Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1717   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kvnstfrd (32) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Stored for one year. Dark brown, slightly red and crystal clear. No head to speak of. Oaky smell of tawny port, fruit cake and alcohol. The taste tells me my nose was right. This is very much like a tawny port or creamed sherry. Also a similar warming alcohol sensation after the swallow. There are some hops in there, but they’re dominated by a wonderful sweetness. Mouth-feel is thick and almost oily with no detectable carbonation at all. I’m not so sure this even comes close to fitting into the Doppelbock category, but this is one awesome brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
minutemat (1769) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2014
330ml bottle @ the 9th Shrewsbury Bottle Share Oct 14, brought by myself, thanks to Geiserich. The penultimate beer of the night and a great way to end! Pours clear with a reddish hue. Taste is strong caramel malts and dark fruits galore with a smooth character and nice bitterness on the finish. A rich and compelling taste. Need another bottle of this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
simardsam (141) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2014
Brune/cuivrée, presque rouge, avec une mousse très éphémère et presque absente. Nez fruité de framboises, d’alcool et sucré. Goût très sucré et alcoolisé, de sucre d’orge et de cerises au marasquin... Un rappel des gâteaux aux fruits dans le temps des Fêtes! C’est rond en bouche et l’alcool qui réchauffe rappel le Porto ou les vins fortifiés.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (5983) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 19, 2014
a little alcoholic and sweet for my taste in style, but a cool every once and a while beer anyway. sweet and bready, abv shows, little hopping.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
eduardovl (872) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle poured in a chalice. Distinct beer, I would say. Perhaps too sweet to my taste. Good quality anyway. A: Pours a clear amber to brown (caramel) color with a small beige head which dissipates quickly leaving few lacings S: Perfume of nuts and fruits (cherries, plums and raisins) spreads around when it’s poured. Caramel malts and oak. Alcohol is quite relevant T: Taste follows the nose. Caramel malts, nuts and dark fruits are really relevant (mainly cherries, plums and raisins). Very sweet and toffee upfront (negative point). Wood. Stingy bitterness in the end M: Heavy, creamy and molasses. Low carbonation. Liquor sensation D: Medium. Quite sweet and strong beer. To be appreciated with moderation [ BA Review @ 11/7/2010 ]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MonsterMagnet (261) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle, sample served with chocolate cake. Didn’t take proper tasting notes. This beer doesn’t feel like a beer, it’s like a dessert wine, but less overwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaroonOrange (133) - - OCT 7, 2014
On tap. Clear burgundy. Hay, grain, and dried fruit aromas. Taste matches the aroma. Thick and very sweet, with the strength masked.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eckan (8) - Høvik, NORWAY - OCT 2, 2014 does not count
Hints off peach and raisins, very little carbonating. Taste well suited for rich and quite strong tasting food. Would benefit from storage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niller (709) - Hammel, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2014
Bottle from Hammelhus, Hammel. (2011 Vintage). Pours clear amber with an off-white head. Sweet malty taste, caramel, sweet fruits, syrup, alcohol. Full body. Creamy mouthfeel. Oily texture. Very sweet warming finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fashawn (122) - Montesarchio, ITALY - SEP 26, 2014
Birra estrema, nel senso vero del termine. Dagli aromi forti di frutta, coriandolo, castagne e ciliege, oltre che di tanto malto quasi fosse pane al burro. Senza alcun segno di schiuma, intensa ed estrema è dolcissima e deliziosa sulla.lingua. assenza quasi di carbonatazione, è buona anche in bocca anche se le castagne dominano e il finale non la rende meno stucchevole. Birra da dosare ma che, onestamente, piace.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
YantarCoast (136) - Moscow, RUSSIA - SEP 26, 2014
If this is what one of the greatest doppelbocks tastes like then I am disappointed. It tastes like fizzy cognac with added sugar.

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