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 bashiba
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear reddish brown with a thick dark tan head and decent lacing.

Smell was sweet and malty with hints of cedar and raisons.

Taste is definitly malt dominated, with a light sweet malty flavor with hints of cedar, oak, nuts and raisons along with a little bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is a little slick with some nice alcohol warmth.

Very easy to drink and tasty, pretty spot on double bock.

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Photo of Madmax99
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am actually enjoying this beer at this very second. When I poured it into my mug I noticed the head took a little while to form, but it was worth it. The head smells of hoppyness (its sam adams) and a slight note of carmel. The malt is very nicely roasted to give it a beautifl chesnut color. As I drink the beer I can see the beautiful lacing around the glass. A perfect blend of flavor, alcohol, and spice. Good beer here.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a beautifully clear chestnut brown with ruby highlights. Small creamy tan head that thins, speckled lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and caramel malty with light hints of cocoa and a mild nuttiness.

Taste is sweet upfront with a nice caramel malty taste with hints of cocoa. A mild toasted nuttiness is also present. Finishes with a lingering sweetness.

Medium-full body, light carbonation.

A decent dopplebock, just a tad on the sweet side. Could certainly drink more than one, and a good choice for the price.

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Photo of Lupin
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a corsendonk curved flutip (tulip/flute, i think tute is inappropriate, especially for nosing)

Pours with a minimal head, which leaves the faintest of lacings and dies quickly. Looks and, too a degree, smells like a brown ale.

First obvious aroma is bananas, then the malt, then caramel.. Very soft, but if you pay enough attention the alcohol is obvious, but well camouflaged.

Looks a lot like Salvator, I guess, but tastes much better. Nutty overtones cloak the initial banana aroma. Perhaps a bit too sweet. Very well balanced, with a wonderful finish of hops cloaking just the right amount of sweetness from the front and sides of the tongue.

Probably the most memorable Samuel Adams brew I've had, ahead of the standard boston lager slightly, and the dark lager/oktoberfest/pumpkin ale by far. This doppelbock shoots from the hip and has pretty good aim.

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Photo of arnulfooxblood
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance--Reddish brown, 1 cm. head. Very active carbonation.

Smell--Sweet malts, caramel notes, maybe some almond tones. Quite nice.

Taste/Moutfeel--Sharp taste on the tip of the tongue mellows to a sweet bread flavor and hints of a leathery taste as it moves back on the palate. Sweet malty aftertaste. A very slight note of alcohol, not enough to frighten anyone off, but just enough to add to the experience. As the beer warms, faint raisin and licorice flavors come through. Well carbonated, almost creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability--This is a delicious brew and overall a very fun beer to drink. The 8.8% alcohol, without being overpowering makes it that much better.

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

Pours reddish brown with a light tan head which lasts for a couple of minutes, some lacing on the glass. smells of sweet ripe fruit, alcohol. Taste is not as sweet as last year's offering, a bit leaner this year. Mouthfeel is a little bit on the thin side. The alcohol is a bit too upfront but overall this is a more balanced example of a dopplebock. I wish that this beer was available all year round instead of being a seasonal.

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

This beer pours a deep copper with edges of amber. It is topped with a frothy yellow/orangish head, very inviting. The head does fade but does manage to leave some patches of lace on the sides of the glass.

The aroma and taste of the beer is quite full. There is a tremendous malt quality that strikes you first, some elements of caramel and toffee, very rich. It is a dense brew but not too heavy. You can certainly taste, feel, and smell the alcohol level in this beer. It is present yet does not overwhelm. Right in the back of the palate you can percieve a slight citrusy earthy taste from the hops. There is not a lot of carbonation is this beer, but what is there is a palpable softness.

In regards to mouthfeel, it is full and chewy. Slightly viscous and pleasant to drink. This is a great winter beer, it warms and is a great filling malty brew for the 0* temps of Michigan in the winter.

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Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a pretty good doppelbock, but I feel like it lacks th compexity to make it a great one. Alcohol was also a bit evident in the aroma and flavor. The arom aroma didnt really do ti for me, I found it weak for such a big beer. The flavor still had trademark chocolate and licorice doppel flavors, but this beer could be more. Still worth a try.

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Photo of athensbeermaster
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Well for only $6.99 a six pk. at 8.8% abv. this beer is a bargain.
Compared to german double bocks it lacks some depth. The alcohol is so high, it overpowers the palate. The brew still has wonderful caramel,molases,and slight hint of chocolate. The finish is very creamy with just a hint of hops to tickle your taste-buds.
Thanks goes out to Sam Adams for keeping the price so cheep!

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Photo of foureyedgeek
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a brownish-red color, quite cleatr. Two fingers of head falls to a decent cap of foam.

Smell is interesting for a dopplebock, its kind of hoppy. Definite notes of alcohol. Also a good malty breadiness and some molasses.

Taste is very sweet and only a little fruity, with a good bitterness to back it up, with a very obvious alcohol presence. Not a ton of depth, but tasty nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is well-bodied, creamy and chewy with a good alcohol warming.

