Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1924   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   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 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2005 I can definently see why people enjoy this beer. It has good color and mouthfeel. It just reminded me too much of drinking sweet vermouth. Interestingly enough, Samichlaus has about the same alcohol content as many sweet vermouths.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - SEP 8, 2004
2002 bottle. Deep dark orange colour and aroma of stewed fruits. I got a marmaldae like flavour with great complexity of sweetness. I’m not sure my palate can really do this justice. Alcohol isp resent, but not overpowering nice syrupy mouthfeel without being too thick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JonMoore (2062) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2004
Bottled in 2003. Clear, dark amber coloured, with small short lived head. Rich, roasted, sweet, malty, alcoholic aroma, with some intense fruit in there as well. Flavour is initially extremely sweet, settling down to just very sweet as the alcohol kicks in. Complex, full bodied with a great mouthfeel, but the alcohol is too much in your face, for me, masking I suspect what lies beneath. I’ll have to try an older vintage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
001 bottling, 2003 drinking. The last time I had this was the 2000 edition, with label proclaiming "Das Starkste Bier Der Welt", Guinness Book of World Records. This one says "The World’s Most Extraordinary Beer". Utopia and World Wide Stout have robbed them of the former claim, and as for the latter boast... Color is clear and dark red, with a small, dunnish, and vanishing head. Aroma is enormous: on first cracking the crown, it leaps out of the bottleneck and pervades the room. So let’s get a closer sniff... Deep, heady, woody, burnt, huge with alcohol, brimming with brandy, cognac, rum characteristics, along with cherries, licorice...but overpowering the flavor is the heat, searing and fierce. Powerful impact on the palate, the tongue feels burnt on first taste! Is this something I want in a beverage? This bier does travel smoothly down the throat, to say the least! Not nearly finished with the bottle, I can feel my senses dying off, utterly destroyed by this bier’s impact! I love a barleywine, and hold strong stouts dear to me, but in this one, there was too much sauce and no meat! I can’t comment on the flavor, for all I could taste was the booze! Perhaps it was too early to drink, and I’d have better luck with a properly vintage bottling.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 4, 2004
Bottled in 2002 Pours a copper color with lots of effervescence and an off white head. The head diminished quickly and left a fine sticky lace. The aroma is malty and astringent with some fruity ester background. The flavor is sweet with an astringent middle and a slight peppery bite at the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and syrupy, medium bodied, smooth and slightly effervescent. Because of this beer?s high abv, it is important to taste it at a cellar temperature

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2004
2002 vintage. Sampled at 60 degrees F. Lots of muscle here. Pours deep amber with a thin white head as expected. 14% alcohol makes its immediate presence on first sniff. Somewhat dominates the dark fruit, port, molasses aromas which could be a bit more upfront. Lots of malty dopplebock characteristics. VERY sweet initially. Like a spoonful of molassses and liquid malt extract. However, the 14% cuts in quickly to tame the sugar rush down a tad. I’ve got 2 more buried in the back of my beer fridge that I hope to vintage for a few years. Got a feeling this improves even more with age. Very unique and well worth the $15/sixer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (3051) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Boasting the 14% ABV I may have expected a little more from this beer. It pours out the color of Jack Daniel’s with signs of a very slight head. It has a somewhat malty/fruity aroma. The taste to me is somewhere in between and double bock and a Belgian dubbel with sweet notes and a little bite going down....not a bad brew, but not my favorite

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - AUG 20, 2004
aroma of a fat azz BBQ. orange color. mouthfeel is thick. instantly stings the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2004
Not bad. Pours a reddish amber with a small white head. Nose had hints of dried fruit, soy sauce, maltiness. Medium to full bodied, creamy and smooth. Flavor was sweet, alcohol. Essence of sherry or port or some fortified wine. Anyway, it was quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsteph (323) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 14, 2004
Pours dark amber with a very thin head that disappeared very quickly. Sweet (very), a little vanilla, fruity and well masked alcohol aroma. The aroma brings Trois Pistoles to mind. Plums, table sugar, and molasses are super prevalant here in this malty concotion. This stuff is super sweet but also complex. More flavors may arise if you let it warm a little. At 14% you’d think this stuff would be like cough syrup. Much better flavor than World Wide Stout. Alcohol well masked but noticeable. Not good for social affairs but good for the last call of the night.

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