Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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Reviews by TXHops:
4/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
When I saw the bottle in Boston, I honestly couldnt remember if Id had Samichlaus before. I could remember Eku 28 and Kulmbacher Eisbock, but I wasnt positive if Id ever had this one, or if Id just read about hundreds of times. Oh well, now Ill know. The beer enters the glass the color of caremlized sugar and with about the same amount of head. A little sliver of foam lingered where beer met glass, but that was it (whaddya spect from a 14% lager??). I wasnt surprised by the lack of head, but I was surprised by the claritythis beer was brilliantly transparent! Do they filter, or does 10 months lagering clear up any suspended yeast??? The nose was more subdued than I expected. I mean, it smelled like a super-strong lager, but only one with an ABV of about 8, not 14 ; ) Lots of toffee-ish port-like/single malt-like alcohol warmth. The body felt WAY thicker than the beer tasted. The flavor was as malty as malty gets, even surpassing 24% World Wide Stout, if my memory serves. The viscosity blew away any of Sam Calagiones crazy offerings tooit felt like NyQuil in my mouth, which was totally coated. The alcoholic heat combined with the slight carbonation to chase away the sugary slickness that tried to cling to my tongue (nice effect). Then I was free to taste everything this beer has to offer in the tailbrown sugar, scotch, caramelized beef, port, pure two row malt, and butterscotch schnapps, to name the first wave only. Oddly, this beer isnt cloying. How thats possible, I cant imagine as hops impart no discernable flavor on my palate (thought they must be there in a bittering role only). Thats really the beauty of this beerso much strength and so much finesse all in a 12 ounce bottle! The alcohol is more evident in effect than it is in flavora real accomplishment with a beer of this gravity and an IBU count under 30 (if I were to venture a guess).
Well, its all its cracked up to be. Liquor lovers, line up!! I typically abhor liquor (too alcoholic), but this is an astounding brewing accomplishment, though not a beer Id buy more often than annually: its an experience, not an addiction
Serving type: bottle
06-05-2003 20:27:47 | More by TXHops
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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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