Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1832   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Bottled in 2003. Clear light amber body, very small head. Alcoholic nose. Very sweet and alcoholic taste. More a desert wine than a beer! Not my kind of beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flemdawg (541) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2003
Bottled in 2001, so I guess that this one 2 years and 7 days old. Reddish in color, with a white head that disappeared quickly. Mostly alcohol in the nose, but some fruits very evident too. Lots of alcohol in the taste as well. Tasted more like a liquor than a beer. Smooth feel and a good finish. Maybe two years old is too young for this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3514) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Sampled on its 1st birthday, still very young. Appearance is deep amber, virtually no head. Aroma is pure malt extract, like popping open a can for homebrewing. Flavor is quite a bit like port, with raisins, dates, and vinuous qualities, very complex. Alcohol is still a bit rough around the edges. Gotta lay one down for a decade or so and see what happens. Good example of evolving tastes, as a decade ago I would have hated this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SirTom (89) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Very good. Strong like a liquor. Reminds me of EKU 28 - except this is good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ungstrup (30478) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2003
[Vintage 2003 sampled 25 november 2003] This is a fantasticly amber colored beer with no head. The aroma is very powerful with notes of fruit especially apricot. The flavor is also sweet with strong notes of apricot. This beer is great as a digestive. All in all it is plain great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2003
2003 version. Dark amber coloured. Very powerful aroma. Loads of syrupy maltiness. Very sweet and full bodied. Slightly alcoholic. Warming.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2003 SWEET even after cellaring for three years...nice colour zero head...smells of dark fruits and very much alcohol..Tastes very sweet with a metallic finish . This bier can't cellar for long enough to be enjoyable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
igneous1 (1515) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 20, 2003
Vintage '02...color is amber, no head. aroma is alcohol and raisins and pruney, maybe a little woody quality. wonder if this is aged in oak or anything? flavor is sweet with as much or more an alcohol bite as WWS 23%. this one is WAY too rough around the edges.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Roli (405) - laval, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 19, 2003
For a strang 14% beer I've found it interesting. It was still easy to drink and the alcohol taste was not too present. This was a sweet and creamy beer. The taste was mostly raisin, witch gave it a little wine taste, sugar and cinnamon. Smooth finish. It was a really good one. Try it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frank (3345) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2003
2002 edition sampled in October of 2003. I sampled this monster for breakfast on a Saturday morning. Crystal-clear golden color, very fine carbonation and a small ring of head. Aroma of brandy and candied fruit. Sweetness is well balanced by alcohol. Creamy palate. Lovely, delicate carbonation. Slightly astringent. Excellent malt profile with hints of just about everything you'd expect in a strong lager like this--raisin, molasses, brown sugar, cherry, port wine, even a hint of cloves and cinnamon. The slightest touch of bitterness lingers behind the finish. A perfect belly-warmer for a rainy November morning.

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