Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


on tap

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RATINGS: 1917   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2005
[Bottle 12oz, 2003, ~16C, with Daniel Bilodeau]
Can be found fairly easily in Quebec. Brown ruby color. Light but creamy head that dissolves quickly. Strong sweet aroma of caramel malt and powerful alcohol but not as much as could be expected from a 14%.. Reminded me of a Tawny Colleta. thick texture, full body, soft carbonation, long alcohol finish. Can replace a Porto anytime. I had this beer recently with a crème brulée, it was simply astonishing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Draft. 2001 vintage. Light brown amber, thin film of white head. Deep currant and caramel aromatics. Alcohol, sweet malt, raisin, biscuit, plum flavors. Syrupy hot finish. Mouthfeel is deep, thick and rich.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Pours orange with a non-existent head. It has a weak aroma, with some sweet malts and that’s about it. Damn, this beer is loaded full of alcohol! It is very sweet with a thick, syrupy mouthfeel and warms the throat as it goes down. It’s like liquid candy with some caramel malts in the smooth finish. For me, this doppelbock is just too sweet and lacks complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4902) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
2003 bottle. Copper with large bubbles around the edge of the glass. Aroma is all alcohol and then caramel seeps past. I loved the initial caramel flavour. Alcohol and candy sugar in the finish. Overall like a fruit liqueur.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beercollector (23) - Astoria, Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2005
On December 6 a group of 14 started a vertical tasting of these beers four from the current era and two from Hurlimann. The 2004 needs more time in the bottle. It had a good brown sugar flavor, characteristic alcohol bite, hints of raisin and a nice orange color. 2003 had a similar orange color with no head and little lacing. There was caramel hints in the aroma port and toffee flavors. This one can use more time in the bottle also. No one in the Wine and Beer Haus group had 2002 left. 2001 poured a red brown aroma had caramel, molasses, and toffee. This one had the strongest alcohol bite and an astringence. My least favorite of the new era. 2000 is developing nicely. It pours a nice brown, clear, with little head or lacing. It has a heavy malt aroma with raisin, toffee, butterscoths, mapel yrup, and bronw sugar notes. A medium body and lisck alcoholic plate. This one may reach the heights of the 1996

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 10, 2005
This was a 2004 that I just had 12-10-05. Reminds me of Dogfish head 120 minute IPA in terms of strong alchohol barley wine type of sweetness. Warm finish very smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2005
From a bottle this beer pours a dark copper with a very thin diminishing head. Very malty aroma with notes of alcohol. Sugar cane sweet and black cherry with a tiny bit of roastiness in the finish. Smooth mouthfeel with a molasses finish. Not bad for such an agressively sweet beer with the high ABV (14%) leaving a tickle in the throat and definitely warming the belly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2007 Bright reddish-brown color with a fully diminishing white head. Sweet caramel and light rum soaked fruit aroma. Sweet sugary fruit flavor with some caramel and molassas in the background.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Minimal aroma with a deep dold color. Very light head and a sweet after-taste. Heavy malts with some light pine are present.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2006 11.2 oz brown bottle (vintage December 6, 2001) given by a friend and enjoyed on November 24, 2005. ABV 14%. Clear dark brown hued having a small white diminishing head with no discernable lacing. Soft carbonation. Aroma of toffee and sweet malt. Full bodied having smooth texture that starts with complex sweet malt, toffee, and dried fruit (raisins and cherries) flavors. Finishes with light sweetness and tiny bitterness. Light syrupy liquor consistency. Definite alcoholic warmth. An exceptionally delicious beer that is best served alone as a digestif. UPDATE #1: Also tried a December 6, 2003 vintage bottle (11.2 oz brown bottle) purchased at Home Service Beer Beverage Discount Center, Glenview, NY. ABV 14%. Compared to the 2001 vintage, the 2003 vintage is as good, if not better than the 2001 vintage. More dried cherry flavors in 2003 vintage compared to 2001 vintage. Again, an exceptionally delicious beer. Both brews enjoyed with family during our annual 2005 Thanksgiving holiday. UPDATE #2: SamiChlaus on tap! On tap at Firkin’s, Libertyville, IL. Dec. 6, 2004 vintage. Clear brown ale having a long-lasting rocky head with good lace. No discernable carbonation. Luscious aroma of caramel and raisin. Full-bodied ale with a creamy smooth oily texture that starts with sweet malt and fruity (grape?) flavors. Definite alcoholic warmth and dangerously drinkable. This fabulous beer is best savored alone (no food) after a meal. I thought the tap version was cleaner in flavor compared to the bottled version but my ratings stay the same.

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