JessterCPA (130) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2001
1.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
I cannot see what is so special about this beer. I have a 1994 bottle still in storage. I hear it ages. I hope so, it needs it.
joet (2158) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 29, 2001
2.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Surprising. Vinous -- more like brandyish. Despite some interesting malt aromas wafting on volatile EtOH, the taste is a wall of ethanol and flavors inaccessible because of the beer’s WWF whallop.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 3, 2001
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I’ve heard they’ve stopped making this? True/false? But I guess they’ve shelved many of their other more adventurous beers, so why not. Certainly one of the most unique, and significant, American ’beers’ ever. Looks great, incredibly complex nose, but the flavor is tough for me -- like super-sweet maple-flavored port. Interesting, but even getting the 8.45 oz bottle down is tough. Alcohol bite not as strong as some highly-rated Belgians. Last had this around 95-96 (I think it was a ’94 bottle) -- was one of the rare brews I took any notes on then. Have a ’95 still sitting around. Someday....
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 (815) - 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 (2607) - 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.