Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1932   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Malakin (470) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2006
Clear deep amber with a quickly fading head. Nice musty alcohol aroma. Very strong alcohol flavour, warming, tinny, on the sweet side and not very bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 14, 2006
(2004) Complex aroma that reminds me of an aged cognac. Ripe fruit, alcohol. Pours a rich copper brown, thin head with low carbonation. Extremely sweet almost syrupy, but strangely enough not off-putting. Warming alcohol and sweet finish. Apricots and prunish flavours. To be savoured and enjoyed slowly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2006
UPDATED: APR 3, 2007 2004 bottle. Chestnut brown with a small creamy white head. Aroma of ripe apples, brown sugar, plums, and vanilla. Flavor is bursting with sweet dark fruits, chocolate, toffee, and I detected a hint of tobacco as well. Alcohol is tremendously well masked, it’s detectable, but mellows a lot as the brew warms. Earthy, almost scotch-like finish. A beautiful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7912) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2006
(Bottled in 2005) Amber colour with a bubbly, disappearing head. Nose is fiery, powerful and very complex with nuts, fruit (cherries, wild berries, apricots), hints of marzipan and sugar. Definitely some burnt notes (a bit like Madeira). Taste is very sweet and complex with dried fruit (apricots, prunes, raisins, dates), brown sugar, chocolate and, again, notes of strong wine, but this time more like oloroso sherry. It is hard to compare this with any other beer and I suppose it is as likely to hate it or to like it. After some contemplating I find myself in the latter category. Despite the ABV and the almost cloying sweetness, it is well balanced and very tasty. Might actually get better with some years in the cellar, that might round off the edges a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thegreenrooster (4030) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Been waiting along time to try this monster. Pour is a red with no head. Aroma is winey and loads of dark fruits. Flavor is a alcohol punch in the groin. Tastes like a very and I mean very strong sherry. Cherry and grapes aplenty. Very thick and oily mouthfeel. Can’t recommed it as the alcohol is way to strong and it makes me almost gag.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Psylocke (91) - st-constant, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2006
Not bad but the alcool hide all the flavor so all you can feel is how hign it is in alccol

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StueyD (1567) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2006
2001 vintage: A deep, dark amber brown colour with a light effevescence. A distinctive sweet, bitter, chocolate nose with a malty tone. A strong bitter sweet taste with the dark chocolate element coming through again. A grapy, Sherry taste comes through with a dry wine hint. There is a touch of malt in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
destroye7 (312) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 18, 2006
330 ml bottle. 2004. Really low head. Strong alcohol taste. It remembered me of a scotch ale. Clear amber color. It was nice but won’t be on my regular list.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brianprentiss (699) - 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 (606) - 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.

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