Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1993   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ohnoitskristin (62) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - AUG 8, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. Poured a syrup- caramel color. Aroma wasnt very apparent but spice was the only thing I could get out of it. The taste was really syrup like to me with little to no activity and it was slightly hop flavored with a lot of spice. I didnt enjoy this one at all and I wouldnt buy it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MHED (114) - lisle, USA - AUG 7, 2006
botteled 2004. drank Aug 2006. poured very effervesentley and champagne like. Clear and toffee colored. Aroma of toasted,dark brown sugar, and mild hop spice. Sweet and complex with subtle vanillla and plenty of date and fig notes. rounds off warm with soft alchohol warmth. Aged nicely in my cellar. Have seen several vintages. 2004 will age nicely. thx

   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 (7848) - 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 (5772) - 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%

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