Advent Beer Calendar 2015: Day 24: Samichlaus Schwarzes

Samichlaus SchwarzesToday is the final day of the Beer Advent Calendar for 2015! Happy Christmas Eve everyone! For today’s final beer I’ve gone with a twist on an old classic: Samichlaus Schwarzes from Austria’s Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg, a Schwarzbier version of their Samichlaus Classic Doppelbock, a 14% abv lager brewed once a year on December 6 and aged for 10 months before being bottled.

The label for the Schwarzes says:

The newest edition to the Samichlaus line up is a Schwarzbier. Also brewed on December 6th, and aged for 10 months. Schwarzbier means “Black Beer” in German. It has flavors of spicy rye, dark oak and subtle smoke that balance quite nicely with more bittering and aroma hops than in prior versions of Samichlaus. Bittersweet and complexity is what this new amazing recipe is all about.

I’ve got a couple of bottles to enjoy this holiday season, to celebrate Christmas and another fun year of Beer Advent Calendar-ing. I hope you’ve enjoyed this year as well. Merry Christmas and cheers!

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