Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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Reviews by Maxwell:
4.08/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The beer pours surprisingly as a deep ruby red color that melds towards brown, but not black. A fizzing soapy head appears with the pour but quickly dissipates, though a constant torrent of carbonation bubbles can be seen rushing to the top of the beer and replenishing the light ring that is left of the head. This beer seems very active in carbonation. The beer’s body is lager clean and clear, and actually reminds me more of a dark carbonated juice or soda more so than a beer. It actually looks thin, if that makes any sense, but it is still very pretty in the glass. The beer also displays a nice light set of legs from the alcohol. On the nose, the beer smells of sweet dark fruits and brown sugar with an ever present backbone of cloying booze, though it is really not too strong. Dates are surprisingly the dominant fruit smell from the malt, followed by slight raisin and sweet plum accents, and there is definite grainy cereal malt smell ghosting behind all of the other scents. This beer doesn’t actually smell as large as it is though, which is weird. It smells clean and drinkable with a noticeable amount of alcohol, but not 14%. On the tongue, the beer tastes thick and cloyingly sweet with a light acidity. The flavor begins as big sweet fruit flavors assault the tongue, moving from apple juice to brown sugar coated raisins, to rum raisins, to a touch of caramel, and even a little bit of muscato sweet grape wine, finishing with a big cloying alcohol. The flavor oddly reminds me of Midas Touch from Dog Fish Head, only there is a lot more alcohol burn on the back of the throat, and it feels a lot heavier in the stomach and more balanced with its fruit flavors. The flavors begin big and stay big, the finish gives hiccups of sweet bread and caramel, in between the cloying sweet fruit of the malts, and a very faint hint of clean yeast flavoring can be detected. The finish is medium to long in length, and definitely leaves a sticky sweet patch on the tongue. The aftertaste is only a faint lingering of sweet fruity malt on the tongue. In the mouth, the beer feels thick and chewy, yet surprisingly thin and clean in body, sitting somewhere just above medium. Carbonation provides a thick scrubbing, which works to keep the cloying nature of the malt in check, though it doesn’t quite succeed. The carbonation is not so much fierce on the tongue as soothing. The mouth is left sticky sweet and wet with saliva after the beer leaves it. Overall, I’m not sure what to think. This is a great huge lager with some nice complexities, but I really can hardly see myself even finishing a 12 oz. bottle. This beer is clearly an after dinner dessert drink, and should be drunk like a scotch. It is thick and heavy on the stomach, but interesting and pleasing. This beer is a sipper for sure, but is properly complex, and is worthy of a taste for the fact that it is the strongest lager in the world, if not because it has some interesting character and flavors. This is an interesting beer.
Serving type: bottle
04-03-2013 02:09:19 | More by Maxwell
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4.06/5 rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Fresh bottle, only a couple of months old
A- Pours clear and copper color with a very small fizzy head that disappears quickly, leaving nothing behind
S- big sweet malty aromas with notes of fresh bread, fruit cake, caramel, toffee, alcohol and dark cherries
T- very sweet caramel malt up front with a big hit of sweet brown sugar. sweet bread with some fruity notes mixed in, continuing into a sweet finish
M- thick and viscous body with low carbonation, foamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish, big alcohol warmth at the end
O- super sweet and definitely a sipper, but the sweetness does not overpower. Great sweet bread flavors that one would expect from a doppelbock. I'd love to get another bottle to see what some age does for it, but it drinks just fine fresh
Serving type: bottle
02-25-2014 01:04:27 | More by Treyliff
4.9/5 rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
A - Poured a deep ruby with a cream colored head that disappears to a whisper quickly, but left lots of lacing. Looks like a wine or a brandy, and is a beautiful color.
S - Huge showing from dark fruit. The smell is nearly like a wine, and I can literally smell the alcohol. Figs, grapes, plum and hints of dark chocolate and prune.
T - Intense flavor, huge deep dark malt hit, massive showing of dark fruit and some dark chocolate, and another huge wallop from the high ABV, which makes itself known, but not obnoxiously. My bottle had been aging for a few months, and I'd imagine the flavor was more intense initially, whereas now it has matured and brought out some beautiful spicy sweet tones. Delicious.
M - Extremely sticky, almost has a cough syrup texture to it, very thick. Heavy.
O - An expertly crafted dopplebock, and one I'd love to try fresh to compare the flavors to the aged bottle I had. Absolutely delightful!
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2014 22:32:27 | More by undeadozzy
Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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