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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 Very strong in every way. Should be enjoyed by sipping slowly after dinner. Dark fruits, alcohol and yeast combine to form a complex tatse. Might be a challenge to finish one bottle let alone multiple. Good beer to share with a friend.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2005
Bottle 2002
No head what so ever. Still quite sweet. Semi full body. Burnt sugar. Vineous. Rasins, other dark fruits. Rich in alcohols in aftertaste. Good cooking beer...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ptsotd (14) - Juliette, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Pours the brown of butter in a saute pan just when the nutty aroma hits the air. Little to no carbonation. Aroma: alcohol alcohol alcohol with wheat bread, buttered rum, heady figs, and tootsie roll underneath. Flavor is very strange the first few sips. The lack of carbonation makes it sip like cognac. Very thin palate, seems to coat the tongue quickly, then vanishes. I have to say, I bought it for the novelty ($17.99 for four 12 oz. bottles in Athens, GA), but will probably buy four more to store for a while in hopes it will mellow and become creamier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
garthicus (2923) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 30, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2007 Re-rate: Thick ruby colour with a winter-fruit aroma, a spicey-fruit flavour with a long, lingering finish, very enjoyable but I would only drink one or two at most in one sitting.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
UnsofistaCat (241) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2005
2005.....I couldnt wait. A lighter brown with absolutely no head. Very liquor looking. Smells almost strangly salty. Brown sugar andwell not as much alcohol dominated as I thought it would be. However, I only taste brown sugar and alhcohol.nothing else. I had to look up what cloying actually meant the other day. Now that I know the meaning, in Platos world of ideasthis is the perfect representation of the term. Yeah..after more consideration...this is streight up nasty. Drain Pour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (3075) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2007 Vintage 2000 bottle, sampled Christmas Day, 2005. Popped the cap to get a nice, intense raisin and sherry smell. Brown body shows off well under direct light, a bit cloudy and multi-layered. Only trace of a head is a stream of bubbles around the edge. Taste, though, is deeply, deeply sugary.I can see this is the dividing point for many raters. Thick and syrupy. Have to say it does a lot of the chracteristics of beer to become more of an aperitif.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
shrubber85 (11266) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2005
Bottle. Sweet dried fruit and alcohol aroma. Redish amber with no head. Cloyingly indistinct sweet flavor with strong alcohol burn finish. Too sweet for me - was thinking this could be renamed DeKuypers Barley Schnapps.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 18, 2005
On tap @ Papago
Aroma of alcohol stands out. Alnong with it is a decent sweet aroma. Dark red body with good head that the alcohol takes away. Flavor has an alchol burn all the way to the belly at fisrt. Then a cherry sweet flavor balances out that alcohol. A sipping beer here not recomended for slamming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Very sweet. Dark Amber color. Not much of a head. Full bodied, low carbonation, warming alcohol sensation. This reminds me a lot of Averys "The Beast", though I dont think its quite as good. Overall I was very pleased with it and would definitely drink it again. Recommended.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2005
[Bottle 12oz, 2003, ~16C, with Daniel Bilodeau]
Can be found fairly easily in Quebec. Brown ruby color. Light but creamy head that dissolves quickly. Strong sweet aroma of caramel malt and powerful alcohol but not as much as could be expected from a 14%.. Reminded me of a Tawny Colleta. thick texture, full body, soft carbonation, long alcohol finish. Can replace a Porto anytime. I had this beer recently with a crme brule, it was simply astonishing.

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