Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 2002   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 Feldschlösschen-Hürlimann-Holding, Switzerland.

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decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 29, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2006 Another beer from the pre noogfest tasting. A strong raisiny date like aroma. A spiciness with a good warm alcohol finish. A bit low on the carboantion but a smooth mouthfeel. A little more malt would have made this an excellent beer..

Tmoney99 (14479) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2006
Bottle in Florida. Poured clear brown color with an average fizzy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate toasted toffee malt aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture. Heavy sweet complex flavor with a heavy sweet finish of long duration with a small alcohol bite as it warmed. Complex sweet beer.

tykjen (182) - Florø, NORWAY - OCT 23, 2006
Dark copper colour, with an acceptable head. Quite fruity nose for being a lager, almost like a barley wine. Too sweet finish, would like more hops for better balance. 14% alkohol well hidden.

Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 19, 2006
Dark amber colored, minimal yellow head. Whooaah, rich aroma! Caramel, port wine and good, not attacking alcohol comes up. Full bodied. Flavor is strongly sweet with obvious alcohol, syrup, port wine, mild oak and caramel, aftertaste lasts long with syrup and alcohol.

fonefan (49293) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2006
Bottle. Dark copper color. Aroma is alcohol and raisins, toffee and a little woody quality. Flavor is spices, warm alcohol, dried fruits and malts. Rigtig god sammen med kransekage !

talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2006
2003 bottle. Pours sparkling amber with an off-white, fizzy head that diminishes to absolutely nothing. Nose is powerful and needs time to warm; alcohol with raisin, toffee, and vanilla. Flavor is definately sweet like a cookie; notes of raisin, molasses, and heavy vanilla with minimal bitterness and alcohol only becoming apparent near the end. Palate is almost flat, medium but seems fuller because of the mouthfeel chewy, oily, and syrupy. Really not like a beer but more like a sweet, toned-down, cognac. Too cloying and lacks depth, but interesting and definately asking to be sipped.

alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - OCT 12, 2006
Copper color, aromas of wiskey, sweet malts and cinnamon. Flavor is spices, warm alcohol, dried fruits, malts, honey and cedar. The body and palate are sweet and syrupy with vinous caracter. Carefull how you drink this, youll give a low rating if acompanied by a burger but a very high one if drank as a desert or with creamy cheese. Definatly a sipping beer to be had in the winter months.

Stefano (2007) - Thisted, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2006
Dark copper color. Aroma is alcohol and raisins and pruney, maybe a little woody quality. I took one drink and could barely get it down. It tasted like pure flat soda syrup. I will not taste or smell this beer again.

bubbleflubber (2227) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Vintage 2004: Pours deep caramel into the glass, with a thin, ring-retentive head and no real lacing. The aromas are beautiful.... caramel, toffee, molasses and honey. The flavor contingencies are very similar, almost liqueur-esque. An alcohol burn integrates toffee, caramel, molasses, figs, prunes/dark pitted fruits, vanilla, brown sugar, honey and cognac. The mouthfeel is very liquor-like, much like a warmed cognac. The finish is a lingering peppered alcohol feel, leaving the syrupy sweetness a tad burned/bitter at the end. Great for an aperitif, after dinner or with desserts. Again, this one does go to the head, so it won’t do at all for a sessionista...lol... Otherwise, nice offering. Glad to have sampled the infamous.

pootzboy (1736) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2007 Something special for # 600: 2005 vintage A fast pour puts a brilliant orange-ruby bockbeir in my stein....smallish white cap vanishes after the pour to a white ring, weak lacing on the glass because of the alcohol content. Aromas are primarily honey and alcohol..some almond and vanilla. Thick malt spin. oily mouthfeel, malty boozy syrupy character Rich thick malt and honey slaver the palate in the front, light pearl hops give no real resistance to this boozy freight train...mid palate there are some prune-vanilla and maple syrup tones long wet finish where the thick malts and sweetness turn to a mead-like decernment then the alcohol spikes in and turns the whole thing medicinal at the very end. This one has potential and I will cellar the other two I have for a couple of years before revisiting this beer....young ( a year old or less) it’s pretty 2 dimensional but still I like the flavor better than many young barley wines and imperials I’ve tried.

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