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Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Reviews: 1,044
Hads: 1,857
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 22.36%
Wants: 163
Gots: 322 | FT: 18
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-25-2001

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.
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Photo of TruePerception
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Samichlaus Classic: 14% ABV, Austrian; Appearance: mid-amber; Smell: malty; Taste/Mouthfeel: heavy, rounded, toffee, alcohol (brandy), burnt toffee finish; no noticeable alcohol "bite"; good

Poured into a pint glass.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2007 bottle poured on 8-24-2013, poured into sniffer glass.
A: pours a reddish brown color, one finger white medium bubble foam head that quickly fades, very little lacing
S: hints of chocolate and roasted malt, dark fruit, sourness, some alcohol presence as it warms, sweet honey notes
M: creamy and syrupy, wow it really sticks to your tongue....
T: malt, some oxidation, sherry, honey, dark fruit, sweet, slight boozy, really good for 6 year old beer
O: a sipper brew, taste really comes out as it warms, at 14% abv it is not a boozy as I thought it would be.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.64/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a darker amber brown with some head at pour. Head disappates to nothing. This brew is clean filtered.

S: Bready, malty, molasses, brown sugar, alcohol.

T: Really nice malt combination - sweeter than I expected but still very enjoyable. While strong the alcohol present on the nose is toned back on the flavor.

M: Defintiely on the heavier side - sweet malts linger on the tongue for a while.

O: Excellent brew.

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Photo of jivex5k
1.65/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Well, I had this beer thinking it was going to be a treat. A nice, rich, creamy doppebock...though I suppose the 14% should have told me this one was going to be different.
Now, the appearance of this beer was the first warning sign...where I expected a dark and rich beauty with a creamy head, instead I get a glass of tepid well water that's had rust dripping into it for the better half of last century...
But I remained brave, I fought through, past the offending looks and onto the aroma...
My good, if this beer smelled any sweeter I'd swear it gave Wilfred Brimley diabetus.
Of course, the taste only confirmed this fear, it was as if I dumped 40 packets of splenda in a 40 of O.E.

I don't get it...everyone seems to love this beer. It is the worst beverage I've had the displeasure of consuming. And I drank bong water once...

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Photo of MighHighBrewer
3.16/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Found a 2011 vintage at my liquor store. Nice!

WAY too sweet for my taste buds. It's probably partly due to the age of the bottle, but I found this beer way out of whack. They need to bump up the hop bitterness somewhat to counteract the overwhelming alcoholic sweetness.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear copper color with small head that fizzes away quickly. Aroma of sweet malts and dark dried fruit. Taste is very sweet and quite boozy. Body is syrupy with a light fizz. Overall a tasty beer but a bit difficult to drink because of the overwhelming sweetness.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage: 2012

Pours a crystal clear red-purple-tinged amber with a thin, beige head that fizzles out leaving virtually nothing. Non-existent retention; similar lacing situation.

Rich roasted nuts, rum, cloves, and berries.

Oakey, earthy heaven. Said "Woah" out loud. Similar to the smell. More boozy, though. Roast nuts and raisins; wood, spices, and wine.

Medium body, sticky and warming. Low carbonation (just enough to notice). Warming, clingy finish and aftertaste (very subdued, though).

Really interesting beer. It was simultaneously exactly what I expected and not at all what I expected. It is boozy and kind of resembles a wine more than a beer, but it is also very much a rich, strong bock-seeming brew. Perfect for winter.
What really stuck out to me is the taste and smell. All of the rest of it (when held up against other beers-- which, to be sure, may not be the way to go about a beer like this one) is kind of so-so.
The flavors from being aged (ten months prior to bottling, according to the label) really come through in a way that is both abrupt, obvious, and also delicate.
Would have again, but is a little bit "too much" to become a staple or anything.

***I tried to reflect this in my rating. I've never had anything like this, but the ratings are based on my understanding of beer and how it works. Thus, the appearance is shit, to be quite honest, but since it is so high in alcohol content, that is to be expected. As for the rest, this beer has qualities that I don't particularly enjoy in other beers, but that seem to fit really well in Samichlaus Classic***

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $4.50 CDN. 2013 Vintage. Served chilled into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance - Clear auburn color, with only 1/2 finger of off-white head that dissipates very quickly. Soapy collar left around the sides of the glass. A few bubbles slowly make their way to to the top.

