Samichlaus Schwarzes
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Style:
Barleywine - English
Ranked #51
ABV:
14%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,437
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 10.21%
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
89
From:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
 
Austria
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  16
Gots
  16
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.21/5  rDev 0%
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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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
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
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
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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stevoj from Idaho

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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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emerge077 from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
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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REVZEB from Illinois

4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
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
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Guppy314 from District of Columbia

3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
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
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mintzmeet from Washington

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
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
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generallee from Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -25.7%
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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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
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
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.11/5  rDev -26.1%
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
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.21/5  rDev 0%
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
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AngoraDad from New Hampshire

4.8/5  rDev +14%
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
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GregMooreNH from New Hampshire

4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours dark mahogany with minimal head. Aroma is raisin, spices and a whiff of booziness. Flavor is intense plums, nutmeg, sweetness and cinnamon. Aftertaste is a sweet booziness. An incredible beer. Buy it when you see it.

Nov 03, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a lager glass, the appearance was a dark amber close to brown color with some red hues along the sides. Just a cap of a little white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace with just a film of a little concave lace sliding with the sips.
The aroma captured a wonderful blend of red delicious apples, dark bread/toast, earthy spice, milk chocolate, touch of what came off to me as "Cortland apples" and a touch of roast.
The flavor leaned towards the sweet side initially to run on into the spiciness a little bit. Slight earthy spiced to milk chocolate and apples (red delicious and Cortland) in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fine sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt on par. Finish was slightly sticky with a fair sweet milk chocolate and apples there. Super nice rolling roasty grip along my tongue.
Overall, I see it as a doppelbock and a very good one.

Oct 27, 2017
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monkist from Hungary

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is not a beer anymore. This is what the label says: a Malt Liquor. This time it is more malty than the Classic (which has been on the barley wine side), this one is closer to the imperial stouts or double porters. Roasted barley, roasted coffee and brown cane sugar is what you get, thick and syrupy like honey.
Actually these Samichlauses represent something that I have had from American craft brewers recently more often from European ones: the Double. The intensity, the condensation and the amount of ingredients are remarkable. Like I said with the Classic: though it might not be the most remarkable beer in the world, the experience is outstanding, it is like no other. Worth trying this as well as the Classic.

Jul 15, 2017
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barczar from Kentucky

4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smells like an alcoholic, fudgy brownie. Extremely decadent.

Flavor is sweet and laden with dark fruit notes of prunes, plums, figs, and dates. Very rich, treacle character.

Feb 18, 2017
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damndirtyape from Ohio

4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, bottled in 2014, served in a snifter.

Appearance: Dark brown to mahogany. Mostly clear with a bit of haze. Initial light tan head upon pouring died back the thinnest ring of foam at the edge and no lacing.

Smell: Molasses, dark fruits, and a nice hint of alcohol. Rich and inviting.

Taste: Molasses, dark fruit, woody (maybe oak), a tiny hint of smoke every now and then right after the wood flavor, and a lingering mild bitterness and steely sugar. Supporting all of these flavors from start to finish is just a nice hint of alcohol to amp up the flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, creamy, thick, and very smooth. A bit of warming alcohol.

Overall / Drinkability: A slow sipping beer. I had this by itself and it is a great way to finish a cold winter night. One per night though. This one is potent and is gently tapping on my shoulder reminding me how potent it is and to slow down despite the great flavor. I'll have to pick this one up again.

Jan 28, 2017
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

With many reasons to like this beer, key is its hi-alcohol content doesn't hit me over-the-head.
This Schwarzes is a great addition to Eggenberg's lineup, famous for its very strong dopplebocks.
Frankly, this also should be put in that style... or the Schwarzbier style, which is the category Eggenberg prefers.
But, let me tell you what I like about it.
This seems much sweeter than the Classic and the two other Eggenbergs I've Had. Darker malts in Schwarzes, sure help the sweetness. While sugar boosts the alcohol, Schwarzes is more than that. It has a certain complexity that I'd rather enjoy than try to describe as I approach the bottom of the bottle.
(Note what I said earlier: that Schwarzes does not hit me over the head.)

