Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1971   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
The once strongest beer in the world is back ! Brewed only once a year on December 6. Samichlaus is aged for 10 months before bottling. This beer is perhaps the rarest in the world. Samichlaus may be aged for many years to come. Older vintages become more complex with a creamy warming finish. Serve with hardy robust dishes and desserts, particulary with chocolates, or as an after dinner drink by itself. Brewed under the exclusive licence of Feldschlsschen-Hrlimann-Holding, Switzerland.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 6, 2006
Pours dark red/brown from a 2003 bottle. Aroma is a mix of caramel, strong malts, raisins, and alcohol. Flavor is very complex as well, lots of sweet malts, caramel, and dark fruit with the alcohol almost coming in to interrupt the tongue from detecting too much at once. I found it way too easy to drink this bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
px2grafx (14) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2006
04 vintage. very pretty deep red with bright red highlights and a ring of off-white head. unbelievable aroma of sweet malt, prunes, caramel and alcohol. creamy, tongue-tingling mouthfeel. no attempts to hide the alcohol here. extremely sweet raisins, dates, syrup, caramelized brown sugar, and did i mention alcohol? tons of flavor, but maybe too much alcohol and sugar right now. this needs to lay down longer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bobaidan (530) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - AUG 4, 2006
2003 vintage. Pours medium brown with a small head. Aroma is all malt and alcohol. Flavor is fruity sweet, with a strong alcohol presence. Definately a sipping type of beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 3, 2006
2003. dried fruit heavy alcohol heavy malt molassas port winey toasty. raisan not a chugging beer at all, hard to handle but my palate is fucked so i can dig it

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
radagast83 (7614) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2006
You FEEL the alcohol in this one. Sweetish, honey flavors. Alcohol is too overpowering for me, and I couldnt finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2006
Pours medium brown with a soapy white head. Aroma is of honey and rasins, with a hint of something I cant describe but didnt like. In the mouth, the alcohol is very pronounced, but not in a bad way. Taste is of fruitcake (but I like fruitcake).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EithCubes (5665) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2006
2005 bottle. Going to try it fresh and revisit after a few years. Pours a beautiful amber with a creamy tan head. Powerful aroma is sweet, syrupy, darkly fruity, alcoholic. Notes of molasses, raisins, malt. Fruity notes are the most inviting, and in combination with the alcohol, reminds me of one Belgian in particular.... Thick, syrupy feel with a sharp, very strong alcoholic kick, numbing and warming, but not harsh if sipped leisurely. A nice coating of fire, really. Unfortunately, much of the delicious frutiness hinted at by the aroma is lost to the alcohol. A slight mead-ish quality, probably from the consistency but reinforced by the honey in the long aftertaste. I suppose that, at the extremes, one either cherishes this as god-given nectar or mildly disapproves of the failed experiment; I prefer to think of it as a good bottle for a quiet evening of reflection.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
prum36 (2) - USA - JUL 17, 2006 does not count
very strong, can taste the alcohol. little head. Worth trying, nothing very exciting about it if it wasnt 14%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2006
On tap at Eulogy. Burgundy brown with no head when served. Fruity caramel nose with some alcohol. Sweet rum-soaked raisins with barley wine stickiness. Light with a little carb. Nice to sip but dominated by sugar cane alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
nick76 (4387) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2006
This is another kicker by Eggenberg; I will be working on this one all night. Yet, I think the 14% alcohol is better hidden here than in the Castle eggenberg Urbock 23*. The aroma is strong with caramel malt, alcohol, fruit, and somewhat of a floral element. The appearance is copper brown with a small head. The flavor is very sweet with a brown sugar taste. The alcohol comes through giving it a warming finish. The palate is smooth. If youre sick of weak beers you will welcome this one.

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