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Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Ratings: 1,604
Reviews: 1,000
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 17.29%
Wants: 121
Gots: 207 | 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 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
Photo of strangemusic
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
Photo of abriggs1
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, this beer did not let me down. Pours a viscous amber brown. Smells strongly of madeira. This is basically a barley wine. More carbonation than I would expect.

I've had plenty of good barley wines and stock ales, and this one is a fantastic example of both. It's called a doppelbock but it tastes more like a barley wine or a stock ale than anything. At 14% this is a very warm beer. It has a nice buttery toffee aftertaste. This bottle is from 2009 but I know this would be an amazing beer to age.

abriggs1, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of Beejay
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium amber with some red tones. Good head from a strong pour. Clear and pretty.

S: Almost sweet and cloying. Slightly boozy with raisons, strawberries, possibly clove and a good bit of caramel.

T: That is a big beer. Malty sweet with caramel and brown sugar. Almost a bit of maple syrup, and a slight bit of booze. Almost a belgian yeasty flavor in there somewhere.

M: Thick and oily with a fairly high amount of carbonation.

D: Love to drink this again, but boy is it a sipper.

Beejay, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of ludachris
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle @ Chesters

Pours a perfectly clear cognac brown with one finger of off white whispy head that quickly boils down to a thin ring. A small amount of carbonation is visible.

The nose is extremely concentrated with deep notes of sticky white raisons soaked in rum, brown sugar, caramel, figs and a rum-like alcohol character.

The smell is intense and the taste is even more so. This beer is huge. A heavy, warming sweet alcohol character is prevalent throughout, providing a strong backdrop for the thick and chewy notes of candi sugar, brown sugar, figs, and raisons that attack every corner of the palatte. The first few sips were a bit of a challenge to put down but the more sips I took, the easier it was to drink.

Heavy, syrupy, thick, and chewy in the mouth. A good balance but the heavy alcohol makes this a sipper to say the least.

I'd say that this is by far the strongest/most intense beer I've had to date and I wasn't disappointed. If you can get it, try it... but be prepared.

ludachris, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Well, this was supposed to be a winter beer, but it's been sitting at the back of the beer fridge for a while and I'm behind tonight so I figured this would help me catch up.

A: A light fizzy 1/3 finger head arrives and fades semi quickly to barely a head covering. The beer is a crystal clear darker ruby red auburn color.

N: Lots of dark malts, fruits, nuts, etc. THere is quite a heavy malt base, Belgian and German malts I think. Then some candi sugar, a little heavy sweetness. THen some fruits too, raisin, candied dark fruits, etc. I also get a little nutty aroma too.

T: Wow, that's heavy. Super thick, syrupy, malty. Lots of heavy malts, like it contains the weight of a black hole in density. Some sweetness, actually a lot of sweetness, with candi sugar, molasses, etc. It has so much heaviness and sweetness, crazy. Some fruits again, mostly raisin, candied nuts and dark fruits. A very slight spice, like nutmeg and cinnamon. A decent boozy taste too, like pure booze taste, and some alcohol warmth and tingly feel. It has some nice flavors, but its just way too friggen sweet.

M: Pretty thick, very syrupy and heavy, lower carbonation.

F: Still very sweet. The syrupy feel leaves a big thick layer that tickles the tongue as it slowly drips off. Some lingering sugar and syrupy sweetness, slight bitterness with that too. Lingering fruits and nuts, as well as the booze. A super heavy and rich beer, slow sipper. Great for sitting by a fire in the winter, which I'm dreaming of doing now in this blazing heat outside.

jlindros, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of Dubber55
1.48/5  rDev -62.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Bottled in 2009

Pours an amber/honey color with some red highlights. 1/2 finger of white bubbles that quickly dissipate to form a collar around the edges of the glass.

When I first smell this beer, it kind of reminds me of an old ale/english barleywine like Thomas Hardy's. I intially smell tons of rum soaked raisins. What follows is the smell of savory spices along the lines of clove, nutmeg. I think I also smell some gingerbread. There is also plenty of ethanol coming off this one.

The first few sips of this beer made me wince. Now I am getting used to it. This beer is very sweet, syrupy, and, alcoholic. The taste pretty much follows the nose- tons of rum soaked raisins, lots of savory spices like clove, nutmeg, gingerbread, allspice, and maybe some cinnamon. I think I taste some nail polish remover. The finish is sweet and consists of fusel alcohol.

Viscous liquid with low carbonation. Pretty syrupy. The consistency is medium to thick.

