stouby (4459) - 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.
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004 bottle: Pours a amber color with a fast diminishing off-white head. Alcohol is very evident in the aroma with hints of plum. Flavor starts and finishes with a sweet raisin alcohol flavor with a syrupy feel. A very good sipping beer.
jtw (1153) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from 2003 - wow that’s sweet and alcoholic. straightforward aroma of brown sugar, caramel, and alcohol, but a very sophisticated sweet body. caramelized sugar, dark grainy malt, chocolate, toffee, syrupy alcohol. extraordinarily sweet but not fortunately not cloying - i would recommend ice cream on the side!
Habanero (4130) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2006
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2006 Bottle 2004: Wonderfull amber colour. Nice beige, medium lived head. Lightly carbonated. Aroma of malt, burned caramel, toffee and alcohol. Sweet flavour - the burned caramel, alcohol and dark malt returns in the flavour, some apricot notes is present. Medium bodied. Smooth palate. Syrup texture.Sweet/bitter finish. A little too sweet...
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had this at BJ’s Winter Ale Fest from a bottle. Beer poured a clear, medium-brown color without any head. The aroma is lightly sweet and malty with notes of roasted grain and caramel, yeasty with a trace note of dough, and packed with miscellaneous notes of honey, candy sugar, cinnamon and—unfortunately—cardboard/oxidation and a trace of diacetyll. The flavor is heavily sweet with a long, heavily sweet, lightly bitter finish. The body is medium-to-full, the texture is syrupy and the carbonation is soft with a significant amount of alcohol burn at the last. If this is Santa, put me on the naughty list! :P
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 Bottle: Amber color, thin head. Very malty brew. To me the alcohol came through a bit to strongly. I would really like to try an older bottle of this to see how the flavors smooth themselves out.