SNIAT (120) - Passaic, New Jersey, USA - AUG 3, 2001
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great when your in the mood for an after dinner drink and a great try at something special from a brewer who doesn’t need to try something special. Let it warm up a bit.
fraternie (814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2001
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Well, I’ve definitely never had a beer that was 17.5% alcohol. I had trouble getting this one down, not because of the insane thickness or the powerful as balls plum flavor, but because of the horrendous aftertaste. Everything else was good, but my God, 17.5%??? I think I just drank a case of natty.
canary dog (655) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - JUN 14, 2001
1.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
I agree with Indra. It gets to a point where something can no longer be classified as beer. Triple Bock is one of those. Too sweet and thick. Beer is not supposed to be sweet and thick. I would rather drink cough syrup.
Indra (2593) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 18, 2001
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2003 It was time for a revisit to the old Triple Bock...here's how it went. Aroma of Worcestershire, soy sauce, maple syrup, blood, baker's chocolate and black walnut. The 'beer' has an oily sheen, and is opaque dark brown, an amber ring of color with a total lack of carbonation and head. Sampled at room temperature with a brandy snifter, 8.4 oz. bottle split three ways. Flavor is bitter, chocolate, coffee grounds, bitter walnut, soy sauce, etc. It has been determined that this would make a fantastic marinade for steaks but is simply a bit too maple-y, bizarre and downright un-beer-like for me to actually enjoy. I begrudge no one for appreciating this concoction; it does definitely push the boundaries (in fact it has broken through and run insanely down the street) but it's simply not something I can recommend or appreciate. Given that I am a fan of huge, high-alcohol beers and have still arrived at this conclusion simply means that me and this beverage are not cut out for one another. I truly will not mind if I never drink it again, I have seen what it has to show me and turned away, perplexed by the grotesqueness of the entire affair. I must give credit to Sam Adams for creating such an indescribable drink but it's simply not enjoyable.
weeicemon (126) - Lancaster, California, USA - APR 8, 2001
1.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2007 I really wanted to like this stuff but I just could’nt get past all it’s problems.I guess if you like rich,syrupy cough medicine then this one’s for you. Stick with cognac,scnapps, or Niquel. This is the only beer that accually made me gag.
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 20, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Doesn’t taste like beer, really strong,blah blah blah. This is a beer that pushes the boundries of what a beer can taste like. Strong maple, oak and vanilla flavors up front culminate in a vast, port-like finish. 17% alcohol makes this the biggest beer I’ve ever had. Enjoy as an elegant after dinner drink.
aledrinkerLS (101) - New Brunswick, USA - FEB 25, 2001
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thick, syrupy,and full of flavor. Yes, this is a beer, it could be classified as a barleywine ale.
Bov (9255) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 19, 2001
1.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
It’s really not easy to rate this beer ... very dark colour, absolutely no foam, it’s the only beer I known which colorizes the sidess of the glass (!), nougat aroma, no carbonation, extremely syrupy, very sweet, oily, disgusting, aftertaste too long ... I will let one in my cellar, who knows, maybe in 30 years this will be drinkable ...
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 17, 2001
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Take cooking sherry, maple syrup, and chocolate. Now add a shot of everclear. You have this. This is the only beer I’ve seen that had nice lacing (not the head - the beer actually stuck to the sides of the glass).
opiate (199) - Sandy, Utah, USA - DEC 15, 2000
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I can understand why people hate this stuff so bad. It is very strong, very thick, uncarbonated, and just overwhelms your senses. And I’m tempted to rate it down as a beer, because it really isn’t a ’beer’ in a classical sense. But I have grown to love this stuff. I think the key to ’drinking’ it is to pour about 1 oz. in a brandy snifter, and then take in the aroma and then just let it touch your tongue. The flavor will coat your mouth. And if you’re patient I think you’ll detect a lot of complexity. Vanilla, maple, oak, malt, raisin, prune and alcohol. Really, give it a shot, but don’t expect it to be a ’beer.’ But don’t try to gulp this stuff, you’ve got to dance with it a bit. Just BARELY let it touch your tongue and see what you think.