thechandler (577) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma has hints of coffee and sweet malty goodness. Flavor is much sweeter than I expected. Oh wow. Definite coffee notes. Sweet and bitter and cream and delicious. This is fantastic.
poisoneddwarf (1726) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JUN 10, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sam Adams tasting at Enoteca in Post Falls, Idaho. Sample from 12 oz bottle into Sam Adams glass. Aroma is very alcoholic, strong in caramel malt. Smells a bit like cinnamon raisin toast. Pours amber with a thick head and creamy lace. Malty sweet with a nice alcoholic finish that warms the gut. Carbonation is low, texture is oily. Good.
RolkaNation (141) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured into the olí dimpled mug. Beautiful dark brown color, crimson notes, murky, thick pale brown head. Awesome aroma....malt, pumpernickel bread, sugar cookie, gingerbread, molasses, hint of fig/raisins, alcohol. Very nice and complex, nose reminds me of a fine Belgian Christmas strong ale. As does the taste! Oily and slick going down with a great warming effect from the 9.5%. Flavor notes of heavy caramel, more dark fruits and a great sticky, bittersweet finish. Excellent brew.
Ret12 (452) - Maryland, USA - SEP 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is very sweet with large chocolate flavors. Very smooth and very drinkable.Delicious
ludhaber (62) - 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.
NeoHippie2 (1038) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark amber with a small white head. Lots of caramel and roasted malts on the nose. Sweet toffee/caramel flavor with lots of malt. The taste of this brew grabs your attention from the very first sip. Complex for sure and even though its got that 9.5% abv I think it hides it very well. Solid brew and worth a try if you can find it.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-finger thick, well amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark amber almost plum color that shows a brilliantly clear cranberry and gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is big and chewy with dense malt notes, lots of complex, concentrated maltiness and no apparent hop character to get in the way. I am able to pick out aromas of toffee, caramelized raisins, Maillard rich malt, big toasted grain notes, hardy brown-bread aromatics and even some rich malt character that makes me think of peat smoke.
Dense and chewy as the beer hits my tongue, while rich it is not overly sweet or cloying, instead it has a rich, complex malt sweetness that approaches being savory at times. A prickle of carbonation provides a touch of peppery texture that canít really cut through the thick body that is here. Dense, caramelized malt character, a rich Maillard browning malt depth, toffee, a touch of concentrated (though malt derived) fruitiness, a savory richness and a flavor that makes me think of a rich, hardy, lightly sweetened, dense German dark bread that has a kiss of brandy in it. The beer finishes with a touch of alcohol warming that provides just a touch of spiciness, but the malt just sticks to the palate and lingers on for quite some time on the palate. As the beer warms it picks up a hint of dark cocoa flavors as well as some toasted nuttiness in the finish. This definitely has a huge body on it, even for a beer of itís strength it is quite chewy; this works very well for a Double Bock (which I am now thinking is bigger than a Doppelbock).
This beer is quite clean in both the nose and flavor; it is spot on for a lager and really allows for the concentrated malt character to come out. This is actually quite tasty and actually exceeds my expectations. The aroma is not bad, it is actually pretty good and mimics the flavors that are present quite well, but for some reason it is the flavor that I am really excited about in this beer. This will definitely age for some time in the cellar, but I am going to say that I think this is a beer that is best enjoyed fresh; you want to taste the sharp malt character and age will only round things out here.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
THOUGHTS: Nice, but not a dramatic shift from the regular and already great Double Bock. This beer really wasnít necessary. Nice, but unnecessary.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, dary orangey red with a small, off-white head that mostly lasted, but remember there wasnít much to begin with, that somehow left excellent lacing. The aroma was moderate to heavy grain, cereal and molasses, grape, apple, cherry, port, tobacco and light alcohol. The initial flavor was very sweet and slightly acidic; while the finish was very sweet, bitter and slightly acidic with an average to long duration. I would have given more point for flavor, but it was too cloying. There was apple, cherry, molasses, port wine, alcohol, grain, cereal, and a little chocolate and coffee too. The medium to full body was syrupy with tingly carbonation and a lightly astringent, moderately to heavily alcoholic and slightly dry finish.
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from Princetonís. Cloudy medium brown pour with a slight tan head. Sweet, caramel aroma. Thick mouthfeel, chocolate & caramel flavors with a nice malty presence. Finish is smooth and sweet.
Berley31 (230) - New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Poured into a snifter with an average-sized, off-white, creamy head, that hung around at 1/2-finger or so. Body is a beautiful dark amber color, with a slight haziness to it.
S: Nice aroma of heavy malt and caramel tones... sweet, but not too sweet at all.
T: Heavy malt flavor as well... again, the sweetness really comes through, but itís not cloying at all. Long duration on the flavor. Some alcohol bite and warmth at the finish, but Iíd never guess this beer was +9% ABV.
M: Medium-bodied and quite creamy, with lively carbonation.
D: Wow... I like, I like. Never ceases to amaze me how Sam Adams almost always hits the mark with their beers. Iíd buy this sucker again in a second.