1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Skyview. 2007 vintage. The beer pours to a thin pale shiny yellow gold body with a thin white head. The aroma is honey, sweet flowers, special k cereal. The flavor is very heavily honey, sweet malt, really, really sweet. For 14%, I don’t notice the alcohol as much as I’d expect. The palate is sweet, sticky, coating, and surprisingly not boozy.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transparent and magnifying polished bronze in color with dots swirling on the top. Aroma speaks of vanilla, butter glaze, cut out cookies, almonds and jojoba. A touch of sweet vanilla accented toffee meets lavender strips for an absolute triumph in melding the nose to the mouth. Flavor packs a serious entourage of caramel, vanilla and honey butter. Creamy velvet treat. Floral lavender compliments the cross pollination of honey and herbs. Nectar rose rings with a touch of alcohol vibrancy as the caramel liquor touches the tips of smoothened grain for a decadent, vanilla honey finish. Thanks, Bob!
dchmela (2853) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark gold and clear with virtually no head. Aroma is malty sweet alcoholic. Sweet malty taste that really hides the extreme alcohol content. Has a bit of an aperitif drinkability to it. Finishes nicely, not cloying aftertaste. As it warms I started to get hint of apple and caramel. Very nice.
Tmoney99 (12220) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Party Town. Poured clear amber color with an average white head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Good caramel toasted tart fruit aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Good balanced sweet fruit malty flavor with a moderate smooth balanced finish of moderate duration. Good sweet doppelbock.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear gold color, with pretty much no head whatsoever. smells of syrupy sweet malts, some crisp grain, and pretty big alcohol. Holy shit! Talk about a sweet malt bomb. Extrememly sweet and rich. Alot of caramel malt and overwhelming alcohol at times just attacks you relentlessly. I wasnt expecting it to be this powerful. Almost had a corn syrup effect to it. just a monster of a beer, but way too sweet fo my liking.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2007, consumed fresh. A thin, frothy, fat-bubbled white head diminishes slowly and evenly. The body revealed completely is a crystalline translucent orange with treesap amber hints. The struggle so evident - carbonation pacing upward through density unseen - is an exciting testament to the power that follows. Gaping porous wounds in the structure let alcohol pour forth in the nose. The melee is just beginning. Brandy and must mingle with grapeseed oil and sweet raspberry-covered caramels. The deep core of the aroma is brimming with a potent but unidimensional honeypot twang with inadequately refined cheap sugars swirling within it. As awkward as this sounds, it does have a pleasant connection within mismatched parts, the whole a distinctive and malty dessert implication. Lightly buttery and timidly toasted grains are but a faint backdrop, appeal lost within a saccharine cyclone. The flavor is much like that of Eggenberg’s similar counterpart with the familiar name. Caramel is rich and alcohol is spectacularly evident. The heat generated from the nose to the belly is immediate and relentless but never seems a deterrent - I knew what I was getting into, it’s stated clearly on the label. Fresh pilsner malt and peppery yeast remnants are appreciated additions. Sweetness is very high, acidity hinted at moreso than expected. Fruit compote lingers in a caramel and cocoa-dusted finale. The mouthfeel is softly but evenly carbonated, thick and very viscous, smooth but spiked against the back of the throat, warming from first drop to last(even as the palate quickly numbs from barbaric attack). This will be a thrill to try again and agian as time trots along. Revisits will likely come at 6 months and every year henceforth. It’s great to see another powerhouse from a brewery that knows how to tear it up.
JPDIPSO (5124) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
LIght golden color with a thin bodied off-white head. Big fruity aromas, with hints of caramel and alcohol. The fruit includes, strawberries, stewed raisins, melons, and I’m now catching some almond extract. As it sets a touch of floral hops come out. Honey and tropical fruit juice flavors infused with alcohol. Lightly oily feel. Some woody and grain flavors as well. Stomach is starting to warm up. Sweet liquor, with some rum and Southern Comfort. Young and overpowering.
thewolf (11589) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, bought @ Ølbutikken, Cph. (2007 Vintage) Pours a pretty deep golden with a small creamy white head. The head soon disappears. Aroma has port, sweet sugar, caramel, alcohol, honey and a light milk chocolate. Fabulous oily mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet, powerfully vinious, honey, lots of toffee and a great great balance.
goozen (3488) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 0,33ltr: The smell of the alcohol come towards you from the glass, clear orange colour, very sweet and suprisingly easy to drink due the high alcoholvolume of 14%.
TheBeerGod (5633) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours orange amber with almost no head. Only bubbles meandering on the surface. The aroma to me is grassy and grainy, almost like an imperial pilsner in a sense, and slightly boozy. The sugary sweetness took a bit to come out in the aroma. The taste is very similar to regular Samichlaus, but, as mentioned before, there’s a pilsner like quality in there. Malty, sweet and sugary notes, with light fruit, soft grains, booze and grass/hay. Body is medium but slick with a nice warming feel to it. Ends with more grains and grass, sugary malts, alcohol and fruit notes. Even a touch of honey, or even fermented honey, in spots. As I love regular Samichlaus, indeed I love this one, just not as much. Some age on this will be interesting.