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Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 1688   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.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dacrza (484) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2014
DATE REVIEWED: May 23, 2014... GLASSWARE: Celebrator Doppelbock... OCCASION: state playoffs drama--7th inning interrupted by rain to resume tomorrow... APPEARANCE: a fizzing head vanishes into air, leaving a dark amber, reasonably effervescent body the color of iced tea; zero lacing--one wonders where the head went, until one realizes the alcohol kills this ascetic beauty... AROMA: powerful sugar malts create a candied aroma; a syrupy suggestion too promises a sweet malty experience floral notes suggest hops are not balanced but are present... PALATE: instant burn, like a rum-drenched swizzle stick broke apart; to be taken in sips! alcohol comes in hot and challenges ... TASTE: rum/candy sweet--slightly smoky as a scotch might bee; some caramel and toffee, but predominantly a menacing malt that dares to be consumed--I like challenges, but wow...OVERALLL: I recalled the experience of sipping this in Russell’s almost two decades ago, and I knew this review would reveal my inability to enjoy the finer, more precious things in life. Complex enough to be cellared and sipped, unique enough to be an acquired taste, I cannot pretend to have an affinity (my wife smirks at my struggle from the couch)... the beer grows in its attractiveness as the glass drains, but the full-bodied nature demands something intense as a pairing, like a rich chocolate cake....

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
venom666 (296) - Alicante, SPAIN - JUN 2, 2014
Amber/brown color with no head whatsoever. Sweet malts on the aroma, together with a liquorish touch. Taste of roasted and sweet malts with raisins, dates and brown sugar, all with the present of alcohol.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wittales (610) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Appearance was clear reddish amber with tiny off white creamy head, no lacing. Aromas are sweet toffee, caramel malts with deep fruits, hints of licorice and alcohol. Taste are sweet caramel malts backbone with fig, plum, cherry, licorice, brandy alcohol. Palate was creamy flat co2 with full body, smooth fruity, malty warm finish. A wonderful Dopplebock, try it.

2.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Raesmama (22) - - MAY 20, 2014
I did not care for this . Left a strange aftertaste in my mouth. I was told this was a premier beer...I was sadly disappointed.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (2695) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - MAY 15, 2014
Bottle @ home Pours clear , light amber . No foam No real scent High carbonation . Sweet, mouthfilling sweet, in a good way . Reminds me of the likes of White Pony ! Bit alcohol, but not as much as you’d expect . Rather thin body , Grainy, raisins, honey , even oak comes to mind . Very nice !

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (6773) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 13, 2014
Bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit geringe Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr süß malzig, sehr reife Früchte, alkoholisch, so ist auch der Geschmack.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anfractuosity (115) - - MAY 6, 2014
Very nice beer, it’s a tad sweet, but that makes it all the more interesting.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Calisky (444) - ALSACE, FRANCE - APR 30, 2014
Couleur de sucre roux, très peux de mousse. Nez fort et bon de caramel avec note vanillée et sucrée. Gout très doux mais intense de caramel et note de fruits secs, malgrés fort pourcentage d’alcool, . Forte pétillance. Longue fin de bouche caramel. Super!!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
miquelcrush (1073) - Granollers, SPAIN - APR 26, 2014
Una cervesa molt forta per prendre amb calma, sembla un licor. Una cerveza muy fuerte para tomar con calma, parece un licor.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawanna (2019) - GERMANY - APR 21, 2014
0,33 l bottle BB 08/2018 Very very sweet. Full body. Soft carbonation. Red-brown color. Frothy tan foam head. Floral aroma. Long and sweet finish.


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