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Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,615 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,615
Reviews: 999
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 17.29%
Wants: 122
Gots: 209 | FT: 11
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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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Photo of JayS2629
4.68/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep mahogany with little head. Nice lacing.

S- Molasis with notes of cherry. Woody, toffee, and a slight booziness. Some spice.

T- Deep toffee up front followed by molasis. Caramels. Vanilla spice-cake with hints of cherry liquer candies. Deep flavors. Complex.

MF- Sweet and sticky, smooth and creamy. Pretty thick stuff.

D- 14% is well hidden. This is definitely a sipping beer. It gets better and better as it warms up. Highly recommended. The alcohol taste brings this down one notch from perfect.

JayS2629, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of beerhan
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle and split. Very thick reddish brown with little head. Smells a bit like cherry with alcohol notes. The scent itself is intoxicating. Tastes is very woody and boozy with this slight tartness in the background. It is a bit hard to get down at first but as this beer warms up, you warm up and end up enjoying this a lot but it is still a tough beast to break.

beerhan, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of AgentMunky
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Clear mahogany, very dark. Little to no head, lacing, or bubbles. Mm, this beer is gorgeous, especially in the light.

S: Alcohol and raw molasses. Astringent. Not great.

T: Holy shit! Absolutely delicious. Sweet, spicy molasses is my first impression. The main body is a hulking, sweet, and reminiscent of spicy cake, candy, and Christmas pudding. The aftertaste is sweet, delectable, and moreish, leaving me smacking my lips. This beer is really great.

M: Sweet, smooth, sticky, spicy, and *good*.

D: Dangerously drinkable. The 14% can be felt, but not tasted. Samichlaus is *very* sweet, which may detract for some, but not me. HIGHLY recommended. My friend commented, "Wow. This tastes like it would make in-laws tolerable."

AgentMunky, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

Distinct beer, I would say. Perhaps too sweet to my taste. Good quality anyway.

A: Pours a clear amber to brown (caramel) color with a small beige head which dissipates quickly leaving few lacings
S: Perfume of nuts and fruits (cherries, plums and raisins) spreads around when it's poured. Caramel malts and oak. Alcohol is quite relevant
T: Taste follows the nose. Caramel malts, nuts and dark fruits are really relevant (mainly cherries, plums and raisins). Very sweet and toffee upfront (negative point). Wood. Stingy bitterness in the end
M: Heavy, creamy and molasses. Low carbonation. Liquor sensation
D: Medium. Quite sweet and strong beer. To be appreciated with moderation

eduardolinhalis, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of thegodfather2701
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a cherry/mahogany color with a bubble white head that dissipates almost immediately. It is clearer almost translucent, which surprised me as I expected it to be darker. It is a beautiful beer.

S-Very sweet, boozy, dark fruits are very present.

T-Extremely sweet and fruity. Dark fruits and some apple and cherry notes come into play. It tastes almost like candy it is so sweet. There is some alcohol presence, but not much considering its abv.

M- Syrupy and thick.

D-This is a sipper all the way. Its sweetness and high alcohol content assure it is not something to session, but more of a night cap as some have remarked or for a time when you just want to slowly sip something complex.

Overall, I don't have much experience with this style, but this is nothing like other examples of the style I have had. To me this drank more like an English Barleywine. Still its very interesting and a good beer.

thegodfather2701, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear brownish orange with no true head. Tiny bubbles rise through this thick liquid like oxygen through near frozen water.

This is one that opens up as it warms. Cold it is just an alcohol scent, but over time you get sweet toasted malt, some woody notes, and brandied cherry aromas. Nice.

This is the poster child for serving a beer at a proper temperature. Out of the fridge, this is almost undrinkable, with cold inhibiting all flavor except a true, strong alcohol bite. I also got a very weird sweet green grass element as well. At this point, i thought this was going to be an $8.00 drainpour. But this thing slowly moved toward room temperature and opened beautifully. Toasted malt, booze soaked cherries and raisins, some dried fig, vanilla, caramel, and a smooth creaminess that by the end you don't even notice the alcohol. The finish is a light burn with cherry, black tea, and spot on dark toast bready bitterness. Incredible.

I might be splitting hairs here, but I wanted more body. Perhaps it would be harder to get down if there was. What is there works, but my wish is just personal preference.

Drinkability is tough to gauge here. At 14%, you have to sip this one, and you really should. I drank this glass over the course of 2 hours. Sip sip sip. It was the best route, and I didn't get kicked in the head by the ABV. I also got the most out of the flavor of the brew. If you are in the mood to do some tastings, this is not a brew to combine with others. Well worth trying.

