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Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

Samichlaus Classic BierSamichlaus Classic Bier

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,466 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1466
Reviews: 979
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 17.34%


Brewed by:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg visit their website
Austria

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
The once strongest beer in the world is back! Brewed only once a year on December 6. Samichlaus is aged for 10 months before bottling. This beer is perhaps the rarest in the world. Samichlaus may be aged for many years to come. Older vintages become more complex with a creamy warming finish. Serve with hardy robust dishes and desserts, particulary with chocolates, or as an after dinner drink by itself. Brewed under the exclusive licence of Feldschlösschen-Hürlimann-Holding, Switzerland.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-25-2001)
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More_betterness

California

4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear ruby body topped with a small head that recedes to nothing quickly. A swirl causes the viscous liquid to leave some legs on the glass. Resembles brandy in appearance.

S: Sweet maple syrup and brandied cherries. A little warming alcohol as it comes to room temperature. Honestly smells like a brandy manhattan.

T: Mostly follows the nose, with maple and sweet cherry leading the way. Brandy, caramel, and hints of sweet vermouth follow. Barely perceptible tingle of alcohol, that 14% is well hidden.

M: Thick and syrupy, with medium carbonation. Mouth coating viscosity.

O: First time having this beer, and definitely enjoyed it. The resemblance to a well made cocktail in both flavor and texture was uncanny. Definitely a sipper, but something I'll be reaching for again next year.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 02:53:05 | More by More_betterness
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Focusf111

Vermont

1.01/5  rDev -74.6%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I love high ABV beers, I have an open mind, and I love everything about the brewing craft. But this...thing....candy-coated cigarette ash that has been doused in bottom shelf bourbon. Holy hell I havent had a beer this bad in a long time. Gives me the haunted shivers I got when I tried a sip of bud light chelada. Whoever you are that brewed this batch (or beer in general) there is a special spot in hell for you. Right next to the chelada guy.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 19:59:32 | More by Focusf111
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Treyliff

West Virginia

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
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undeadozzy

Pennsylvania

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
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Givemebeer

Vermont

3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: pours ruby in color no head no lacing.

S: alcohol soy sauce and caramel

T: soy sauce toffee raisins molasses. The alcohol makes it's presence known at the end but not tooo aggressively for a 14% giant.

M: pretty thick and sweet. But not overly sweet.

O: this is a classic. I'm going to buy one and age it to see how it does. This bottle I drank is fresh.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 17:58:32 | More by Givemebeer
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magictacosinus

California

4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served at the January tasting at the Taproom. Thanks to whoever brought the bottle! Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. 2005 vintage.

While I've seen this beer at its freshest (usually dark amber brown), it's impressive what 8 years has done to it - clearer, with a pale amber color that ranges on being copper tinged. There actually was a head overall, as well as carbonation, which is nothing but good news. A bone white ring clings to the top, and while nothing really sticks to the glass, the alcohol tears are quite large on this. Reminds me a lot of the appearance of a less viscous Sherry right away.

And, wouldn't you know it, the nose reminds me of a variety of fortified wines as well - most notably Sherry and Madeira - but there's also some brandy-esque elements within the concoction. Big caramel and honey soaked raisins, candied plums, dates, and a little bit of a sweet grape aroma. Toffee, brown sugar, cinnamon, as well as some white pepper and light floral elements. Very sweet, yes, yet at the same very restrained in terms of going overboard, and the oxidized notes are perhaps the ones to credit for. Due to its age and time oxidizing, it's picked up some spicy, dried fruit, and resinous (woody) elements that really balance out the sweetness, and this, along with no burn whatsoever from the alcohol, makes this a unique experience.

The flavor reaches the same level of excitement - this is what highly age-worthy strong ales (or old ales) should strive to become. I haven't had Tom Hardy's Ale before, but I'd imagine a good vintage of this, aged for a long time, could reach the same dizzying and legendary heights of the former. Big notes of sweet, caramelized, dried raisins, dates, prunes, and grapes, alongside some lightly spicy elements from the age and refined notes of toasted toffee, cinnamon, and a little bit of vanilla. Like a good Cognac, goes down extremely silky, with minimal heat and lots of refined, resinous and dried fruity elements, alongside an aftertaste that is crisp, thick, and well poised. Really enticing, and really wonderful.

