Indra (2558) - 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 couldínt get past all itís problems.I guess if you like rich,syrupy cough medicine then this oneís 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
Doesnít 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 Iíve 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 (8967) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 19, 2001
1.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Itís really not easy to rate this beer ... very dark colour, absolutely no foam, itís 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 Iíve 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 Iím tempted to rate it down as a beer, because it really isnít a íbeerí in a classical sense. But I have grown to love this stuff. I think the key to ídrinkingí 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 youíre patient I think youíll detect a lot of complexity. Vanilla, maple, oak, malt, raisin, prune and alcohol. Really, give it a shot, but donít expect it to be a íbeer.í But donít try to gulp this stuff, youíve got to dance with it a bit. Just BARELY let it touch your tongue and see what you think.
Oakes (11363) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 2, 2000
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2009 1997 vintage, tasted 2009
Iíve never liked the í97 vintage as much as the í94. After 12 years, the 97 now has a richly oxidized soy sauce maltiness with some nuts and coconut. Itís picked up some complexity and nuance along the way but the oxidation is so heavy with this one now itís a challenge. Has it turned? Rating is for this tasting only.
Update: Jan 29, 2003. Whenever Iíve had this before it was young and I didnít care for it. I enjoyed the aroma but the palate was all whisky and soy sauce. Well, Iím going to do an about face here. Not that I like this beer young, but I just had a 1994 vintage and at nine years old it is a turned itself into an excellent beer. Very dark brown, kind of murky after all these years. Whiskyish aroma with vanilla, molasses, maple sugar, and overlappig malt on malt. Very sweet - sugary, mapley, flat and slightly oily. A little alcohol dryness in the finish. Long, sweet, and complex. Rating for this nine-year version: 9-3-9-4-17 = 4.2
Curious George99 (5) - USA - NOV 23, 2000 does not count
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Uggh! I have to say the stuff is growing on me, but itís definitely an acquired taste. This is the third night Iíve tasted from my first bottle and Iíve finally decided to keep it. Itís in my closet--I canít imagine anything growing in this stuff. I think I may eventually develop a limited fondness for it. But I rated it low for two reasons--the site is for rating beer and Triple Bock meets none of the expectations of beer; if youíre determined to try it what I say wonít matter to you, but if youíre unsure, this probably isnít for you. I put this in a variety case for my beer club recently and more than half of them POURED IT OUT! These guys typically clamor for strong, thick, dark beers with high abv and they POURED IT OUT! So if you do want to try it, please, take little sips and donít decide after the first one.
britab99 (65) - Kennesaw, Georgia, USA - SEP 24, 2000
1.2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Next time Iíll cook chinese food with this stuff. Salty, soy flavor, aroma. Palate? Yech...no make that triple yech!