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Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Reviews: 1,067
Hads: 1,939
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 16.54%
Wants: 177
Gots: 367 | FT: 19
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Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Austria | website

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 ken3c
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours quickly with a sodapop-like head that dwindles fast. Lots of bubbles and very clear, also like soda-pop. Light amber in color.

Aroma is grape juice with alcohol. There is also a biscuitty malt smell.

Taste is also like grape juice with a firm malt backbone and a hoppy finish. The aftertaste is a little like honey and musk melon. This is complex and very tasty.

Feels a littly syrupy but not quite cloying. I also feel the alcohol burn, oh yes I do.

Will I have another tonight...no. Will I have another again...definately!

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Photo of Barraclou
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Vintage 2003, bottled in 10oz units.

Appearance: A wonderful dark amber / ruby red / brown (like a old port wine). No head, but some carbonation bubbles in the body.

Smell: This beer smells a mix of alcohol, nuts, grapes and malt.

Taste: The taste is exceptionnal. It is a vintage product and it is easy to see it. The taste is very complex with lots of sweetness and too much alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: It is not that bad at all, but it is not like drinking a more conventionnal beer. Good carbonation too, but strong alcohol presence too.

Drinkability: This beer is closer to scotchs, port wines and liquors rather than other beers. It was good to review it, but I won't drink it on a regular basis. I will rather drink a beer more usual to the standards.

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Photo of surfmeister
1/5  rDev -74.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

C'mon guys, be real...
This beer is not good, in fact I do not believe that anyone truly enjoys this beer, but many feel that they are supposed to.
Looks like a glass of bourbon with about the same amount of head, smell and taste profile are completely dominated by alcohol, slides around the mouth like a swig of 10/50 W motor oil, two gulps later this was down the drain, thank god they only bottle it occassionally, why waste your time with this stuff when you can have a nice single malt scotch?

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A unique brew, and definitly not for me. Poured out with no head and very low carbonation. Colour of a darker scotch, amber red. Heavy odors of fruit and earth. Overly sticky sweet flavor, with notes of alcohol (14% ABV). This may be the most extraordinary beer in the world, but not the best in my mind. Label states it gets better with age. Hopefully it does. Mine was from Dec 2004 and consumed in March of 2005. I'm thinking it's probably not aged enough. Will re-review again with a longer aged sample.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours a deep ruby red with no head at all.

Smell: The smell was a mixture of alcohol and malts with little complexity.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The flavor consisted of a well balanced mixture of sweet, sticky caramel malts and a huge alcohol presence. The complexity was small, and the flavors were very upfront and in your face. The mouthfeel was full and creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: Had a bottle at the new South Side Saloon in Johnstown. Not a bad beer, but considereing the high alcohol content, there was much more they could've done with this beer.

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Photo of droomyster
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Smells like liquid carmel, spicy apple cider, the dead of winter or the height of the holidays. Small head the color of sunbleached sand, disappears the second after you see it. Lazy light carbonation. Sweet taste of maple syrup, asian flavors like teriyaki and soy sauce. Half way through the alcohol really creeps up on you and reminds you that beer deserves your respect. It is a slow sipper. If you take it too fast it becomes cloying. Just half is sufficient; next time I will split it with a friend.

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Photo of alexgash
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear orange-amber body with a finger of creamy, off-white head with some lacing. Nose is very sweet, sugary/syrupy, with some fruit (bananas?), and alcohol; very liquer-like. Sweet, honey-syrup malt and fruit flavors up front. Intense and pungeant, but surprisingly not cloying. Complexity added by fusel alcohol that burns controllably, warming me nicely. Faint hop bitterness detectable in finish. Smooth, medium-bodied, with low carbonation, and more drinkable than I remembered, and definitely more drinkable than it should be!

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Photo of AdvocateFan
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Tall brown 11.2 oz bottle, silver labeling, “Schloβ Eggenberg” appears in glass markings at shoulder-line. “Bottled in 2004” and “The World’s Most Extraordinary Beer” appears on the label along with the unfortunate labeling of “Malt Liquor”. If they only knew…

Appearance: Cognac-like amber coloration. Slight orangey tone bordering on ruby-hued. Clear. Head begins just under a finger, bubbles don’t stick to each other, fades quickly to a collar. Expected for a beer of this high ABV and pre-bottle aging. Head is transient at best. Gone in under 30 seconds… light tan/beige in color.

