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Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria

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RATINGS: 1818   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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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.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
robertjm (786) - Albany, California, USA - MAY 17, 2005
I’ve had this one several times. This version (2004) seemed to me to be fairly alcoholly compared to versions in the past. ZERO head with only a few effervescent bubbles. Crystal clear honey-amber color. Its one of those 1 bottle every few years beers! I prefer EKU 28 to this one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frankenkitty (1971) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Vintage 2002

Bottle poured a reddish-caramel colored sparkling body under just a film of a head. ABV shows in the aroma with roasted, nutty malts and oak. Heavy sugar sweetness throughout the tasting, but never cloying. Caramel, scotch & grape in flavor. Syrupy texture and very warming. Sip and enjoy over time with a good cigar on a cold, quiet night.

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2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 29, 2005
Actually I was rather suprised by this brew. Expecting a slight bite from the alcohol, I was suprised to observe none. I almost expected this bite and was actually slightly disappointed by the lack of it. Malt owns this beer, it is like drinking pure candy. 2003 vintage.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 26, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2005 (Bottle 33 cl) Vintage 2000 - and probably stored for 2-3 years.Probably one of the worlds most sophisticated beers. The altered citizenship from Switzerland to Austria hasn’t really changed any of it’s qualities. Mahogany in colour. Extremely big nose as soon as you open the bottle. Figs, dates but mostly...raisins! Almost like a good portwine. This is simply yummy stuff and one of my absolute favourites. 291204

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1439) - Bedford, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2005
Bottle 2002: Pours orange red amber with a moderately dissipating off white head. Aroma is rich, very barleywine-ish, very sweet malt, maple syrup, alcohol. Flavor is sweet, very rich, alcohol burn when it hits the esophagus, but not before. Definite aged quality. This is a delicous dessert beer. Really nice. I wished I had some to age. Thank you Secret Santa (I still don’t know who you are?)

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
joeygjr (8) - Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2005 does not count
Ripe cheese, fruit and alcohol prominent in the nose. Rich and coppery in appearance -- short-lived head. Robust and full bodied. Apple, pear, concord grapes, and nuts figure in the taste. Bread early on the tongue, with the fruity flavours in the middle, and strong alcohols in the after taste. Aperitif par excellance.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Padron4KM (625) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2005
2004 edition, sampled April ’05.
Pours out clear amber with a short lived tan head.
Aroma is rich and fruity, port like, with apricots and prune, a little toffee in there too.
Flavor is sweet and port like also, plum, prune, apricot. Alcohol is very noticable, especialy as it warms up. Cant drink more than one of these in a session.
It will be interesting to see how this one ages.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 23, 2005
An interesting but not entirely satisfying beer, in my opinion. Perhaps, as I’ve heard, it does age well. Definitely a sipping beer with the strong alcohol overtones. More of an after-dinner drink (as stated in the description). The aroma is entirely unique & I’m not even sure how to describe it – a sort of stew for the nose with sweet and malty scents as well as some I’m not familiar with. It’s scary, yet peaks my curiosity, knowing that a beer with a strong reputation has such a sharp smell. My initial taste was equally as intriguing, as I was not expecting such an overpowering taste (though I probably should have been from the 14% ABV). Still, taking the idea of it being a standard beer out of the equation, as I sipped I found myself more content with its flavor. A sweet mixture of fruit & malt, with that alcohol always lingering to warm up your senses. Obviously, don’t drink this as a “beer”, but enjoy it as a unique beverage. [$14.99/4pk]

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jerohen (2061) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2005
Forgot to write down what vintage. This is an alcoholic beast, the ethanol hits you as soon as you open the bottle. Warming and sweet, like liquor. Might age very well, but even now i thought it was quite good.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 21, 2005
Bottle, vintage 2004. Strong alcohol in the nose, almost slight whiskey aromas. Some garbage juice and figgy fruit. Spirity on the tongue, lots of alcohol, toffee apple. salty, dark fruit flavours, some port/ sherry. Hint of strawberry. Lightly sticky mouthfeel, turns smooth, then has a big alcohol kick in the end. Really warming, and perhaps too much alcohol showing and too much sticky malt for me.


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