Samichlaus Schwarzes
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
English Barleywine
Ranked #76
Ranked #4,198
4.18 | pDev: 10.05%
Jul 09, 2022
Aug 10, 2014
Samichlaus SchwarzesSamichlaus Schwarzes
Notes: The newest edition to the Samichlaus line up is a Schwarzbier. Also brewed on December 6th, and aged for 10 months, Schwarzbier means “black beer” in German. It has flavors of spicy rye, dark oak and subtle smoke that balances quite nicely with more bittering and aroma hops than in prior versions of Samichlasus. Bittersweet and complexity is what this new amazing recipe is all about.
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Rated: 4.11 by samEBC from Belgium

Jul 09, 2022
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Reviewed by cheeseheadinMinneapolis from Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
11.2oz bottle 2016 vintage
tasting good but I wonder if this is a drink now, don't hold
smooth, lots a dark fruit (fig), a little chocolate, oak, a hint of a red wine flavor, cherry, sherry, micro hint of roast on the finish. slightly sweet over all
4.11/5 today
is this beer really a barleywine?
Jun 11, 2022
Rated: 3.85 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 21, 2022
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Samichlaus Schwarzes from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg. 11.2 oz bottle purchased from Shangy’s (18/9/21), Emmaus, PA. $ 5.82 (including tax) ($0.520/oz). Imported by Wetten Importers. Stored at room temperature in store and at 40 degrees after purchase. Reviewed 30/12/21. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Undated bottle. Served at 48.0 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 53.7 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Amber Brown (SRM 18), hazy.
Body – Brown (SRM 20), muddy and opaque. When rear-lite, some light penetration at the edges, olive. Moderate effervescence. Big lumps precipitate.
Head – Small (Maximum one cm, aggressive center pour), wheat, poor retention, diminishing to a zero to two mm broken ring of bubbles fed by moderate carbonation and no cap.
Lacing – None. As expected at 14% ABV.
Aroma – 3.5 – Dark fruit, oily. No hops, no yeast.
Flavor – 4.25 – Dark fruit (mostly raisins), chocolatey, a hint of char. No hops, no yeast. No ethanol (14.0 % ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma. A transitory gastric warming occurs. Lightly sweet but far from cloying. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, between oily and lightly syrupy, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.75 (After deducting 0.25 point for no date) Not bad overall – at the higher end of the temperature range, the alcohol becomes painfully apparent in both flavor and gastric burning, so don’t sip too slowly.
Dec 30, 2021
Rated: 4.13 by Skabiski from Maryland

Jul 03, 2021
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Reviewed by BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Vintage 2016

A: Pours a deep brown color with 2 fingers of head that quickly fades down to a thin cap

S: Sweet malt, dried dark fruit (mostly fig), cocoa, and booze

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of dried fruit, sweet caramel malt, and some booze. Picks up the cocoa and more dark fruit. Finishes with lingering dark fruit and booze

M: Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation. A bit on the thin side

O: A great sipper that has a huge malt presence despite the rather thin body (acceptable given the abv). Worth checking out
Jan 21, 2021
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Reviewed by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2014 vintage.

A: Black pour, half a finger of beige head that dissipates as soon as it forms. No lacing.

S: Fairly quiet nose. Just some blackstrap molasses and whiffs of light soot. Vague fruit skins too.

T: Treacle and molasses sweetness. Burnt crust, toasted malt, and very faintly sooty. Bit of bakers chocolate and roasty coffee. Brush of warming alcohol. Sherry oxidation eventually comes out. Vague fruit skins. Very sweet overall. Slot and smoke embedded within molasses sweetness on a long finish.

M: Big bodied, sticky, coating, and syrupy. Soothing alcohol warmth. Barely-there carbonation.

O: Not as complex as the classic. Similarly cordial-like, but this one has a bit more dark malt character and the alcohol is less apparent. Nose is curiously muted too. Solid as an after dinner sipper.
Dec 25, 2020
Rated: 4.05 by Daniellobo from District of Columbia

Dec 20, 2020
Rated: 4.21 by beaulabauve from Louisiana

Dec 19, 2020
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Reviewed by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle poured into a chalice

Thin taupe layer quickly evaporates to an island of bubbles and ring. Dark cola liquid

Aroma is raisins, dark fruit, figs

Taste is very sweet, dark fruits, raisins, figs, sweet dark fruits

Syrupy, low sudsing ,

It is a very sweet beer, couldn’t drink more than one at a sitting and at 14% wouldn’t want to.
Dec 10, 2020
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Rated by LoganFarinhas from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Bottled in December of 2016, 12 fl oz., 14%ABV, $5.49, Tulip Glass

Overall: A+
Dec 08, 2020
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Rated by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Smooth but complex, like a real dark barleywine aged in oaky barrels. Yum
Nov 11, 2020
Rated: 3.77 by DarrellK from Florida

Oct 12, 2020
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Rated by SushiSakeBeer from Oregon

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Jul 22, 2020
Rated: 4.08 by smi69 from New York

Apr 17, 2020
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
12 oz bottle from Brewers Haven. Near black, tiny ring of brown head. Rich roasty aroma, mild sweetness, raisins. Taste is sweet, chocolate. Silky smooth with a healthy burn. The next level. This is legendary stuff.
Feb 07, 2020
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Draft at Laschet’s, served in Samichlaus tulips. Cheers to Drooo for the assist.