OtherShoe2, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 10/18/2010:

11.2 oz. bottle at 42* into a snifter.

A: This pours a tea-colored and clear light brown with red tints. It sadly has no head but plenty of carbonation. Instead of typical beer lacing it leaves behind the thick, syrupy wine-like markings on the sides

S: It Smells of raisins, breadiness, and cherry brandy.

T: It is very liquer-like with cherry, vanilla, and a heavy alcohol flavor.

M: It is medium-light with a great deal of stickiness.

D: This is too sweet and boozy. It is definitely a sipper and only that if it's cold.

bucklemyshoe, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of perrymarcus
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a dark amber tone with a good degree of clarity to it; finger of foamy off-white head almost instantly recedes... no lacing.

nose is somewhat subdued with sweet maltiness being the primary element... has a distinct fruity character, a bit of booze.

mmm, taste is a nice improvement over the aroma. sweet, caramel malty with a touch of toastiness; discernible notes of cherry and maybe figs. alcohol presence is there but at a whopping 14% ABV it's fairly well-hidden... staddles the line delineating tolerably vs cloying sweet, but thankfully doesn't cross it. tasty beer; great representation of the style.

medium-bodied mouthfeel, medium-low carbonation. pretty drinkable considering the staggering ABV (i just had to spell and respell "considering" several times), however with its sweetness this can't be considered too drinkable a beer, IMO. recommended, especially to malt lovers.

perrymarcus, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of mariposafan
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with essentially zero head. Some lacing forms, though, and persists. The saving grace here is the color - a rich reddish brown that looks very inviting.

The smell is sweet. That's pretty much all I get from it - maybe a hint of dark fruit but mostly sweetness.

The flavor, on the other hand, is explosive. There's sweetness, certainly, but there's also a rich maltiness that owes something to both sweetness and dryness (if that makes sense.) There are toffee and caramel flavors in abundance and over it all there's the alcohol. This is by far the most alcohol forward beer I've yet tasted, but it seems to fit well with the rest of the flavors. The flavor reminds me in some ways of a mix of good sherry and vintage port - alcohol with some complexities that go beyond my ability to describe.

The mouthfeel is also reminiscent of good fortified wines - slightly viscous but not too thick.

The drinkability suffers for the alcohol that so enhances the flavor. One of these is almost too much even with a meal to buffer my system. The richness also plays against have more than one of these at a sitting.

All in all the final score doesn't do justice to this beer - the flavor is so complex that it more than makes up for the deficiencies in the other categories. Expensive but well worth the money for me.

mariposafan, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of kenito799
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a Fin du Monde chalice.

Dark clear amber with no head at all.

Aroma is rich and malty, fruity and sweet. Nice toffee and caramel notes.

This is a big and bold beer, obviously, with its massive alcohol level. Here I think the alcohol works well with the sweet wichness of the brew, but the experience is along the lines of port wine. I good beer to sip and nibble chocolates with.

kenito799, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of akenethon
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: transparent brown color, little or no foam
S: wonderful malty smell
T: sweet, fruity, the hardness of alcohol is at first disguised by the sweetness
M: leaves an alcoholic aftertaste, I did not like it so much. there is so much herb in this, it feels like jägermeister!
D: high quality beer, but the aftertaste is not my thing. it is very easy to get drunk on this, so be careful!

akenethon, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled in 2008. So according to the bottle it would have been brewed in Dec. 6, 2007. This beer ages 10 months before being bottled. Poured into a mini snifter. Dark burgandy color with little whispy head that quickly disappears. Some scents of candied malts and aged fruits. The bottle says its a malt liquor, but it smells a lot like a barleywine ale. Mouthfeel is smooth, not heavy. Mostly tastes of sweet malts. No real hop profile. Alcohol is certainly warming as I drink it down. I gonna sip on this one for a while. Outstanding overall. I am pairing this nicely with some fresh pairs and aged provolone cheese.

mtnbikerpa, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug. Bottled in 2008.

3.5 A: Clear deep amber color. Two fingers of fizzy head falls at breakneck speed and leaves no lacing. Given the ABV, it'll give it some leeway.

3.5 S: Vinous and mead-like with some cognac as well. Strangly, this smell a lot like my first all-grain brew, an attempt at DFH's Midas Touch. Deep crystal malts. Plum, cherry, and grape fruitiness. Okay, but not really my thing.

