Saturday, April 23, 2011

Samuel Adams - Double Bock (Imperial Series)

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a Pokal glass

Coming from the Boston Beer Company's Imperial Series, the Double Bock weighs in at 9.5% ABV. The beer pours a rich mahogany with a light auburn glow. The healthy light tan head has a creamy consistency with excellent retention and moderate lacing. Light caramel paired with toasted malts on the nose give the beer a mildly lagery aroma. A slight spiciness rounds off the nose with a hint of alcohol.

The beer is very bold and strong up front. It shows off the impact that a double can bring and does it will seemingly little effort. There's a light port character with nectarous hints of cherries. The sweet toasted malts are dominant with very light hop personality. The beer is fairly boozy overall. The alcoholic tinge is there throughout, but not exactly hot. It's a bit biting and not hidden as well as other doubles and strong ales. The finish is dry with moderate alcohol.

Final Verdict: B

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