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Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Ratings: 1,769
Reviews: 1,034
rAvg: 4
pDev: 16.75%
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Austria

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 fastd03
4.8/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The Samichlaus classic is my second favorite beer I've had. A friend bought it so that we could sample a few of his favorite beers. I have a personal inkling for stronger beers, but there's a tendency of many to truly taste alcoholic in order to up the ABV. Samichlaus is certainly strong, but it manages to be little more alcoholic-tasting than an equivalent doppel with an ABV of just 8 or 9. Moreover, it has a delicious sweetness that was an absolute delight to my taste buds!

Photo of claytong
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2003 bottle

appearance - a dark wood in color. head was small

smell - not much going on besides the malt. a bit of wet wood.

taste - more malt, what a surprise? nothing very nice either. bland. wheres anything bold from 14 percent?

mouthfeel - very drinkable for 14 percent. hardly noticed the alcohol, light bodied and not too cloying.

Photo of jayhawk73
3.04/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours an amber color w/ a one finger head that disappears almost instantaneously. This beer is extremely easy to see through, and doesn't really look like a 14% ABV brew.

S- Not getting a lot here- mostly just some roasted malt that's on the weak side. Definitely the weak spot of this brew. Definite disappointment.

T- Wow. I've had this brew in the past and really liked it. Not sure if they changed the recepie, but this doesn't taste as potent. Some malt, and alcohol, and almost a dishwater like taste that I don't remember before. Nothing more than average on this beer.

M- Very syrup like in feel, almost like cold medicine. Nothing more than average here.

O- Really disappointed in this beer. Had it before and it's been really good. This was very average. Can't really recommend this beer unless you just want to drink a 14% beer.

Photo of sweemzander
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip. 2009 vintage.

(A)- Pours a deep mahogany color. Produced some tan froth.

(S)- Rum/Bourbon soaked raisin, fig, and prune aromas. Subtle bits of a toasty caramel.

(T)- Just like the smell. Booze soaked dark fruits with a warm and malty finish.

(M)- A slick, almost oily carbonation feel. Extremely sweet with a potent boozy heat.

(D)- I can definitely see how this will really shine with a large number of years worth of age under its belt. Having this fresh definitely tells me this will last for decades with no problem; I look forward to finding out.

Photo of rwmiscik
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a clear brown color with a hint or red in there. Had a smell of booze and sweetness. It tasted very sweet and very alcoholic and i would say with a few years of age on it this beer will be phenomenal but right out of a fresh bottle it is too sweet and needs to mature.

Photo of MONKandTUCK
1.97/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

First of all, I'm glad for the opportunity to have tried this beer and for places like Smokin' Joe's on Pittsburgh's Southside which features great craft beers, especially trying to obtain rarities like this.

A- poured into snifter. It was dark, but it appeared to have an auburn color.

A- Fusel. Some anise. Some brandy. Not beer.

T- Syrup meets White Lightening. This stuff reminds me of the B-Movie Horror, the Blob. It wrought a path of destruction even though it moved slower than sin. Somehow, this stuff makes it from the glass, over my palate into my gut. Very warming. Lots of malty syrup.

M- Like 3 beers packed into one.

O- Not sure if this is exceptional brewing craftsmanship or a science experiment. The heat is over-bearing and there's no discernible flavor except some off-qualities.

Sooo many beers have been brewed with pains to showcase particular features, or master balance, or blend subtleties. Then this one comes along, strong as jet fuel and sells just because it was once the world's strongest beer and is released once a year. Not impressed. Try harder to make a good beer, and worry less about wagging your junk around.

Legend goes, when St. Nicholas decked Arius, he was drunk on this stuff. Thereafter, this stuff was given to the bad girls and boys before the discovery of coal.

Photo of SouthFLBeerLover
3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes: I was given one bottle of this beer by a friend of mine to see how I like it, since he did not care for it at all. The beer that I'm reviewing below was bottled in 2007, so it has aged 3.5 years. According to the label the beer becomes more complex as it ages.

A: Dark brown color. Produces a very tiny white head with little lacing

S: Smell is dominated by extremely sweet malt syrup smell with some roasted nuts and nutmeg overtones.

