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Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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1,556 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,556
Reviews: 991
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 17.29%
Wants: 112
Gots: 196 | FT: 10
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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.

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New Hampshire

4.78/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer via trade - thanks Malto! I originally noted it was a retired brew but then reread my label today and it's the 96 version from this brewery. Below is my post in the cellaring forum:

1996 vintage

Not quite black but very thick in the pour. A touch of tan head around the edges of my chimay glass that quickly faded. No lacing to speak of. the aroma was intoxicatingly rich sweet malt blended with a dark ripe fruit / prune effect. Taste is similar to the smell except with a wonderful warming effect to the beer. BA says 14% but it is so nicely blended that it did not come across as hot or boozy to me. Thick, rich and definitely a sipper. This brew was a treat to drink and I found myself at the end of the glass before I expected.

While thicker than some vintage barleywines / old ales I've had from the same year, this was an awesome drink. If you can get it or have it in your cellar I would consider you lucky!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2007 19:08:27 | More by barleywinebrewer
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North Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Enola for sharing.
I was planning on putting this up for awhile, but decided to pull it out to celebrate Easter. In hindsite I should have waited.
Syrupy, mahogany, chesnut colored. No head or lacing. Carbonation is slightly above nil.
Some sweetness, but mostly alcohol in the aroma.
Same for the taste. If you can get through the alcohol burn and flavor, you find some whisky flavors. Maybe a hint of dark fruit. Raisins. It's also pretty sweet. All this is well hidden by the alcohol though.
Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Alcohol gives a mild burn to the throat and you can feel it in your belly.
I bet this would be a heck of a beer a few years down the road. I may try it again but never this green.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2007 02:19:04 | More by wcudwight
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1.68/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a mug. Bottled in 2006.

Appearance: Pours a clear, but fairly dark, copper-brown color. Basically no head.

Smell: Alcohol -- like a whisky or strong sherry. And a bit of sweet malts.

Taste: Again, it's like a whisky masquerading as a beer. A somewhat oaky alcohol flavor that is quite (too) strong. Has an underlying malt sweetness with brown sugar, as well as the taste of figs and raisins or something like that.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with virtually no carbonation. Slight burning sensation too.

Drinkability: Alcohol is waaaay too strong in the taste. Unbearable.

Novelty only. I cannot stand an alcohol taste this strong in a beer. If I want a whisky, I'll have a whisky. Sorry, kids...

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2007 01:15:55 | More by mithrascruor
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2.3/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Ok.. Here we go. I've had this sitting in my fridge forever. It is from the 2001 vintage. Already six years old. When I poured it there was absolutely no head or any carbonation to speak of. The color is a very thick looking dark brownish-red. It looked like a glass of flat Coke.First sip just about took my breath away and made me pass out. I had the sour face when you suck on a lemon. OMG is this strong and overly sweet. The aroma is good and very profound with strong notes of figs, raisins, and heavy malts. The taste is horrible. It is so sweet I cannot even see myself finishing it. Flat mouthfeel with no carbonation. Overpowering ABV added to an sweet syrupy makes for a bad combination. It is like drinking cough syrup. I respect the ABV and it's 2001 vintage, but this is just not drinkable at all. I did notice some bitterness with each gagging sip I took. I can't believe I let this take up space in my fridge for 6 years.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2007 15:54:16 | More by kelticblood
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2.95/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I can sum this beer up in one word...SWEET. Unfortunately, that’s not "sweet" as a good thing, but "sweet" as in sugary, syrupy, sweet. The malty sweetness overwhelmed everything else in the aroma, and the 14% alcohol weighed in to make the taste and palate resemble drinking a carbonated syrup. To complete the disappointment, both the head and lacing were minimal as well.