With the age at hand, this isn't difficult to drink at all. The amount served to me was perfect, but I could easily split a bottle of this. I used to hear divided things about this - that it was too sweet, too boozy, and pricey for the effort required to finish it. I say - give it some time, let it mellow out over a decade, maybe even two. You'll find yourself, in the end, with one of the most fantastic elixirs in the beer world, bar none. I wish I had more bottles of this vintage to age for the next decade, but alas, I'll have to dig deeper to find more. If you can find a bottle that's at least 8-10 years old, don't miss out the chance to try this!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 23:15:16 | More by magictacosinus
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Hoppsbabo

United Kingdom (England)

4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear but almost ruby-like dark copper. The beige head quickly reduces to bubbles around the rim. Looking into the glass it looks like whisky, has that sort of density where it fades colour the closer to the glass it gets.

S: Toffee apples, concentrated caramel.

T: Very sweet but certainly not the sweetest thing out there. Does not taste like 14% at all – cannot taste any alcohol. Not complex, just syrupy and warming. Not getting any fruit. Leaves that sweet lacquer flavour on the breath after swallowing. Definitely some resemblance to cough syrup, which is no bad thing. More akin to an English barley wine than anything German I've had.

M: Smooth and gloopy. Nice and effervescent when swallowing. Lovely and sticky.

O: Not complex at all but still delicious. Elementary, you might say. Cough medicine-like syrup with shit loads of alcohol, what's not to like!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 09:55:30 | More by Hoppsbabo
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samtrillo

California

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Transparent red amber. Looks like delicious maple syrup! OOohhh...

Smell- Sweet malt, cherry. Gets your taste buds interested!

Taste- Sweet alcohol cherries. Syrupy malt with undertones of other fruits and vanilla? Lot's to unpack. If you like complex sweet alcohol flavors you'll be at home. Think of Port Wine. Yummmm.

Mouthfeel- Smooth high alcohol, if that makes sense. If you like high alcohol beers you'll like this feel. Low Carbonation.

Overall: Not my favorite, but I'd love to try this aged. Always worth a try even with a steep import price. Go get it.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 04:35:32 | More by samtrillo
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Dave1999

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent dark brown with a small white head.

The smell is dark fruits, cherries, plums,figs,dates and the like, is also very sweet smelling.

The taste is dark fruits, port, some alcohol.

Mouthfeel is syrupy with low carbonation.

A very sweet and tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 02:31:18 | More by Dave1999
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2012
Served in a Prairie Teku glass

A - Crystal clear with a blush red amber color. Small tan head that vanishes quick. Beautiful beer.

S - Sweet bready malt, toasted cereal grains, cherries, nutty cocoa, caramel,

T - Sweet caramel malts layered with fruit bread, amaretto liquor, very nutty, toasted grains, and woody vanilla are buried deep under the sweet malts. The finish is very rounded with alcohol wicking the up the wet sweetness with a crisp bite.

M - Heavy side of medium, low carbonation, smooth and syrupy at times.

The roundness of this beer is very impressive. The heavy alcohol works perfectly with no astringency. Looks great in a glass as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 01:53:28 | More by StaveHooks
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utopiajane

New York

4.85/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

There's not telling how old the bottle is.

Pours and amber/copper /light brown. The color of a good single malt scotch. Or a glass of tea. it had a thin layer of cream for foam that receded to the edge of the glass before my very eyes. I will liken it to vapor. It's thick like a liquor and coats the glass with each swirl, has alcohol legs and stunning clarity. It has a sharpness and a piercing light like a star. When I saw this beer I felt startled and sober.

Nose is like a perfume. Intoxicating alcohol fumes. Don't get me wrong they are sweet and pleasant. Ripe fruit. Plum and a lightness like grapes. On the nose the malt is like pure sugar. Not really heavy. Just pristine. Succulent plum and a bit of alcohol spice mingle. When I smelled the beer I felt delighted.

