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Samuel Adams Triple Bock

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RATINGS: 1049   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reggiedunlop (3227) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2012
1994 bottle...pours black...no head...syrupy looking. Aroma is boozy with raisn/fig...lightly winey like a port...a bit of chocolate covered cherry. Flavor is sweet with raisin/fig/prune and chocolate cherry...not boozy. Mouthfeel is full and liquory...sticky with a sugar sweet raisin/cherry/chocolate finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Douberd (2620) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 7, 2014
(Samuel Adams Triple Bock) Bottle 250 ml at home, corked, vintage 1997, bought at the Delirium Cafe, Belgium. No mention of the ABV on the bottle. Served into a snifter. The corked cut in half, no other solution than throw the other half into the beer. Totally black in colour, pours thick like motor oil. No head or even a bubble formed on the surface. Aroma mostly of alcohol, some wood, molasses. Sweet soy sauce on the taste, very boozy, faint old wood, glue. I don’t find it that bad though. Thick boy, almost totally flat. Very sticky on the palate. I’ll struggle to finish this small glass, basically more because of its alcohol burn, other than that is quite drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (9993) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2014
Bottle split at Bruce’s pad, here’s a glass raised to Reluctant Scoops for getting this one to me, 24/10/14. 1994 Vintage. Extremely dark mahogany brown/light black with tan edgework. Nose is rich dark fruits, sherry, chocolate, plums, light smoke, woody rinse, booze tunes. Taste comprises soy sauce, sherry, rich chocolate streak, more plums, dates, prunes, figs, brown sugar. Full bodied, fine carbonation - slightly viscous, warming alcohol and sweet licks in the close. Solid stuff, looks like we found a bottle that has aged gracefully when you compare our ratings to most others in recent times. Cheers Scoops!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (4002) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle thanks to a Mr Boris. Oily viscous caramel brown coloured pour with a short lived light tan head. Aroma is big tangy fruit! Dried berry raisin, caramel . alcohol is noticeable on the nose with vinous dried fruits, booze and earthy choc. Vanilla. Flavour is big smooth! Tart berry, caramel, malty and some liquorice. Has held up to the age very well. Sweet, full bodied and smooth. Bit of Turkish delight. An absolute treat. Very lucky to try this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (11900) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2014 Bottle shared in London - big thanks to Colin for this whale. Vintage 1994 - the original. Pours flat black, oily, with pretty much no head. The nose has some tangy dark fruits, cocoa, tar, figs. Hugely sweet flavor with lots of dark fruits, prunes, figs, dark cherries. Full bodied, oily and chewy with soft carbonation. Warming finish with lots of syrupy fruits, raisins, more figs and dates, some tangy berries. Great stuff. Quite dynamic. Has held up quite well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scopey (7455) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle, 1994 thanks to Colin. It pours murky dark brown with minimal head. The nose is rich, umami, treacle, toffee, soy, oily, fruit cake, dark fruit, vanilla and honey. The taste is smooth, syrupy, oily, treacle, umami, light soy, touch of acidify, cocoa, plum and Chinese duck and plum sauce with a smooth, warming finish. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Great depth and long finish. Great fun to try.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
slowrunner77 (6114) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
"weird...like the most complex, sweet soy sauce you’ll ever have. i enjoyed it as a treat, but it’s too much. not something i’ll go back for often. worth trying if you’ve never had. re-tasted 1/09 - aroma nearly unbearable, nice appearance, but the flavor is just a bit much. english barleywine it is not!"

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beerathon (1291) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Vintage- 1997. Pours a thick oily black with no head. Smells of alcohol, Worcestershire sauce, and molasses. Tastes of syrup and alcohol. Unique, but just too much. Had a hard time finishing a 3 ounce pour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alengrin (2464) - BELGIUM - SEP 28, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2014 The archetypical ’extreme beer’ from the nineties, tasted at seventeen years of age (the beer, that is, not me). No head as expected (and intended), only a couple of beige, small bubbles of air instantly dissappearing entirely; colour a very dark burgundy, like an old port wine, almost black, no fizz. Extremely strong aroma - and by ’extremely’, I mean it was not only noticeable, but even overpowering from a yard away. Smells of soy sauce, fish sauce, old port wine, balsamic vinegar, dried mushrooms, chocolate ’jenever’, oak, brown sugar, vanilla, banana liqueur, peat, liquorice and Worcestershire sauce, as well as something ’animalistic’ not unlike barnyard or - excusez le mot - menure. Complex and dense taste, candied fruit sweetness, very thick and oily mouthfeel (almost chewy), chocolatey malts, candi syrup, lots of soy sauce with a weird - and actually rather unpleasant - saltiness, a taste fortunately rarely encountered in beer; liquorice too, figs, port wine, some wood, finish very long and lasting, sticky, alcoholic but not really astringent, as a very old sherry or madera, lots of retronasal spiciness (thyme, ginger, cloves), citrussy hops, residual sweetness and again that disturbing saltiness. I was a bit horrified to find some solid chunks of protein in the bottom of the bottle which I ingested by accident. Glad I finally tasted this classic, I cannot honestly say I really liked it in all respects, but I can imagine it tasted a lot better in the nineties and I admit I was quite fascinated by it. So far most of these extreme beers have failed to convince me, though I keep finding them very fascinating.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Bottle:   1995 vintage.   Bought this at Charles Street Liquors in Boston about 5 or 6 years ago.   Surprised to find it on the shelf!   Decided to crack it open for my birthday.   Super dark chocolate in color, major alcoholic prune aroma.   Similar on the tongue, almost like a prune soy sauce with hints of black cherry.   Not as bad as I was expecting, but certainly not exceptional.   Warming, a bit alcoholic, but for 18% it seemed perhaps a little less alcoholic than others in the same range.   Viscous on the tongue, thick, a bit syrupy.   Very happy to at least have tried this one.   Lingering prune soy sauce notes.   Shuddering just a bit....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gbeerrater (29) - Louisiana, USA - SEP 9, 2014
97 vintage quite expensive however given a pour at a ritzy party salty sweet sludgy syrup with heavy alcohol and fruit tones that well did not taste good at all. A lingering woodsy flavor yes but the fruit flavor kinda weird with saltiness as well. Allowed to sit for a few minutes was able to taste a few more notes however in all reality much to do about nothing over a small pour. Seemed kinda like a snobbish way to express you have money to burn and you want everyone to know about it. For the same price of one of these sam triple bocks bottles one can go to Trader Joes and get an entire case(24 Bottles) of Stockyard oatmeal stout.

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