Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1933   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerdedone (3235) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2006
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours a reddish copper color with a small off-white head. Aroma of alcohol, sweet malts and caramel. Flavor is sweet, alcohol very present (too present) hints of caramel also. Good body, ok brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - APR 20, 2006
Reddish amber hue-medium white head- soft nose of light apricot jam – chewy thick body, it tells you it is in your mouth – sweet tawny port taste – tender long lasting aftertaste

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bmxutos (161) - Lisboa, PORTUGAL - APR 16, 2006
2005 bottle, 33cl. Amber/orange colour with a small and disappointing tan head. Very lively beer! Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of caramel and honey. Favour is extremely sweet and alcoholic, something normal to a 14% ABV beer. Unfortunatelly, the sweetness becomes sticky and annoying. To tell you the truth, if i wanna have a strong beer i’d rather drink a Bush Ambrée than this Samichlaus: more well balanced, not so sweet and with the alcohol very well hidden by other flavours.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2006
Pours a copepr/red, no head. Sweet aroma apples ands other fruits. Taste is a not too bitter fruit taste, apples, pears, mixed with the mellow alcohol kick, not too strong until it warms up. Ok beer nothing spectacular.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Zeswaft (1671) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2006
Super sweet alcohol paint thinner aroma. Syrupy in texture, sweet taste and alcohol. yeah, nothing much more than alcohol. The fact that a beer is famous solely for being the most alcoholic is probably a reason not to drink it. I’m reminded of a scene from Seinfeld in the Kenny Rogers Roasters episode where Kramer yells out the window of his appartment, "HEY! Bad chicken...mess you up!"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2761) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2006
2005: First, it just plains needs to age at least 5 more years. Pleasing true amber color, but low on carbonation (as expected) and no head. Nose restrained, strangely, but otherwise a nice raisiny and persimmon fruit with burnt sugars and rummy alcohol. Smooth, rounded and slick palate, albeit with quite an alcohol burn. Generally sweet. Like a sweet brandy or fortified wine. Shows the potential to develop an amazing drinkability and complexity in 5-10 years.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
screigh (670) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2006
Pouerd a very nice clear copper color. No head whatsoever. The aroma is of sourkraut and alcohol. Very sweet and and off sourness. Very sweet with a sugary candy like aftertaste. Strong alcohol presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rederic (3257) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 5, 2006
Bottled in 2005, bright copper color, with an off-white head, with a malty, biscuity and cookie dough nose, with some dried dark fruits notes, with a brandyish aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate with a syrupy and sweet malty character, with an alcoholic flood of waves in her liqueurish aspect, giving to me a warming comfort, with a touch of maple syrup, leading towards a strong alcoholic warmth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 29, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2007 Bottled at Mr. Dunderbocks in Tampa. Poured deep orange with no head to be found. Aroma was heavily malted with sweet carmel notes. The aroma reminded me a lot of the maltier barley wines. The flavor has a cloying sweetness. Huge malt and a creamy mouthfeel. Basically this was way too sweet for me, almost like a sugar bomb.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdjuice (497) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - MAR 22, 2006
2005 vintage. Pours the color of black tea with little head. Very sweet, kind of unexpected how sweet it is. Warming alcohol but nothing too strong, sometimes it sneaks up into your nose and surprises you but otherwise is well hidden. Has a nice dichotomy between the thick, syrupy taste and a relatively high carbonation. Interesting, but not something I would want to drink regularly, and at 14% I don’t think I’d be able to drink it regularly.

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