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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)

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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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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this in a local liquor store and decided to give it a try. I like most of Boston Beer's other offerings, but I didn't know what to anticipate with this. Didn't seem like Sam's usual fare/style, but I gave this a shot with an open mind. As you can see by my number ratings, I thought this was well worth the risk!

A nice, solid oak color defined this pour. Beautiful hue, the head filled the top of my pint glass, and the aroma was pleasantly surprising, but not overbearing or over-the-top. The taste has lots of roasting, caramel, and toffee in it, but I don't feel the chocolate that some other reviewers felt was present here. The lacing wasn't impressive, but the aftertaste was subtly wonderful. All the aformentioned flavors melded nicely and lingered for a while, but never feeling weak or out of sync. This beer had a nice warming feeling to it, was light on carbonation, and almost felt like a session brew. Yes, I understand this is 8.8% ABV but that's only by looking at the numbers. This had the taste and mouthfeel of an Octoberfest with the warming quality of a winter warmer; both sans spices.

Sam's got a winner here, and moved up a level in my book. This was a chance for me and possibly for them, since I'd guess that most people associate their offerings with the Boston Lager and the seasonals. Solidly crafted, a pleasure to drink from start to finish, and worth every penny - the patriot and brewer would be quite proud indeed!

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'll confess, I was a little bit nervous about Sam Adams going for a Doppelbock. Just didn't seem like their normal type of beer. I'll admit, it's far from my favorite, but it's actually a respectable effort.

Deep reddish brown color that's still a few shades lighter and more clear than most of my old favorite doppelbocks. Malty, slightly chocolate nose showing just a tad more alcohol than I'd like.

On the taste, it's heavily malty, but without the sweetness of a lot of doppelbocks. Bit of an astringent alcoholic zing on the back. Subdued coffee flavor behind the malt, really not too complicated but rather tasty nontheless.

Probably would drink a lot more of this if it were a bit more available. A solid beer.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Initially pours a super clear garnet color with a small 1/4" head of small off-white bubbles that disappeared pretty quickly. There were very few bubbles rising to maintain the head.

Aroma: Some toasty malts along with a noticeable metallic aroma. There are no real hops to speak of in the aroma, so you just get to enjoy the caramel malts and some Melanoidins from the malt.

Taste: Pretty rich malt driven flavor. There is quite a bit of caramel notes along with more Melanoidins than I thought from the aroma. There is a noticeable spiciness from the alcohol along with a dark caramel flavor that comes across as almost roasty. There are no hops to speak of in the flavor, but they are definitely there in the balance. The beer finishes balanced toward the sweet, but just barely as the hops (and maybe the dark malts) balance the sweetness. The finish is slightly sweet with some evident alcoholic warming.

Opinion: This DoppelBock is quite a bit different than the majority of those you find in Germany. For a beer that has this much girth, there is a very mild specialty malt presence. The same applies to the hop presence as this beer definitely lets the malt run the show. It is on the balance between Paulaner and Spaten. I wouldn't say that it was a contestant to either one, but still splitting the difference. It is an OK beer, but it doesn't really stand up to the true German styles.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before October, 8.8 % ABV. Pours a clear, reddish brown/mahagony color. Thin tan foamy head disappears pretty quick. Caramel, dark fruity and alcohol aroma. Strong caramel, toffee, and slightly fruity flavors. Slight bitterness at the end is followed up by alcohol warmness. Full body, almost chewy, with low carbonation. This is big and bold in comparison to most other Sam Adams beers. Very nice, and certainly a bargain. I like it.

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Photo of cracgor
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a caramel to reddish color with a lightly colored head. The head is not very impressive looking. Smells very meaty. roasted malts come across like lump charcoal with estery notes like cherry. The hops add a little to the nose, lightening the other aromas and lending some balance. Very good taste to this one. The flavors meld into a fruity sort of flavor...like berries. Balanced well with the caramel malts and light taste of hops in the finish. Medium to full bodied, a little syrupy. It feels strong, but isn't alcoholic. Just enough complexity to enjoy, but I'd rather enjoy it with a meal.

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Photo of lokicat444
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Thick brownish appearence, good amount of head. Smells sweet, like bread.

