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Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria

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RATINGS: 1832   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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 (4875) - 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 (795) - 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 (1981) - 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 (25073) - 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 (1447) - 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.


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