Drinkability is pretty good, though the alcohol combined with the sweetness is a tad too much for me. Good beer though!

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Photo of Mdog
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber with a fast fading head.

Smell: Sweet, banana, alcohol.

Taste: Very sweet. Caramel and brown sugar dominate.

Drinkability: Tasty but strong. One of the cheapest double bocks out there: $6.99 a six pack.

When I first started drinking good beers, double bocks and tripels were my favorites. I've moved on to highly hopped beers but this one is still worth picking up at the price. Pretty good stuff.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Boy, I was shocked at this one, a huge brew from Sam Adam's. Smells kinda sweet and malty, like a souped up Oktoberfest. Detectable banana and whiskyish plum notes dominate the smell and the taste. The beer is beautiful looking with a huge head, and overflowed the glass. Couldn't drink too many, very strong and let's you know it, with a brandish, strong, whisky like flavor pouring through on the back end.

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Photo of Chaz
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 'fridge into a Libby pint produces a tan head of medium duration and moderate lacing. To the casual onlooker this is the sort of "dark beer" that so many fizzy yellow beer drinkers speak of in a curious, almost fearful manner; a dark, almost opaque brown in color. Upon closer inspection -and held up to direct light- it's more of a dark reddish-amber than brown in color, and it is brilliantly clear in appearance. Carbonation looks almost minimal, but is actually moderate on the palate. The nose is consistent as per memory and previous reviews, offering caramel, toffee, licorice, sour apple, and even rum. Diacetyl is also present, but it's minimal and consistent with past offerings of this brew. There's still only a hint of hop bitterness showing through on the nose, and that's fine, as this is a malt monster rather than a hop bomb after all. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and does a great job of coating the tongue with an unctious, treacle-like malt-based quality . . . "malt-slime"? Nah, just put it down to Turbo Maltitude. "Plenty of rich malt goodness"? Absolutely, and as per style this offers both fruit (sweet cherry, red apple, raisin) and spirits (rum, brandy) notes. Quite warming and deceptively drinkable. Medium-to-full bodied, and definitely a sipper rather than an easy sessioning beer. Flavors and overall drinkability tend to improve with a bit of warming-up as opposed to drinking straight from the 'fridge.

Flavorful and substantial, Samuel Adams Double Bock remains my favorite offering from the brewery, and is worth buying by the palate-load.

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Photo of Alanthebeerguy
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured the beer into a pint glass, the color is a beautiful copper brown color, not very much head.

I could not quite place what I got in the nose but I liked it, sweet and hoppy.

The taste was good I picked up alittle sweetness in the back of my mouth, with the malts up front

The mouth feel was thick and somewhat creamy

I could definitely see drinking more that one of these at a time

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Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBD of Oct 07 pours an effervescent chestnut with 2 fingers+ of sand colored head. Good lacing & fair head retention

S: Big bready maltness, a little cinnamon & alcohol as this warms up.

T: Big malt & breadyness up front. A little brown sugar & caramel work their way in as this warms. I also get a little toffee & maple syrup. Finishes sweet (brown sugar & toffee), warming & slightly dry

MF: Chewy, a little sticky, medium to heavy bodied with low carbonation. My lips (probably cracked from the cold) are picking up a persistently alcohol sting

Drinks pretty easy, a nice take on the style & better than last years IMO. I will try to hold some back & see how it ages

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Photo of Vancer
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

SOB, can’t believe I’ve missed out on this one in previous years. What a top notch, great brew.

Just look at that great pour, clear mahogany brown, ivory head, lace city in my Sammy tulip glass.

Sweet molasses and malts in the aroma, but then – BAM ! The quaff will just about knock you to your knees with the big malty, molasses, toasty and doughy, hints of bourbon. This is so freakin full bodied – I bet this is way over 200 calories a bottle. NO hint that we almost talkin’ 9%. The only negative is the overall sweetness of the brew, just a tad too much.

The final kicker – sixer was a standard price of $7 like any other offerings from Sammy. Unbelievable all around great deal for a great brew.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Clear deep amber, almost a ruby red color with some lighter honey amber toward the bottom of the glass where it's thinner. Light tan fizzy head that has decent retention. Solid lacing throughout the glass.

Sweet malt aroma with some caramel and a creaminess that is akin to vanilla yogurt. A little bit of warming alcohol makes its way through.

Mostly malts are tasted, with a light creaminess, toastiness, and sweet caramel flavor. Some alcohol makes its way through with a little bit of vanilla as well. Thick and spritzy mouthfeel, almost like carbonated olive oil. Finishes with some grainy malts and caramel, along with a little bit of alcohol.

Seems to be a popular beer among the masses, and I can see why. It's hot or miss when the bigger breweries make this one, but they hit it dead on. Get some when you can.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.73/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner style glass. Freshness date is labeled that this brew is fresh until the end of August of 2007.

This is one of the most beautiful beers I have ever seen in a glass. Awesome head retention, great lacing on the glass, and the color of the beer is just exceptional. It's a wonderful dark ruby that is simply awesome to see. The beer looks so damn good I could pour it just to view the beer.

