Samichlaus Bier - 14% ABV
Samichlaus (Austrian for Santa Claus) is brewed once a year on December 6th, and only on December 6th, then allowed to age for 10 months and bottled. What a confusing beer, described as 'the World's Strongest Lager', Dopplebock, Christmas Ale....bah...I know a malt liquor when I taste one. The clear reddish-brown beer pours with almost no head, and what little you get rapidly dissapates. The smell is of molasses and honey and there is enough alcohol included to give you a bit of nasal burn. Sweet, with malts, caramel and hazel nut coming first and then the alcohol burn taking over the lead in the closing act. This beer is a stand alone to be enjoyed after a good meal, perhaps instead of cognac, which is what it reminds me of. Enjoy it now or allow it to age a few years in a protected location, and don't forget that you may use what you don't drink to fuel your jet.
Stohr GmbH & Co KG