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Formerly brewed at Hürlimann (Feldschlösschen)
Style: Bock - Doppelbock
Zürich, Switzerland

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RATINGS: 301   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Samichlaus, which means "Santa Claus" in Swiss German, is brewed on December 6th, naturally aged before bottling, and distributed one year later. This beer was once the world’s strongest beer and has been listed in The Guinness Book of Records. Unlike other lagers, it should be stored at cellar temperatures in order to enhance its definite ale-like qualities.
** This beer has been discontinued (last brewed in 1996).**

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3.9
Scopey (19061) - Oldmeldrum, SCOTLAND - APR 4, 2018
1987 Vintage bottle thanks to Dan. Congrats on the 10K! It pours clear deep rub - red with minimal head. The aroma is rich, oily, tangy fruits, musty oxidised aspect (as expected for a bottle this age), marmite, dark fruits, cake and vinous notes. The taste is slick, oily, juicy fruits, jammy, tangy, plenty of dark fruits, fruit cake, compote, bit of booze, wood and vinous character with a drying and chewy finish. Medium - full body, limited carbonation and oily mouth - feel. Really pretty great actually, especially given the age!

3.6
Theydon_Bois (26368) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2018
Bottle split at the Osprey 10K tasting, CBC Islington, thanks to Danny Boyo 21/03/18. Rich murky mahogany brown with a decent beige cap. Nose is earthy, dusty fruits, soy sauce, ladies knickers on a warm day, toffee. Taste comprises fruit cake, sherry oak, toffee, vinous tones, dried fruits, light soy, modest oxidisation. Medium plus body, moderate carbonation, subdued boost at the curtain call. Fun to try and has aged gracefully.

3.9
mR_fr0g (17595) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2018
Bottle shared at Daniel Osprey 10K tasting. 21/03/2018. Many thanks! A hazed reddy brown coloured pour with an oily head. Aroma is sweet jammy tangy, hot alchol, red fruit, cranberry. Flavour is composed of brown malts, sticky, brown sugars, maple, earthy wood, tangy fruit, cake, earthy, umami, salty. Paalte is oily, sticky brown malts, tangy, oily, lowish carboantion.

3.9
MrTipple (10484) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2018
24Mar2018 1987 vintage. Sweet, dark toasted malts, very sweet grain, bread, molasses, caramel, dark candied fruits, prunes. Hazy, very dark brown, tiny, creamy, beige head. Heavy sweet. Dark, candied fruits, prunes, more sweet, dark malts, soft carbonation, medium bodied. Outstanding, aged really well. Bottle shared at CBC Islington - thanks to The_Osprey!

4.1
Leighton (26204) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2018
Bottle shared in London - big thanks to Daniel. Cheers on 10k. Vintage 1987. Pours unclear brown with no head. In excellent shape. Rich and jammy, hearty malts, burnt honey, toffee. Full bodied, soft and chewy. Warming finish, fruitcake, more toffee and brown sugar. Mellow oxidation. Outstanding, just like Danny.

3.7
madmitch76 (30268) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2018
21st March 2018
Craft Angel. Keg. Dan's 10K boostfest. Thanks to Dan. Hazy amber beer, small pale tan head. Smooth palate, modest fine carbonation. Rich caramel malts, mild salty bitterness. Little oxidised caramel. Good spicy fruits. Nice red berries. Tangy citric peel. Little brandy on the finish. Good stuff, aged well.

3.3
harrisoni (21755) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2018
Bottle at The Ospreys 10k tasting. Clear dark brown colour no head. Some soy sauce some oxidised. Some jammy fruit in mouth. Too oxidised aroma but rest is fine. Jammy fruit filling is fine. Thanks Dan . Higher score for interest.

3.6
The_Osprey (10532) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2018
Beer #10000 on ratebeer. Bottle shared at CBC Islington as Hurlimann Samichlaus, 1987 vintage. Dark brown with a red hue, no head. Aroma is jammy, little marmite, plummy, dates prunes and raisins, nuts and raisins. Body is smooth with low carbonation. Taste is boozy , plummy , raisins, port, brandy, little oxidised sherry. Good for age. 3.6

4.6
thebighead (28) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2017
1993. Poured from bottle into its proper glass at the Cerveceria Internacional, Sevilla, Espana.

3.9
19Oracolo78 (256) - ITALY - AUG 13, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2017 Birra dal colore marrone. Schiuma caffellatte, fine e poco persistente. Al naso sentori di zucchero filato, caramello e toffe. Al palato corposa, oleosa quasi mielosa. Nel finale l'amaro è inesistente, anzi rimane un po' stucchevole e dolce. L'alcol è totalmente camuffato e pensare che è 14 gradi. In ogni caso una ottima birra da conversazione. Si lascia bere con parsimonia, sia per la sua struttura sia per la sua gradazione alcolica. Un bicchiere da 25 ml basta e avanza.


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