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Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria

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RATINGS: 1709   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 2, 2004
2000 vintage sampled on 8/2/04: Pours a viscous dark copper maple color with a thin light tan head. Aroma is rich and heavy with plenty of caramel malty complexity and some dark fruits. Starts very thick and sweet gaining complexity as it goes and finishing sticky, but hiding the alcohol well. This is a double doppelbock that has aged quite nicely and will continue to do so. Also very good for its price.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8726) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2013 Bottled. Strong smell of creamy-thick alcohol to this mid brown beer. Little head or carbonation. The taste is also very strong but malty fruity, sweet and smooth. It is an extremely warming beer which I drank only lightly chilled whereas in the past I have had it much colder. It gets better as it warms. Score 3.4
Subsequent rating scored 4.5. Average becomes 3.9

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 31, 2004
On tap at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA 8/4/03. 1999 vintage. Absolutely delicious, sweet, buttery malt scent, almost like a Heath bar or butter toffee. Thick, heavy, and overwhelming. I could make a meal out of just smelling this beer for 30 minutes. Golden, burnt brown syrupy appearance with almost no head and little lacing but tiny lingering bubbles of carbonation. Medium-full, creamy mouthfeel with tingling bite, acidity, and complex sweet malts. Flavor explodes to the roof of your mouth immediately on swallowing, turning into a dry, caramelly, long-lasting and subtly bitter finish. Very high in alcohol, and it warms you intantly, but I completely disagree about the accusations of it being off-putting or overwhelming (at least in a bad way). It’s overwhelming, but in the sense that it is heavenly. Certainly not a session beer, but I can’t think of anything better than cuddling up with a glass of this and a warming fireplace in those cold winter nights. Gets more bitterly acidic and more strongly alcoholic-tasting as it warms. Pure dessert bliss.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Sammy (8678) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2004
Way high alcohol and it smelled it. 2003 edition and in an ideal world it would have waited closer to its 2008 expiry date. Like a 100 proof. This is the Swiss brewed and not the original and not all that complex.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2004
Well, this has a decent kick to it. I’ve had the original, and I remember this being more like a strong port than a eisenbock (reminds me of EKU 11.) Maybe if this were aged as much….. Regardless, this is some good stuff. Sweet fruity molasses and alcohol, there’s always the alcohol presence in this. But regardless, this is mighty smooth

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HighlanderOne (1010) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2010 Rerate - finally get a bottle to rate. Aroma butterscotch, toffee, coffee, smoke. Pours a clear mahogany, almost no head. Flavors of toffee, spice, banana, caramel. Alcohol hit is an eye opener in the back. Has a nice balance to it. Creamy, buttery feel. Mellows at finish. Awesome stuff- I’m saving the next bottle for a cold day.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JUL 17, 2004
I really like this beer. It´s a got a very thick texture. The taste is extremly sweet and caramelly, with lots of toffee. Some hints of cinnamon. It took me half an hour to sip me through one bottle, but it was nice, like a good cognac.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2004
2003 tasted alongside a 1997 Hurlimann version. Dark red brown colour with a frothy tan coloured head. Looks very syrupy and thick. Strong aroma of dark toffee, soy sauce, more toffee, and alcohol. Very sweet toffee flavours with a warming alcohol bitter finish. Maybe a bit of soy sauce flavour but it wasn’t unpleasant. Thick and syrupy mouthfeel. Glad I have another bottle to age and compare.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2004
Bottled, 2003 bottling (brewed december 2002), sampled July 2004. This is more interesting than this is pleasent. Thick & syrupy with typical strong lager flavours & a strong alcohol kick. Very interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2004
Light brown pour with a small head. Very caramelly aroma and flavor. Slightly fruitty taste with an alcoholic punch, more warming than throat-burning. Slight sweet stickiness in the aftermath. Very good doppelbock but a little too strong.


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