Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1699   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAR 14, 2004
clear dark amber color with a very small off-white head. Very sweet malt and candy apple aroma. Extremely sweet candy apple, honey and alcohol flavors. Syrupy feel with medium carbonation. This is the sweetest beer I've ever had!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAR 13, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2004 2003 Vintage: Dark amber color with the smallest beige head that is gone in a heart beat. Rich sweet fruity nose. Flavor starts honey sweet with notes of cherry and apricot finishing hop spicy, lightly dry with a cognac like alcohol burn. Doppelbock??? More like a barley wine IMHO. Reminds me of Old Guardian.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jerkadilly74 (155) - mooresville, Indiana, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Will most definitely knock one out if not careful. I would recommend sharing because some people will go down for the count after just one. Pretty much reminded me of Sam Adams Triple Bock

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 4, 2004
Right off the bat, reminds me of DFH Olde School. This is NO doppelbock. Burnt orange ultra clear body, off white head that disappears in a flash. Sits in my snifter like a windless lake. Notes of alcohol, brandy, fruitcake, honey, dates, figs, and raisins. Very warming and quite smooth. Finish is dry with additional cherry and apricot brandy covered bread notes to polish it off. Soft carbonation with a syrupy palate. Good stuff that should be tried at least once. 2003 vintage rated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2004 Pours with a bubbly off white head that quickly dissipates with no lacing. The bubbles are fine toward the rim of the glass and grow larger at the center. Has a Cognac colored body that looks clear and balanced. A fruity alcohol aroma with just a hint of cream soda. The aroma can be sensed from a foot or more away from the glass. Up close an aroma of nuts, yeast, alcohol, and malt makes an extravagant appearance. Sweet, fruity, brandy like flavors surround the senses in a mellow cocoon while the warming alcohol presence lulls you into a sense of calm and profound relaxation. Overall I have to say that this beer is certainly in a class by itself and defines the word class. Now I know what a true first rate barlywine tastes like. I just can't wait to buy the appropriate glasses for this incredible beer. Truly rare.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2004
aggressively carbonated, many teeny bubbles. dissipating light brown head tops a rusty ruby body. Totally dominated by alcohol. some spices, dry grains. tart and cidery with must and earthy undertones, hints of caramel. creamy grain caramel front leading to intense dryness with residual ripe fruity notes and more caramely grain character. Very warm and dry, it leaves your mouth and belly strangely empty feeling. interesting

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (7886) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 27, 2004
(2003 vintage) Clear amber; yellow-amber head, very quickly gone. Very malty nose, roasted and sweet malts, alcohol as from a liqueur, fruity, especially grapes. Sweet-fruity taste, caramel, roasted malts, toffee. Slight-bitterish taste as from roasted cake - brandy cake. Retronasal almonds and apricot brandy. The more it warms up, the more I seem to detect Maillard? Fiery alcohol burn, fully viscous liquid, slowly leaving a hot trail in the throat. The revived classic. I seem to remember the Swiss original as less fiery - but not less distinctive. Thank God this was saved.

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