NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 22, 2009
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 (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2009
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.Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 24, 2009
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 can’t 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 it’s 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.
THOUGHTS: Nice, but not a dramatic shift from the regular and already great Double Bock. This beer really wasn’t necessary. Nice, but unnecessary.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, dary orangey red with a small, off-white head that mostly lasted, but remember there wasn’t 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
12 oz bottle from Princeton’s. 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
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 it’s not cloying at all. Long duration on the flavor. Some alcohol bite and warmth at the finish, but I’d 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. I’d buy this sucker again in a second.
RONCOD (247) - Uledi, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Pours a deep amber color with a thin tan head. The flavor was a sweet, caramel with some fruity finish. This is the best yet that I’ve had from Sam Adams. jandd1983 (4550) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - JAN 29, 2011
12 ounce bottle. Pours dark copper with off white head. Aromas of caramel and biscuit malts. Toasted malt and caramel flavors. Alcohol is slightly noticeable. Medium body with moderate carbonation and a somewhat syrupy mouthfeel. Good brew.
dpento1 (236) - Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2011
Pours a clear copper, with a light tan head. Aroma is very sweet with caramel, malts, and some underlying alcohol. Flavor is sweet, with notes of caramel, dried fruits, and malts. Alcohol make its presence known as the beer warms, and by the time you’ve drank the bottle, there is a warming from Double Bock. Overall, nicely put together, and a very nice offering from Sam Adams! HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2011
Pours a clear mahogany with tan head. Nose full of doughy malts and dried fruits. Flavor was rich and complex. Lots of malts, sweet and doughy, hints of dried cherries and plums, and a hint of hops in the finish. Silky smooth and very easy drinking. Hard to tell it is a 9.5% beer. Really a delicious brew. ericnixon (746) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Bought a four-pack of this at a new bottle shop in Northampton, MA. Malty aroma with an after-whiff of alcohol. Nice reddish brown color with a nice head that wasn’t too big, nor small. Effervescent but with a high viscosity as it swiftly rolled about the tongue. Big malt taste that layered on the tongue. A minute or two the warmth spread about the body like the beer was hugging me back. Nice.