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94' Sam Adams Triple Bock?

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by coocookuhchoo, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. Found one of these laying around and I'll be opening it later today. Any idea of how it should taste? I'm expecting the worst.
  2. It will put hair on your chest
  3. Beer bong it
  4. MikefromDormont

    MikefromDormont Savant (255) Pennsylvania Dec 11, 2004 Verified

    Like soy sauce if memory serves me correctly. It's been seven years since I last sampled a Sam Adams Triple Bock.
  5. jmgrub

    jmgrub Savant (475) California Nov 20, 2010

    It should be good...honestly.
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  6. If it is like the '95 I had, it will smell great but have an unpleasant oxidized character in the flavour.
  7. MystikCelt

    MystikCelt Savant (325) New York Jun 11, 2011

    If you go into it expecting it to taste completely... other, than any expectation you might have, it's actually amazing, if you can get past the first sip.

    Literally, after the first sip, I put it down, and thought to myself, "well, that just... sucked."

    Then I gave myself a few moments to collect my thoughts and realize I went into it with certain expectations, which were definitely not met. However, I was able to convince myself to give it another sip, and just, well, experience it, I suppose. Like some sort of tantric beer experience heh.

    Going into the second sip like that, I was able to process it on its own, for what it was rather than what I expected, and it was much more... interesting, I suppose.

    However, as it's a very slow sipper, it grew on me as it warmed up over the course of an hour or so, and by the end, I was sold on the fact that it was an amazing beer experience, and was glad I had another 3 bottles for the future ;)

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  8. slander

    slander Site Editor (650) New York Nov 5, 2001 Staff Member Verified

    You'll want to split that with 2 friends just getting a few ounces, and you'll want to be drinking another beer with it, just taking little hits off the triple bock as you go...
  9. jawzman

    jawzman Aficionado (230) Minnesota Mar 20, 2010

    I couldn't believe how good it was when I tried one early this year. Reminded me of a sherry, similar to a PX, if you are familiar...
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  10. johnnnniee

    johnnnniee Champion (785) New Hampshire Feb 28, 2007 Verified

    I opened one about a month ago and I was pleasantly surprised. Its quite complex and different. I'm a believer that your enjoyment of this brew will be in direct correlation to how well your bottle has been stored all these years. Lets us know how it went!
  11. afrokaze

    afrokaze Advocate (665) Arizona Jun 12, 2009 Verified

    Off topic, but you deserve a "like" for that avatar!
  12. tasted this a few weeks ago. was surprisingly not as awful as i expected, but don't expect great things.
  13. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Advocate (525) Indiana Jan 4, 2012 Verified

    anxious to hear how it is.
    i have one left too.
  14. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Advocate (625) New Jersey Mar 6, 2008 Verified

    It tasted bad in 1994,no reason to think it will taste better 18 years later.
  15. BobZ

    BobZ Advocate (600) Massachusetts Jun 24, 2009

  16. tolar111

    tolar111 Advocate (675) New York Aug 17, 2008

    I bought two in 94, drank one, it was horrible. The other one
    is sitting on my shelf. Best part of that brew was the bottle.
  17. jrbchef

    jrbchef Savant (275) Connecticut Feb 24, 2011

    Bought a case in 94, Would drink one every 6-9 months. Interesting how it changed over time. Had my last one summer of 2011. Never became a fan though. As said above, the best part was the bottle.
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  18. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Advocate (525) Indiana Jan 4, 2012 Verified

    I may make some Triple Bock Steak burger with mine.
    Will all depend on the first sip!
  19. jbck109

    jbck109 Savant (400) Michigan May 30, 2010 Verified

    Dont remember the year but, the bottle I had was better fit for stir fry than drinking.
  20. JCB

    JCB Aficionado (135) North Carolina May 22, 2006

    Hmm, reminds me to double-check to see if I still have that last bottle in the cellar. Sherry and soy sauce, baby!
  21. Chaz

