hoptimist (99) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Real sweet nose and alcohol heat. Honey, maple and come citrus liqueur type notes. Copper gold color, clear, no head whatsoever. Medium+ sweetness with caramel, maple and some hints of vanilla. Light bitterness with hints of citrus. Slick and thick mouthfeel. Very sweet attack and a lingering syrupy sweet finish with just a touch of hops to balance. Surprisingly enjoyable for such a boozy and sweet beer. Not to be guzzled but a great fireside sipping beer.
solvaris (106) - - OCT 5, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
---- personal review, no claim to be representative or neutral ---- repost undesired ---
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slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 29, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
"2007 bottle...it’s been so long since I had the black label, i have a hard time telling the difference. this too is overly sweet and a bit of a one trick pony, but maybe because the age is not quite as thick and harsh as the black was. still a little too sweet and thick, but it’s a decent after dinner sipper."
Dodgrblu (613) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 ounce bottle from Total Wine Sacramento, slightly under-carbonated, sweet, boozy.
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Salmoniform (832) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle to glass. Copper hue with fizzy off white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is malt, figs, brown sugar, ethanol, banana. Mouthfeel is ok with a full body and soft carbonation. Taste is sweet throughout with an ethanol finish. Overall this beer is ok but is a bit slick on the tongue.
Holmen1 (2575) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUL 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Noen ganger smiler livet til deg, som da jeg fant denne juvelen i kjøleskapet hos Gml. Strand øllager, på hytta juli-14: farge som den fineste whisky, kortvarig skum og en herlig intens aroma med maltsødme, rosiner, marsipan, honning, plommer og blomster. Alt dette også i smaken, som er elegant humlebalansert. Nektar for kropp og sjel. Og alt dette for sølle 38 kroner.
GoufCustom (843) - HONG KONG - JUN 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle bought at Fürstenberg in Tsuen Wan.
Looks: Clear amber honeycolour; Razor-thin head and residual soapy white foam which fades in 10 seconds; Minimal sticky lacing and notable slight carbonation.
Aroma: Very strong sweet malt, with strong brandy, strong plum, butterscotch, sugar syrup, raisins and floral nectar.
Taste: Very strong sweet malt, with strong caramel, toffee, brandy, strong apricot, nice sugar syrup, warm alcohol, faint lemon, very light bitter hops and very light grass.
Body: Mid to full body. Oily palate.
Mouth Feel: Nice sugar bomb! Full maltyness but not that rich, strong but not too intense Brandy followed by apricots, strong caramel and toffee. Sugar syrup is not too thick sweetness in a nice, dark fruity way. Yeah!
Alcohol: Instant warm booze, never screaming and can’t be felt throughout. This 14% abv is well presented, but should be appreciated with care!
Hoppiness: Faint grass nose, very light lemon and thin grass in taste. Bittterness is very light but notable, just enough to complement the syrup sweetness for a strong sweet- low bitter semi finish.
After Taste: Slightly dry. Warm and liquor-like to mouth.
Comments: The “Samichlaus” is altogether a different level of strong beer - very good sweet liquor aroma woth nice floral and dark fruits, very nice syrups with apricots and brandy, 14% booze is comfy and superbly-managed, plus neat light hoppiness to top it off. After having so many watery and average beers from this brewery, the Samichlaus really means business, and this Helles serves as an excellent introduction to its brand of sweet-booze madness, control-freak style. Highly recommended!
stevoj (2240) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A lighter (?) version of their classic,with an amber body but all the kick of the sweet malt. ABV not really noticeable. Creamy head, nice lacing. Sweet malt aroma and taste., also on the finish. Alcohol sneaks up on you at the end.
liquidbread86 (41) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 14, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very bright amber color with almost no head. Aroma hints at flavor. Very sweet and smooth. Even my wife said "Wow!"
Allegue04 (15) - Gijon, SPAIN - JUN 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cerveza fuerte en sabor y porcentaje de alcohol. Tiene regustos dulces que recuerdan a miel. Recomendable para tomarla tranquilamente
jimhilt (2413) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a thin layer, white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Crystal clear amber color. Very light carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is sugar and hints of alcohol, flavor is smooth and sweet, dark fruit, almost cloying. Similar to their classic. NOT a session beer - the 14% ABV is noticeable . . . savor this beer. $5.99 for a 330ml bottle, from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, MA. Bottled in 2012.