T: This is an extremely sweet, malty tasting beer that has no hops to mention present. The taste is so sweet in fact that one can only drink one of these slowly on occassion. Molasses are almost overwhelming, but one gets used to the rather unique taste of this beer, when sipping it over longer period of time. I can see this as an alternative to sweet liqueur, to be sipped during the Holidays in front of a burning fireplace (not a very common sight here in S. Florida) The alchol taste is definately there, which should be no suprise to anyone, since the ABV is 14%. I'd say that this is a dessert beer, because I can't imagine any dish that this beer would go well with.

M: Very light carbonation, small bubbles and creamy. Full-bodied.

O: Way too sweet for my taste and not aromatic enough. However, I think it has it's place in the beer universe as a winter beer (in cold climates, here in S. Florida it would be a stretch) that you enjoy slowly in front of a burning fireplace.

Photo of damndirtyape
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330mL beer (bottled 2009) poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Mahogany to dark coppery orange color with bubbles moving up slowly through the clear beer. Poured a light tan head, but this dissipated quickly and left the faintest of rings at the edge. No lacing. Nice color.

Smell: Sweet, dark fruits, grape, brandy, and strong alcohol notes. Smells much like a high ABV doppelbock would be expected to.

Taste: Sweet malt and grape/plum flavors up front, then a warming alcoholic finish. No bitterness at all. Malt forward and at times more like a fine liquor rather than a beer. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: Thick, smooth and creamy. The barest of carbonation present but the absence of carbonation works really well here.

Overall / Drinkability: I was thinking of holding this until July for a goofy "Christmas in July!" theme, but for whatever reason, I wanted it tonight 6 months from Christmas, even though Dec. 6 is the real date for this beer. And in a way I wish I had held onto this beer until the Winter. It's definitely a beer for sipping and warming one's self, and slowly enjoying over the course of an evening. I suspect it's this brew that keeps St. Nick mellow over the course of his gift giving, and maybe even keeps the Krampus in line. It's a very smooth beer with a nice alcoholic kick to it, one solely for savoring and passing the night with. While I think I could handle 400mL of this beer rather than 330mL, one bottle is enough. It's too powerful to have more than one, and in a way if I had more than one, I'd think I was missing the special point of this beer. I can see from reading this I'm rambling, but this is a beer that's made me ponder it a bit, and for that, overall I'm giving it a five. It's not amazing from a smell or appearance, but it really grows on you and makes you realize this is one special brew.

Photo of scbrew
2.96/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear Redish Brown with a light tan head. Very musty aroma that turned to sweet as the beer sat for a while. May have been an old bottle. Very sweet and alcoholic took me a while to get through it. Too sweet for my taste. At 14% alcohol...sounds like truth serum to me.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.82/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

RESERVE BOTTLE FROM 2000. CONSUMED MAY 2011.

A - Dark brown/amber almost chocolate syrup. Viscous and deep with almost no light passing through. No head at all. A rich molasses body, coating the glass like cough syrup.

S - Very sweet nose with aromas of dark and brown sugar, creme brulee, caramel, burnt toffee, brown raisins, dried figs and a spiced sweet alochol arising from the beer. Smells sweet, malty and luscious.

T - This beer is pretty much perfect. Love nectar. A giant meld of flavors on the palate. A deep, rich, syrupy-malty body with tastes of molasses, dark toffee, dried dark fruits, brown sugar, varied fruit sugars, dark syrup and a sweet and dark alcohol. You can tell this is a strong beer but the alcohol is sweet, soft and aged to perfection. Flavors of a digestivo or winter warmer evident here. (i.e. sherry or brandy)

M - One of the slickest, smoothest, softest beers I have ever consumed. Full bodied but in no way overpowering, this brew easily glides from your lips to your stomach, massaging you all the way. The faintest carbonation sits in the background. The finish is slightly dry and so sweet and refined.

O - Easily one of my favorite beers fresh, this 2000 vintage stopped me in my tracks. This was a steal, I was able to grab 3 bottles of this for next to nothing. This brew changes from year to year and the different flavors and notes can be tracked, finding new levels of complexity. Find this beer and drink it fresh, vintage or age some yourself.

Photo of Raven3464
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark red, light brown tone with little carbonation.

Smell: Smells like fresh melons and cookie dough. Oddly, the high alcohol content is not noticeable.