Smell - Cherry, sweet baking, ripe fruit to the core. There's some other dark fruit aspects, plum, and prune namely that are present here. Faint chocolate aromas specifically a milk chocolate or a white chocolate is the chocolate of the hour. Also some caramel sweetness and obviously some alcohol element.

Taste - Very sweet overripe cherry, booze is somewhat well hidden. It doesn't quite taste like 14% but it does taste strong. More like a sherry than anything else. Some plum and prune flavors within a slight nut like mixture of flavors. Booze is present as in the nose but reasonably well hidden. It only tastes like a 10-12% beer as opposed to the full 14%. alcohol intensifies at it warms.

Mouthfeel - Very syrupy, coats the mouth in a thin layer of plum and prune and booze and deliciousness. Very low carbonation. A bit cloying, but not distractingly so.

Overall - a definite sipper and one of those beers I can't enjoy on a regular basis but a couple of times a year, especially when it's cold outside this becomes the right sipping beer over the course of an hour or two with a good book. Definitely I will look forward to revisiting once a year.

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Photo of tronester
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish amber with almost no head. Aroma begin with a hint of whiskey, followed by some boiled candy syrup. Taste begin with a powerful malty blast, followed by some honey, then a toasty, sweet, alcoholic finish. Super rich mouthfeel. Overall a very good beer, though I would prefer a bit more hop bitterness for balance.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Russet; no head; no lacing

Aroma: Vinous fruit; sweet; toasted malt; hoppy; noticeable alcohol; smells complex and delicious

Taste: Juicy, syrupy and creamy on start with chocolate notes; warming alcohol kicks in pretty quickly; finishes peppery and sweet; definitely a sipping beer

Remarks: more like a port wine or aperitif than beer, but tasty

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 Vintage
A - clear maple syrup red-brown, short head quickly fizzled away but to be expected of a brew of this octane after a couple years
S - rich caramel and bloodlike sweet aromas, some almond and a bit of musty earth
T - rich caramel and syrupy sweetness up front, some nutty accents with brown sugar, this actually reminds me of a brandy!
M - medium sticky body, stays relatively full throughout, not even a sniff that the ABV is this high, warm finish that leaves you wanting more
O - it is ridiculous how easy drinking this is and the big rich flavours keep any flavour of alcohol at bay, a true gem

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Photo of Murrhey
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 11.2 oz standard pressure-cap bottle with some foil at the top. Poured in a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live. The high ABV has me slightly worried to be honest.

A- Poured much thinner than I expected. Very thin, almost clear head that evaporates in seconds. With a very high ABV, that makes sense. Walnut colored body with high clarity and low carbonation. Deceptively quiet looking.

S- Nuttiness, cola, brandy, warm caramel malts and really subdued aroma overall. Well balanced.

T- Brandy, cola, nuttiness, toffee, brown sugar, candi sugar (maybe). Definite booziness. This is a doozy of a flavor. Complex yet not overpowering. Wonderful.

M- Thin body, sticky finish and dry. More like drinking a cognac than a beer.

O- Taste is phenomenal, everything else is above average. Nice brew.

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Photo of ckollias
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear burgundy red hue with a small off-white, 1-finger, wispy head that quickly dissipates leaving no trail and a hint of a lace.

S: Sweet dark fruity aroma that slightly burns then nostrils.

T: Sweet caramel and dark fruity flavor with slight syrup and toffee notes. There are some complex flavors here. Finishes slightly spicy, dry with an alcoholic burn.

M: Very Boozy with a heavy body and minimal carbonation.

O: Wow – A nice sipping beer at 14% - great flavors and aromas.

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Photo of SpruceMoose
3.36/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Ladies and gentlemen, I have a sin to confess. Something awful, something treacherous and probably something unforgivable. I, in all the time I've spent exploring IPAs, witbiers, stouts and porters, dubbels, tripels and quadruppels, scotch ales, barleywines and the like...

..have never, ever had a doppelbock before. *cue shocked gasp from the audience*

Yes, it's true, and so I decided to pop my cherry the other day and walked to the grog shop near my holiday house to pay the AU $13 and finally try this esteemed style for myself. Here we go.

Serving Type: 330ml classic sealed bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Yes, I probably should've had it in a pilsner glass. Whatever. Piss off.

Appearance: Light red to crimson and completely transparent with very, very little head; almost inevitable given its strength of 14% ABV. Carbonation appears very light as well.

