Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1996   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 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 (2158) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cromni (13) - USA - APR 30, 2006
2004 Bottle. Very sweet. Shocking at first, but towards the end I was used to it (the high Alc. % probably helped). Aroma is fruity and pleasant, but overall a bit too sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2006
bottle 2004. aroma is plum and other dark fruits. caramel and alcohol. taste is waaaay to sweet. caramel, malt yeast and alcohol. not bad but sickeningly sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 28, 2006
"Poured a dark copper color with small hear.. Aroma was was carmel and dark fruits. Flavor roasted caramel and dark fruits as well. Alchol was strong. Bit was in the after taste. Would be much better if it aged. You will feel this one. "

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