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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

849 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 849
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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shakeheap

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3.03/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a very complex beer. Not for amateurs or rookies. One has to go into this one expecting something that is different from any beer experience they've had before.

That said... open the bottle and there really is a distinct Kikkoman aroma that initally wafts by. Pour it slowly into the snifter and see the thickness. Swirl it and see it stick to the sides of the glass.

Stick the nose in there and get a good whiff. The initial soy sauce scent is not as prominent... there are other notes. The aforementioned chocolate and cherries. The maple. Actually one need not stick the nose in. Just sit near it and the smell will find your nose. It is not unpleasant.

This is the thickest beer I've ever seen. Contrary to some reviews it is not motor oil thick but there's some viscosity there. Man it is dark and, as mentioned in other reviews, has no head. Completely devoid of carbonation. But carbonation would be really strange in this beer.

The taste is what matters right? As I said... very complex. Sweet with the slightest alcohol bite. The aftertaste leaves more alcohol and a bit of cherry. Malty almost to a fault.

It's not wonderful at first but subsequent sips leave one feeling happy they got a chance to step up to this challenge.

I can't recommend it because it is not what I'd call a pleasant experience. I'm glad I got a shot but I can see where other beer lovers would absolutely hate this beer. I wouldn't fault them for it. Nor would I fault those who completely love it (as difficult as that seems).

Wow. You only go around once in life.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 01:57:07 | More by shakeheap
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Samuel Adams Triple Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
68 out of 100 based on 849 ratings.