I like beer…almost all of it. It’s a good summer thirst quencher to enjoy now and then. Beer is something that you can find all over the world…except perhaps Afghanistan et al. It’s like a national trademark, or something.
After a nice day outside…and what a beautiful day it was… I thought I’d have a tomato beer. For those of you who have never been in a cowboy land beer joint where tomato beer is a favorite, it comes in a frosty mug filled with a third tomato juice and the rest beer. My special recipe is half and half with salt free V-8 juice over ice. Go figger.
For straight beer, I really prefer one of Todd’s special homemade brews or Haake Beck that is non-alcoholic and has a very good thirst-quenching flavor, imo.
Usually “the kids” keep the beer in the refrigerator downstairs, but I wasn’t really that thirsty to take a hike for it. Then I remembered a strange bottle of beer that has been shuffling around in my refrigerator in the kitchen. Small, just right.
So, I browsed around and found this intriguing bottle of Sam Adams triple bock. What the heck is that? I had not the slightest idea how it got there or why the bottle was so small and odd. I figured it was just a small bottle of Sam Adams. Duh!
Anyway, it was an intriguing, cute little bottle of beer. Just right…except…it was sealed like wine and then there was this cork which broke when I tried to remove it. I should have done some googling before I continued to open it.
This is what I learned:
Limited (brewed once). Serving types had: bottle (505).
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.
tbone78 had this comment about it…and he hit it right on the head: Picked this up at a store in New Orleans. This bottle was shared with a friend and we both agree it is not very drinkable. Pours mucky dark nearly black. Smells a little sour and has a sour taste with a syrupy finish. I taste a little fruit flavors like figs or dates. As mentioned, this has no drinkability to it. I have another bottle, I will make sure I have more people around to open it.
Wikipedia says: Samuel Adams’s Triple Bock was an extreme, experimental beer produced by Samuel Adams, released in 1994, 1995, and 1997 only. It has a black, opaque color, no carbonation, and at 17.5% ABV was the strongest beer ever brewed when it was introduced. The taste has very little resemblance to ordinary beers. If anything, it is more like a port wine (but more bitter) in character - very thick, sweet and rich aroma and to be served at room temperature and slowly sipped. A fair amount of maple syrup was added in the brewing process, which is also evident in its taste.
I tasted about two drops of this, involuntarily rolled my eyes skyward and set it aside. I’m sorry I opened it as it would make a much better talking point on a shelf. Maybe it’s someone’s idea of collecting carbon-based pollution.
I’m guilty of keeping things in my refrig perhaps longer than I should, but I dang well know this thing has not be there since 1994, 1995, or 1997. Someone will come forth and remind me he/she put it there since I’ve often talked about liking bock beer. This is definitely extreme beer and I’m just not into anything extreme anymore. This stuff is black as the ace of spades and stronger than lye. It didn’t even have any effervescence that I could tell, so I recapped it and will save it for my grandson who’ll be here this weekend. We can share and pretend it’s wine. It might be good for basting an Easter ham or as a hair rinse after a shampoo.
Any other suggestions?