Aroma: Sweet, ambrosial, with alcohol ripping right through. Smells a lot like the little tubes of balloon blowing junk I used to play with as a kid… where you stick a wad of it on the end of a tiny straw and blow yourself a little balloon (anyone have any idea what I'm talking about???). Smells quite powerful, and perhaps a touch like some sort of fuel, with very, very sweet notes. I detect raisin and cantaloupe, along with other melon-influences. Big time cantaloupe nose!!

Taste: It’s tough to describe this—there is of course an intense warming feeling in the belly, but this follows flavors that run from raisiny-malt syrup to stingy (that’s sting-ee, not stingy like Ebenezer Scrooge) Belgian yeast. Bubble gum flavor detected. This feels much more like a Barley Wine than any doppelbock I’ve had, that’s for sure, though it's not exactly like any BW I've had either... quite unique... If there is a beery equivalent to gamier flavors in meat, this beer presents that quality. I don’t know how else to say it other than that… Smoother than the strongest Barley-Wine I’ve had (which would be Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot Barley Wine-Style Ale, 2004 Vintage I believe). Similar to what I would envision an overly aggressive Madeira wine to be like.

Finish: A slow evolution of smooth malty sweetness and bitterness. Hops are present, only for bitterness, not in aroma. Alcohol is certainly present, but hits harder in the beginning and middle than in the finish. Sweet, friendly aftertaste. This beer sort of hits you over the head and then behaves like a good buddy…
It just so happens that the last beer I reviewed in my notes was a Bud Light (just for shits & giggles). What a way to follow up the Bud Light review—with a beer of such magnitude... A behemoth of a beer. From what I can tell, there is no stronger doppelbock on earth (though there are a couple others that come in at 14% ABV as well).

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Photo of hobbes2112
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from 2001

Found this 2001 up in Premier Gourmet in Buffalo NY

Pours dark brown with large white head. Retention is pretty short though ~15 second half-life.

Aroma is intense dark fruits, fig especially. Malt and other fruits are slightly secondary to the major fig element.

Taste is malt, fruit and simple sugars. That malt though...wow! Tons of alcohol also, especially at is warms up.

This beer was somewhat hard to drink, a little too sweet for frequent consumption.

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Photo of karst
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ahhh... Dopplebock!

Always born on St. Nicholas Day.

Exhaling sweet malt and rum soaked fruits from a 0.1 liter wine glass.

14% hiding in perfect flavors - Chocolate Whisky Caromel Toffe Honey Fruit

Its sweet aroma and alcohol fumes reach into my nose and water my eyes

Epitome of Mouth Feel I swallow this slick Samichlaus 2003 - Carpe Diem

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Photo of Truh
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thought that the ghosts of Christmas' past visited me with this one on 2/8/2005. 11.2 fl. oz. bottle, "bottled in 2004," poured in a shaker glass.

Huge froth of big bubble madness settles to a loose layer of smaller stuff. Copper hue, almost edging towards claret, with good clarity and slow action. Candy corn sweetness on nose with a deep malt backing; it almost seems like there is a hint of earthiness at its core. Ouch, the almost malted ball sweetness (not chocolate) bangs right beneath the eyes and is followed closely by a stinging alcohol torch that rips down the middle of the tongue and throat; almost a banana taste with a crème brulee flamed outer layer. Not sure what all the hype is surrounding this one, though perhaps this was a standard bearer of big beers before the extreme movement took off in the U.S.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Pizza Port Strong Ale Fest 2005.

This doppelbock poured a clear, orange-amber color with tan foam that settled. The smell was lightly sweet with a complex, malty aroma and a hint of banana. Alcohol was also evident in the aroma. The taste was very rich and malty with the flavor of alcohol and fusel alcohols noticeable. Overall the flavor was complex. The mouthfeel was warming and smooth with medium-full body and low carbonation. The sweet maltiness lingered on the palate pleasantly. This was a very nice beer and was quite drinkable for its strength.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was bottled in 2000
(Poured in a standard American pint glass.)

Appearance 1/4 inch off-white head that dissipates pretty quickly. The beer is a deep mahogany and is a clear but to dense to see through. No legs when slightly swirled in the glass.

Smell light caramely/chocolate malt scent. Very clean smell with no hops or diacetyl smell.

Taste Starts off malty but quickly moves to a chocolaty flavor then a slight prune/alcohol taste comes out. Only after the alcohol taste subsides did I get a faint hint of hops.

