Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1750   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11635) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crazyvin (1991) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (4971) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAY 14, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2004 This brew poured a small head of fine light brown bubbles that quickly disappeared leaving no lacing. It has a transparent dark brown body and a strong aroma of alcohol and malt. I tasted the alcohol in this beer which was very strong as well a burnt smoke flavor that was initially very strong but soon faded. This brew will get you wasted very fast. Drink with caution it is potent stuff! 2002 bottle re-rate on 5/30/04: This 2002 bottled brew poured a large head of mostly diminishing foamy finely sized very light brown colored bubbles that left behind a minimal lace. The body was a carbonated transparent brown color. The aroma was vinous with caramel malt notes raisin and perhaps some licorice. The mouth feel is burning and tingly but yet soon smoothens in its finish. There is a definite lingering burning sensation that warms the throat and lets you know that is is a big bad high ABV beer. The flavors in this brew are made up of caramel malt port like qualities vinous raisiny strong and awesome in power and might.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (4269) - Indiana, USA - MAY 11, 2003
Cool! My 100th beer rating is a Dopplebock!! Is this really a Dopplebock?? This bottle was bottled in 2001. This brew poured a small head that quickly disappeared. There was no lacing on the sides of my glass. The carbonation was evident as I saw it rising to the top. It appeared to have a malty aroma to it. The flavor was sweet. I could definitely taste the alcohol in this brew. The taste was syrupy and chewy. It had a burning sensation as it went down. This is definitely a sipping beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PorterPounder (5696) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2003
2001 - Ok - so the bottle says "the world's most extraordinary beer". Well, I wouldn't go that far - but it is pretty damn good. Pours with a deep amber color and leaves a slight, quickly dissipating head - probably cannot survive in the alcohol! Aroma is like a fine bourbon with a bit of sweet pipe tobacco thrown in. Flavor - like bourbon, with a bit of malt thrown in. Hard to believe this is 14% ABV - while evident and apparent - it does not overwhelm or distract. Not sure why I bypassed this so many times - must have been the cheap looking bottle (hear that marketing folks?). Palate - goes down smooth - coats the belly well. Will remember this one this coming winter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 4, 2003
Sweet, very malty, toffee aroma.russet appearance with very quick head.Thick sweet malt flavor with some hoppiness at the finish to cut the sweetness.Mild stickey pear apricot flavors emerging as it warms.Well hidden alcohol.Better than EKU 28 but not as good as the old Hurlimann version IMO.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 4, 2003
My first 'perfect' beer.The world's most extraordinary beer. It must be, it says so right on the label. Mine was the 2002 batch, bottled in 2001. It pours out a deep mahogany red color. Absolutely no head at all, due to high alcohol content. Aromas of vanilla, oak, toffee, caramel, and malt. The aromas are all over the place & change as the beer warms in the glass. It pours out as thick as syrup, and has a glossy sheen to it. Alcohol taste that clears out the old sinuses really fast. Sweet, malty taste to it at first, then the alcohol kicks in & warms you all the way down. Very low hops bitterness & aroma. It has a certain undescribeable taste to it, very sweet on the palate. Sips like a fine cognac. Has an apple cider quality to it, but it also has the alcohol kick of a mule to go along with it. I can only hope my home brewed clone tastes as good as this does.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - MAY 3, 2003
Bottled 2000: No carbinaton to speak of on this deep dark copper beer. Not a lot of aroma. Very sweet tasting, too much for my needs, but still worth the try.

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