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Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria

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RATINGS: 1706   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2008 2000 bottle version.red in color and had a fruity smell.the high alcohl content was present but did not take away from the goodness of the beer.I had a 96 version and the 2000 was much better.You felt the alcohol go down but was smooth overall with a little aftertaste. Just finished off a 750ml of this and was great.It was sweet but should mellow with time.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GregClow (2891) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2003
2001 vintage, tasted as part of an impromptu sampling of several "big" beers for a friend's birthday. Reddish-brown colour a small, quickly disappearing head. Body is very still with just a minimal amount of carbonation. Strong, alcohol aroma with malt and dark fruit notes, reminding me a bit of port or sherry. Flavour is big and warm, with notes of malt, dark cherry, plum, and caramel, and an obvious kick of alcohol in the finish. I think that another couple of years of aging would've mellowed the boozy edges of this one, but it was still a nice way to finish the evening.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2003
2001 Edition: This beer poured a dark amber color and formed a small bubbly white head that left trace lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, caramel and alcohol. A flavor of malt, caramel, alcohol and touch of raisins and other dark fruits. This beer has a strong powerful finish and is definately meant as a sipping after dinner type of beer. Too bad I still can't get it in my state even with the new laws.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2374) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2004 (Vintage 2003) Thin foamy head which lasts a while. Strong, pungent aroma of alcohol, raisins and caramel. Clear body unlike the 2000 vintage. Dark orange in color. Thick mouthfeel. Strong alcohol presence which burns on the way down. NICE. Caramel and malty sweet. Alcohol kills alot of the flavor. Finish is warming and smooth with a big alcohol kick. A beer for sipping, at best. Rating remains the same.

(Vintage 2000) Almost no head and very little carbonation. Wow, powerful, complex aroma dominated by prunes and caramel. Color is a murky dark mahagony. Flavor is very powerful. Sweet with maple syrup, and some other dark fruits (raisin) in the flavor along with a big alchol punch. Guess you would expect it with a 14% abv. Finish is creamy smooth and leaves a lingering aftertaste with hint of smoke. Plus a big alcohol warming to boot. I recommend not drinking this one on an empty stomach. A very good, strong, complex brew that needs to be enjoyed slowly.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JUN 16, 2003
Bottled in 2002. Dark brown colour, with white soft head. Rich ripe fruit aroma but surprisingly and pleasingly the alcohol didn’t dominate this beer. Head dies down quickly leaving sweet strong ale. Flavour was full and big. I recommend that you drink it slowly to make the most of its long full palate.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 12, 2003
Bottle of the 2001 vintage sampled in June 2003. A dark reddish-brown color with a thin laced tan head. Strong maple syrup, sweet, alcohol, brandy, and dark fruits in the aroma. Whatever lies ahead promises to be big. Initially sweet but quickly overtaken by a complex oily thick dark fruit flavor that releases enough alcohol to make you feel light headed. Other than the nice aroma I had trouble finishing this one. It was not refined enough.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2003
2001 bottle. Very interesting. Dark reddish-brown color, very little head to speak of. Very sweet and was blasted out of the water by the alcohol. Warm feeling going down. Malty aroma, syrupy and sweet. Take your time to enjoy this one, especially because different flavors emerge as it warms.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11530) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 29, 2003
(2000 bottle, sampled 5/29/03): Clear, brown-red body with quickly dissipating small beige head. Aroma is a cross between whiskey, molasses, and soy sauce. Taste is syrupy sweet, vanilla, and port/whiskey, finishing smokey whiskey and a solid alcohol burn. Minimal carbonation, but a very satisfying full-bodied palate.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2003
I love big beers and this is one of the finest I've had in years. Although strong, its clean and warming but without the harsh higher alcohols. The aroma and flavor are extremely complex and include notes of malt, smoke, anise, chocolate and probably a few I can't remember. Complexity is why I rated this beer as high as I did.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crazyvin (1938) - New York, USA - MAY 27, 2003
Very dark and heavy a strong alcohol taste and was it sweet alcohol taste. Finished with a slight oppy bite to it. A great dessert beer. Poured a dark brown color with a brownish head.


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