Samichlaus Classic Bier | Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Samichlaus Classic BierSamichlaus Classic Bier

Brewed by:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
The once strongest beer in the world is back! Brewed only once a year on December 6. Samichlaus is aged for 10 months before bottling. This beer is perhaps the rarest in the world. Samichlaus may be aged for many years to come. Older vintages become more complex with a creamy warming finish. Serve with hardy robust dishes and desserts, particulary with chocolates, or as an after dinner drink by itself. Brewed under the exclusive licence of Feldschlösschen-Hürlimann-Holding, Switzerland.

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

2008 bottling to try... others to age for a long time!

- Nice clear dak caramel color... quick fizzy offwhite head... bubbly like champagne.

- Huge sweet caramel malt... nice fresh hop aroma from the bottle... slight bittering hop, toffee... brown sugar from my tumbler glass...

- Ester, sweet caramel madness... fruit, fig... bittering zest of hop.... and tart too from a bit of oak it must be. Little warming in the throat.

- Tart and watering, slightly chewy....

- Overall this is a very interesting brew.... and very strong. Like a way-strong ale. Warming, and not too difficult to drink. Overall kinda cool.

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Photo of natelocc787
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2007 Vintage.

This beer poured with a generous head despite the age on it. I read other reviews saying they got no head, maybe they used the wrong glass. I used a stella snifter. Nose was big time fruit, almonds and booze. Big ripe cherry aroma with some mild spice notes and caramel malt character. The taste is nicely complex with pale and caramel malt backing, ripe red cherries, sweet oak chips, a huge nuttiness with an almond paste and cherry macadamias. Mouthfeel was syrupy, oily yet sufficiently carbonated. Somewhat of a sipper, very nice complexity to this brew. Booze was noticeable but that is expected and welcome in a 14% Doppelbock. I would hate to see anybody slam this beer or lower it's score because of the booziness.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner Glass. Bottled in 2005. 14% ABV.

Thank you to my friend Damon for this beer!

A - Sami pours a totally clear rusty amber color with a low but dense cream-colored head. Pretty good retention for the amount of alcohol present here. A nice swirl produces some heavy, wavy legs on the glass. No lacing left here.

S - Strong toasted and bread-like malts flood the air even on the crack of the cap. Lots of biscuit and sour-dough bread that's lightly toasted. A warm and slightly spicy but not solvent-like alcohol comes out too. The aroma has some old funk to it but still smells like it'll be great! Almost no hops on the nos. There is a very small hint of a light noble variety in there.

T - Wow. That is one thick, malty beer! The flavor is rich with very sweet caramel, biscuity toasted malts and a powerful alcohol flavor. Fruity esters seem to permeate from the booze which is a bit hooter than the nose lets on. No hops in the flavor at all.

M - Samichlaus goes down like Nyquil. It's thicker than most anything I've had but still, despite it's age, has a little carbonation crispness to the end. A warm boozy feeling quickly ensues from this one. A fantastic feel for a winter warming dopplebock.

D - It's not a special day, I just saw it and said, "I finally need to drink this one." Maybe its the impending Christmas season, the cool air, or the fact I started getting the Christmas lights out, but I'm glad I'm having it. A bit boozy for my tastes but one hell of a dopplebock and a great winter warming sipper. Room temperature might be good for it too. Also, for it's age, the alcohol has probably mellowed. That would make this one boozy beer when it's fresh!

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Photo of drtth
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the 2008 brewing served in a stemmed tulip glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The color reminds of a medium reddish brown finish on a fine piece of cherry wood furniture. The thin, light head is almost non-existent and recedes almost immediately, leaving nothing behind. Throughout the beer sipping leaves no lacing or only very occasional small speckles of lacing.

Smell: The aroma clearly contains alcohol but it is almost buried in fruity, malty component that does dominate the aroma as the beer warms. The fruity part of the nose reminds me of dark cherries and fruitcake without the rum.

Taste: The flavor is rich, sweet, full and complex with the fruity part holding its own against the alcohol until a bit of underlying hop bitterness comes slicing its way through the sweetness to prevent the beer from being too sweet. While the alcohol is clearly present here there is only a light alcohol burn and the presence of the alcohol is really as much in some of the sweetness as anything else.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth from soft and light, but persistent, carbonation that is really only a faint prickling sensation on the tongue and in the mouth. The finish is long and begins with the sweetness from the malt and alcohol but then turns into a long dry ending tapering off in bitterness.

