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Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

Samichlaus Classic BierSamichlaus Classic Bier

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very good

1,468 Ratings

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Ratings: 1468
Reviews: 979
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 17.34%

Brewed by:
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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.

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

2.25/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is an extreme brew that is simply not to my taste.

Pours clear amber brown under a short-lived head that quickly gives way to a thin ring, no lace.

Nose is sweet, dark fruit. And lots of alcohol.

Crazy sweet to drink, to the point of being distracting. Raisins. Heavy mouthfeel. Boozy.

Similar to a barleywine. It is simply not for me. Too one dimensional in character - straight syrup and alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 20:50:45 | More by TerryW
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4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(2012 Vintage)
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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Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Slightly reddish brown in colour, quite red against the light. Tastes almost as if it's infused with whisky or bourbon - quite boozy in taste. Much less viscuous than I thought it would be given its alcohol. Smells almost as if it's barrel-aged. Sharp yet sweet initial taste that settles into sweet afterwards.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 20:10:03 | More by timeo
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3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Styles for pulling this out of his cellar and bringing it by - 2007 vintage. Samichlaus pours a light-ish copper color when you're looking down from the top, but appears like a much darker burnt sienna and ruby red from the side. No head, partially expected from a six year old, 14% ABV beer of this stature.

The aroma is a bit... misleading at first, to say the least. I guess I didn't really know what to expect. It's definitely very sweet, lightly vinous, and certainly a bit boozy, maybe even more than you'd think. Lightly sweet fruits mellow out the edges a bit - raisin and plums, with a solid caramel underbody.

A little bit into it, I start to get a weird, hard-to-identify spice. Almost like oregano, but I know that can't be it. It's not bad, though. It's just a head-scratcher, but it makes for interesting speculation. For such a potent brew, the aroma is quite laid back and borderline simple; it doesn't show much variance, even as it warms up. I would have liked to see a wider variety of aromas.

Samichlaus may be listed as a doppelbock, but if you bought this expecting a stronger version of Celebrator, you were sadly mistaken. The taste is much more potent than the aroma and hits with a strong pungency of flavor that's hard to pin down at first. Syrupy and thick, little hints of maple, brown sugar, and a super-sweet boozy flavor that romps the palate hard.

The dark fruits are certainly present; figs, dates, and raisins that have been soaked in rubbing alcohol and tossed with a light, sugary coating. Almost caramel-apple and cinnamon-like in the aftertaste, though the booze and sugar aspects are still quite heavy. Smooth mouth feel with almost no carbonation, medium-thick bodied and somewhat sticky.

Definitely interesting to try this 2007 vintage. Interesting take on the a doppelbock, which is seeming more and more like a last minute "catch all" category due to large variances present within the style. Heavily boozy and potent, sticky and sweet, yet despite that, Samichlaus may just be a bit boring and doesn't really exceed expectations in any category. Above average and something that obviously ages well, but nothing I would reach for regularly.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 11:56:59 | More by tectactoe
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4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"Bottled in 2010"

I think I'm getting drunk just smelling this beer. Wow.

A: Beautiful amber-ruby hue with a quickly-building, white, bubbly head that fades very quickly. Didn't expect any bubbles whatsoever so that's a surprise. Huuuge legs which makes sense given the ABV %.

S: Oh. My. Goodness. Complex! Super dark, dried fruits, tart pectin, raisins, wood, burnt and caramelized sugar, Port, and boooze! An intimidating aroma to say the least.

T: Way more mellow and balanced in the flavor compared to the aroma. Just as complex and exploding with sweet, sugary flavors. The roasted malt and woody qualities show themselves immediately. The sweetness really hangs around. A true warming, tasty sipper of a beer.

M: Extremely smooth, very sweet but not cloying, and obviously quite boozy. Has many Port qualities to it.

O: A very special and unique beer. I was intimidated by the label and the ABV % but it's really just an enjoyable, strong, interesting beer. A great sipper!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 02:07:53 | More by Gatch
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4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

2007 Samichlaus, served in a snifter glass.

Beautiful amber garnet hue with okay clarity, like an unpolished gemstone. Had to raise the bottle about a foot above the glass during the pour to get the mere hundred bubbles that I have now. They haven't quit yet, or should I say popped. Next to no head, in actuality, and that was evidenced by the lack of a hiss when it got cracked.

