Samichlaus Classic
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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From:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
 
Austria
Style:
Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #28
ABV:
14%
Score:
90
Ranked #9,745
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 16.17%
Ratings:
2,234
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 27, 2022
Added:
Feb 25, 2001
Wants:
  203
Gots:
  442
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Samichlaus ClassicSamichlaus Classic
Notes: 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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3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

Poured from an 11.2 oz. can. Has a dark chestnut color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, dark fruits. Taste is cherries, raisins, malts, and lots and lots of alcohol. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid but very boozy beer.

Mar 27, 2022
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4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BB1313 from Ohio

11.2oz can poured into a tulip.

Pours an amber with ruby hues; nice clarity and transparency; small light khaki head that fades quickly leaving decent retention and lacing. Great color.

The aromas are malt forward. Lots of sweet caramel. Some dark fruits, toffee and cocoa. Some vanilla and coconut as well.

The flavors follow the nose perfectly. More sweet and sticky caramel leading the way. Lots of raisins along with some cherries. More cocoa and toffee. Some milk chocolate. More vanilla and coconut in the mix. Solid sweetness. Subtle spiciness. Lower bitterness. Strong malt backbone. It drinks big and finishes slightly hot, but in a good way. It becomes more balanced the more that you dive into it.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate to low carbonation. It's slick, sticky and slightly fluffy.

This is a great Triplebock. It's big and bold while ultimately remaining balanced. It's very enjoyable and fun to drink. The craftsmanship is on point. Well done. I really like it.

Mar 03, 2022
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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by dd53grif from Michigan

A Rare Beer Club selection. Pours a dark copper color with almost no head. Aroma is dark fruit and caramel. Tastes of sweet cherries, other fruit and alcohol. Finishes with a warm alcohol burn. Enjoyable.

Feb 25, 2022
 
4.39 by SaxmanRick from Minnesota on Feb 20, 2022
 
4.36 by irishevans from California on Feb 14, 2022
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2.86/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by Kenneth_Penn

Sweet. It could well.be this is just my style. I like dryer ales. This is for cola lovers IMHO. Great pairing with sweet milk chocolate. I could see this working with a Brie and honey, or maybe something savory? Standing alone I’m not a fan. Possibly great if you like triples?

Feb 02, 2022
Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

2012 vintage poured from a 330mL bottle into a snifter. pours a light brown but gathers in the glass more a faint barleywine brown. no head, no lacing. cherry, port wine and a bit of rye bread on the nose. taste has all that going on plus caramel and fig. it’s a sipper but it’s damn tasty. medium to almost medium thin in body with a slight watery finish. however, despite the appearance, nose AND taste, this is a doppelbock and not a barleywine or old ale. you just expect a little more body from a 14%’er. that said, the thinner mouthfeel makes it a little easier to drink as it is caramel, toffee sticky in feel as well. overall, a very complex beer that opens up and rewards its drinker more and more as the liquid is consumed.

Jan 19, 2022
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3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mwilbur from Minnesota

2016 vintage. Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a clear amber golden red hue with essentially no head.
S: Cherries, brown sugar, oaked sherry, sweet malt, and some dark dried fruit. Boozy.
T: Sweet caramel, dark cherries, oak, red berries, vinous and sherry notes, and some dark dried fruit.
M: Medium body. Layers of malt sweetness. Some fruit and berry elements. Boozy and yet kept in check, likely aging has helped. Lingers nicely on the palate. The 14% ABV sneaks up on you!
D: An interesting brew and glad I got to try it. Definitely one for sipping after a meal with friends. Aging extremely well.

Jan 17, 2022
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4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

2021 vintage; drank 1/11/22 @ the Yarchives.

See-through brown/orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice, noisy khaki head almost no lace.

Sweet caramel, cream & mild raspberry notes in the nose.

Medium thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Port wine, caramel & mild raspberry flavors.

Sweet & boozy, but certainly interesting. I'd have another!!