The taste delivers, the massive amount of malts really comes through with caramel/chocolate undertones. Hops balance the malt out though, to give this beer a satisfying finish. An aftertaste of alcohol is detectable on some sips, but that's understandable given its abv.

Mouthfeel is very rich and thick, probably one of the thickest beers I've ever tasted. Its quite drinkable in the taste department, but will fill you up very fast, and is definitely not a session beer.

A very well-balanced dopplebock that goes down very smooth. It's a shame this is a seasonable.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. A nice one finger head of a very light brown forms. Beer is dark caramel colored and crystal clear.

Huge caramel malts greet the nose. Very sweet smelling as well. Almost like a cough syrup. I can even smell the body on this puppy.

Sweet, almost but not quite cloying tasting. Caramel and butterscotch. Some bubble gum flavors as well.

Dense and full bodied beer. Silky smooth and sweet. Just the right amount of carbonation. Extremely drinkable. I have had a six pack of this in my fridge constantly for about 3 months now. This is my go to beer right now. Probably my favorite, everyday Sam Adams beer. Get it while its hot!

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark mahogany in color with pillowy white head...sticks around for the duration of the glass and leaves some sporatic lacing.
Pleasant aromas...rum raisins, cherries and some alcohol burn.
The taste is enjoyable...a tad too sweet up front, but coats the pallet nicely and finishes very flavorful. More cherries than raisins and not falling short on the malt side...some hops to bitter it up and the alcohol makes its way through to let you know to respect this one.
Mouthfeel is thick and somewhat cloying and the carbonation is high...I'd like to see it a bit more mellow.
A sipper for sure and a nice way to finish the evening.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a big letdown for me. Also, I hate how Jim always "Americanizes" the German names for the beer styles.

Inviting glowing brown color with generous head and a little retention. Lots of lacing down the glass, however.

The smell is all sweet chocolate malt. No hops.

Sugary malt sweetness. Smooth malty buttery feel.

Not a fantastic doppel. Easy enough to drink but probably not worth picking up another sixer.

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a dark warm brown body that is crystal clear with a good carbonation. The light beige head starts as a thin mat of foam but quickly turns into ring around the rim.

S- The smell of sweet dark caramel and dried fruit comes through even during the pour.

T- This beer has a dark sweet malt flavor with a buttery note and some slight stale butterscotch notes. There is a vinous finish this is a bit dry. No real hops noted in the taste or finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight watery texture.

D- This beer had some nice dark sweet malt notes but it did have a but of a off-taste in the butterscotch and the alcohol was a bit hot. However I get the feeling that this won't really stand up to age.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a shiney copper. Tan head leaves some evidence, a nice touch for a high end ABV%.

It has some dark fruit smell and texture to it. Alcohol is far from shy, long lasting and large warming. This is the best I've had from the Sam Adams line. Chewy, thick mouthfeel, cleans up nicely.

Notes: On the malted end of an already heavily malted dopple bock style. Carbonation is mild, making the body liquorice like, syrupy, molasses pours in, and amazingly it all works out fine. This is my favorite Sam product yet.

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

Presentation: 12 ounce standard brown glass bottle with a Signature “Sam Adams” embossed shoulder. Classic Sam Adams label design has a gray-black color inset to a bronze border with a color-coded crown cap. A seasonal brew it has the words ‘Double Bock’ on the main label. Has a nicked “Sep” Brewery Fresh date and a listed strength of 8.8% Alc. By Vol.

Appearance: Striking with its sheer clarity, the deep brown body has a metallic bronzed depth to it. Tan colored head with a creamy texture. Light lacing but a gentle swirl brings out a feisty conditioning that seems to take forever to settle out underneath the head, you could be forgiven for thinking that time had started to slow down as you watch the slow motion carbonation cloud dissolve away.

Nose: Tonnes of malts, big warm malts with massive dollops of molasses in support. Sweet caramel with a burnt white sugar aspect to it.

Taste: Toasty malts with caramel and molasses in high concentration. Sincere but low key hop character flashes here and there. Soiled background with a soft spoken smoked malt gentleness. The alcohol is here and you can feel it but it doesn’t really take over or even become a distraction, it’s just there. Rich texture to the taste profile is very rewarding.