Drinkability: No question about it. This is a sipping beer to spend a long time with. Both with this ABV and complexity of the flavor, a small sip goes a long way. I can also see now why some people love this beer and some people hate it. But it is also clear that this is a beer to set aside until its 2nd or 3rd birthday before even thinking about tasting it. Also don't even look at buying this beer if you can't stand after dinner liqueurs.

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Photo of BeerSingh
2.57/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Okay - the reason I fell in love with beer was that I read about the Samichlaus legend - that it is brewed once a year (Dec 6 - my birthday), that it is a Guinness entrant for the strongest beer in the world (that time the highest ABV known to me was 6 or 8) and the works...

Finally, my trip to the US and I finally meet Santa Claus beer. The Helles first and then this Original. The meeting left me confused and wanting for another shot

Poured into a snifter. Appearance was reddish brown and clear. Very thin head which quickly dissipated and disappointed. The smell was fragrant and very boozey. It wafted cough syrup memories.

First sip, and I was hey - this is pretty dominating and in your face. As I went further, the cognac - cough syrup flavour took over and the strong alcohol vapors simply put a halt on the enjoyment quota. I was disappointed because it did not taste like beer. Of course, I might have been suffering from palate fatigue or from over anticipation, but I became awry.

I still respect the beer and the legend. I think I definitely need to give it another shot. Maybe age the bottle and let its fiercity mellow down. I didn't like it first up but I want to have another shot at it. I am sure that my opinion will change.

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Photo of champ103
3.32/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear ruby red/brown color. A two finger beige head forms in an instant, but fades to nothing just as fast. Light lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malt, brown sugar and dark fruits. Some yeast, and lots of alcohol.
T: Toasted malt. Sweet caramel and brown sugar. It becomes a little cloying as this warms up. The alcohol overpowers.
M/D: A medium body. Some higher carbonation than I would like. There is a ton of alcohol here, and it is very noticeable. It is hard to sip on.

Not bad, but the alcohol is way to much. It is worth a try, and something that I would like to cellar for a few years to see what happens.

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Photo of Lldeegan
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber, very clear, with some bubbles rising, but no formation of a head at all. The beer initially appears flat but upon closer inspection, the surface has a ring of fine bubbles with some splotches in the middle, and my trusty SA perfect pint's laser etching is releasing carbonation as I type.

This monster has licorice with a strong sense of alcohol in the nose. Has little hints of fresh bread and dark fruits, brown sugar.

This beer has quite the impact on the palate. It's sweetness from the malt comes in strong, with dark fruits, like raisins coming in followed by a licorice, then a hot alcohol finish. This is almost too hot for a beer. The finish feels like 10 minutes after a shot of Maker's.

Very clean on the palate, a bit syrupy. The mild carbonation and the malt are the only telling signs it's a beer. The heat to it suggests a cognac or bourbon...

Drinkability: One bottle, if that. I mean, it's 14%, be careful with this one. Definitely a sipper.

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Photo of Offa
2.93/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This strong doppelbock has a very strong character with complexity but I must say I find the aroma rather off-putting and the taste is too sweet, with some elements that simply seem odd and too strong.

Amber, it has a tiny bubbly head vanishing immediately vanishes to nothing at all, but remains a bit bubbly in an unattractive way.

The aroma, unusual and smelling fairly strongly of various unpleasant fermented grain elements, is off-putting. It has fermented doughnuts and apple fritters, turned fruit, grain, fermented toffee, unpleasant hint of meaty steak sauce, and an overall odd character.

The taste is has some similar elements but is much better, with some complexity, intriguing qualities, some good flavours, and a solid, warm, oily feel. However, it is still overly tasting of fermented fried grain products and really very, very sweet. It has old sherry, fermented grain and apple fritters, fruit, faint roasted grain element, and a hint of flowery bitterness. The alcohol is clearly evident and very srong, although it's not rough and it's a lot less alcoholic in character than a number of far weaker beers I've had. It has a full, warm, oily feel that is a little too much. It's fine to sip a little bit, but not something I'd be very interested in and the aroma is really quite odd.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1996 vintage at Max's Ravens and Rare Beer tasting this past Sunday

Hazy brownish red with reddish highlights. There's a thin head with no lace and rather poor retention. Quite a beautiful color, though.

