brkc (11) - USA - APR 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2006 A little bit like drinking syrup but for some reason I just love this one. You can definitely taste the alcohol and see the film left on the glass. Aroma leaves a little bit to be desired. No head. Heavy duty. Needs to be sipped slowly.
JakeBrake (14) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Samichlaus is more accurately described as a "malt liquer" than a beer. Incredibly intense, with a level of complexity usually only found in Scotch, it is best served in a brandy snifter or tulip glass and sipped slowly over the course of an hour. The aroma, probably its weakest point, is powerful and strange. The flavor is intensely sweet and strongly malty, and it is next to impossible to drink this beer in swallows. Strong, warm alcoholic kick, with a powerful sedative effect. Beautiful, deep reddish brown color. Reputed to improve with age – I am cellaring 12 bottles from the 2004 vintage to confirm this.
It’s not for everone, but for those who can tolerate its unique style, nothing else compares.
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 2, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thin White head on a dark amber body. Very strong, efforts have been made to hide the alcohol, but they are not entirely successful. Hints of fruits and honey, but the alcohol is very present indeed and I felt quite drunk after drinking this one. Had it for the experience, but I am not ready to do it again for the pleasure!
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, 2004 vintage. Orange-amber colour with a thin, sticky white head. Sweet aroma of clover honey, some fruitiness, raisin, apricot, floral sweetness. Flavour is nicely sweet, port-like vineous body, raisin and plum sweetness. Very little in the way of hop character. Alcohol is definitely here, but not really in flavour, more in hot warming mouthfeel. Sweet honey flavour, red grapes, faint spice. Really reminds me of a nice tawny port. I see the attraction to this beer.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very enjoyable nose to this, sweet raisiny malt. The alcohol is present from start to finish (very much in the finish!). Medium in body with a dark fruit/raisin flavor. A bit on the cloying side for this 2004 version, more of a dessert beer.
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was a very enjoyable beer. The aroma had nice scents of vanilla while the taste was full and sweet. I had the 2003 bottling a year after. Definately something worth trying.
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Wowsers!! 14%ABV!! The alcohol doesn’t hide from you. It’s potent! Tastes sweet with hints of apricot and raisin. Would fit well as a dessert beer but for a daily drinker I’d have to say nay.
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! Vanilla sweet toffee scented beer,really beautiful sherry colour and unmistakable alcohol taste.At 14% you kind hide the alcohol, but it doesnt spoil it.Great sweet beer,every mouthful is as strong and flavourful as the last.Im drinking this from its own glass and I feel proud to do so,wonderful!! ( No fun for the wife tonight though! Lol! )
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2007 2003. Poured a claer copper color. Big sweet malt aroma and flavor. Dark fruits, cherry, and brown sugar. Alcohol doesn’t hide from you. Full bodied thick and chewy.
1990 in 10/2007:Great aged malt. Notes of sherry, dark fruit, chcolate and alcohol. Very warming.
rlgk (12521) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shiny amber, no head. Very malty aroma, with nutty notes and also figs and prune. Flavor is malty as well, alcohol is there of course and makes the beer malty and sweet. Very complex to be a lager...