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Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria

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RATINGS: 1831   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


Maklean's rating

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maklean (50) - Ontario, - MAY 26, 2013
Sweet vanilla on the nose, hints of cherry and maserated plums. Pours Ruby amber, no head. Tastes of caramel, vanilla cherry, plums and well balanced to the alcohol but a tread over sweet. Rich and thick on the palate


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cousin_Larry (616) - - JUL 26, 2015
I shoulda read that abv on this one. Got my a$$ kicked accidentally by the 14 pct. Pours extremely flat and has a liquor quality that makes it a true sipping beer. Almost has a quad-like flavor with some malt liquor.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TorbenJensen (472) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2015
Hard roasted malt and lots of heavy fruit aromas rising from my glass. Foaming is poor and quickly disappears. As lagers of 14% alcohol it’s probably the strongest of its kind. It has a malt sweetness mixed with strong shades of ripe fruit (plum, raisin, prunes) makes it much peculiar. Alcohol heat spreads quickly, but it never really truly dominant. Sweetness level is high but it abstracts fruit acid significantly. Unfortunately I can not completely ignore the fact that it is added antioxidant and ascorbic.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
VamboladeTolly (743) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUL 14, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark amber/mahagon almost no head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dark sweet berries, some alcohol, candy, slight coffee, chocolate. Taste is heavy sweet, some spicyness, caramel, slight milk coffee, Full body. sweet finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
tarmok (416) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUL 14, 2015
Dark amber liquid. Aroma: rotten apple, alcohol, caramel, malts Taste: heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, chocolate. Palate: full body, sticky, soft carbonation, long bitter sweet finish,

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Achel (175) - GREECE - JUN 29, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2015 Dark copper color. Aroma is alcohol and raisins, toffee and a little woody quality. Flavor is spices, warm alcohol, dried fruits and malts.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
generallee08 (756) - New York, USA - JUN 17, 2015
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 14% abv. Appearance: This one has a deep mahogany color with a light haze and a little yeast sediment. It raises a small quick fading fading light tan head. At 14% I don’t expect it to have much head or lacing. Smell: It has a full nose of sweet candy like fruity notes. Apples, plums, figs and red pears covered in sugar and soaked in spiced rum jump out at me. Taste / Palate: This one leads with big sweet maltiness packed with notes of candied fruit and boozy cake. The finish is warm and boozy in a good way. Hops are set way off in the background but still add a little spice to the overall character. The palate feels big full and a little syrup like with light carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oliodnb (532) - ITALY - JUN 17, 2015
33cl bottle. Pours clear reddish amber with almost no head. Strong sweet Aroma with caramel, molasses, raisins, cherry, booze. Taste is similar with strong sweet flavors and some fruitiness again. Medium to full body, sticky mouthfeel, low carbonation. Extreme doppelbock, a bit too much on the sweet side without some roastiness to balance it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (7655) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 15, 2015
Bottle - Vintage 2001 - Lots of cocoa and dark raisin with molasses. Deep maroon with a decent white head. Lots of sweet date, prune with a long finish. Some odd dirty notes.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kavu (2907) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 9, 2015
0,33l bottle @ One Pint Pub. Pours clear amber with no head. Aroma is sweet malts with alcohol. Flavor is sweet malts, honey, alcohol and some hops. Awesome.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VictorStr (1740) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2015
[Ölprovning hos Fredrik i Ängelholm 7 Maj 2015] Lagrad väldigt länge, gått ut indefinit. Bättre än den färska. Hel del sötma, viss bekosta, mörk frukt, russin


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