Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 459   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   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

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11364) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2007
Bottle, bought @ ōlbutikken, Cph. (2007 Vintage) Pours a pretty deep golden with a small creamy white head. The head soon disappears. Aroma has port, sweet sugar, caramel, alcohol, honey and a light milk chocolate. Fabulous oily mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet, powerfully vinious, honey, lots of toffee and a great great balance.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goozen (3257) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2007
Bottle 0,33ltr: The smell of the alcohol come towards you from the glass, clear orange colour, very sweet and suprisingly easy to drink due the high alcoholvolume of 14%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5466) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Bottle. Pours orange amber with almost no head. Only bubbles meandering on the surface. The aroma to me is grassy and grainy, almost like an imperial pilsner in a sense, and slightly boozy. The sugary sweetness took a bit to come out in the aroma. The taste is very similar to regular Samichlaus, but, as mentioned before, thereís a pilsner like quality in there. Malty, sweet and sugary notes, with light fruit, soft grains, booze and grass/hay. Body is medium but slick with a nice warming feel to it. Ends with more grains and grass, sugary malts, alcohol and fruit notes. Even a touch of honey, or even fermented honey, in spots. As I love regular Samichlaus, indeed I love this one, just not as much. Some age on this will be interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (16003) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2007
Nice golden color, hazy; fizzy noise; there is poor head retention; itís nice to observe how slowly the few bubbles crawl to the surface. Quite simple aroma, some sweet malt. Good mouthfeel; lean malt flavor; nothing special, but at least there is some nice sweetness and light fruitness (apples); and the alcohol perception is kept to a minimum, just in the end the mouth and throat are warmed by it. Itís a booze, but quite well brewed.

I would drink it more often than the score (33) tells, but the maths is maths.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (6373) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Cheesehead YeAH 2007, thanks Bob (Skyview): Golden with a fizzy head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of honey, grassy, herbal, bready, star fruit, and quite phenolic. WOW! Big sweet syrupy honey based flavor with a notes of pear fruity. Biting fusel alcohol comes rushing forward as well. The mouth feel is lush and chewy and quite warming. This is really powerful and needs some serious aging to mellow out. Got to be nearly undrinkable after a few sips.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7283) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Thanks once more to Bob! Poured clear, brighter golden with a short-lived cap of white head. The aroma picked up lots of strong fusel notes driving pale malty sweetness.. strong corn and herbal notes as well.. this came across as more of an exercise in power rather than a complex and intricate beer. The flavor had strong pale and toffee maltage (all amplified by the booze factor).. toasty and a little slick.. lots of warm honey sweetness at the finish.. good things going on in here. Thick and coating on the palate with strong boozy notes lasting well beyond the finish.. lower carbonation. This may mellow out and be really enjoyable in about 5 years!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (8341) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Bottle. Pours gold with 1-finger white head. Aroma is hopcitric, pale malty, with some fruit and spirity notes. Tastes rich, pale malty, with honey, corn syrup, and hopcitrus. Gets a bit cloying and syrupy as it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MIBRomeo (2569) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2007
huge helles at 14%. Wheat colored pour whispy white head, w/ little lace. Hot aroma alcohols, sweet grains, odd sweet aroma I canít quite place. Nice palate well coated. Very rich sweet and alcoholic flavor, lots of sugars, light caramel and grains hints of bread in the aftertste. big sweet & pretty good.

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