“Intense and warming, this indulgent lager is brewed with over a half-pound of malt in each bottle, almost enough for a loaf of bread. Brewed by monks since the 13th century, double bocks are one of the original ‘big beers’. The bold malts create a deep mahogany color, rich caramel sweetness and smooth body that’s balanced by the subtle citrus of German Noble hops.” 9.5% ABV
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into my pilsener glass. The color is a hazy reddish-brown, with a tan head that has some red hue to it. A small amount of carbonation is sneaking up the glass, and heavy lacing is left throughout.
Copious amounts of sweet malts and some bready yeast. Undertones of caramel, fruit, and alcohol.
Thick-bodied; very rich and smooth going down. There is a bit of effervescence on the tip of the tongue in the initial mouth feel. The flavor is of sweet yeasty malts combined with a punch of alcohol. There is more fruit flavor in the mouth, mixed with a bit of some spice notes and caramel/salted toffee. The alcohol really comes through more as the beer warms.
This beer really surprised me with how drinkable it was, due to its very smooth body. The flavors are done well, but not near the level of Ayinger’s Celebrator (which is one of my best reviewed beers). Its strong alcohol presence works very well as a flavor in the beer, and kind of snuck up on me a bit. Overall, a pretty solid American take on a German classic. 7.5/10
The Boston Beer Company – Boston, Massachusetts