All and all, a pretty crappy beer that I will pass on next time.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2007 12:30:54 | More by kimcgolf
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4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I've had a bottle of Samichlaus from the 2005 bottling sitting in my fridge for a few months. I haven't tried it yet because of a combination of its strength and my lack of free time, but last night I got a text message about it from David who was in Portland for a business trip. I let this warm and served it in my New Belgium glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear copper with a fizzy, beige head that fades to a persistent ring.

Smell: The aroma is deep, rich and malty. There are notes of caramel and fruit, especially raisins. There's also a strong alcoholic aroma that really becomes dominant upon swirling.

Taste: Sweet maltiness upfront, with caramel, raisins and vanilla. Strong alcohol brings a peppery spice to the finish, which lasts long into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy and full-bodied, smooth with just enough carbonation. Spicy warming alcohol remains through the finish and leaves a tingly sensation in the mouth and a nice warmth throughout.

Drinkability: The alcohol is definitely strong, but I find myself wishing that I had another bottle. Something to sip and savor, but surprisingly drinkable.

Overall: This was a great beer to finish the day with. It's been colder than normal, and it actually snowed today.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2007 03:43:59 | More by EPICAC
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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2005 vintage, 11.2 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. A short white head that drops to a thin ring and then nothing. To be expected with such a high ABV beer. Color is a clear caramel brown. Slightest hint of carbonation bubbles.
Smell is a bold maltiness. Lots of dried fruit, a bit of molasses and brown sugar. Taste is sweet, but not overly sweet with some spiced apple flavors. Finishes with an interesting mint flavor that I would not expect.
A very warm full bodied mouthfeel. Definitely a slow sipper. The label gives information about aging. I'll have to try it out.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2007 03:38:24 | More by bort11
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New York

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 bottle. Chestnut brown with a small creamy white head. Aroma of ripe apples, brown sugar, plums, and vanilla. Flavor is bursting with sweet dark fruits, chocolate, toffee, and I detected a hint of tobacco as well. Alcohol is tremendously well masked, it’s detectable, but mellows a lot as the brew warms. Earthy, almost scotch-like finish. A beautiful beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 21:54:23 | More by BlastTyrant
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3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review #300. I figured I'd make it a good one!

"Bottled in 2006” At 14% this should be interesting. Huge malt presence right off the bat, aided by a very active head, which settled quickly and evenly. Sweet berries and banana. Taste lends itself to a strong malt backbone, with syrupy finish. The ABV doesn't hurt its drinkabilty as much as this though. This is defiantly a "sipper" not a bad choice for the evening’s beverage.

Defiantly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 01:55:33 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't particularly care much for lagers but as far as a doublebock goes this one is out of the park.

Similar to all high ABV beers this one pours with almost zero head and coats the glass like a wine. Pours a rich clear mahogany color and smells of roasted nuts and caramel.

It seems like when you get to a certain level of Alcohol many of the beers taste the same. I find this beer and the XXX warlock (18ABV) from Bristol very similar.

Strong alcohol presence with even stronger spice and malt flavors with caramel and brandy undertones.

Overall this is a great beer for sitting by a fire in your reading lounge or otherwise before bed. It doesn't quite hit you like some other high ABV beers which makes this one a bit more drinkable than others; regardless, unless you have a palate for overwhelming alcohol I would say one is enough.

I can imagine this being one of the better drinks in the world if aged properly and for a long enough time.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 22:33:36 | More by Andbrew
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4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is hardly like drinking a beer. The carbonation is low the alcohol is high. It is sweet and more like a gentle Brandy or Cognac than anything the average American would associate with beer. Drinking this beer just makes me want to crack out a cigar. mmm m mm m mm.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous bronze brown color with exceptional clarity (it even looks like whiskey after the fizzy ivory head settles).

Smell: Cheery vanilla oak barrel and bourbon load the nose with a hot alcoholic clean manner.