Liquoury malts with heavy toffee, raisin, candied peach, burnt sugar, caramel brittle, and booze. The booze is pretty quiet, actually. Lots of dark fruits, a hint of birch, shy vanilla, and treacle. Brandied, but not as brandied as I remember the fresher vintages.

Huge raisin and toffee notes, as is obvious. Big brandy flavors that are even vinous in their maltiness. Reminder of bitterness is hard to attribute to hops, but it's likely. Sweetness coats the roastiness of the grains. A little grape-y, like an ice wine. Alcohol is more present, but still way the hell tamed back. Amazing, in the way it's aged.

Very low carbonation. Medium-heavy body with decent stickiness. Totally subdued for 14%.

One beefy doppelbock, and apparently, that's how I like 'em. I always enjoy this beer. Thank goodness I have more.


Enjoyed on Thanksgiving 2013

'09 Samichlaus is mahogany dark red-brown and I got a sliver of off-white foam on top from an elevated pour. Big beers deserve a little help for the look.

Booze, brandy, dark fruits, hard tack candy, dark sugars, caramel malt, toffee sugar, maraschino cherry juice, raisin, and bock aromas.

Dark caramel, brandy, red grape, hard-tack, cherry, toffee, and more sweetness. Lots of booze and candi sugar with a doppelbock malt base that has been distorted to handle the high ABV. Tuned-up, like an eisbock, and I'm not sure of the exact lagering method. 14% is never laboring if it's drunk at a slow speed. A perfect winter warmer. Languid body with syrupy thickness and not much carb to propel it, it's still a remarkable drink. Just be careful.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 05:03:09 | More by thecheapies
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New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(2 yr old) Clear Amber in body with no head, just a thin eclipse of white around the edges. Aroma of apple juice, prunes, booze, something reminiscent of ketchup. Big flavors: prunes, grape candy, booze slicks the palate, bubblegum, black cherry aftertaste. Rum-like. Medium bodied with light carbonation and syrupy. Dark fruit fantasy, booze hides well in the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 01:55:39 | More by JRed
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Ontario (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: beautiful, rich red brown or deep amber; clear; head fizzles to nothing right away

Aroma: very sweet, dark fruit - figs, raspberry, prune, cherry; not strong; sense of alcohol

Taste & Mouthfeel: the 14% is like a slap to the face and fire to the belly! once the initial burn fades, intense fruit sweetness takes over with flavours matching the aroma, but more like dried and riper fruit - figs, prunes, cherries, like they have been stewed with wine; vanilla and something slightly earthy, like barrel aging was involved; syrupy and silky mouthfeel, medium-heavy, appropriate carbonation

Overall: flavour is fantastic and intricate, very intense and definitely more suited for dessert (and sharing), but the sweetness can be cloying

Edit: had a bottle aged for 1 year and liked it even more - had largely the same thoughts as the first review, but was getting a hint of chocolate that gave a sense of black forest cake; also found the sweetness was cut by carbonation and a slightly dry finish; amazing to have with dark chocolate

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 03:16:33 | More by BGDrock
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Ontario (Canada)

3.19/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Where's the head? It poured with half a finger and then disappeared. The body however boasts steady carbonation and a clear body somewhere between amber and ruby.

Smell: Wow, there is a LOT of malt here as the thick molasses/caramel smell is almost overpowering. Warming made it even stronger.

Taste: Caramel and Toffee malt are dominant through the entire beer, and apparent from showing a little bit of it's high alchohol content at the end of the beer, there's not a lot going on here but that.

Mouthfeel: Points get deducted for the complete lack of head, the aftertaste is unsurprising sweet malt, which is nice, but regrettably the beer turns flat in fairly short order.

Drinkability: Sweet in extreme, and will get you tipsy quick due to the high ABV. That still being said, it conceals it alcohol well, and is light bodied.

Final Thoughts: This one is all about the malt, and if you like sweet malt taste, you will love this beer. It's a bit too cloying for my liking, but it's worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 02:43:31 | More by TheHammer
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New York

2.89/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Clear chestnut brown. Not much head, just a light cap.

Malty sweet nose; boozy, fruity quality with caramel.

Flavor is crazy sweet like candy. Residual sugars are almost overpowering. I've never tasted a beer this sweet. Tons of brown sugar. Warming and boozy, but 14% ABV is not apparent. Nothing harsh, just lots of sugar saturated fruitiness.

