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Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria

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RATINGS: 440   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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Samichlaus is brewed once a year on December 6, and is aged for 10 months before bottling. It is one of the rarest specialties in the world. Samichlaus may be aged in the bottle for many years to come, as older vintages become more complex. Brilliant deep amber, complex dry toasted malt nose and huge intensely sweet palate. The 2007 bottling is the first bottling since 1987. 32°


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fatehunter (1337) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - SEP 27, 2012
2010 bottle. Into a tall glass. A dark straw color with minimal head. It smells unlike any beer I’ve had. Banana and rubbing alcohol is the best way to put it. Taste like alcohol, sweet candy, and licorice root. Sweet aftertaste. Very earthy overall. Low carbonation, heavy body. Wow. A lot happening here. Maybe share the bottle. Worth trying for the experience. Almost like drinking medicine.


3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HomerBeerOdysy (31) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2014 APPEARANCE - Dark red-amber with a 1-finger head that lasts. Good lacing. AROMA/SCENT - Sweet, floral, herbaceous. TASTE - Sweet, floral, herbaceous. Spices. Boozy. Lights you up immediately. MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Gooey. Little carbonation. VALUE - Reasonable. OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - I did not like this beer. At best, sippable.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (3883) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2014
750 mL bottle. Amber in color with a decent sized off-white head. Aroma is of malt, caramel, booze, toffee. Taste is the same with brown sugar and raisin.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
travita (4116) - Frisco, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2014
Bottle. The look is reddish amber in color, a thin disappearing head, and clear. The smell is vinous, fruit, alcohol, toffee, caramel, breads, and malts. The taste is thin, very sweet, fruits, toffee, alcohol, hot, caramels, ok. Not really my thing. Too sweet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2778) - Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2014
330 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled in 2012. Pours fairly crystal clear golden orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with solid retention, that reduces to a ring of lace. Minimal lacing on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, honey, brown sugar, golden raisin, plum, fig, cherry, apple, lightly toasted bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste big of caramel, honey, brown sugar, golden raisin, plum, fig, cherry, apple, lightly toasted bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, honey, brown sugar, golden raisin, plum, fig, cherry, apple, lightly toasted bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth and fairly slick/syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small-moderate warming after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Helles doppelbock style. All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on slowly for the huge ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (675) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 27, 2014
2010 bottle that I lugged back from Arizona a few years ago. Copper pour with a little bit of white head, not much to look at. Aroma is wood, cardboard, dark fruits, corn syrup, lots of sticky sweetness, but interesting. Taste is sweet sugar, candied fruit, followed by some light booze, finish is sweet and boozy. Well it’s interesting for sure, lots of booze on this and bottle is around 4 years old, the taste it a bit cloying at first but as after a few sips the sweetness isn’t as noticeable, cool tasting brew very sweet though.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
solvaris (106) - - OCT 5, 2014
---- personal review, no claim to be representative or neutral ---- repost undesired --- ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 29, 2014
"2007 bottle...it’s been so long since I had the black label, i have a hard time telling the difference. this too is overly sweet and a bit of a one trick pony, but maybe because the age is not quite as thick and harsh as the black was. still a little too sweet and thick, but it’s a decent after dinner sipper."

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dodgrblu (626) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 13, 2014
11.2 ounce bottle from Total Wine Sacramento, slightly under-carbonated, sweet, boozy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Salmoniform (950) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Copper hue with fizzy off white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is malt, figs, brown sugar, ethanol, banana. Mouthfeel is ok with a full body and soft carbonation. Taste is sweet throughout with an ethanol finish. Overall this beer is ok but is a bit slick on the tongue.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen1 (2705) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUL 5, 2014
Noen ganger smiler livet til deg, som da jeg fant denne juvelen i kjøleskapet hos Gml. Strand øllager, på hytta juli-14: farge som den fineste whisky, kortvarig skum og en herlig intens aroma med maltsødme, rosiner, marsipan, honning, plommer og blomster. Alt dette også i smaken, som er elegant humlebalansert. Nektar for kropp og sjel. Og alt dette for sølle 38 kroner.


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