taste is fairly simple. Raw grains and a doughiness up front followed by an astrigent alcohol character. It's not really that bad but stronger than it should be. Mild aftertaste of the tart green apple.

Mouthfeel is much thinner than I'd like it to be. Seems to push through too quickly. Alcohol fumes rise through my throat and nose.

Drinkability is ok. I could drink a couple but thats all I could handle at a time. The alcohol is a little too noticeable and the body too thin. Overall it's a good beer that's worth a try.

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Photo of granite
2.16/5  rDev -45%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz poured into bock glass.

A---It poured mahogany with red hues and a thin white head.

S---Esters, green apple and late malt.

T---Malty, hot alcohol, fruity yeast and cider aftertaste.

M---Medium bodied.

D---It was more ale like then a lager. It tasted like it was fermented hot. I have no interest in trying the 07 batch again.

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

A - Clear amber/red brew with a massive four finger head that quickly recedes to a tight cap of tan cream. A good amount of lacing is left on the glass.

S - Creamy chocolate ice cream, oreo cookies, root beer, with some caramel notes. The aroma is a bit weak though. I have to really stick my nose in the glass to get a good whiff.

T - Whipped cream and chocolate. Cake-batter malt flavors with some unexpected but welcome nuttiness. I taste hints of almond liquor amaretto.

M - Sandy-feeling on the tongue and full bodied with a very creamy whipped texture. Gritty chocolate cake batter feel with some warming alcohol.

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Photo of gordavidson
2.65/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Extremely clear. Copper and a dark amber come to mind. Even with a hard pour, the head is just like a soda- shows up for a second and fizzles out.

S- Brown sugar, a little spice, alcohol.

T- Sweet and malty. The spice sticks out a little bit. The alcohol is very apparent.

M- Wow, this is kind of thin and astringent. The alcohol is not hidden well at all.

D- I am glad I only had a single of this. All I could think of was a SA Octoberfest with more alcohol in it. It did get to be a little easier to drink as I got further into the glass, but that could have just been the alcohol taking effect.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams seems to be coming out with stuff from the past quite a bit lately. This one poured a sort of copper coloration, with a small white heading. Smell had hints of honey, caramel, toasted grains, and a bit of molasses. Taste was huge on the malt, with a sort of maple syrup sweetness. Mouthfeel was big, but the alcohol was not too noticable. I did notice however, that after one of them I had a definite warming sensation. I dont think I could handle more then a few of these, as the sweetness is a bit much for me. I would like to see how this differs on tap as opposed to in the bottle. Either way, recommended. Cheers

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Photo of auxiliary
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark amber color, little head but when away after a bit. No lace.

Smell - Sweetness, and malts.

Taste - Sweet malts, goes down nice. First time I have had this. Says seasonal bew.

Mouthfeel - Medium bosy, some carbination. Malty.

Drinkability - Sweet beer, would be a nice summer beer. In the shade that is with almost 9% ABV Real nice beer, should always be available.

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Photo of Freshie
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a nice dark, amber hue. Very clear.

The smell is molasses sweet. A bit of spice.

The taste is big and sweet. Molasses maltiness with spicy hops coming afterwards. Mouthfeel is syrupy but warming.

Not a chugger but a great winter sipping brew.

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Photo of sraimondi
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had 2 of these over the weekend. First of all, glad to see that Jimmy Koch's company has decided to brew this one again, as I could not get this one in New England last year (I think they substituted their Brown at the time.). A nice dark auburn color with a 1" head which dissipated into a thin foam film with little lacing, which is normal given the higher ABV. The initial aroma, with the head still present, has some banana notes, with malt nose dominating. The taste is very good and spot on the style. The mouthfeel is quite smooth for the style, with a bit of alcohol at the back of the tongue at the finish. The drinkability is ok, but suffers a bit with the elevated ABV.

Dopplebock is my fave style and this one is one of the better US produced versions. If you are a Malt-head, seek this one out. You will like it, trust me.

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Photo of memory
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean ruby red with slight lacing. What lacing there is shows the distinct alcohol presence. However, the alcohol is nicely balanced out by the smooth malt finish on the palette. Not too sweet, just enough for what seems to be an honest rep of the style. Well done.

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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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