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Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria

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RATINGS: 1752   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.


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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fantomasus (228) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 29, 2013
Reviewed from notes: Pours brown/copper color with an off white head that dissipates. Aroma is sweet malt and alcohol. Flavor weighted towards sweet. Long sweet finish. IT’S SWEET, in an unbalanced way but still very enjoyable. Reminds me of cognac in some ways... A superior malt liquor. Will drink again.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wekker84 (1520) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle a brown colored beer without a head aroma malts caramel spicy alcohol and some bitter citrus hops flavor malts caramel dry fruits spicy alcohol and some hops

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBHansen (163) - Køge, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2014
bottle @ home. Appearance: pours clear dark brown with no head. aroma/taste: caramel, toffee, honey, alcohol, raisins, oak and faint hints of floral notes. palette: low carbonation, medium to full body, distinct caramel sweetness, low bitterness, medium to long duration and an oily texture. Overall: very sweet dobbeltbock, but with some complexity.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (5829) - Indiana, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Draft to taster. Looks good for the style; a transparent copper with very light beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells malty and a little boozy with notes of caramel and toffee, and a strange but unaversive peach presence. Tastes like it. Smells with a medium-full bodied mouthfeel. Hot, but enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ghostbeer (27) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Bottled in 2014. Pours a deep, brilliantly clear amber with an off white head. Medium carbonation. Very thick and chewy. Flavors or toffee, caramel, dark dried fruits and rum. Lots of alcohol warmth and a slightly cloying sweetness especially as the beer warmed up. This is my favorite style of beer and this was an excellent bottle, but not one for everyday enjoyment. I can’t wait to buy another one or two to try aging for years to come.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stoutnick (619) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2014
Ruby red brown. Aroma is much like a Belgian quadrupel - toffee covered raisins. Taste is big sweet toffee. So very sweet. Liqueur sweet.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Imaril (36) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2014
Wow. Boozy sweet after dinner liquor style beer. Like an subtlety played quad. toffee biscuits and plums.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1038) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle from a continental market in Cheltenham. Deep Amber colour with I head. Aroma is Christmas pudding. Taste is sweet with lots of fruit. And boy you notice the alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DBS_Karl (2) - Ried im Innkreis, AUSTRIA - DEC 13, 2014 does not count
Samichlaus Schwarzes (eigentlich für den amerikanischen Markt gebraut) hat am Beginn eine interessante säuerliche Note und im Anschluss sofort eine Schärfe, die sich für mich nicht erklären lässt. Vielleicht weiß jemand mehr? Darauf ein Bier!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FunkyF (155) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2014
Flaska från SB. Mörkt brun med pyttelite vitt skum. Söt doft med lite fat och russin. Söt och med inte så mycket alkoholsmak. Kola och russin.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tillmac62 (256) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2014
BOD 2013. Pours a beautiful clear medium amber with a rich dark ruby cast. Exceptional head volume, lacing and retention for 14% alcohol. Rich nose of dark fruit (plum, raisin, date), caramel, and brown sugar over a rum like alcohol base. Full bodied with a thick creamy texture that is also oily slick, simply superb. Below normal carbonation with just a touch of effervescence in the finish. The flavor profile is intense, not very balanced (sweetness predominates) and complex. It begins with an assault of dark fruit (plum and raisin mostly) against a very rich sweet caramel malt background. In the middle, the dark fruits fade rapidly while the sweetness blends with a rum like alcohol. Sweetness and rum slowly fade into the finish where a bit of hop bitterness is evident. It leaves you with a surprisingly light alcohol burn at the back of the throat over a lingering sweetness with notes of rum. At room temperature, the rum flavor becomes quite pronounced as does the burn. This one is hard to review. The first sips are world class (4.6 on the first pass), but after 10 ounces or so over 45 minutes, the sweetness becomes a bit annoying and I have the 750 bottle! So in goes a wine cap and back in the fridge this one goes.


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