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Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria

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RATINGS: 1827   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUL 4, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2009 Bottled in 2004, drinking this one fresh to see if it is worth cellaring. 11.2oz bottle. Served at 51.9° in my NB worthy glass. The color is dark coppery red with some dark orange highlights and smallish head that dissapears completely, except for a few bubbles, very quickly. The beer lingers on the glass, creating a wide alcohol film. The aroma is brown sugar, lots of malt, alcohol, and an undeterminable fruit ( a lighter one.) The taste is very sweet and mildy spicy to start, with notes of maple syrup and caramelized turbino sugar with a fiery hot and peppery mid-taste and an ending of lingering alcohol heat (moderate), toasty malty sweetness, and spicy/pepper. Nice body, but the 14% alcohol that keeps it from getting cloying, at least now, is a little out of whack, just too much, really more like an eisbock, a rough one at that. 7/3/6/3/15 3.4

2003 bottle 5+ years old. I have been cellaring this one for a while, lets hope it paid off. Dark amber color with a wispy head. Nice malt, toffee and caramel nose. Very aged barleywine-like. Huge bodied with a pronounced, but not overbearing, alcohol finish. Nice flavor, lots of melanodin rich malt, dulce de leche, and warming alcohol. There seems to be a little oxidation. The score will raise quite a bit. Score reflects this bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 4, 2005
Bottle at The Porterhouse, Dublin. This is some crazy shit. Enormous nose of fruits and alcohol. One sip warms you immediately, with flavors of hot fruits, spice, syrup, and molasses. Nice sipping beer, but I’m glad I shared the bottle with someone. A few ounces make a nice dessert alone, but a whole bottle would need some food to go with it. Very interesting, but a little too close to Kool-Aid for my tastes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sregnar35 (1022) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2005 2001 vintage. Had this one early on in my beer drinking life, but thoroughly enjoyed it. Very much a late night sipper. Recently had 2003 vintage on tap, and it was amazingly smooth and creamy compared to the bottle. Recently had 04 on tap, excellent. 95 bottled, extremely smooth and warm, this stuff gets better and better.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scotty (1083) - SCOTLAND - JUN 17, 2005
2003 vintage. No head, quite hazy. Big fruity nose, yup! raisins are there and quite a hit of alcohol too. Palate is immediately warming and wow! that alcohol hits the brain cells in record time! Smooth and packed with a complex array of flavours, ranging from spicy fruit to caramel & molasses, the finish just goes on..& on... Not the experience I was led to expect but an interesting glass nevertheless, perhaps a tad too alcoholic for me, ruins the balance slightly.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mephisto (1275) - TAIWAN - JUN 11, 2005
bottled. complex aroma that is characterized by toffee and caramel w/ hint of sweetness. very lightly carbonated. needless to say, full bodied. it would actually be quite drinkable if it’s not that sweet.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2005
Pours a clear brownish-copper witha thin, light tan lead. No lace to speak of. Smell is oaky and malty. Hints of oregano and crushed tomato. Lightly smoky and rich fruity malt. Tastes of sour fruit, black currant, cherries and crushed sweet apples. Nutty maltiness. Light alcohol but incredibly smooth for 14%! Roasted maple syrup and pine sap are evident as it warms. Huge in the mouth. Really sticky. Sips like a fine port. Not that drinkable but nice for what it is. An incredible beer. Will get more to age although it’s pretty good straight from the store. A must try is you want to know what beer is capable of being.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - JUN 1, 2005
Amber, no head. Aroma from nuts, figs and whisky. Strong alcohol flavor, whisky, figs, honey. Too sweet and too much alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - MAY 31, 2005
2004 bottle. Poured amber/orange with very little head. Big, rich nose that has sweet fruit with some alcohol noted. Taste is molasses, fruit, and egg.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwyerpg (4827) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 28, 2005
Wow, can you taste the alcohol in this baby. It almost has a rummy taste to it, and especially molasses. Most of the taste comes from the incredibly high alcohol content. You only need two to be having a good time.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
robertjm (792) - 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.


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