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Samuel Adams Triple Bock

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RATINGS: 1035   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.8   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 540   ABV: 18%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SNIAT (120) - Passaic, New Jersey, USA - AUG 3, 2001
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
fraternie (814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2001
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
canary dog (655) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - JUN 14, 2001
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Indra (2593) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 18, 2001
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
weeicemon (126) - Lancaster, California, USA - APR 8, 2001
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 20, 2001
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
aledrinkerLS (101) - New Brunswick, USA - FEB 25, 2001
Thick, syrupy,and full of flavor. Yes, this is a beer, it could be classified as a barleywine ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Bov (9255) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 19, 2001
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 ...

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 17, 2001
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).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
opiate (199) - Sandy, Utah, USA - DEC 15, 2000
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.

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