Mouthfeel very tiny bubbles with a very hot moutheel that stays in your mouth for an extra second.

Drinkability This as a very nice warming beer for the winter but its not what I would expect from a doppelbock. It is a wonderful bier that has done very well with age. There is no one flavor that overpowers any other flavors, it just adds layer on layer of flavors.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2002 Vintage

Appearance: Crystal-clear amber color, displays a small off-white head, slight lacing, and little carbonation.

Aroma: Quite pungent and sweet, intense alcohol aroma, with a very sweet malt aroma beneath.

Taste: Begins with a sweet, honey-like syrupy note, beneath which is a very strong and warming alcohol note. Finishes with a slight, quite mild hop bitterness. Overall, somewhat like a brandy in character.

Mouth feel: Smooth and very rich, actually syrupy, no carbonation could be felt.

Drinkability/notes: Absolutely excellent, a superb apertif or after dinner drink. Do not miss the opportunity to sample this spectacular beer.

2010 Vintage, reviewed 2015-12-15

Appearance: Brillaint clear amber color, with a prominent white head, which soon fades to a dusting of foam, thin fine-beaded lacing, and slight, slow-rising carbonation.

Aroma: Very sweet aroma, lots of caramel and vinous, sweet alcohol, mulling spices, with some candied orange, with seems more than appropriate for Christmas.

Taste: The taste opens with sweet caramel, followed by a wave of sweet, vinous alcohol. As the taste progresses, dark fruits and raisins dominate the taste. Finishes with a long, sweet and warming alcohol note, with little or no hops present.

Mouth feel: Very smooth and full, with only slight carbonation, just a hint of zest.

Drinkability/notes: Absolutely wonderful, a perfect compliment to dessert.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Appearance: A very deep amber with small white head.

Smell: Maple, prunes, spicy. And oh, yeah, alchohol. Big time caramel. I also get a cognac vibe.

Taste: Sweet, caramel maltiness. I mean big time caramel. Hops are nice and cleansing to the back and sides of the mouth, especially at warmer temperatures. I wonder if caramel comes from diacetyls or crystal (caramel) malt.

Mouthfeel: Slick and chewy. Buttery.
Drinkability: Hell, yes!

I've had quite a few big beers, and I'm reluctant to admit I had a hard time getting a grip on Samichlaus. It will take repeated samplings on a regular basis, but that's a sacrifice I'm willing to make.

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Photo of bruachan
3.23/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

from mclean totalwine

sits in the glass a very nice deep amber. a finger of white head accumulates after the pour but vanishes in no time. i assume this is because of the alcohol. the brew is nevertheless reasonably carbonated

sweet smell. too much for me. it wasn't a bad nose: complex, malty. i don't drink lagers as much, so the smells were slightly alien
too sweet. bready malitness with a hint of apricot or something. more than noticeable alcohol and solid bitterness

not a huge fan. it was too much of mostly everything. i could see that this might benefit from aging, so perhaps i will do an experiement

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Photo of CVC
4.59/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2004 bottling.

Came in a 12 oz. bottle; served in a pint glass.

Pours a copper/red color with no head. A heavy alcoholic nose of plums and raisins. Lots of carbonation at first, but finishes with a syrupy taste of mixed fruits and alcohol. Has a thick, syrupy, smooth mouthfeel.

This is a hefty beer. It warms you up like liquor. Must be drank slowly to be appreciated. Has a great taste a creamy mouthfeel to it. Highly recommended.

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Photo of stjarnflikka
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2002 vintage.

Pours a red and brown beer thats totally clear with nice big bubbles. Last out of the bottle comes a foam that melts like butter in a frying pan.

Smell is immense. There is alcoholic character that reminds of rum, raisins, some spices and "glögg"(a swedish wine with spices). Smell is very fruity and sweet with big flowery traces, pepper and alcohol.

Taste is also immense, and wonderful. Cherries, raisins and spices make the first impression. Beer has a surypy sweet tone and generally just a damn complex taste. Its filles with fruits, dark sugar, syrup, alcohol and spices. Alcohol breaks through and warms the body and i really enjoy each sip.