Definitely unique; a sipper for sure, meant to be enjoyed at length.

I would suggest pairing with something to complement the sweetness; not sure what though.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 16:05:03 | More by Hoagie1973
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3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent rose-amber color with perhaps the most non-existent head I've ever seen (probably due to the massive ABV). Aroma smells of caramel, brown sugar, alcohol, and trace amounts of dark fruit. The very first sips takes the concept of "warming alcohol" to new heights. Your palate can track the alcoholic vapors' incursion into the mouth's every nook and cranny, leaving a warm sensation in the throat and all the way down the esophagus. The massive alcohol is nearly matched by the mammoth sweetness of the malt--a blend of caramel, brown sugar, and raw sugar in equal measure. Subtle amounts of dark fruit, anise, and spicy yeast lend some complexity, but it's difficult to appreciate through the assault of sugar and alcohol. I could be persuaded to declare some trace vanilla in the finish as well, though that could be merely an illusion I've associated with the profoundly boozy flavor it so often accompanies. Some bitterness prods the rear periphery of the tongue well into the finish.

The mouthfeel is oddly flat yet tingly at the same time, and a pervasive stickiness coats the lips unapologetically. This beer certainly doesn't lack for boldness, though I'm afraid it may be a bit much for my tastes (and I say this as a man of bold tastes myself). The sweetness becomes cloying as the beer warms, and the 14% ABV certainly isn't going anywhere either. An adventure to be sure, but one may be enough for any but the staunchest alconaut.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 03:38:48 | More by MaximalC
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Ontario (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best before 10, 2017.
Poured in to tulip.

A - Translucent medium amber/copper colour with a thin layer of cream coloured head.

S - Sweet bready and caramel malt aroma up front with some noticeable alcohol.

T - Sweet bready malts with some caramel and toffee notes. A big warming alcohol presence.

M - Medium body. Dry. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 01:27:58 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2011, drunk February 2013.

Clear, brownish copper. Slight foam when pouring, but there is no lasting head whatsoever. A few bubbles float to the top but it appears very lightly carbonated. After sitting in the glass for a while the bubbles stop and it looks more like a glass of brandy than beer.

The smell is of sugar and heavily toasted malts; figs and and raisins and cherries. Some alcohol in the nose, but not as much as one would expect when considering its high alcohol content. Very clean.

The taste is just as clean, and follows the nose with rich malt, cherries, raisins, and dark fruit. Sugary sweet, almost syrupy. More cherries.

Carbonation is there, but bordering on non-existence.

A squeaky clean dobbelbock with perhaps a little too much sugar, though the extra sweetness helps make it a wonderful digestivo. Reminds me a little of Baladin's Xyauyu'(without the oxidation) and is just as unique. Absolutely worth seeking out if you're into sweet after-dinner drinks. If you don't, you'll probably think it's too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 20:26:40 | More by mmmbirra
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Ontario (Canada)

3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage

Clear ruby red-brown, ring of white head, no lace at all. Smell is of fruit and alcohol, cherry, huge malt bill here, dark bread and sugars, caramel and more dark fruits, again more alcohol but restrained for 14%. Taste is malty and fruity, sugar coated dark fruit in alcohol, cherry and a bit medicinal, sweet toffee and bread, more alcohol heat aftertaste. Lightly carbonated, full body, very chewey and syrupy as well. This was pretty good for being so strong and so young, something I can see improving with age, the next bottle I have of this wont see the light of day for the next 5-7 years.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 23:57:14 | More by peensteen
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4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage

Appearance: This is a pretty beer. A beautiful red amber color which just looks menacing and delicious. Carbonation was much more present then I would have expected. The newest vintage helps that out. Zero head retention. Looks like a large glass of brandy. This beer just looks sexy!

Smell: Wow. A huge blast of caramelized malt. The booze undertones provide a very spicy undertone to this aroma. This beer just smells like it is going to pack a full on punch.

Taste: And the punch lands squarely on the chin. Huge sweet malt on the front of this brew. The sweetness just continues for days giving off a wonderful caramel, toffee, maple syrup, molasses flavors. So rich, feels like I'm drinking a glass of syrup. The alcohol blasts through at the end and really knocks you on your butt. All of flavors are rounded together so wonderfully.

