Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1997   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
FrankJohansen (3622) - Sabro, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2005
Sweet aroma of caramel. Small head shortlasting head. Brownish colour. The initial flavour was bitter sweet but the finish was slightly alcoholic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2005
2002 Bottling. Strong malt notes with a big alcohol smell and a touch of sweetness. Amber colored. Headless. I even busted out some chocolate cake for this. Isnt helping. I had the old version in high school and while it was long ago it was an important moment in my life and I remember it being more rich and darker. Still some interesting flavors here: fruits (apple, pear), nuts and of course alcohol. Kinda a sugary liquor when you get down to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (13578) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2010 Dark amber beer with little head. Aromas of apples, wine, nuts and roses. Intense and sweet flavour. Burned malt and port-like sweetness with a bitter finish.

4 years old: Lots of sherry, chocolate and wood in the aroma. Extra soft mouthfeel and the finish is less bitter.

8 year old 2002 bottle: Holds up extremely well. There are nuts and vineous dried fruit, but no bad oxidized notes. Pretty amazing

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2005
Do you think its realy a douppelbock??? Aroma:Caramel,candy sugar,alcohol... Appearance:Orange,light head.... Flavor:Candy,sugar,caramel,alcohol..Very good beer....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2005
ouch i killed many brain cells with this one, poured a bronze scotch like color, with a tiny white head, the aroma was a full sweet alcohol sent, maybe some fruit present, wow if i drank this out of a shot glass i would have almost never known it was beer, taste is of sweetness and alcohol and fruit, good strong body, forgive me if i have misspelled anything, i blame it on this beer, very sippable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kepano (277) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 15, 2005
Cloyingly sweet with severe alcohol burn. Did not enjoy this one very much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2005
2003. Nice brandy clear pour, topped with a little whitish head. Aroma is rich and clear with sweet mellowed apple, rum, and raisins. Flavor is likewise. Strong caramel and rich cream continue through the run. More rum and raisins, and unfortunately a little of that sherry flavor that means the beer might have had some improper storage. Alcohol is omnipresent and stinging. Overall the beer is pretty one dimensional, I guess I would have expected something more nuanced. Finish is sugary, with a cloying aftertaste. Nice, but simple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (9109) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 9, 2005
Bottle. 2004 Vintage. Bronze amber beer with no head. Spicey/malty aroma with some alcohol notes. Creamy malts with alcohol. Sherry and some fruitiness (berry, fig/date). Caramel and melon as it warms. A lot going on.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
orimo (19) - tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 6, 2005
this is too strong for me. i could not imagine what kind of dishes are better for this beer. first gulp was still nice. but next gulps were heavy....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2005
Clear, opulent copper with some bubbling excitement in the glass. Aroma is apples and caramel. Flavor proceeds to be heavy and sweet. Thick, caramel, pecans, apples and light figs. Reminds me of their other doppelbock, but this ones a little less cloying.

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