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Samuel Adams Triple Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Triple BockSamuel Adams Triple Bock

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BA SCORE
68
poor

846 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 846
Reviews: 622
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 38.7%
Wants: 65
Gots: 98 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  17.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Though the little cobalt bottles still decorate the shelves today, this beer only had 3 vintage releases; 1994, 1995, and 1997. Brewed with two row malted barley, water, Noble hops and yeast, along with maple syrup, it was then aged several months in oak whiskey barrels before being bottled. At the time it was considered the world's strongest beer, and a precursor of today's Extreme Beers.

(Beer added by: Todd on 01-10-1998)
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +50.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Thanks to TMoney2591 for this. I've been wanting to give this infamous brew a go for a while. I believe this is the 1997 vintage as there is nothing on the back label to suggest otherwise.

3.5 A: Poured like mud. Black in color. I left the last inch of muck and liquid concentrated death and decay in the bottle. I'll get to that if the rest of it is palatable. No hints of carbonation as promised by the description. Giving the glass a twirl leaves legs reminiscent of checking your car's oil level.

4.5 S: I'm instantly transported to a far off land where soy sauce rivers run quick and violent. Whiskey distillery lies on one bank and port winery on the other. Maple tree orchard yielding prune fruit is found just over the horizon. It must have been raining, because the roadways are covered with chocolate and mud. In one of the houses a pot full of molasses is boiling over a wood fire. It's so thick that it would solidify if cooled. Sweet caramel, dates, raisin. This is wonderfully complex and shockingly wonderful.

4.5 T: Sweet and sour/tangy and boozy. Rum balls. Lots of oak, lots of molasses, concentrated prune puree. Raisin, tobacco, figs, dates. Sherry, bourbon, port, soy sauce. Some espresso, chocolate syrup, and raw cocoa. Alcohol gives a fairly strong taste, but there is relatively little warming. I've heard this be called "raisin wine" and I'd say that's a pretty good description.

5.0 M: Heavy medium body. This seems right without carbonation. Super creamy and surprisingly incredibly smooth given the alcohol.

4.0 D: This needs to be sipped, there's no getting around that. But I feel like I could drink at least a couple bottles over the course of a night. Incredibly complex and the flavors work really well together. The soy sauce aroma is eventually pushed to the background and in the taste it isn't all that strong and actually works well. I'm going to seek more of this out.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 01:44:54 | More by DavoleBomb
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A - Poured in to a small snifter a motor oil thick dark dark brown nearly black hue with some really incredible legs.

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A- Dark brown body, almost black. Minimal 1/4 finger tan head with no retention whatsoever, no lacing at all.

S- Complex nose that consists of port, maple, bourbon, oxidized sherry, and a ton of sugary brown malt. This is a very sweet beer, but its one that reminds me a lot of Utopias, but without the solvent alcohol booze.

F- Oxidized sherry, port, maple syrup, bourbon, sweet brown sugar, some caramel, toffee, molasses, slightly cloying sugar, oak. Complex, reminds me of a mix of Utopias and Black Tuesday to borrow the description of another BA that we drank this with.

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Samuel Adams Triple Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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