Smell: Strangely sour, almost lambic in character. Hints of cherry, banana and bread are matched with a boozy under-aroma. Almost thought it was off for a second, and then realised that a beer of its strength and style would only get better with age. I subsequently slapped myself hard and went on with the review.

Taste: Very sweet, with cherry, sultana, white chocolate and nutmeg being amongst the several I noticed after the first sip. The flavours become less individualist and more consistent as the drinking continues. Certainly a strange experience for a Doppelbock virgin, but pleasant enough in its own right. Reminds one more of a fine brandy than a beer to quaff.

Mouthfeel: Dense and breadlike, with an alcohol-induced warmth surrounding the mouth. This is definitely a sipper.

Overall: Well, there we go. I finally cast off my shackles of ignorance and tried the fabled Doppelbock. Was I impressed? More intrigued if anything. Samichlaus Classic was certainly an experience, and perhaps I should've inaugurated myself with something a little less intense. If extreme beer is your forte, have at it. Will definitely be trying this little ditty again after I've explored the Doppelbock scene a bit more.

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Photo of RaphaelSC
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a beauty dark honey amber with no head, just a thin lace.

S: Sweet with cherry and grape notes, resemble some liqueur wines.

T: Follows the nose with a strong sweetness and liqueur wine feel, the alcohol warm is strong, but the alcohol is not invasive despite its 14% ABV which is quite impressive, the low carbonation help to keep its liqueur feel.

M: A very alcohol warmth accompanies the aftertaste, with its spicy feel. Some malts (toasted probably) can be feeled too, no bitter at all, the body is thick and justify the self fashioned "malt liquor" name in the bottle.

O: A very amazing beer, with a complex flavour all build up in its malts and alcohol. I think that a more hoppy bitter would make this beer better, but it is very unique and special beer, the problem is that beer is a little cloying which makes difficult drink more than one bottle in a session.

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Photo of lighthabit
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours a clear, deep garnet/ruby red, half inch of head dies very quickly to just a bit around the rim, which quickly goes to essentially nonexistent. i'd like to see just a little more carbonation; not a lot, just a tad. simple, solid taste; not a lot going on, but considering the abv, it's remarkably drinkable, though definitely on the sweet side. a bit sweeter than i care for, but i'm thinking it's intentional to help hide the alcohol. nose seems somewhere between apples, raisins, caramel. taste is, again, a bit fruity, warming up and showing a bit of booze. as it warms the sweet starts getting a bit distracting. feel is smooth, a bit syrupy. very glad to have tried this. not something to have often (it's almost a "six pack in a bottle"), but i have to give it a thumbs up.

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Photo of TerryW
2.23/5  rDev -44%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is an extreme brew that is simply not to my taste.

Pours clear amber brown under a short-lived head that quickly gives way to a thin ring, no lace.

Nose is sweet, dark fruit. And lots of alcohol.

Crazy sweet to drink, to the point of being distracting. Raisins. Heavy mouthfeel. Boozy.

Similar to a barleywine. It is simply not for me. Too one dimensional in character - straight syrup and alcohol.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(2012 Vintage)
The beer pours surprisingly as a deep ruby red color that melds towards brown, but not black. A fizzing soapy head appears with the pour but quickly dissipates, though a constant torrent of carbonation bubbles can be seen rushing to the top of the beer and replenishing the light ring that is left of the head. This beer seems very active in carbonation. The beer’s body is lager clean and clear, and actually reminds me more of a dark carbonated juice or soda more so than a beer. It actually looks thin, if that makes any sense, but it is still very pretty in the glass. The beer also displays a nice light set of legs from the alcohol. On the nose, the beer smells of sweet dark fruits and brown sugar with an ever present backbone of cloying booze, though it is really not too strong. Dates are surprisingly the dominant fruit smell from the malt, followed by slight raisin and sweet plum accents, and there is definite grainy cereal malt smell ghosting behind all of the other scents. This beer doesn’t actually smell as large as it is though, which is weird. It smells clean and drinkable with a noticeable amount of alcohol, but not 14%. On the tongue, the beer tastes thick and cloyingly sweet with a light acidity. The flavor begins as big sweet fruit flavors assault the tongue, moving from apple juice to brown sugar coated raisins, to rum raisins, to a touch of caramel, and even a little bit of muscato sweet grape wine, finishing with a big cloying alcohol. The flavor oddly reminds me of Midas Touch from Dog Fish Head, only there is a lot more alcohol burn on the back of the throat, and it feels a lot heavier in the stomach and more balanced with its fruit flavors. The flavors begin big and stay big, the finish gives hiccups of sweet bread and caramel, in between the cloying sweet fruit of the malts, and a very faint hint of clean yeast flavoring can be detected. The finish is medium to long in length, and definitely leaves a sticky sweet patch on the tongue. The aftertaste is only a faint lingering of sweet fruity malt on the tongue. In the mouth, the beer feels thick and chewy, yet surprisingly thin and clean in body, sitting somewhere just above medium. Carbonation provides a thick scrubbing, which works to keep the cloying nature of the malt in check, though it doesn’t quite succeed. The carbonation is not so much fierce on the tongue as soothing. The mouth is left sticky sweet and wet with saliva after the beer leaves it. Overall, I’m not sure what to think. This is a great huge lager with some nice complexities, but I really can hardly see myself even finishing a 12 oz. bottle. This beer is clearly an after dinner dessert drink, and should be drunk like a scotch. It is thick and heavy on the stomach, but interesting and pleasing. This beer is a sipper for sure, but is properly complex, and is worthy of a taste for the fact that it is the strongest lager in the world, if not because it has some interesting character and flavors. This is an interesting beer.

