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Samuel Adams Triple Bock

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RATINGS: 1053   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.


jbone78's rating

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jbone78 (42) - Panama City Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Picked this up at a store in New Orleans. This bottle was shared with a friend and we both agree it is not very drinkable. Pours mucky dark nearly black. Smells a little sour and has a sour taste with a syrupy finish. I taste a little fruit flavors like figs or dates. As mentioned, this has no drinkability to it. I have another bottle, I will make sure I have more people around to open it.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (2971) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2015
1994 bottle at Big Beers in Vail, CO 2015. I was told these bottles hadn’t left the brewery’s 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.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcberko (7813) - 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 – obviously lots of oxidation at this point. What a strange beer. Never had anything like this. Not a total disaster, but it’s not really enjoyable. Cool to try, but not exactly refined.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ferris (6310) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2015
Bottle - Vintage 1995 - Salty Skunky, soy sauce and oily dark notes. Inky brown black with no head. Umami, soy sauce and a salty finish. Odd dark weird sweet, salty notes. Not that great.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ryanfolty (1944) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2014
December 27, 2014 - bottle purchased at Discount a long time ago. Very black pour with almost no head and just stained the glass. Aroma still had quite a bit of maple, alcohol and dark fruit. Taste was sweet as expected, had some heat and also was fruity. Much more like a port wine than a beer. 1997 vintage.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Douberd (2827) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (10590) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, 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!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (4385) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (12635) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scopey (7880) - 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.

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
slowrunner77 (6286) - 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!"


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