4.0 T: I like the taste a lot more than the nose. This is a borderline 4.5. Anyway, the vinous aspect of this is much less apparent in the taste. It is still there, but not as intense. Still, I can taste mead and cognac again. The crystal malts are very pronounced. This is sweet, but not overly cloying. Plum, grape, and cherry fruitiness again. A peppery spiciness as well. Though the alcohol flavor isn't very pronounced, there is a fairly powerful warming near the finish.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good, though perhaps a bit high for the style, carbonation which I like. Somewhat watery as opposed to creamy. Still, not bad around.

4.5 D: This is a sipper, but it isn't a bad one. Though the appearance and nose aren't that impressive, the taste is solid. I imagine this would be even better with some more age on it.

DavoleBomb, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of cbutova
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage.

A- Transparent dark brown, a mysterious color. A head builds for a second or two and then falls to a nice ring and random cloud. Appropriate for an aged, high ABV beer.

S- Stale caramel malt reminiscent of an old ale. It also reminds me of the 2001 Aventinus I had, an olive like aroma as well. Dark cherry is pretty strong as well. You can certainly sense the age and strength on it. Fairly sweet, molasses aspect.

T- Slightly roast old caramel melt in the beginning. Dark, cough syrup like cherry hits the palate in the finish. I also sense some spice hints, some vanilla, rum. Somewhat oxidized.

MF- Light feeling body for the huge flavor. Carbonation is fine and smooth, moderate level. Warm but not hot by any means. Nice and creamy. Works well.

DB- Reminds me of JW Lees vintages but at the same time has a unique flavor. I guess the old German flavors lend a rum, almost olive like aspect, even oily. Very interesting, wouldn't mind letting a four pack age for... ever?

cbutova, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of TheJollyHop
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled dated 2008.

Pours a crystal clear ruby brown with off white lacing that just melts down the sides of the glass.

Alcohol upfront on the nose, followed by a fruity blast of figs, stewed apricots, pears, and ends malty with hints of toasted sugar.

Rich, medium bodied, and the alcohol is surprisingly well masked, only leaving behind a pleasant warmth that lingers in the throat well into the finish. Sticky bright fruits, with toffee caramel malt; approaching cloyingly sweet but thankfully the brakes were put on before the point of no return with some very faint bitterness on the back end.

Medium to low carbonation with an oily feel on the tongue. A very well crafted Doppelbock.

TheJollyHop, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of RRoeb1123
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

After seeing this fascinating beer, I really wanted to try it. My buddy and I sampled this beer at a local bar, that carries many rare beers from around the world. As a whiskey drinker also, I believe this was a very interesting beer, because of the sheer complexity of flavors that the aging process imparts into this incredible beer. This beer may be slightly overwhelming for people whose palates haven't tried other stronger spirits (whiskey, rum, tequila), but give it a chance, and it still can be quite an experience.

Appearance: Very deep amber red almost like a wine color, with very minimal carbonation. I noticed there was a slight viscosity to it also, and actually left a trail like a whiskey on the glass. There was a very quick head that formed, and disappeared within a second or so after pouring. It left a very small ring of bubbles at the top of the beer that hung around.

Smell: Very complex, with almost a heat on the nose like a cognac. Very fruity, and no hops to it whatsoever. There were notes of plum to it, and hints of spice. The different malts meld together to give it an incredible nose when you inhale.

Taste: A plethora of flavors comes rushing to the palate on the first sip, with the flavors mingling in harmony, but each one imparting its unique taste profile into the beer. The plum and other notes such as raisins come through very clearly at first, along with molasses, and a bit of chocolate. The malts also impart a slight caramel profile to it also. The finish does have some heat to it due to the high amount of alcohol, burning almost like a whiskey slightly, but not as harsh.

Mouthfeel: the very minimal carbonation coated the palate almost like a very light oil, and really helped to develop the flavors on the palate. I think this is perhaps one of the beers strongest points, and one of the characteristics I enjoyed the most.

Drinkability: Not a beer I could drink every day. This is a beer that should be enjoyed for "extraordinary" circumstances. I found it went down very pleasantly, and also left me feeling nice and warm, almost like a whiskey. This is truly a magnificent beer to enjoy during the holidays. After all, Samichlaus does mean Saint Nicholas in Austrian-German.

Verdict: A truly extraordinary Christmas beer, and definitely a beer to try for an enthusiast. Samichlaus takes the ideas of a conventional beer and turns it into a very unique and distinctive beverage.

RRoeb1123, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of IDrinkAllot
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look = Dark amber in color with a rapidly disappearing 1 cm of head.

Smell = The aroma is filled with the smell of malt and raisins with a pleasant touch of alcohol vapor and no hop's.