Mouthfeel: Quickly warms up in the first third and has a very satisfying feel throughout. Thick and chewy with a full-bodied resolute constitution. The alcohol adds a bold nature from the first second of the first sip. Smooth and rich with a gorgeous sweet caramel toffee finish.

Drinkability: I sipped my first bottle, but soon found myself returning to my fridge to get a second and top up the remnants of the first. Even that one did not last too long either, but I was filled by the time I finished a brace of these.

Overall: This is a great offering, I have never seen it before but I am glad that I picked up a six-pack of this beauty. It’s been a chilly wet day today in Long Beach and this is the perfect warm-up to the night. I'm not too big on Doppelbocks but this is definitely worth trying out.

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Photo of akajimmyd
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Fluffy head does not retain well. Rich dark brown body.

Smell – Rich full malty aroma.

Taste – Sweet malts, tart flavors and a boozy finish. (over 8%)

Mouthfeel/Drinkability – Full body as you might expect. By definition, I believe, it is quite heavy and one or two is more than enough to satify. Nice "big beer" from SA.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks promising at the offset with a lable that states it's higher than average alcohol, big body, and malty sweetness. A beautiful brown / ruby hue with a fleeting, white-ish head. Very sweet and very bold aromas that take on a molassas, syrup, nutty quality. Lowly hopped for maximum preceived sweetness. Tastes sweet and thick up front with a hiding alcohol content that comes through only in the dry, tacky finish. Barley malt, nuts, and toffee flavors remain persistant from beginning to end. Bold enough to counter the sugar sweetness. A bite-ey graininess hangs up in the back of the throat that compromises the drinkability, but not enough to ruin the beer. Though it doesn't compete, it's good to see an American Double Bock that stands up to German counterparts.

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Photo of palliko
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is deep brown/red with beige foam that sticks to the glass. Aroma is of crystal malt, hops, and butterscotch. Initial taste is creamy and smooth, opening up into a deep sugary malt middle with some balancing hops and smoky toast. Finishing with caramel notes and a lingering dryness. Reminiscent of Salvator and Celebrator, but less sweet.

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Photo of Engibeer
4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a top-notch beer. Deep, deep reddish copper. It focuses the light like a prism. Beautiful. A vigorous pour raise a thick, buff head that recedes to a ring around the glass. The aroma of rich malt fills my nose and summons the glass to my lips. Thick, January sorghum with just the mere hint of bitter cocoa on the back end of the finish. I truly love this beer. Easy drinking with no real alcohol that I can detect inspite of the high abv. Wonderful. I passed on this the first time I saw it. Never again. If I see it, I will buy it, and you should too.

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Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle a dark, iced-tea-ish brown with a 1/2 finger head that disappeared into a medium lacing. Aroma is sweet malt and a hint of vanilla. Taste is muy malty (4 times the malt of regular beer? yeah, i'd say so!), sweetish, a hint of vanilla & breadiness. Maybe some dark fruit as well. Mouthfeel is thick, you can practically chew this beer. There's a hint of hops hiding in the background to offset the sweetness, and the alcohol is barely noticeable, just a slight burning sensationon the way down. This is WAY too drinkable for a beer that clocks in at 8.8% abv. One of my favorite styles, and one of my favorite beers!

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

The beer upon release from the 12-ounce brown bottle resides in the glass a clarion brown, the head is modest in size, semi-creamy in texture and the color a nice light tan, upon depletion, the lace forms a surrounding sheet upon the glass. Nose is rich in sweet malt, hints of caramel, with the start sweet, the grain profile perfect, the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is dynamically acidic, the hops delectable, with the aftertaste dry and long lasting, a nice representative to the style.

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Photo of SteveO1231
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark rust. Very little ring of off-white foam sticks to the edge of my glass. Little bit of slow moving carbonation.

An aroma of rich malts.

Very thick and syrupy on the palate, malty-sweet with traces of fruity raisin flavors.

Very light bitterness in this brew. And a mettalic-tangy finish. This brew is very thick, matly sweet, and the abv warms me up.

