Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - DEC 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This incredibly potent bier is deep orange and perfectly transparent. A small pale head quickly disperses, but the mild carbonation remains. Aromas of fruit and malt with a dose of alcohol. On the palate, Samichlaus is dominated with molasses, sweet malt, and alcohol. An incredible nightcap that will warm on the way down with a lingering flavor I tasted for minutes after each sip.
Paladares (69) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 1, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color coca cola para entendernos. Escasa espuma
Aroma tremendo. A bizcocho borracho. Pasas. Algo de pera....
Una explosión de sabores en boca. Dulce, amargo, ácido.... increíble. Caramelo... Es un cervezote para acompañar postres mucho mejor q cualquier PX que se precie. Disimulados esos 14 gradazos. Un espectáculo.
Cousin_Larry (617) - - JUL 26, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 17/20
I shoulda read that abv on this one. Got my a$$ kicked accidentally by the 14 pct. Pours extremely flat and has a liquor quality that makes it a true sipping beer. Almost has a quad-like flavor with some malt liquor.
TorbenJensen (515) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hard roasted malt and lots of heavy fruit aromas rising from my glass. Foaming is poor and quickly disappears. As lagers of 14% alcohol it’s probably the strongest of its kind. It has a malt sweetness mixed with strong shades of ripe fruit (plum, raisin, prunes) makes it much peculiar. Alcohol heat spreads quickly, but it never really truly dominant. Sweetness level is high but it abstracts fruit acid significantly. Unfortunately I can not completely ignore the fact that it is added antioxidant and ascorbic.
VamboladeTolly (743) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUL 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours dark amber/mahagon almost no head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dark sweet berries, some alcohol, candy, slight coffee, chocolate. Taste is heavy sweet, some spicyness, caramel, slight milk coffee, Full body. sweet finish.
tarmok (426) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUL 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber liquid. Aroma: rotten apple, alcohol, caramel, malts Taste: heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, chocolate. Palate: full body, sticky, soft carbonation, long bitter sweet finish,
Achel (178) - GREECE - JUN 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2015 Dark copper color. Aroma is alcohol and raisins, toffee and a little woody quality. Flavor is spices, warm alcohol, dried fruits and malts.
generallee08 (756) - New York, USA - JUN 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 14% abv.
Appearance: This one has a deep mahogany color with a light haze and a little yeast sediment. It raises a small quick fading fading light tan head. At 14% I don’t expect it to have much head or lacing.
Smell: It has a full nose of sweet candy like fruity notes. Apples, plums, figs and red pears covered in sugar and soaked in spiced rum jump out at me.
Taste / Palate: This one leads with big sweet maltiness packed with notes of candied fruit and boozy cake. The finish is warm and boozy in a good way. Hops are set way off in the background but still add a little spice to the overall character. The palate feels big full and a little syrup like with light carbonation.
oliodnb (533) - ITALY - JUN 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle. Pours clear reddish amber with almost no head. Strong sweet Aroma with caramel, molasses, raisins, cherry, booze. Taste is similar with strong sweet flavors and some fruitiness again. Medium to full body, sticky mouthfeel, low carbonation. Extreme doppelbock, a bit too much on the sweet side without some roastiness to balance it.
Ferris (7691) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 15, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Vintage 2001 - Lots of cocoa and dark raisin with molasses. Deep maroon with a decent white head. Lots of sweet date, prune with a long finish. Some odd dirty notes.
Kavu (2919) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 9, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
0,33l bottle @ One Pint Pub. Pours clear amber with no head. Aroma is sweet malts with alcohol. Flavor is sweet malts, honey, alcohol and some hops. Awesome.