Samichlaus Schwarzes
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

Samichlaus SchwarzesSamichlaus Schwarzes
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Style:
European Strong Lager
Ranked #1
ABV:
14%
Score:
89
Ranked #3,559
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 10.69%
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
75
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Photo of Guppy314
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.

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Photo of mintzmeet
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.

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Photo of generallee
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.

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Photo of tigg924
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.

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Photo of ajm5108
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

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Photo of bbtkd
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.

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Photo of AngoraDad
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.

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Photo of GregMooreNH
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
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.

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Photo of monkist
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.

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Photo of barczar
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.

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Photo of damndirtyape
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.

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Photo of Beginner2
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.)

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Photo of neenerzig
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

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Photo of KonigObHops
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.

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Photo of DavidHume
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.

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Photo of sokol_1993
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.

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Photo of JayQue
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.

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Photo of superspak
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.

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Photo of kwakwhore
3.36/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, minimal head.
Malty sweet and dark fruit scents
Too sweet for my palate
Lots of burn in this one, alcohol is prevalent.
Not my favorite of the Samis, classic is still the best.

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Photo of Yancey82
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2014. Pours near black with a tinge of red when held to the light with a thin fleeting head. It had a sweet, malty aroma and the taste follows. It has a sweetness that is pleasant. Not smoky like you may expect. Silky smooth feel. Delicious beer.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle - 2014 edition

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. Nice aroma - boozy, brown sugar, slightly roasty. Taste has just a bit of roast- drier than the classic version. I don't like the aftertaste much though. Sticky mouthfeel, low carbonation.

Overall I like the regular version much better

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black but not pitch black, small head of tan foam, a bit of lacing from this 2014 bottle.

Roasted malt, caramel malt, fruity of the dark kind, boozy. I like.

Semi sweet from the caramel and dark pitted fruit. Hints of oxidation in a good way. Dry and boozy finish. Actually boozy throughout but the body and taste of the beer seems to take the edge off to a degree.

Full bodied with light carbonation.

This may be my favourite Samichlaus ever! Too bad it is not brewed anymore.

Edit: Apparently, this is still brewed. Bottled on even numbered years.

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Photo of teromous
3.1/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

As a preface I want to mention that the bottle is darker than the one displayed. BA has this listed as "brewed once" and archived but I was able to locate a number of these on the shelf. There is no bottle or import date so I have no way of telling if this is old or a new batch. It is imported.

Appearance: It has a black body with hints of ruby and mahogany brown as light passes through the beer. The color is very nice when light shines through it. A head must be forced during the pour and it lasts but a moment. Only a few off-white bubbles are left in what doesn't even form a ring. For 14% ABV this is forgivable.

Aroma: There is a caramel aroma. Really there isn't anything else. The caramel smells nice and there is no alcohol aroma despite the high ABV.

Taste: A lot of stuff going on here. There is a very, very sweet caramel taste here. Undoubtedly the sweetest caramel flavor I have ever had. Wow it is sweet. There is some black licorice taste to the beer. There is a bit of a toasted note at the end but no bitterness. No hop presence to the beer at all. It is so sweet it's like drinking a concoction of caramel and sugar. Insane.

Mouthfeel: Well it is very hard to drink this beer. It is unbearably sweet. It's like drinking a malt syrup or something. The mouthfeel is full and very smooth but not syrupy. Unfortunately this beer is just really hard to drink.

Overall: So this is extremely sweet and I'm actually wondering if this might be under-attenuated given how non-present the alcohol is on both the nose and palate. It's possible that it is buried beneath all of this sweetness. I'm not sure how to recommend this beer. If you like to eat licorice dipped in maple syrup then you would probably be able to drink a tenth of this beer. Otherwise I really wouldn't recommend this. It's just over-the-top sweet.

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Photo of Beejay
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: A very dark brown color with no head.

S: sweet and malty like only a big beer can be. Caramel, molasses, brown sugar, and raisin come out right away with a bit of booze lingering in the finish.

T: Sweet with flavor following the aroma. Brown bread, caramel, and molasses. There is a sweetness that is almost fruity, with some slight smoke in the finish. There is not a lot of smoke, but the alcohol is also fairly well hidden.

M:Medium in body, fairly high carbonation, but still a bit of a syrupy feel to it.

O: Overall a good beer, but slightly shy of an amazing beer. I'm hoping to be blow away as this warms a bit. As it warms the flavors develop some more complexity, but I don't think it goes into exceptional.

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Samichlaus Schwarzes from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 75 ratings