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95
style
Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2000   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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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 you’re drunk which will most likely lead to a blackout. Nothing but props to the ’94 though. Waves of crazy flavors wash across the mouth. It’s a seriously enjoyable endeavor to drink a 5+ year old bottle of Samichlaus. I’d say it’s one of my favorite beers but you have to drink vintage. Otherwise you’re just craving a quick buzz or you like sweet things too much.

2.9
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.

4
Ibrew2or3 (8607) - 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. It’s 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.

3.6
jefcon (1833) - 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.

3.4
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.

3.3
bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 26, 2006
Amber body, no head, sweet and a nice burn of alcohol which wasn’t overpowering as I was expecting, caramel and apples in the taste.

3.4
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 it’s obviously far too young. It may be years before I re-rate this sucker as I don’t see myself trying it again without at least 3 years of age. Seems like there’s lots of potential here.

3.4
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

3.9
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 13, 2006
’03 bottle. BIG MALT!!! Holy smokes, this is literally liquid honey. To get that ABV up there they needed sugar and boy does this have it. The grains are out in force like wet brown sugar and bourbon. The alchohol is there but it amazingly takes backseat to the malt. I could sit here for a half hour and pick out every flavor in the malt; suffice to say, it takes on as many flavors as any Doppelbock I’ve had. Whew!

4.3
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - JUN 8, 2006
2003 Vintage. Goes down very smooth. Alcohol isn’t nearly as apparent as one would expect. Highly rich and complex in nature. A must try for any brew enthusiast.


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