Taste: Sweet! This really could be labeled alcoholic candy. Seriously, this beer is like a wine cooler on steroids. It starts out with a sweet candy taste and ends with a slight burn from the high ABV. Along there way I caught a hint of dark fruits, notably raisin.

Mouth feel: It's full-bodied with an abrasive aftertaste from the high ABV. Oddly enough though, the aftertaste grows on you as the beer warms.

Overall: A very good beer. The alcohol is not as well hidden as it could be and so the aftertaste will likely turn off those who cannot handle stronger drinks. Other than that this is a good take on the style.

Photo of KajII
3.32/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Dimpled Mug]

Poured a medium brown with a slight red hue around the edges and a small white fizzy head with no lacing to speak of. The aroma was heavy with the scent of toasted malts, a mild resin hop and a soapy yeast with notes of dried fruit (raisins and plums) and a strong does of alcohol. It tasted very sweet and a little acidic with almost a wine characteristic from the dried fruit from start to finish with a real warming sensation from the high alcohol content at the end. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and dry in texture with a medium carbonation. Overall a very boozy brew, a little more than I would have liked.

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Unibroue tulip. Bottled in 2010.

A: Pours a dark but clear copper color. Thin layer of pale tan head with little retention and some lace.

S: No hops, all malt, sweet and vinous, dark candied fruits.

T: Sweet dark fruit and melon nectar with a bit of peppery spice in the mix. Very port-like. Surprisingly, the alcohol is well integrated. The taste borders on cloying, but I think the spice saves it.

M: A very full body, but the carbonation adds some soda-like lightness that helps to accent the spicy notes in the flavor.

O: A nice, big beer. I think this one would improve with some age-- will pick up some more to cellar for another year or two. When you're ready to try it, give yourself ample time-- one bottle can easily last a couple of hours or more.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark/burnt brown with a ruby coloring. Almost no head. Just some traces of bubbles. The nose is very strong with a big amount of caramel malty sweetness that is balanced with the alcohol well. A lot of darker fruit flavors. Some deep red grapes and candied plums. The taste is very sweet and malty but also with a big amount of alcohol on the finish. Thick boozy body so it takes a while to drink.

Photo of kojevergas
3.02/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Served from a bottle into an An Brainblasta goblet in the Porterhouse Dublin. Reviewed from notes. Cost me 7.20 quid for feck's sake.

A: 2.5 finger head of fair thickness, lacking cream. Non-transparent hazy light brown colour. Nice bubble show.

Sm: Pineapple! Fermented brown sugar pineapple, a scent very similar to tepache. Alcohol.

T: Delayed pineapple and yeast body. Either unrefined or brown sugar fermentables come through. Complex, yet subtle hoppy notes. Strong taste. Built uniquely. Warms the chest. Evocative of tepache.

Mf: Nice dryness on the climax, though too coarse, holding the alcohol on the tongue, an unpleasant effect.

Dr: 7.20 is far too much for this high ABV beer. It's a sipper, and doesn't conceal its ABV well, though it's not meant to. I'd have it again in Austria if the price were right and I wanted a sipper.

B-

***
02.06.15: Rereviewed.

BOTTLE: 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass. Great label art. Branded silver pry-off cap. Served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

14% ABV. Reviewed live. Imported by Wetten Importers, Inc.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5-2.0 fingers wide. Off-white colour. Decent thickness/fullness/creaminess. Retention is well above average - ~3 minutes. No lacing.

BODY: Clear translucent copper-amber of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast or sediment is visible.

Appears aptly carbonated. Not unique or special, but generally appealing.

AROMA: Biscuit malt, faint spice, graham cracker, graininess, sugarcane, heavy syrupy malt, some faint buttery notes. Vague indistinct fruit. A kiss of maple and/or birch syrup. It's a beast in terms of its malt weight, but it's not unappealing - just a lot to handle.

Aromatic intensity is moderate.

Suggests a syrupy sweet beer that needs some serious mellowing. Alcohol is definitely present, but it's not fusel or extraordinarily boozy.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Graham cracker, heavy syrupy malts, a light touch of caramel, sugarcane, indistinct vague fruit, light buttery notes, some faint maple and birch syrup...this is heavy and syrupy, with huge weight and heft on the palate. Butterscotch. It's not as honeyed as it tastes, but boy is there sweetness. Its boozy smoothness is fair for what it is, but why is it so damned thick? More complexity and nuance is needed to justify the viscosity of this brew. It's overcarbonated to boot.

