Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1893   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2004
2002 version, 330ml bottle, brandy glass. Certainly a disappointment. Lovely ruby red colour, sweet smell that promises more to come, although no head whatsoever (perhaps this lost a bit in travel in trading). First impression is an overpowering sweetness, followed by the expected alcohol, but instead of blending and achieving a nice balance, I found it became really cloying. The sweetness was grape to me, with a general syrup like character that I found at first distracting and then intolerable. A long finish that doesn’t improve my opinion. Would be interested to try the other years of this beer, and it certainly is a split opinion beer (I just got done landing on the positive side of another split opinion beer, the Verhaeghe Duchesse DeBourgogne, which I really enjoyed). An experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2004
2001 bottle. Mahogany color with no head. Malty aroma with hints of chocolate and licorice. Malty, syrupy body, with some chocolate and roasted barley flavors. Hints of raisins and figs as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2004
Was given this beer about 2 months ago. Its a little over 6 months old. Very Potent very sweet beer. "Worlds most extraordinary beer" has some heat to its claim. A warmer, better winter drinker than Midwestern Spring/Summer weather.(Around here sometimes its so hot you can’t tell if the season changed or not.) No head out of bottle just a little fizzie. Did I say potent? This one was bottled in 2003. Not bad, I’m impressed. Not exactly like 2002 DFH WW Imperial Stout which rips your face off with every sip but this is potent in its own right.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - MAY 21, 2004
I had the 2001 which was a Deep clear mahogony poor, but a microscopic head. There is a distinct alcohol smell and I also smelled cherries and worscheschire. I suppose depending on your childhood experience this could smell like...and taste like cough syrup. Very smooth and heavy palate. It is like a meal though with all the flavors and the heavy mouth feel. The alcohol was not well masked, but I rather enjoyed it’s bold and even brazen presence. Very sweet, a lot like the liquour "Chambord". I would actually prefer this to a glass of wine. A good after dinner beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - MAY 20, 2004
Very malty and sweet all over. Way too one-dimensional. Sharp alcohol presence. Heavy on the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2007 Rerate of 2003 bottle. Nice colour, dark amber I believe. Massive aroma from sweet malt, big fruity(plum) wih cognac notes, apricot and cabbage. Flavour is big on alcohol, still a bit sticky sweet and bit harsh, yet very complex. Good aftertaste. Once the glass is empty, no need to recollect the flavour - it remains there! Old rating was 3,2. Bottled. DBF 2004. Light amber. Extremely malty with a sugary sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (6338) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2004
Bottled at DBF 2004. Dark golden. Very sweet aroma. Really malty flavour with a lot of sugary sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - MAY 14, 2004
(2001) This beer poors a dark mahogany color toped by no head. The body is clear but not appealing in my book. The aroma is of malt and lots of alcohol. Some woodiness throw in as well. Flavor is cloying,medicinal, way to sweet for me with little or no balance to help offset same. The alcohol is not well hidden. At the beer warms it mellows out a bit but this is like a port wine or an appertiffe. Palate is ok. It was fun to taste this beer but it has noticable and significant flaws in my book.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2004
Bottled in 2002, consumed in May 2004. Absolutely beautiful dark red color. No head at all. Smells of alcohol, and somewhat fruity as well. Plums, maybe? The alcohol is certainly present all the time in the taste, but there is a sweetness that really helps to blunt the alcohol. Once it hit room temperature, it became spicy. Thick, but not too syrupy. A good, solid, interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2004
I think the bottle was aged for one year. No head at all, brown color with red reflects. Aroma of malt, roastiness and alochol. Sweet flavors of malt with alcohol. A good beer that should be cellared for at least two years to be at it’s best.

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