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Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria

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RATINGS: 1814   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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2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
MisterDenson (78) - Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Rating #68 for 2012. 6/23/12, 11.2 oz bottle cold from a stem glass. Dark fruit sourness mixed with a heavy aroma of syrup. Dark reddish brown amber liquid with no head and no lacing. Taste was heavy on alcohol, and dark syrupy fruit. Palate, medium carbonation, finishes thin and oily with a lingering burn to the finish.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (2979) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
RickFifty (611) - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
huineman (63) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shain (108) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
EdInSaltLake (716) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
klm1 (351) - - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jkwood04 (4445) - 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.

3.1
   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.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
neur0 (943) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tsd08460 (83) - 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,


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