Eisenbahn Escura (Dunkel) - Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda
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Reviews by tjd25:
2.85/5 rDev -22.8%
The head faded quickly into a thin cushion of foam on a very dark mahogany color body. Very enjoyable smell, roasted coffee, chocolate, combined with a truffle like fruitiness. The taste shows the same intense roasted maltiness with light fruity notes of alcohol. The alcoholic notes get more and more present, and totally unbalanced. They give the brew a liquor taste that gets quite annoying. Mouthfeel gets chewy and unpleasing. I just wonder why this brewery keeps mentioning styles for their beers if they dont respect them in the way they brew. This one might be the most disappointing one (oh no, it's the weizenbock).
09-08-2005 22:46:18 | More by tjd25
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4.35/5 rDev +17.9%
Ap: Nice, tight, light tan head. Holds indefinitely as a collar and cover. Dark brown. Nice lace.
Ar: Chocolate and roasted malt notes drive the nose. German-like mustiness (yeast) and biscuity, breaddy tones. Some dryness evident on the nose. Crisp, clean scents. While this beer is only 4.8% ABV, theres an unexpectedly strong note of alcohol coming off of it. I should say however that I'm drinking it at above cellar temps, a bit warmer than I ought to.
T: Nice, big, creamy mouthfeel. This will do well at a wide range of temperatures. Now, its about 60oF and a bit too warm for most, but I like it here (but know that it would be even more refreshing at 40-45oF). A malty backbone, with quick spikes of sweet, juicy malts, but mainly dry, roasty, chocolate and light coffe notes. Mustiness is true to style, as is the sturdily dry, slightly bitter finish. A but of dark rum in the profile.
F: Nice, very dry finish, still clean, but retains a lightly bitter, chalky, roasty finish with a bit of sweet. Very well balanced. Exceptionally easy to drink.
08-09-2005 04:11:41 | More by AdvocateFan
4.22/5 rDev +14.4%
Eisenbahn is a microbrewery from Santa Catarina in the south of the country and it's current brewmaster was schooled at Weihenstephaner in Germany. Pours a deep dark brown color with minimal head. A nice but faint malty aroma wafts from the pint. Taste is loaded with roasted malts but there are still some sweet accents around the edges. Pretty thin mouthfeel. A very solid brew especially coming from this tropical country. The German immigrants in the south have certainly left their mark on Brazil's brewing scene.
08-30-2004 22:40:21 | More by soper2000
3.03/5 rDev -17.9%
A-Deep reddish brown with a thick frothy head. Mild lacing on the top half of the glass.
S- Light toasty malt with a touch of molasses.
T- Sweet, slightly smoked, toasted malt. Light mild molasses.
M- Light and sweet up front, slightly sappy with a molasses/ bbq sauce twang finish.
Overall- Very mild and plain. Easy to gulp down but flavors are lacking.
12-08-2008 21:31:11 | More by NJpadreFan
3.83/5 rDev +3.8%
Last of the 5 Eisenbahn beers sent to me by msubulldog25. Thanks Brian!
Pours a thin head atop a deep, dark brown with ruby highlights, nearly black, nearly opaque, but not quite abyssal. Tiny bit of lace here and there, very minimal.
Aroma: rich, round chocolate notes, some mustiness...reminds of a porter.
Flavor brings in obvious chocolate sweetness, with a roasty accent of something akin to toasted marshmallows. That smokey essence grows during the sipping, meshing well with the chocolate element. Some fudge and caramel notes appear too, but this is hardly a stout or porter, as the mouthfeel offers crispness and carbonation aplenty.
This brewery is 5 for 5 with me. Impressive stuff. Hope to see it in these parts soon.
06-27-2007 23:02:05 | More by Metalmonk
4.33/5 rDev +17.3%
Appearance - Dark brown with a light tan head.
Smell - Sweet and toast malt, with hints of coffee and toffee.
Taste - Toast malt character is predominant with a dry finish.
Mouthfeel - Medium body and carbonation.
Drinkability - Excellent balance between slight sweet smell and the predominant toast malt flavor.
04-03-2008 17:31:09 | More by willer
3.6/5 rDev -2.4%
Batch 17. Pours a dark brown with a one-finger tan head. Retention isn't phenomenal, and lacing is non-existent, but still a pleasant looking beer. Smells faintly of sweet roasted munich malts--caramel and hints of chocolate. Taste is much stronger, with the roasted qualities really jumping out. The chocolate is there, but masked by earthiness and light ferric notes. Pleasant overall.
