The two "Samichlaus" imperial bocks made by Castle Brewery Eggenberg are two of the most famous Christmas-themed beers in the world, and probably the two strongest as well. I've actually reviewed this very vintage before, back in 2010, and I've had another bottle sitting in the basement ever since.
I'm not going to re-write my review because my thoughts on this beer are essentially the same now as they were two years ago. The difference being I appreciate this sweetness a little more and the drinkability doesn't seem so low now. Not that this is a guzzler, but it's really not as difficult to drink as you'd expect a 14% beer to be. I also appreciate the craftsmanship that went into this more now than ever.
I'd love to try another 2007 vintage in a few years or so, but I notice beer stores are now becoming essentially comic book stores and marking up the prices on rare vintages (well played). And while I'd say this is a VERY GOOD beer, it's not worth paying upwards of $10, $15 or $20 a bottle.
So here's my 2010 video review. I've tweaked the numerical ratings on ratebeer.com just a tad, but the text review itself has been unchanged. Enjoy!