Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1862   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2004 Pours with a bubbly off white head that quickly dissipates with no lacing. The bubbles are fine toward the rim of the glass and grow larger at the center. Has a Cognac colored body that looks clear and balanced. A fruity alcohol aroma with just a hint of cream soda. The aroma can be sensed from a foot or more away from the glass. Up close an aroma of nuts, yeast, alcohol, and malt makes an extravagant appearance. Sweet, fruity, brandy like flavors surround the senses in a mellow cocoon while the warming alcohol presence lulls you into a sense of calm and profound relaxation. Overall I have to say that this beer is certainly in a class by itself and defines the word class. Now I know what a true first rate barlywine tastes like. I just can't wait to buy the appropriate glasses for this incredible beer. Truly rare.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2004
aggressively carbonated, many teeny bubbles. dissipating light brown head tops a rusty ruby body. Totally dominated by alcohol. some spices, dry grains. tart and cidery with must and earthy undertones, hints of caramel. creamy grain caramel front leading to intense dryness with residual ripe fruity notes and more caramely grain character. Very warm and dry, it leaves your mouth and belly strangely empty feeling. interesting

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (8796) - Ursel, BELGIUM - FEB 27, 2004
(2003 vintage) Clear amber; yellow-amber head, very quickly gone. Very malty nose, roasted and sweet malts, alcohol as from a liqueur, fruity, especially grapes. Sweet-fruity taste, caramel, roasted malts, toffee. Slight-bitterish taste as from roasted cake - brandy cake. Retronasal almonds and apricot brandy. The more it warms up, the more I seem to detect Maillard? Fiery alcohol burn, fully viscous liquid, slowly leaving a hot trail in the throat. The revived classic. I seem to remember the Swiss original as less fiery - but not less distinctive. Thank God this was saved.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 21, 2004
Very suprised by this beer... Alcohol was suprisingly well covered, I was expecting the burn of a schnapps, but it just wasn't there. Sweet. Would be a very nice session beer. No head, almost like syrup, nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joemacaluso (119) - Prairieville, Louisiana, USA - FEB 19, 2004
Better than you would think. Sweet, but not overly Alcaholic, thick, really thick should be sipped and drank as an after dinner drink. Can easily be split among two people, a whole would knock you on your ass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
desurfer (1262) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Caramely brown body with no head. This is a big doppel; lots of sweetness and alcohol in the aroma. Flavor dominated by caramel and sugar, with some alcohol kicking in the finish. Not too much burn for a 14% beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Bottle (2001) pours burnt-orange with dishwater white head.   Aroma is of alcohol, brown sugar, molasses, and raisins.   Surprisingly, this one is very smooth for the ABV.   Initially you get a cognac/cherry flavor and a warming finish.   Mouthfeel is very velvety.   Very sweet as well, fruity, perhaps some plum.  I am amazed at how well the 14% is masked.   This one I really enjoy.   WOW, yeah... definately worth having again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
I love a good, strong beer, but this one was little much for me. Massive alcohol assault in the first sip, that sits at the back of the throat through out. I detected some spice, banana and clove. The burn was a little too dominant in this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2004 Bottle: Copper/amber colour with no head. Malty, butterscotch, warming alcohol (cognac-like). Syrupy mouthfeel. I like it! - nice for sipping after dinner. Draught: chewy, warming, full-flavored. Nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2004
This is a wonderful beer, that makes an excellent desert beer. A great way to round off the night. Pours a deep rich ruby coloring, with a light foamy head, but some great residual lacing. Lots of big flavors, dark chocolate, figs and raisins, plums, and then on the other side you have some nice yeasty doughy flavors to round out the fruity sweetness. Well masked alchohol, with some nice spiciness in the finish. A new favorite.

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