slowrunner77 (9642) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
i had fundamnetal questions about this beer, one being why. why brew an imperial double bock? their seasonal release double bock, which costs less for a six-pack than this one does for 4, is a solid brew. I’d have been surprised if this imperial version was as good, let alone better, for the extra $$$, but...i tried it anyway. looks nice. deep mahagony brown, some light head. aroma is weak when the beer is chilled, but warms up nicely. sweet malt bready dominance in the nose. the body is fairly full, as was the regular release, but this one borders on sticky sweet. overkill? maybe. for a while as it warms, though, the alcohol lends a nice warming finish. this becomes cloying too, though. by the time it reaches close to room temperature, it’s a little much too. overall this was a pretty good oversweet beer that’s not quite as good as it’s cheaper cousin"
djd07 (9533) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a medium off white head that diminishes rather quickly leaving behind good sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a bready malt with raisin and grain. Thick body with a strong smokey malt upfront with a lot of alcohol and caramel in the finish. A good doppelbock from Sam Adams.
gnoff (9504) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355 ml bottle at The Rover, on July 21, 2012
Cloudy copper to brown color, small tan head. Malty, sweet, fruity, cold, alcohol scent. Alcohol, bitter, sweet, grainy taste. Spritzy mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.
BVery (9412) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle. Somewhat opaque brown orange pour with a minimal head. Terrific aroma of caramel malt and bread. Smooth palate. Taste is also caramel malt. Alcohol is very well hidden. Excellent brew.
phaleslu (9255) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle as a trade extra from dstructo- thanks again! Pours a cloudy amber color with a small beige head. Aroma of raisins, figs, caramel malts, brown sugar, cereal grains, cardboard, and chocolate malts. Flavor of chocolate and caramel malts, prunes, raisins, alcohol, cardboard, and honey. Medium-bodied, with average carbonation and a fruity mouthfeel. Dry finish. Something was a bit oxidized in this one, and I think I would have liked it more if not.
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep dark brown/red pour, with off white head. Aroma is some smoke, raisin and fig, touch of chocolate. Taste is some thin dark fruit, chocolate, touch of smoke, roasted finish. Not bad, but not near as complex or tasty as most dopplebocks.
DuffMan (9234) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear copper penny colour, light tan head. Aroma is caramel malts with fruity and boozy notes threatening domination. Sweet malty palate, but not enough bread or toast to make me happy, it’s mostly fruity caramel that just isn’t all that yummy. Warm finish.
MartinT (9191) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Luscious caramel benefits from raisiny fruitiness in this sweeter-than-usual Doppelbock, ending in a light leafy hop showing.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the clear burgundy.
-Alcohol presence is mostly submerged in the supple dextrins.
-These dextrins are also a tad smoky and roasty. But caramel is dominant throughout.
-This is a very good sipper, even if it is not necessarily an authentic example of style.
3fourths (9060) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2009
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Clear tawny copper colored body. Filtered. Nose is just consumed by this bubble-gum saccharine and overly sweet caramel malt. Simple nose. Thick, viscous and frothy, for sure, but flavor is consumed by this saccharine caramel and toffee malt, far too sweet, moderately astringent. Bad stuff all around. Terrible execution.
sebletitje (9033) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours copper, mahogany/beige.
Aroma and flavor of caramel and light chocolate, lightly sweet with some dark sugar, roasted malts and a medium caramel finish.