Jan 12, 2022
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3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Bluecrow from New York

-this cola-colored bottle pour (bottled in 2019) hosts no visible carbonation and a super boozy, toffee-like aroma.
The flavor is full-vitamin K (an occasional childhood tribulation). This version does include some dried, dark fruit aspects and molasses.
The mouthfeel is slick, thin and a bit sticky in the after-taste. I’ll continue to age the other three.

Jan 12, 2022
 
4.73 by Shantzak from Pennsylvania on Jan 09, 2022
 
4.44 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina on Dec 25, 2021
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4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by justme from Massachusetts

Split a bottle with my brother. I bought it last year. Wonderful flavor but the alcohol will knock you over. Sip it slowly with food. Have 3 more bottles will maybe try one next Christmas see if it can mellow more. Most likely will try the fourth one Christmas 2024.

Dec 23, 2021
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3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by GrumpyGas from Illinois

11.2oz bottle dated 2016 poured into a chalice shows a clear, dark garnet body and almost floats a cap of cream colored bubbles sans lacing.

Sweet booze aroma has hints of apricot and plum and plenty of brown sugar.

Flavors hint of grape juice with dark brown sugar.

Oily, full mouthfeel with lip smacking sweetness.

Overall a classic malt bomb.

Dec 13, 2021
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4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by donzilake from Ohio

A strange and exciting brew. One that's not for everyone.

Dec 11, 2021
 
4.25 by CRObighit2 from Canada (ON) on Dec 08, 2021
Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

2021 Vintage enjoyed Dec 5, 2021 - fresh (I gather brewed 364 days earlier on Dec 6, 2020)

Pours a crystal clear dark garnet copper colour with scant tawny head mainly noted at edge of the glass.
Nose hits with brown sugar, raisin, toffee on a bready malt base - notes of vanilla and a hint of booziness.
Wonderfully sweet bready malt on the palate - sweet toffee, caramel, biscuit; notes of raisin bread pudding with vanilla and a punch of booziness.
Smooth, medium full and boozy sweet mouthfeel without being cloying - warming and comforting - a great sipper.

Dec 07, 2021
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4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by RobertB412 from Pennsylvania

11.2 oz. bottle (2016) poured into a pint glass with a dark amber color, minimal tan head and no lacing. Smells of booze, spices, brown sugar. Taste follows aroma with sugary malt, caramel, dark fruit and rum/whisky. Medium bodied with light carbonation and lingering sweetness. Overall, did I mention this is sweet? It's very good and boozy, but definitely a 'once in a while' beer.

Nov 25, 2021
 
4.25 by Pro_Magnon from Texas on Nov 18, 2021
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4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Anders91 from California

Look: A nice clear amber color with a thin off white head

Smell: Very strong malt, caramel, plum, rum

Taste: Very sweet, strong caramel, rum, and plum flavors, nice roasty malt too. If you don't like sweet beers this is not for you.

Feel: Almost syrupy, practically no carbonation

Nov 17, 2021
 
4.12 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 03, 2021
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4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
by PathofChaos from Maryland

Appearance:
Crystalline copper. At its center moves a conveyor belt of disparate bubbles, all in an unhurried procession to reach the top where you’ll find… nothing. No head, no lace. Hmm…

Bouquet:
Whole grain wheat slathered in caramel sauce, followed by spice cake topped generously with raisins plump on rum.

Feel:
A slender medium that’s light and frictionless as a thimble of maple syrup; impossible to believe the 14% ABV.

Taste:
Toasted bran flakes, finely crushed, and tossed with an ample payload of light brown sugar. The midpoint could be characterized as a slab of oak, glazed in molasses, bobbing in a bubbly sea of sherry. Concludes with a mouthful of rum-soaked raisins, grainy wheat, and the smallest slivers of sugar dates.

Overall:
Liquid dessert.

