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

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BA SCORE
2.96/5
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956 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 17.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Todd on 01-10-1998

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
652
Ratings:
956
pDev:
37.84%
Bros Score:
4.19
 
 
Wants:
82
Gots:
138
Trade:
14
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 956 |  Reviews: 652
Photo of Bogdawg
4.12/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.81/5  rDev +62.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was able to enjoy a 1994 edition of this and was pleasant surprised.

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Photo of zacharyward13
3.5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of MidwestBA
3.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WTKeene
4.13/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happy 21st Birthday, Sam Adams Triple Bock 1995 Vintage!

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Well the cork died a long time ago. Other than that, pours flat, deep dark black/brown. No head, syrupy. Basically what I'd expect.

Smell: Maple and strong dark malt is definitely there, but there's an offputting metallic note too that I have no idea where it came from. Dark fruits, port type stuff going on. Was honestly expecting a LOT worse.

Taste: Lots of dark fruits, chocolate, with a bready note on the finish. Maple is here too. The dark fruits make it almost tart, again reminds me of port, or a really fruity pure dark chocolate. Not getting any of the dreaded soy sauce notes. Can definitely see how this was a precursor to the Utopias.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy thick, no carbonation of course. Decently long linger.

Overall: Honestly? I was expecting the worst. The cork and the metallic note is really all I've got to say bad about this. Everything else is pretty much par for the course for the style. Giving it extra points on this mark for confounding expectations.

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Photo of CraftFan5
3.74/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I wasn't going to do a formal review on this one, but how can I not, right? This is to celebrate a very successful fantasy campaign. Champion in 2 leagues and runner-up in the other. Cheers!

Meanwhile, I don't know how old this one is, but I guess it must be at least 18 years old. Cork broke as I twisted it open, so I needed to break out the corkscrew. The cork did not smell unpleasant.

A - On the pour it came out like non-viscous maple syrup, and that's pretty much the way it looks in the glass. It's a very deep, dark brown, with some not attractive redness when held up to the light. No head whatsoever. A drop dripped onto my hand at the end of the pour, and it stuck there like the aforementioned syrup.

N - This is extremely aromatic. Lots and lots of barrel (bourbon and brandy? bourbon and rye? Brandy and rye?) and plenty of bready malt. It's very sweet, and it's attacking my senses. If I hold it up to my face too long my eyes start to hurt. I guess it's time to dig in, right?

T - Wow, this is unbelievable. Not good or bad, just, maybe, the most complex thing, beer or otherwise, that I've ever tasted. I admit that I coughed after the first swallow, which was just a tiny sip. The heavy hitter here is licorice, an absolute blast of the stuff up front. You know that feeling in the back of your mouth/throat that you get when you taste something you don't really like, and you have a little trouble breathing, as if your throat is saying "please, no more?" Well, I'm getting some of that. This is probably a little too old to really enjoy, because I'm detecting a bit of sourness. Now I'm tasting lots of fruit, like Maraschino cherries, dried figs, and dates. I guess I kinda see what folks are saying about soy sauce, but I don't really taste it. It's just very, very sweet, and the sweetness is really lingering on the tip of my tongue. This is really not bad at all. Doesn't taste like beer, though, more like brandy.

M - Yeah, again like thin maple syrup. Nothing doing here at all. It's somewhat thick and oily, with no carbonation whatsoever. I guess that's what they were going for, though.

O - I'm SO glad I decided to buy this and try it. I admit I was scared, but this was quite the interesting experience. Not at all a bad beer, and not at all worthy of the reputation.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.62/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

**
12/11/2015
Thank you Dave for sharing this rare keeper. 1995 bottle to glass. Cheers to 20 years. Look is purplish brown, no head, no fizz at all. Aroma is salt, soy sauce, dark fruit; alcohol is prevalent. Taste is plum, syrup, leather, raisin, dark rum. Very complex, this has held up very well. Read lots of mixed reviews and I’m sure some is due to taste, but the aging probably has a lot to do with the quality. Feel is un-beer like, syrupy, like a rum or brandy. This has been an interesting experience."
**

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Photo of Seathrun68
4.09/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11/21/15: First try of the 1994, bottle shared among family. Darkly fruity with licorice, more like a liqueur than a beer. Very interesting.

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Photo of spycow
3.84/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sweffin
4.31/5  rDev +45.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gilgar
1.42/5  rDev -52%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of chippo33
2.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of AMCimpi
1.71/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

Photo of NYR-Zuuuuc
2.51/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Been a long long time since I had one. Very "unique" beer.

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Photo of reebtaerG
2.09/5  rDev -29.4%
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

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Photo of Farnswurth
3.6/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

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Photo of Lucular
2.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.97/5  rDev +34.1%
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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.8/5  rDev +62.2%
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.

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Photo of B-Finnegan
4.57/5  rDev +54.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerOps
3.43/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kelp
2.05/5  rDev -30.7%
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.

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Photo of LaneMeyer
1.72/5  rDev -41.9%
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.

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Photo of Bunuelian
3.98/5  rDev +34.5%
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.

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Photo of durlta
3.2/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Triple Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 2.96 out of 5 with 956 ratings
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