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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
maddchad (1) - Milford, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2006 does not count
I was very impressed, not having had one for several years, I found this to be a lot lighter than I remembered, but in a very good way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rsans (125) - Pont-Rouge, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 30, 2006
Pours a beautiful mahogany red color with a very short-lived head. Minimal carbonation. Sweet malty aromas mixed with alcohol waves and these change as the beer warms up. This beer has a certain sweet cherry flavour to it and then the alcohol hits and warms you. Rather sweet on the palate. Not my favourite and not my kind of session beer. However since I dont drink wine any longer I will definitively have this beer again, possibly with dessert or as an after dinner drink like a Porto for example. Like someone else mentioned this beer is not to be drunk alone but should be share with a friend.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nekronos (4175) - Xalapa, MEXICO - JAN 29, 2006
I did not had enough of this, but what I tasted was too veyr nice, and the alcoholic aroma is no prolem, I like its dark features of grains. I want more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stouby (4622) - Holbk, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2006
Bottle, at home, vintage 2003. Dark orange with no head and lacings. Aroma heavy malty (notes of fruit like dates, raisin and apricot). Flavor heavy sweet, long duration. Full body, syrupy, soft carbonated. Heavy in alcohol. You feel relaxed by drinking it!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Samichlaus debuted 26 years ago when Swiss brewer Hurlimann AG decided to brew a beer dedicated to old Saint Nick in 1980. This beer was a rich, strong, malty, soothing, and warming lager coming in at a mighty 14% abv. At the time, it indeed was the strongest beer in the world, and today is still one of the strongest lagers in the world. In the Hurlimann days, they brewed both a dark and a light version of Samichlaus, the dark being the most popular of the two. Samichlaus is a German dopple bock by style, but this beer is really in a class of its own. The beer world was shocked and saddened when the brewing of this beer ceased in 1997. Feldschloesschen, Switzerlands largest brewery, bought Hurlimann a few years ago, and decided to discontinue the brewing of Samichlaus. Austrian brewer Eggenberg came to the rescue, bought the rights to the brand, and started to brew Samichlaus once again in 1999, with a 2000 vintage release. It is brewed once a year on December 6th. Samichlaus pours to a beautiful, bright, deep garnet color with a slight tan head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is amazing. Huge sweet malty aromas marry with peppery waves of alcoholic strength. The palate is rich and lush, with tremendously deep sweet malty flavors. This beer is fat and slick on the tongue, the consistency sticky and syrupy. Samichlaus finishes with more huge sweet malty flavors up front, and ends with a glorious, very soothing, very warming, high octane burn. This beer is the ultimate night cap beer, and a wonderful beer to sip and savor. With its huge malt character and high octane burn, it is the type of beer just perfect for a cold winters night. Samichlaus is like a fine wine in the fact that this beer will just continue to improve with age. You can cellar vintages of this beer and drink them up to 10 to 15 years later. The sweet and cloying malty character will give way to some amazingly complex flavors.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 24, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2008 Pours amber w/ a very modest head. Decent lacework. Aromas of sweet malted hay. Full nectar w/ good carbonation. Flavors are heavily creamed and sweetend w/ a medicinal twitch. Vanilla ice cream w/ Hennessy poured over it. A defined hop component sneaks in with a bag of tobacco in hand. Ths is a very generous and warming brew. Its very sweet yet balanced. The finish leaves a tingling on the palate. Alcohol is very apparent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - JAN 19, 2006
Vintage 2003 samples 2006: Aroma of yellow raisins and nectarines, with some yeast as it warms. Appears a beautiful light amber color with little to no head and with slight effervescence of large bubbles. Flavor is sugary sweet and very alcoholic, almost like apple brandy. Palate is thick and syrupy. Overall, this is an interesting brew but I cannot tell if it needs more age to mellow or less age for hop balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2006
2003 bottle. Poured dark amber brown color and clear. Alcohol burn! And thats just the aroma. Sweet syrupy caramel molasses alcohol. Decent, but still too hot - needs to age a little more, and that was an 03 bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2006
2004 bottle: Pours a amber color with a fast diminishing off-white head. Alcohol is very evident in the aroma with hints of plum. Flavor starts and finishes with a sweet raisin alcohol flavor with a syrupy feel. A very good sipping beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtw (1163) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2006
bottle from 2003 - wow thats sweet and alcoholic. straightforward aroma of brown sugar, caramel, and alcohol, but a very sophisticated sweet body. caramelized sugar, dark grainy malt, chocolate, toffee, syrupy alcohol. extraordinarily sweet but not fortunately not cloying - i would recommend ice cream on the side!

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