fraternie (806) - 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 (5121) - 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.
RobBestwick (583) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 19, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
very sweet and malty nose, pours ruby red with a small head, taste is very powerful and alcoholic with a bit of malt, this has a bit of a kick in it, not for the faint hearted. The aftertaste is a little sickly sweet for my liking as well
WabashMan (1007) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Suddenly saw this for the first time, in VERY limited availability, at my neighborhood store. The 2000 variety, and I do hope it has aged enough, has a strong, but pleasant aroma. Nice color, too. And the flavor...wow. Deep, dark, complex...in other words, VERY NICE! A slightly strong alcohol flavor (14% ABV...duh!), but not so much as to be harsh on the palate. My only complaint of this brew is that it almost has TOO MUCH flavor. It's bold, strong, and powerful, but near the end of my 12 oz., I find myself thinking that it was too much. A great beer should have wonderful flavor, but should still be drinkable! On another note, this one seems to have some rather poor ratings that are, admittedly, due to the lack of aging. If you come across a 2000 or older, I'm fairly certain it has aged enough to be more than enjoyable! RERATE: Had the '95 and '96 vintages and they were MUCH smoother in flavor and palatte than '00. If you can find the older bottles, well worth a try!
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - FEB 9, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2001 bottling, served at ~55 degrees. The aroma is wonderful, fruity with an almost burnt overtone. Very rich, prunes, raisins, carmel and a wonderful burn of alcohol. this was taasted on a cold evening in front of a fire - a great way to end the evening, but the company made it special.
CapFlu (4363) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2003 (Bottle) Little head and dark thick red body. Aroma of alcohol and something sour. Strong alcohol taste with slight caramel and port flavours. A fairly bitter-salty finish. Very different from what is available in North America.
jaymobrown (1617) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2001: Dark oil red color. Nose of alcohol, apples, and worschester sauce. The alcohol is really strong. Sour notes with dark malts. To be slowly sipped.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very, very cough syrup rich with some musty notes like chewing on old honeycomb from the basement where my dad keeps his seperator and used supers. Whiffs of nuts and whiskey. Interesting, exotic, a bit over the top for me.