Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1924   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brianprentiss (693) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 18, 2006
This is certainly an above average DB, but at the price that you normally have to pay for it ($4.99 at World Market), it is simply not worth it. Ayinger is much better and can be found for much less $...at least in California. The alcohol is almost overwhelming in the 2004 (drank early 2006), I would love to have one about 5 years old to compare.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
mkgrenwel (605) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 12, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2006 2001 bottle, thanks to Eyedrinkale. Super super sweet and cloying. Some port wine/grape, plum and cherry flavors are washed out by an overbearing syrupy sweetness. Alcohol also plays a HUGE role, giving me that shudder I get from straight liquor. Ovbiously, massive alcohol warming. Virtually zero carbonation. A tiny touch of roasted grains at the very end. Similar to a barley wine with no hops to balance it. I’m not sure what others see in this beer. I feel bad giving such a low rating, since I know some people enjoy this, but it certainly isn’t for me. I can’t even finish the bottle. It’s going down the drain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2006
(bottle - 11.2 oz: 2004 vintage) Clear copper color, not much head or carbonation. Aroma is very sweet. Lots of malts, raisins, caramel and apples. Overly sweet taste. Tons of malt and some apple flavor. Not much alcohol present. Candy sweet all around. I think too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quevillon (2876) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2006
"Père Noël, Père Noël, emporte moi de la bière! J’en ai eu, j’en veux plus, fourlez tout dans bouche!" En tout cas, c’est fort ça, très réchaufant et un très bon goût chocolaté.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
spinnyone22 (4) - Payson, Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2006 does not count
It’s too bad I was given only one beer to sample. I will get this put into my store ASAP. Not only is it what the crirics have told me but just the history alone is worth the time for this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 6, 2006
Bottled 2003. Pours a ruby amberish color with a lingering thin white head that skims over the top. Aroma is fruity with a malt backbound, there are notes of alcohol, figs, and is slightly bready. Flavor is very smooth and sweet. Notes of raisins, figs, maple syrup and alcohol. Mouthfeel is huge and very syrup like, very little carbonation with this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 16/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 5, 2006
bottle from chevy chase. pours a clear amber, not a lot of carbonation. aroma is very boozy, lots of fruit, malt, and maybe some roast? very syrupy, flavor is sugar-sweet, raisins, figs, and overwhelming alcohol. doesn’t hide it that well at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (11054) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 5, 2006
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Norway. Reddish-brown in colour. A strong lager that smells and tastes like a Barley Wine. Densely. Smooth fullness of body. Malty creaminess. Taste of yeast and warming alcohol in the finish. Alright as a winter warmer in the Arctic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
maddchad (1) - Milford, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2006 does not count
I was very impressed, not having had one for several years, I found this to be a lot lighter than I remembered, but in a very good way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rsans (125) - Pont-Rouge, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 30, 2006
Pours a beautiful mahogany red color with a very short-lived head. Minimal carbonation. Sweet malty aromas mixed with alcohol waves and these change as the beer warms up. This beer has a certain sweet cherry flavour to it and then the alcohol hits and warms you. Rather sweet on the palate. Not my favourite and not my kind of “session beer”. However since I don’t drink wine any longer I will definitively have this beer again, possibly with dessert or as an after dinner drink like a Porto for example. Like someone else mentioned this beer is not to be drunk alone but should be share with a friend.

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