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Samuel Adams Triple Bock

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RATINGS: 1075   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.81/5   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.

sauceyhops' rating

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
sauceyhops (104) - carlsbad, California, USA - SEP 1, 2009
WTF!? Why?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
oldrtybastrd (4888) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2016
Pours a deep dark brown color. Aroma smells like I opened an old steamer trunk, yeasty, musty, moldy. Flavors of soy sauce, yeast, peppery spice, and alcohol. Didnít like this one at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shigadeyo (3589) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2016
1997 Vintage... Aroma is super concentrated maltiness, honey, soy/fish/oyster sauce; pours like soy sauce, opaque, glassy, no carbonation, no head; super, super, super sweet (sweeter than sack mead and definitely the sweetest beer Iíve ever had), lots of rich complex flavors, umami, really intense black licorice, prune, raisin, tobacco juice, concentrated semi-sweet chocolate, warming but alcohol isnít overly obvious; medium, really syrupy body (coats the glass), sticky; really interesting beer and unlike anything Iíve ever had and I like it... Itís really more like beer concentrate!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bnokk (422) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - APR 2, 2016
í97(?) drinken in 2016 APPEARANCE- pure black, no carbonation apparent, no head (see prior phrase), and has a tremendous NOSE- black licorice and balance of sweetness. alcohol is pungent. FLAVOR- black licorice x 10^3. I cannot deny the rumors of soy. NOTES- this may be the first beer Iíve drinken that has noticeable legs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (5277) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2016
1995 bottle at the DC March Tasting, thanks radagast83! Dark brownish, no head. Aromas of caramel, soy sauce, toffee, roast, tobbaco. Tastes of dark fruit, smoke, oak, tobacco, soy sauce. Medium-light body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (6875) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 5, 2016
Actually not that bad after 20 years. Like a chocolately barley wine. Thick and oily consistency. Sweet and remarkably free of booze. Light soy. Bottle, big thanks to Travlr.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (19949) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 5, 2016
1995 bottle, filtered to exclude the cork. Dark clear ruby brown color, flat. Aroma of overbaked chocolate brownies. Taste has port wine, tannins. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jb (2785) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 13, 2016
Iíve always wanted to try this. A friend still has a few bottles, 1995 vintage, he says the taste has changed very little over the years. Fast forward to now. Wow a malt and booze bomb. Smooth, with burn at the end. Way too sweet though with no balancing issue but for the booze. Very dark and flat, intriguing looking. Nose is decent and interesting. Brandy, plums, booze, tea. Actually, this was a bit better than I thought it would be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Doghair (312) - Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2016
Smells like raisin juice. Itís not thick but muddy. Lots of sediment. Taste is malty raisin. No complexity left, flat. Not bad but a taste is enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (9222) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2016 Bottle shared by Brad - thanks! Yes, big boozy soy sauce. But very rich and interesting too. I dig it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (4773) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 26, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2015 Dark brown cloudy color. Tons of dark chocolate, caramel, prunes, dark cherries, maples in the nose. Very intense and wonderful. Virtually no carbonation, like flat. Intense, maple syrup, cacao, oak, dark fruit notes. Rounded and deceptively drinkable for 17%. This was aged 18 years and finally it is peaking

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