The nose is quite excellent, rich, fruity and oxidized with raisins, prunes and plum jam. Mild soy sauce is present, along with fruit cake. Rich, deep and complex with a mildly smoky character, this is unique.

The flavors don't quite live up to the nose, opening very sweet and almost sugary with brown sugar, honey and a definite soy component. Surprisingly simple and thin, the mid palate has a little dark fruit character with plums and raisins. Finishing with a little alcoholic heat, this is really smooth. The finish has a touch of harshness that attacks the rear end of the roof of the palate, but otherwise, I have no complaints. Medium in body with a low carbonation, this is creamy and smooth. I'm a little disappointed by the lack of richness on the finish, but for the most part, I am very happy I got to try this.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear glowing red/amber with a fairly small head that dies down quickly.

Smell is potent grapes, dark fruit, and alcohol. Remarkably similar to a lighter red wine.

The taste is very heavy and tough to discern. Perhaps some vanilla, cherry, raisin, wood, booze....very complex but tough to really put my finger on it.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I generally prefer but not bad I guess. This beer is the definition of a sipper and really doesn't float my boat, but it is impressive for what it is.

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Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled an '04 next to an '06.

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a small, thin, short-lived head. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled boozy, very boozy! The 2006 version was a little more calm. There were tons of caramel malt aromas.

T - Wow, this had some powerful alcohol heat. Tons of sweet caramel taste with hints of raisin. The 2006 version was far smoother and more balanced than the 2004 edition.

M - A soft, smooth beer with a very warm alcohol heat. It was medium-bodied.

D - The '06 brew is much better tasting and much easier to drink. The older version was too over the top, but '06 was a great, smooth, powerful beer.

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Photo of dbmcrorie
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz brown bottle with silver wrap around the cap. 2008 vintage. Suggests that due to its once-a-year brewing (Dec. 6) and its 10 month aging, it may be one of the "rarest in the world"... hmm. Poured into a brandy snifter.

Absolutely no head retention. Slight cream head opens its eyes for a second before going back to sleep, leaving some sticky body and lacing around the glass. Deep burgundy amber body, clear and thick. Almost syrupy to the eye.

Layers after layers of fruit, malt, sugar, alcohol, and... more malt. Extremely bready with toasty notes of fresh waffles and baked pizza crust. A cognac-like aroma follows with a sweet fruity profile of grapes, raisins, dates, honey, brown sugar, and is topped off with a floral finish. Slight solvent alcohol pokes through here and there, but does little for itself considering the high abv. Doughy and sugary finish.

Damn. One tiny sip seems to multiply and fill your mouth like lambas bread (Lord of the Rings joke). Sticky chewy mouthfeel with a syrupy texture covers every part of your tongue, leaving no taste bud un-tickled. Solvent malt liquor-like alcohol slightly burns, but opens up the palate to the malty profile that ensues. Rich bread and sticky sweet candy is dominant, but softer notes of cocoa, maple nut, dark rum, praline, and brown sugar smooth out the finish. No noticeable hop bitterness, but definitely a floral - and almost peaty - undertone to this brew. Semi-dry finish with a whiskey aftertaste.

Phenomenal. I stumbled across this (and was lured in by the high abv and absence of a price tag - at $16 per 4 pack, I don't blame the shopkeep) and decided to give it a try. Damn skippy. I am going to rush back to that store to pick up one more case just to age. This is an exceptional brew with plenty to offer all of your senses.
This is definitely a beer that could make an evening all by itself. Nevertheless, I would love to see its possibilities when paired up against slow cooked meat, including game, lamb, and tenderloin. Because of the high fruity notes, this would do wonderfully against any strong blue cheese such as Cambozola or Roquefort, or any pungent washed rind.


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Photo of Trappissed
2.51/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

2008 Vintage

Ehhh, what to say about this one? I've been curious for a while, but have come to find it should have stayed as curiousness. It actually smells like boozy Austrian Malt Liquor, as the label suggests. Not a very appealing scent. I think it could be used as paint thinner.

