Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1831   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
massive beer greay apertif, wonderful warming qualities. Maple and brownsugar with vanilla toffee and dark caramel flavors.Fruits become more apparent after has been open a while. Figs and raisins plums and dates. Definitely a beer to end the evening on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2005
I typed twice already. Fuck it. It’s good. Good after dinner drink. Drink one- age the other three.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indra (2707) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 28, 2005
2003 vintage. Sweet, sugary aroma, some medicinal alcohol notes along with lighter hints of vanilla, apple, nut, raisin and tobacco. Medium-dark copper color, clear, with a very slight head and almost no lacing. Flavor is profoundly sweet and malty throughout, while some lightly vinous fruity characteristics emerge at midpoint and carry on to the generous, warming, lengthy finish. Thick, smooth, syrupy mouthfeel. Should perhaps indeed be made to age a while longer, this is one to experiment with.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10708) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2005
Bottled 2003: Amber coloured. Clear. Beige dense head. Alcohol and fruit in the aroma. Is a bit sherry like. Alcohol, prunes, fruit, some sweetness and raisins in the flaovur. Is quite complex. Dry and alcoholdense in the end. It drains the palate completely. I’m sure this beer will grow over years. I have one 2003 more in the cellar. I will give it at least 2 years more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wacher (129) - Århus C, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2005
2002: Dufter af mandler, malt og alkohol. Farven er rav-gul, skummet forsvinder hurtigt uden at efterlade gardiner. Tyk, sirupsagtig krop. Igen mandler. Enormt sød! Vinøs, alkoholen er virkelig godt gemt. Rigtig god, men ikke specielt kompleks - endnu! Bestemt en øl, der skal drikkes - og nydes - langsomt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2005
Bottle. Almonds, alcohol and raisins. Sweet syrupy body lessening into an aniseedy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - FEB 19, 2005
Okay, trying to go to this with an open mind ... let’s pop the bottle.
Pours an amber colour with a small, tan head. Aroma is sweet and oozing alcohol, and not unlike a Belgian blonde in character. The head dissipates quickly. Palate is creamy, and there is no alcoholic sting as might otherwise have been feared. Still, the flavour is less than spectacular since the alcohol has been masked with a cloying sweetness. This beer is more like a gimmick than a truly spectacular brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 15, 2005
12oz bottle, brewed in 2003. Pours with a very slight head that I tried to get. It drops to nothing, no lace...nice auburn color though. Fairly prominent aroma of malt, fruit (cherry & elderberry other maybe), undertone of slight vanilla and alcohol. Thick and sweet with a hot finish, truffles...I do get some cherry sort of flavor as well...I’d call this elixir rather than beer! A bit of chocolate sweetness shows up in the finish. This is a world better than the EKU 28 I had last week...this one actually has some complexity and livliness to it...some. Still, this is too sweet for me to really enjoy any more than a couple of sips, but in the right place and occaison, this beer would be useful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (14161) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 14, 2005
Bottled, Vintage 2003
Copper-amber color, quickly vanishing head. Strong nose: alcohol, barley, berries, hints of chocolate or roast. Portwineous palate. Sweet sugary and roasted mouthfeel blended with alcohol, which also warms quite well. This one really shows its ABV, almost like drinking brandy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2005
2004 vintage

Lets see here. We have a beer that is amber in color. Dark amber. The head that was there was off white and foamy, but that left rather quickly. No lacing really. The aroma is spicy and sweet. Caramel and candy corn. No alcohol. The flavor is rather sweet. It’s pretty much like malt extract and sugar. Spicy as well. I’m still surprised that I cannot really locate any alcohol in it. The palate is sweet and the body is thick and syrupy. It finishes sweet and leaves a warm sensation in the belly.

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