Samuel Adams Triple Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
69
poor

917 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 917
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 38.1%
Wants: 71
Gots: 111 | FT: 10
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:
Beer added by: Todd on 01-10-1998

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.
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Ratings: 917 | Reviews: 657
Photo of reebtaerG
2.09/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

95 version
Tasted stale soy sauce and bad grapes
Glad to have just a sample

Photo of Farnswurth
3.6/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

'95 bottle. Not as bad as I was expecting. Tasted like hoisin sauce.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.97/5  rDev +35%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

18 years old? Wow. Can't believe this is as tasty as it is. Thumbs up from me.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.8/5  rDev +63.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Corked, capped and wrapped 330mL cobalt bottle that my brother has saved since the first release in April 1994. This bottle is old enough to legally consume the alcohol it holds! Served in a in a chalice.

Pours a muddy mahogany with no head and a generous dose of dull turbidity. A swirl produces some nice boozey legs on the sides. No lace.

Rich aromas of raisins, leather, wood, toffee/ caramel, fortified wine and faint maple. The cork it's self smells incredible after 21 years of soaking. Wow.

Holy crap. This tastes and drinks much more like a tawny port than beer. Decadent flavors of toffee, concentrated dark fruit, leather, dark cherries, maple syrup, raisins, molasses and earrhy oak. Every now and then a nip of booze peeks through to remind us that this is a sipper. Just fantastic depth to this.

Heavy, sludgy (in the best possible way) body with absolutely no carbonation. The syrupy goodness coats the tongue for a lingering, candy sweet finish of port, maple, toffee and earthy, leathery oak.

My experience with Samuel Adams Triple Bock was amazing. I feel quite fortunate to have the opportunity to drink from a well-aged bottle of the very first extreme beer's maiden release. This feels like some bizarre validation of my high-abv cellar dwellers.

Photo of B-Finnegan
4.57/5  rDev +55.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich smelling and tasting, lots of dark fruit with hints of chocolate. Had 1994. Couldn't drink a whole one but then again that's not the point. Guessing the bad reviews are from people who had badly aged ones.

Photo of Kelp
2.05/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Tried this beer and understand now why this has not been made after the first 3 batches.

Photo of LaneMeyer
1.72/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

94' or 95' version. Can't remember which. Had one sip, tasted like soy sauce. Would have been good on rice or whatever dish soy sauce is called for. Could have given Kikkoman a run for their money.

Photo of Bunuelian
3.98/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

900th tick but first written review. Why not? Here goes.

Appearance: Black, viscous with a hint of brown at the edges. A swirl presents legs not unlike a fine scotch. Perfectly still with zero carbonation.

Smell: Tar, prunes, black licorice, dark fruit/raisins, burnt caramel, subtle alcohol and wood.

Taste: Similar to the smell - plums/prunes, raisins, char, ash; very sweet but also has an umami-like quality similar to soy sauce.

Feel: Sticky, thick and syrupy with no effervescence whatsoever. A sip coats the mouth and lingers long afterwards.

Overall: This was the 1995 vintage so that makes it 20 years old as of this tasting. While this wasn't a great beer, it really wasn't too bad considering the notoriety and age. The cork self destructed when I attempted to remove it but honestly that really didn't bother me too much and I considered it part of the experience. Truthfully, this beer probably sucks but I was really glad to have the chance to try it and I get a great story out of it so I'm going to recommend it but it would probably be best shared with a larger group of people.

Photo of helios7
3.43/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1997 vintage. Very, very strong and extremely sweet. I enjoy it for the novelty, but I wouldn't want to try to get through an entire bottle by myself.

Photo of hophugger
2.99/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

rated from previous tasting notes

Photo of JandJMD
2.42/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle purchased in the mid 90's. After "drinking" one then, this one either sat on a shelf or was buried in a box for 20 years while moving from place to place. Finally decided to open it up.

There is some sort of smegma (don’t google it) around the cork and the neck of the bottle. No carbonation. Has a faint red to cola colored appearance – leaves a nasty brown lacing around the glass. Wow, the smell is definitely soy sauce. Can’t really get past it. The taste starts with an extremely sugary sweet or syrupy taste – just a mess – and then it goes sort of sour and sticky. The aftertaste actually gets to a stout.

Ugh. More smegma in the bottom of the bottle and clung to the side where it laid on it’s side for a while. There is actually a coating on the inside of the glass – a “crust” – like something you’d scrape off the bottom of a boat.

Photo of BKotch
1.68/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

1997 batch but only bought at the local liquor warehouse in maybe 2009 or 2010. Fairly nasty in just about every respect.

Photo of SierraFlight
1.25/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

1997 vintage. Cork bits knocked into the brew. Flat soy sauce. Thick, viscous texture. A bad, bad beer.

