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Samuel Adams Triple Bock

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RATINGS: 1061   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.8/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 540   ABV: 18%
Triple Bock is complex, elegant, and has the depth and complexity of a fine cognac, vintage port or an old sherry. Non-carbonated, ruby-black, and very special, Triple Bock should be sipped from a small snifter in a two-ounce serving. This is a beer to savor, and sip slowly. Triple Bock has a brandy-like warmth and a complex melange of fruity, woody, and toffee-like flavors. Let the aroma fill your mouth and nose with rich malt and fruit overtones. Savor and appreciate its enormous character. Serve Triple Bock as you would a fine sherry, at room temperature, in a small snifter. One bottle generously serves two or three. Recork and store standing up. Once poured into a small glass, the layers of aroma and flavor will continue to evolve as the deep ruby brew warms in the hand.

There have been only three vintages produced: 1994, 1995 and 1997, but bottles can still be found in the marketplace. 1994 and 1995 vintages are marked as such on the back label; 1997 vintage is not.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BuKKet99 (39) - Republic of Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2001
Very much like motor oil. This was apparently Koch’s first attempt at high alkie creations. Inferior to the SA Millennium, which is also a curiosity but actally tastes good.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
NYDennis (64) - Port Jefferson Station, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2001
I just hated it. I saw it in the store and heard that it was rare so I bought it. Not my type of beer at all.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
All4Grog99 (22) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2001
After some time spent searching for the elusive beer i was disappointed in discovering why it was so difficult to find. from the moment i opened the bottle i was assaulted with the smell of soy sauce and maple syrup. Bravely i poured the $6 bottle into the snifter vainly hoping that it would taste better than it smelled. Sorrowfully my hopes were dashed as i took the first sip to discover that it indeed tasted like an alcoholic soy sauce with notes of worchestshire and a strong maple syrup finish. ick...All was not lost though, it may not be the best for drinking but it does make a great marinade, try it with cracked pepper on venison.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
SirQuackalot (10) - USA - DEC 12, 2001
Ugh, just ugh. Tastes like thin, highly alcoholic maple syrup. No carbonation really, smelled heavily of maple, but looked somewhat impressive, especially in its blue bottle. Not worth it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2001
This is an achievement in some ways but at times it can seem arbitrary. It’s okay for late night sipping on a winter night when the high alcohol will have quite the soothing effect.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2678) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2001
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2003 I'm re-rating this because I feel that my earlier notes were too forgiving (and a rating of 3.0 was too high). If one wanted to homebrew something like this, I would advice them to mix up some molasses, soy sauce, cough syrup, brandy, maple syrup and a little vanilla extract, and that would get them close. I don't mind its unbeerness - I love the Dogfish Head World Wide Stout - this is just unpalatable. I'll have a shot at trying one after its aged about 10 years (or more). Final Note: never could understand why they called this 'Triple Bock'. Its not a bock in any sense of the word.<P> One more time at it: a 1997 vintage sampled in 2003. The longest aged sampling I've had of it. It could surely go more, but if it isn't drinkable now, will it ever be? Dark dirty brown opaque appearance, totally still. Oily texture in the glass. Aroma is dominantly fruity (fig, raisin) and alcoholic, moderately roasted, with soy sauce. Moderately acrid, no maple in the nose. Quite pungent and complex but not pleasing. Sweetish up front, with figgy notes, overwhelming acrid coating in the mouth, some soy sauce and licorice notes (cough syrup), and burning finish. Lingering wood. Some port-like notes, but long bitterness leaves only a hint of dessert wine. I could manage to finish a 4oz serving of this, but I wouldn't enjoy it much -but at least I'll bump the numbers up a little. In the end, it needs alot of work to be a good beer - they've done much better with the Utopias.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
Norton (333) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2001
Calling this a ’beer’ is a REAL stretch, folks. Isn’t this more like a port? Belongs on the wine shelf. Have had a couple. Burning alcoholic undertones. Smells great though. A peculiarity at most. Pretty much not worth it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - NOV 25, 2001
Streches the imagination as far as beer is concerned. First of all, very expensive, I paid $6 for 250 mL of the 95 vintage, which I split between with two friends. After opening the cork, the ’beer’ smelled like worcsteshire sauce, and it poured like cough syurp, very dark and flat. Nose full of wood and molasses. The first sip was quite a shock, but with patience it became quite agreeable. Smoky oak and vanilla tones, with a suprisingly mild finish, full of brown sugar sweetness. The alcohol was masked fairly well. Flavors were enhanced as it warmed. Some have compared this to port or congac, but I don’t have knowledge of such things. It’d be interesting to see what this one will be like 10 years from now. Oh yeah, the bottle is really cool.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
Heat99 (56) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2001
Beer? Are you sure? More like alcoholic Karo syrup. If you are gonna drink this, you must sip it. Very very strong, very thick, and reminds me more of Jagermeister than a beer. Tried to get some friends to help me finish the bottle, but no-one would drink more than a sip so I had to finish it myself. The high alcohol content is very noticeable. Felt like the fumes of an everclear shot permeating from my throat after every sip. Pretty bottle though...that’s about it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
mikenodak (150) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - OCT 24, 2001
I wanted to like it, and did until the wicked essence of Jagermeister aftertaste kicked in and wrecked the whole thing. I doubt cellaring could help it.

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