JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - MAR 27, 2009
Bright umber/rudy color with a smaller, diminished beige head. Somewhat odd smelling, with cherries, corn, candy, and berries. Not catching any alcohol, but perfume can cover a stench. Heavy caramel and esters flavors. Hints of floral hops. Sweeter finish. Linger dries out with slightly rancid nuts. Fairly clean and crisp feel. I’m not sure if it seems to get better the longer it sets in my glass or whether the alcohol is dulling my senses. Still, not anything above a strong american lager. obxdude10 (2324) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2010
Not a very impressive double bock from Sam Adams. The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. There isn’t much lacing from the head, though. The nose is very sweet and malty, with some notes of chocolate, cream and toffee. The body is quite sweet as well, which didn’t really agree with my tastes. Some more chocolate and cream were evident in the flavors, along with some toasted bread and sweet fruits. The finish also was very sweet, and not really that enjoyable. boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Bottle. Pours cloudy brown with very little head. Smells of roasted malt and booze. Taste is lightly bitter with a bit of alcohol in this finish. This guy was not a winner for me.. beachbum25 (1092) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2012
12 oz Bottle-Mahogany pour w/almost no head. Deep malt aroma. Overwelming alcohol flavor, some malt, some bread dough, but mostly booze. Just way too strong, too overwelming to enjoy this brew. Might be a good after dinner sipper, wasn’t at all what I was expecting though. Boutip (6380) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2013
Bottle: Poured a murky brown color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention and some light lacing. Aroma of heavy residual sugar with loads of caramel malt is sweeter than expected. Taste is also dominated by too much residual sugar with loads of caramelized malt without much else in terms of characteristics. Body is quite full with light carbonation. A bit too sweet an done-dimensional for my taste.
LinusStick (3462) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2009
A nice but overly sweet doppelbock. Aroma was OK. LIght malt and caramel. Pour was a nice dark red with a one finger off white head. Taste was sugary sweet with a hint of caramel in the aftertaste. Nice carbonation with a bisucity aftertaste. mouse725 (83) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 5, 2009
Bottle pour. It says on the back of the bottle that a 1/2 pound of yeast goes into each bottle of this beer- and boy, does that flavour come through! Lots of yeast, lots of malt, a very "heavy in the belly" beer. Not worth the price, but glad I tried it once. 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 DialSquare (5031) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2009
bottle. dark copper pour with a small off-white head. aroma of caramel, dark fruits and molasses. sweet toffee taste with hints of caramel, pepper and the dark fruits. Thin syrupy texture. finishes light and sticky sweet. Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - SEP 29, 2009
12oz. bottle. Full-on malty aroma, sweet and sugary with plenty of dark, nearly burnt caramel, and lighter notes of licorice, maple, herbal hop and faint alcohol. Deep red-brown color, clear, with a very slight head. Flavor is powerfully sweet throughout, almost overwhelmingly so, dripping with dark sugary malts, all semblance of balance lost, with only a touch of chocolate, hazelnut and a tad of bitterness very late to help the cause. Lingering medicinal alcohol, perhaps a bit of hop spice here and there. Smooth, sticky palate, body is as full as can be. The standard Double Bock is much better; this is a mess. I even went into this expecting a somewhat sweet, cloying type of brew and was still disappointed.