Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1862   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
Baroque1977 (25) - Southeastern, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Much too sweet, like liquid cotton candy. Could not tolerate more than a few sips. I would prefer a cheap mass-produced American lager to this. Really.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2005
2003 bottle, I picked it up at D’s Hot Dogs in PA last fall. Looked pretty good - orange golden, short head, clear lacing - yeah, it’s got the look of a high octane brew. Aroma is sweet dark rummy fruits. Taste - this tasted so sweet like it was rotting the enamel off of my teeth and boring right into my nerve endings then leaving a warm trail of alcohol down my throat. OK, sure, there was maybe some dark fruit flavors too - a little plum, but this was just too sweet for my palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarethYoung (1110) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 25, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2005 aroma is fruity, apples and dates , perhaps slightly chocolatey. Appearance is a very dark amber, virtually no head. very sweet, full bodied with a very warming finish. I really enjoyed this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2005
I had been waiting quite a while to try this beer and it did not let me down. Flavor is a mixture of barley wine and port wine. VERY warming and definately a sipping beer. Great for a cold winter’s night.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Pour was a beautiful golden copper color. Nose was full of light fruits, apple, pear, little raisin in there, and malts. Taste is alot sweeter than expected but delicious. Like a fine liqour, nice on palate and overall one of the finest brews my taste buds have tasted to date. 2003 version with a few more to look foward to in the future!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1741) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Cooper/amber color. Aromas of sweet malt, brown sugar, and some fruit. Taste is sweet malt, caramel, and fruit. Body is full and it is very sweet. This should age nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2005
a deep red in color w/ a nice light head and a bit cloudy.. the scent was alcohol, malt, and sweetness. The palat was acidic w/ a warm finish. The flavor was very swweet and malty w/ maybe a hint of chocolate and molasis.. some sweet fruits in the finish. Overall a good strong beer, but maybe a bit too sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5210) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 15, 2005
From a 2003 vintage bottle at the Maproom in Chicago. No head and a dark amber body. The aroma is caramel and grass. Also some high quality kind and peaches. The taste is very sweet and fruity. This has apples and pears. Notes of caramel and nutmeg come out as this warms. The finish is slightly spicy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 9, 2005
The aroma is very sweet with a bread or cookies smell.. It pours an amber color with a small white head that dissapears quickly. The flavor is very sweet and malty with a nice warm alcohol finish. This was a difficult beer to drink.. I had to sip it slowly.. Not my favorite because I like a refreshing beer but it was very good. I have 4 more bottles of 2003 that I will age and sample in the years to come.

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