Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series) | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

BA SCORE
88
very good
1,928 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierman9 on 02-07-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,928
Reviews:
1,110
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
12.98%
 
 
Wants:
126
Gots:
164
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Brolo75
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9 ounce bottle poured into a stein

A: Pours a mahogany with a tan creamy looking head, lots of bubbles streaming up the side, light does come through giving the beer some lovely ruby colored edges, some lacing, some good head retention.

A: Surprisingly it smells very fruity, raisins, figs, molasses, caramel, burnt sugar, lots of aroma, slight roasted malts, alcohol is well-hidden, smells pretty solid.

T: Dark fruits, burnt sugar, caramel, molasses, has a touch of honey in the middle, finish is roasted and sweet, some bitterness, aftertaste is sweet.

M: Medium bodied mouthfeel, good amount of carbonation, smooth, very drinkable.

O: I know Sam Adams gets a lot of dislike but they can brew some really solid beers, including this one. Lots of flavor, aroma, nice appearance, creamy smooth mouthfeel, I really enjoyed this. I might pick up another for the cellar.

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Photo of Zylod
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SomethingClever
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caveat this is a review of a 2013 bottle

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter
A: murky brown in color very little head

S: smells like raisins and apples caramel burnt sugar

T: caramel, fairly sweet, raisins, bready lots of residual sugar has a sour taste on the end and a little bit of an acidic taste

M: very high carbonation tingly n the tongue a little unpleasant for a doppelbock

O: Well fuck...the beer is a lot better than. remember it tasted more like a scotch ale and sadness now it actually resembles a Doppelbock. Not sure about the slight acidic taste and sourness.

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Photo of firkingroovin
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BEER88
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste, bold, malty, roasted, molasses, complex, alcohol bourbon notes.
Deep Red/Brown in color, clear, Full body, Average sized head with nice lattice to lace. Big spice in the finish.
25 IBUs

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Photo of hozersr
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lzepplin01
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of DucksFan16
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bonis
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kkawachi
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Cloudy rust brown, with a substantial light tan head and extensive lacing. The head and lacing are nice, but the body is a bit more muddy than I'd like.

S - Positive is the rich malt nose, but there is a slight chemical note, and the alcohol hit is significant.

T - Caramel and sticky bread sweetness, cut by a vegetal grassiness. The close has a hint of over-steeped tea, and acridness that undercuts what is otherwise a fairly pleasant drink.

M - There is a bit of stickiness, and certainly the alcohol and bitterness in the close helps clear it, but not completely.

O - This is close to a great doppelbock. Unfortunately, off notes undermine the delicious caramel and bread qualities. As a result, it seems they'd have been better dialing things back a touch and keeping tighter control.

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Photo of jrob21
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of FranMoff
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant reddish chestnut to mahagony producing a 1” clingy and persistent light tan foam collar.
S: Sweet bread, faint citrus.
T: Toffee, caramel, sweet dark bread, cola, light citrus,
F: creamy, smooth, medium to medium low carbonation, medium to full body, a little alcohol warming on the end.
O: A big bold beer that is a little on the sweet side but still very good.

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Photo of Volsdawg10
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Viaduck
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mattymystique
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Agriverbear
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Grand-Raggedy
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Grupatre
1.86/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Possibly the worst beer I have tasted.

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Photo of thedemise
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of travelguy
4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ryan4120
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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