Taste isn't much better. Tastes like grapes doused in some sort of solvent. Lots of sugar and caramel. If I didn't know any better, I would say this is 18%. What are the redeeming qualities of this beer for people who are rating this A's and B's? I can't figure it out. After a few sips, its just kind of intimidating looking at the syrupy sludge sitting in my glass.

Even the bubbles seem scared, trapped against the glass. It might be better to take shots of. I'm sure I could offer this as shots to friends and they wouldn't even know better. This is not a Doppelbock. I don't care what anyone says. Try at your own discretion.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is definitely one of the best beers of the world...

Its not extremely dark, very aromatic, with fruits and a bit of citrus. Very thin head, lacings not bad though.

The taste of this will surprise you. It is so high in ABV, but ive had a plethora of beers with lower ABVs but higher alcohol tate. It's there, but for how much it has, it mine as well be non-existant.

Another great thing about this beer is that (at least where I buy it), it is not expensive. Theres a lot of brews out there that dont validate experience for the price, but this slaughters them all.

This is just a fantastic beer. I don't recommend more than 2; itll put you on your ass. Even though, it's hard to say no...

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Photo of EternityofNight
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had previously believed that the taste of christmas was found in bottle of eggnog. I was right of course, but if the taste of christmas was to be found in a bottle of beer, it would have to be a bottle of SAMICHLAUS! I have drunk several of these on several occasions, and each time it has been a fantastic beer-trip. (Tip -When first opened, sniff the escaping fumes that are released, and you will be pleasantly surprised.) This truly is the Rolls Royce of beer. Once poured, it has an understated elegance with no head to speak of, but yet you have the feeling that something extraordinarily fine is in your hands! At the first sip, and maybe even the fifth, you will have started to appreciate the Samiclaus. This brew gets better as your glass gets emptier, as the deep flavors reveal themselves like the details in a fine rug. This brew, once consumed, will give you a buzz that is distinctly a "Samichlaus" buzz. Indeed, it could lead to a "Samichlaus day." Merry Christmas!

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Photo of SamN
4.97/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2007 12 oz'er from Wilbur's. Poured into a wide mouth glass on a ridiculously blustery September afternoon.

Pours a deep mahogany red with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly into just a thin film of white over the beer. Visible carbonation, deep deep color, near perfection.

Smells of apples and pears, alcohol, perfume, sweet fruits, light malt background, syrup, thick intoxicating scent. Amazing smell, it makes my mouth water.

The first sip is like an ocean, roaring and broiling mass of flavors and texture. This tastes like it looks; like sipping a bottomless pit. Nutty sweetness, butter and caramel, thick alcohol burn, but balanced by the maltyness. A range of flavors from fruits and sugars to oak, brandy, smoke and that classic doppelbock malt. This is a fantastic example of how beer can be startlingly complex, yet subtle and soothing. Perfect taste.

Feel is like flossing with liquid silk, simply flows over your tongue and down your throat like drawn butter.

Brewed at Christmas and for good reason; this is a contemplative sipper that deserves time to warm up and express it's full flavors. I wish I had a endless glass of this stuff, I could sip it by a fire all day and night. This beer makes me happy to be alive.

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Photo of BierFan
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into a wide-mouthed tulip. Bottled in 2007.

Appearance: Thin light tan head fades a little too quick but thats to be expected with a high level of alcohol. The body is dark with ruby and amber hues.

Smell: Huge sweet aroma of rum and raisins. Still has a clean lager quality about it.

Taste: The flavors are somewhat simple but it's very rich and wonderful. I was surprised how much it tastes like a normal doppelbock given the ramped up ABV. A real sipper of a beer, for sure.

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Photo of philipquarles
1.96/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle from 2008, tasted 9/09. Pours very dark coper with a light tan head that disappears quickly without leaving any lacing behind. Strong sugary sweet malt aromas with a lot of fruitiness. Heady alcohol smell with some caramel. Taste is cloyingly sweet. Big malt with some pear-like esters. Strong, heavily warming alcohol. Syrupy body. No real complexity to this one, just sugar and alcohol. Not great to drink, or even sip.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage capped bottle poured into my standard tulip glass. Appears a dark amber-chestnut color with about two fingers of fluffy rust colored foam. Aromas and flavors consist of dark fruits such as cherries, plums, raisins, tons of sweet malt, chocolate, brown sugar nicely toasted grain. Approaching full bodied with ample carbonation. Smooth and a bit boozy. Quite drinkable if you are in the mood for a sipper.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.94/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a 1996 vintage bottle, from the old brewery. Poured in a Beer Hunter snifter.