Jan 05, 2017
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It is very nice being able to finally be able to buy beers like this in Ohio since the state's stupid 12% AVB limit finally ended about 4 months ago now. Picked up a 4 pack of this beer, specifically the batch that was brewed in 2013 and bottled in 2014. Poured out of an 11.2 oz. bottle into one of my pokal glasses, this beer pours a clear, medium to dark brown color with some deep amber/ruby highlights when held up to the light. Has a small, slightly off-white head that's about 1/2 of an inch thick when first poured that settles quickly to a thin ring lining the inside of the glass. No lacing to speak of really. Aromas of toasted caramel malt sweetness along with molasses, brown sugar, a hint of nut, and some dark fruit notes. The taste is pretty much the same, with some toasted caramel malt sweetness along with molasses and brown sugar followed by a hint of chocolate and then some dark fruits such as figs, plums, and prunes. Has a slight bit of roasted nuttiness too that rounds out the flavor profile. The various sweet flavor profiles really compliment each other very nicely while somehow managing to keep the overall flavor profile from being overly sweet as a whole. There's certainly no discernible hop flavor here at all. There is a slight booziness of course, but the 14% ABV is well hidden overall. Has a somewhat crisp, slightly prickly and chewy, yet smooth, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with minimal to moderate carbonation. Has a smooth, clean finish. This is very drinkable for a beer with such a high AVB %. A very good beer here all around.

Eric

Jan 02, 2017
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KonigObHops from Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This beer poured a black coffee color with an extremely thin tan head.

The aroma is of sweet toasted malts, a lot of anise, a ton of alcohol, and a bit of raisin.

The initial taste was somewhat sweet, but the alcohol hits immediately and overpowers any other flavor. In the middle there is some of the sweet maltiness, but the alcohol is ever present. The beer finishes the way that it started, but some of the toasted malt lingered.

The mouthfeel was pretty flat and watery.

This beer is what you should expect from a Schwartzbier with 14% ABV. The beer has a heavy astringency that dominates the qualities that you would expect from a more typical example of this style.

Jan 01, 2017
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DavidHume from Virginia

4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottling. Warmed to ~50ºF and poured into a sniffer.

Appearance: Somewhere between black and very, very dark red. Despite a somewhat vigorous pour, there is no head, and only a few bubbles around the edges of the glass. Slightly leggy, almost viscous when swirled.

Smell: Molasses, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit.

Taste: Burned sugars, caramel, booze, cola, and dark fruit. A slight spiciness and a warming finish.

Feel: Rich, full mouthfeel.

Overall: It reminds me a lot of a couple of Firestone Walker's barrel aged beers (Stickee Monkee, XX). Let it age a few years yourself, and let the booziness die down, and the fascinating flavors take their rightful place, and you'll be a happy drinker.

Dec 31, 2016
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sokol_1993 from California

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got at Bier Baron, DC in a small goblet.

Overly sweet, with a lot of molasses and sugar smells. Dark fruits too from the high alcohol. The alcohol was also present prominently.

Nov 24, 2016
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JayQue from Virginia

3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good BIG beer. Pours a dense brown color with no head or lacing into a pint glass. Aroma is caramel malt, dark fruit (raisins and plums), sugar and a touch of oak. Taste is rich and malty with sweetness and fruit as the other main flavors. Mouthfeel is rich and mostly smooth with a lot of warming alcohol and a little alcohol burn. Not much into bitterness. This is a slow sipper at 14% abv. I don't think I would feel comfortable drinking a lot of this at one session.

Oct 31, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled in 2014. Pours lightly hazy very dark brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense khaki head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, oak, toasted dark bread, spicy rye, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, light coffee/smoke/nutty, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, oak, toasted dark bread, spicy rye, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, light coffee/smoke/nutty, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy hop and roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, oak, toasted dark bread, spicy rye, dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roast/hop bitterness as well. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly slick/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish; with zero booziness. Overall this is an incredible doppelbock/schwarzbier style! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Aug 05, 2016
Samichlaus Schwarzes from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 89 ratings