Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1832   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 5/20
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2004
33 cl bottle: I shared this with a friend, and it still was to much for me. Dark copper color, almost no head. The smell is the best part, with alcohol and sweet malt. Taste is malty with some really wonderful grain taste, that is, unfortunately, drowned in an awfully, cloyingly sweetess. Mouthfeel is sirupy. This beer is more interesting than good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 1, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2005 2001 bottle, sampled 2004. Poured a clear ruby/brown. A fizzy head tried to form but disappeared instantaneously. This unbeerlike behavior affected the score. Aroma is very powerful, and has a sweet vinous character, similar to Celebrator or an eisbock. Taste is similar to the aroma, with mostly fruity vinous tastes coming to the surface. The alcohol is present in the taste and finish, but surprisingly not too overwhelming. The palate is syrupy and chewy--deceptively thick given the appearance. Overall, an unusual beer? Yes. A complex beer? Yes. The world’s most extraordinary beer? Not by a long shot. But a good drink, nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2004
2003 edition. Out of the bottle this brew pours a very transparent copper with a small white head. Aroma is very malty sweet with a big fig smell to it. Aroma is very thick with a warming wine nose and molasses smell. Right on the palate this thing explodes with tons of sweet malt, very thick and clingy, lots of fig in the flavor, as well as a toasty caramel taste. Tastes a bit woody in the finish, not very balanced with almost no noticable bitterness, just big ol sweetness. There is a noticable alcohol finish on this one, but for 14 percent isn’t all that bad. Very warming brew to get you through some cold nights.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8509) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2004
UPDATED: APR 8, 2007 2006 Vintage Rated April 2007. Bottle shared by Tuqueboy/Mabel. Pretty similar to previous samples, very sweet and alcohol. Lots of sugary toffee and caramel. Some more carbonation would be nice. Fairly alcohol, but I did not notice the booze as much as I thought I would. Bumping the aroma and flavour one point each. 7/3/7/3/14 - 3.4 <P> 2003 Vintage Rated April 2006. Bottle. Amber headless body. Sweet syrupy sugary malt flavour and aroma, though the aroma is a tad muted. Medium to full bodied palate. 6/2-3/7/4/13<P> 2003 Vintage Rated Nov-25-04. Bottled from SAQ. Colour is a dark cherry wood-amber with a very small fast diminishing head. Very, very alcoholic aroma. Sweet, sugary... tough to get past the alcohol. Flavour is sweet with a touch of burnt caramel. Vaguest bit of... something. What I imagine brandy to be like. Very warming. Semi-syrupy body. Nice, but not what I was hoping for. 6/3/6/3/13 - 3.1

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 26, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2006 (Bottled in 2002, sampled Jun 25, 2006) Clear, dark nutty brown with a small, mostly fading head. Sweet and port-wineous aroma with dried fruit, vegetables, unfermented wort and hints of alcohol. Sweet, slightly alcoholic, fruity-raisiny-malty flavor with a bitter, somewhat burning-alcoholic finish. Very full-bodied, slicky and oily, alcoholic palate with almost no carbonation. Not as complex as the original Samichlaus (’95 vintage), but it’s nice they keep up the tradition. A very nice and filling beer overall - like a doppelbock in steroids. At least nobody can say malts would have been spared while making this ;) (Bottled in 2001, sampled Nov 26, 2004, 7-3-7-4-15=3.6) Dark amber color with no head. Very port-wineous, quite alcoholic aroma. Very alcoholic, quite sweet, very port-wineous and liqueourish flavor. (Am I repeating myself?;) Full-bodied, caramely-sugary, alcoholic palate. Heavy stuff! Can’t wait to re-rate the 1995 Swiss version...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2004
11.23.04 .33l bottle. Although it’s ubiquitous, I’ve never gotten around to drinking this one. The pour is thick and mostly clear rust color with minimal head. Aromas are very sweet and cloying; lagery as can be; a bit of goat cheese? First sip is a real eye opener: a massive hit of alcohol goes far beyond warming an delves into burning. I’m not sure I’m ready to sacrifice my palate, but I can suck it up. Massively malty, sweet like honey, not as syrupy as many have noted and even a light eff pervades. Some salty, soy undertones that really come through in the aftertaste. Offputting super-lager flavors that make this one something I don’t really care for but I can see where they’re going with it for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Littlechemist (3) - Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA - NOV 19, 2004 does not count
This just isn’t beer. It is quite heavy and syrupy, tasting of caramel with a smoked-wood aftertaste. I do not care for it and would not drink again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IndianaRed (2880) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 17, 2004
Bottle Pours a clear mahogany witha lively but short lived off white head. There is literally nothing left for any trace of lacing. Aroma is a tasty wood caramel with dark malts and sme alcohol notes. Flavor is quite sweet caramel chocolate and wood. The ABV is fairly strong but does not get in the way. Woody aftertaste and a slightly chalky feel at the end. Tasty but the alcohol taste and the over swetness put me off a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2005 Vintage 2001: Comes across more like a barley wine. It poured a dark brown color with a thin brown head that quickly became a halo around the glass. Sweet, very wine-like aroma. The taste is quite sweet, the mouthfeel syrupy. The alcohol doesn’t come across until the dry finish. Enjoyable.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cstuartj (1019) - Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2004
A cross between a Doppelbock and barely wine is what this came across as to me. Very malty and sweet, the ABV is very apparent in the mouth. Nothing I’d drink on a regular bases but worth a visit just for a try.

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