Finn (5176) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 26, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle (2003). Golden brown. A head that soon disappears. Sweet, malty aroma. Sweet taste with some bitterness and fruity hints. Makes your cheeks warm - otherwise the strength is well hidden.
yngwie (15759) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2009 Bottled. (2004 vintage) Orange/golden in color, with a small and diminishing white head. Nice carbonation. Aroma is sweet with alcohol, fruits and plum. Some brandy-like aromas too. The flavor is first mostly alochol, then fruit, pineapple, raisin, plum and malt comes through. Finish is sweet, bitter and with alcohol. Complex. A warming beer that I was quite biased about. I had a bad experience in my youth, but past is past, and now I like it. As far as I remember, this is better than the 2003 vintage. I have an older bottle in my cellar, but chose to rate this vintage, as I reacon most people sample the freshest vintage. Samichlaus is a real winter warmer that I think should be enjoyed at it’s own, maybe with a cigar if you like that. Preferably in a Chesterfield chair?. Someday, I will probably rerate it with an older bottle. Looking forward to it. Rating: 7-3-8-3-17-3.8. I guess the 17 on overall was a mistake. (051124)
Bottle. (2003 vintage) A clear, golden beer without head. Sweetish nose with caramel, sugar and fruits. Sweet and malty flavor with even more malty sweetness, some fruityness and hops. Full-bodied, sort of smooth, sticky and probably too warm in the mouth. Finishes as it starts, with lots of malty sweetness. A love/hate beer I guess, but I like it, especially after a year or three of cellaring. (081128)
MiP (14562) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught. Very malty and peppery aroma. Very dark golden colour. VERY malty flavour with some peppery bonbon to it. Low carbonation.
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2007 Re-rate. Its true i havnt had many dopplebocks or beers over 10% and so maybe my first rating was a little off. This beer on its own has deveoped my palate greatly. Aroma is sweet with sheet notes. Taste is very sweet and malty, a little alcohol and some plum fruits aswell. Iv been having quite a few of these fresh over the last month and have a few over at my mums cellar and have said give me one every year till i have none left so i can see how they develope. Rerating: 2005 bottle 2yrs old and fresh 07 bottle. 05 bottle is showing very very slight oxidation signs, still very sweet and syrupy, woody sherry notes, good carbonation. 07 bottle is sweet and has a corn syrup note that im not fond of, the alcohol is too present also. Indeed this beer is better after a few years it seems.
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
2001 Vintage: One of several vintages I have cellaring. I was consolidating, trying to gain some space, and this is the lucky candidate to give itself up to make more space! Aroma is woody, earthy, slightly smokey, dirty. Color is a clear caramel brown, cola like color. Little carbonation, wispy head struggles to hold to the surface. Extremely sweet, candy like flavor palate. Almost sticky to the tongue and lips. Very full bodied. Not even sure if there are any hops in here at all. Alcohol heat is almost medicinal in it’s strength. Although I have a solid place in my heart for this beer, it is a bit over the top. The alcohol should be a bit more restrained. I’ve seen it done in other beers as strong or stronger. Dial back the residual sweetness a bit, develop some flavor complexities that exist in the aromas, and this would be a world classic. As it is, it is but a notable mention in the world’s best beers, history not withstanding.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - NOV 15, 2005
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
2004 bottle. Fairly pleasant copper color, but no head. Only some ugly coarse fizz that is gone faster than bubbles on soda. Peanut brittle aroma, very subtle fruit, hint of herbal hops. Flavor is bland sweetness and alcohol. Palate is oddly thin and flat. It’s impressive to get a beer up to 14%. Though not really as impressive as it was when this was "the strongest beer in the world." This is as fine a demonstration as you could ask for that strength alone does not make good beer. Think cheap sherry and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what to expect.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
smelled like as eisbock, looked like an eisbock, tasted like an eisbock... i dont like eisbocks. so call me biased. i dont care. smells like alcohol through and through. looks very oily and has some astringency and oil and alcohol in the flavor. accented by a hint of carmel and other than that, meh.
DCJack (182) - Alabama, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
OK, I’m a sucker. The label of this beer says, "The World’s Most Extraordinary Beer"
Come on!! Budweiser say its the King of Beers!
The taste is somewhat ilke Three philosophers, sweet and full-bodied, but it tastes like they cheated and used artificial Belgian Strong Ale flavoring.
Pleasing, but not great.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
’02 bottle. Clear brown-maroon body with a small white head. Lots of small bubbles. Very sweet plum caramel aroma under dry crusty bread along with a dusty, woody essence. That same plum/caramel sweetness pervades the flavor, just covering the potent alcohol conent. You damn well know it’s lurking in there but it just can’t break through and make it taste like crap. Otherwise the beer beer finishes with a dry alcoholic woodiness.
ABUSEDGOAT (2419) - California, USA - OCT 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 Bottled 2004: Poured an amber orange body with absolutely no head, understandable when you’re at 14%. The body is very clear and this beer is a great example of a ligher colored beer having a high alcohol content. Aroma is alcoholic honey, a lot like mead. Flavor is quite a bit different. Alcohol is definitely there, but it’s hidden well. It doesn’t fit a typical beer mold and reminds me more of a spirit type drink. Vanilla notes come out. Hint of darker fruits like raisins. Honey is still there as well. I can’t believe how well balanced this is for 14%. In the mouth its syrupy. It finishes sweet. This beer gave me really bad gas really fast. Despite that it’s great stuff. However, looking at the ratings I can understand why this is a total hit or miss beer.
Rerate from a tap (growler) sample: Not as good as I remembered, absolutely no head, looks like watery honey. Still extremely sweet, no gas problems. Felt a lot thinner which I didn’t like. 7/3/8/4/15