Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1758   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
asmithbeer (71) - California, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Bottle - dark amber with no head. Strong aroma of raisins and dark syrup. Flavor is like aroma, good but just too strong and syrupy. Mouth feel is not great, very little carbonation. Probably pretty good aged a few years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlovell2 (895) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Enjoyed in Christmas Eve 2014. Pours dark amber with a thin off white head that quickly disappears. Aroma is grain, toffee, caramel, and raisins. Sticky sweet syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor is sweet caramel malt with toffee and vanilla notes, raisins, and cherries. Finishes with big booziness. Alcohol vapors in finish. This is a big beer. A lot of big fruity flavors and booziness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oldschool_Mike (84) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 24, 2014
2011 Bottle into snifter. Pours a clear dark brown colour with no head. Aroma is of prune and raisin with some alcohol. Taste is fruity with sweet malt. Kinda like a fruitcake. A nice beer to have once a year. -- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rejtable (1433) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2014
Huge beer. Pours clear amber no head or lacing. Nose is sweet raisins. Flavours of raisins, brown bread maybe some vanilla. Taste big sweet light bitter. Full sticky body with low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anstei (36) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 24, 2014
330ml bottle from Erzbierschof, 2013 edition. A dark flat, but very strong and sweet beer. Boozy nose. Complex and balanced, very tasty. But one of them is definitely enough as the 14% are still present.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukasmh (249) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle. Pours cloudy clear clean Amber with one finger creamy beige head, which disappears completely. Aroma is marmelade! Malty, sweet plums, juicy prunes, dried fruits, bread crust, slight toast. Taste is really sweet toffee! Dried fruits, marmelade, toasty caramel, burnt sugar, full body with balanced booze in finish thatakes this beer dangerously drinkable. A classier sipper!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (2502) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Pours a clear golden brown on tap with thin white head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma is big boozy malt sweetness, dark fruit and vanilla behind. Taste is more toward the vanilla and sweet malt, almost like a brandy, hint of spice behind. Warming on the way down, pretty darn nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wekker84 (1530) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle a brown colored beer without a head aroma malts caramel spicy alcohol and some bitter citrus hops flavor malts caramel dry fruits spicy alcohol and some hops

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBHansen (163) - Køge, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2014
bottle @ home. Appearance: pours clear dark brown with no head. aroma/taste: caramel, toffee, honey, alcohol, raisins, oak and faint hints of floral notes. palette: low carbonation, medium to full body, distinct caramel sweetness, low bitterness, medium to long duration and an oily texture. Overall: very sweet dobbeltbock, but with some complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (5840) - Indiana, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Draft to taster. Looks good for the style; a transparent copper with very light beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells malty and a little boozy with notes of caramel and toffee, and a strange but unaversive peach presence. Tastes like it. Smells with a medium-full bodied mouthfeel. Hot, but enjoyable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ghostbeer (27) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Bottled in 2014. Pours a deep, brilliantly clear amber with an off white head. Medium carbonation. Very thick and chewy. Flavors or toffee, caramel, dark dried fruits and rum. Lots of alcohol warmth and a slightly cloying sweetness especially as the beer warmed up. This is my favorite style of beer and this was an excellent bottle, but not one for everyday enjoyment. I can’t wait to buy another one or two to try aging for years to come.

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