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Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria

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RATINGS: 1706   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.


2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DYCSoccer17 (3319) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 3, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2011 Pours hazy mahogany with a very very fast dissipating yellowish head. Aroma is very wine-like with grapes. Tarts and acidic to start, but middle is very roasty and yummy. Finish has some more alcohol notes to it, but I think this is pretty good stuff. (7/3/8/4/15)*********RE-Rate**********This is a 750mL bottle that was bottled in 2009 (which means it was brewed 12/06/2008) It was purchased at Frenchy’s Liquors in Woodland. The aroma is incredibly sweet and sugary, with hints of brown sugar. A good deal of cardboardy oxidation is also present. A little sherry-like. Quaffable enough. Transparent copper body with a weak, small, quickly dissipating off-white head. Starts extremely sugary. Lots of brown sugar and molasses present. More vanilla hints in the middle with some oxidation present. This beer finishes with some warming character. Very sweet and cloying. One dimensional.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 2, 2004
2001 vintage: Has a deep rudy color with moderate carbonation and little head. Smell is of sweet malts. Taste is smooth sweet malt and finishes very smooth with little bitterness. Overall a fine strong beer that is very drinkable.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2004
Beer pours (into Samichlaus glass) a dark brown-red light can easily penetrate with off white, yellowish head that dissipates quickly to nothing. Aroma is of sweet, candied brandy, some licorice. Flavor is of sweet, candied brandy. Not pleasant, but not undrinkable. Sampled at 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAR 29, 2004
Ruby red/brown color, no head at all. Aroma is nutty, somewhat strong alcohol, caramel. Some off notes in the aroma, kind of soy sauce like. Flavor is sticky, heavy, lots of caramel, strong alcohol. Mouthfeel is thick, viscous, sticky.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
freekyp (1484) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2004
Extremely full malty nose with slight white head. Candy is apparent in aroma. Crystal clear ligth brown with perfect beading. Creamy and thick but overly sweet. Alchohol warming qualities take complete control near end, leaving a malty aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2004
Pours a gorgeous dark amber with a little white head. The aroma is sweet malty and then BAM, alcohol. taste is intriguing but great. It starts with apples and pears and then the alcohol takes over but the finish is back with pears. The alcohol warms nicely and makes for a fantastic fall brew. This could probably sit in the cellar for another year though to mellow out a bit. The drinkablity is hurt by the alcohol content, but it is definitely worth trying. A very tasty and interesting brew

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogivlado (5703) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 24, 2004
Bottle(330ml), 2003 vintage. -such a great beer, clear dark amber color with medium airy head, malty nose with sweet-fruity taste and nice strong spicy and cognac hints

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Smells a lot like a peppery barley wine. Sweet malts and alcohol dominate the nose. Looks a lot like a bourbon. Pretty complex taste. A lot happening here with spices, carmel, nutty and maple syrup flavors in the mix. Kind of a cough syrupy alcohol finish. Very interesting.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
winkler (1) - blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2004 does not count
aroma like spatlese wine,dark thick color with a sweet chocolate flavor which slides softly over the palate and finishes with tobacco and raisin essence.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - MAR 15, 2004
Draft - 2001 version. A pretty crimson color with a beige head that dissipates quickly. Sweet aroma, overly sweet flavor.


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