Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1688   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2003
Candi in a bottle. orange in color. No real head. Big combo of malt and alcohol. Very candi like. This is well made and a great after dinner nightcap.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2003 2001 (sampled 12/18/03) Clear ruby with a very thin white head. Very sweet malty aroma filled with cherry, apple and caramel with a hint of alcohol. Medium syrupy body that briefly coats the mouth and has a nice alcohol warmth. Low carbonation. A noticable amount of alcohol in the flavor, it doesn't hide it as well as some of the other high %ABV brews I have had, although it is not overbearing. Very sweet flavor with lots of caramel, molasses, dark fruit, vanilla, hazelnut and some apricot and cherry. Slightly medicinal and astringent. A good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 18, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2004 Bottled 2003, Sampled March 2004
Pours a clear red-copper color. The head is a tan color, but it quickly dissipates. There is a heady malty aroma that is interspersed by notes of alcohol, and a hint of cherry as well. The beer is sweet, and seems to have some nice spicy hop notes still perceptible in this young example. Notes of spice cake, alcohol, and sweet malt are interspersed. This beer again surprised me in its relatively light body. The flavors are still quite fresh in this young example, there are no notes of oxidation, and the fresh hop character is quite outstanding.

Vintage 2001, Sampled 18th of December 2003
Pours a deep reddish copper color, it is very clear as well. A thin tan head forms when the beer is roused in my glass.

Thick beastly malt aromas emanate from my glass. Alcoholic notes underlie the malt in the aroma.

The taste is actually surprisingly light for a beer of this size. The taste is sweet and ends with a bit of spice (notes of allspice perhaps). There seems to be a hint of acidity here as I take my first sip. Very drinkable actually. It lacks the complexity of the aged Hurlimann Samichlaus that I had recently, but it is eminently more quaffable. Fairly clean lager profile, but the strain of fermenting this beer has allowed for a positive yeast flavor contribution. The beer is slightly hot in the finish from the alcohol. Deep fruit flavors are here; notes of raisins that have been soaked in rum, brandy-ish with subtle notes of vanilla. The spiciness of this beer seems to be perhaps a hop contribution, it is lightly bitter in the finish as well, but it is fairly subtle in this massive malty brew.

I was just imagining how incredible this would be if it was lightly aged in oak, wow that would be good. While not as complex as the Hurlimann version, it is much more drinkable, softer and I enjoy this just a bit more. I don't know that it is better though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2004 Re-Rate 10/7/2004 Brewed 12/6/2002 (same batch as previous rating) Clear copper with a small off-white head. Thick glass lacing. Big aroma, caramel, alcohol, tons of malt, quite complex. The flavor is equally as large, lots of caramel, alcohol, sweetness is balanced by alcohol and some bitterness. A nuttines has developed that was not as pronounced as when it is younger. Full syrupy body, with a big finish. Nice beer that ages very well.

12/16/2003 7/4/7/4/13 - 3.5 2002 Vintage (sampled 12/16/03) - I had this once a long time ago when this was the strongest beer in the world, also before I was a true beer geek. I thought it harsh and way too alcoholic. In these days of 23% abv WWS let’s see what I think of this guy now. Pours a nice clear copper color with a very small and quickly diminishing off-white head. The aroma is pure dopplebock, big malty brewery aroma. Sweetness is also detectable in the aroma. The flavor is extremely sweet. There are boat loads of unferemented sugars in this beer. Caramel and vanilla. Pairs nicely with chocolate. Chocolate covered pecans to be precise. The alcohol is nothing like I remember back when I was a beer novice, but it is still assertive. To be a beer geek you must try this beer, whether or not you like it is up to you, personally, I do like it, but don’t love it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2003
2002 version: Clear amber color with a very small beige head. Aroma is sweet, candy and dark fruits changing to alcohol as it warms. Really sweet and syrupy. Also has flavors of raisons and nuts. A little acidic and very warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2003
2003 version, Draft. Sweet brandy flavor. Nice malt & chocolaty taste. Excellent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2003
Bottled in 2003. Clear light amber body, very small head. Alcoholic nose. Very sweet and alcoholic taste. More a desert wine than a beer! Not my kind of beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flemdawg (529) - Naples, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2003
Bottled in 2001, so I guess that this one 2 years and 7 days old. Reddish in color, with a white head that disappeared quickly. Mostly alcohol in the nose, but some fruits very evident too. Lots of alcohol in the taste as well. Tasted more like a liquor than a beer. Smooth feel and a good finish. Maybe two years old is too young for this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3251) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Sampled on its 1st birthday, still very young. Appearance is deep amber, virtually no head. Aroma is pure malt extract, like popping open a can for homebrewing. Flavor is quite a bit like port, with raisins, dates, and vinuous qualities, very complex. Alcohol is still a bit rough around the edges. Gotta lay one down for a decade or so and see what happens. Good example of evolving tastes, as a decade ago I would have hated this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SirTom (88) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Very good. Strong like a liquor. Reminds me of EKU 28 - except this is good!

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