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Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria

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RATINGS: 1816   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2003
Strong roasted malt aroma. Deep, dark , rusty hue, quite attractive. Sickly sweet taste, highly malty, complex and difficult to drink, not a session beer. Despite this it is a good beer with strong cognac flavour and a sappy complex with mounds of toffee. Has a warm finish and a distinct kick of alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DiamondD (38) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2003
Pours a deep amber with a small head that quickly diminishes.The aromas in this are unbelievable. Cream sherry, port, rich fruit, licorice, chocolate and much more. A beer a bit lighter in body than one would suspect at 14% abv. Flavors abound! You name it it's here. Definitely an after hours sipping beer. Aged well. Not bad.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2003
I was given the advice to save this beer for 5 yeras or so...but being the impatient person that I am, I decided this 2001 bottle was good to go. Poured nice and virtually head free, which wasn't unexpected from what I read on the label. Very very big beer, lots of malts of course, but you could taste the complexities beginning to come out. It mellowed some as I let it breathe...but I'd really like to see this beer in 3 or 4 more years. Mmmm.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tiggmtl (4547) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 17, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2003 Big strong malty aroma with alcohol and yeast very apparent. Ruby brown in colour with a whitish-tan head. Somewhat low in carbonation. Very sweet and fruity straight through the taste to a slightly tart/acidy finish. Elements of caramel, brown sugar, dates in the mouth. Silky and creamy body - this almost drinks like a lightly carbonated port. Alcohol comes through in the finish. Definitely a good after dinner drink or a winter warmer. In spite of the strength, alcohol is not overt though there is a definite warming. I'm going to put a few of these away and come back to them in a few years although I will certainly be tempted to keep a bottle ot two on hand for an after dinner drink with friends in place of a porto or single malt. Bottle (marked bottled in 2002).

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (12109) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2003
2001 Vintage: One of my favorite dopplebocks. Great for an after dinner drink or with a rich dessert.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - AUG 29, 2003
14% ABV that says it all. I love this beer. Has alot of malty flavor. This beer packs a punch! Love it.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2003 On tap at Sharp Edge, Pittsburgh. Not sure of vintage. Deep malty aroma, red wine, sweet, brown sugar. Alcohol, yeast, vapor. Foamy lacing tan head over dark gold amber haze. Med heavy body, smooth. Taste is sweet, smooth. Light tang. Alcohol, malts, light hops. Like wine or brandy - warming and fruity after. Very smooth & elegant.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2003
2002 vintage. Surprisingly light and clear--was expecting pitch black tar. Little bit of head which goes away, leaving a heavy, scotch-like body. Nose reminds me a bit of EKU 28 (but not so overpowering). Definite soy sauce presence. Some brown sugar and fruit liqueur, but mostly sweet, sweet, sweet. Flavor is a an interesting side-plot of insouciant jabbing little acidic tartness, followed by a jolt of abrasively brash amber maltiness, followed by a sting in your nostrils from all the alcohol. Displays all the fine deepness of character that any fine cough syrup might. Definitely leaves your throat all tingly and warm; if I ever tried it again, I'd want to try a bottle aged at least 5 years, in the winter time, preferably in the Upper Midwest.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drinkingdan (375) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2003
I thought that the alcohol was way to present. Can really notice the creamy texture of it in your mouth.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2003
Pous a deep amber colour with a very quickly diminishing head. Strong sweet aroma of caramel malt and some alchohol. Very syrupy mouthfeel and alcohol taste uo front. Strong malt flavour with a long lasting hop bitterness.


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