Taste: Warm sweet smooth alcoholic sugars, oak, vanilla plums, raisins and some dark berry washed over by bourbon. Yowee Zowweee! That is damn tasty. Boy, the alcoholic aftertaste sticks with you just like in my favorite bourns. This is perfect for a liquor fan but if you don't appreciate the hot feel, then make sure your bottle is at least 10 years old cuz this is some potent stuff.

Mouthfeel: Absolutely coating. It leaves you mouth knowing that it was there as if it sticks to your cheeks long after you manage to swallow. It is thick chewy and syrupy through the mouth.

Drinkability: Well, this is no doubt a sipping beer. It is about as drinkable as a Cognac with my cigar. I am going to keep sipping at it all evening but I'm definitely not pounding them back.

Hope this is helpful.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 07:33:09 | More by Phatz
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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Flying Pig...
Appears a dark brown with mahogany and red hues when held to the light. A small, light tan head of foam dies out into a mild cap and collar.
Smell is extremely malty with rich molasses, cherries, cocoa, cream, toffee, caramel, and tobacco.
Taste is a smooth but warming version of the mentioned aromas. I used to really love this beer aged in the bottle. I'm unsure of the vintage date on the keg but I'm assuming it's fairly new.
Mouthfeel is smooth, warming, sitcky sweet of syrup, along with over ripe fruit and cocoa infused caramel bouncing along the palate with a gentle alcahol burn.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2007 20:52:10 | More by weeare138
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4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2006 bottling.

Pour: 33cl bottle to wide mouth wine glass. Vibrant orange/red body capped by half finger of white head that depletes almost instantly to a halo and just a smattering of lace, as if it was a race from the center of the glass to the wall. Lots of bubbles coming up throughout the beer.

Nose: Instant lemons and honey as soon as bottle is decapped. Maple syrup and something sour, like old socks. Tons of fruit, apples and dried apricots, sour cherries and grapes. All malt, basically, and some gentle prodding alcohol. Some horse blanket notes. It's as if the more I sniff, the deeper the array of characters for me to choose from... while at the same time the aroma is actually quite faint. Mouth watering nonetheless.

Mouth: Extremely sweet, caramel and maple syrup. Tingly mouthfeel all the way through, even tickling the back of my throat. Sweet but not cloying, warming but not an alcoholic mess. The after taste is more a feeling than a flavor, like putting tiger balm on my tongue, extremely unique and appealing. Fruit notes are rampant, with none of the tart characters of the aroma. Also quite chocolaty, more caramel, and alcohol comes out a bit. Drinkability is as good as could be expected for a young 14% beer.

Great beer, will be getting several to stow away. Interesting because I drank two extremely different dopple bocks earlier in the day...

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2007 06:48:17 | More by clickpush
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4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2004, small bottle. Poured into a snifter.

This very oily, syrupy beer has a nice-looking dark amber color, but little to no head as expected. It is so oily, however, that it coats the side of the glass.
Smell is highly alcoholic, whisky-like, with additional heavy notes of sugar, malts and some fruits, although mild.
The mouthfeel is absolutely perfect, oily, full, syrupy, creamy, fulfilling with even a single sip...
Carbonation is close to nill, but the intense flavor, warmingly alcoholic, with hints of fruits and sweets, but mostly rum-like, finishing to a whisky-like bitterness.
This is a very impressive beer, perhaps not exactly ready to drink yet (I will age the rest of the case at least 3 more years), and certainly not your daily brew, but nonetheless a very well crafted beer that will likely age gracefuly.

Addendum 2010.

The flavor keeps improving over time, and both the smell and taste of alcohol has mellowed down quite nicely. It is a great aging beer, and it seems that around 6 years this is at its peak.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 03:40:04 | More by brdc
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3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 bottling. Brand new. Wish there had been some more left to try aging.

Poured a nice dark amber with good clarity. Little head retention or lace.

Smells sweet like maple syrup and maybe a little raisin. Lots of alcohol.

The taste is also sweet, but well balanced against the alcohol. There are raisins and other fruits. The alcohol definitely makes its presence known and you know you're drinking a 14% beer.

