Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew had a picture of an arm and a leg instead of an actual price.theres little to say about this brew it was headless malty in aroma with a definate alcohol presence in the aroma and flavor,the flavor was definately not that great but it was ok some fruit tones with a syrupy feel to it ,with a malty,alcohol aftertaste not my favorite but i guess it had to be tryed once.
wheatbeerboy (103) - Addison, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very strong (14%) and sweet and syrupy. Not bad, although I don't like the aftertaste. Nice to try out once but I wouldn't buy this beer again unless I wanted to get drunk in a hurry.
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - MAR 1, 2003
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2003 This Christmas beer is loved by many people, but, personally, I think that its flavour is too strong, alcoholic (14%!!!) and sweet (32°), with traces of chocolate. Really unbalanced, but with a really particular, herbal, aftertaste. Not really one of my favourite ones.
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - FEB 28, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very strong (of course!), syrupy, sweetish and fruity with almost no head. A bit one-dimensional but this is an interesting experience.
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1996 vintage, drank in 2003: This hazy black beer with amber glints has no head whatsoever. The nose is heavily malty with a raisiny/pruny aroma and a hint of copper. The palate is full bodied with prunes, molasses and chocolate. The finish is like prune juice and very port-like. There is very little carbonation evident in this beer and no trace of alcohol.
ElGaucho (2141) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
121 Ratings!?! For a beer from little old Castle Brewery Eggenberg in Austria? I guess the "World's Strongest Brew" moniker has 'em flocking like lemmings. Strong aroma, with hints of molasses and heavy malt. I spilled some on my pant leg a few seconds ago and my dog sniffed it out immediately. Average sized off-white head; mostly dissipating. Reddish brown in color. Flavor is like a granade going off in your mouth. Totally unexpected from the relatively unassuming aroma. The alcohol is most assuredly present and powerful. Very good! Very sweet, almost like a cognac with two tablespoons of sugar dumped in. I'm neither a fan of ultra sweet beers nor extra strong beers. There is definitely some quality here, and a must try for any self-respecting beer connossieur. However, I can't see myself ever drinking this again.
fraternie (804) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2010 Aroma is alcoholic, slight notes of dark fruit and chocolate, very sweet, a bit smokey. Syrupy/sweet malt flavor. Finish is extremely sharp. Not a horrible beer, but a bit too much...balance lacks as the malt is overpowered by the alcohol bite.
Rerate, vintage 1995, tasted 11/10: Soy, smoke and vegetable spice combine on the nose. Extremely malty with sugar and molasses above soy sauce and pumpkin pie flavors above soft hops and herbal spices. Long finish, smooth and seemless, incredibly so for such a large amount of alcohol. Clearly this is the benefit of time. 4.2
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
- 2001 Bottle; 2/17/03; a tawny reddish color with very little head, strong malty-alcohol aroma, very fruity with cherry and prune overtones, spicy and peppery-brandy like; initial taste is alcohol followed by a rush of sweet-rich malt, very fruity – cherry, maybe some raisins or prunes, spicy and warming, oily rich texture, smooth and creamy with a slight alcohol burn, wonderful beer that should improve even more with age
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Found at one the less traveled Boulder Beer Emporium under the title "strongest beer in the world". Evidently, BBE is aware of the dozen or so beers stronger than this one, e.g. Millenium, WWS's. Not much carbonation to speak of. Thin, quickly diminishing head. Fairly translucent mild brown color. Sweet aroma, brown sugary. Similar to Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock. The alcohol is apparent in the aroma, as well. However, it's not over powering as it is in some immensely popular stouts from the East Coast. Starts off with a good mouthfeel for the style. However, it goes from normal to strong mid flavor. The center of my tongue went sort of numb. Then, at first the alcohol was well concealed, but then it kind of jumped out at me. A few seconds after the initial swallow there was a burning from the alcohol, subdued at first leading into apparent. Overall, not bad, especially for as high of percentage as this is. Does leave any doubt in my mind that this is a beer.
SilkTork (5068) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Why do some strong lagers work for me, while others don't? The smooth body of a lager often puts me off. Despite heavy alcohol, despite a huge malt sweetness, it comes across as strangely bland. In some versions I find the body to be "thin" - and I've been criticised and slapped around the head for that. But I like to be able to "feel" the body in some way, and if it's too smooth, then it sort of disappears into, well, not quite thin air, but into a thin body. Eku 28 I had liked. The body was firmer. That was an eisbock. Urbock 23° I had liked. Good body. That was made by Castle Eggenberg - same people who now make Samichlaus. Mmmm... It is known that yeasts stop working in a high alcohol situation. It is also known that lager yeasts work more slowly than ale yeasts - a lager yeast will not bring forth the same oaky/fruity qualities from the malt as would an ale yeast. Those oaky/fruity qualities that give an edge to the body, give it firmness. Yet I had liked the eisbock. Was that to do with the concentration of the malt body and the alcohol due to the watery part being removed during the freezing process? I like the two Castle Eggenberg products I've tried. Is that due to the special yeasts they use, which had been specially developed by Hurlimann to continue working in high alcohol situations? Whatever. Samichlaus has a firm, sweet body, and an assertive alcohol enveloped carefully in the malts. It is still a little too smooth for my taste, but I didn't find myself fighting with it as I had done with Andechser Doppelbock. Samichlaus is a nice after dinner drink. Not a great beer, but quite satisfying and heartwarming.