Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1969   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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2006
2004 bottle. Whoa this is a strong one! While it doesnt taste entirely like alcohol, you can most certainly tell theres a lot of alcohol in it! Also, it looks/tastes/smells like a barleywine. Its an amber-copper color with essentially no head, just some big bubbles lining the edge of the glass. It has a rich fruity smell with some vanilla. Its extremely sweet in flavour, and surprisingly creamy. I dont like a strong alcohol flavour, so I was a little hesitant before drinking this one (given the 14%), but I was pleasantly surprised- the dark fruity flavours and creamy palate were great!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2006
2004 bottle. Pours a crytaline copper brown with just about no head at all. Wickedly sweet aromas rich with malt and nondescript light fruit and honey with a little bit of spice, perhaps accentuated by the hidden alcohol. This is a really smooth, extremely viscous beer with fine little bubbles and a fine alcohol warming. The stickiness of this brew keeps the warming from being a burn though. The flavor in this beer is tremendous, if perhaps a bit rough around the edges. Again, extremely sweet malt, definite dark fruit (dates, figs, etc) presence, with an almost slightly piney hopping perhaps accentuated by the alcohol. Sweet and sticky, the alcohol lingers with something downright tannic. Though this brew leaves the mouth a bit raw, its hard not to enjoy this, and I will be running out to buy a couple bottles of this vintage to cellar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2006
this beer was far to strong of an alcohol flavor for my taswte - maybe it wasnt aged properly be the friend who gave it to me - maybe see left it in the sun to long of something. But I just didnt think it was all that great

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brew102 (13) - USA - MAY 23, 2006
Had it right off the shelf with a buddy after he told me the Sam Adams Reps said this was the closest to Utopia they had tried. Wonderfully sweet -- as close to a port wine as a beer can come. Stocked up on a few to drink over time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2006
2004 Vintage purchased at Corkscrew, Urbana. I havent tasted this in a long time, and I was pleasantly impressed. I think its far underrated on this site. A crimson hued brown color, it reveals floral notes and candied peel. On the palate, theres plenty of rum and raisan, and a sweetness and alcohol burn that may be too much for some, but I found pleasant. Im looking forward to filling up the cellar with these. Great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2006
UPDATED: APR 2, 2008 This is one of my favorites. Bottled in 2005. That smell of plums and oak wood makes this beer very special. Very smooth beer. Ive been drinking this beer since 2001 and as the years go by, ive started tasting this beer in a tulip wine glass, one word... WOW!.... Extremely complexe tasting beer, should almost be tasted as an appitizer. The more it gets close to room temperature the better it is / smells. Should be tasted around 12-14 degrees celcius.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GiBrew (171) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 17, 2006
Tasted the 2003 vintage alongside a 1997 Hurlimann Samichlaus. Both beers are quite similar, except that the alcohol flavours are quite a bit more predominant in this one - the 1997 is quite smoother. Ill have to get a few bottles of this one and let them age for a few years to see what happens...That is, if I can leave them alone for that long...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
alyryn (9) - USA - MAY 16, 2006 does not count
Bottled 2004. Pours a rather flat, subdued amber with almost nor carbonation, head, or lacing. Its got that distinctive doppelbock aroma though, and on top of that notes of apple, smoke, molasses, and good ole benzene. The very strong alcoholic smell is somewhat of a turnoff for me. Depending on your mood, the taste is either pleasantly or overly sweet. Definitely a must-sip beer, as it finishes much more like a brandy or a port wine than a beer. Very astringent. For all that, tastes very much like many other doppelbocks that you find around, alcohol content notwithstanding. The alcohol taste is not well-masked (how can you really, at that ABV). A tad too strong for me to find enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
Furseth (2131) - Kunglv, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2007 Bottle. 4/11-05. Dark red colour, with a thin white foam. Aroma of sweet liquor, and citrus, and rasins. Full body, long finish. Not my favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2006
had this on tap at THREE FLOYDS was not to sure about it.went to liquor store found a 2004 bottle and sat at home to try again.it was not that bad sweet and syrupy almost like a wine it was different and alcohol was hidden well mellowed with age and not as bad as i thought not my style but had to see what the big stink was about it.i have 1 more bottle of the 2004 and not sure of what to do with it

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