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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.

TearsforBeers' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2009
Big thanks to CanIHave4Beers for this one! Cracked open this 1997 bottle for a small pour, I couldnít wait to try this crazy stuff! Pours a sludgy blackish brown with ruby tints around the edges. The aroma is great and layered, I get chocolate, port, sherry, dark fruit, and yes, soy sauce, but thatís not a bad thing. The flavor is very sweet, notes of port, molasses, roasted malt bitterness, chocolate, raisins, and a great toasted nutty aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, rather like Utopias. Overall - this is way more maligned that it should be. This is great stuff! Yeah, itís nothing like normal beer, but itís very good none the less.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
vyvvy (5015) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 15, 2015
Thankfully I didnít have high expectations here. Certainly didnít age like a champ. It pours dark brown with no head. It smells like oxidized soy sauce, alcohol, glue and that sticky ant killer stuff. It has a thick cloying body with no carbonation. It starts brutal with soy sauce thatís super sweet and on steroids. It also has dark berries, brown sugar and syrup. The finish has alcohol and sweetness. Its certainly interesting, but never want to touch this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rouhlas (1769) - GREECE - SEP 5, 2015
250ml bottle, v1997. Black color with No head. Malty aroma, dark dried fruits, figs, plums, some chocolate, caramel, wood, alcohol. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma with soy sauce. Medium to full sticky body with flat carbonation.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BiiruBierBeer (738) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 14, 2015
Mega alcohol smell. Malty taste with nuts and raisins. Full body, low carbonation, and no foam. Has an alcohol taste and burn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (4738) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2015
25cl blue bottle shared at The Cadís 10yr anniversary celebrations in CBC Clerkenwell, London. Massive thanks to Ang for this rare piece of brewing history. It pours a dark brown colour with no head to speak of. Aroma is swete and vinegarish, with notes of oxidised caramel, tannins, oak, vermouth, sweet red wine and sugar. Taste is a similar mix of sweet and tart notes, with a bunch more oxidation, caramel, sweet wine, molasses. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, novel

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
The_Osprey (4236) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2015
Bottle share at the Cadís 10 year tasting. Thanks! This is an old beer. Black with a red hue, no head at all. Aroma is meaty, bovril, really sweet molasses. Classic aged beer with plenty of oxidation. Body is medium to full, no carbonation, smooth. Taste is really sweet, boozey, brick dust, masonry, salty, meaty, a little dry. Not the sort of thing Iíd generally go for, but very glad to try it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (15809) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2015
Bottle at Toms 10 yr anniversary. Just huge thanks to Ang Reakt. Like a dry oloroso sherry. Soy sauce salt. Just stunning. Meaty bovril. Lovely. Amazing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3684) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Lets go to the Jockey Box
what next?
1995 Steven Adam Triple Box, shared by friend, not in dining room, for make the taste!
Pours black with a good head and decent lacing on the glass.

Pours pitch black and flat.

The aroma certainly offers some soy sauce & mushrooms. Itís also got a great toffee thing going on, itís got some brine, & some chocolate. Honestly this particular bottle has more going for it than not aromatically, itís easily the best smelling sample of this beer Iíve had.

The flavor is well beyond any sample of the beer Iíve ever had as well... considerably so. Itís got port wine & tart fruit. Itís got dark chocolate and Pedro Ximťnez Sherry, raisins, cherries and warming booze. Yes it has oxidized character, but in a shockingly mild way for the near Decade that the thing has been in bottle.

So much going on here. Iíve had this beer maybe half a dozen times by now, and this bottle stands head & shoulders above the rest. Wow.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
kevinator (1554) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2015
This rating might be slightly unfair. I would highly recommend it if anyone finds this on the shelf somewhere to make sure that it was stored properly. After I tried this and by tried it I mean a couple of ounces, I spent the rest of the evening shooting out at both ends like a lumberjack firework. Aroma was strong molasses but not unpleasant. Color was very dark and the palate very thick although chunky. Flavor was sweet soy sauce and molasses. You have been warned.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (3587) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2015
1994 bottle at Big Beers in Vail, CO 2015. I was told these bottles hadnít left the breweryís cellar since they were brewed. Pour is slick oily black with a small bit of cork particles floating around. Big caramel, toffee, raisins, some prunes, dates, cognac and a touch of soy in the aroma. Taste is very rich and decadent - roasted caramel notes, brown sugar, molasses, maple and wood notes with some prunes. Somewhat reminds me of Utopias. This seems to have held up well, which is completely opposite to the majority of ratings. Slick syrupy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcberko (10578) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2015
1995 Vintage. 250mL bottle, courtesy of fiulijn (thanks Alex), pours an opaque dark amber-brown with no head. Nose is sure thick, with salt and soy sauce upfront, with liqueur and more salt. Flavour is bizarre, with very sour notes, liqueur, and soy sauce Ė obviously lots of oxidation at this point. What a strange beer. Never had anything like this. Not a total disaster, but itís not really enjoyable. Cool to try, but not exactly refined.

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