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Monday, July 4, 2011

Samichlaus Malt Liquor Review

Here it is, the first malt liquor review on this site. Fortunately, this malt liquor comes all the way from Austria and unlike the Colt 45 or Olde English it doesn't come cheap or at a mere ~7%. This beast is 14% ABV and is stronger than all barley wines I have had.

Like barley wines, the pour is smooth and the color is deep brown with a bourbon-like caramel hue. As expected there is no head, just a thin ring around the edge of the glass. The aroma is very sweet and malty with a not too subtle boozy note. Sweet dried fruits, grapes, olives and a touch of oakiness make up the rest.

The malt liquor has a thick mouthfeel and its sweetness quickly attacks the tongue. Malty sweetness mixed with dried fruits start you off and make way for the secondary grape/olive notes. The finish is sweet and malty with a nice touch of earthy oak. The 14% can be felt, but if you are sipping on the liquor, it is well masked by all the flavors.

I don't encourage you to drink more than 1 bottle. In fact, I would strongly encourage you to share this with someone as the sweetness will really do some damage.

Cost - $3.99
Taste - 7.5/10
ABV - 14%

Overall -7.5/10...sweet and strong, but a pretty decent taste

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