Taste = It has a very dark rich malt and syrup flavor with a slight warming alcohol finish. In many ways it tasted like a mellow barley wine.

Feel = Thick and oily with only light carbonation. Though its 2010 and the bottle is from 2005 so it might have lost some fizz (At the liquor store I had to wipe a huge coating of dust off these bottles before I could even see what kind of beer it was) .

Drink = For such an ostensibly heavy beer it has incredible drink ability. It is hardy yet some how not filling, but maybe that's because it is 14% alcohol so you don't need many before it is time to call it a night.

IDrinkAllot, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of HeyItsChili
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in a flip top 750 ml bottle.

A - Opaque brick red with a one finger khaki head.

S - Pow'rful alcoholic scent. Incredibly sweet, fruity, and malty.

T - Roasted malt, sweet dark sugars and darker fruits, baby: prunes, raisins, plums. Packs a potent, boozy aftertaste that lingers for a while. This is 14%, after all.

M - Syrupy, mild carbonation.

HeyItsChili, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of WoogityBoogity
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark golden chocolate; brilliantly clear from filtering. Small and quick dissipating head, slightly off-white in color.

S - Intense malt profile with complex layers. Alcohol aroma predominant. Almost no hop detection.

T - Sweet toasted malt followed by a warming sensation of alcohol. Peppery phenolic notes overlapped by a delightful finish.

M - Decent astringenciy for a doppelbock. Carbonation high.

D - Would pair excellent with a wide selection of foods where high acidity and alcohol is needed to cute down on the sharp flavors.

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Probably one of the best examples of a true doppelbock from the Southeastern Alps.

WoogityBoogity, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of aepb1
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Brown red with very little head that leave quickly with just a ring staying

S- Sweetness and alcohol up front. Fruity

T- Sweet fruity malts, raisins. Clean warm finish

M- Syrupy full mouthfeel, creamy and warm

D- I'd be great having one every night in the winter

aepb1, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of Beaver13
3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle,bottled in 2004. Pours a hazy amber cola with a smallish off-white head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar.

The aroma is sweet figgy malts, cola and molasses. Some wheaty malts, alcohol and spices come out as it warms.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts, dark fruit, nuts, cardboard, and chocolate with a burnt alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer. The alcohol is apparent but surprisingly not overwhelming for me. It is a bit too cloyingly sweet for me. Would make for a good after dinner sipper. Thanks Solan!

Beaver13, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of StephenRich
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The late Michael Jackson (Beer Hunter), in a 1991 article he wrote for The Independent, confers with New York Times food and wine writer Florence Fabricant, that no spirited beverage could accompany a dense chocolate desert so well as the Samichlaus did.

Samichlaus is of course brewed by the same Austrian gentlemen who brewed the Samichlaus Helles which I wrote about in a beer dinner preparation article earlier. In the same manner as the Helles, the original is brewed once every year on December the 6th, Saint Nichola's Eve, and then left to lager (age in cold cellars) for ten months; longer than any other lager in the world.

Few beers, or even spirits can rival the complexity and sublime flavors and aromas in the Smaichlaus which all work in amazing harmony.

This specific bottle is from 2006, one that has sat patiently in my cellar for a few years now. The Sami is ready to drink immediately, however because of its strength and full and wide flavor profile it will benefit significantly from additional age. Individual 330ml bottles used to be available at the LCBO every Christmas, but I've not seen it since the winter of 2008 unfortunately. They do float around the U.S. quite prominently however in liquor stores with a real beer focus. So I do recommend grabbing several to enjoy over a period of years.

Finding a 14% lager is rare, and somewhat unheard of, so when considering at what temperature to serve it at, and what glass would be most appropriate, I simply treated it as a rich ale, along the lines of a barley wine. I also knew that the Samichlaus branded glass is very close to a snifter, so I opted for exactly that and poured it at cellar temperature (12C, 54F).

The Sami pours like oil falling deep into the glass building very little carbonation yet still lifting a short and dense creamy white head. The beer itself is a dark amber red with golden orange, burgundy and bronze shinning through it. It is completely transparent with no haze, but when you look through it it does look thick. A twirl of the glass reveals very long legs, and also proves the lack of carbonation; the head even by now has faded completely away leaving only trace bubble on the surface of the beer.

The nose is rich with malts, lots of 'em. Smooth pale malts and very pungent caramel malts pour out of the beer with a cognac like heat. I hear a lot of people describe it as an alcohol scent, but that is the power of the malts; they have created a richly complex and spirited aroma. Raisins and prunes float in the nose, as does a hint of spice, brown sugar and toffee.

