Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1924   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 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 (260) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (8528) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 9, 2005
Bottle. 2004 Vintage. Bronze amber beer with no head. Spicey/malty aroma with some alcohol notes. Creamy malts with alcohol. Sherry and some fruitiness (berry, fig/date). Caramel and melon as it warms. A lot going on.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
orimo (19) - tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 6, 2005
this is too strong for me. i could not imagine what kind of dishes are better for this beer. first gulp was still nice. but next gulps were heavy....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2005
Clear, opulent copper with some bubbling excitement in the glass. Aroma is apples and caramel. Flavor proceeds to be heavy and sweet. Thick, caramel, pecans, apples and light figs. Reminds me of their other doppelbock, but this one’s a little less cloying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUL 4, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2009 Bottled in 2004, drinking this one fresh to see if it is worth cellaring. 11.2oz bottle. Served at 51.9° in my NB worthy glass. The color is dark coppery red with some dark orange highlights and smallish head that dissapears completely, except for a few bubbles, very quickly. The beer lingers on the glass, creating a wide alcohol film. The aroma is brown sugar, lots of malt, alcohol, and an undeterminable fruit ( a lighter one.) The taste is very sweet and mildy spicy to start, with notes of maple syrup and caramelized turbino sugar with a fiery hot and peppery mid-taste and an ending of lingering alcohol heat (moderate), toasty malty sweetness, and spicy/pepper. Nice body, but the 14% alcohol that keeps it from getting cloying, at least now, is a little out of whack, just too much, really more like an eisbock, a rough one at that. 7/3/6/3/15 3.4

2003 bottle 5+ years old. I have been cellaring this one for a while, lets hope it paid off. Dark amber color with a wispy head. Nice malt, toffee and caramel nose. Very aged barleywine-like. Huge bodied with a pronounced, but not overbearing, alcohol finish. Nice flavor, lots of melanodin rich malt, dulce de leche, and warming alcohol. There seems to be a little oxidation. The score will raise quite a bit. Score reflects this bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 4, 2005
Bottle at The Porterhouse, Dublin. This is some crazy shit. Enormous nose of fruits and alcohol. One sip warms you immediately, with flavors of hot fruits, spice, syrup, and molasses. Nice sipping beer, but I’m glad I shared the bottle with someone. A few ounces make a nice dessert alone, but a whole bottle would need some food to go with it. Very interesting, but a little too close to Kool-Aid for my tastes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2005 2001 vintage. Had this one early on in my beer drinking life, but thoroughly enjoyed it. Very much a late night sipper. Recently had 2003 vintage on tap, and it was amazingly smooth and creamy compared to the bottle. Recently had 04 on tap, excellent. 95 bottled, extremely smooth and warm, this stuff gets better and better.

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