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85 88 82 5 14 9
Samichlaus Bier by Brewery Castle Eggenberg
14.00 % ABV

Review by Wasatch on 05/06/12  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 8 18 4 8 2010
Pours a very nice clean/clear golden amber color, very nice carbonation, nice little fizzy head, with very little sticky lacing left behind. The nose is sweet, malty, hints of cherries, figs, plums. The taste is exceptional, sweet, malty, very nice cherry like flavour. Medium body, ABV is hidden very well for a brew this high. This is one of the best beers I love and it is readily available in Utah.

Served In: Goblet

Review by everetends on 05/29/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 8 18 4 8 2010
Old Review
Had this one on tap at Brick Store Pub in Atlanta, GA. .2 liter pour served up in a Samichlaus tulip.

A: Poured a really good looking dark brown that had some really nice red highlights to it, much like a dark cherry wood finish. This had a good finger of thick off white head. The head created some really nice lacing that notched the glass nicely. Good looking brew.

S: Smell was a bit weak actually. I kept waiting for something to come out but all I really got was some roasted malt and cloves. There is also a touch of caramel. The smell is pleasant but there is not as much complexity as I would expect.

T: Taste is much nicer than the nose. First off you get a ton of cognac flavors coming out loud and clear. The cognac is oaky and buttery. Very nice. There are also some nice fruits coming out: plum, raisin, and fig. The malts are roasted with flavors of caramel and sugar. Some nice honey flavors as well. The back end is mostly high octane alcohol, but enjoyable high octane alcohol.

M: Full bodied beer that is very nice. This is a pretty creamy brew. Carbonation is low. ABV is high and you can feel it. It hits you on the palate, in the throat and in the stomach. Aftertaste is of alcohol. If the alcohol wasn't so overbearing, it would get higher marks from me.

D: This is a heavy beer that is absolutely a sipper. The ABV burn is quite high and does hurt at times. The beer is tasty and interesting, but I don't see myself having a larger pour or more than one in a sitting. Overall pretty good, but absolutely meant as a night cap or an after dinner drink. Not a pounder by any means.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 12-20-2008 05:36:43

Served In: Tulip

Review by tavernjef on 09/15/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 18 5 8 2001
Color is a dark coppery ruby red, somewhat clear but with a resonant glow, thin beige head puffs away like smoke but keeps a tight collar the whole glass and slow dripping lace in rings from off the collared edge.
Aroma is nice and malty, a bit restrained, but befittingly sweet with dark fruityness that has a good load of raisin and plum and touches of molasses and dark cherry.
Taste is big time malts, wow, pretty big malts here;darkly sweet, lightly dry, solid amounts of raisin and tinges of warming alcohol blend right in and quickly. Its pretty boozy right from the get go on this stuff, whew...not as complex as some but does have some subtlities once the alcoholic warmth lays off with vanilla and more dark fruits.
Its got a very easy slippery start that keeps sliding towards a fuller feel, silky and creamy with some agreeable warmth of good Ol' alcohol. A pretty sneaky brew, nearly port-like with its big and darkly sweet malts with a smoothness thats quite comforting. The alcoholic warmth makes it presense felt. A very good warm sipper. Did I say its warm? Cuz it is...warm...and yummy.

Price: $5.70 Served In: Goblet

Review by thickfreakness on 01/18/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2004
A sample of the 2004 Samichlaus by my friend Steve at his tasting. Poured into a tasting sized glass.

Medium amber color with no head but it has some nice legs when swirled around the glass.

Brown sugar, deep burnt caramels, alcohol, fruitiness and some port qualities.

Brown sugar, burnt caramel, boozy, dark pitted fruits, port, and maybe even some chocolate.

Thick and syrupy without being cloying at all.

A fantastic beer.

Served In: Other

Review by Kegergator on 11/21/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 2 9 19 4 9 0
Pours a clear medium amber, with no head whats so ever. Smell is very good, sweet. Taste? VVoVV, one of, if not THE sweetest brew I have tried. Sweet upfront with just the right alcohol burn in the finish. Awesome brew. I have been told by the powers that be that this 2005 bottle was \"a young one\". So i will venture back and nab a few more for the cellar.

Served In: Pint Glass

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