Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1750   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2004
Light brown pour with a small head. Very caramelly aroma and flavor. Slightly fruitty taste with an alcoholic punch, more warming than throat-burning. Slight sweet stickiness in the aftermath. Very good doppelbock but a little too strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
hawkshadow (107) - Rural Retreat, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2005 Tastes like Creomulsion cough syrup, except thinner and more alcohol. Yes, I rated it higher this time, maybe aging is a good thing. 2003 vintage, as before.It still weirds me out. It almost makes me shudder when I take a big drink. Take two and call me in the morning, cuase with 14% alcohol, it won’t take too many. Eggenberg makes much finer varieties than this, but this is fun nonetheless!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2011 Whoa. Make sure you don’t have anywhere to go after this one. The alcohol, at 14%, packs a little punch even on a full stomach. Very satisfying and enjoyable. I found this one at a liquor store near Cafe DuMonde in New Orleans, and I would really like another. Good beer if you can find it. Nice blend of molasses, caramel, roasted nut, and a tinge of dark fruit greet the tongue after a wiff of molasses, caramel, light cocoa, and roasted nuts. Slick and lingering on the tongue. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUN 11, 2004
Poured a rich amber hue with little head and had a warm dark fruity aroma. Hearty in body and a little sticky with plum, raisin and malt flavors, some citrus notes, quite sweet and the alcohol was all over the place. Impressive but too boozy for me. It will be interesting to see how it ages though. 2002

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3103) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2004
2003 vintage - Nice limpid amber body topped with a thin bubbly off-white brew that fades within a minute. Strong alcohol and caramel aroma with some hints of bubble gum. Taste is very well balanced. Alcohol is obviously quite present without being unpleasant. It just gives the warming effect we expect from a good doppelbock. A tiny acid note preceeds a fair bittersweet final. I will for sure try to keep some bottles for the next years to come...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (10056) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 4, 2004
2001 vintage - This beer is brown to amber in color with a tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is strongly sweet with a caramel hint to it. Taste is extremely sweet followed by the alcohol. The palate is dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skaughty (647) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2004
2001 vintage - bottled. This is a desert wine in a beer bottle. The joy a single bottle can bring is contagious. It may be tough to begin a night, but to end a night with one is divine. 1 part creamy, with 2 parts plumly sweetness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Gorbalev (2950) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2004
2002 version, 330ml bottle, brandy glass. Certainly a disappointment. Lovely ruby red colour, sweet smell that promises more to come, although no head whatsoever (perhaps this lost a bit in travel in trading). First impression is an overpowering sweetness, followed by the expected alcohol, but instead of blending and achieving a nice balance, I found it became really cloying. The sweetness was grape to me, with a general syrup like character that I found at first distracting and then intolerable. A long finish that doesn’t improve my opinion. Would be interested to try the other years of this beer, and it certainly is a split opinion beer (I just got done landing on the positive side of another split opinion beer, the Verhaeghe Duchesse DeBourgogne, which I really enjoyed). An experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2004
2001 bottle. Mahogany color with no head. Malty aroma with hints of chocolate and licorice. Malty, syrupy body, with some chocolate and roasted barley flavors. Hints of raisins and figs as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2004
Was given this beer about 2 months ago. Its a little over 6 months old. Very Potent very sweet beer. "Worlds most extraordinary beer" has some heat to its claim. A warmer, better winter drinker than Midwestern Spring/Summer weather.(Around here sometimes its so hot you can’t tell if the season changed or not.) No head out of bottle just a little fizzie. Did I say potent? This one was bottled in 2003. Not bad, I’m impressed. Not exactly like 2002 DFH WW Imperial Stout which rips your face off with every sip but this is potent in its own right.

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