bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from chevy chase. pours a clear amber, not a lot of carbonation. aroma is very boozy, lots of fruit, malt, and maybe some roast? very syrupy, flavor is sugar-sweet, raisins, figs, and overwhelming alcohol. doesn’t hide it that well at all.
Rune (10516) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 5, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Norway. Reddish-brown in colour. A strong lager that smells and tastes like a Barley Wine. Densely. Smooth fullness of body. Malty creaminess. Taste of yeast and warming alcohol in the finish. Alright as a winter warmer in the Arctic.
maddchad (1) - Milford, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2006 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
I was very impressed, not having had one for several years, I found this to be a lot lighter than I remembered, but in a very good way.
rsans (125) - Pont-Rouge, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 30, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a beautiful mahogany red color with a very short-lived head. Minimal carbonation. Sweet malty aromas mixed with alcohol waves and these change as the beer warms up. This beer has a certain sweet cherry flavour to it and then the alcohol hits and warms you. Rather sweet on the palate. Not my favourite and not my kind of “session beer”. However since I don’t drink wine any longer I will definitively have this beer again, possibly with dessert or as an after dinner drink like a Porto for example. Like someone else mentioned this beer is not to be drunk alone but should be share with a friend.
Nekronos (3936) - Xalapa, MEXICO - JAN 29, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I did not had enough of this, but what I tasted was too veyr nice, and the alcoholic aroma is no prolem, I like it’s dark features of grains. I want more.
stouby (4258) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, at home, vintage 2003.
Dark orange with no head and lacings. Aroma heavy malty (notes of fruit like dates, raisin and apricot). Flavor heavy sweet, long duration. Full body, syrupy, soft carbonated. Heavy in alcohol. You feel relaxed by drinking it!
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Samichlaus debuted 26 years ago when Swiss brewer Hurlimann AG decided to brew a beer dedicated to old Saint Nick in 1980. This beer was a rich, strong, malty, soothing, and warming lager coming in at a mighty 14% abv. At the time, it indeed was the strongest beer in the world, and today is still one of the strongest lagers in the world. In the Hurlimann days, they brewed both a dark and a light version of Samichlaus, the dark being the most popular of the two. Samichlaus is a German dopple bock by style, but this beer is really in a class of its own. The beer world was shocked and saddened when the brewing of this beer ceased in 1997. Feldschloesschen, Switzerland’s largest brewery, bought Hurlimann a few years ago, and decided to discontinue the brewing of Samichlaus. Austrian brewer Eggenberg came to the rescue, bought the rights to the brand, and started to brew Samichlaus once again in 1999, with a 2000 vintage release. It is brewed once a year on December 6th.
Samichlaus pours to a beautiful, bright, deep garnet color with a slight tan head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is amazing. Huge sweet malty aromas marry with peppery waves of alcoholic strength. The palate is rich and lush, with tremendously deep sweet malty flavors. This beer is fat and slick on the tongue, the consistency sticky and syrupy. Samichlaus finishes with more huge sweet malty flavors up front, and ends with a glorious, very soothing, very warming, high octane burn.
This beer is the ultimate night cap beer, and a wonderful beer to sip and savor. With its huge malt character and high octane burn, it is the type of beer just perfect for a cold winter’s night. Samichlaus is like a fine wine in the fact that this beer will just continue to improve with age. You can cellar vintages of this beer and drink them up to 10 to 15 years later. The sweet and cloying malty character will give way to some amazingly complex flavors.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2008 Pours amber w/ a very modest head. Decent lacework. Aromas of sweet malted hay. Full nectar w/ good carbonation. Flavors are heavily creamed and sweetend w/ a medicinal twitch. Vanilla ice cream w/ Hennessy poured over it. A defined hop component sneaks in with a bag of tobacco in hand. Ths is a very generous and warming brew. It’s very sweet yet balanced. The finish leaves a tingling on the palate. Alcohol is very apparent.
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vintage 2003 samples 2006: Aroma of yellow raisins and nectarines, with some yeast as it warms. Appears a beautiful light amber color with little to no head and with slight effervescence of large bubbles. Flavor is sugary sweet and very alcoholic, almost like apple brandy. Palate is thick and syrupy. Overall, this is an interesting brew but I cannot tell if it needs more age to mellow or less age for hop balance.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 bottle. Poured dark amber brown color and clear. Alcohol burn! And thats just the aroma. Sweet syrupy caramel molasses alcohol. Decent, but still too hot - needs to age a little more, and that was an 03 bottle.