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

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RATINGS: 298   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2004
Leather brown body with no head or lacing.
Molasses, brown sugar and alcohol in the aroma.
Very sweet. Huge malt flavors. Alcohol too but it’s almost overpowered by the sweetness.
Thick, rich and big mouthfeel. Alcohol warms you right up..
Beer has stood up well after eight years. One bottle left in the cellar.


3.9
90 (462) - BELGIUM - JUL 22, 2017
Thanks to Kraddel who brought this 1997 bottle and 77ships for sharing. Very nice full bodied, woody beer. Maby a bit too old. Raisins, nuts, and sweet.

4.1
Lager43 (46) - Watertown, Connecticut, USA - JUL 18, 2017
This is the Eisbock bier that put the style on the beer map. High ABV but rich and juicy. A great Fall or Winter warmer. Prost! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
gripweed57 (2463) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2017
From old tasting notes. Vintage 1986. Clear amber orange color. Effervescent bubbly short-lived yellowish head. Interesting toasted malt nose hints at molasses. Wow! Right away is intense and powerful. So much that it makes your belly warm and your nose tingle. Rich toasted malt flavor is intensely bittersweet and brandy-like. Long bittersweet finish and aftertaste.

4.2
kraddel (8156) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUN 20, 2017
Thnx franck ! Pours unclear, dark copper to brown, trough deep amber. No real head; Smell is pure toffee, complex sugars. Taste is very full, mild boozy, extremely rich in figs / dades / raisins compounds. very nice !

3.8
77ships (9828) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 9, 2017
Huge thanks to Kraddel for bringing me one of my biggest wants! 250 ml. bottle split between several people. 1997 Vintage (last vintage)! Bottle actually mentiones The Guinness Book of Records! There are bound to be 2 different reactions about tasting a beer like this one, those who have haven’t had many beers of this age will proclaim it unique, those who are in familiar territory will in very family territory. Once full oxidation hits, differences between dark & strong beers like this become quite small in my experience. Dark amber brown with logically no head. Nose is full-on oxidation, near vinous, massive oxidized malts, sugar, bitter bark, sherry leaves, near ditch-water. Nose is usually the lesser side of vintage brews. Taste is massive leaves, porto sherry, bitter herbs, oxidation has taken all over, barely any carbonation, near watery, heavy sherry, thick oily, oxidation is all-around but it is actually still quite fun, needed to change my perspective a bit but it has nice sherry & leaves finish. Long far gone but still pretty neat. Interesting brew, possibly mind-blowing if you are new to beers this old. For what it is worth, I actually rated this higher than the current version. www.beerhunter.com/documents/19133-000100.html

4.2
EvNa (339) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 12, 2017
Bottle. Bottled in 1991. Color: Very dark brown, no head. Taste: Dark red fruits, plum, caramelized dark sugar, alcohol. Medium sweet, warm mouthfeel. Sirupy, a bit tending to port. Aged very well. Nice beer for slow sipping on a cold snowy day like today.

4.2
beerplace (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 23, 2016
250ml bottle, bottled in 1997, at Jamey’s. Pours a dark brown with no head. Aroma is dark fruits, parmesan, aged gouda, fresh black bread. Taste is fresh bread, dark fruits, roasted malt, porto. Wow. Cool!

3.8
jbruner (4747) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2016
1994, 1995, and 1996 side by side tasting. Pours a murky brown from the bottle with little to no head or lace. Aroma of big dark fruits, burnt caramel sugar, molasses, and a hint of spice. Taste follows, a bit oxidized for sure, but the booze and yeast cover up for a lot of it. High burning booziness, thick and viscous, not real carbonation left. Decent for the age, just not what I want to drink really ever.

3.6
GRM (4052) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2015
Olive bottle, 25 cl, 1996 vintage, best before 11.09.99, savoured on May 1st 2015; eye: black, opaque, no effervescence, no head, no lacing; nose: caramel, malt, molasses, light Madeira; mouth: caramel, malt, molasses, light Madeira, finale in malt with presence of molasses, medium body, below-average carbonation, mildly sweet, silky texture; overall: nice example of a beer to age FRANÇAIS Bouteille olive, 25 cl, millésime 1996, meilleure avant 11.09.99, savourée le 1er mai 2015; œil : noire, opaque, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : caramel, malt, mélasse, léger madère; bouche : caramel, malt, mélasse, léger madère, finale en malt avec présence de mélasse, corps moyen, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture soyeuse; en résumé : bel exemple de bière à faire vieillir

3.8
Boutip (6380) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 4, 2015
Bottle (1996 vintage): I had tried this one before I was taking notes but glad I was able to try it again although almost 20 years later. Poured a clear dark brown color bock with a small foamy head with no retention or lacing. Aroma of Xeres, caramelized malt with light toffee notes is very interesting. Taste is also dominated by Xeres and port with some caramelized malt notes with light subtle toffee notes and balanced level of residual sugar. Oxidation notes are not overly noticeable. Body is about average with not much carbonation remaining. Glad I had the opportunity to try this one and wish I would have stash a couple of those in my cellar back in the days.


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