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Photo of timeo
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Slightly reddish brown in colour, quite red against the light. Tastes almost as if it's infused with whisky or bourbon - quite boozy in taste. Much less viscuous than I thought it would be given its alcohol. Smells almost as if it's barrel-aged. Sharp yet sweet initial taste that settles into sweet afterwards.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Styles for pulling this out of his cellar and bringing it by - 2007 vintage. Samichlaus pours a light-ish copper color when you're looking down from the top, but appears like a much darker burnt sienna and ruby red from the side. No head, partially expected from a six year old, 14% ABV beer of this stature.

The aroma is a bit... misleading at first, to say the least. I guess I didn't really know what to expect. It's definitely very sweet, lightly vinous, and certainly a bit boozy, maybe even more than you'd think. Lightly sweet fruits mellow out the edges a bit - raisin and plums, with a solid caramel underbody.

A little bit into it, I start to get a weird, hard-to-identify spice. Almost like oregano, but I know that can't be it. It's not bad, though. It's just a head-scratcher, but it makes for interesting speculation. For such a potent brew, the aroma is quite laid back and borderline simple; it doesn't show much variance, even as it warms up. I would have liked to see a wider variety of aromas.

Samichlaus may be listed as a doppelbock, but if you bought this expecting a stronger version of Celebrator, you were sadly mistaken. The taste is much more potent than the aroma and hits with a strong pungency of flavor that's hard to pin down at first. Syrupy and thick, little hints of maple, brown sugar, and a super-sweet boozy flavor that romps the palate hard.

The dark fruits are certainly present; figs, dates, and raisins that have been soaked in rubbing alcohol and tossed with a light, sugary coating. Almost caramel-apple and cinnamon-like in the aftertaste, though the booze and sugar aspects are still quite heavy. Smooth mouth feel with almost no carbonation, medium-thick bodied and somewhat sticky.

Definitely interesting to try this 2007 vintage. Interesting take on the a doppelbock, which is seeming more and more like a last minute "catch all" category due to large variances present within the style. Heavily boozy and potent, sticky and sweet, yet despite that, Samichlaus may just be a bit boring and doesn't really exceed expectations in any category. Above average and something that obviously ages well, but nothing I would reach for regularly.

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Photo of Gatch
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"Bottled in 2010"

I think I'm getting drunk just smelling this beer. Wow.

A: Beautiful amber-ruby hue with a quickly-building, white, bubbly head that fades very quickly. Didn't expect any bubbles whatsoever so that's a surprise. Huuuge legs which makes sense given the ABV %.

S: Oh. My. Goodness. Complex! Super dark, dried fruits, tart pectin, raisins, wood, burnt and caramelized sugar, Port, and boooze! An intimidating aroma to say the least.

T: Way more mellow and balanced in the flavor compared to the aroma. Just as complex and exploding with sweet, sugary flavors. The roasted malt and woody qualities show themselves immediately. The sweetness really hangs around. A true warming, tasty sipper of a beer.

M: Extremely smooth, very sweet but not cloying, and obviously quite boozy. Has many Port qualities to it.