Taste is something you won't ever forget. The succulent plum, the very ripest part closest to the pit. All sweetness. The grapey notes. Then the malt is so light it defies explanation. It is as if God had made a honey you could drink. Raw, golden sugar. it's smooth. So very smooth. It's creamy and there's hardly any carbonation to speak of. Wave after wave of simple goodness. It drinks like sweetened tea only with a bit of alcohol to warm in a dry finish. The dryness takes away the flavors on the palate too quickly but they move to the aftertaste where they reside in exactly the same strength as on the tongue. I have never seen that before. A touch of spicy alcohol and a bit of warmth plus all that flavor. After I tasted the beer I felt appreciative.

I have never had anything like this. Perfect.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 22:14:29 | More by utopiajane
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tmzl

Slovenia

3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours with barely any head - white, mostly diminishing. Leaves a small amount of lacing. As expected almost no carbonation for such a high ABV beer. Colour is deep amber, clear. Thick, looks like a clear watery syrup - inviting to say at least.

Smell: Huge sweet, carmelish, honey malt smell. Also some alcohol comes into the nose. There are some very light fruity esters - figs related. Reminds of Hungarian wine Tokaji.

Taste: Smell pretty much translates into taste. Heavy almost harsh sweetness - dates, sugar cane, molasses, honey with some figs. Fat candy. Bitterness comes probably from the huge honey like sweetness and some alcohol - and this light alcoholic bitterness stays with you for a while.

Mouthfeel: Full, syrupy, low carbonation. You get full of it very fast, couldn't drink a whole bottle. Moderate alcohol warming.

Overall: Fat and very sweet - never was a fan of these two. But it's definitely an interesting beer, just not my style. Would recommend to try it, if your into sweet shit - you'll probably love it.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 08:11:34 | More by tmzl
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dreamchaser

Ontario (Canada)

4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was mentioned as one of the beers Santa would drink in the Canadian Taps Magazine, so naturally I had to try it.

Aroma is strong and warm, reminiscent of a Belgian tripel with fruity, butterscotchy figgy , softly spicey notes - in short, very Christmasy. Delicious rich flavour, like a butterscotch apple, and reminded me of a mulled cider with orange and clove notes. Mouthfeel is incredible, magnificent in the way it slowly opens up over your palate, at first warm and dry and tingly and then spreading down like a sweet syrup.

Unmistakeably a work of genius.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 00:22:39 | More by dreamchaser
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BastardKing24

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange with barely any head. Ruby highlights throughout.

Smell is amazing. Oranges, dates, fig, toffee, caramel.

Taste is unique, with a big sugary malt presence right away. This beer is like chewing on liquid caramel, with a tiny bit of bitterness from hops. It's almost similar to tasting malt extract before using it in homebrews. But it is more complex than that. Plums, dates, molasses, orange candy, and golden raisins. Alcohol is well hidden behind the sweetness making it a sipper but smooth. This is the 2013 version so its roughly a year old.

Mouthfeel is syrupy and lightly carbonated. There is just this thick viscous fruity presence about this beer that makes it stand out.

A decadent beer even though its on the sugary side. It could be more dry.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 22:58:42 | More by BastardKing24
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

2011

Small snappy one-finger comes out of an aggressive pour. Brew has great clarity. Dark brown with light purple color. No lacing, to be expected @ 14%

Angel tears. Tons of grapey caramel drizzled with milk chocolate. Sweet. Dare I say the pinnacle for a Doppelbock ?

Way sweet, yet not a sugar bomb. Well placed wet, sugar. Flavor profile is nuts. Lots of sweet raisin, red apple, pear, tangerine rind, banana...clove. Well spiced, but not even close to over-the-top. kinda peppery. Funky-ass, rubber, bitter, wetness comes though on the backend... Not sure how I feel about the mouthfeel, it could be improved. Carbonation is much heavier than appearance.