The drinkability of this beer is not good. It tastes nothing like a doppelbock. It syrupy sweet with low carbonation which makes this a real sipper. It's is also not very complex. All you need is 2 ounces to know what this beer is all about. The alcohol is really hot which doesn't help either. I know this beer is probably too fresh but, if that's the case then don't put it on the shelf. Maybe if you put this in the cellar for 3 to 5 years, it might be somewhat drinkable. On the label it says, "The World's Most Extraordinary Beverage". I think not.

Dubber55, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of PanicUnited
2.8/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ok this beer caught my eye while perusing my local bottle shop, and its slogan "the best beverage in the world".

The taste was just awful. I would say its closest to a barley wine gone bad, but without that tiny hint of spice that comes at the end of a traditional Barley Wine. Honestly, its just not very good.

I couldn't give it away after several people tried it, and ended up tossing it out.

PanicUnited, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of zoso1967
2.6/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a rich slightly ruby brown color that would look great as stain on hardwood floors. No head at all, just a few bubbles that line the edge of the glass. The aroma is fruity and malty sweet. Caramel, brown sugar, molasses and cherry. Also, a slight spiciness. The flavor is amazingly sweet. Sweet malt is the main flavor, but it also has caramel, molasses, cherry and plum. Unlike other beers of this strength, this does not seem to have anything to cover up the unadulterated sweetness that comes with a beer of this ABV. Speaking of which, the only thing that really helps cut all that sweetness is the considerable alcoholic warmth. The mouthfeel , surprisingly, is what I would classify as the heavier side of medium, far from syrupy and full. It also has a fairly pleasant finish and drinks much more like a spirit than a high octane beer. That being said it is not very drinkable. Definitely a sipper, but not one I would like to savor. This beer is loved by many I know, and far be it from me to stop their enjoyment. For me though, this is very overrated and hardly drinkable.

zoso1967, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of NewGeneric
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2008.
Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear, deep amber/ruby color with about a half finger of beige head that fades very quickly. Not much lacing to speak of either.

S: Smells kinda like a cherry schnapps. Plenty of alcohol on the nose, but also plenty of caramel, nuts, fruit, and flowers. Mild touch of spicy hops to round out the bouquet.

T: Bit of alcohol and cherries up front, followed by a great malt character that induces sensations of caramel, hazelnuts, toffee, and a hint of spice.

M: Definite alcohol heat. Plus it's very noticeable on the palate immediately. Other than that, quite smooth, and it leaves just right balance between dryness and slickness.

D: The noticeable alcohol makes this one a sipper. A few more years in the bottle would probably help. Still, pretty good overall. I can easily finish the one I've opened.

NewGeneric, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of DmanGTR
4.83/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 Vintage, review from notes in December 09

Deep amber with a short lived pearl white head. Perfectly clear. Huge dose of caramel malts. Sweet, spicy, alcoholic, rum and raisins. Hint of cocoa? Yes, I dig this very much so. A chewy and rich body that clings to the glass and the palate. Warm finish.

DmanGTR, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Samichlaus Bier, a 14% behemoth.

Appearance: Served in a brandy snifter at celler temperature. Pours a rich dark copper in color. No head.

Smell: Strong malty aroma. Sweet malt and some maple.

Taste: Rich and malty, sparse hop bitterness around the edges. Warming bourbon notes. Vanilla and chocolate. Increasingly boozy as it warms, but not overwhelmingly so. Finishes malty.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy, chewey. Warming finish. Carbonated decently.

Drinkability: A nice sipper, and seemingly, a worthy adversary.

Stinkypuss, Jun 09, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a clear reddish brown with a very quickly disappearing head.

Smell is a alcoholy sweet syrupy with ripe fruit and rich bread.

Taste is alcoholy, but not hot at first. A very smooth appley/bready with a hot finish.

Very nice, creamy, thick mouthfeel.

Drinkability is what it is due to high abv.

aubuc1, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage.

Nose is dark and malty with luscious ripe fruit, soft floral tones, bits of candy, and notes of alcohol. Smells quite good.

Pours a brilliant ruby brown, good clarity, mild head. Looks good.

Rich candy, dark malt, and alcohol up front. Thick with crystal/caramel malt. Dark, ripe fruit. Border-line harsh alcohol. Quite sweet, must have had a hell of an OG. Notable melanoidins. Dark, rich, and tasty.

A 25.4 floz bottle is a force to reckon with - a worthy foe, to say the least. Samichlaus is not quite as tasty, exciting, or interesting as I expected from its reputation, but it is a hell of a beer that is very enjoyable. I'm glad I bought an extra bottle. :-) Tastes good. Feels good. Very good drinkability.

MrHungryMonkey, Jun 04, 2010
Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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