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Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria

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RATINGS: 1893   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   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.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Foerdifuxx (125) - Franconia, GERMANY - JAN 10, 2016
Dark, clear, ruby-red coloured beer with no head. Aromas of brown, rum-soaked cake, caramel, fine herbal notes, alcohol. Overall sweet-hoppy in taste with a sweet, more malty, finish with warming alcohol. Reminds me of Jägermeister. Some chocolate undertones. More than avarage carbonation, heavy body, creamy texture.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MayumiH (585) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2016
Bottle at home. Pours dark amber. Brown sugar, raisins, ripe plums and honey. Complex. Boozy warmth finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnGalt1 (1209) - , Idaho, USA - JAN 7, 2016
Nose is malty yet surprisingly muted... some brown sugar essence and golden raisins come to mind... still pretty boozy, but lesser than I remember the fresh bottles I’ve had. Apple cider... with some plummy sweetness.. hints of cherries combine with a rich maltiness.. there is lite yet present booze burn.. hints of cigar wrapper... lite caramel.... pleasant ... drinkable and but more "sippable" ... a brew to be enjoyed over a couple hours while contemplating today and thinking and planning for tomorrow... The body is thick with a lite carbonation.. the finish is long and lingering... Overall... I need to start buying these more often so I can leave them in the cellar for years.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Seffle (389) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2016
Bottle from SB 160102. Bottled in 2015 (hence brewed dec 2014). Clear dark mahoganny body, like cognac. Well carbonated but the head disappeares at once. Beautifully complex aroma with dried fruits, raisins, prunes and sweet roasted malt but no coffee or stout feeling. Palate very sweet and rich with dried prunes, raisins, apricots, brown candi sugar and overripe apples. Sherry and madeira reminishance. Mmmmm! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

1.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
ogre71 (234) - Utah, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Well maybe I got a bad bottle because it tasted like bad cough syrup. wouldn’t recommend to anyone.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wxman (1658) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Pours a clear rather dark amber with a thin but surprisingly retentive off white head. Aroma is molasses and dark fruit. Taste is cloyingly sweet caramel malt, molasses, plums, rock candy, whiskey and buttered rum. About as complex as you can get and still be well balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thechasm442 (509) - Manhattan, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2015
2014 served in a tulip. The pour is a clear burnt copper with a thin white head and little lacing. Aroma is malts, pepper, oak, some mild stone fruits and a touch of alcohol. Taste is big malts up front. Sour and soggy malt flavors with alcohol over power at first. Plum, raisin, and date develop along with some pepper as the alcohol stays with it. It’s pretty sticky and very warming. Very nice dopplebock. One of the best I’ve ever had.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deepeary (396) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2015
2015 bottle from LCBO. Smells of sweetness, apples, candied sugar, sweet bread. Drinks more like a syrup than a beer. Minimal carbonation. Caramel, brown sugar, molasses, raisins. Warming finish. Great seasonal, very sweet and intense. I doubt I could get through two bottles.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
LLaurin (163) - Motala, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2015
Wow! 2014 poured in 2015 going to save some a couple of years more. Magnificent dark red amber colour and off white head. The nose is rich, sweet with raisins, malts and almost wine-like impressions. Taste is a mouthful, rich and with dried fruit like figs and plums with maltiness and some alcohol sweetness on top. Palate leaving the warmth in for a long time and the richness with all flavours above once more longlasting. Top beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LazyPyro (222) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2015 330ml bottle from Beers of Europe, shared with Dad on Christmas day. Clear copper colour, no head at all. Aroma is warm, sweet, alcohol, intense fruity dark malts. Flavour is very sweet, warming, alcohol is noticeable, sherry-like hints, raisins. Extremely smooth mouthfeel. Very well suited as a Christmas beer, wouldn’t want more than one bottle though!
Edit to add this was a 2014 bottle, so only 1 year old.


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