rajendra82 (980) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red label Samichlaus Helles was picked up in a 12 oz., brown bottle, and poured into a goblet. The beer came out fizzy and developed almost no head, but the body was a crystal clear, pale gold. The smell was quite an fruity and alcoholic treat. Lots of pears, apples, and grapes on the nose, soaked in cognac. The taste was warm, sweet, and ... well it was hard to get past the sweet. The spices (anise and pepper), vanilla, and fruits were all drizzled in lots of powdered sugar. Some might find this level of sweetness cloying, but I found the strong countering by the drying alcohol a sufficiently palatable combination. As I got further along, some hop bitterness showed up as well. Very richly textured, and oh so warming. Some might consider this a good fireside sipper, but I’d be beware of igniting the vapors. Fits all the classic definitions of a cellarable a beer, and I sure will be stashing away some for a decade or more to get it to peak.
topherh (1915) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle poured a perfect golden with a little white head. Aroma is pilsener- like. Flavor is disappointing; very sweet, malt liquor like.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Liar’s Club Grand Opening. Poured a clear golden color with a small white head. Sweet fruity aroma with light notes of alcohol. Malty sweet flavor and estery. Warming with a medium-full body.
uhre (384) - DENMARK - FEB 17, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma malty and sweet, but first you smell the alcohol. No head and looks like a pilsner. The flavor is too sweet and too much alcohol. Perhaps it will be good to age it.
Palidor19 (3075) - Brandon, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Packs a powerful punch that does let go. The first sip hits you hard with with dark caramel malts. The nose and aroma will knock anything back. The only downside is a slight corn after taste. Get this, try it.
nick76 (4314) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is not what I was expecting. It’s almost malt liquor like with corn, sugar, and alcohol. The appearance is orange with an average head. The flavor is special. It’s sweet and rich with malt and elements from the aroma. The palate is thick. Overall it’s one I would have again.
gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours red with diminishing ring head. Fruit (passion fruit) aroma. Sweet. Perhaps too sweet for now, but maybe next year....
Guinness4Duff (515) - Tallahassee (and Poconos, PA), Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a golden orange with no head. Smells like alchohol and sweet malt. Sweet caramel flavor, no bitterness. not as flavorful as the black label sami, but still very good.
PorterPounder (6223) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tallahassee, Fl. - Liquor Loft - 11.2 oz bottle. Dark golden pour, glistening, think gasoline; wispy white head clinging for life in the alcohol. Some maple syrup in the aroma with hints of alcohol, some molasses; not as aromatic as the flavor would lead one to believe. Flavor has hints of molasses, cotton candy, cognac. Strong and bold, yet smooth and satisfying. Hint of licorice in the finish. Good sipping material for the winter. Thick, creamy mouthfeel - sticks to your ribs. Rather enjoyed this one.
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma was malty with a strong presence of alcohol and a lightly spicy hop presence. The aroma contained a light sweetness and a fruitiness of light raisins and perhaps currants which were trounced by the level of alcohol. The beer poured into the glass clear golden with a head which left in an instant. The flavor was malty with alcohol and a strong nutty impression. The sweetness was tempered by alcohol and a lightly spicy hop flavor and a bit of peppery phenolic. The caramel was notable, but was not overly sweet. Alcohol was strong in the flavor. The finish was dry with lasting alcohol and light raisins into the aftertaste. The body was medium-full, oh heck, it was full with no real carbonation. The alcohol was HUGE throughout and left a strong warming impression into the aftertaste. This one is not a pleasure to consume and is mostly comprised of alcohol. 11.2 ounce bottle, bottled in 2007.