This beer drinks like a beast, so be ready for it. If you enjoy cognac, whisky, brandy or rum this beer will be a real treat. However even if you have never touched any of those spirits the Sami can still charm you, just be ready for it. Massive malt sweetness enters first like oil gliding over your tongue coating your palate thickly. Caramel, toffee, ripe dark fruits and heated cognac flow everywhere totally overwhelming your taste buds. It's a lot right away, and depending on how well your palate is attuned to heftier drinks, you may need a moment to acclimatize yourself to it.

Don't let it scare you though, this is an absolutely fantastic beer, and should be enjoyed, but we are rarely exposed to this type of flavor - we must be ready for it to absorb it. Another smaller sip, breathing lightly in with my mouth open brings in dates, figs, prunes, raisins, rum, molasses, cinnamon, cardamom, light pepper, and again that cognac like heat. It is very smooth, with no bite, and almost no hop bitterness to speak of. As it warms in my hand layers of leather, tobacco, cider and cherries make their way in. Chocolate and raw cocoa become more apparent as well now brining a new combination of dry bitter sweetness.

The body has very little carbonation, which combined with the robustness of the beer, allows it to really sink into your taste buds. It is creamy, but more accurately it is oily. The finish is warm, long, sweet and malty. Overall the beer has significant depth, massive complexity and layers of flavors which will unravel themselves with warmths and age. By the end I was drinking it very close to room temperature and quite enjoying it.

I would take Mr. Jackson's professional advice and enjoy it with flourless chocolate cake, heavy chocolate mouse, or any other dense chocolate dessert. Beyond that, have it alone, somewhere comfortable, with friends, without distractions, and when you have plenty of time to enjoy it. This beer is worth the effort - consider the effort but into it. It will really only continue to improve with age, so don't be shy about storing several bottles, just be sure they are in a cool dark place. I see no end in sight for this remarkable beer, besides my stomach.

StephenRich, Aug 20, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2008, opened Aug. 2010. It's fairly young (I've heard of people drinking this beer decades from its original bottling) but I just felt like the time was right to crack it. I tried it back in 2008 "fresh" and it was disgusting... I hope some time has given it a new lease on life!

The beer pours a crystal clear reddish-brown amber colour with almost no head at all and a little bit of carbonation evident.

The smell is of sweet ripe fruit and heady rum, raisin, candied sugar and woodsy spices with some varnishy aromas (that were WAY more powerful when "fresh: I'd imagine this aspect of the beer becomes mellower with even more time). Not a huge fan... it's a little bit off-putting because it doesn't really smell like BEER in the traditional sense.

It tastes enormously sugary and malty (so be warned!), but has loads of depth... cherry, plum and other ripe red fruits, rum, nutty flavours, candied sugar, cloves, ginger, cinnamon and spicy alcohol. I was impressed by the fact that the alcohol didn't overpower the complex flavours.

MF is buttery and a little bit syrupy, with a slight dryness in the finish. It's a sipper of epic proportions... Tons of very obvious alcohol, this is a beer to be enjoyed at length!

strangemusic, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of DeutschesBier
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

----2003 Vintage---

I am a pretty big fan of Samichlaus, although it definitely isn't my favorite. However, I recently tried a 7 year old bottle, and I realized how wonderfully it can age.

The appearance was a great, thick looking dark brown. It almost seemed to pour like it was caramel. The taste fit in with the caramel description. It was thick, malty, and delicous. I am glad there aren't too many 7 year old "Sammies" around, or this would be a dangerous beer. I was dreading the end of the glass!

DeutschesBier, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of thekanna
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured into a Piraat tulip glass. Thick hazy caramel with hues of amber and ruddiness. Almost no head.

S: Sweet, thick, caramel-like. Notes of alcohol-soaked raisins, caramel candy, toffee, clove and a slight hint of holiday spice.

T/M: Extremely sweet, cloying, malty, and thick. Big notes of chewy caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, with hints of fruit cake spices and nutmeg. Notes of brandy and Grand Marnier in there. Like drinking down dessert at Christmas dinner. Ends on a slightly bitter, almost tart note, without being tart. Warming alcohol is prevalent as a base everywhere, but this brew does a good job to cover that, especially with the sweetness.

D: Gorgeous to sip on, but difficult to finish more than half the bottle. This beer is to be enjoyed like a fine scotch: sipped slowly to enjoy the complexities. It is bursting with taste, and absolutely fantastic to drink.

thekanna, Jul 30, 2010
Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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