Hurlimann made this brew in 250 ml bottles and i can really see why :) taste is great and powerful, a very, very good brew to just sit and sip at for an hour or so. I have some 2002 bottles left ill store and some from 2003 that ill bring out next year :)

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Photo of Illini5596
4.88/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Samichlaus is an Emporer amoung beers. Rare and hard to come by, it is important to pick some up if you see it. As the self proclaimed "Rarest beer in the world", one expects an expert presentation and it does not dissapoint. The color is rich and smell is exceptional. The taste is likewise impressive being an interesting blend of malt, sweetness, creamy full bodied goodness, and a hard kick from the high alcoholic content which brings it all into line. It is a real pleasure to drink, well worth the wait, effort, and money that goes into purchasing it. Above all, this beer begs to be shared. The experience of sharing a few bottles of such a rare and wonderful beer is half the pleasure of drinking it. Enjoy and make the most of it, treasure every sip and memorize every flavor.

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Photo of MediocreatBest
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

orangish red, with ruby hues gimmering in and out. white head, typical nothing great nothing bad. smells of toffee, peanut butter, cherries, adn typical double bock smell. taste is also that typical double bock taste of toffee, but with a hint of cherries, and plum, and alcohol. alcohol taste seems somewhat unbalanced but nothing horrible. i can see why some people rate this real bad, that typical ock tatse is to the extreme with a slight cardboard taste, but i like it, the fruit notes really bring it together. a little thin in the mouth. but the odd taste does take away from the drinkability. soemthig i am glad i tryed but don't know if i will drink again.

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Photo of cro250klr
3.29/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If your a dopplebock fanatic, I'd say try it. If for nothing else, just bragging rights. Then, form your own oppion. I love the dopples and the barleywines. I love the high ABV's. I could sustain myself on Salvator. DF Immort is wonderful when the first snow arrives. And those boring cold February days in the northeastern U.S. are so much more plesant with an Old School Barleywine at your side.
The hype was too much for me. The fact that this is a seasonal brew and that's it's made in Austria did me in. From the land of BMW's and Merdedes? For sure this must be the Holy Grail of dopples. I ran off and bought a case, ( The Pa. LCB should be abolished for such archaic rules), and was nearly $90 lighter on the ride home. None the less, I had my Sami.
The ride home was over and this was the moment of truth. The pour was magnificent. Liquid copper. The swirl revealed that this truly has a high alchol content. The chill was in the air and the testing conditions were perfect. "Merry Christmas to me", I said as I lifted the glass for the first sniff and taste. Is that...Brandy? Cognac? Cherries?...Vicks Formula 44D! The sniff didn't lie, because the aftertaste was just that...44D. However, if sugar had a smell to it, that's all that would be in the aroma. Man, is this stuff lip smacking sweet. Too sweet, I'm afraid to say. While I can tolerate the alcohol, the syrupy taste takes over right from the get go. The other flavors try to meld but that overbearing sweetness is too much for them and they are lost. Then, the Vicks aftertaste ruins what would otherwise be a superb winter warmer. Oh, your belly still gets warm. And, after two 11.2's you're like toast. But, in the course of the day I couldn't get more that three down. All the flavors of a good barleywine or dopple are there, and they are complex, but they don't seem to be in the right proportions. I've gotten sick from sweet wines and sweet mixers in my day so I didn't want to take this any farther.
Over the course of the holidays, I managed to down eight bottles. The rest will be cellared utill the snow is flying again next winter. I've read that this gets better with age, and I've got faith in the Europeon brewers. We'll just have to see. Maybe the sugar will die off a bit. In retrospect I'm not sorry I bought this. But to this BA, an Old School for a belly warmer, or a Salvator when you'd like three or four, would be a much better choice.

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Photo of Quaffer
2.4/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

11.2 oz. bottle. Bottled on December 6, 2003. Picked this one up in Kansas City. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: Poured a crystal clear amber. A really nice, deep color. The cream colored head rose up to only about a finger with a lot of effort. It was fizzy and dissipated quickly. There was no lacing.

Smell: A heavy, thick malt sweetness dominated the aroma. Right after the pour was the unmistakeable aroma of cough syrup, but that died away quickly. What remained was the aforementioned sweetness, light roasted malt, tart black cherries, and a general sweet candy smell. Almost cotton candy like at times. There were also hints of spicy alcohol combined with a light smokiness in the background.

Mouthfeel: Very syrupy feeling. Really coated the inside of the mouth. Medium bodied and dead feeling in the mouth.

Taste: Holy crap! Sweet beyond all that is holy. There was some tart cherry in the middle and some alcohol on the finish, but other than that, just head shaking sweetness. After the sugar shock wore off, I did notice some spirit-like alcohol flavors as well as some charred wood, but these were mild compared to the mind-numbing sweetness.