It has a light carbonation on the tongue that seems out of place and it goes down leaving a somewhat funky finish.

All in all it's a pretty good beer. A bit overrated in my opinion, but nonetheless quite drinkable. I'd be interested to see how it mellows over a few years.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 04:46:52 | More by BassBone
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2.85/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

*2005 edition

One of those beer store aisle scans, where the bottle you've looked past 100 times suddenly catches your eye. Huh. Eh, why not?

So here at last, my shot at the infamous Santy Claus.

Appearance: Hmmm. Well, I expected this to look -- and pour -- like maple syrup. In fact, it looks like a standard American amber ale; a bell-clear golden-tinged amber. The off-white head comes... and goes. Very poor retention.

Smell: Ah, now we're getting somewhere. Super saturated bock aroma, fusels, brown sugar, surprisingly sharp citrus notes. As it opens up, cherry and vanilla become more assertive.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Whoa. Sugary. Fusels out the wazoo. Burnt caramel. It's an OK d-bock, but the mouthfeel tilts the scale into negativeland. The mouthfeel is, in a word, awful. Flabby, sticky and damn near dead flat. Yuk.

Drinkability: Not for me. I appreciate the fact that the good brewers found a way to coax this brew to 14 percent, but I found it to be a sugary, sticky, lifeless bore, and the monster alcohol makes it a rough go. One and done.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 05:52:51 | More by WetCoaster
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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

"Bottled in 2004" Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into an oversized snifter. Not much of a head, a ring of bubbles lines the inside of the glass. Deep orange/amber in color, and a very clear liquid.

A sweet melon aroma upon first wiff. Smells of maple-like candy linger. I enjoy the perfumey smell quite a bit.

Tastes like a sweet cherry liquor. A little bready...like a fruit cake soaked in cognac. Maltiness blends nicely with flowery taste. Finnishes on the warm side but not overly so for a 14% abv.

Samichlause is a syrupy elixir that is smooth and easy on the toungue. High in alcohol, but surprisingly drinkable compared to other somewhat similar styles.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2007 00:47:55 | More by Jermbrew
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South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear, light amber with only a wisp of beige head.

S- Smells like a mead, or a fruity eisbock. Tons of alcohol in the nose, with a sweet, syrupy character. Molasses, pepper, spice, fruit, honey, and almost a metallic character.

T- Delicious. sweet honey flavor that belies itself as a doppelbock... I would swear it's an eisbock. Strong peppery acohol balances the sweetness. No hop character.

M- Silky smooth and velvety. Goes down smooth and warm.

D- As with all very strong beers... it's wonderful, but not a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 02:54:53 | More by khiasmus
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New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 vintage 11.2 Oz bottle served into an official Samichlaus tulip style glass at the Moan and Dove in Amherst, MA on 3/4/07

This is the oldest beer I've had the pleasure to review.

AP: Totally clear with large bubbles streaming up slowly to create a 1/8" thin, white head that dissipated very quickly to an almost non-existing thin covering. Underneath the thin vale of foam is a brilliant, deep, dark amber color.

Smell: Wow, ultra sweet, I was'nt expecting such a huge malty-sweet dominated scent. It's sweet but it's complex with aroma's ranging from scotch-whiskey,caramalized malt, overlly ripe dark fruits, maple syrup with an underlying spicey hop effect and a bunch of heat that tickles the nose.

Flavor: The taste is much like what you would expect after sniffing this brew, Maple-syrup sweet malt dominanace with a scotch whiskey-like heat with it's big alcohol presence. Subtle flavors include, overlly ripe dark fruits such as black berries and grapes. Now, it's really not easy to detect a hop profile here, it's very subtle indeed, but there is a spicey and herbal hop effect in the aftertaste.

