Samuel Adams Triple Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by ahalloin:
3.78/5 rDev +29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5
My buddy Huhzubendah just lambasted this beer two reviews below me, so I need to counteract his review with mine (!), as I found the 1994 vintage I had recently in a bar in NYC to be delightful.
According to the bartender, I ordered the last bottle they had. While opening the bottle, the cork broke up into a few chunks, one of which landed in the bottle and was irretrievable. I suppose I could have cried foul and asked for a refund, but I'm not really that kind of guy... Beer karma believer!
I split the bottle four ways, as one bottle is a bit much for one person. Pours a dark viscous fluid with no head. Absolutely still liquid climbs and clings to the glass as I swirl to generate some aroma. There is a slight amber brown hue on the edges but mostly this is nontransparent.
The aroma is super complex with major notes of sherry, port, molasses, and bittersweet chocolate. Very sweet and very pleasing and I'm not getting any soy sauce notes as is frequently complained about.
Flavor is powerfully sweet with molasses and dark maple syrup drawing everything out of my sweet perceiving taste buds. Wow! Some bittersweet chocolate provides a slight change of pace. Also in attendance are some dark fermented fruits like raisins and prunes.
Mouthfeel....well, what can I say? It is thick, has no carbonation, and feels a little like eggnog. Not my favorite aspect of this beer but hey, it is a novelty!
If consumed in a 3-4 oz. pour, this particular bottle was very drinkable. I couldn't imagine trying to muscle all 11.2oz down by myself over the course of 3 hours. 3-4 oz. sipped over an hour was actually a nice way to slow the pace after some more quantitative drinking earlier in the evening.
I've had the '97 vintage a few times and I can see where the soy sauce complaint is coming from. I didn't detect any here though.
Serving type: bottle
12-15-2010 02:07:09 | More by ahalloin
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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.