Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1758   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leghorn99 (35) - Livorno, ITALY - NOV 27, 2014
Splendido color rubino, limpido. Schiuma poco generosa, di colore ocra scuro, cremosa, che sparisce nel bicchiere molto rapidamente. Naso molto pronunciato e complesso, liquoroso, con una presenza marcata di frutta sotto spirito (prugne, ciliegie), frutta secca (datteri), malto e caramello. Il corpo è pieno, la carbonatazione quasi inesistente; al palato mantiene comunque una buona bevibilità, nonostante i suoi 14%. Gusto molto dolce, ai limiti dello stucchevole, che ripropone la frutta sotto spirito dell’aroma ed una solida base di malto e caramello; calda ed alcolica, rimane a lungo in bocca con un retrogusto dolce e liquoroso leggermente speziato.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
evilempire (136) - sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2014
am I the only one that wonders what all the fuss is about? ok so it’s brewed once a year... it’s still not exactly hard to find. a lot easier to find than it is to drink! much harsher than many other beers at the strength (though to be fair not as bad as some!). boozy, sweet, cloying...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rockana (296) - Zadar/Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 22, 2014
0,33 bottlw from Merkur markt. Pours deep dark amber, with minimal head. Aroma of dark fruits and alcohol. It’s really strong an very alcoholic. Hard to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sinfull (898) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Deep amber color , thin off-white head. Aroma of malt , dark fruits and wine . Sweet malty taste with winy notes. Full , even heavy body , low carbonation. Interesting beer ,despite too sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BobyFischer (105) - FRANCE - NOV 14, 2014
Bière savoureuse, dotée d’un corps solide, d’une dose d’alcool (trop) bestiale mais soufre malheureusement d’un goût trop liquoreux/sucré à mon goût.Manque de finesse. Saveurs : fruits secs (pruneaux, abricots), bananes mûres, bonbons, malts biscuités. A réserver après une long effort dans le froid, à déguster au bord de l’âtre.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
UXO (414) - CANADA - NOV 9, 2014
Pours clear deep amber with one finger of loose light tan head diminishing rapidly to nothing, no lacing. (3/5) Nose is malt vinegar, dark fruits and caramel malt. (6/10) Taste is strongly sweet boozy malt, slight bitter. (6/10) Heavy, syrupy body, moderate to low sustained carbonation, sharply alcoholic finish. (3/5) No real surprises here - this was, after all, once the strongest beer in the world. Strongly sweet, heavily syrupy, and, shall we say, lacking in a certain subtlety. I was expecting aggressive, but this verges on harsh. Really more like a barleywine than a dopple. Not without its charms, but I wouldn’t want to try to tackle more than one at a go... or in a week... or a lifetime...? (12/20)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Minderbinder (2015) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2014
Bottle 330ml. (2010 Vintage). Pours clear brown with no serious head. Some legs (this is sweet...) Aroma is of malt, fruits (raisins, plums), alcohol. Taste is of malt, bread, alcohol, sugar, raisins, sweet fruit jam. Palate: Full bodied. Very low carbonation. Overall: Good, complex, but way too heavy and sweet. Not drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ciocanelu (101) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - NOV 3, 2014
Clear copper color with small head that fizzes away quickly. Aroma of sweet malts and dark dried fruit. Taste is very sweet and quite boozy. Body is syrupy with a light fizz. Overall a tasty beer but a bit difficult to drink because of the overwhelming sweetness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Moravius (603) - Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 2, 2014
Flasche (33 cl). - Abfüllung 2010, einige Jahre im Keller gelagert. - Schönes Goldbraun, klar; kaum Schaum. - In der Nase dick karamellige Malzsüße, Rosinen, Fusel und etwas Kellermuff wie von alten Weinkorken. - Antrunk extrem malzsüß karamellig vor einem satten Hintergrund alkoholischer Schwere: Rosinen, Zuckerrübensirup, ein wenig Nuß; aber der dicke Zuckerguß walzt alles platt. Mild rezent, extrem schwer und leicht fuselig. Im Abgang ein paar schwache Röstaromen, mehr Zucker und Alkohol. - Schmeckt wie brauner Zucker mit Schnaps. Dann lieber gleich ein guter Likör oder noch besser ein Portwein.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
McWorta (661) - LUXEMBOURG - NOV 2, 2014
(Bottled 2012) Deep copper sunset amber coloured with a small fading dark white head. Slick viscosity with some light lacings. On the nose aromas of raisin, caramelised dates and figs with some earthy wood notes and sweetened dark fruit jam arises. A light carbonation offers itself up to a slick textured full bodied beer. Dark sweet fruit flavours are predominant with some honey infused herb notes. Harmonically balanced with a long lasting alcohol finish.

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