Appropriate beer for the Sugar Bowl, go Mizzou! Back-end feel is a bit too weird for me to give monumental rating. It's good and recommended, just with a grain of salt.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 03:53:56 | More by chugalug06
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RickS95

Indiana

4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It looks like iced tea. The pour is a very thin looking, very clear reddishy, orangey brown. I expected a richer look. Despite the extremely high ABV, there is a fleeting offwhite head. While there is no retention, it's surprising to see any carbonation with 14% ABV.

The smell is pleasant enough for a lager, especially if you like malt. You can smell sweetness from all the malt in this beer. Mostly caramel, but a splash of chocolate as well. Nothing in the way of hops. With this being a German beer, I'm thinking it's possible it's just water, yeast and malt.

It's pretty outstanding. Lots of sweet, ripe fruits. Plenty of caramel. A dollop of alcohol and some vanilla. Honestly, I have no idea how to improve this.

For a lager, it's world-class. Plenty of flavor, lots of alcohol, and the mouthfeel is mostly just gentle and sweet. Instead of hops providing balance to the high malt character, alcohol cuts through this and provides what little balance is there. It's clearly very sweet, almost crossing the line into cloying. But it stops just short. Full bodied, despite the clear look. Sweet til the end when alcohol steps in with a warming feeling. Very syrupy feeling as the beer sticks to the tongue and throat.

Overall, this is amazing. Words don't do it justice. It's easy to drink, but be careful, I can feel the alcohol kicing in after just one.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 04:35:00 | More by RickS95
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 330 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: dark amber or even a little btandy colored, this beer pours with little to no head which immediately breaks and leaves no lacing or any traces. You are left with what resembles a glass of port or brandy.

S: sweet. Demerara and molasses come to the nose first, followed by a world of dark fruits such as prunes and plums. Some anise on the tail.

T: sweet, almost too much so. The sugars are so upfront that it takes a second or two to recognize the other tastes. I found the dark fruits such as dates and prunes really came through after the initial blast of sugar.

M: medium/low carbonation and a heavy feeling body. This beer does mask the 14% abv remarkably well, which is a credit.

O: my experience with dopplebocks is pretty limited, but I can say that those I have tried were a little less full and potent than this beer. I enjoyed Samichlaus, and I think that as others have noted it may need more age on it to soften it. I will try this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 19:25:21 | More by polloenfuego
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; from the 2013 vintage and best before Aug 2018. I'm fairly certain that this is the highest abv beer I've ever bothered reviewing. Served at cellar temperature and poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, clear reddish-amber colour, topped with 1/4 inch of dense, off white-coloured head. It vanishes quickly, leaving only a narrow collar behind with no lace at all. Great aroma, with enough of a whiff of alcohol to help clear out my sinuses a little - that's in addition to lots of caramelized sugar, red licorice candy, molasses sweetness, raisins, rummy fruit cake and apple cider notes.

My eyes widened as I took my first sip - I've had close to 600 beers and not one of them has been even slightly comparable to this. As expected, it is extremely saccharine - honey candy sweet, almost, but this feature is probably for the best as the high sugar content helps to mask the equally astronomical alcohol content. Tons of big, dark malt flavour; there's a touch of charred wood, but for the most part the focus is on plums, raisins, sherry, toasted nuts and candy sweetness. Boozy on the finish; not overwhelmingly so for 14%, but still hot enough to remind you that this is no ordinary beer. Slightly nutty aftertaste with some vanilla. On the lighter side of full-bodied, with a syrupy quality that leaves a sticky feeling behind on the lips and palate. This is a pretty good sipper just on its own, but it's really more of a dessert beer.

Final Grade: 4.33, an A. Samichlaus Classic is by far the best Austrian beer I've had the pleasure of trying so far, as well as one of the most unique brews to grace my glass in a long time. This one isn't for the faint of heart, and if malty, boozy monsters aren't up your alley I can't see it being worth your time - as for me, this is a nice change-up from the usual fare and it makes a fantastic winter warmer. Glad I picked up another bottle to cellar for a few years, since that seems to be the preferred way to handle this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 17:05:15 | More by thehyperduck
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krustster

Michigan

1.41/5  rDev -64.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

2013 vintage. First time trying this. I'm aware that it's supposed to improve with age, but it's supposedly already aged for almost a year so I figured I may as well blast one now and see what's up.

