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 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 (4396) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nugget (30) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 11, 2006
Drank a vintage 1994 bottle of this next to an 05 draft. This beer needs to be aged, most definitely. The newest of the new is just too green. Super malty and sweet, cloying, hard to drink unless youre drunk which will most likely lead to a blackout. Nothing but props to the 94 though. Waves of crazy flavors wash across the mouth. Its a seriously enjoyable endeavor to drink a 5+ year old bottle of Samichlaus. Id say its one of my favorite beers but you have to drink vintage. Otherwise youre just craving a quick buzz or you like sweet things too much.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cab (866) - DENMARK - JUL 9, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2006 Heavy aroma. Amber in color.clear, a minimal head or non.?heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, soft carbonation, long finish. But it is way over the top.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8493) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 6, 2006
Bottle from 2005. Consumed July 6th, 2006. Poured crystal clear with that perfect copper hue. However the head was disappointing. Aroma is classic Barleywine. Its kinda sweet and malty. The taste is thick and viscous. A sweet malty flavor, fruity and sweet sugar along with some nice hop bitterness biting along the edge of my tongue. I also taste a bit of yeast that gives it just a slight hint of Belgium beer flavor. Really good beer for the ABV. First couple of ounces the alcohol is fairly well hidden. Leaves a sweet malty and fruity aftertaste. Might be a bit on the sweet side. All and all, nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1775) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2006
Sleek and shimmering on the surface. Little head and a shiny caramel complexion. Aromas are dry with some earthy spices. A sip gives up some fruit -- cherries, raspberries, and apricot -- and straw or heather. Alcohol throughout, and not in the least bit hidden. Lots of length to the palate, even with a tiny taste. Complex and silky. Unique brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2006
Very deep amber body, with a ligher foamy head that fades fast. The aroma is very syrupy sweet. This has a definate fruit taste, quite complex and full bodied. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 26, 2006
Amber body, no head, sweet and a nice burn of alcohol which wasnt overpowering as I was expecting, caramel and apples in the taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2006
Man this stuff is strong. Pours a transparent light brown color with a thin trace of white head. Pleasant fruity notes in the aroma with strong wiffs of alcohol. Face smackingly strong taste. Lots of fruit and burning alcohol in the flavor. I enjoyed this but its obviously far too young. It may be years before I re-rate this sucker as I dont see myself trying it again without at least 3 years of age. Seems like theres lots of potential here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KnutAlbert (6754) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 15, 2006
The alcohol comes on strong in this one, and I am reminded of port and sherry. Lots of sweet fruit in the taste, and a finish very similar to the strongest Belgian brews - probably due to them using a similar yeast to boost the alcohol content. It is pleasant to sit and sip this with a good book, rather like a glass of whisky. Rather flat, at least my bottle was so. It claims that it ages well, as is often the case of the stongest beers. If I had a decent cellar, I just might lay down a few bottles - but then I probably would have gone for some vintage port instead

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