REDBOSOX (80) - Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 20, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This oneís certainly a good meal in a bottle! It was mild and smooth for a 9.5% beer. Not exactly the best beer to drink on a hot day but I only get 30 days of leave per year. When I make trips to the States, I drink whatever I can. This oneís GREAT for the winter! Iíll make sure to do that.
raszputini (71) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I generally donít favor Sam Adams products. I took a gamble and grabbed up a four pack of this Imperial Double Bock. I was surprisingly pleased. Nice and malty with a bitter finish. The 9.5 ABV is buried deftly. I would recommend pretty highly.
freezy (55) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 26, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into .75L Stein (checked color in shot glass). Dark red brown, Tan head and sticky creamy lacing. smell dark chocolate, molasses, fruitcake, booze...tastes the same, big alcohol burn. this is a belly-warmer ( 750ml ...hick-up). very similar to Ettaler Curator
pinto1993 (45) - Revere, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 10, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark, reddish brown color with 1/2 inch head. You can smell the malt. First taste is sweet and creamy. The mouthfeel of this beer is unusual. Itís very smooth and has slick feel on your tongue. Very malty with taste of caramel and a touch of hops. A very good seasonal brew.
Mdgutows (42) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 17, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nice dark reddish brown. Lots of caramel malts and toffee. Pretty good but I think you can get a better doppel for ten bucks.
Fulmonte21 (42) - USA - JUN 10, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
They just started carrying this one. This one is strong on the malt and caramel. You can smell and taste the alcohol content. Definitely a sipping beer and I donít think I could have too many of them at one sitting.
adeishaqra (40) - - APR 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a "big" lager indeed. The malt really gives this beer that sweet edge. The German hops add a nice citrus character. A subtle aroma and lingering sweetness in the palate.
ludhaber (38) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
As promised, this beer is very malty. Huge body and decent hop balance. A little more complexity in the malt would make this beer really high on my list.
Lithp (37) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2012
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2012 Pours a copper color with a small off white head. Looks very attractive, should win an award on its look alone.
Mild aroma of citrus and nuttiness.
Taste is VERY rich, VERY thick. Almost feels like drinking syrup. Nutty flavor, malty, citrus flavors.
You can tell itís a great brew for its style but this style may not quite be my thing. Good beer though.
dekeq (36) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
As I poured it out of the bottle, it came out in a nice, brown, translucent color. There was also a slightly red tint to it. After the pour it formed a nice, off-white head that settled very quickly. Taking a whiff, there was a pretty sweet, almost fruity, aroma with a dash of hops. In my first sip, I got a nice, smooth, malty taste. It was followed by a nice hint of fruit and sweetness and it finished up with a nice kick at the end from the barley and the alcohol (9.5% is hard to mask). The texture, I thought, was fantastic. It was very filling - almost like bread. And the entire experience was very smooth. It has a smooth opening and an interesting bite at the end to finish it off.