Appearance: Fizzy head that completely disappeared within 5 seconds, leaving a clear reddish-brown liquid. Appears to be 95% un-carbonated. I guess it looks okay, but the weird mystery head has me a bit worried. It looks like a port wine now.

Smell: Oh god, I'm in trouble. Sickeningly sweet, I'm not getting much besides sugar, weird rotten corn/grain, and a disgusting metallic aroma that reminds me very strongly of cheap high gravity lager "Camo Extra Black" ($1.50 for 24oz, 12% abv). I had a friend sniff it and he agreed that it was nearly identical to that one.

Taste: I thought I could handle sweet. Founders Sweet Repute straddled the line but didn't cross it. Samichlaus steps over the line, takes a crap on it, and then throws the poo in your face. Maybe I got a bad one, maybe it gets way better with age, or maybe the price and reputation have just convinced people that it's not as gross as it really is, who knows. But this tastes like a very slightly refined version of the aforementioned Camo Black Extra, dripping with horrible rotten corn, sugar, cheap alcohol, mushy brown apples, massive boozy heat, and a horribly offensive metallic finish. I said it multiple times already, but this tastes so much like drinking Camo straight from the can that it isn't funny. Actually it is pretty funny, as long as I can harness the power of the 14% ABV to forget how much money I spent on this mess. The same friend (who has wildly differing beer opinions from mine) agreed that the taste is nearly identical. I give this one an extra .25 of a point just because there are some things that are undeniably worse (albeit for 1/10 the price) and you gotta reserve the lowest mark for something truly special. Still... Samichlaus is without a doubt the worst-tasting "good" beer I've yet come across, and by an enormous margin.

Mouth feel: Not AS bad as the taste and smell, but still extremely offensive. It's too thin but too thick at the same time. The carbonation is extremely light, but also too sharp on the entry. After the initial sip it goes flat in your mouth and takes on a cough syrup-like consistency. It really feels like a disturbingly thick version of a cheap, cheap, awful 40oz of bad malt liquor that has been sitting around open for too long. I can't finish this.

Overall: This resembles more than anything a cheap, awful port wine with a hint of carbonation thrown into it to make you feel like you're drinking a beer. I like ports, but this is an abomination. Even at $1 a bottle, this would still be a drain pour. I have a really hard time believing that anyone could enjoy it. I do think that a couple years of age would reduce the disgusting metallic notes and maybe open up the port-like flavors, but you'd still be polishing a turd. I have no intention of finding out for myself. Stay far away unless you have a taste for rotten fruit and high-gravity lagers and someone else is paying. Utter crap. And again, I honestly cannot imagine somebody legitimately enjoying this. Maybe if you force your way through half the bottle you'll be drunk enough that it will start to taste good. I lasted four or five sips before I had to toss it to avoid throwing up.

Edit: I browsed the other low scores and found that someone described it as being "like nail polish" and I think that was the missing element in my review. Huge acetone taste on this one. That's acceptable for some kinds of rum, but in a beer of this nature it's downright vomit-inducing.

Further edit: some say this has to be aged for at least 2 years and then its true power is revealed. To that I say, why release it if it's undrinkable as-is? They already aged it for 10 months before bottling or whatever, if it needs two more years to not be horrible, why not hang on to it for that long and then send it to stores?

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 06:14:49 | More by krustster
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mtboozeaddict41

Montana

4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

OK, I poured this into a versatile wine glass for analyzation.

A: Dark burnt sugar shade. Beautifully transparent though and looks like some royal liquid. Retention is very low. Small off white head quickly dissipated to a thin white ring around the glass.

S: Right off the bat this aroma is nothing but burnt sugar and caramel. Smells like pure candy also lending itself to being quite fruity. Dark dried fruits like raisins and prunes. Sweet malt also apparent. In all this aroma is perfectly layered and complex. They do right in the aging for 10 months.

