Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1698   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Bottled in 2001 - Color is a dark coppery ruby red, somewhat clear but with a resonant glow, thin beige head puffs away like smoke but keeps a tight collar the whole glass and slow dripping lace in rings from off the collared edge. Aroma is nice and malty, a bit restrained, but befittingly sweet with dark fruityness that has a good load of raisin and plum and touches of molasses and dark cherry. Taste is big time malts, wow, pretty big malts here;darkly sweet, lightly dry, solid amounts of raisin and tinges of warming alcohol blend right in and quickly. Its pretty boozy right from the get go on this stuff, whew...not as complex as some but does have some subtlities once the alcoholic warmth lays off with vanilla and more dark fruits. Its got a very easy slippery start that keeps sliding towards a fuller feel, silky and creamy with some agreeable warmth of good Ol' alcohol. A pretty sneaky brew, nearly port-like with its big and darkly sweet malts with a smoothness thats quite comforting. The alcoholic warmth makes it presense felt. A very good warm sipper. Did I say its warm? Cuz it is...warm...and yummy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianGirl (89) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2004
2003 had a sour apple smell and tasted like mead to an extent. Also tried the 2002 at the same time and got the same impression.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2004
2001 Vintage: Bottle pours a deep red color with very little head and lace. The aroma is malty and almost yeasty - however, I'm not sure why a lager would maintain a yeasty aroma. The flavor is sweet and malty with a bunch of alcohol. The palate is quite rich like a Barley Wine. Overall, this is one strong Dopplebock, and that speaks volumes!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2004
Malty, caramel, sweet, alcohol, warming, rich and full-bodied. Nothing complex here, but is quite good for the ABV. I've had vintages 2000-2003, it gets smoother with age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3231) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JAN 6, 2004
Almost barleywine aroma. Bitter sweet aroma begs for a taste.The taste is barleywine-like as well with a complex combination of spices and molasses. You can really taste the alcohol here... lets just say its some good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 5, 2004
33 cL bottle, tulip glass, 48°F. Tight, fizzy, creamy, off-white head is quickly diminishing and sits on a brandy-esque thick body taht ranges from a deep gold to a light red-brown. Molasses, dark chocolate malt (M); perfume hops (L); bubble gum, raisin, peach, tawny port, oak, honey, sherry/brandy aromas. Most of the aroma lies outside of the malt and hops. Heavily sweet throughout with a moderately alcoholic, moderately acidic finish. Lots of port/sherry/brandy notes in this beer. Heavy body, creamy/oily texture, flat carbonation. The bottom line is: I guess I like the taste of alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Braudog (5647) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Dark red-orange. Alcohol aroma -- super strong sugary alcohol flavors, primarily candied malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2003
2002 vintage, sampled December 24th 2003. Beautiful reddish brown colour, practically no head at all! Decent albeit alcoholic nose with hints of toffee, nuts (and maybe even strawberries?). Flavour is intensely malty, sweet and alcoholic. No bitterness at all in the warming finish. Too sweet for me but an obvious candidate for storing!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2003
Amber colour, almost no head. Aroma is whisky-like, mostly sweet malts. Alcohol is well masked, but strong whisky tones. Rather thin palate. Bottle.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2003
Orange in color. Big alcohol content and very malty. Very good beer. Enjoyable. Good after dinner drink.

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