Mouthfeel: A thickness very different then a imperial stout thickness. The palette is drenched in a sticky caramel warmth. Goes down easy, so be careful drinking this brew!

Overall: I've put off trying this beer for a long time. What was I thinking?! I would only recommend this to a mature drinker, my girlfriend just about passed out trying this one. Has the feel of drinking a glass of cognanc or brandy. Classics are classics for a reason and this is certainly a good one.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 05:33:43 | More by KFBR392
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Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml Bottle from the SAQ Quebec for 4.50$ - 2011 VIntage

Appearance - Clear light brown colour with a small size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average level of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, peat, butterscotch

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste butterscotch/caramel and malts mixed with dark fruits. There is also a peatiness and I can taste the booze. It ends with a malty sweet and boozy aftertaste.

Overall – A little too much of a wee heavy flavour to this one for me - which isn't my favourite style of beer. It's still an interesting beer that clocks in at 14% and is remains quite drinkable. I've go a few more to see how they develop over the years.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 01:42:51 | More by spinrsx
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

05 vintage

Clear rusted hue, with not much head. Rum raison on the nose, bit of wood, some pretty offensive solvent alcohol.

Thankfull the beer drinks much better than the nose. Smooth like a port wine. Sweet sugary taste balanced with a touch of alcohol heat. Has a sherry like woodiness. Aged amazingly, velvet like mouth feel, incredibly smooth with good balance between sweetness and alcohol. Very impressive.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 00:11:55 | More by jtierney89
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Ontario (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(3.75) A: Crystal clear amber coloured with a fast vanishing bubbly head.

(4.25) S: Bourbon soaked raisins, orange, banana, nut qualities, figs, and spices (faint cinnamon). Very good.

(4.0) T: Similar to aroma with boozy raisin, tart orange, caramel, dried dark fruits (figs and dates), spices, and pecans. As expected, the warmth of the alcohol is quite noticeable but it isn’t harsh at all and compliments the dark fruits very well. Mellow and smooth.

(4.25) M: Full bodied with low carbonation. Thick and syrupy with a pleasingly very dry mouthfeel throughout.

(4.0) D: This is very good and I’ll be aging a bottle or two more, along with drinking a couple more as is.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 06:05:17 | More by Digimaika2
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4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

dang, and the memories come flooding back...
little to no head, lots of tiny bubbles rising to the surface and crackling upon surfacing. true copper/amber/orange color. much more of a 'carbonation' than i was expecting for such a high abv brew.
smell is almost non-existent, but maybe barley?
taste? sweet. alcohol-ly, slightly twangy bitter. i never knew this was classified as a dopplebock.
much thinner than i remember. back before i got into anything too extraordinary or diverse, this was the killer. it had to be crossed off the list along with its sister, the pale, enroute to completing the '101 beers from around the world'at Der Baron's in Las Vegas. this and thomas hardy. and celebrator! but dang i really like celebrator these days... it's also a dopplebock, my favorite style. but this isnt as bad as i remember it. i will still prefer a 9% belgian over this, but i had to try it again after discovering it is classified as a dopplebock.
overall, though, i'd have to say it's a worthwhile endeavor; just dont allow it to get warm, i imagine. the 14% abv will surely come out to bite ya then. it's a stately brew, even while sitting in my pathetic 11oz butwiper clydesdale mug.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 01:14:30 | More by pkalix
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4.51/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark brown with orange tinge, fair carbonation, filtered, almost no head just a white residue from carbonation.

S: Smells like barley, puke, caramel, alcohol.

T: Pleasantly surprised. I get the barley, some sweet caramel, crème brule, some floral fruitiness, heavy hit of alcohol makes me think I am drinking a liquor. There is an underlying sweetness that backs this all the way. Almost an orange and a cherry blossom quality.

M: Thick and syrupy, alcohol burn, medium carbonation.

