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Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria

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RATINGS: 1726   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.


2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Sammy (8849) - 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 (1019) - 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 (2049) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
hawkshadow (107) - Rural Retreat, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2005 Tastes like Creomulsion cough syrup, except thinner and more alcohol. Yes, I rated it higher this time, maybe aging is a good thing. 2003 vintage, as before.It still weirds me out. It almost makes me shudder when I take a big drink. Take two and call me in the morning, cuase with 14% alcohol, it won’t take too many. Eggenberg makes much finer varieties than this, but this is fun nonetheless!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2011 Whoa. Make sure you don’t have anywhere to go after this one. The alcohol, at 14%, packs a little punch even on a full stomach. Very satisfying and enjoyable. I found this one at a liquor store near Cafe DuMonde in New Orleans, and I would really like another. Good beer if you can find it. Nice blend of molasses, caramel, roasted nut, and a tinge of dark fruit greet the tongue after a wiff of molasses, caramel, light cocoa, and roasted nuts. Slick and lingering on the tongue. Great beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUN 11, 2004
Poured a rich amber hue with little head and had a warm dark fruity aroma. Hearty in body and a little sticky with plum, raisin and malt flavors, some citrus notes, quite sweet and the alcohol was all over the place. Impressive but too boozy for me. It will be interesting to see how it ages though. 2002


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