Feel: When you look at this brew, it doesn't look very heavy with it's brilliant color and thin white head, but the feel fits for the massively sweet flavor it produces, it's a thick and syruppy feel, certainly full body feel with a light bodied look.... Very decieving.

DA: At 14% you can really feel an 11.2 oz bottle, the heat is rather high, even compared to the 21% DFH 120 IPA. It's flavors are extreme and it takes an extreme palate to really enjoy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 17:43:42 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 Vintage

Pours a bright clear copper color with a decent head.

Aromas are potent. I mostly smell booze and sweet baked raisins.

First taste is quite sweet and candied. Beer is crisp and creamy. There is a tart fruity quality on the finish. It also ends with a dry feeling, and a bit of a kick from the high octane alcohol level.

Mouthfeel is thick and well rounded.

This beer is surprisingly drinkable. I am very surprised that this is so drinkable for a beer that tips the scales at 14% ABV. This manages to hide the alcohol pretty well. I think I'll wait a year or so before drinking another one of these just to see what some age does to this.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2007 04:45:52 | More by flexabull
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3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled 2005.

Pours a very clear, deep orange color with almost no head to speak of. Aromas of solvent-like alcohol, raisin, plum, and brown sugar. If it weren't for the alcohol vapor rising off this beer, it would get a perfect score for aroma.

Taste: Very sweet, with massive spicy alcoholic notes. Some caramel in there. Warming all the way down my throat. The ethanol kind of covers up the bulk of the other flavors, but it is still a very intense flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy - low-medium carbonation. Very slick on the tongue.

Drinkability: Not much. For 14% it is not bad at all, but who am I kidding?

Overall: A very different and very intense strong ale. If I am going to drink something like this, I prefer Avery's Samael's Ale with its wonderful oakiness. This is like Samael without the oak-aged flavor. Not bad at all, but not necessarily worth it (and literally impossible to find in my area).

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 03:14:54 | More by beertastegood
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

2000 Bottling

Deep clear copper color with copper/orange hues shining through. The little bit of carbonation slowly drifts to the top and briefly gathers to form a thin sheet atop the beer before quickly dissipating.

Sweet, malty aroma with dark fruit everywhere, brown sugar, and dark bread. Some alcohol coming through and a touch of floral hops.

Super smooth, thick, full-bodied, and creamy - no perceivable carbonation in the mouth.

Instantly warms you as the first sip goes down.

Dark fruits, fig and raisin, toffee and carmel flavors up front. Biscuit and dark bread come next along with notes of rum and sherry. Finishes with an alcohol bite, clean and slightly dry, but the mouth waters for more. Very malty and fruity but kept in check by the alcohol.

Fairly drinkable for something at 14%, but definitely something to sip, savor and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2007 20:38:50 | More by Lupe
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: c. 2006 Samichlaus in a fluted pilsner

Saw this sitting all by its lonesome at a local store. Given that its the 3rd week of February I was astonished, to put it mildly. So it will become my "Fat Tuesday" treat this year.

Strong malts and fruit tones on the nose, I'm detecting all kinds of fruit - pear, sour cherry, golden rasins, a syrupy sweetness...clover honey? As it warms the nose gets drier, crackers are apparent, Xmas fruitcake even.

The body is a beautiful, warm, amber hue, qualities of a older scotch or bourbon, clear with a nice, slow, cascade of bubbles rising through it. The head was a lively, crisp, snapping finger's worth of loose latte foam that sang & danced and was overall very appealing during its short lived presence, leaving not even a film as it faded away with no lacing at all.

Its thick, sweet, syrupy on the tongue, rich with caramelized malt sugars, a lite spiciness peeks through..a whisper of things to come. The carbonation aids in lightening this thickness. As it warms the bitterness rises over the now more breadlike malts, it evens like a calm before the...storm. The most intense rush of alcohol...whoa! My mouth is alive, sparkling with warmth, no, wait, a cold fire if you will! Wow, what a rush. The sharpness of the high ABV slays the mellow, sweet thickness with ease. My teeth tingle, my nose burns a little, You could call this Jezebel if you wanted.

