Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1816   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zvsn (898) - ISRAEL - FEB 15, 2015
Bottle (2013 edition). Almost clear amber with a small fast dissipating head. Smell of dried fruits, honey, cherries, caramel, brown sugar. Very sweet, prunes, raisins, caramel, honey flavors, liquor, very alcoholic. Low carbonation, medium-full bodied, syrupy and sticky, long sweet and alcohol aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (2938) - BELGIUM - FEB 13, 2015
UPDATED: APR 5, 2015 When I first heard about this beer, back in the nineties, it was still brewed in Switzerland and was probably the strongest lager in the world, as well as one of the strongest beers in Europe. I never managed to find it, it was discontinued then, but is now fortunately revived by an Austrian brewery and in this current form, I eventually saw an opportunity to buy it online, as a 2013 vintage. Very curious about this. Cristal clear, beautiful deep copper colour, very little fizz, thin, loose, off-white head, quickly breaking under influence of the alcohol, leaving little more than a steady rim around the glass after several minutes and disappearing altogether in the end. Enticing, complex, sweetly perfumed bouquet of brown rhum, home made caramel, chocolate liqueur, raisins, cloves, sour cream, plum brandy, cider, tea, marzipan or amaretto, vanilla, some earthy hops and the expected oxidation setting in, but in a noble, port wine kind of way. Taste kicks off with a sugary but noble and refined, vanilla- and candi sugar-like sweetness, some candied fruits and raisins, with the expected soft carbonation (almost flat, actually) and smooth, velvety and very vinous mouthfeel; caramelly and chocolatey maltiness, refined and noble again, lean and sweet, seamlessly merging into a very warming, but not at all astringent, alcoholic finish of fine brandy, chocolate liqueur and rhum, through which the sugar and malt sweetness keep lingering, assisted by a subtle but balancing, earthy hop presence rendering more background structure than actual bitterness; warming alcohol and lingering sweetness, perhaps a bit (too?) cloying, remain. This is, in all, exciting and satisfying: a bittersweet symphony of pure and ’clean’ maltiness, candied sweetness and a clear presence of alcohol (not surprising considering the impressive ABV) which is cleverly kept under control and serves as a throat- and heart-warming factor without becoming obnoxious or wry. Especially with the head gone, it felt more like sampling a port or madera wine than a ’true’ beer; this is the bottom-fermented equivalent of a barley wine. I love this, this is among the best Doppelbocks (or even lagers in general) I had so far and certainly the best Austrian beer for me. Glad I finally had the chance to taste it and I’ll remember this for a long time...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sdaniel90 (484) - Mexico City, MEXICO - FEB 2, 2015
Bottle, 33cl. Clear ruby with a frothy tan head, Musky aroma of dried fruits, roasted malts and alcohol. Medium bodied with moderate to flat carbonation. Intensely sweet, with a subtle but well matched bitterness. Complex and very well brewed, with a tremendous sweet roasted character and a heavy bitter and alcohol finish. Unexpectedly drinkable compared to other Samichalus. Like an oporto or a lager-barleywine, very pleasant.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hangunder (298) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2015
Aged a couple of years. Smells great, lots of sweet malt, funky soy sauce aroma. Completely clear dark mahogany color, minimum head. Tastes super syrupy sweet, upfront tons of red fruit, finishes with soy sauce and tons of candi sugar. Not overly complex and kind of syrupy, but decent. Syrupy bodied and average carbonation. OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
martin00sr (1258) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2015
Dark, red amber, seems clear. Small, sudsy offwhite head. Aroma has red apples, dried fruit, caramel malt and alcohol. Big, creamy mouthfeel. Bittersweet with loads of warming alcohol, berries and fruit. Sweet and sticky finish. Rock solid. Perfect winter beer. Lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
rayaron (555) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - JAN 28, 2015
Bottle 330ml, 2014 edition. Slightly hazy amber with no head. Strong aroma of prune, some cherry notes, spicy and syrupy. Very sweet flavor, notes of prune and carob, chocolate with liqueur, some spiciness, very boozy. Light carbonation, medium to full-bodied. Not easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigguns22 (721) - Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Beer pour very little carbonation not much head , aroma of Burnt sugar, dark fruits, caramel, alcohol. some yeast - strong sweetness - full body, thick texture, low carbonation - long, sweet finish with notes of dark fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
twindog (267) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Beer pour very little carbonation not much head , aroma of Burnt sugar, dark fruits, caramel, alcohol. some yeast - strong sweetness - full body, thick texture, low carbonation - long, sweet finish with notes of dark fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lukaduke (2549) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Pours a rusty amber color with great clarity, tiny rising bubbles and a finger of eggshell foam. Nose is sweet buckwheat honey, toasted malt, candy corn. Palate follows with a healthy dose of sweetness, bitterness and a clean finish. Layers of caramel corn, burnt toffee, molasses, some earth tobacco and leather poke through as the finish dries out with some boozy raisin and lingering bitter tea notes.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
Cool_Bond (1849) - Kung av Öl @ Facebook, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2015
Sweetness, yeast, and some fruit and a lot of alcohol in fragrance. The flavor of licorice, light chocolate, sweetness and alcohol. Sure there are malty flavor too. Feels like they’re trying to hide the alcohol but did not succeed. Heavy bitterness that fills the mouth for a long while. Not really impressed with this beer. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

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