Appearance - pours with no head to speak of, just a whisper on the top of the beer. Very dark ruby. Very little light gets through.

Aroma - Dark fruits, plums/prunes, alcohol, licorice, fine old sherry.

Taste - first taste - sweet malt, dark fruits, sherry, licorice. Oxidized, but nice. Alcohol not that hot, but present. Chocolate comes out later, lingering flavor of dark chocolate (chocolate covered cherries?).

Mouthfeel - no carbonation to speak of, full, slick, mouth-coating.

Drinkability - this is great late night beer. It has aged very well. Wonderful beer.

I have one left. I think I'll hold on to if for a few more years and try it again.

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Photo of parkeak0
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Picked up three bottles at Lost Dog Cafe in Arlington, VA: one for now, two for the celler.

This is one of the wildest beers I've had in a while. Huge sweet dried fruit and spice, firey alcohol, and a big, syrupy mouthfeel make this one helluva complex, fascinating brew. Almost too much for one sitting; in retrospect, I might have split a 33cl between two snifters and shared with a fellow BA.

If you're in the mood for a big beer among big beers, I'd recommend a Samichlaus. I've been told that this is quite the rarity, and I'm glad I had the opportunity to grab a few of these.

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Photo of DwnTwnBwn
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep amber colored, clear body. Thin white head. Some lacing. A slight amount of carbonation noticeable.

S- Smells of candy. Very sweet grainy aroma.

T- Very sweet malt taste. The candy sugar comes through giving notes of plumbs. A slight alcohol taste at the very end, with a slight hint of hops. Leaves a sweet taste to the mouth.

M- Full bodied. Low carbonation, could use more. Coats the mouth.

O- Awesome bier to savor into the night. Very sweet. Hope to keep a few around for the winter holidays.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have been collecting Samichlaus for years, and have consumed many bottles from 1994 through present. On the rare occasion I have had it on draft over the last few years.

This is hands-down one of my favorite beers of all-time. I had my first as a senior in college, and it struck me as the creamiest and most chocolatey delight.

Since then I have savored this beer in several vertical tastings, often comparing the older Swiss products to the newer Austrian products. All are incredible.

A- Most bottles pour with no head and a beautiful dark ruby color.

S- Chololate and dark fruit drizzled with ethanol.

T- An explosion of sweet chocolate and vanilla, accentuated by some spiced dark druit, and some slight black pepper notes from the alcohol. Long, lingering finish with all the beautiful aforementioned flavors.

M- Oily and creamy at the same time. This beer coats the mouth for extended gratification.

D- Despite the fact that this is a "big" beer, I could drink several in one sitting.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very yummy and rare doppelbock. Copper-brown with a two-finger, slightly off-white head. Scents of raisins, plums, christmas pudding, brown sugar and vanilla. A delight on the nose. Faint alcohol scent.

Vinous hints in the taste, plus all the flavours mentioned above. Very warm, possibly an alcohol warmth from the high ABV.

Low carbonation, very smooth. One of the better Doppelbocks I've had. Despite the 14% ABV, very easy to drink.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.97/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was privileged enough to have a NINE year old Sammichlaus with a fellow beer snob last night at our favorite watering hole. He has been aging several cases of beer in his beer cellar for years and wanted to share after a discussion we had where I described a time, years ago, when I had Sammi on draught. He had to share after that.

Beer was like syrup, poured into the glass, dark dark dark, thick, almost no carbonation, so no head at all. Smell knocks you over, raisins, sweetness, malt malt malt...This is definetly a beer that i can just keep smelling for several minutes, completely content without taking a sip. Eventually I did take a sip and all the wonderfulness exploded in my mouth. This beer was smooth and warming (probably the 14% alcohol). The sweetness was not overwhelming and it went down smooth. Feeling no pain after that. The beer was served in a 0.2 L Sammichlaus glass. How awesome is that?

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Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
3.99 out of 5 based on 2,043 ratings.
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