Mat42m (160) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - NOV 5, 2012
Very dark appearance amber color with minimal tan head. Very strong malty aroma. Very smooth taste that is complex. Very malty and roasty with a strong roasty finish that lingers. Another excellent different beer from a great brewery. phukktifano (159) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 2, 2009
Amber with yellowish head. Aroma is caramel,malt, molasses and a hint of roast chocolate. Flavor was the same savory and peppery. v8powered (157) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Chocolate and malt aromas. Smooth and balanced. Still a far cry from the true European Double Bocks, but a nice American Seasonal. Not sure if it was worth the $11 for a 4 pack but I figured I’d give it a shot. DiabolikDUB (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 16, 2009
Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.
Pours a slightly hazy deep copper with a finger of creamy khaki-colored head that slowly dissolves into a medium sized ring around the glass. The aroma is heavy with toffee with some caramel, smoke and booze. Tastes of toasted malts, light whiskey, peat and some burnt caramel. Its a medium bodied beer that is syrupy and hints of carbonation. I am actually pretty surprised at how much I liked this beer. I didn’t expect too much from this and got so much in return. That said, it is a bit hot in the finish. dzimm27 (143) - - APR 15, 2012
7-5-7-4-17 Light malty aroma that does not indicate how big this beer is. Body is thick amber brown, not cloudy, but smoothly thick and full so you can’t see through it. Taste is full on malt assault, thick with a light bitter finish. Warming and slightly alcoholic at the end of the sip. Very thick bready aftertaste. Very good. So thick and heavy, it is one for an occasion rather than an anyday beer. Would buy again.
RolkaNation (141) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2011
Bottle poured into the ol’ 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. CJfromPhilly (140) - Aston, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Pours from the 12oz. bottle a iced-tea-ish brown with a small, tan head that quickly settles into a modest collar. There’s quite a few bubbles rising to the top. Aroma is sweet, vanilla-ish and kind of syrupy. 1st sip is a big, bold hit of malty sweetness, with overtones of vanilla and alcohol. There’s a slight alcohol burning & harshness on the swallow that cuts down on the drinkability. This is NOT a session beer, unless you goal is to get passed-out-on-the-floor drunk. But is is a good after work or after dinner sipper. Overall, a good, big, tasty beer to finish off your day. Leaves me wanting to try the rest of the Imperial series! MaroonOrange (137) - - SEP 3, 2013
Bottle. Deep amber color with almost no head. Aroma is heavy on molasses with a bit of syrup and grain. Taste matches the aroma. Sweet and thick with a smooth and warming finish and a nice lingering flavor. BeerGuyTWMore (128) - Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2009
Being that doppel is my fav style, I ecided to rate this style first-The fairly new Sam Adams Imperial....what a disappointment, way too much sugar. Everything looked good and onsistent with other doppels with a nice brown color and thick tawny foam. Smells of mollasses?!?, malts, and some alcohol. Tastes of MOLASSES!!! roasted malt, lot more alcohol than expected, maybe even alittle choco-cherry(might be mistaken). Very thick syrupy sweet confusing pseudo-doppel ludhaber (127) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2012
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.