Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 485   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PorterPounder (7321) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Tallahassee, Fl. - Liquor Loft - 11.2 oz bottle. Dark golden pour, glistening, think gasoline; wispy white head clinging for life in the alcohol. Some maple syrup in the aroma with hints of alcohol, some molasses; not as aromatic as the flavor would lead one to believe. Flavor has hints of molasses, cotton candy, cognac. Strong and bold, yet smooth and satisfying. Hint of licorice in the finish. Good sipping material for the winter. Thick, creamy mouthfeel - sticks to your ribs. Rather enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2008
The aroma was malty with a strong presence of alcohol and a lightly spicy hop presence. The aroma contained a light sweetness and a fruitiness of light raisins and perhaps currants which were trounced by the level of alcohol. The beer poured into the glass clear golden with a head which left in an instant. The flavor was malty with alcohol and a strong nutty impression. The sweetness was tempered by alcohol and a lightly spicy hop flavor and a bit of peppery phenolic. The caramel was notable, but was not overly sweet. Alcohol was strong in the flavor. The finish was dry with lasting alcohol and light raisins into the aftertaste. The body was medium-full, oh heck, it was full with no real carbonation. The alcohol was HUGE throughout and left a strong warming impression into the aftertaste. This one is not a pleasure to consume and is mostly comprised of alcohol. 11.2 ounce bottle, bottled in 2007.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2008
33 cl bottle. Clear golden colour with a weak head. Sweet aroma of malt, hints of fruit and alcohol. Very sweet and alcoholic flavour, notes of dried fruit, malt and sirup. Ends up with a warming touch from the alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guerde (1282) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2008
(bottle) Pours clear gold with a white head. Really sweet, fruity aroma, with brown sugar also. Taste was very sweet, but I enjoyed it. There were flavors of molasses, sweet fruit, and caramel. There is some booze present in both the smell and taste, but I didnít find it too distracting. I liked this one a little better than the regular Samichlaus.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ratman197 (13266) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Bottle poured a clear gold with a minimal lingering ring of white foam. Aromas of fruitiness, alcohol, light straw and pepper. Palate was medium bodied smooth warming and lightly syrupy. Flavors of pear, pineapplew, pepper and a hint of spice with a smooth warming lingering sweet finish.
A very hot sweet beer, I donít recommend it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertjm (850) - Albany, California, USA - JAN 29, 2008
This stuff has got to be filtered. It is absolutely crystal clear!! Poured slight head which pretty much died immediately upon hitting the glass, leaving a little ring foam along the sides. Color of dark straw. Thick mouthfeel, very heavy with malt, as expected for something that heavy in alcohol. Warming sensation comes up in the back of the throat almost immediately upon taking a sip. Tones of rubbing alcohol in the aftertaste. This is most definately a sipping beer, but Iím not really sure Iíd want to sip it on a regular basis, especially at $7/btl at Ledgerís in Berkeley, CA.. I suppose Iíll got back and see if they have any more and lay a couple down for trying in a couple of years. Lord knows if its going to be another 19 years before they bottle it again!!!!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2584) - California, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Clear golden orange, moderate to small head with some lacing and retention. Aroma is dominated by grain and is quite hot. Some vague fruity notes, but itís not very promising. Very sweet sugary grain flavor with a lot of alcohol. Sloppy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - JAN 27, 2008
2007 Vintage. 11.2 oz bottle served in a brandy snifter. Poured a clear pale gold. Thin white head that dissipated quickly. Boozy aroma with a little fruit. Very full bodied almost syrup. Lots of malt sweetness with some caramel. There is a little bit of hop bitter. Warming but not hot considering the ABV. A nice beer to sip on a cold evening. For malt lovers only!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tiboron (13) - Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2008
12oz btl from fourwinds int, pensacola..beautiful pour with very thin head. abv hidden nicey...very complex....good brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 23, 2008
Well then, this isnít to bad, though itís a bit big for the britches. Pours a very clear golden yellow with not much of a head. The nose is sweet! Alcoholic with strong floral overtones. Hops? Huh, is this a first machination of an IIPA? Not quite. Though very alcoholic and rather malty. But exceedingly subtle after the alcohol. Full and creamy and slick in the mouth, lovely really. Incredibly sweet! Alcoholic booze nitemare! But still very fun. Some floral hops. Some fruity hops? Rich sweet light malt. Which is hard to do. This is kind of like a whiskey/ beer liquor. Lingering alcohol heat in a slightly toasty dopplebock finish. Tons of heat, but here it works. Iíll have to see what this is like after some time. Good thing I bought three others.

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