Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1725   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 4, 2003
My first 'perfect' beer.The world's most extraordinary beer. It must be, it says so right on the label. Mine was the 2002 batch, bottled in 2001. It pours out a deep mahogany red color. Absolutely no head at all, due to high alcohol content. Aromas of vanilla, oak, toffee, caramel, and malt. The aromas are all over the place & change as the beer warms in the glass. It pours out as thick as syrup, and has a glossy sheen to it. Alcohol taste that clears out the old sinuses really fast. Sweet, malty taste to it at first, then the alcohol kicks in & warms you all the way down. Very low hops bitterness & aroma. It has a certain undescribeable taste to it, very sweet on the palate. Sips like a fine cognac. Has an apple cider quality to it, but it also has the alcohol kick of a mule to go along with it. I can only hope my home brewed clone tastes as good as this does.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Samichlaus debuted 26 years ago when Swiss brewer Hurlimann AG decided to brew a beer dedicated to old Saint Nick in 1980. This beer was a rich, strong, malty, soothing, and warming lager coming in at a mighty 14% abv. At the time, it indeed was the strongest beer in the world, and today is still one of the strongest lagers in the world. In the Hurlimann days, they brewed both a dark and a light version of Samichlaus, the dark being the most popular of the two. Samichlaus is a German dopple bock by style, but this beer is really in a class of its own. The beer world was shocked and saddened when the brewing of this beer ceased in 1997. Feldschloesschen, Switzerland’s largest brewery, bought Hurlimann a few years ago, and decided to discontinue the brewing of Samichlaus. Austrian brewer Eggenberg came to the rescue, bought the rights to the brand, and started to brew Samichlaus once again in 1999, with a 2000 vintage release. It is brewed once a year on December 6th. Samichlaus pours to a beautiful, bright, deep garnet color with a slight tan head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is amazing. Huge sweet malty aromas marry with peppery waves of alcoholic strength. The palate is rich and lush, with tremendously deep sweet malty flavors. This beer is fat and slick on the tongue, the consistency sticky and syrupy. Samichlaus finishes with more huge sweet malty flavors up front, and ends with a glorious, very soothing, very warming, high octane burn. This beer is the ultimate night cap beer, and a wonderful beer to sip and savor. With its huge malt character and high octane burn, it is the type of beer just perfect for a cold winter’s night. Samichlaus is like a fine wine in the fact that this beer will just continue to improve with age. You can cellar vintages of this beer and drink them up to 10 to 15 years later. The sweet and cloying malty character will give way to some amazingly complex flavors.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
janubio (423) - SPAIN - DEC 28, 2006
How can one rate a beer when you find different things on it everytime you taste it, even in bottles of the same vintage? Samichlaus was absolutely amazing and wonderful back when it was bottled by Hürlimann and it’s amazing and wonderful now. It was amazing when it came in 25 cl bottles and now in 33 cl. It’s one of my two favorites beers. Opaque red colour, very very nice when you see against the light. It pours an amazing almost not existing head, you blink and the head is not there anymore. From the very first moment you opne the bottle, a cascade of aromas come to your nose, and, as in the palate it developes and changes as the time passes and the temperature increases: brandy or generous sherry, port, cask aged wine, caramel, figs, dates, vanilla, chocolate, liquor, spices, berries... you name it. Very strong, in aroma and in flavours. Mouth of syrup, sweet, but strong, extraordinary complex, chocolate, brandy, spices... everything I noticed in the aroma is there too. And that final warmness when it gets down your throat...that post-taste that lingers like when you drink a good brandy... Well, I think I’m out of words, I don’t know what can I say next week, when I rate Stille Nacht, my other favorite. Just drink it slowly to appreciate all the subtles in it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Priorat63 (10) - Redding, California, USA - JUL 28, 2009
Appearance: Rich, deep, clear copper. Pours with a creamy off-white head, dissipates to a creamy, patchy lace. Smell: Sweet, syrupy, malty nose, with fruit esters (plum, raisin) and a fumey alcohol. Taste: Extremely full-bodied, thick, rich and chewy. Mouthfeel is creamy, as well as smooth ~ like a fine aged scotch whiskey. Caramel/toffee, asian plum sauce, raisiny, dates, grape, honey, sweet chocolate and light biscuity flavours come to the front. The overall malt profile is very sweet and fruity. Alcohol notes are definately there and spicy, and it warms your whole body after the first sip! There’s little detectable hop bitterness, however there is a wonderfully floral hop flavour that melds in with the malty sweetness creating a sweet tea-like flavour that rides the entire deal. Finishes with alcohol fumes and a light grain flavour with créme de cacao notes. Sheer bliss!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
9er (75) - Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2013 Classic written on label. Best dayum beer that I ever consumed! Bottle v2009. Little or no head, yet light aroma of resin. Even semi sweet, caramel, honey, hint of citrus and Bourbon zest, balanced malt, full bodied mild carbonation and amber appearance. No bitter aftertaste and each sip is truly welcoming. The key is to hold this as long as possible. The longer the hold the more mellow the brew. Quite a beautiful brew worthy of royalty.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Grzesiek79 (3288) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 22, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2013 Vintage 2004. bread, chocolate, coffee, nuts, herbs, floral, cheese, basement aromas, leather, cough drop, skunky, rotten eggs, licorice, raisin, vanilla, sparkling, hazy, red, white foam, rocky head, brown foam, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, medium sourness, full body, slick feel, flat, long finish, astringent, Great Bier

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
UkrainPubCrawler (105) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Absolutely delicious beer! The aroma is invigorating and all flavor notes are in perfect harmony. Smooth and clean finish. I will definitely age my next bottle and see how it tastes in a few years.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HellesBunny666 (210) - Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Intense nutty aroma, very sweet, brown sugar. Thick body. Drinks very creamy, smooth, and you can’t taste the alcohol at first, just a warming finish. Super interesting, raisins, brown sugar, rum, vanilla. Liquid alcoholic dessert, so lovely, I am disappointed at myself for not trying it a long time ago.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Petrosian (8) - - SEP 2, 2014 does not count
Creamy full body amber beer. Strong caramel/nuts flavours. Sweet mouth end. 14% álcool.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerGod (5309) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2004 WOW! This is one of my faves! Scent of dark chocolate and molasses. Dark and rich with strong alcohol taste throughout. Perfect as a dessert or as a companion to chocolatey desserts. One of my top 5! Excellent beer. Recommended. ****Re-rate: This is perfection. The more I drink, the higher it goes up on my scale. Believe it or not, the ’Bier Garden’ in Portsmouth, VA has this on tap! Let me assure you it is even better on tap. Seek it and drink it!!!

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