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Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria

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RATINGS: 1668   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwoeltje (2212) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - APR 8, 2003
2000 bottle. Fairly deep brown with hints of red. Malt aroma. Not a lot of carbonation. Sweet syrupy taste with noticible alcohol.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 5, 2003
2000 bottle drank in 2003: Pours a clear red-brown color with a large bubbled head that quickly fades to nothing. Huge burnt molasses aroma that triggered memories of Sam Adams Triple Bock. Deep vanilla sweet taste with touches of wood. Chewy mouthfeel that turns into an alcohol burn the whole way down. An excellent sipping beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2003
Bottled in 2000: Aroma of soy and brown sugar. Color is deep ruby red. I sampled this at cellar temp. and there was a faint head at the pour that lasted about 10 seconds, after that quite flat. Tastes is kind of a burnt flavor. Alot of sugar with a little smokeynesss. I love BIG beers but this is sort of a let down. No hops, no head, no comlplex flavors = No Big Deal

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ni209 (67) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 27, 2003
the six pack i got was bottled in '96, and boy has the time been rough. a thick syrupy texture with little head and a heavy alcohol presence. very wine-like in taste, but at the same time laced with coffee. a slight bit of green in the black color. a nice bellywarmer thats almost a meal itself. i'd like to try a new batch just to compare. give it a shot if you enjoy imperial stouts

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2003
This brew had a picture of an arm and a leg instead of an actual price.theres little to say about this brew it was headless malty in aroma with a definate alcohol presence in the aroma and flavor,the flavor was definately not that great but it was ok some fruit tones with a syrupy feel to it ,with a malty,alcohol aftertaste not my favorite but i guess it had to be tryed once.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
wheatbeerboy (103) - Addison, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2003
Very strong (14%) and sweet and syrupy. Not bad, although I don't like the aftertaste. Nice to try out once but I wouldn't buy this beer again unless I wanted to get drunk in a hurry.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - MAR 1, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2003 This Christmas beer is loved by many people, but, personally, I think that its flavour is too strong, alcoholic (14%!!!) and sweet (32°), with traces of chocolate. Really unbalanced, but with a really particular, herbal, aftertaste. Not really one of my favourite ones.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - FEB 28, 2003
Very strong (of course!), syrupy, sweetish and fruity with almost no head. A bit one-dimensional but this is an interesting experience.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2003
1996 vintage, drank in 2003: This hazy black beer with amber glints has no head whatsoever. The nose is heavily malty with a raisiny/pruny aroma and a hint of copper. The palate is full bodied with prunes, molasses and chocolate. The finish is like prune juice and very port-like. There is very little carbonation evident in this beer and no trace of alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElGaucho (2156) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2003
121 Ratings!?! For a beer from little old Castle Brewery Eggenberg in Austria? I guess the "World's Strongest Brew" moniker has 'em flocking like lemmings. Strong aroma, with hints of molasses and heavy malt. I spilled some on my pant leg a few seconds ago and my dog sniffed it out immediately. Average sized off-white head; mostly dissipating. Reddish brown in color. Flavor is like a granade going off in your mouth. Totally unexpected from the relatively unassuming aroma. The alcohol is most assuredly present and powerful. Very good! Very sweet, almost like a cognac with two tablespoons of sugar dumped in. I'm neither a fan of ultra sweet beers nor extra strong beers. There is definitely some quality here, and a must try for any self-respecting beer connossieur. However, I can't see myself ever drinking this again.


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