AGknights44 (19) - - SEP 15, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Hot alcohol taste and bite. Not smooth. Hardly any rich malt character. Dark fruit. Not good representation of style and not enjoyable
AlmostHome (18) - Gulfport, Mississippi, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great malty beer. Nice dark color and head. Very much like a piece of dark bread.
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mbalmer (16) - Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Aroma of bread and alcohol dominates; very difficult to sense much else. Appearance is a dark chocolate brown, with little lacing and a small (one-finger) head. Taste is primarily alcohol (it starts rather astringently) and -then- the malty, bready goodness I look for in a doppelbock, a little unexpected and while not unpleasant, not what I was hoping for. Other flavors that come through very, very late are small amounts of toastiness, a little caramel, and a little chocolate. Moderately heavy on the palate, has a good weightiness to it that I like but the alcohol seems to erode that a bit. Overall, not the worst I’ve had from Sam Adams, but far from the best. It’s just a little too high on the ABV scale, and the other flavors I would expect in a doppelbock just don’t seem to come through like I’d like.
dpmeersman (13) - Rochdale, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Changing this offering from one of their seasonal to their new Imperial label has been more than just a re-hash of an old brew. Strong caramel and fruity nose, rapidly thinning head will leave a nice lace eventually after joyfully lingering over this complex brew. Increase in ABV is readily noticeable.
buckeyebeerman (10) - Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
pours a redish brown with not much head at all. aromas of bread molasses and alcohol. A little sweet taste and after taste. Hard to describe
hickboyg8 (9) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2014 does not count
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Style: Double Bock
Color: Dark Honey
Taste: slightly sweet, oddly light, malty, dry finish
Comment: Overall it's not a bad beer, but it is just missing something. However, in their defense I did just have the Ayinger Brewery Double Bock which is out of this world... This Bock is more like Houston, there are worse places to be but I am never sure where I am.
hockeyhoser81 (3) - Exeter, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2012 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
To begin, I’m a lover of ales, hoppy IPA’s and spicy wits. That said. This is probably one of the best bottles of beer I’ve ever sat down and enjoyed. Dark, creamy, malty, sweet, fruity, rich, the healthy ABV sneaks up and reminds you its a winter warmer not a tailgater, but soooo smooth for a serious winter beer. Made me want to go out and buy a Heath bar. So rich and decadent, there’s a good reason its sold in 4 packs
barefooter64 (2) - USA - JAN 25, 2012 does not count
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose is metallic. not pleasing to me. orange brown with some red tint. Not as dark as I would expect. Lots of fine carbonation. Nicely balanced flavors. substantial feel in the mouth, somewhat thick.