Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1726   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 13/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 2001 edition: sappy molassis ruby gleam starting tall but shrinking rapidly..strong syruppy aroma with hot carmel and hints of fermented berries..carmel covered berries with added sweetness..warming & numbing..very dessert-ish..I was actually scared of this beer...but am quite pleased..definitely should have drank this with a dessert..but i'm on a diet..and beer is my dessert..I am currently cellaring the 2000 & 2001 and look forward to these in the distant future...

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Trappist (284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 20, 2002
I do not know what every one else was drinking, but this stuff sucks! It was like a stout mixed with sweet-n-low. Maybe I just had a bad bottle, but it was awful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - NOV 9, 2002
This is a nice, unique beer with delicious fruit flavors and strong body. One of the best beers I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - NOV 4, 2002
2001. ruby color, not much head. caramel and malt aroma. very sweet taste with many esters- distinct toffee , vanilla and butterscotch flavors. big alcohol finish. an interesting sipping beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9379) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2007 Bottle (2000)... This beer rocks!... Smooth and malty aroma. Smoky and woodsy. Fourteen percent ABV is well hidden in the nose. Beautiful, sparkling Mahogany color. Small, white, creamy head with good lacing... rapidly diminishing to an afterthought. Flavor? BANG! POW! Very Very sweet and malty up front. Vanilla and toffee notes. Sweet, lightly bitter and very alcoholic on the backside. Full-bodied. Lively carbonation with a syrupy mouthfeel. Medium length, tangy, slightly sweet finish. Great desert or after-dinner beer. Sit down while drinking this. Make sure you don’t take your first sip until it’s warmed to room temperature.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 27, 2002
2000 vintage, thick malty and syrupy, strong alcohol taste, thick surupy mouthfeel. Not bad I like this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 25, 2002
UPDATED: APR 28, 2005 Vintage 2004: The beer emigrates from the 330ml brown bottle a splendiferous burnished copper with a modest semi-creamy off white head that vanishes quickly leaving the thin sheet of lace to fend for itself. Nose is permeated by the alcohol with hints of cherries and cotton candy, caramel also, noticed, start is ambrosial, the grain profile present and the top light to medium in feel. Finish is pertinent in its acidity, the hops adequate and the alcohol dominate, very dry aftertaste and a beer I wait for each spring.

Vintage 2003: The color on the pour a crystalline orange-amber color, the head smallish, frothy in texture and a very light tan in color, as it disappears quite quickly, the lace is left to provide a thin veil for the glass to hide behind. Sweet malt at the front, fusel alcohol quite evident, bubble gum, earthy and a “Hoot” to sniff as always, with the start scumtiouysly sweet, thick malt, the top is middling in feel to the palate. Finish is unsparing in its sting, the hops delectable in their spiciness, alcohol bitterness present at the aftertaste, dry and long lasting, also a definite “Tummy Warming”. This is a beer I look for each year, a few for the old “Gusler”, and a six pack for the cellar.

Vintage 2002: While I’m sure my remaining 5 pack will be much better a few years down the road, I decided to try this one a bit sooner than the normal 2 or three years it should rest.

On the pours crystal clear deep mahogany, the head is modest in size and dissipates quite quickly, the lace a satisfactory sheet to cover the glass, the color a light tan. Nose is plummish, cotton candy sweet, malt laden, and fresh and inviting, start is thickly sweet, the top middling in feel. Finish has a punishing acidity, the hops personable but not over powering, the alcohol vexatious, dry lingering aftertaste. A real belly warmer, as if I need anything to warm my tummy, as it is a balmy 105 Fahrenheit outside at this moment. As it sets, quite harsh and stinging, but oh baby, when I bust open my next bottle a couple of years from now it will be a “Hoot”!

Vintage 2001: As I bought a sixer of the 2000 and the 2001, I decided to ’Quaff’ this one as I need the ’pick me up’. The pour a deep crystal clear garnet, the head ’missing’, the lace, AWOL, but I’m going to like it anyway. Nose is earthy, nut sweet, caramel, lightly toasted grains. Front is malt, the top skimpy, the finish is kindly acidic, sparingly hopped, the aftertase parched, slightly alcohol bitter. About 3 seconds after you take your first swallow, the ’Tummy Warming’ commences, ah the pleasures 0f 14% ABV. As with all over the top ’Hopped’, and or high ABV beers, they are not meant for the ’Weak of Palate’. I on the other hand love them, but only once a week or so, I’d like to keep what ’Liver’ I have left.

Vintage 2000: Clear deep garnet in color, the head is ’reedy’, the lace ’basal’. Nose is mollasses like, toasted grains, deep black patent malt, sweet, ’Sniffable’. Front is ’ambrosial’, the top medium, the finish is lightly acidic, dry, choclatety, ’decorously’ hopped, the alcohol is quite ’manifest’ in the finish and the aftertaste, a ’Huge’ Belly Warmer’. Definately not meant for the ’Weak of Heart or Palate’ ’I Love This Beer’, the rest of you ’Shove Off’, and leave it to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2002
2000 edition: Ruby black rum color. No head. Malt, Alcohol, and port wine smell. Looks like thin wort. Flat oily body. Nuts, coffee, and maple syrup flavors with mild clove oil hints. Soft astringent feel on the tongue. Slight sweetness left on the lips. Sharp unfermented wort and alcohol finish that reminds me of port. I’m glad this one lacks the soy sauce flavor. One of the most complex brews I’ve tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 14, 2002
Expectations were high, but were still exceeded by this world class beer. It has a ruby/amber colour with a slight head that quickly disappears, and a wonderful butterscotch aroma, which is slightly harsh. The flavour is intensely sweet and candyish, and the mouthfeel is syrupy and coating. The flavour is incredibly complex revealing butterscotch, caramel, and molasses. It is lightly medicinal with alcohol flavours and its overall warmth only present at the finish. A truly world class beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
JMerritt (1823) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2002
2000 edition: Nice nutty, malty aroma. Dark red in color, no head to speak of. Initial flavor is thick, syrupy, and rather sweet. Middle and immediately following flavor is extremely alcholic and acidic. Very abrasive. I drank this ’most powerful beer in the universe’ while watching an episode of He-Man, the most powerful man in the universe. I enjoyed the cartoon much more than the beer. I’ll have to pick up another bottle next time I’m at the store and age it for several years, just to see what (if anything) I was missing.

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