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Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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very good

1,604 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,604
Reviews: 1,000
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 17.29%
Wants: 121
Gots: 207 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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 Feldschlösschen-Hürlimann-Holding, Switzerland.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-25-2001)
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Photo of dacrza1
3.24/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

DATE REVIEWED: May 23, 2014... GLASSWARE: Celebrator Doppelbock... OCCASION: state playoffs drama--7th inning interrupted by rain to resume tomorrow... APPEARANCE: a fizzing head vanishes into air, leaving a dark amber, reasonably effervescent body the color of iced tea; zero lacing--one wonders where the head went, until one realizes the alcohol kills this ascetic beauty... AROMA: powerful sugar malts create a candied aroma; a syrupy suggestion too promises a sweet malty experience floral notes suggest hops are not balanced but are present... PALATE: instant burn, like a rum-drenched swizzle stick broke apart; to be taken in sips! alcohol comes in hot and challenges ... TASTE: rum/candy sweet--slightly smoky as a scotch might bee; some caramel and toffee, but predominantly a menacing malt that dares to be consumed--I like challenges, but wow...OVERALLL: I recalled the experience of sipping this in Russell's almost two decades ago, and I knew this review would reveal my inability to enjoy the finer, more precious things in life. Complex enough to be cellared and sipped, unique enough to be an acquired taste, I cannot pretend to have an affinity (my wife smirks at my struggle from the couch)... the beer grows in its attractiveness as the glass drains, but the full-bodied nature demands something intense as a pairing, like a rich chocolate cake....

dacrza1, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of weltywm
4.74/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 Vintage. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Deep amber with about 1 finger of off-white head.

Smell: Smooth and sweet: dark fruit, hops, and a hint of hops.

Mouthfeel: Like the smell, I taste dark fruit like cherry up front, mixed with some oaky sweetness and molasses. There is a bit of hops to balance it out, along with some spice. As it warms, I get more bready notes, with some toffee and figs. Maybe a hint of vanilla and some brandy.

Mouthfeel: Very velvety, with a smooth finish and a long finish. Very good.

Overall: This is an excellent beer, incredibly balanced and tons of complexity. I'm looking forward to grabbing one to see how it ages. Definitely would recommend.

weltywm, May 31, 2014
Photo of KYGunner
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The label reads "MALT LIQUOR" for a reason as this is a straight malt bomb. It starts with strong chocolate malt but settles into a dark fruit, fig, prune and raisin. It finishes with a strong alcohol brashness in flavor and feel. Overall it's pretty good and fairly varied but 14 pct ABV is forever evident.

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Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
89 out of 100 based on 1,604 ratings.