Oct 29, 2021
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2.86/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by 1BrewBacca from Georgia

Look: First thing I noticed is this brew is pretty much flat, no head at all. Only foam present is a .03" ring around the glass and about a .50" circle visible lingering in the center. Liquid color of a red ale. Almost like a dark liquor like whiskey or rum.
Smell and Taste: Pure, overly sweet malt mixed in with the boozes of the 14% ABV. Almost like drinking a bad brandy if I can make such a comparison.
Feel: Feels like it would make a good cough syrup.
Overall: This is the first Malt Liquor I have tried since high school in the late sixties to early seventies. It was Colt 45 back then. I could get that down, this I can't. The sweetness is sky high. I'm hoping I look up this review before I purchase another one of these.

Oct 16, 2021
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4.99/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by glugg

I will not go into the wine style tasting details as others do. All I will say is that if one likes liquid dessert...this is it...astoundingly pleasant.

Oct 13, 2021
 
4.18 by mishi_d from Romania on Sep 16, 2021
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3.19/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
by mscott

Color is great. True dopple style but this is simply candy sweet and reminiscent of a liquer more that a malt forward, dopple. Dopple is my favorite category and top ranking of Ayinger Celebrator and Spaten Optimator are classics. Troegenator by Victory is best US dopple I know of. Love the Sami story though and that alone makes it special, but it deserves a different category classification.

Aug 01, 2021
 
4.19 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania on Jul 18, 2021
Photo of cheeseheadinMinneapolis
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by cheeseheadinMinneapolis from Minnesota

I wish everybody would list the vintage in there reviews/ratings.

11.2 oz bottle (2020 release) I bought a 4 pack, will cellar a few. hopefully I can control myself and let one age for 5 years or more.
Smell: I smell plum, sweet dark fruit, brandy/booze
Taste: Follows the nose, plus caramel and brown sugar. very sweet. I wouldn't want it any sweeter.
feel: Syrupy but not that thick considering the Abv.

I might have to buy more for cellaring. 4.11/5 for now

Jul 14, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by GreesyFizeek from New York

2004 vintage.

This one pours a murky dark reddish/brown, with a small and immediately dissipating head, and no lacing.

There is shockingly no oxidation here, just sticky fruity goodness, caramel, port, sherry, and chocolate.

This has aged really, really well over the past 17 years. There's no booze or oxidation at all here, just a sticky and kind of delicate malt character. It's delicate for how strong the beer is. It's definitely sweet but it never gets cloying or sugary, luckily.

This is medium bodied, with a lower level of carbonation, nearly still, with a sticky mouthfeel.

This was certainly a revelation. I didn't really know what to expect, but it held up quite well for being 17 years old.

Jun 30, 2021
Photo of chitoryu12
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by chitoryu12 from Florida

Look: Dark, somewhat opaque brown with amber highlights in the light. Half a finger of fizzy tan head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Sweet, doughy malt, caramel, fortified wine (port or sherry).

Taste: Surprisingly similar to port. Malty and sweet, but with a distinct grape wine undertone. Mild bitterness on the bottom, with a light fusel alcohol aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Fairly average in feel, with very mild carbonation.

Overall: A strange and exciting brew. One that's not for everyone.

May 09, 2021
Photo of HipCzech
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by HipCzech from Texas

Serving: 11.2 oz bottle (2020 release) poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Deep, chestnut brown with a fleeting cap of off white bubbles.

Smell: Malty, sugary nose with aromas of caramel, molasses, brown sugar and dark fruit.

Taste: Malty and sweet, plenty of molasses, caramel, brown sugar, cocoa and some alcoholic warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium to fuller body with soft carbonation and slightly oily feel.

Overall: Very much a dessert beer for sipping. Layers of sweet, malty notes and boozy warmth, though lacking some of the depth and balance of similarly big beers. Likely to benefit from years of aging.