Its sharp and almost peppery as you finish. I guess this could be a "naughty or nice" aspect given the name & bottling time. Definitely a cold weather brew. The aftertaste is very pleasing, coating the mouth in malted sweetness as a echo back to what it was initially, yet my teeth vibrate as a reminder of what it became.

This is an very interesting beer. I would compare the experience to the first time I had an Aventinus in its unique qualities. Quite a ride. I'm still sipping.

Well, this will definitely become part of my cold weather beer adventures. I've read it cellars very well, which I will have to try. Definitely seek this one out and give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2007 01:39:11 | More by BuckSpin
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2005 bottled - Poured into a small Cantillon tall snifter

Served at room temperature

330ml bottle, brown with a shiney silvery neck label on it, the main label states the name, facts and figures and the bottling date which in this case is 2005. 14% abv

Pours with a small off white almost yellowy head which soon disappears. Rich coppery body with little ruby and maroon hints floating around the edges, no head once its settled down except for a tiny patch about half a centimetre sitting in the middle of the glass. Thick syrupy body just clings to the side of the glass as you swirl it.

Smell, rich dry spicy malt (very similar in character to alot of lagers), slight hint of corn and a tiny bit of dms. Smooth alcoholic toffee and caramel, along with a little bit of sweet dried fruits like sultanas and raisins. Spicy and aggressive estery alcoholic vapours, a strong enough whiff makes you feel slightly light headed with its potency. Some slight butteriness coming through near the end, syrupy clovey warmth too

Taste, slight carbonation initally on the palette followed by a tonnes of very sweet sticky syrupy, alcoholic, caramelly malt, burnt sugars, raisins, figs, fresh plums. Thick and fairly syrupy body, touch of maderia and a helping of nutty marzipan. Some slight buttery character once again, along with a high degree of sugariness on the finish. Lasting strong alcoholic warmth, warming vinous like quality, some slight bitterness on the finish, whether its some hop character of a huge whack of alcoholic maltiness burning the taste buds. Some slight vanilla pod and light milk chocolate character in the main body of this beer, sits and moulds itself around the rest of the strong alcohol fruits and sweet caramel.

The second time I've sampled this beer, originally it was a 2003 and I wasn't all that impressed. The beer seemed to be too sweet, too one dimensional in terms of flavour, and a little overwhelming as far as the alcohol character is concerned. It might be my palette developing or the year itself but I have come round to this beer. I still think that the sweetness is a little bit excessive and it could have perhaps benefited from some form of balancing but I suppose at the end of the day this is a malt monster, and a malty beer, especially a lager, brewed to 14% is going to be pretty heavy on the sweetness. I definatly enjoyed this beer alot more this time, serving it at room temperature seems to bring out alot more depth in the flavour but it does push the alcohol to the forefront to some degree. Anyways, one of those beers everyone should try at least once, I have a 2005 cellaring at the minute and hope that maybe over time it will improve and develop further.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2007 02:53:28 | More by cypressbob
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1.75/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

On tap at Maduro, $3 for a nearly full Bell's Tullip. Pretty nasty stuff on tap.

Smells like sugar, booze, cheries, licorice, cat piss, and toffee. Tastes a bit like a strong mead loaded with candy sugar. Syrupy body, very sweet, seriously, disgustingly sweet. The ABV may be partially covered but the sugar sure as hell isn’t. Lots of cherry taste but most other flavors are hard to distinguish because my tongue is burning from the sweetness. It makes me sick to my stomach and hurts my throat. My body rejects this as foul. I take no pleasure in this mess, although it has a really, really pretty chestnut body with reddish hues though no head what-so-ever. I think this might be a lot better after a decade in a cellar.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2007 21:38:31 | More by DaPeculierDane
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