Photo of pwlong19
4.05/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this back in the day. So strong back then that I cut with Harp and other beers. Sipped straight but too strong for me back then. Reason I'm rating it now is the Dragon's Milk I had today reminde me of this beer but DM is drinkable by itself. BTW, with the cork, my last bottle of triple bock lasted for well over three years with the ocassional pour. I'd buy more in a heartbeat.

Photo of fenlop54
3.9/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Not bad for a 20 year old beer. Wish I hadn't got the last pour from the bottle though.

Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
4.29/5  rDev +45.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Ok, so you can't drink this beer and think of it as a beer. It is, but it's sort of in a category by itself. This is a drink you want to have served in about a 2 oz. pour, not much more. It's a sipping beer that should be enjoyed as such.

When this beer first came out, I purchased a case. After tonight, I'm down to just three. I've had some from others over the years that were horrible. Much of the experience is going to be due to the quality of how it was stored.

I've had some over the years that were as many describe....soy sauce. I've also had some that were like tonight, a fine liquour, where the 8.45 oz. bottle could be shared by 5-6 people.

The exerience this evening was excellent...thick and syrup-llike, fabulous aromas and a complex blend of sweetness and malt experience.

Based on the 20+ times that I've tasted this unique brew since 1994, I am confident in telling you that the quality of the storage will determine the quality of your experiece. At this point, the cork will undoubtedly crumble as it did tonight.

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is Russian Roulette. If you are lucky, its a pretty solid beer (especially with >15 years) but if you aren't you are in for a world of sorrow.

Photo of AllDayAdams
4.5/5  rDev +53.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the '97 and loved it!

Photo of tb4475
4.47/5  rDev +52%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

good example of extreme beer

Photo of cubs943
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was pretty good I thought.

Photo of jaasen64
4.74/5  rDev +61.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

8oz bottle poured into a HF taster glass. '94 vintage received in a trade a couple years back.

A- Cork slides out fairly easily without any crumbling. Pours a dark black, completely still- no head or carbonation to speak of, luckily no visible signs of the sludge that I've heard people complain about in the past. Wasn't expecting much carbonation from this, from what I've heard this is looking good so far.

S- Dominant aroma of chocolate covered port soaked raisins, just a hint of oxidation but not bad for 20+ years in the bottle, can't really detect much booze at all which is great considering the abv.

T- Taste follows the aroma with chocolate covered raisins, fudge, fine port, slight figs, molasses, and almost no oxidation to speak of. Tons of flavor and tastes like a very fine liquor that's been aged to perfection. One of the best beers I've tasted never mind factoring in the fact it's over 20 years old.

M- Coats the mouth and really brings out the flavor, starts off a little bit thinner then I was expecting and gets a little bit thicker towards the end of the bottle- overall probably one of the thicker beers I've had but stays away from being too cloying or overly thick. No carbonation to speak of but I think that actually helps this beer, goes down insanely smooth- almost can't even tell it's alcoholic.

O- Time and time again I've heard people say how horrible this beer is, almost the epitome of how bad a beer can get. I was expecting the same, but luckily this bottle was near perfect. Probably the second best aged beer I've had next to Rodenbach's Alexander. While I'd still exercise caution in trying to obtain a bottle, I can honestly say this is still drinking like a champ if a good bottle and one of the best beers of it's time period.

Photo of BeersAndBears
3.75/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

This was much better than advertised, however I was told by multiple people that it's the best bottle they've ever had. I actually liked this beer which apparently is not common.

Photo of JGam115
3.47/5  rDev +18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours like a wine, no head. Strong prune, black currant, some booze, ripe bing cherries. Whoa - big pruney, maple syrup. Crazy beer

Photo of MNishCT77
2.22/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

12 oz. (?) bottle from Fri., 01/02/2015 tasting (thanks, Erich and Sara!), 1995 vintage, poured into a snifter glass, drank over ~30 minutes

Photo of HopHead84
3.47/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12/30/14

1994 vintage. Thanks to Jeff for sending this extra a few years back. We opened this expecting it to be horrid, and we were all surprised when it wasn't. Very dark in color and still. The aroma has a lot of maple, and sherry and teriyaki oxidation. Date and plum are evident. It smells like a stepping stone to Milennium and Utopias. The flavor is rich with a big savory umami character. Lots of port notes, as well as plum, date, and maple. Teriyaki is evident but not overly so. It's very rich. It's pretty much still with much warming on the palate. Very rich and oxidized but not the nightmare I thought it would be. Can't drink much of this but it was definitely nice to try.

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Samuel Adams Triple Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
69 out of 100 based on 917 ratings.