Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1668   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mccarltone (8) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2014 does not count
Intensely sweet. Malty aroma with plum/raisin notes. Dark copper colored and clear with short lasting head. Full bodied, creamy, and filling. I would like to see what a few years of age would do to this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jksipa (199) - NEWMARKET, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2014
330ml bottle from the LCBO. Pours a deep clear reddish amber with almost no head. Nose is sweet malts and caramel with some red fruit notes. VERY sweet with plums and toffee dominant. Some bitterness in the finish. Mouth is creamy and full with almost no carbonation. This is an after dinner sipper. Tart cherry appears as it warms.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
conway (1130) - - FEB 20, 2014
Adding this rating after the fact as I have realized that I had incorrectly used the retired listing. Draft. Clear ruby with little head. Aroma is boozy caramel. Taste is caramel, toffee, figs and raisins. Booze is very well folded in. Thick chewy palate. I’m very impressed with how drinkable this is given the ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (2581) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear chestnut, small off white head dissipates quickly with some lacing. Aroma is corny, roasty malts, toffee. Flavor is very sweet, dark sugars, pumpernickel, a bit nutty, minimal bitterness, some lemon zest. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, some warming, but ABV is fairly well masked. Better than it smells, for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
markschiedon (96) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 15, 2014
Drinking blind from a 33cl bottle. In the aroma alcohol and hazelnut chocolate. The beer is brown and unclear and has no head. First association is fluid chocolate. Mainly sweetness in the taste. Just some bitterness. Low carbonation. Beer is aged for 13 years (from 2001). Wow never tasted anything like this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Atheist_Peace (884) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2014
Clear, caramel/cherry pour with with very minimal head that crackles like coke before it disappears (~4.7 seconds). I get rotting apples and stewed purple fruits on the nose with loads of caramel and some lightly grilled grain. Booze is fairly well hidden but that’s about the only excitement with the nose. Boozy and sticky on the palate with some burn. Sweet, stewed dark fruit, caramel, something spicy. No off or weird flavours but it doesn’t excite me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arsol (414) - NORWAY - FEB 12, 2014
Brunrød farge med tynt lys beige skum. Lukter kirsebær og noe karamell. Smaker litt som sherry og man kjenner godt "alkoholvarme".

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
biokid23 (102) - California, USA - FEB 11, 2014
The high ratings somewhat surprise me. Sticky, super sweet, extremely malted flavor. Tastes of an instant yeast packet, some charcoal, and some raw molasses all at once. The mouthfeel is sickly, clinging, and difficult to get rid of. To finish this bottle I had to eat practically a whole bag of chips. Just finishing it took me a couple of hours, and I consider that an accomplishment. I know this is malt liquor-which is different. I must not like malt liquor, as I just could not stand it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Paincane (88) - Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Clear amber body w/ tan head. Rich toasted malt & smoky nose. Heavy malt, sweetness & alcohol flavors. Full-flavored, smooth & warming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Vighals (765) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - FEB 9, 2014
Rødbrun klar med tynt hvitt skum. Skogsbær og karamellukt. Veldig søt fruktig smak. Kort, lite bitterhet og lite kullsyre

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