Can I reiterate that this is fucking syrupy?

It's fairly shallow, and lacks enough duration and intensity of flavour. By no means a subtle brew; make no mistake, this is quite overt.

Not oily, gushed, scratchy, rough, or astringent. But it does have ample booziness.

Overall its fundamental lack of balance and relative simplicity really hold it back. I can think of many doppelbocks I prefer to this one. The fruitiness is interesting, but I can't put my finger on what exactly it is...sugarplum? Grape? What is that? It's so faint...

OVERALL: Not a chuggable brew by any stretch. I respect its place in history, and would like to one day try an original Hürlimann bottle, but the Eggenberg iteration is wanting. A boozy syrupy brew I could only justify trying again if it was bolstered by serious cellar aging. Maybe this would mellow out with age, but as is I'm struggling to enjoy it even as I give it little sips.

Probably best as an after-dinner digestif; a small shotglass size amount would be ideal.

C

Photo of OldIronLungs
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brewed in 2007. Poured into my Duvel tulip a garnet amber. Zero head, only a bubble or two willing to fight against the alcohol. A doppelbock? Definitely. A whopperbock? Looks like it.

Nose is huge - dark fruits; plums, cherries, raisins and figs, burnt caramel, sweet bread.

Wow, this is impressive. Super sweet but not overwhelming, delicate and syrupy but doesn't linger unpleasantly. Caramel, rich dark berries, honey, some earthy clove spiciness. Ever so light carbonation builds a really nice texture tumbling across the tongue. A little bit of heat at the end, but I was really taken by just how hidden it was throughout the sip. Letting it warm just brings out a lightly burnt heat and the flavors just continue to pop.

I think it lived up to its own hype. It's big and sweet but so easy to sip. It reminds me of port, it's better than dessert, it's an evening's companion and a night ender otherwise. I will endow this beer to my son upon his birth, then reclaim them from him on his 5th, 8th and 10th birthdays. Can't call it just a doppelbock in good conscience. Truly a treat.

Photo of Brenden
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Matt at the Beer and Wine Cave was kind enough to pull this off the shelf (given to him by a distributor) to sample, so many thanks to him. Notes aren't too recent but they're good.

The color is a dark mahagony red-brown. An aged, high-alcohol brew...I'm not surprised that the light orange-tan head is so small or that retention isn't very good. That it exists as it does and leaves anything behind is something, and the head isn't all that weak anyway.
This beer is a kick in the face. It hits right off the bat, alcohol and huge malt and basketsful of plums and figs and raisins. This smells like someone put rum cakes and a basket of fruit in a full rum barrel and let it sit, but malts are cetainly not neglected. This is peculiar for a doppelbock, but then I've never had a 14% ABV doppelbock.
This beer is more like a gigantic American barleywine in character, but I do get a bit of the common doppel notes, if just. I'd like it all to work together to give me a bit more blended, well-conglomerated complexity of flavor, but it is tasty. It must, of course, be sipped. Anything else risks death.
The body is full and fairly slick with some wmoothness to it. There's obviously not much carbonation, but it comes together nicely anyway.
This is a crazy huge beer. I would seek this one out.

Photo of bobhits
2.45/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an uneventful nearly void of carbonation in the body, that at the very end of the pour suddenly plops in a bit of head that quickly runs away. OK it’s 14% so to be expected. The beer is amazingly clear and oddly bottled in 2009 so no yeast as separated yet? I’m not sure if I should be Impressed or worried. Sort of an orange amber color that I don’t really dig.

Smells like apples juice with a bit of dark fruits and beer malt. There is simply no noticeable alcohol which is rather surprising given the 14%.

Ah there’s that alcohol. This reminds me more of a fresh English barely wine. So I’m not sure what to think of it as a dopplebock. It doesn’t have the thick mouth feel of most let alone the taste of one. Fruity, sweet, brown sugar, dates, figs, spicy almost burning hops at the finish, candy, and well the sink. The problem is the alcohol and hops don’t balance or fix anything but instead just battle with the other flavors. Clearly a few more years to mellow this are a good idea.