Nose is caramel sweetness with hints of alcholol and other fruit scents as well. Hops are only slightly noticeable.

Oh man is this beer tasty! It starts off with a good amount of caramel sweetness that lasts throughout and then the alcholol hits as well as the spiciness of the hops that last until the end of the sip. As I sipped the beer further, my palate got more used to the beer's alcholol flavor and it faded a bit. A nice roasted malt feel is also present throghout the sip of this brew. Maybe a little choclate flavor in the back as well. Mouthfeel is almost perfect for the style. Just right, not too heavy, by no means not heavy enough. The difference from last season seems to be a more substantial hop flavor and bitterness that perfectly balances everything out.

Either my palate has changed since last winter or the BBC improved this brew, but this year it tatstes exceptionally well. This beer is so complex, words can't describe it. It is so tasty, words can't describe it. Also, the ABV of this brew makes it as warming as can be for a cold winter's day (believe it or not, we get those days here in Central Texas!) I would say this is the absolute perfect beer. As for the drinkablity, it's defenitely a sipping brew as it's very strong, but oh is the flavor and everything else just to die for!

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a steamed glass. The liquid is a cloudy red with good carbonation. The head is a finger light tan and leaves no lace.

The smell is good. Fruity malt with caramel notes. Very good traditional DB nothing daring or different. Just well done.

The taste follows the smell. Big fruity notes with caramel. A very nice malt bomb.

The mouthfeel is ok. Not quite as nice as it could be. Nice body but could be better.

The drinkability is good. I enjoyed this beer but can afford better.

Thanks to NFLMVP for this brew. MK

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Photo of srrn
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great looking deep clear amber brew with minimal head and no lacing. This is a wonderful example of the style. It's a bit thicker in the mouthfeel than the German examples I've had. I taste mostly malts and carmel very little hops in the finish It's also not quite as drinkable as say Celebrator or Salvatore, but that's not really a bad thing, this one is a great sipping and relaxing beer. I'll buy more.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a dark beer with a little head. The smell it gives actually reminds me alot of Horn Dog Barleywine from Flying Dog. It smells very sugary, yeasty, and I get alcohol and dark fruit, maybe even black cherry. The taste is intensely sweet with only feeble bittering hops attempting to hold it back. I get tones of caramel, nut, and red apple skin but all of these cower on the palate before the sugary-sweet presence of this cloying malt-bomb. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy-sludgey. I guess this could be considered doppelbock but it is closer to what I think of as barleywine. In the end it has none of the lager characteristics that make good doppelbock such a thing of beauty.

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a thick brown with some ruby highlights and minimal head. What little head there is disappears quickly and doesn't leave a trace of lace. Pretty much no head retention, but there are some legs, so I assume these are both due to the alcohol content so I'll let those slide, but there is still no clarity.

S - Very strong maltiness with melanoidin, some prune, and a caramelly toastiness.

T/M - A dark, almost, but not quite chewy maltiness with a mix of figs and a toasted nuts. Would benifit from a bit more body, but the balance keeps the alcohol subdued. Not a great beer, but a good one.

D - Even though you keep sipping it because you keep expecting something more, this is a good brew but it has some room for improvement.

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

Sam Adams Double Bock pours a warm auburn color with a moderate head. The head, which is beige in color modestly dissipates to leave no lacing. It smells of amber malts, just a hint of hops (noble?), a bit of sherry, figs, and some…….soy sauce. Yes, soy sauce.

The tastes is immediately dominated by sweet then settles down to a nice grape/fig essence. After a few tastes, there is a trace of a nutty aftertaste with some dried fruits thrown in. The mouth feel leaves a little bit to be desired. It is good, but not great. Honestly, it is a little bit thin for my preference. The alcohol isn’t incredibly overpowering, but is at a tolerable level.

Well, this is a good beer. Not horribly well rounded or outstanding many ways, but again, it is a good beer. I would like to cellar a few to see how they turn out but I am afraid that it would just get to be cloyingly sticky, sweet. Give this beer a try if you are able to find some in your neck of the woods.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a deep cherrywood with a 2 finger head that eventually sinks down to a thin layer of off-white bubbles. Leaves sheets of solid lacing down the sides of the glass. Smell is of dark, toasted malts, dried fruits, soft noble hops, and a medicinal alcohol presence. Taste is of dark, chewy malts, light cocoa, candied cherries, dried fruits, and some floral noble hops. Only downside to all of this is the alcohol is a bit too aparent to my tastes, especially as it gets warmer. Mouthfeel is viscous, sticky, but essentially flat. Drinkability is hindered by the high alcohol on this one. Gets too boozy as it warms.

I could see this really mellowing out and becoming a lot better with some more age on it. I can't imagine drinking this fresh. It'd probably be a disaster, my friend.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
2.64/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a trade with czoch75 (great trader) Pours dark brown, little head. Smells oh way sweet. Tastes the same too, way way too sweet, kinda like candied figs, prunes and jelly doughnut filling. Mouthfeel is a bit thick. Overall I expected better from Sam Adams on this style. It's impossible to find this beer in my neck of the woods, I think i understand why.

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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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