slowrunner77 (12581) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
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"
Darkmagus82 (2302) - - SEP 4, 2014
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a deep mahogany color with a rather large head of off white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a very nice level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is massive of a sweet caramel smell and is mixed with some lighter aromas of a more chocolate and bready smell. Along with these aromas comes some other sweeter smells of a dark fruit nature with some fig and raisin hitting the nose. A little bit of a molasses as well as some very light hop smells of an herbal nature and a little bit of a boozy rum smell come to the nose, overall producing a nice sweet and warming smell.
Taste – The taste begins big and malty with tons of caramel and some very bready and roasted malt flavors. As the taste advances the darker roasted malt flavors are intensified with a bit more roast and some darker fruits of raisin and fig joining the tongue. The darker fruits also add some more sweetness to the brew and with a molasses flavor that develops later in the taste, ends up sweetening the brews taste ever so slightly sweeter, even with a loss of some of the caramel sweetness. A tiny bit of a boozy rum comes to the tongue at the end, but this is rather light for a bock of 9.5 % abv, leaving a decently roasted, and dark fruity sweetened, malty flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is super thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the double bock style the feel is right on with it really nicely complimenting the malty and sweeter flavors of the brew and making for a nice slow sipper.
Overall – A big and robust, thick and fruity sweet double bock. If looking for something very sweet and malty then this is a good choice, with it delivering in both sweet and malty with a bit of alcohol and roast balancing it all out. Overall fairly tasty.
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Purchased from Breeze In, Lemon Creek/Juneau, AK.
Grumbler was poured into a mug and a pilsener. Pretty much the same in both glasses.
The appearance was a semi-dark red to brown color with a decent transparency about it to allow a stringy carbonation to be seen rising. The head was about less than a finger’s worth. The lacing in both glasses was speckled and sliding right on into the beer.
The smell started off with a decent caramel to bready earthy toast. A light dark chocolate came across decently.
The taste was roasty and sweet through all of the previously mentioned flavors.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was there and good for the doppelbock style.
Overall, its good for the style for the most part and you know I would have this again, though, it ain’t no Celebrator, this one is still worthy for the most part. generallee08 (773) - New York, USA - JUL 23, 2014
This beer pours a beautiful deep amber brown color with a small cap of creamy foam. Inside this big beer there is some slow moving carbonation making its way through the thick body. Its light tan head holds on well and makes a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has some nice sweet malty notes of sweet dark bread, roasted barley, caramel, and brown sugar. There is a boozy note as well and hops can be found way off in the background. Like the aroma its flavor sweet and malty but not overly so or to the point of being cloying. The abv comes through and adds some mellow warmth to its overall character. Hop bitterness is low and just light leafy hop spice is noted in the finish. The palate is thick and heavy with just enough carbonation to give it some life. Espo1 (35) - - JUN 18, 2014
A - heavy malt backbone with hints of smoked wood and leather
A- dark leather with a tan head
M - heavy malt with light carbonation
T- malty finish that is sweet and hot with the alcohol.
O - fits the style and finishes on the malty style
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sinfull (1776) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Rich mahogany color , with nice beige head.Aroma of malt, caramel and hint of raisins. Sweet malty taste with notes of roasted caramel and dark fruits. Full body, low carbonation. Long roasted bitterness in aftertaste. AlmostHome (70) - Gulfport, Mississippi, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Great malty beer. Nice dark color and head. Very much like a piece of dark bread.
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Bottle from Total Wine. Pours a mahogany brown with no head. Total malt bomb. Smells of malt and tastes of malt. Has a very thick mouthfeel -- not quite beer syrup, but the consistency of NyQuil. Fun to drink and tasty if you can find it. coachd (899) - Missouri, USA - APR 4, 2014
I’m not a huge Sam Adams fan, but thought I would try this one on a whim. Pours a very pretty amber color with tan foam - huge bubbles at the surface. Aroma is malt and a little skunkiness from the hops, but mostly malt. Not a very complex or pleasant scent. The taste is a little better; malty, light and drinkable for 9.5% ABV. I wanted a stronger taste; this is a little weak. Palate is decent, goes down smooth but has a weird metallic aftertaste. I won’t be getting this again, perhaps it’s the style but to me this is just a watered down Oktoberfest. DocJitsu (2025) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Pours a dark copper-amber color with an unboiled wort appearance. The tan head fades pretty quickly leaving a thin cap. Some lace clings to the edges. Big toffee and sorghum nose. Thicker texture, but not at all coating. Sorghum, date, toffee, and baseball card bubblegum.