whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2005 Viscous chestnut colored body and a modest off-white head. Sharp alcoholic nose plus nuts, berries, and grapey malts. Sweet but intriguing underlying flavor that is more subdued than the nose. Heat is there but includes some more titillating leather and woody elements. Syrupy, smooth palate with considerable residual sweetness. Some nice moderate bitterness helps temper the sweetness and offer some balance. A solid beer, but fails to emerge from the shadow of greatness cast by its Hurliman ancestor.
rajendra82 (1048) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2007 Bottled in 2003, so I guess brewed on December 6, 2002, this is one of the newest arrivals in Georgia. The 330 ml bottle was handsomely adorned with silver foil around the neck. The beer poured out bright reddish orange in color, with a fizzy carbonation that failed to develop a head and dissipated down to a fine cascade of micobubbles. The aroma was pleasant with ripe cherries, oranges, raisins, and perfumey alcohol. The first sip released a hyper sweet and toasty malt flavor that was backed by warm medicinal and spicy alcohol. No hop bitterness in here at all. The sweetness was pleasingly smooth, and the high alcohol content did not detract much from drinkability as long as you respected it and took small sips. Mouthfeel was thick and syrupy, and the carbonation was prickly. At an age of one year after bottling, this one is still quite bright. I’d like to see how the remaining three bottles age for Christmases future.
This was bottled in 2006, making this only a month old, which is most certainly the youngest Samichlaus I have ever run across. The new bottle had a small picture of an old man who I presume to be St. Nicholas himself. Poured into a stem glass, the beer looked orange amber, and crystal clear, and formed a small but durable head, thanks to the active carbonation. Smelled riotously spicy and spirituous, and gave a good indication of the sweetness to follow. Tasted sweet as ever, but there was balance in here in the form of alcohol heat and dryness, and a peppery spiciness. Pretty much puts an end to any night once opened. I have a few older vintages aging, but when I start a vertical comparison, I’ll probably have to open both bottles early in the evening and have to sip on them for a long time. Better make sure the wife is not around, and the checkbook is locked up in a safe that night.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a copperish body with dark purple and burgundy highlight. Fast pour yielded nothing but bubbles and a small ring around the glass. No lacing either but a nice color on this one. Looks odd but really interesting.
Smells deep and exotic. Alcohol is really hidden in the aroma. Smells very sweet with cherries and figs hidden in the aroma.
is a huge beer! But, it goes down so smooth and tastes so refined. Tastes sweet like a fine port. An after dinner sipper for sure. Very malty woven with some deep fruit flavors, toffee, vanilla and alcohol.
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 bottle.the samichlaus poured out with a dark amber color and very little head.VERY SWEET aroma and overall taste.it was very smooth considering the alcohol content.i had heard so much about this bier i just had to give it a try ya know.
egajdzis (6101) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2004 2002... Poured a clear copper color with a small off white head and no lacing on the glass. Aroma seemed rather light, bring dominated by caramel and cherries. Taste included very light roast, very sweet caramel, and an alcohol burn. Needs time to soften and dry up. This certainly becomes more complex as it grows up.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark red with a thin head that remains. Aroma is of sweet dark fruit, dough, and alcohol. Flavor is of dark fruit, dough, alcohol, and raisins. Slightly cough syrupy flavor and palate but the alcohol does a good job of thinning the palate and cutting the sweetness to enjoyable levels. The alcohol is noticable but is not overpowering. I like it but I like a lot of beers many consider to sweet.
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2004
1.2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2005 I can definently see why people enjoy this beer. It has good color and mouthfeel. It just reminded me too much of drinking sweet vermouth. Interestingly enough, Samichlaus has about the same alcohol content as many sweet vermouths.
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - SEP 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002 bottle. Deep dark orange colour and aroma of stewed fruits. I got a marmaldae like flavour with great complexity of sweetness. I’m not sure my palate can really do this justice. Alcohol isp resent, but not overpowering nice syrupy mouthfeel without being too thick.
JonMoore (2062) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled in 2003. Clear, dark amber coloured, with small short lived head. Rich, roasted, sweet, malty, alcoholic aroma, with some intense fruit in there as well. Flavour is initially extremely sweet, settling down to just very sweet as the alcohol kicks in. Complex, full bodied with a great mouthfeel, but the alcohol is too much in your face, for me, masking I suspect what lies beneath. I’ll have to try an older vintage.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
001 bottling, 2003 drinking. The last time I had this was the 2000 edition, with label proclaiming "Das Starkste Bier Der Welt", Guinness Book of World Records. This one says "The World’s Most Extraordinary Beer". Utopia and World Wide Stout have robbed them of the former claim, and as for the latter boast...
Color is clear and dark red, with a small, dunnish, and vanishing head. Aroma is enormous: on first cracking the crown, it leaps out of the bottleneck and pervades the room. So let’s get a closer sniff...
Deep, heady, woody, burnt, huge with alcohol, brimming with brandy, cognac, rum characteristics, along with cherries, licorice...but overpowering the flavor is the heat, searing and fierce. Powerful impact on the palate, the tongue feels burnt on first taste! Is this something I want in a beverage? This bier does travel smoothly down the throat, to say the least! Not nearly finished with the bottle, I can feel my senses dying off, utterly destroyed by this bier’s impact!
I love a barleywine, and hold strong stouts dear to me, but in this one, there was too much sauce and no meat! I can’t comment on the flavor, for all I could taste was the booze!
Perhaps it was too early to drink, and I’d have better luck with a properly vintage bottling.