May 01, 2021
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4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by zac16125 from South Carolina

Pours a very nice caramel color with some amber hues. Decently sized tan head that dissipates very quickly leaving no lacing. Aroma is malt forward and quite sweet with huge caramel, molasses and some candied sugar. There are some floral noble hops-esque notes to balance. Taste is remarkably sweet, like almost stunningly so. I said the aroma was sweet but that’s nothing compared to the taste. It has an almost candy like sugary sweetness, as well as big caramel and molasses notes, yet remains shockingly uncloying with a moderate degree of bitterness and some fusel ethanol bite (in a good way as it balances the sweet bomb). Some lingering subtle dark cocoa notes on the finish, with very subtle earthy almost woody notes. Others have commented on its English Barleywine similarities, and there are perhaps some but not many in my opinion. There’s almost no dark fruit notes here, it’s also much cleaner (which is a poor descriptor I know, but it’s what comes to mind when I drink it). This is wonderfully complex. The mouthfeel is a bit lacking, it’s certainly low on carbonation but not too detrimentally so as in some ways this almost drinks like a lower ABV spirit. This would serve as a terrific after dinner drink, a fine alternative to a port wine for example. ABV is noticeable but necessarily so, as mentioned above. It’s remarkably drinkable. Overall, this is just stellar. How I have never had this beer before is baffling to me. I am picking up several of these both for current drinking and to cellar. Honestly kind of blown away by this.

4/4.25/4.75/4.25/4.75

Apr 13, 2021
 
4.25 by BeerRay from Rhode Island on Apr 10, 2021
 
4.05 by kodt from Illinois on Mar 25, 2021
 
4 by doctorgary from New York on Mar 15, 2021
 
4.16 by DarrellK from Florida on Mar 03, 2021
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1/5  rDev -75.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by piffy from Austria

my 2018 bottle left a very clear message...which reminds me.. meine mutter told me if I didn't have anything nice to say, then don't. I'll leave it at that. I would just tell you to read all the other low, but honest reviews. My background...I used to do worldwide bier tasting as a buyer for a group. i have had the opportunity to taste hundreds of biers from numerous countries. i narrowed my list down to approximately 140 for our purchasing. Our sales demonstrated that our customers enjoyed our selection.
The bier: initial taste was overly (shockingly sugary) sweet with a hint of chocolate.
The bier: look and smell were ordinary, although the higher alcohol level was translated into the nose.
The bier: feel/taste was a somewhat watery syrup(y) experience.
Three sweet biers from my past (to name a few) that did sweet right (imho) were/are: Mackeson Stout, Gosser Dark and MacAndrew's Scotch Ale. Their sweetness seemed to be an inherent, integrated part of creating each one -not as though a sugary mixture after thought had been added somewhere at the end of the manufacturing process. The question is: Did I have a poorly treated bottle or was the (innocent) bottle treated poorly? I'll go with the latter.

Jan 30, 2021
 
4.75 by D-man20 from Pennsylvania on Jan 26, 2021
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4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by SpeedwayJim from New York

12oz. capped bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. 2015 vintage.

Nose is caramel, brown sugar, molasses, raisin, and a boozy, rich, nuttiness. Akin to a barrel aged English Barleywine. Beer opens raisin, caramel, and brown sugar. I get molasses and toffee in the middle with a really sugary booziness. Oak and more layers of brown sugar, molasses and tobacco in the finish. This is unsurprsingly amazing. Body is medium with moderate to low carbonation. Oily on the palate but not super thick. Really drinkable for the ABVs. Boozy going down with a filmy, long, lingering aftertaste.

To say that this has aged gracefully is an understatement. These bottles after 5+ years are liquid gold.

Jan 20, 2021
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4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

Copper-colored brew, very little head, fairly full-bodied, almost syrupy. Flavors are molasses, dark fruits, sweet with a bite like cognac. A sipping beer, ideal for a cold winter night, nurse it through a movie, or a crackling fire. Nice complexity, with a brilliantly disguised 14% ABV.

Jan 19, 2021
Samichlaus Classic from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 2234 ratings