Samuel Adams Triple Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by Scrapss:
3.45/5 rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
This is not standard beer. This is what port is to wine. That being said, here's the notes. I have a case of it, purchased at Duffy's, Pittsburgh PA for $89 in Sept. 2009...at least 12 years old. One cork was popped in the case, leaking down the bottle. This bottle was FOUL, as expected. Tossed this bottle.
Cracked a second bottle, cork came out fine. Look was so dark, I love beer that you can't see through. Nose was strong tobacco, cigar, malt, insane amounts of sweet, charrred wood. Vanilla was also present. Reminds me of port soaked in oak sherry casks, kind of. No head at all, as designed. Taste is like fine cognac or port, heavy and sweet....almost too much. Mouthfeel is one of the most heavy, filling brewed beverages I've ever tasted. Drinkability is non existant on par with beer as we know it...it is an aperitif/digistive type of beverage, not to be consumed in mass quantities!
Not changing any review notes here, just adding some additional notes about preparation: I just grabbed this from the back of the cellar...I want to experiment tonight.
Preparation: filtered through an unbleached coffee filter. Same batch as above review.
No cork degradation: clean-ish pour.
A: inky black and dark as night,as always.
S: similar. No change here.
T: here's where the coffee filter came into play. sweetness is still off the hook, but the filter seems to have captured all the essence that produced the most overly powerful notes. I think filtering has improved the taste slightly. It's still maple sweet and whatnot, but it is very slightly smoother.
M: feel is as still and dead as the dead sea.
D: not nearly a drinkable brew before and still not drinkable now.
Filtering has refined this slightly: try it if you have a few 1997 vintage laying about and want to experiment.
Friend of mine stopped over we had a Sam Adams Noble Pils and he spotted this in the beer cellar, and wanted (actually, begged) to try it. I'm thinking "This ain't gonna end well. He ain't ready for this..." I was right.
This was was a good open, no corking/spoiling evident. 1997 Vintage, same batch as before. Now almost 14 years old, it will be able to vote soon!
He puked before finishing the 2 oz. serving. He gave it an "F".
The taste is greatly mellowed. Another 10 years will put some mellowness on this that is incomparable to any other beer of this ilk. At this point, I have another 8 bottles. I will try one every 2-3 years to see what it does. At this point, I think every two years is mellowing.
Serving type: bottle
10-22-2009 04:54:53 | More by Scrapss
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1.76/5 rDev -39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5
Shared this with BPK59 at his birthday party. A fun tick. This was 1995 vintage. Of course Ben broke the cork off and in to the bottle...hah!
A - Poured in to a small snifter a motor oil thick dark dark brown nearly black hue with some really incredible legs.
S - Aromas of sweeter malts, salty brine, soy sauce.
T - Taste is even worse than the nose. Loads of sticky sweet malts, salty sweet soy sauce. Ugh
M - Mouthfeel is heavy and syrupy
O - Overall this was a soy bomb. I guess this beer truly is russian roulette, as some bottles are incredible and others are just plain drain pour. Still, glad I got to try it!
Serving type: bottle
05-16-2014 01:08:10 | More by rudzud
Samuel Adams Triple Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
68 out of 100 based on 849 ratings.