sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle this beer pours a dark copper with a very thin diminishing head. Very malty aroma with notes of alcohol. Sugar cane sweet and black cherry with a tiny bit of roastiness in the finish. Smooth mouthfeel with a molasses finish. Not bad for such an agressively sweet beer with the high ABV (14%) leaving a tickle in the throat and definitely warming the belly.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2007 Bright reddish-brown color with a fully diminishing white head. Sweet caramel and light rum soaked fruit aroma. Sweet sugary fruit flavor with some caramel and molassas in the background.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Minimal aroma with a deep dold color. Very light head and a sweet after-taste. Heavy malts with some light pine are present.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2006 11.2 oz brown bottle (vintage December 6, 2001) given by a friend and enjoyed on November 24, 2005. ABV 14%. Clear dark brown hued having a small white diminishing head with no discernable lacing. Soft carbonation. Aroma of toffee and sweet malt. Full bodied having smooth texture that starts with complex sweet malt, toffee, and dried fruit (raisins and cherries) flavors. Finishes with light sweetness and tiny bitterness. Light syrupy liquor consistency. Definite alcoholic warmth. An exceptionally delicious beer that is best served alone as a digestif.
UPDATE #1: Also tried a December 6, 2003 vintage bottle (11.2 oz brown bottle) purchased at Home Service Beer Beverage Discount Center, Glenview, NY. ABV 14%. Compared to the 2001 vintage, the 2003 vintage is as good, if not better than the 2001 vintage. More dried cherry flavors in 2003 vintage compared to 2001 vintage. Again, an exceptionally delicious beer. Both brews enjoyed with family during our annual 2005 Thanksgiving holiday.
UPDATE #2: SamiChlaus on tap! On tap at Firkin’s, Libertyville, IL. Dec. 6, 2004 vintage. Clear brown ale having a long-lasting rocky head with good lace. No discernable carbonation. Luscious aroma of caramel and raisin. Full-bodied ale with a creamy smooth oily texture that starts with sweet malt and fruity (grape?) flavors. Definite alcoholic warmth and dangerously drinkable. This fabulous beer is best savored alone (no food) after a meal. I thought the tap version was cleaner in flavor compared to the bottled version but my ratings stay the same.
Garrat (1323) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2005
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
From A Bottle 2002.Dark amber in colour with no head,strong fruit and alcohol aroma,taste is very sweet and fruity,strong alcoholic sweet finish.
tlitt2 (58) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
No head on a amber reddish pour. Slight carbonation and aroma of molasses, some alcohol, and some fruits. Not necessarily in that order. Tastes sweet and syrupy like robitussin. Other flavors like citrus fruit, and some alcohol appearent. Sweetness a little startling, but beer was still enjoyable and fairly interesting.
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tasted the 2001 on tap at Pizza Port’s strong ale fest. This needed about 10 more years of aging before it would be truly worth it, but samichlaus is never very good young. Pour was amber with a hint of red. Flavor was distinctly like mead -- one of the strong syrupy sugary meads, not one where the yeasties have gobbled the sugar until its dry. The carbonation was light and tingly and I think its best feature at this point.
10 years from now, this’ll be great.
Ughsmash (7505) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 bottle. Poured a medium orange with a short-lived off-white head. Carbonation was rising throughout the drink, and there was a really cool copper sheen on the surface. Huge aroma of rich, toasty dark fruits, light smoke, and a heavy dose of alcohol. Flavor profile was heavily malty, with rich caramel, molasses, smoke, and dark fruits. Noble hoppage played a nice role, too, and alcohol gave a complementary warming effect and punch. Very smooth mouthfeel... kinda like sweet, boozy candy. Medium, warming caramel and fruity finish was nice and warming on the way down. This was a very good brew!
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
it is damn good, as another review notes. Pours a beautiful deep Christmas red. Caramel malted toasty candy flavor. Christmas beer indeed. (Tastes reminiscent of Golden Draak.) Strong aftertaste, which is a bit of a burnt shadow of its primary taste. Rather a strong come-on overall. Spent my time drinking it - Next time, would prefer to share even the small size bottle with a dark beer-loving friend.
Finn (6091) - 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.