marcus (7671) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 20, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled in 2000 and aged in a proper environment. This dark amber beer poured with no head, eliciting a very strong fruity, malty aroma. The flavor is somewhat syrupy, but very deep and rich, a lot more mellow than a 2003 bottle I had recently. This is a great way way to get warmed up on a cold winter day.
SpringsLicker (3253) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brilliantly clear light mahogany color with a cherry glow throughout.
Complex fruity aroma that combines dried fruits, wine and sugars.
Sweet palate, not quite as heavy as the old Hurlimann, but surprisingly good.
Enjoy at cellar temp or slightly chilled on a cold winter day with friends as Christmas approaches.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 18, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2006 Bottle served at The Oak Cafe. Amber colored. Fizzy white head fades out quickly. No lacing. Very sweet and sugary aroma. Syrupy and thick mouthfeel. Sweet taste with lots of residual sugars left. Malt and hop are present, but get second bill to the sugar. Decent, something to sip on two times a year.
mjg74 (2852) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 2004. Pours a lovely dark ruby color.Aroma is sweet. Hints of apple cider, spices and alcohol. First sip: chocolate/spice right up front then goes into a mild cider flavor, and finishes off with alcohol. The alcohol is certainly noticable but it does not detract from the flavor, it only adds to it. Has a lot of things going on in this beer. Warming as it goes down. Good stuff.
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.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smooth, creamy and delicious. 2003 bottle. This is why I like dopplebocks over barleywines, because it is NOT over bitter.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 vintage bottle. Nice dark golden colour with fairly small white head. Aroma has some sweet maltyness, but is dominated by the alcohol. Flavor is fruity, sweet and malty, very warm alcohol finish.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at 8th Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival. Clear reddish amber, smallish head. Aroma is sweet caramel, alchool. Sweet candy and estery with a very barleywine like character. I would describe as syrupy but the high abv thins it out. This would be enjoyable to sip as an after dinner or late night beverage.
TerryR (384) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 vintage. Copper/amber color. Small head disappears almost immediately. Aroma is sweet malt, alcohol, raisins and plum. Port-like. Flavor is much the same with a hint of oak. Alcohol very present but nice. Finishes the same way it started. Unfortunately my lack of will power means my last Hurlimann versions of this beer are long gone. Fairly close as my memery serves me, but by the time I enjoyed the last of the Hurlimann’s they had aged 5-6 years and were more complex. Very nice winter warmer. I’ll try to save a few to see how they progress.
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2004
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 5/20
33 cl bottle: I shared this with a friend, and it still was to much for me. Dark copper color, almost no head. The smell is the best part, with alcohol and sweet malt. Taste is malty with some really wonderful grain taste, that is, unfortunately, drowned in an awfully, cloyingly sweetess. Mouthfeel is sirupy. This beer is more interesting than good.