O: A very special and unique beer. I was intimidated by the label and the ABV % but it's really just an enjoyable, strong, interesting beer. A great sipper!

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Photo of thecheapies
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

2007 Samichlaus, served in a snifter glass.

Beautiful amber garnet hue with okay clarity, like an unpolished gemstone. Had to raise the bottle about a foot above the glass during the pour to get the mere hundred bubbles that I have now. They haven't quit yet, or should I say popped. Next to no head, in actuality, and that was evidenced by the lack of a hiss when it got cracked.

Liquoury malts with heavy toffee, raisin, candied peach, burnt sugar, caramel brittle, and booze. The booze is pretty quiet, actually. Lots of dark fruits, a hint of birch, shy vanilla, and treacle. Brandied, but not as brandied as I remember the fresher vintages.

Huge raisin and toffee notes, as is obvious. Big brandy flavors that are even vinous in their maltiness. Reminder of bitterness is hard to attribute to hops, but it's likely. Sweetness coats the roastiness of the grains. A little grape-y, like an ice wine. Alcohol is more present, but still way the hell tamed back. Amazing, in the way it's aged.

Very low carbonation. Medium-heavy body with decent stickiness. Totally subdued for 14%.

One beefy doppelbock, and apparently, that's how I like 'em. I always enjoy this beer. Thank goodness I have more.


Enjoyed on Thanksgiving 2013

'09 Samichlaus is mahogany dark red-brown and I got a sliver of off-white foam on top from an elevated pour. Big beers deserve a little help for the look.

Booze, brandy, dark fruits, hard tack candy, dark sugars, caramel malt, toffee sugar, maraschino cherry juice, raisin, and bock aromas.

Dark caramel, brandy, red grape, hard-tack, cherry, toffee, and more sweetness. Lots of booze and candi sugar with a doppelbock malt base that has been distorted to handle the high ABV. Tuned-up, like an eisbock, and I'm not sure of the exact lagering method. 14% is never laboring if it's drunk at a slow speed. A perfect winter warmer. Languid body with syrupy thickness and not much carb to propel it, it's still a remarkable drink. Just be careful.

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Photo of JRed
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(2 yr old) Clear Amber in body with no head, just a thin eclipse of white around the edges. Aroma of apple juice, prunes, booze, something reminiscent of ketchup. Big flavors: prunes, grape candy, booze slicks the palate, bubblegum, black cherry aftertaste. Rum-like. Medium bodied with light carbonation and syrupy. Dark fruit fantasy, booze hides well in the flavors.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: beautiful, rich red brown or deep amber; clear; head fizzles to nothing right away

Aroma: very sweet, dark fruit - figs, raspberry, prune, cherry; not strong; sense of alcohol

Taste & Mouthfeel: the 14% is like a slap to the face and fire to the belly! once the initial burn fades, intense fruit sweetness takes over with flavours matching the aroma, but more like dried and riper fruit - figs, prunes, cherries, like they have been stewed with wine; vanilla and something slightly earthy, like barrel aging was involved; syrupy and silky mouthfeel, medium-heavy, appropriate carbonation

Overall: flavour is fantastic and intricate, very intense and definitely more suited for dessert (and sharing), but the sweetness can be cloying

Edit: had a bottle aged for 1 year and liked it even more - had largely the same thoughts as the first review, but was getting a hint of chocolate that gave a sense of black forest cake; also found the sweetness was cut by carbonation and a slightly dry finish; amazing to have with dark chocolate

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Photo of TheHammer
3.19/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Where's the head? It poured with half a finger and then disappeared. The body however boasts steady carbonation and a clear body somewhere between amber and ruby.

Smell: Wow, there is a LOT of malt here as the thick molasses/caramel smell is almost overpowering. Warming made it even stronger.

Taste: Caramel and Toffee malt are dominant through the entire beer, and apparent from showing a little bit of it's high alchohol content at the end of the beer, there's not a lot going on here but that.

Mouthfeel: Points get deducted for the complete lack of head, the aftertaste is unsurprising sweet malt, which is nice, but regrettably the beer turns flat in fairly short order.

Drinkability: Sweet in extreme, and will get you tipsy quick due to the high ABV. That still being said, it conceals it alcohol well, and is light bodied.

Final Thoughts: This one is all about the malt, and if you like sweet malt taste, you will love this beer. It's a bit too cloying for my liking, but it's worth a shot.

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Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
89 out of 100 based on 1,044 ratings.