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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Added by Bierman9 on 02-07-2009

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lingenbrau
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful ruby clear pour, but with a little too thin white head. Smells like a good German doppelbock! Malty sweet goodness with a hint of roastiness. Taste is similar, but a little too much heat. Good overall, but it with the classics so easily attainable, not my go to. Prost!

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Photo of DarthVorador
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of WickedBeer
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mncoinman
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Heavy malt aroma. Pours deep reddish brown. Significant and long lasting foam head. No visible carbonation. Good bite on the tongue. Nice lacing. Good dose of munich style malt flavoring. Pretty well balanced on the sweetness factor (not too much). Drink this with some salty snacks. Good stuff.

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Photo of jsh420
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of icemanls4
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mojoman8561
4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MrUse
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HiWire
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark clear amber with minimal head. Smells of sweetness, vanilla, boozy, and malt. Tastes of minor sweetness with a medium malt profile. Finishes a mellow malt with lingering spiciness. Solid mouthfeel, no lacing. Would buy again.

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Photo of ER527
3.29/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of trevorpost
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear red with a small amount of off white head that dissipates to nothing
Aroma is sweet malt, some dark fruit. A bit lacking for the ABV
Flavor is a bit bigger, but still lagging behind something like JA Saxonator. Toffee and caramel, some raisin and grape.
Balanced feel, a little bit boozy but nowhere near as much as the 9.5% would indicate.
Ultimately a good beer that would have been better at a lower ABV. For the size of it, ends up lacking a bit in flavor.

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Photo of Lucular
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Icemann383
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, orange brown with a large tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, cloudy

S: intense malt, honey, some dark fruits, bread, sweet

T: intense malt, slightly yeasty, dark breads, light flavors of dark fruit, figs, molasses, brown sugar, pretty impressive flavor profile

M: remarkably light for such a high ABV, alcohol well hidden, clean finish

O: very interesting for a "big beer" that isn't a stout or a DIPA hop bomb

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 release

Appearance- Pours a rich red mahogany color, ruby red. Finger thick, off white colored head, pillowy and creamy.

Aroma- Caramalized sugars, toasted grains, rich maltiness. Dark fruits, raisins, figs, dates and plums. Slight cranberry notes, something a bit tart.

Taste- Dark fruits, raisin, plum, red wine grape, fig. Bready, rich malty sweetness, syrupy. Bready, toasted grains. Bit of a floral spice.

Feel- Medium feel, slightly syrupy but very very smooth. Moderate carbonation.

Overall- Nice doppelbock. Has a great balance of those sweet dark fruits, rich malts, and breadiness. Does truly taste like a meal in a glass. Hearty and warming.

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Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kw_pip
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of q33jeff
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

** 04/06/2015
Appearance, Dark reddish brown. Clear copper. No head. Aroma: wine, Apple, Taste: sour Apple, but not too sour. Easy drinking. Light grasses, hops, malt. Feel: lively. Good beer. Like a "less festive harpoon winter warmer".

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Photo of ichorNet
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Just re-released in the form of a couple 12 oz bottles in the newest "Adventures in Lager" mixed-12-pack, SA's doppelbock gets another chance to wow with its huge malty backbone and intense ABV. This is actually my first time with this beer, to be honest. Was never really interested in it enough to pick it up separately, but as part of this pack it makes a lot of sense.

Pours a deep brown with ruby/garnet tones hidden within. Head is towering and off-white with great, consistent lace as it dissipates to a single finger of foam. The beer has a translucent look; seems very lightly filtered. The color is dark though, so it's tough to tell if I can't see through it due to lack of filtration or if it's just a high SRM.

Nose is wonderful... redolent of earthy baking spice (cinnamon and nutmeg pop out immediately though neither is used in the beer as far as I'm aware), doughy yeast, brown bread, fig and molasses, this big German-style lager nevertheless doesn't seem to throw its weight around too much. Ethanol heat is kept to a surprising minimum here. I can only really detect warming alcohol notes if I inhale very deeply and intently. Mostly, I'm picking up brown sugar, bready qualities and spice. No esters are picked up at all. This seems very clean.

Flavor is rather rich with lots of similarities to crème brûlée, some toffee and cocoa along with the molasses and brown bread noted in the scent. Very little of the spice notes from the nose come through on the palate, but the earthy, dusty and vaguely-yeasty, doughy flavor seems to sit on the tongue throughout. Pretty nice, if sweet overall. Once again, kind of surprising that this is so strong considering its pretty approachable, if heavy and malty, palate.

Feel seems to sit on the heavier side of medium with moderately-low carbonation, which is pretty much to-style. It's been a surprisingly long time since I've had a traditional German doppelbock and this doesn't really feel quite like one, but it's still nice for what it is. Perhaps there's a reason they don't call this a "doppelbock" (or name it something that ends in '-ator', either!) other than ease of marketing, then. Regardless of whether it squarely fits in the stylistic category it's lumped into on here, one thing's for sure to my palate: this is a pretty damn good drink.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the bottle an opaque brown with a tan head that leaves plenty o' lacing.
The aroma is toffee, caramel and biscuit.
The taste follows. Toffee and bready sweetness up front, a little raisin and fig, a touch of spice (cinnamon perhaps?) and some boozy warmth.
Mouthfeel is medium and smooth.
Not at the level of the best German Dopples, but pretty darn good.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.35/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Amber appearance, light, mild super thin 1/8" head on it. Tons of alcohol dominates the aroma.

Taste, again, alcohol blast obliterates everything else. There's a massive caramel presence that keeps anything from being too prominent, there's some smoke, spice rack and citrus notes. Nothing in terms of hops, more bitter fruit and alcohol burn.

Worst beer of the Imperial Series.

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Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 1,933 ratings