T: Huge burst of sweet burnt sugar and molasses. The potency of the flavors is off the wall. The oily viscosity leaves the roof of your mouth beckoning for more. This beer is huge in the most elegant way possible. Malt with fruit of raisins is apparent also but in the way also is the alcohol. But I will not fault this beer one bit for the alcohol at 14%. The palate is equally well layered and integrated.

M: Heavy bodied and an oily viscosity. Carbonation is low to moderate letting the drinking to be fully exposed to the beauty of this beer.

O: Unreal is an understatement. This brew is in a realm of its own. Even though its a labeled as a doppelbock it reveals itself to be so much more than that. The tradition of this brew dating back to the 1970's and also being brewed once a year on December 6th has an alluring quality that might form a bias for most but this beer is big and for real. Don't miss out on this beer if you see it at your local beer shop.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 04:34:03 | More by mtboozeaddict41
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May be my own lack of appreciation of double bocks rather than anything wrong with this specific bottle, but it does not live up to my expectation for this much discussed Christmas classic.

Bottle purchased at the LCBO last year is pretty flat despite an initial hiss when opening... Pours an oily yet attractive reddish amber colour, with no head. Slick mouthfeel is not overly viscous, decent despite the lack of carbonation. Complex aroma of tannins and earthy figs with a nicely caramelized malt base. The alcohol is hidden in the aroma much better than in the taste, but has a warming depth befitting its 14% ABV. The flavour also offers whisky mash tones with a distilled malt background in the finish, that lingers right at the back of the throat. A real alcohol heat from start to finish.

My expectations may have been too high, but not the dignified "classic" I expected...

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 00:57:02 | More by hopsolutely
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MtnBiker

Oklahoma

1.81/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

smell: I don't know, it was pretty gross from the start. The smell is sweet as hell, it's all sweetness and no malt or hop aroma, smells like some sick malt that someone concocted in a malt shop.

Taste: just as bad as it smells, cloying sweetness, terrible aftertaste.

Drainpour time...

Overall: I can't describe this beer in any good way. Smells of sweetness, tastes too sweet, over cloyingly sweetness overwhelms anything that could have been.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 07:21:37 | More by MtnBiker
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maxcoinage

Illinois

3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured Bottle (2012 Vintage) into tulip glass with a 1 finger head that dissapated rather quickly. Color is a brownish amber color.

Aroma is sweet, candy apples is one thing that came to mind, caramel . There is some alcohol in the nose as well

Taste - sweetness! Caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, slight spicinesss, a bit of booziniess on the finish

Mouthfell - lower carbonation, thick and syrupy, coats the mouth a bit

Overall - enjoyable after dinner sipper for sure that keeps you warm on a cold winter day. Would probably be okay splitting this with someone.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 02:08:04 | More by maxcoinage
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1Nrwyscotch

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance. Pours a nice orange color with very little head that disappears almost immediately.

Smell. This is sweet, really sweet smelling . I'm getting some caramel like malt but not much else.

Taste. Well it tastes as sweet as it smells. It has a little smoky caramel flavor. The alcohol is in the back ground it is a little warming.

Mouthfeel. Its very thick almost syrupy.

Overall. It very sweet and syrupy and I would have enjoyed it more if the bottle was maybe 5 oz and not 11.2. It is like desert in a glass.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 22:58:40 | More by 1Nrwyscotch
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PaulyB83

Michigan

3.06/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured for a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Had at Ashley's in Ann Arbor.

A- Pours a medium heavy amber with good amount of clarity. No real head to speak of.

S- Lots of malty sweetness and some spice.

T- Dang! This is the sweetest beer I think I've ever had. Some yeasty spice and moderate alcohol on the tongue but much of the ABV is hidden by the sickening sweetness.

M- A heavy mouthfeel which isn't surprising given the sweetness and the ABV.

O- Had always passed on this beer but finally choose this one tonight. I'm pretty disappointed in this one, it is just way too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 03:58:34 | More by PaulyB83
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