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Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria

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RATINGS: 1841   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The once strongest beer in the world is back ! Brewed only once a year on December 6. Samichlaus is aged for 10 months before bottling. This beer is perhaps the rarest in the world. Samichlaus may be aged for many years to come. Older vintages become more complex with a creamy warming finish. Serve with hardy robust dishes and desserts, particulary with chocolates, or as an after dinner drink by itself. Brewed under the exclusive licence of Feldschlösschen-Hürlimann-Holding, Switzerland.


BillWyce's rating

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BillWyce (851) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2012
From notes: tried two separate bottlings, and will compare/contrast here. Started with a 2007 bottling, sold in 2008. Poured ruby red with a small, thin off-white head. Aromas of dark candied fruit and caramel. Full-bodied, with a slight thickness to it. Still, not too heavy and a nice, lingering finish. Slight dryness and astringency to the finish. Flavors of dark cherry, candied fruit, mild caramel and maybe cola. Next, was a "fresh" 2010 bottling, sold for the 2011 holiday season. Appearance was identical. Aroma similar, but with more alcohol in the nose. Palate is significantly thicker and syrupy. All of the flavors are there, but are muted by a fairly strong note of alcohol. All-in-all, excellent, but worth aging if you have the patience. Wondering how much longer I should keep that 1995 bottle in my refrigerator...


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fredxyz (28) - BRAZIL - AUG 24, 2015
Caramelo queimado. Muito malte. Lúpulo na medida pra essa cerveja. Concentrada, forte, carbonatação baixa, álcool realçado com um sabor licoroso. Ótimo gosto persiste na boca!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aleksander9 (845) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 23, 2015
Caramel with white head. Caramel, honey and spice. Sweet, sticky and alcohol finish. Overall: complex, sweet and honey. You don’t need more in life.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
alex_leit (684) - Minsk, BELARUS - AUG 23, 2015
Bottle. Reddish brown amber color. Aroma: heavy and powerful malt spirit, sweetish fruit tones - like a jam from pears, gooseberries and plums, burnt and caramelized sugar, a little wood. Taste: concentrated malt elixir, oily, very sweet, fruity and caramel, strong, truly great beer.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MarkoNm (1744) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - AUG 21, 2015
Pours a dark amber red color, topped with a very small, almost none, off-white head. Malty aroma, some caramel and dried fruits with quite boozy feel to it. Taste is sweet and very malty, with evident alcohol which is a bit over the top. Not really enjoyavle, too strong.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Althaus (2) - - AUG 19, 2015 does not count
Sin duda, una de las mejores cervezas que he probado. Aroma afrutado y envolvente, sabor ligeramente alicorado, suave y armónico.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jerpelding (1) - North Dakota, USA - AUG 15, 2015 does not count
Been saving 2008 Vintage for some time now. Opened bottle today. Nice pour into snifter. Minimal head. Thin rim around edge of glass. Brown with slight red hue. Small amount of yeast sediment. Don’t let that detract from this outstanding brew. Salute to my father in law. RIP. So far, this brew still continues impress with age. 2008 was not as impressive 3 years ago. Now hitting it’s prime. Fantastic raisin with brown sugar hints. Will update in few years when next few bottles are set free!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
sunstoneale (7) - MOLDOVA - AUG 14, 2015 does not count
Bottle from 2014. Gorgeous appearance, ruby liquid with virtually no head, yet rather carbonated. Aroma of fruit tree tar, some candy and burnt sugar. Massive body, very sweet to the point of burnt sugar bitterness, with nuances of rum. Very complex and massive sipping beer to enjoy as a dessert.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarauderSky (28) - - AUG 12, 2015
This is becoming one of my favorites. I thought it was a bit too sweet the first time I had it, but it has definitely grown on me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Percy0103 (297) - MEXICO - AUG 6, 2015
Bottle, 330ml. A dark ruby red beer with a medium size foamy head. Aroma is of dried fruits, roasted malt, alcohol and wood. Taste is bitter with an alcoholic and somewhat sweet finish. Reminds me of an oporto. Strong alcholic character with condiderable astringency and almost no carbonation. Nice after a big meal.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Paladares (102) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 1, 2015
Color coca cola para entendernos. Escasa espuma Aroma tremendo. A bizcocho borracho. Pasas. Algo de pera.... Una explosión de sabores en boca. Dulce, amargo, ácido.... increíble. Caramelo... Es un cervezote para acompañar postres mucho mejor q cualquier PX que se precie. Disimulados esos 14 gradazos. Un espectáculo.


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