sm5561 (118) - Kansas City, Alabama, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2012 Brown with off white head. Light malt aroma. Roasted malt flavor with good balance. A little more carbonation than I prefer in a strong "sipping" brew. A good beer.
tekstr1der (110) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 22, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber pour with thin tan head - doesn’t look as appealing as it’s about to be... aromas of bread and caramel. Much the same comes across the tongue. A sweet finish makes this just right.
eyes_wide_shut (107) - Haifa, ISRAEL - DEC 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
At the Doppelbock Width Tasting in Shachar’s house, thanks Oren, bottle, cloudy, fruity, pours dark amber almost without head, smoked aroma, and overall a good beer.
UriahHeep (105) - Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty dark red-copper pour without much head. Quite an attractive appearance matched by an intoxicating roasted aroma of caramel, fine two-row barley, chewy toffee, chocolate and also some smokiness. Body has a beautiful malted barley presence and great backbone. Syrupy mouth. Distinct flavors such as coffee, chocolate, caramel and pepper. Sweet brown sugar notes. A bit of alcohol harshness surfaces at times but then is drowned beneath the tidal wave of roasted malt. Medium-length finish, warming from the high ABV. Still contains some Noble hop spiciness, but you’ll barely notice that in this brew.
VAAC (86) - Middlebury, Indiana, USA - AUG 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of caramel, beautiful reddish brown color. I didn’t pour much head, so not much to say on that end. Tastes of fruit, figs to be exact, with little malt and a touch of caramel. A tad syrupy, with an incredibly long lasting finish.
ludhaber (85) - 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.
mouse725 (83) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 5, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle pour. It says on the back of the bottle that a 1/2 pound of yeast goes into each bottle of this beer- and boy, does that flavour come through! Lots of yeast, lots of malt, a very "heavy in the belly" beer. Not worth the price, but glad I tried it once.
dnlsartin (80) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clean, lucid amber with a lasting, frothy head. Cinnamon and brown sugar aroma. Sweet and heavy malt character with a nutty start and a syrupy finish; the latter a common thread in the brewery’s imperial endeavors. It’s a little heavy, but I like it.
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 one’s 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 one’s GREAT for the winter! I’ll 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 don’t 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.