Schroppfy (2357) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2002
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
It’s very rare for me to give a rating this low. Bocks and Dopplebocks, at least the ones I like, are quite a bit more subtle than this. This is like a good, fairly sweet barleywine that has had teaspoons of sugar and heaps of alcohol added. Nearly headless but not legless on the sides of the glass, this thing is a monstrosity...of the highest order. I’m gonna stopper it up, and save it for a night of serious insomnia. Lastly, I like to be able to smell what I drinking.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 13, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
2000 bottling, tasted 4/2002. Soy sauce nose - yup. The alcohol didn’t bother me that much, but the flavor is rather cloying. I should have read the reviews before opening it, and let the bottle age for another year or two before trying this one.
Ernest (5886) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2007 2006 bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is clear medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, bread, nuts), with notes of peach, wood, alcohol, Bit-o-Honey candy, hint of sherry. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. It’s been 5 long years since I rated this (a 1.4, *cough*), and I must say I can enjoy this more now. I don’t find it tremendously complex or enticing, but for being 14% and aged 10 months (and this bottle is another 9 months older than that), it’s a pretty decent beer. Better than I remember by a fair margin, at least. Alcohol provides a significant part of the balance for the sweetness, but it’s not overbearing.
jsquire (3228) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2002
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
When I smelled this beer I knew its alcohol content was not just hype. I opened one bottled in 2000 and it was very complex, with a lot of sherry flavors coming through. This is a very sweet, malty beer that must be sipped. There was very little carbonation in my bottle and not much head. Very smooth and warming. The alcohol is very noticable but not intrusive. It works.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose and flavors on the 2000 very similar to the Urboch 23. It has more malt and toastiness than the 23 and definitely more alcohol. Whoo! a Good buzz quick!
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAR 16, 2002
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I couldn’t finish this bottle. The alcohol overpowers the toffee taste behind it.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
I guess I’ll have to rate both the Hurlimann and the Eggenberg, since I’ve had both. But I have never been a big Samichlaus fan. I’m giving it points for being a ’pioneer’ of the strong beers, but truth be told it’s more of a novelty to me and not something I would want to drink a lot of. Too flat and unappetizing. In recent years there have been many beers in the over 10% range that are much better. I’m giving the identical rating to both since the new one seems to be a faithful copy of the original.
michaelm18 (118) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A sweet, extremely stong beer. I liked it even though it kicked my butt!!
karl (158) - Glendale, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
very nice after dinner drink to sit down and enjoy.. very tasty,
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow! Really complex and very tasty. Sweetness balances out the strong alcohol taste so it’s not too overwhelming. Very little head / deep copper color. Do yourself a favor and try this if you have the opportunity.