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Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria

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RATINGS: 1832   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Padron4KM (670) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2005
2004 edition, sampled April ’05.
Pours out clear amber with a short lived tan head.
Aroma is rich and fruity, port like, with apricots and prune, a little toffee in there too.
Flavor is sweet and port like also, plum, prune, apricot. Alcohol is very noticable, especialy as it warms up. Cant drink more than one of these in a session.
It will be interesting to see how this one ages.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 23, 2005
An interesting but not entirely satisfying beer, in my opinion. Perhaps, as I’ve heard, it does age well. Definitely a sipping beer with the strong alcohol overtones. More of an after-dinner drink (as stated in the description). The aroma is entirely unique & I’m not even sure how to describe it – a sort of stew for the nose with sweet and malty scents as well as some I’m not familiar with. It’s scary, yet peaks my curiosity, knowing that a beer with a strong reputation has such a sharp smell. My initial taste was equally as intriguing, as I was not expecting such an overpowering taste (though I probably should have been from the 14% ABV). Still, taking the idea of it being a standard beer out of the equation, as I sipped I found myself more content with its flavor. A sweet mixture of fruit & malt, with that alcohol always lingering to warm up your senses. Obviously, don’t drink this as a “beer”, but enjoy it as a unique beverage. [$14.99/4pk]

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jerohen (2071) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2005
Forgot to write down what vintage. This is an alcoholic beast, the ethanol hits you as soon as you open the bottle. Warming and sweet, like liquor. Might age very well, but even now i thought it was quite good.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 21, 2005
Bottle, vintage 2004. Strong alcohol in the nose, almost slight whiskey aromas. Some garbage juice and figgy fruit. Spirity on the tongue, lots of alcohol, toffee apple. salty, dark fruit flavours, some port/ sherry. Hint of strawberry. Lightly sticky mouthfeel, turns smooth, then has a big alcohol kick in the end. Really warming, and perhaps too much alcohol showing and too much sticky malt for me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6449) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 17, 2005
2002 bottle, served in a Real Ale Fest sampler glass and next to the 1996 Hurlimann Samichlaus (big mistake): This brew has a ruby carmel hue with little head or lace but some nice oily film around the glassware. The aroma has notes of prune and fig, aromatic and floral pipe tobacco, moderate phenolic presence, and a touch of peated scotch. The taste starts fruity and moderately sweet, more akin to a dessert wine than a beer, but quite enjoyable. I detect a bit of soy or sea salt upon the finish explaining the scotch notes. Additional depth of honeydew and candi sugar provides a wonderful complex taste that will only get better. The feel is a bit sharp and biting (versus the Hurlimann which was so lush, I was nearly at a loss for words), still you can do much worse. Warming for sure, do not plan to go out after drinking one of these. Very good but I feel it is no longer a world classic. Still, if you are open to big beer that you should savor over hours, then this can be your beer. Cellar and enjoy.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dorqui (2145) - Brescia, ITALY - APR 12, 2005
Ruby-red colour, strangely limpid, discreetly bubbly. Strong and alcoholic scent, much deciding. Syrupy sweet taste, powerful and warmth. Much perfumed and full bodied. Indeed excessive.

4.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brkc (11) - USA - APR 11, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2006 A little bit like drinking syrup but for some reason I just love this one. You can definitely taste the alcohol and see the film left on the glass. Aroma leaves a little bit to be desired. No head. Heavy duty. Needs to be sipped slowly.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JakeBrake (14) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2005
Samichlaus is more accurately described as a "malt liquer" than a beer. Incredibly intense, with a level of complexity usually only found in Scotch, it is best served in a brandy snifter or tulip glass and sipped slowly over the course of an hour. The aroma, probably its weakest point, is powerful and strange. The flavor is intensely sweet and strongly malty, and it is next to impossible to drink this beer in swallows. Strong, warm alcoholic kick, with a powerful sedative effect. Beautiful, deep reddish brown color. Reputed to improve with age – I am cellaring 12 bottles from the 2004 vintage to confirm this. It’s not for everone, but for those who can tolerate its unique style, nothing else compares.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 2, 2005
Thin White head on a dark amber body. Very strong, efforts have been made to hide the alcohol, but they are not entirely successful. Hints of fruits and honey, but the alcohol is very present indeed and I felt quite drunk after drinking this one. Had it for the experience, but I am not ready to do it again for the pleasure!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2005
12 oz bottle, 2004 vintage. Orange-amber colour with a thin, sticky white head. Sweet aroma of clover honey, some fruitiness, raisin, apricot, floral sweetness. Flavour is nicely sweet, port-like vineous body, raisin and plum sweetness. Very little in the way of hop character. Alcohol is definitely here, but not really in flavour, more in hot warming mouthfeel. Sweet honey flavour, red grapes, faint spice. Really reminds me of a nice tawny port. I see the attraction to this beer.


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