Brownish black, thin layer of tan foam that fades away after a few sips.
Sweet chocolate syrup, deep malt and dark fruit notes.
Cloyingly sweet, a bit boozy with very faint carbonation that seems to fade away over time. Prune and raisin, sweet chocolate malt syrup, ample malt complexity. Overall it was nice to try, but would be better served in a shotglass.
Dec 18, 2019
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Oily blackish brown, with a tan cap and lazy lacing. Smell is sweet and boozy: fig, plum, chocolate truffle, caramel as it warms, brown sugar too, with lingering licorice and roasted malt. Taste is pretty much the same, but not nearly as boozy, which is terrifying because it is 14% abv. Goes down like candy. Oily, velvet smooth, somewhat viscous and sweet feeling. Definitely, without question, the best euro strong lager I have even had, very refined for style. Perfect treat for Christmas time. The wife loved it
Dec 12, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by PugsandBeer from Florida

Sep 29, 2019
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Reviewed by Guppy314 from District of Columbia

3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
From a bottle, pours as an opaque black/brown with a thin khaki head. The aroma is a rich booze caramel malt. Pretty complex aromas with chocolate, molasses, and oak, but (sadly) the booziness kills it for me. Taste is (again boozy) sweet roasted malt forward with caramels, dark-fruit, herbs, and bread. Overall, it's a respectable beverage that should be drunk sparingly.
Sep 21, 2019
Rated: 4.34 by Beer21 from Florida

Jun 30, 2019
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Reviewed by mintzmeet from Washington

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
DARK STRONG LAGER. Full bodied and sweet. Notes of cacao and dark dried fruit. It’s a good beer. But it’s also 14 percent alcohol!! Holy moly. That’s a lot.
Jun 08, 2019
Rated: 4.28 by RayCannata from Louisiana

Jun 03, 2019
Rated: 4.61 by thefrog114 from Florida

Mar 09, 2019
Rated: 4.19 by MAUEX_MFA from Alaska

Nov 22, 2018
Rated: 4.99 by TimBuckland from New Hampshire

Jul 20, 2018
Rated: 4.16 by robotic_being from Florida

Jul 17, 2018
Rated: 4.73 by Bitburger from Vermont

Jul 10, 2018
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Reviewed by generallee from Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Heavy thick and sweet!!! This one is cloyingly sweet with tons of dark roasted malt, heavy malt syrup, dark caramel, molasses, raw sugar, plum, figs and sweet prune juice like flavors. The body is heavy and thick with very little carbonation and there is no noticeable alcoholic note despite it being 14% abv. Did I mention that it is sweet? The finish hangs on the palate and lingers long into the finish with an odd herbal hop note desperately trying to add some contrast.
May 08, 2018
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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
2016 vintage. Pours opaque, black in color with minimal head. Taste is cola, brown sugar, chocolate syrup, and toasted malt. Very very sweet, heavy bodied, and low carbonation. Makes for a complex Euro strong lager. Sweetness makes this a one at a time beer, but well worth a shot.
May 05, 2018
Rated: 5 by Thecrusherofthehops from Maine

Mar 09, 2018
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Reviewed by ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.11/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Not really getting a smoked element from this beer, it is very similar to the other Samichlaus beers, just an over abundance of super sweet malt, reduced brown sugar, soda machine syrup...too sweet for me, vague ketchup and old egg
Mar 06, 2018
Rated: 5 by TheCrowsEye from California

Feb 23, 2018
Rated: 4.21 by Afeo from Colorado

Dec 26, 2017
Rated: 4.69 by LarrysDeerGut from Illinois

Dec 16, 2017
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Reviewed by bbtkd from South Dakota

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg Samichlaus Schwarzes, 14% ABV. Pours dark brown with a slight tan head. Nose is sweet and dark fruit, taste follows, sweet plums with some alcohol burn, and no bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel, overall outstanding.
Dec 09, 2017
Rated: 4.37 by Devonking from Massachusetts

Nov 20, 2017
Rated: 4.3 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Nov 05, 2017
Rated: 4.65 by Tcsox from Massachusetts

Nov 05, 2017
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Reviewed by AngoraDad from New Hampshire

4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Shared by my son. A great looking and fantastically tasting beer! Looks dark and inviting and has a great curb appeal. Tastes incredibly complex, with sweetness, fruit flavors, spices and just enough heat to make this an exquisite beer. I've has many great beers in my time, and this is right at the top of the list, maybe the best.
Nov 05, 2017
Samichlaus Schwarzes from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 93 ratings