O: Bottled in 2012. Loving this one. I think its great, like nothing I’ve ever tasted before. Love the sweetnes and the complex flavours, as well as the bottle with the pic. Definitely a sipper or dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 04:25:52 | More by patre_tim
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New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a two-finger, bubbly white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Crystal ruby/amber color. Light carbonation and light - medium bodied. Nose is sweet raisins and alcohol, flavor is smooth and sweet dark fruit and honey. NOT a session beer - the 14% ABV is quite noticeable . . . savor this beer. $5.10 for a 330ml bottle, from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me. Bottled in 2010 - cellars well.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 23:24:37 | More by jdhilt
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Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle, 2012 vintage. Glad to see this in the LCBO after being rejected a few years back. Enjoyed as an after-supper sipper on the first cold night in a couple of weeks.

Poured into my Duvel tulip. Nice bright caramel-ruby in colour, with about a half inch of head that burns away in a matter of seconds. For a brew that is at 14%, this doesn't surprise me, but regardless of the reason it ain't the best looking brew to come out of the fridge.

Smells sweet and boozy, nice rich caramel, lightly burned sugar, vanilla, plum, and cherry.

Damn this is one tasty brew. Lovely and sweet, very rich - a real pleasure to sip. Big sweet caramel and vanilla flavours, with the booze and fruit coming in later. Light puckery finish, not as bold as I'd have thought, but still delicious. Like a sweet barleywine. I know it's a doppelbock, but honestly at this strength it shares so many similar characteristics to other similar styles. Whatever it is, I'm really enjoying it. Great mouthfeel to it as well - not overly thick or heavy, but with a nice balanced carbonation to keep things in check. A fine sipping beer.

Great winter brew - definitely planning on holding on to a few of these for next Christmas.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 04:18:38 | More by JohnnyBarman
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A treat to see at my local LCBO...

A - Pours a crystal clear ruby red colour, finger of head with little retention and no lacing.

S - Dark fruits, dried raisins, hints of apricot, candied sugar and a touch of toffee and leather on the finish.

T - The sweetness took me by surprise, syropy butter caramel and toffee, the dark fruit notes of raisins and plums come through, vinous red wine notes, candied apple and apricots, and alcohol sweetness lingers on the palette alongside a hint of leafy hops and bready malt.

M - Lighter bodied and a tad syropy for my liking, ABV heat is present but not overwhelming.

O - This stuff is not for the faint of heart. More of an after dinner dessert type drink, and a sweetness reminiscent to ice wine. It's a sipper and the first of the style of brew that is genuinely unique and memorable. Well worth seeking out, but certainly not something I could drink more than one of in a single sitting.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 22:12:29 | More by andrenaline
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4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(2011 bottle - tasted early Jan 2013, poured into a snifter)

A: small bit of tan head, no retention, no lacing - liquid is a deep copper color, quite clear - reminds me of maple syrup

S: melanoidin-rich malt, somewhat bold - toasty, sugary-sweet dense bread - fresh, invigorating alcohol, in the background at first and balanced real well, which eventually comes to the fore, exhibiting a vaguely floral, medicinal edge

T: alcohol is way more apparent on the palate, but buffered wonderfully by the malt - the decidedly bock-like malt character shows nice depth - fruity aromatics create some complexity - the aftertaste is the best part, as the malt slowly resurfaces from beneath the herbal alcohol warmth

M: almost shockingly sharp (booze) up front, gives way quickly to a mildly syrupy body (w/o cloying sweetness) - the alcohol seems to float above the medium-dense malt foundation - really smooth - a warming flush starts seconds after ingesting, washes away, stays warm mid-chest - the alcohol lightly burns and lifts off the palate, out up into the nose - surprising level of dryness in the finish, tastebuds experience slight dessication

O: definitely a sipper - I could imagine how aging this would mellow out the overall burn of the alcohol, establishing the malt more, finding balance, very likely turning this into a 5-start brew somewhere down that line

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 21:39:17 | More by Bouleboubier
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Poured a thin off white head that immediately dissipated. Deep copper semi-clear but thick like syrup. Thin patchy lacing. What I expected.

Smell is plums and cherry, lots of booze, reminds me of a rum filled chocolate, I like.

Taste is a bowl of sweet rum soaked cherries and raisins, this should be accompanied my a slab of christmas fruit cake. Has some underlying earthy peat coming through. The hops do not stand out whatsoever. Big, bold, and good if this is what you are looking for.

Mouth is full bodied as expected, syrupy, very sweet, not overly bitter, boozy, little carbonation.

A very nice brew that has a big well balanced taste. Will grab another ($3.95 - very decent) and put it in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 20:36:36 | More by Stocean1
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