janubio (852) - SPAIN - MAY 19, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2016 I didin’t know about this one until I saw a bottle in De Bierkoning in a trip to Amsterdam last year. Wish I had bought more bottles. Served in my rare Samichlaus glass, it pours some more head than its sister and lasts a bit more, but you can say it doesn’t last. Very nice amber-orange colour, and absolutely beatiful when you hold it to the light.
Smells of honey, tropical fruits, dried fruits, and even almonds or hazelnuts or similar. Licorice, caramel. Silky sweet, maybe too sweet, flavor. Palate is similar, orange, honey, hazelnuts... only add a touch of oak. The finish is more like an orange liquor than a brandy, a difference to the Samichlaus we all know. The only "bad" thing that I could find is that I would have like it a little less sweetness, but when you have a beer like this, who cares? HellesBunny666 (243) - Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Sweet aromas, I also get some faint smoky notes, like grilled fruit. Syrupy, sweet, oily mouth feel, good body. Thick. Sweet candy, sugary, honey, boozy, fruity, preserved fruits, like a jam (or schnapps?). So delicious, hides the alcohol, except for a little burning aftertaste. Love love love! Rated 4.9 because I can only have one at a time... ordybill (1758) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Nice amber colored beer with a very sweet initial flavor followed by a strong alcohol bite. very little head. Overall an Outstanding beer, excellent as an after dinner follow up. Highly recommended.
AskForJenny (1086) - Ontario, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2010
0.33l dated 2007 - Toffee color, milky caramel nose, no head and little carbonation. Caramel apple followed by a honey punch. I liked this. Bodisson (1) - CROATIA - JAN 20, 2011 does not count
One of my all-time favorites. STRONG! Goes perfectly with chocolate (watch cacao content - preferable between 70% and 90%). Best tasted at room temperature, poured in cognac-style glass...
Vally (3) - - APR 2, 2016 does not count
Izvrsna. Ludilo. Izuva iz cipela. Frce usi. Sok... Svima.koji nisu probali preporucam!!
Nisse666 (7401) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 5, 2010
Provdatum: 2009-07-20, bottle Göteborg
Lägger min Samichlaus Hellas 2007 (bolaget kallar den för 2008?). Flaska 8 grader.
UTS: riktigt bärnstensfärgad (oljig) lätt skum
D: Malt, siraps sötma
S: lyckades inte helt täcka alkoholen, som slår igenom direkt, smörkola blandat med bröd sirap (mörk) medel beska. Som vanligt när dessa typer av öl blir lite varamare framtäder mer smaker, främst en liten oljig smak som bär med sig toner av plommon med lite apelsin. .... lite som wiskey men utan rökighet.
ES: Alkoholen är till en början värmande god. Passar utmärkt en sådan här regntung Juli dag. Dvs kombinera inte ihop med ev beachvistelse/er.
Passar bäst till: Husmanskost (Österrike)
Förslag på öltyp: Extra Stark Mörk Lager
Förslag på liknande öl: Samichlaus Bier 2008
liquidbread86 (171) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Very bright amber color with almost no head. Aroma hints at flavor. Very sweet and smooth. Even my wife said "Wow!" beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Pours medium gold, very clear, and with a medium but quickly fading head. Aroma is almost pure malt, very little hops, but some. Alcohol does come through, although very cleanly, in the aroma. Palate is full, and appropriate. Flavor is a wonderful malty, alcoholic and very clean beer. Uber-maibock anyone? SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 22, 2009
750mL painted brown glass swingtop. "Bottled in 2007." This is one of 12 bottles that came into the state of Vermont recently.
Appearance: Almost no carbonation. A clear, orange/gold hue that gets thin and watery at the rim, going more burnt yellow towards the edges.
Nose: Sweet Jesus! Candy malt, light caramel, yellow plantains, a quick zip of licorice, candied orange peel, and some prickly alcohol.
Palate: Medium bodied, almost no carbonation, and a little hot and sweet up front. As the sugar-shock fades, toasty malt notes come out. A little creme brulée, Marcona almonds, a faint whisper of citrus, a touch of ripe banana, and sweet buttered oak. A warming finish of alcohol carries the flavors on for minutes after the sip.
Notes: At 14% ABV, this beer is surprisingly balanced. It’s hot, and a little prickly, but it doesn’t feel like 14. 10 maybe. The finish is incredibly long, and the ageability of this beer is out of this world. I might have to buy some for my children...maybe it will be mature by then!
Oh man. The finish is amazing. The banana/plantain thing comes in and out of focus for minutes after the sip. I’m going to go make some seared dry-rubbed Pollack and some red beans and rice to have with this!