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Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 2003   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.1
SSSteve (4006) - - SEP 4, 2006
2004. reddish orange with a small head. lots of alcohol in aroma as well as some malt and honey and fruit(apple, cherry). flavor is slightly alcoholic but not as bad as i expected..... i was a little scared at first. very fruity. medium bodied. dry. aftertaste is like a shot of vodka. good and smooth until the aftertaste hits. this ones for the croc hunter.

3.6
DarkMagus (540) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 29, 2006
Bottle from 2003. Enjoyed this one on my birthday, along with some 70% Lindt Cocoa. Fizzy head that disappeared instantaneously. Strange fruity, apple-cider type aroma... also hints of malt, caramel, and a general sweetness... also some slight hint of woodiness, and of course some slight alcohol. Flavors were sweet and fruity, with a very light background of malt... definitely a heavy alcohol presence, and a slight bitterness. A strange, mysterious brew. This one took forever to drink.

3.4
johndoughty (5454) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2006
Just too overpowering for me although I can see why some people like it.As you would expect sweetness and alcohol dominate. It was anexperiece trying it but not one I want to repeat.

3.6
DocLock (10706) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2006
Bottle from Super Saver that I have been aging. Coppery pour with little head. Big aroma of figgy fruit, cherry, brown sugar, cabernet, cognac, caramel, even a but of cheddar cheese and sausage. The palate is pretty hot, with a plethora of flavors present, iincluding the big figgy fruity, cherry, raisin, caramel, honey, and a tad of oaky funky flavor.

4.3
D (577) - Gdynia, POLAND - AUG 26, 2006
Never drank anything like this before - so strong without any unpleasant alcohol notes, so full flavoured. Dark amber clolour, thick medium head. Strong flavour with many noes - honey, fruity, slight alcohol. Not too sweet, incredibly full bodied. Despite the 14% st ill very smooth - incredible. Great beer, amazing.

4
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2006
Bottled 2005. Golden amber, with no head. Intense honey and alcohol aroma. What is this? Beer or sweet sherry? The taste is sweet, almost cloying, like a Bristol Cream. An interesting experience, but not to be enjoyed too often. Whoooo!

4
BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2006
[2003, shared with DarkMagus] Pours a dark amber color, with no head at all. Looks almost slick and oily in the glass. Aroma is funky: bruised, mushy apples, alcohol and other fruits. Apricots, plenty of malts as well as caramelized sugar make up most of the flavors. Alcohol is quite strong, but still seems balanced within all these sweet, complex flavors. Very smooth burn towards the finish.

3.5
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - AUG 17, 2006
Rating the ’05 vintage. Not sure how I’d rate this as a dopplebock, since this really pales in comparison to my favorite dopplebock (Celebrator). It is an interesting beer with notes of raisins, black cherries, a strong alcohol presence and a nice finish. Probably excellent aged a few years, this could get bumped up a few notches with a little age.

2.2
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2006
2005 had in 2005 Bright amber colour with a light white fizz around the edges of the glass. The nose if fruity with hints of apple, light tin and alcoholic raspberry. The body is thick, sweet and malty. Light iron pervades the middle with a further splash of fruit. Way too young and thin, would take many years for this beer to become enjoyable.

3.8
deltamarik (50) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Extremely strong aroma and taste. victory says the aftertaste is of Manischewitz. As bad as that may sound, the beer itself is pretty good. fairly dark. Not an easy one to get through, between the strength of the taste/aroma and the alcohol content, but worth it if you’re up for it.


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