PhillyBeer2112 (2586) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2001
1.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
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.
Norton (329) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2001
2.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Calling this a íbeerí is a REAL stretch, folks. Isnít 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.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - NOV 25, 2001
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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 íbeerí 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 donít have knowledge of such things. Itíd be interesting to see what this one will be like 10 years from now. Oh yeah, the bottle is really cool.
Heat99 (56) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2001
1.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
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...thatís about it.
mikenodak (150) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - OCT 24, 2001
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
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.
K-V-F-L (292) - LaVista, Nebraska, USA - OCT 23, 2001
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I, for one, like this a lot. Donít regard it as a beer per se, but put it in a brandy snifter and donít try to finish the whole thing in one sitting, for Godís sake.
Rutzicka (102) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 22, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark brown, this beer colorizes the glass ! No foam. Its aroma is very intense and thick with a touch of mocha. Chocolate, sweet and very pleasant. Very long aftertaste. I want more !
WubbyG99999 (11) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2001
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
your stomach will hate you in the morning
Viking (9) - x, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2001 does not count
2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
This beer is simply too thick and syrupy to be enjoyable. I couldnít finish the first bottle. I think Iíll give away the second.
bhenry76 (101) - Landenberg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2001
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Best in the winter; use a snifter.