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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

848 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 848
Reviews: 622
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 38.57%
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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WilliamD

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

-1997 vintage-
The cork came out in one piece--based on many of the reviews I've read on here I'm thinking I might have gotten lucky. Poured very dark, almost jet black. None of the black bile or black chunks I've heard about. No head whatsoever.
I did detect the infamous soy sauce aroma, though not nearly so pronounced as I expected; it was not strong enough to deter me, by any means. I picked up a little maple, and some definite booziness as well.
The taste was surprisingly pleasant, given my expectations...no rotten fetuses, or guilty, putrid loads lost while watching bad horror flicks. The maple is definitely assertive, and there is a strong booze presence. The most interesting aspect of this beer, however, is the complex finish--there's a rush of heat from the alcohol, as well as some nutty, sweet tones, accompanied by a plethora of other shades that my uncultivated palate cannot discern.
The moutheel is nothing special, but not atrocious either, by any means. Flat and inky, but what can one expect from a twelve year old beer...
The drinkability is really where this one suffers. I have to admit, this wasn't the easiest glass of beer to finish, but I've had drain pours, and this wasn't one of them. It's a slow sipper to be sure...but then again, it was meant to be such.
Either I got lucky with the bottle I had, or the extravagantly bad reviews of this beer are hype-fueled. Pretty good job on the part of this brewery, in my opinion--especially considering this is one of the forerunners in the extreme beer style.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 02:13:55 | More by WilliamD
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Samuel Adams Triple Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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