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Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria

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RATINGS: 1893   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9051) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2005
12 oz bottle, 2004 vintage. Orange-amber colour with a thin, sticky white head. Sweet aroma of clover honey, some fruitiness, raisin, apricot, floral sweetness. Flavour is nicely sweet, port-like vineous body, raisin and plum sweetness. Very little in the way of hop character. Alcohol is definitely here, but not really in flavour, more in hot warming mouthfeel. Sweet honey flavour, red grapes, faint spice. Really reminds me of a nice tawny port. I see the attraction to this beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Very enjoyable nose to this, sweet raisiny malt. The alcohol is present from start to finish (very much in the finish!). Medium in body with a dark fruit/raisin flavor. A bit on the cloying side for this 2004 version, more of a dessert beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2005
This was a very enjoyable beer. The aroma had nice scents of vanilla while the taste was full and sweet. I had the 2003 bottling a year after. Definately something worth trying.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Wowsers!! 14%ABV!! The alcohol doesn’t hide from you. It’s potent! Tastes sweet with hints of apricot and raisin. Would fit well as a dessert beer but for a daily drinker I’d have to say nay.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2005
Wow! Vanilla sweet toffee scented beer,really beautiful sherry colour and unmistakable alcohol taste.At 14% you kind hide the alcohol, but it doesnt spoil it.Great sweet beer,every mouthful is as strong and flavourful as the last.Im drinking this from its own glass and I feel proud to do so,wonderful!! ( No fun for the wife tonight though! Lol! )

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2007 2003. Poured a claer copper color. Big sweet malt aroma and flavor. Dark fruits, cherry, and brown sugar. Alcohol doesn’t hide from you. Full bodied thick and chewy.

1990 in 10/2007:Great aged malt. Notes of sherry, dark fruit, chcolate and alcohol. Very warming.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (15801) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2005
Shiny amber, no head. Very malty aroma, with nutty notes and also figs and prune. Flavor is malty as well, alcohol is there of course and makes the beer malty and sweet. Very complex to be a lager...

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
carlitos99 (184) - The Big Apple, USA - MAR 22, 2005
OK, note to self, this is the desert beer for any first date... It has a sweet pancake-syrup like flavor with a hint of carmel, toffee, vanilla, and rum raisin?? I don’t know. I think the alcohol has my taste buds hallucinating.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2005
Candy malt aroma. Flavor obviously includes stong hints of alcohol, especially in finish. Syrupy sweetness with a very full mouthfeel. Definitly enjoyed this one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aldrighetti (163) - Coltura, ITALY - MAR 14, 2005
(Bottle, 2004 vintage) Orange coloured, white head, fastly disappearing. Malty nose, notes of fruits (apricot), fruit brandy. Very similar to a fine dessert wine. Sweet taste, fruity,malty, honey character. Very full bodied, sweet alcoholish finish. Try it with/as a dessert...


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