Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1831   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shain (118) - ISRAEL - APR 22, 2015
Bottle 330ml, lightly chilled. Pours dark caramel reddish-brown. Head is almost nonexistent and quick to fade. Aroma of sweet malt, wine, alcohol, caramel, fruit, spice, vanilla, really good smell. Body is full and thick, with slightly creamy texture. Carbonation is very gentle and fades too quickly. The carbonation and alcohol produces amazing gentle tingling sensation. Tastes very sweet but not cloying, also surprisingly not sticky. Flavors of sweet caramel, roasted malt, alcohol, orange peel, sweet liqueur, warm spices, licorice, raisins, vanilla, slight hop, fruity chocolate, peppery, slight clove, ripe fruits, light buttery notes. This is a great drink for a special occasion. This beer is not trying to hide it’s alcohol, it’s more of a lightly carbonated malt liqueur and this is nice. Do share the bottle as it is quite strong and can serve three easily. Do pour quite cold to a legged glass, as this beer is meant to be sipped slowly and it will warm up while drinking, revealing more flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
EdInSaltLake (727) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 18, 2015
Caramel/brown sugar malt, fusel alcohol, apple-ish fruit aroma. Sugary, caramel malt flavor; finishes sweeter. Fruity flavor. Less prominent alcohol flavor, and warming for sure. Some spiciness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
klm1 (474) - - APR 7, 2015
Almost purple brown colour without head. Smell of oak, roasty malts, herbs. Taste of caramel, oak, roasty malt with little notes of caramel. Very malty, dense beer almost liquoric, perfect for really cold winter time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jkwood04 (4769) - Connecticut, USA - APR 5, 2015
Bottle into a wine glass at Split Thy Skull barley wine fest. Pours brown with a beige head. Aroma of sweetness, caramel malts, ethanol, and some light dough and dark fruits. Flavor the same. Average texture. Not great. Too sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pugno (62) - Konstanz, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - APR 5, 2015
With a direct light beyond the glass the color is a clean dark amber. No white head at all. Strong sweet smell of caramel, alcohol and drying grapes, before they become raisin. Watery. Such a sweet taste, strong alcoholic. It gives goosebumps and it leaves a sugary sweetness on the palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
neur0 (956) - GERMANY - APR 5, 2015
(Flasche) Es hat ein Kuperne bis Colaartige Farbe ist klar filtriert mit einer weißen Schaumkrone. Das Aroma ist wie Sherry, süß, alkoholische, fruchtig, mit einer abgebrannten Karamellnote am Schluss. Der Geschmack ist alkoholisch, süß, röstig im Abgang, alkoholisch und alkoholisch.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tsd08460 (226) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2015
Aroma: caramel, raisin, alcohol, Appearance: dark amber, clear, minimal head, Taste: medium sweetness, Palate: full body, slick feel, soft carbonation, long finish,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BLADT (680) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 1, 2015
Bottle pour. Dark, ruby brown in glass. Thin, tan head. Does not last long. Aroma of candied dark fruits, dense holiday cakes, and booze. Thick and viscous. Taste is mostly sweet, toeing the treacle line, but never crossing. Alcohol is there on the palate, but is never a distraction. Drinks more like liqueur. Sticks to the gums. Enjoyed, but once a year is enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rob6239 (676) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2015
Pours good ruby red colour with good off-white head. Aroma has fruit, raisin. Taste was very sweet and was a bit overpowering for me. Mashed high or too much undissolved unsugars?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
koleminer20 (999) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2015
12 oz bottle shared by Spencer. The pour is a thin golden amber with a thin collar of head. The aroma is very sweet. There is a strong maltiness and a moderate booziness that is surprising. The flavor is very similar. It's very sweet. There is a light booziness coming back, but it's pretty bland. I'm not overly impressed with this. The loud feel is thin and light with a lack of carbonation that makes it seem really light. The aftertaste is lingeringly sweet ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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