Samichlaus Schwarzes | Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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4.19/5
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Samichlaus SchwarzesSamichlaus Schwarzes
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Austria
schloss-eggenberg.at

Style: European Strong Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jhartley on 08-10-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,344
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
69
pDev:
10.98%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
17
Trade:
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Photo of MAUEX_MFA
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TimBuckland
4.99/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of robotic_being
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bitburger
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of generallee
3.13/5  rDev -25.3%
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 -7.9%
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 Thecrusherofthehops
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ajm5108
3.11/5  rDev -25.8%
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 TheCrowsEye
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Afeo
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LarrysDeerGut
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bbtkd
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Devonking
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bogdawg
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tcsox
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AngoraDad
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
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 +13.8%
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 -4.5%
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 +19.3%
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 shelby415
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of barczar
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
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 NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Satorn
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RochefortChris
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of damndirtyape
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Samichlaus Schwarzes from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 69 ratings