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Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria

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RATINGS: 1827   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - AUG 20, 2004
aroma of a fat azz BBQ. orange color. mouthfeel is thick. instantly stings the tongue.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2004
Not bad. Pours a reddish amber with a small white head. Nose had hints of dried fruit, soy sauce, maltiness. Medium to full bodied, creamy and smooth. Flavor was sweet, alcohol. Essence of sherry or port or some fortified wine. Anyway, it was quite good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 14, 2004
Pours dark amber with a very thin head that disappeared very quickly. Sweet (very), a little vanilla, fruity and well masked alcohol aroma. The aroma brings Trois Pistoles to mind. Plums, table sugar, and molasses are super prevalant here in this malty concotion. This stuff is super sweet but also complex. More flavors may arise if you let it warm a little. At 14% you’d think this stuff would be like cough syrup. Much better flavor than World Wide Stout. Alcohol well masked but noticeable. Not good for social affairs but good for the last call of the night.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2004
Hum, smells like Alcohol. Go fig, it’s 14% (and thus my last beer of the evening...probably). Wow, very complexed flavor that is quite tasty. You really don’t taste the alcohol until the aftertaste. By far the beer highlight of my evening.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mongkut4 (132) - Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Very strong alcohol tones. More noticeable to me than other higher abv beers such as World Wide Stout. Very sweet. An aquired taste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (5133) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2004
2002 vintage - bottle: Poured a clear light brown colored beer with a medium head with almost no retention. Aroma is reminiscent of plums with a touch of alcohol. Taste is quite sweet with again the plum taste being quite evident. Alcohol is quite subtle but still noticeable, which is quite good for a 14% beer. Overall, this is very enjoyable and can see some similarities with a good barley wine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
auto (163) - California, USA - AUG 8, 2004
red orange colour with a white head that dissipated quickly. bbq sugary burned aroma. sweet tangy flavour. fairly strong palate which was also sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 5, 2004
Trippelbock? The aroma is heavy and sweet, with whiskey and molasses notes. Flavor is malty, burnt caramelly sweet, and a bit fruity, some cherry and vanilla notes; quite alcoholic, but somewhat hidden by a cloying, thick and chewy palate and powerful malt flavors. Needs something to cut the malt a bit. Nice night cap sipper.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 2, 2004
2000 vintage sampled on 8/2/04: Pours a viscous dark copper maple color with a thin light tan head. Aroma is rich and heavy with plenty of caramel malty complexity and some dark fruits. Starts very thick and sweet gaining complexity as it goes and finishing sticky, but hiding the alcohol well. This is a double doppelbock that has aged quite nicely and will continue to do so. Also very good for its price.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2013 Bottled. Strong smell of creamy-thick alcohol to this mid brown beer. Little head or carbonation. The taste is also very strong but malty fruity, sweet and smooth. It is an extremely warming beer which I drank only lightly chilled whereas in the past I have had it much colder. It gets better as it warms. Score 3.4
Subsequent rating scored 4.5. Average becomes 3.9


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