Glad I tried it, but it shall never pass my lips again. Didn't even want to finish this.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.23/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a goblet style glass. Has a nice brown/orange/bronze color with a low rise of head.

Smell has lots of prunes and heavy alcohol.

The raisin/prune taste really tries to battle inside this beer, but is eventually overcome by the intense alcohol of this beer. While the body is very rich, the taste seems to disagree with itself.

The overall experience of this beer was disappointing. While a 14%ABV can be fun, this beer doesn't do enough to hide the 'malt liquor' element and make it a pleasant drinking experience.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.82/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Christmas Day 2006 - I have here a bottle from 1996 from the Hürlimann Brewery.... Ten years old.... hmmmm.... Can't really review it, and it's not from Eggenberg, but I wanted the notes here for posterity...

Pours a clear, deep mahogany. Scant light penetrates, with little, if any, carbo within. Hard pour produces nary a hint of head; just a touch of tan bubbles around the edge. No lacing left anywhere. Aroma is a whopper! Smells of sweetness and malt, with figs and dates soaked in alcohol, sherry-like. Wow! Mouthfeel is superb! Nearly full-bodied and silky smooth on the palate. Lovely! Flavor is akin to the aroma in that it is replete with malty sweetness, and then some more malt for good measure! This is a fruit-cake made only with dark fruits, like figs, currants, prunes, etc... and then soaked juicily in alcohol. What a warmer! Oh, to be in that aforementioned Alpine Stube, safe from the chill on a White Christmas, warming with a couple of these, as well as with Alewife!
Then again, at home on an unseasonably mild, snowless Christmas day, with Alewife, Scheister and the Princess is more than satisfactory!! ;-)

If I could, I'd rate this 4.0/5.0/5.0/4.5/5.0 - 4.75.

Frohe Weihnachten und Prosit!!

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Christmas Day - 2004...
This is a sample bottled in 2002. Has a deep, clear mahogany/garnet hue, with just a smidge of head around the rim of the glass, with minimal lacing. The nose is quite robust, with rich sherry notes and malty sweetness, not to mention a whiff of "heat" from the alcohol. Almost seems like it has spicy qualities (cinammon? huh??), too. It is exceedingly smooth, and the body is above medium, though it escapes the realm of being full-bodied by a bit. Unbelievably ripe with maltiness and sweet notes. Like the aroma, heavy with sherry-like hints and warmth. Has just a suggestion of hops, and just a small one at that. A superb sipping bier, with the ability to get the cheeks rosy in a hurry. Verry tasty!! I can easily picture myself with a snifter of this, sitting in a little snow-bound Stube in the Alps, watching the snow fall outside while warming my innards. Well, I guess sitting in the living room, by the tree, with the kids and their new gifts is equally satisfying!

Zum Wohl, and Frohe Weihnachten!!

I have also today had a 2003 version. As far as appearance, mouthfeel and drinakability, all are pretty much the same. Aroma is still strongly sweet, though more malty than sherry-like. I find similar characteristics in the flavor; more aspects accentuating the malty side of things, with a touch less of the sherry qualities from '02. I'd rate it the same as the 2002 sample I tried earlier today. A lovely sipper, a wonderful warmer of a bier!

overall: 4.8
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

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Original review from 09JAN02 of the 2001 edition. Lovely dark copper ruby color; nose hits you with alcohol and maltiness! Oh so full and smooth on the tongue! The dark fruit/alcohol combo taste is lovely! (5.0/4.5/5.0/5.0/4.0=4.80)


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Photo of Shaw
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed a glass of Samichlaus (I'm guessing the 2003 vintage) at my local pub, the Cock & Bull. They had a special tapping of the keg party at midnight on Christmas Eve 2004.

I had a bottle of this beer a couple years ago and remember it being too extreme for my tastes. The glass I had tonight was a lot better. And while the recipe may be different, I think my palate is what actually has changed.

It's a glowing-brown (!) in color with a foamy white head that doesn't last. It smells of carmel, sugar and grape. The taste is quite sweet -- even syrupy -- with a very present alcohol flavor.

The body is slick, like other high-alcohol beers.

I cut the drinkability score a notch because this beer is so strong and sweet. Believe me, it's good. You just don't want a lot of it.

If you like barleywines and dopplebocks, try Samichlaus. And get it on-tap if you can!

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Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
89 out of 100 based on 1,067 ratings.