I picked up a few new beers to try on Friday. What I wasn't ready for was the fact that they were all very similar, at least to my palette.
The first was Samichlaus Classic (2013) by Schloss Eggenberg. It poured a brownish red colour, with very little head that dissipated extremely quickly.
The aroma was sweet and somewhat familiar. I was sure I tried a similar beer recently and wasn't a very big fan of it. I couldn't quite put my finger on it. Perhaps chocolate. My wife mentioned molasses and I think she was right.
The taste was a hint of chocolate, and now that molasses was stuck in my brain, that's what I tasted. It was sweet. Not like a lambic sweet, but a dessert-like sweet. They say it should be served with chocolate or dessert. I didn't try either, but I would think it would then become an overload of sweetness.
The label says that it is brewed once per year, on December 6, and aged for 10 months before bottling. Beeradvocate says "it's perhaps the rarest in the world".
If the richness of this beer isn't enough to make you take it slow, the ABV is a whopping 14%.
Overall, it was OK, but unfortunately it doesn't rank up there as one of my favourites.
Next up was Tribute (2012), by Renaissance Brewing.
Perhaps my taste buds were still stunned by the last beer, but this one tasted very similar, and this is a Barley Wine, not a Doppelbock. My wife thought the same.
It was a little lighter in taste with a little less carbonation. There were hints of fruitiness, raisin perhaps, maple, and it felt a little syrupy. The ABV on this bad boy was 10.8%.
Overall, I think I enjoyed it a bit more, but it's another that doesn't rank up there as a favourite for me.