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Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria

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RATINGS: 447   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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Samichlaus is brewed once a year on December 6, and is aged for 10 months before bottling. It is one of the rarest specialties in the world. Samichlaus may be aged in the bottle for many years to come, as older vintages become more complex. Brilliant deep amber, complex dry toasted malt nose and huge intensely sweet palate. The 2007 bottling is the first bottling since 1987. 32į


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JAN 7, 2008
33cl bottle. Crystal clear gold with a scant white head. Boozy, fruity nose, sweet malt and light boysenberry. I know, weird. Huge, sweet flavors of honey and berries, distinct alcohol. Thick body, slippery. Lingering sweet honey with a mild alcohol bite. Nice...

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
hopscotch (9559) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Bottle... O-Town Christmas Gathering í07... Clear golden lager with a small, fizzy, white head. The nose is alcoholic with pale malt notes. Full-bodied and syrupy with moderate carbonation. Cloyingly sweet. Boozy, but not quite as heated as the 14% ABV implies. Medicinal. Finishes syrupy, sweet and pretty damn hot! I might revisit this one in about a decade, but for now, itís way too sweet for me... and Iím a total malt head.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jason (1682) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2008
2007 Bottle. I picked up a 4 pack with the plans of having one fresh and opening one every couple years or so to see how itís doing. Hopefully it ages as beautifully as the original Sami. Poured a nice golden body with thin head. aroma is strong, alcohol, heavy malt. Flavor is so strong and hot. I treminded me of an unhopped 120 minute. Very thick, sweet and rough.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Thanks Skyview. 2007 vintage. The beer pours to a thin pale shiny yellow gold body with a thin white head. The aroma is honey, sweet flowers, special k cereal. The flavor is very heavily honey, sweet malt, really, really sweet. For 14%, I donít notice the alcohol as much as Iíd expect. The palate is sweet, sticky, coating, and surprisingly not boozy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Transparent and magnifying polished bronze in color with dots swirling on the top. Aroma speaks of vanilla, butter glaze, cut out cookies, almonds and jojoba. A touch of sweet vanilla accented toffee meets lavender strips for an absolute triumph in melding the nose to the mouth. Flavor packs a serious entourage of caramel, vanilla and honey butter. Creamy velvet treat. Floral lavender compliments the cross pollination of honey and herbs. Nectar rose rings with a touch of alcohol vibrancy as the caramel liquor touches the tips of smoothened grain for a decadent, vanilla honey finish. Thanks, Bob!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dchmela (2686) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Bottle. Pours dark gold and clear with virtually no head. Aroma is malty sweet alcoholic. Sweet malty taste that really hides the extreme alcohol content. Has a bit of an aperitif drinkability to it. Finishes nicely, not cloying aftertaste. As it warms I started to get hint of apple and caramel. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11099) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Bottle from Party Town. Poured clear amber color with an average white head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Good caramel toasted tart fruit aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Good balanced sweet fruit malty flavor with a moderate smooth balanced finish of moderate duration. Good sweet doppelbock.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Pours a clear gold color, with pretty much no head whatsoever. smells of syrupy sweet malts, some crisp grain, and pretty big alcohol. Holy shit! Talk about a sweet malt bomb. Extrememly sweet and rich. Alot of caramel malt and overwhelming alcohol at times just attacks you relentlessly. I wasnt expecting it to be this powerful. Almost had a corn syrup effect to it. just a monster of a beer, but way too sweet fo my liking.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - DEC 27, 2007
2007, consumed fresh. A thin, frothy, fat-bubbled white head diminishes slowly and evenly. The body revealed completely is a crystalline translucent orange with treesap amber hints. The struggle so evident - carbonation pacing upward through density unseen - is an exciting testament to the power that follows. Gaping porous wounds in the structure let alcohol pour forth in the nose. The melee is just beginning. Brandy and must mingle with grapeseed oil and sweet raspberry-covered caramels. The deep core of the aroma is brimming with a potent but unidimensional honeypot twang with inadequately refined cheap sugars swirling within it. As awkward as this sounds, it does have a pleasant connection within mismatched parts, the whole a distinctive and malty dessert implication. Lightly buttery and timidly toasted grains are but a faint backdrop, appeal lost within a saccharine cyclone. The flavor is much like that of Eggenbergís similar counterpart with the familiar name. Caramel is rich and alcohol is spectacularly evident. The heat generated from the nose to the belly is immediate and relentless but never seems a deterrent - I knew what I was getting into, itís stated clearly on the label. Fresh pilsner malt and peppery yeast remnants are appreciated additions. Sweetness is very high, acidity hinted at moreso than expected. Fruit compote lingers in a caramel and cocoa-dusted finale. The mouthfeel is softly but evenly carbonated, thick and very viscous, smooth but spiked against the back of the throat, warming from first drop to last(even as the palate quickly numbs from barbaric attack). This will be a thrill to try again and agian as time trots along. Revisits will likely come at 6 months and every year henceforth. Itís great to see another powerhouse from a brewery that knows how to tear it up.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2007
LIght golden color with a thin bodied off-white head. Big fruity aromas, with hints of caramel and alcohol. The fruit includes, strawberries, stewed raisins, melons, and Iím now catching some almond extract. As it sets a touch of floral hops come out. Honey and tropical fruit juice flavors infused with alcohol. Lightly oily feel. Some woody and grain flavors as well. Stomach is starting to warm up. Sweet liquor, with some rum and Southern Comfort. Young and overpowering.


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