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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6375) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2005 Bottle (330ml). Thanks to blankboy for this one. Poured - in an Abbaye des Rocs snifter - a bright pinkish amber with a small off-white head and an appealing central column of miniscule bubbles rising from the stem-scratch. Aroma is alcohol, some tart wine, oakiness, and sweet candyish malts. Taste is extremely candied fruit (peach, nectarine, mango) sweet, almost a bit cough drop-like with the powerful alcohol taste, strong yeast and some mustiness in there, a bit more like a liqueur than a beer, although there is some carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky, almost cloying, moreso with warming. The alcohol is omnipresent. Interesting, but a little too harsh until it warms, when it becomes mellower - an interesting novelty, reminds me of the XO cognac beer, only stronger.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2005
Bottle - Received in a trade with Jonathan3485. Thanks Jonathan - Pours amber with a short white head. Aroma is malty sweet caramel malts a touch of the alcohol and maybe some apricot sweetness. Flavor is fruity some notes of apple, alcohol, caramel malts very sweet. Some candy sugar must also be present. On the palate this is very sweet and almost sticky to drink. Alcohol can be found and felt throughout. Not a drainpour. It is a sipper but not outstanding by any means. Too sweet and too much alcohol is found in the taste for my liking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kevin (2192) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 14, 2005
wow, i had a samael earlier, then a little nap, but this smells the same. apricot,malt, lots of malt, strawberry is bit more pronounced with a nice alcohol and shortcake aroma, hell strawberry shortcake is a good comparison for the nose on this sucker. sweet flavor that has a syrupy mouthfeel. strong fruitiness and alcohol to this notes of plum, mango, passion fruit, pineapple, pancakes and syrup. a lot is going on on the sweet side of this monster, very intriguing. nice warming alcohol and blueberry finish. this is so damn sweet. yet still enjoyable, wow.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
FrankJohansen (3617) - Sabro, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2005
Sweet aroma of caramel. Small head shortlasting head. Brownish colour. The initial flavour was bitter sweet but the finish was slightly alcoholic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2005
2002 Bottling. Strong malt notes with a big alcohol smell and a touch of sweetness. Amber colored. Headless. I even busted out some chocolate cake for this. Isn’t helping. I had the old version in high school and while it was long ago it was an important moment in my life and I remember it being more rich and darker. Still some interesting flavors here: fruits (apple, pear), nuts and of course alcohol. Kinda a sugary liquor when you get down to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (12883) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2010 Dark amber beer with little head. Aromas of apples, wine, nuts and roses. Intense and sweet flavour. Burned malt and port-like sweetness with a bitter finish.

4 years old: Lots of sherry, chocolate and wood in the aroma. Extra soft mouthfeel and the finish is less bitter.

8 year old 2002 bottle: Holds up extremely well. There are nuts and vineous dried fruit, but no bad oxidized notes. Pretty amazing

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2005
Do you think its realy a douppelbock??? Aroma:Caramel,candy sugar,alcohol... Appearance:Orange,light head.... Flavor:Candy,sugar,caramel,alcohol..Very good beer....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2005
ouch i killed many brain cells with this one, poured a bronze scotch like color, with a tiny white head, the aroma was a full sweet alcohol sent, maybe some fruit present, wow if i drank this out of a shot glass i would have almost never known it was beer, taste is of sweetness and alcohol and fruit, good strong body, forgive me if i have misspelled anything, i blame it on this beer, very sippable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kepano (261) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 15, 2005
Cloyingly sweet with severe alcohol burn. Did not enjoy this one very much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2005
2003. Nice brandy clear pour, topped with a little whitish head. Aroma is rich and clear with sweet mellowed apple, rum, and raisins. Flavor is likewise. Strong caramel and rich cream continue through the run. More rum and raisins, and unfortunately a little of that sherry flavor that means the beer might have had some improper storage. Alcohol is omnipresent and stinging. Overall the beer is pretty one dimensional, I guess I would have expected something more nuanced. Finish is sugary, with a cloying aftertaste. Nice, but simple.

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