Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


on tap

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RATINGS: 1980   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2007 Bright reddish-brown color with a fully diminishing white head. Sweet caramel and light rum soaked fruit aroma. Sweet sugary fruit flavor with some caramel and molassas in the background.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Minimal aroma with a deep dold color. Very light head and a sweet after-taste. Heavy malts with some light pine are present.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2006 11.2 oz brown bottle (vintage December 6, 2001) given by a friend and enjoyed on November 24, 2005. ABV 14%. Clear dark brown hued having a small white diminishing head with no discernable lacing. Soft carbonation. Aroma of toffee and sweet malt. Full bodied having smooth texture that starts with complex sweet malt, toffee, and dried fruit (raisins and cherries) flavors. Finishes with light sweetness and tiny bitterness. Light syrupy liquor consistency. Definite alcoholic warmth. An exceptionally delicious beer that is best served alone as a digestif. UPDATE #1: Also tried a December 6, 2003 vintage bottle (11.2 oz brown bottle) purchased at Home Service Beer Beverage Discount Center, Glenview, NY. ABV 14%. Compared to the 2001 vintage, the 2003 vintage is as good, if not better than the 2001 vintage. More dried cherry flavors in 2003 vintage compared to 2001 vintage. Again, an exceptionally delicious beer. Both brews enjoyed with family during our annual 2005 Thanksgiving holiday. UPDATE #2: SamiChlaus on tap! On tap at Firkins, Libertyville, IL. Dec. 6, 2004 vintage. Clear brown ale having a long-lasting rocky head with good lace. No discernable carbonation. Luscious aroma of caramel and raisin. Full-bodied ale with a creamy smooth oily texture that starts with sweet malt and fruity (grape?) flavors. Definite alcoholic warmth and dangerously drinkable. This fabulous beer is best savored alone (no food) after a meal. I thought the tap version was cleaner in flavor compared to the bottled version but my ratings stay the same.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Garrat (1347) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2005
From A Bottle 2002.Dark amber in colour with no head,strong fruit and alcohol aroma,taste is very sweet and fruity,strong alcoholic sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tlitt2 (58) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 4, 2005
No head on a amber reddish pour. Slight carbonation and aroma of molasses, some alcohol, and some fruits. Not necessarily in that order. Tastes sweet and syrupy like robitussin. Other flavors like citrus fruit, and some alcohol appearent. Sweetness a little startling, but beer was still enjoyable and fairly interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Tasted the 2001 on tap at Pizza Ports strong ale fest. This needed about 10 more years of aging before it would be truly worth it, but samichlaus is never very good young. Pour was amber with a hint of red. Flavor was distinctly like mead -- one of the strong syrupy sugary meads, not one where the yeasties have gobbled the sugar until its dry. The carbonation was light and tingly and I think its best feature at this point. 10 years from now, thisll be great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2005
2004 bottle. Poured a medium orange with a short-lived off-white head. Carbonation was rising throughout the drink, and there was a really cool copper sheen on the surface. Huge aroma of rich, toasty dark fruits, light smoke, and a heavy dose of alcohol. Flavor profile was heavily malty, with rich caramel, molasses, smoke, and dark fruits. Noble hoppage played a nice role, too, and alcohol gave a complementary warming effect and punch. Very smooth mouthfeel... kinda like sweet, boozy candy. Medium, warming caramel and fruity finish was nice and warming on the way down. This was a very good brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2005
it is damn good, as another review notes. Pours a beautiful deep Christmas red. Caramel malted toasty candy flavor. Christmas beer indeed. (Tastes reminiscent of Golden Draak.) Strong aftertaste, which is a bit of a burnt shadow of its primary taste. Rather a strong come-on overall. Spent my time drinking it - Next time, would prefer to share even the small size bottle with a dark beer-loving friend.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Finn (6895) - Troms, NORWAY - NOV 26, 2005
Bottle (2003). Golden brown. A head that soon disappears. Sweet, malty aroma. Sweet taste with some bitterness and fruity hints. Makes your cheeks warm - otherwise the strength is well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16760) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 24, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2009 Bottled. (2004 vintage) Orange/golden in color, with a small and diminishing white head. Nice carbonation. Aroma is sweet with alcohol, fruits and plum. Some brandy-like aromas too. The flavor is first mostly alochol, then fruit, pineapple, raisin, plum and malt comes through. Finish is sweet, bitter and with alcohol. Complex. A warming beer that I was quite biased about. I had a bad experience in my youth, but past is past, and now I like it. As far as I remember, this is better than the 2003 vintage. I have an older bottle in my cellar, but chose to rate this vintage, as I reacon most people sample the freshest vintage. Samichlaus is a real winter warmer that I think should be enjoyed at its own, maybe with a cigar if you like that. Preferably in a Chesterfield chair?. Someday, I will probably rerate it with an older bottle. Looking forward to it. Rating: 7-3-8-3-17-3.8. I guess the 17 on overall was a mistake. (051124)

Bottle. (2003 vintage) A clear, golden beer without head. Sweetish nose with caramel, sugar and fruits. Sweet and malty flavor with even more malty sweetness, some fruityness and hops. Full-bodied, sort of smooth, sticky and probably too warm in the mouth. Finishes as it starts, with lots of malty sweetness. A love/hate beer I guess, but I like it, especially after a year or three of cellaring. (081128)

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