I’m not thrilled with this “rarest and most extraordinary beverage” by any means. This is making for a less than enjoyable beer in the mouth. Too hot and hard to put to words but a watery thick syrup mouth feel.

This beer seems out of style a bit, but at 14% I suppose it is going to be a bit odd. It does have a nice flavor, it has plenty going for it, but too much here isn’t working for me. I would consider trying an older vintage though. I’m fairly certain many of these flaws will mellow and improve.

Photo of farrago
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely loosely knit and delicate head, gets close to two fingers during the pour but dissipates explosively, gone rapidly into a thin layer across the surface,as one would expect the lacing is likewise haphazard and short-lived. Quite clear amber red in color, light enough that you get yellow aside the orange hues at the glass bottom and rims, a few lazy bubbles visible here and there. The nose is incredibly sweet and fruity, oodles of raisin, fig, date, prune along with plum, cherry scents, no lack of ginger, cinnamon spice, syrupy canned orange slices, lilac air spray, molasses and honey, milk chocolate, lighter raw cookie dough, nothing distinctly opposes the sweetness yet does not seem out of balance. Medium-bodied, hard to believe that it’s actually sweeter and more syrupy here in the mouth. This even with fairly sharp-edged carbonation and a peppery kick. Molasses, maple syrup, honey coat the tongue, then chocolate, ginger, juicily sour orange to lemon citrus help it retain a credible energy level. The cherry, apricot, fig, golden raisin, banana fruit thus avoids a darker fruit complexion while staying concentrated and sugary. More scone, croissant, pastry flakiness here. Not sure how they categorize this as a “Doppelbock,” it’s much more intense than most. No alcoholic burn and, again, stays balanced, absolutely a “dessert beer” and understandable why it’s released during the winter. (Bottled in 2009)

Photo of haazer
3.34/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a hefeweizen glass.

A- A hard pour yields an initial 2 fingers of offwhite head, that lasts a bit longer than you'd expect for a high abv. The brew itself is a mohagony red, filtered clear. Good carbonation with bubbles constantly racing to the surface.

S- Smells of thick caramel, and roasted nuts upfront. A dominant bready lager yeast, pumperknickel, and a little bit of cough syrup. Suprisingly I don't detect much alcohol in the nose.

T- Initial flavors is berries dripped with caramel. Then it takes a turn for the sweet...no make that CLOYING taste. Very, very sweet. Alcohol is then felt in a burn with the aftertaste. There are some doppelbock attributes to the flavor, but the sweetness just dominates. Would've liked to have tried the retired doppelbock version.

M- Mouthfeel is thick and very syrupy. Some heat from the booze is felt. So thick that this is definitely a sipper.

O- My dad used to give me whiskey in hot tea when I had a sore throat as a kid, I could see this as a substitute. I can imagine this becoming much better with age though, if the sweetness would die down. I didnt' taste the booze as much as others had which I suppose is a plus.

Photo of ascrivens
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Apr 2011.
Bottled 2007 - 4 year aged

Having never tried this brew before I am very pleasantly surprised.

It would have been good to find an unaged bottle to compare but as is, here it goes.

The liquid appearance is outstanding. The reddish hues make for a very attractive beer. The head was very weak on this particular pour (using a weizen glass). The pour was centered nearly the whole bottle yet only a 5mm (1/8" ?) of head was able to be obtained. This could be due to aging.

The smell is quite mild. There are sweet aromatics, perhaps a little like caramel. The alcohol, while present in the nose, is very subtle at this age. This is probably really beneficial considering the 14% abv.

Taste, well, to put it mildly, sweet. It is very sweet. Almost overpoweringly sweet. The sugars mask much of what flavour there may be and it is difficult to delve deeper. There are molasses and caramel notes. There is a mild maple and even milder raisin note. That said, It has none of the sharpness I expected of a beer of this alcohol content (clearly masked by the sugars)

Mouthfeel is beyond good. It is so smooth it is hard to believe. The beer coats the mouth like a smooth rum, and does resemble it in its molasses and sugar feel. It is a heavier feel like a distilled alcohol as well. There is little to no bite from the alcohol; and no burn from the alcohol.

