Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1930   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tsp (113) - DENMARK - OCT 1, 2005
Decent doppelbock, but it’s high alcohol % is far too dominant. Color is light orange, somewhat red too. Very vinous. Very warming, a true winterbeer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 26, 2005
11z bottle. 2004. Just like the Urbock 23, lighter in color than expected. Amber gold with not much head. Very alcohol in the nose. With notes of raisins, spices, and a sherry/port flavor that is a wonderful winter warmer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
blankboy (7216) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2005
Bottle. Pours a clear reddish-brown with a small diminishing tan head. Body has very little bubbles. Aroma of strong alcohol, sweet malt, sugar and dark fruit. The flavour is very sugary sweet -- too much so for me. I found each sip worse than the other, like corn syrup or something -- it must be a personal preference as this beer is rated much higher than I would ever rate it. You can taste the alcohol quite a bit but considering the 14% it’s pretty well balanced. I found the aftertaste unpleasant as well. There are so many brewers doing this style of beer and much better in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2005
(2004) Bourbon-like color with no head. Very strong in aroma and flavor. This beer was made for sipping. Sweet at first, then acidic and definitely alcoholic. Oak, raisins, apples, grapes, wine. Not as sticky, syrupy as anticipated but creamy. I think I’ll crank the AC down as this one is sure to warm me up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - SEP 18, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2006 Bottle 33cl. Pours a deep clear red color. Very impressive. Nice fruity aromas. Tastes very sweet of fruit, sugar sirup and port. Way to sweet for my taste but a nice beer overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2005
2004..Pours a orange red colour, surprisly clear..red port, raisens, plum, alchol, sugar in aroma, very tasty kiss on first sip, a special sipping beer, i wish i had a cellar!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2005
Bottle. Nice tawny brown/honey body with a wispy ring of bubbles. Nose smells like rubbing alcohol and...alcohol. Taste-SWEET! Very sweet, brown sugra, alcohol, grape, raisin, stale honey, stale hops, very hot, syrupy, candi sugar. Overall this is quite sweet and alcoholic, but stilll quite enjoyable. Reminds me of a good mild English style barleywine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
etaggie09 (21) - College Station, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2005
dark burgundy cognac-like color. quickly disappearing head. nice legs run down the glass. creamy, rich, vinous, and malty. A sweet, fruity wonder. Oh this is a great dopplebock. Ayinger Celebrator was good, but this is much better. That classic creamy, malty dopplebock taste with a nice alcoholic profile. Ooooh yes. Like a good cognac. Wonderfully creamy with near perfect carbonation. superb. 14% ABV? Are you kidding me? Hardly noticeable. Man this is good. Just freakin wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NosirIwont (2347) - Frederikssund, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2005 Bottle. 2004. Pours a clear amber brown with a short lasting off-white head. Fruity, malty aroma with a port resemblance. Flavour is sweetish, malty and fruity. Notes of plumbs. Alcohol, obviously. Faint apple notes in the finish. A lot of body. A bit cloying, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 22, 2005
Robe cuivrée aux reflets bruns surmontée d’une mousse beige fugace. Arômes de cognac, de caramel, de sucre et de levure. Saveurs d’alcool, de sucre et de levure. Houblon en soutien.

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