Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark ruby in color. Nose is very nice... Iím picking up lots of Concord grape, cherry, and plum in there, same as the taste. Alcohol hides itself well for its strength. Iím more impressed with this that I though I would be.
Marko (4872) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 25, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 Edition. Iíve been storing this for 6 months to drink on Christmas.... Strawberry jam aroma, and Iím not joking. It smelled exactly like that. I even smelled the real strawberry jam to be sure. Some alcoholís in the aroma too, but that was expected. Poured a lovely amber with maybe a milimeter of head that vanished instantly. Tastes very sweet, with alcohol being quite evident, but far from disgusting, and with some strawberry and honey notes. The taste was also suprisingly consistent. Got me warmed up in an instant, and three quarters of the bottle were enough for me. All in all, a pleasant suprise. I was expecting this to be a candidate for the sink after reading some of the reviews, and because I donít think that my fridge is a great place to age a beer. I know that the store I bought still has some more 2003 bottles, and Iím going to buy at least 2 more to compare with the next "vintages".
joergen (25841) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber colour with yellowish head, that disappears fast. Sweet aroma with notes of alcohol. Very carbonated. Very sweet flavour (almost cloying) with notes of honey and alcohol.
marcus (9028) - 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 (3442) - 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 (2984) - La Mesa, California, 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.