Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1717   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (19670) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2003
Bottled. 2001 version sampled in October 2001.
Pours red-brown and thick. Super malty with syrupy sweetness. Will by all likeliness gain by 10-25 years of aging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (10386) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 15, 2003
Raisinny, peppery aroma. Very sweet flavor with raiisns, cherry, porto and lots of alcohol. Syrupy and strong. No head at all, but a good lacing. Warms the body, should be far more complex after a few years cellaring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Crit (3359) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2003
Deep reddish brown.Malt and molasses nose. Rather syrupy malt flavor with harsh alcohol heat. Can’t say I really enjoyed this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
motelpogo (6706) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 13, 2003
i tried to cellar this but it only lasted 2 months. a 2000 bottle, at least it survived until 2003 to make it a year older. scotch aroma with some chocolate rum and raisins. a first hit of raw onion flavour that goes straight to the gut and then some golden syrup and christmas. i expected that a bottle this young might be a bit nasty but it wasn´t and though it was sweet it wasn´t offensively so. i will have to get another bottle and get someone to hide it

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rtmikeh (7) - Dover, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2003 does not count
I had the ’95, ’96, 97, ’98 and ’99 versions. All had a nice dark color and a nice aroma but that’s about where it ended. The ’96 version I thought had very nice flavor that stayed well in the palate, however, the rest all reminded me of cough syrup. A taste that brought up childhood memories that I didn’t care to remember. I would try the ’96 again but not sure if I would try any of the others. Can’t say that I would try the 2000-02 either..... of course I would, it’s beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johans (36) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2003
UPDATED: APR 16, 2008 With very little carbination and no head it doesn"t look very attractive. The strength is great though, almost overwhelming and it almost burns. But I liked it. Just drink it like port wine, slowly. Be careful, ot it will knock you on your a**

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2003
2001 bottling. Nice rich aroma. Dark vanilla color. Deep, pleasantly sweet flavor, almost like a sherry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2003
Very robust, sweet roasted, malty flavor. Incredibly complex and quite impressive. Caramel, maple, molasses and other delightful winter warmers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (4914) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2008 [my goodness how tastes change - this is still a quality beer, but it’s ever so sweet - only god as a digestive] Bottled in 2001. Whoa! This beer rocks! It tastes like a toned down version of WWS, but not toned down in flavor, just in alcohol content. The appearance is deep ruby red, looking very much like a great barley wine instead of a double bock. The flavor is roasty, malty and sweet, all in extreme amounts. Very over the top flavor with a suprisingly smooth finish. A great dessert beer. I have no idea why the overall rating is so low. This most certainly deserves to be in the top 50. Outstanding!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2004 2002 I am sure I'll be rerating this one. This beer has to sit a while it is way to young to drink now I just couldn't wait. The flavor is way to sweet. 2003 Surprise to me that this one is not as sweet and more drinkable then last years.

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