Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1847   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Sigmund (5831) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 3, 2004
(Bottled 2003). Deep golden colour, moderate head. Aroma of sugary alcohol and hay. Grossly over-hyped and over-rated beer, mostly by people obviously fascinated by the high ABV. Sorry, I have difficulties respecting the ratings of people who actually LIKE this crap. Flavour is cloyingly & revoltingly sweet, alcohol, molasses, syrup, syrup and more syrup. And alcohol. Did I mention syrup? And alcohol? This is gross. This is REALLY gross. Half of it went down the drain. And I paid nearly US$10 (in Norway) for this bottle! (Sob!) Cellaring it for 30 years might have helped A LITTLE, but why cellar crap? A real drainpour, if I ever saw one. Thank God I drank it in November - "Samichlaus" would have ruined my Christmas completely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2004
2003: Poured ruby amber with no head...smelled smokey with hints of dark fruits, cherries and plums...taste is initially smokey and malty...fruits abound in the mouth...as soon as I swallowed, I realized how horrendous this actually seemed...daggers and cough syrup went screaming down my throat...I got about 1/4 through the bottle when I got an aweful case of heartburn...definately not from dinner...this was all bizarre beer induced...the other bottles I have are going to be laid down for a decade or so...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2004
2003 bottle. Much to the delight of my FSU-centric spouse this beer poured a nice garnet color, with very little head head. Aroma is molasses, malt, sweetness and alcohol. Very malty and thick, nearly syrupy. Taste is sweet and sherry like, yet there is a very definite hoppyness to this beer. Complex flavors, chocolate, raisins, cherries, woody and smoke. This vintage still needs a lot of bottle aging, the alcohol and woodiness should improve the taste of this already tasty beer. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty and sweet with a sharp alcohol bite. I want more to put in the cellar. One of the few lagers worth cellaring.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
Hansen (7803) - Assentoft, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2004
Don’t like it. Too much alcohol, big lacks in aroma and flavor. Sorry, can’t find anything but the alcohol in this yellow brew without head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4649) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2004
Burnt Beer Night: Pours a dark red color with no head. Strong aroma of alcohol and malts. Sweet malt and a pruny taste coupled with the alcohol. I’m betting it chills out over a couple of years. Tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2004
Burnt Beer Night: Dark Brown Coloring With Red Tint. No Head. This Beer Has Some Bangorang to it. Wonderful Winter Brew. Malt, Alcohol, Fruit and Prunes on the Nose. Alcohol isn’t Hidden at all When it Goes Down your Throat. Sweet Malt Taste along With Some More Fruit and Prunes. Very Enjoyable and Worth Keeping Some Around to Age!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Dark reddish/copper color with little to no head. Sweet aroma of dark fruits, malt and alcohol. Flavor is initially very sweet, but not cloying. Raisins, figs and caramel with a nice warming finish. Bottled in 2003. I’m going to have to get a few more bottles to lay down for a few years. If this dries out a bit it will be a really excellent beer. It’s pretty solid right now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2005 Viscous chestnut colored body and a modest off-white head. Sharp alcoholic nose plus nuts, berries, and grapey malts. Sweet but intriguing underlying flavor that is more subdued than the nose. Heat is there but includes some more titillating leather and woody elements. Syrupy, smooth palate with considerable residual sweetness. Some nice moderate bitterness helps temper the sweetness and offer some balance. A solid beer, but fails to emerge from the shadow of greatness cast by its Hurliman ancestor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (986) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 4, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2007 Bottled in 2003, so I guess brewed on December 6, 2002, this is one of the newest arrivals in Georgia. The 330 ml bottle was handsomely adorned with silver foil around the neck. The beer poured out bright reddish orange in color, with a fizzy carbonation that failed to develop a head and dissipated down to a fine cascade of micobubbles. The aroma was pleasant with ripe cherries, oranges, raisins, and perfumey alcohol. The first sip released a hyper sweet and toasty malt flavor that was backed by warm medicinal and spicy alcohol. No hop bitterness in here at all. The sweetness was pleasingly smooth, and the high alcohol content did not detract much from drinkability as long as you respected it and took small sips. Mouthfeel was thick and syrupy, and the carbonation was prickly. At an age of one year after bottling, this one is still quite bright. I’d like to see how the remaining three bottles age for Christmases future.


This was bottled in 2006, making this only a month old, which is most certainly the youngest Samichlaus I have ever run across. The new bottle had a small picture of an old man who I presume to be St. Nicholas himself. Poured into a stem glass, the beer looked orange amber, and crystal clear, and formed a small but durable head, thanks to the active carbonation. Smelled riotously spicy and spirituous, and gave a good indication of the sweetness to follow. Tasted sweet as ever, but there was balance in here in the form of alcohol heat and dryness, and a peppery spiciness. Pretty much puts an end to any night once opened. I have a few older vintages aging, but when I start a vertical comparison, I’ll probably have to open both bottles early in the evening and have to sip on them for a long time. Better make sure the wife is not around, and the checkbook is locked up in a safe that night.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Pours with a copperish body with dark purple and burgundy highlight. Fast pour yielded nothing but bubbles and a small ring around the glass. No lacing either but a nice color on this one. Looks odd but really interesting. Smells deep and exotic. Alcohol is really hidden in the aroma. Smells very sweet with cherries and figs hidden in the aroma. is a huge beer! But, it goes down so smooth and tastes so refined. Tastes sweet like a fine port. An after dinner sipper for sure. Very malty woven with some deep fruit flavors, toffee, vanilla and alcohol.

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