    Chaz Champion (930) Minnesota Feb 3, 2002

    Have you ever tried Dogfish Head's sublime "World Wide Stout"? Well, imagine that wondrous WWS cut with heavy notes of this, plus a few, fleeting, maple (or molasses or caramelized brown sugar) notes. At best it's a bit like drinking a vintage Sherry, but to many folks Triple Bock is definitely not a taste or texture that works for them. Personally, I've enjoyed it every time I've had it, but I have a pretty ******-** palate! ;)
  22. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poobah (1,440) California Mar 18, 2010 Verified

    If it's anything like the 1997 vintage, be prepared to hate yourself.
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  23. Reagan1984

    Reagan1984 Advocate (710) Massachusetts May 15, 2008 Verified

    You beat me to it. I saw the thread title and a smile washed across my face. Just classic.........
  24. Hanzo

    Hanzo Champion (965) Virginia Feb 27, 2012

    Opened a '95 at a small tasting a few weeks ago. It was horrific. People throw the "soy sauce" descriptor around way too much, this beer was soy sauce and I wish people that called other beers out for tasting like soy sauce would try a triple bock.

    One of the worst beer experiences I've ever had.
  25. j47paco

    j47paco Savant (400) California Dec 19, 2010 Verified

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  26. Knapp85

    Knapp85 Champion (820) Pennsylvania Dec 25, 2009 Verified

    Had a vintage of this a few years ago and I after having a fresh bottle the taste was surprisingly different. Fresh Triple Bock to me was undrinkable... Some how and some way over time this beer does change and the older it is the easier it gets to drink. I'd have to say enjoy it, hopefully you'll like it.
  27. Reagan1984

    Reagan1984 Advocate (710) Massachusetts May 15, 2008 Verified

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  28. Drank one a couple months ago be prepared for the worst but hope for the best. I will say let it breathe and once you get used to the taste you will feel the warmness take over your body and no it wont be death
  29. FutureOBrew

    FutureOBrew Aficionado (210) Connecticut Feb 27, 2011 Verified

    I was just passed down a bottle for Christmas :( Now I'm scared lol
  30. Bond111

    Bond111 Savant (345) Minnesota Feb 14, 2011

    Just curious, how does one tell what vintage their bottle is from?On the back of my bottle it has a 96a 3497

    I bought 1 years ago, and tried it within the first few weeks of purchase, and it was very unique to say the least....especially to a very, very young new beer drinker. Still have my bottle since I thought it was pretty neat looking.

    Also, for some reason Iowa had this, when I guess they weren't supposed to?
  31. Derranged

    Derranged Advocate (535) New York Mar 7, 2010

    From the reviews I've read it sounds terrible. I'd still have to try it if given the opportunity though.
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  32. Hanzo

    Hanzo Champion (965) Virginia Feb 27, 2012

    Mine had a tag around the neck that said the vintage.
  33. Would it cost much in the way of trade ammo to land a SA Triple Bock (don't care about what vintage)? One of my friends is going to crack a Tactical Nuclear Penguin at a tasting and I'd like to grab one of these for it.
  34. No, people practically give them away.

    94 is the best, so they say, I've only ever been cursed with the 97.

    Which looks and tastes like an ink pen exploded in a bowl of clam chowder.
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  35. Hanzo

    Hanzo Champion (965) Virginia Feb 27, 2012

    I take it you were on Santa's naughty list?
  36. FutureOBrew

    FutureOBrew Aficionado (210) Connecticut Feb 27, 2011 Verified

    I didn't think so but apparently I thought wrong. Luckily I was in Vermont over the weekend and got to be Santa for myself.
  37. iwantmorehops

    iwantmorehops Savant (440) Vermont Sep 25, 2010 Verified

    Where is there triple bock in VT?
  38. FutureOBrew

    FutureOBrew Aficionado (210) Connecticut Feb 27, 2011 Verified

    They don't that I am aware of, I meant that I got to go get some great beers for myself at HF, Alechemist and Lawson's . Sorry for misleading you on that.
  39. paulys55

    paulys55 Advocate (735) Pennsylvania Aug 2, 2010 Verified

    I would have a strainer handy.
  40. Update:

    Sweet, syrupy soy sauce. I was the only one to finish my ~ 3 oz portion
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