Good Brew


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Photo of djeffbee
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$8.99/6pack - Joe Canals - Marlton, NJ...

Pours deep red with a light tan head that dissipates quickly but leaving a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Malty and almost 'brown sugarrish'

Taste: Carmel, vanilla and smooth. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and chewy but with little carbonation. Almost a flat feel.

Drinkability: Due to the thickness, I probably couldn't handle more than a couple at a sitting. Had to change to hops afterwards. May sit one or two aside until 2007.. I typically like the 2-boks too....

Worth the $.. Would like to try on tap....

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

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, not the BA recommended glassware, so the head may have been somewhat affected. The beer is a reddish brown with a thin, tight 1/4 inch head on the pour which faded to a ring around the glass. Patchy lacing down the sides as the beer is consumed.

Smell: Malty, sweet aromas. Very typical to the German DB's that I have had.

Taste: All malt, sweet, almost too sweet. Again this is on par with the better DB's I have had recently. Alcohol is a little noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, good carbonation. There is a slight alcohol burn at the back of the throat.

Drinkability: An easy enough to drink DB, but one at a time. I can't really stomach more than in a night. On par with the better German versions I have had. I purchased a 6-pack on sale for $4.99 and at that pirce I would definitely get this one again.

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Photo of skillerified
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very orange-red in color. Seems like a strange color for a Double Bock. Almost no head. I even poured it a little faster when I noticed nothing was developing. Just a tiny cap that faded in about 90 seconds. Clear with lots of very fine carbonation bubbles rising slightly faster than medium speed.

Smells a bit like chocolate brownie sitting on fresh cut grass, which is a surprisingly good thing. The malt and hop scents really lay right on top of each other. There's also a nice dash of spice and a dash of fruit in there too.

Lots of flavors coming in at different times. Interesting taste. It actually tastes somewhat like a spicy chocolate brownie with a slice of lemon on top. There's a nice alcoholic spicyness all the way through. At the front end there's a malty flavor that resembles chocolate and bread (brownie). Toward the middle it favors the bread. Then at the finish there's a little of a citrus kick. Really nice.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat creamy. Burns just a little on the tongue. This is all sweet. There's no bitterness to be found.

A unique taste. Certainly worth picking up a bottle or two.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't think I will find this for $6.00 a six pack again so I definitely wanted to take advantage of this. One thing I noticed was that I enjoyed the second bottle in a row versus my first. This one settled into almost a barley wine vs. the malty alcohol tasting brew from my first bottle. This one may grow on me but for now, it's just above average. Nice carbonation and head, I'll enjoy the other four but may not be buying it again anytime soon.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz long neck, 2006

A- deep copper w/ a slightly off white head, leaves little to no lacing on glass.

S- sweet, sweet, sweet. Sweet malt smell overpowers all other ingredients without smelling like candy or any kind of treat. Although im sure this brew will be one.

T- not exactly what i was expecting, but a nice surprise. Definetly as sweet as it smells, overpoweringly sweet. Has a nice spice in the aftertaste. Finishes smooth, as smooth as something this rich can finish.

M- feels very at home inside the mouth and sliding down the throat. Not as thick as a stout or porter, but thicker than a regluar ale or lager.

D- Dont know what it is about this beer but just one seems to have me feeling the effects of the alcohol. Two at the most at one time. It is easy to drink, if you enjoy it. Try to chug this and your first, an idiot for wasting a good beer and second, crazy cause this beer will feel ya up. very enjoyable though.

definetly gonna age some of this and see how it turns out

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Photo of bennetj17
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a brilliant brick-red that is very clear, unfortunately not much for a head though. Aroma is strong with notes of caramel, nuts, licorice, and slight alcohol. Taste is intensly sweet on the first try. The sweet malt flavor is very caramelly and sugary, and the taste doesn't change much throughout the experience, except to say that the finish becomes moderately alcoholic. Hop flavor is either very low or very dominated by strong malt. Mouthfeel is nice, good carbonation, medium body. Drinkablity is not exceptional, as I feel the malt flavor to be overly intense for the average palate, and a bit strong on the alcohol taste. Needs a bit more complexity to round it out perhaps...

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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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