Overall, the pros - mouthfeel. simply amazing. It truly makes up for many shortcomings. The major downfall... plainly too sweet (for me at least). But that level often comes with really high abv's. Less importantly, not enough aromatics.

Would i drink again? probably. Probably shared amongst friends, and certainly as an aperitif or desert drink. It is best in small amounts.

I would like to try one of less age to compare and see what changes.

Photo of swierczt
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2008. Poured into a snifter to fully enjoy aromas. This is the first bottle from a four pack that I purchased.

A: Pours mahogany and still – similar in color to a bourbon. Absolutely no head develops. No carbonation is visible.

S: Sweet honey and figs. The smell of alcohol is very apparent – which actually burns the nose a bit.

T: A nice balance between sweetness and warmth. Honey, brown sugar, amaretto. A hint of pepper, but perhaps this flavor is due to the warmth of the alcohol.

M: Crisp, light carbonation. Some warming and tingling on my tongue and in my throat.

D: This is definitely a sipper. The 14% ABV was obvious for me about half way through the beer. If given the opportunity – give it a try. Looking forward to cellaring the remaining three bottles for a bit longer to see how it changes.

Photo of Knapp85
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first time I had this beer I was just starting to dabble in strong beers. At the time this power house was the strongest I had ever tried. This beer poured out as a deep copper color brownish red. The head was non existent. The carbonation was good though. The smell was sweet and boozie, the taste was also semi sweet and rather bitey. Lots of dark berries and malt creating a very complex brew. Overall this beer is pretty damn tasty and rather good for the winter season.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 2009, aged about 1.5 years.

Golden amber in color. Head retention is fairly poor: froth disappears in a few minutes after a hard pour and no lacing or remaining bubbles afterwards.

Slightly weak in the scent area, additional aromatics would be highly appreciated! I pick up caramel, light breadiness, amaretto sweetness, and a strong rush of alcohol if inhaled too deeply. I don't pick up the raisins or figs that others detect, but those fruits themselves don't give up a deep, rich scent.

I really enjoy the taste of this beer. It's a sweet, ultra-malty, super-rich doppelbock that knocks open every door. Opening tastes of malt sugars and caramel, perhaps even a slight maple tinge to things. This mellows into some continued sweetness alongside some faint raisin and dried fig tastes. A bit of spiciness from unknown phenolic compounds. Finish is sweet, slightly alcoholic (amaretto) and warming.

The body is medium-heavy, with carbonation at a good level beside this thickness. This is suitable for a sipper like this, I wouldn't want to rush things along with a higher level of carbonation.

Overall, I really enjoy taking this beer in over an evening, though I would truly appreciate a more commanding olfactory presence

Photo of prototypic
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to csmiley for this beast.

Vintage 2006

Samichlaus Bier pours a reddish copper color. It's mostly clear, and backlighting gives it a distinct red appearance. An off-white head collects on the surface, but barely rises above it. It falls quickly. Lacing was light and very spotty.

The nose is pretty good. More strength would be good. It's very malty and sweet. Caramel and light chocolate are front and center. The chocolate smells like cocoa. Dark fruit is in the mix, but it's a secondary component. Smells like fig and light raisin. Alcohol is definitely noticeable. It's not overpowering, but is definitely there. Tough to hide 14%. Smells a little spicy and herbal on the tail.

The flavor is interesting. It is good, but it's a novel Doppelbock to be sure. First off, it's incredibly sweet. A little too sweet to be honest. If you're averse to sugary beer, you should walk away. Caramel and chocolate malts make up the base. It does have a nice cocoa flavor. Dark fruit flavors of raisin and fig blend well with the malty flavors. Light spices and herbs are noted, but they're too subtle for me to identify. Alcohol is definitely noted in flavor and generates a good bit of heat. Finishes very sweet and very warm.

Samichlaus has a medium body. Carbonation is very light, and gives it a smooth feel. I honestly wouldn't mind a few more bubbles though. It's still quite the sipper though. It has some pretty strong brakes in the form of sweetness and alcohol.

Samichlaus has really become something of a legend over the years. It is good, but it's extremely sweet flavor and boozy character hold it back. Even after several years, it's still very warm. Having said that, it does have a nice flavor if you can tolerate the sweetness. It's definitely one of those beers that every BA should try at least once. Thanks for my opportunity, Chris.

Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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