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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

847 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 847
Reviews: 622
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 38.7%
Wants: 65
Gots: 99 | 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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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

2.8/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I read about the beer and knew I would eventually have to try it. I did not realize they only had 3 vintage releases of the beer (the latest being 97). I was 8 years old when this beer was released and the only thing I thought maple syrup was for pouring over pancakes. When I was checking out I was asked whether I'd ever had the beer before. I said, "No, tonight's the night," to which the cashier replied, "It's not one of my favorites, man is it thick..." Upon returning home, I peeled off the wrapping and proceeded to break the cork in half. I knew more trouble was only to come when the cork fell down into the blackness.

Appearance:
This beer looks rich, completely dark with tremendous amounts of sediment. There is paper-like and fine particle sediment in the bottom and sides of the container's inside, some of which transferred into my glass (even with a slow pour). The beer has an oily halo that is of incredible richness. This fine layer left on the inside of my glass produces a rusty-yellow glow when held to the light. I have never seen anything like this beer.

Smell:
Holy intensity. four out of four people that smelled this beer wanted nothing to do with it. I get strong notes of soy sauce, oak, and ethanol. I cannot find much of the maple syrup sweetness that I was expecting. Honestly, I'm beginning to doubt my purchase and wonder whether I can even move on to the next step.

Taste:
The taste is incredibly potent. I wouldn't call this a bock at this point, I would call it a canvas for maximum yeast fermentation. There is a sweetness that you can taste, but there is so much going on that it's hard to write down any one flavor.
I am glad I at least had the balls to try it room temp, but it would be so much easier to drink cooler. The beer is not for the weak, nor for the blind. Know what you are getting into and read reviews before purchasing. Most of these bottles have sat for almost 15 years.

Mouthfeel:
The beer is very thick and an effort to put down. I honestly do not know why this beer is such a struggle, I have had DFH beers that are the upwards of 15% ABV and drank them with ease. This beer, however, is a different story. I get a cough syrup-like repulsion that makes me cough every time I take a sip. I can see why whiskey barrel aging would add a certain layer of complexity to other beers, but this beer already had a tremendous amount going on and may not have benefited from this type of conditioning. In summary, the beer is trying too hard to be a liquor when it just doesn't have the cojones.

Drinkability:
I think R. Kelly summarizes this "beer" perfectly with, "My mind's tellin' me noooo...but my body, my body is tellin' me yeeaaahhhaa." For some reason I just kept at it and gladly shared with all who came back for more. I may see how this goes down with a little temperature modulation, but a food pairing is out of the question. Much like Harry and Dumbledore at the lake of the Inferi, we were left force-feeding each other this horcrux poison. I respect beer and all those that try and expand common conceptions, but this one doesn't bring home the goods.

Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 04:35:19 | More by ThePorterSorter
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Samuel Adams Triple Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
68 out of 100 based on 847 ratings.