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Chris Chila
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Post Number: 17
Registered: 09-2005
Posted From: 70.106.90.136
Posted on Friday, December 30, 2005 - 12:31 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

So I'm in a liquor store tonight and I come across what I thought to be a great find...a couple bottles of Sam Adams Triple Bock, vintage 1995. I barely remember trying it 10 year ago, and now I’m a homebrewer, so I figured I’d give it a shot. After I got home I did a quick search on the board and it looks like SA Triple Bock was met with horrible reviews. Help me out…should I bother opening the bottles for consumption or just treat them as the soy sauce I read about?
 

Sand
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Post Number: 206
Registered: 03-2003
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Posted on Friday, December 30, 2005 - 01:06 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Dude, You gotta try at at least!

Sand
 

Graham Cox
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Post Number: 335
Registered: 11-2004
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Posted on Friday, December 30, 2005 - 01:06 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Chris, my experience with such things suggests that you let your taste decide.

I don't think I'd open them at a dinner party for Sabine Ehrenfeld (the Overstock.com hottie - an object of fascination for me of late, thus the interjection) but rather save them for yourself and some of your closest friends. I'm inclined to think that you'll be met with a brandy-sherry-like beverage.
 

tim roth
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Post Number: 354
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Posted on Friday, December 30, 2005 - 03:13 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

That stuff was pure crap when young but, hey, after 10 years........Go for it! It's gotta be betta. I'll bet it's quite good. cheers, tim
You know I'm on the level because, my bubble is in the middle.
 

Scott Folsom
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Post Number: 135
Registered: 03-2004
Posted From: 68.100.177.136
Posted on Friday, December 30, 2005 - 07:02 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I tasted one that was 3 years old, and it was pretty good. The one I bought and drank the year of brewing ( yes I drank the whole thing ) was indeed very much like a mix of soy sauce and concentrated prune juice....

After 10 years it might actually be very interesting.

Let us know, please....
 

Paul Edwards
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Post Number: 887
Registered: 03-2003
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Posted on Friday, December 30, 2005 - 01:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You could always add some fresh grated ginger and use it to marinate some chicken for a stir-fry, if you taste it and still find the soy flavor overpowering
 

Hophead
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Post Number: 1939
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Posted on Friday, December 30, 2005 - 05:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Exactly, it tastes like soy sauce, very expensive soy sauce. The blue cobalt bottle is cool though.

I was very disappointed with this back in the late 90's, as the SA double bock is incredible (IMHO).

CC, if they're on sale, why not, but if it's expensive, I'd pass (maybe get one for your own taste test)...
 

Beertracker
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Post Number: 977
Registered: 03-2002
Posted From: 216.97.182.108
Posted on Friday, December 30, 2005 - 05:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

That's a pretty decent find on a store shelf. I don't believe that there's anymore 1995 planned for a SA release, although some of the larger retailers have some "squirreled" away some. A buddy & I scored about 6 cases of the 1997 vintage last year. The 1995 has developed some nice cherry & vanilla (Madeira) type characters (still lots of maple too! ) that I find very enjoyable. People have a "love-hate" relationship with the Sammy Triple Bock, there's usually no fence dancers. You can always sell or trade the remaining bottle, so be your own judge!.
CHEERS! Beertracker

"From man's sweat and God's love, beer came into the world." ~ Saint Arnold of Metz (580-640) - Patron Saint of Brewers

 

Bill Pierce
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Post Number: 4257
Registered: 01-2002
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Posted on Friday, December 30, 2005 - 05:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have two bottles of 1997 SATB stashed away. Sometime I'll muster the curiosity and courage to pull one out and give it a try again in the hope that aging greatly improves it. Until then my considered opinion is the same as Hophead's: very expensive soy sauce with some maple-like overtones. I recall once saying that I thought it might make a good marinade for stir fry. A friend took the suggestion literally and reported that it was all right but nothing special.

(Message edited by BillPierce on December 30, 2005)
 

Paul Edwards
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Posted on Friday, December 30, 2005 - 05:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Back when it first came out and wasn't selling very well, I picked some up from a bar that was closing it out for $1.00 a bottle.

I think there are still a couple getting dusty down the basement in the back of the beer closet.

Maybe I'll open one over the weekend and see how it is...
 

David Woods
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Post Number: 710
Registered: 02-2003
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Posted on Saturday, December 31, 2005 - 03:36 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

How do you tell the difference between the '95 stuff and the new stuff? It's for sale everywhere from CA to NY in the little blue bottles-prices ranging from $5-8 a bottle.

And I was one of the few who DID like the stuff. It is not what I would call beer though. It was much more like chocolate wine. The blue bottle alone is worth a couple of bucks and works great for my meads.

Drink that puppy!!!

David
 

Beertracker
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Post Number: 981
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Posted on Saturday, December 31, 2005 - 05:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Q: How do you tell the difference between the '95 stuff and the new stuff?

A: The 1994 & 1995 vintages are marked 1994 or 1995 Brew Reserve respectively on the back label and the 1997 vintage has no such designation.
CHEERS! Beertracker

"From man's sweat and God's love, beer came into the world." ~ Saint Arnold of Metz (580-640) - Patron Saint of Brewers

 

David Woods
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Post Number: 712
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 4.186.159.135
Posted on Saturday, December 31, 2005 - 05:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

OK, cause the 2005 bottle I have in my hand has no such designation on the bottle. Just says "Brewed & Bottled by the Boston Beer Company under special arrangement, Ceres, CA"

Guess that explains why it was cheaper in Ca when I was there on vacation than the one I bought back East when I got home.

Never saw one of the other bottles.

I might just open one up tonight to celebrate New Years Eve.

David