Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1821   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaartenRF10 (1670) - Wageningen, - NOV 16, 2012
Sample @ Beerotica Tasting
Clear dark amber beer with small beige fading head. Typical aroma of rye bread. Taste is sherry, cognac, brown sugar and nuts. Very flavourfull. Nice carbonation and a full yet thin body. Very pleasant surprise this very special beer. Makes you think you’re drinking a carbonated desert wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cervmagpt (361) - PORTUGAL - MAY 29, 2015
Review based on the BJCP2015 guidelines (style 9A). Bottle 33 cl - Batch L415515. AROMA: very nice sweet malty aroma with notes of toasty and bread crust. slight caramel notes and no hop aroma. spicy and soft alcohol aroma. APPEARANCE: dark ambar color with orange highlights and translucent. tanned thin head with low retention due to high alcohol content. TASTE: clean lager flavour with very sweet and rich notes of malt and dark dried fruits (raisins). some bread crust notes. low bitterness with a sweet finish. PALATE: full body with a velvety texture. moderate-low carbonation. Alcohol warmth present. OVERALL: a doppelbock a bit more on the sweet (and strong) side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
martjoobolut (1374) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 26, 2015
Bottle (shared by suurjuust, thanks!). Pours copper with beige head. Aroma is sweet, malt, caramel. Flavor follows the nose. Finish is sweet and dry bitter with some alcohol. Alcohol is rather well covered considering ABV. Overall: ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (1926) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2015
2014 Bottle at Bierstube. Poured a deep clear ruby brown. No head. Feels like a Brandy. Rich malty dark red fruit. Dark chocolate cherry cordials. Plums and prunes. Toffee caramels. Refined burnt sugar cane. Merlot. Feels big but not harsh and boozy - though the alcohol will hit you afterwards. Maybe a bit too syrupy and precious, but something worth savoring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabuzzer (244) - SCOTLAND - MAY 23, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2015 330ml bottle. Nutty brown colour, very little head. Sweet nose, taste is caramel, alcohol, a little sickly perhaps. Ok but didn?t quite live up to the hype.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaxiDriver (1553) - Stadland, GERMANY - MAY 10, 2015
Bottle. A sweet aroma of mulled wine, a little bit alcoholic. The beer has no head, the body is dark red to brown. The taste is very sweet, strong amount of spices, like liqueur. The finish is a little bit bitter. The body is heavy, oily and creamy with a soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrGD (104) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2015
Bottle. This is a great winter beer! Appearance: clear copper colour with beige foam. Aroma: complex and intense, caramel, vanilla, dark fruits, spices. Taste: lots of malts, caramel, raisins, very alcoholic and sweet. A great beer to sip and enjoy its complexity!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
foyle (303) - Wyoming, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Smells delicious, tastes delicious, one of the best beer I have ever had. Sweet/malt aroma. Flavor is malt dominate with fruit and sweet barley some earthy hops in the background. 14% abv is not apparent at all

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (3076) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2015
(Schloss Eggenberg Samichlaus Classic) Bottle 330 ml served into a snifter, ABV 14%. Vintage 2012. Crystal clear body, dark red in colour. Some bubbles on top, bursting quickly, with non-existent lacing on the glass. Very fruity aroma, red fruits, dark fruits, raisins, toffee, caramel, alcohol, vanilla. Great taste. Quite sweet at first, malts, sugar, alcohol, vanilla, dates, prunes, raisins, toffee, traces of spices, caramel. Medium body, carbonation on the right level, sticky on the palate and a light alcohol burn. Just great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
RickFifty (630) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - APR 25, 2015
Copper color, beige head. Raisin nose, roasted malt, caramel, bread, hint of licorice. Heavy sweet, dried fruit, hint of alcohol, roasted malt. Full body, soft carbonation, oily texture, warming.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
huineman (371) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 23, 2015
Ruby red, no froth at all. Cherry, strawberry jam, hibiscus, elderberry, bread, vanilla, iron. Oily, powerful and sweet. Low CO2. Long finish, with no bitterness. Very interesting. To be sipped slowly.

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