12-12-2008 01:32:29 | More by philipquarles
4.1/5 rDev +11.1%
Pours out a rusty brown with a somewhat thin khaki head and no real lacing to speak of. Smell is a mix of dried fruits, roasty malts, toffee, fresh pipe tobacco, and ash. Taste begins with sweet bread, tobacco and dried fruits which then gives way to chocolate, leather, and coffee notes. Finishes dry with some passive hops. As it warms it brings on some artificial cherry flavor. Mouthfeel is rather light on the tongue yet the carbonation doesn't go all fizzy. A tasty rendition of the style.
08-22-2007 03:54:28 | More by goochpunch
3/5 rDev -18.7%
A: Poured a soft cola color with some dull orange highlights. In the glass appeared more of a dark garnet red. The head was slight with a light fizzy nature and was dirty ivory in color. Retention was short and left no visible lacing.
S: rather ordinary,light in nature with soft roasted coffee grinds with ripe plum skins standing out the most. Theres a slight scorched malt and smokiness with a watery burbon alcohol scent. Overall the aroma was very subdued.
T: a bit watery at first, There was a light burnt malting with some dried woodiness with a slight bitterness. Light toast with a equally light semi-sweet toffee and dried caramel sweetness. Rounding thing out were a slight detection of chocolate and coffee but you really had to dig and work to taste and appreciate.
M: very fizzy and active with a medium fullness. The fizzy carbonation gives this a little edgeiness on the tips and sides of the tongue.
D: average at best, a beer im sure that is hearty and big from its native origin (SA) but comes up borderline with only average attributes in regards to the many fine examples we have here. Would be hard pressed to put this in the good catergory so overall it is decent, and nothing to get excited about.
02-18-2009 01:15:50 | More by beerthulhu
3.1/5 rDev -16%
This beer poured a black color with a thick but very quickly disappearing head. The aroma is sweet and roasted. The taste is malty and roasted with a hint of coffee. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I would have liked to uphold the flavor. Overall, this is a nice offering that comes off as almost a light stout.
12-20-2007 01:40:18 | More by barefootbrewer
4.2/5 rDev +13.8%
Presentation: 12oz bottle (Batch #36) in a classic conical pint glass
Poured loose, lively & with energy. Deeper nose than I expected, but very nice. Deep qualities of dark baking chocolate and oily, black expresso form the most intense bitter mocha quality, like a sugarless torte, accented with a hint of black licorice, burnt malts and even some charred qualities. Blindfolded one might guess porter or stout, a very intense, dark nose....wonderful. Head was lively yet short lived, a pencil's worth of agitated latte hued bubbles that disappeared quickly and left nada behind and obviously no lacing.
Hue is the deepest, cherry mahogany port or claret, just stunning, almost opaque and very umber to the casual glance. Were it not for the vanished head a definite 4.5 for Appearance...oh well.
Wow. The deep, dark bitter mocha qualities on the nose carry thru to the tongue in almost a Baltic Porter-esque style. Wonderful black coffee and dark chocolate offset by a relatively crisp, semi-dry mouthfeel that brings a lightness to what is otherwise a porter in sheep's clothing. Some of those burnt & caramelized malts add some sweetness, but only a trace and just enough to not let the mocha espresso quality run rampant. This is quite nice, very deep and admittedly unexpected in depth yet its easy to drink....very nice.
The dryness rises on the palate with a bready, crackerlike quality and crunch as the chocolate grows and becomes milkier, sweeter & thicker with a caramel feel while the coffee starts to fade. The finish is downhill and rather tame, thinner yet not watery, even with a bittersweet chewiness that coats the mouth and leaves a faint nutty quality in its wake.
That was great! A deep, dark Munich Dunkel that could pass for a light Porter. Its nice to find beers that are not overly sweet, and this one certainly fits that description. If you enjoy coffee with nothing in it or a good 70% cocoa butter chocolate, this would be worth checking out. Could see it pairing with a bittersweet brownie, torte or anything with some Mole sauce! Another great beer from Eisenbahn, and one I highly recommend.
05-30-2007 01:20:26 | More by BuckSpin
3.75/5 rDev +1.6%
Pours brown with amber highlights. Creamy, fluffy brown head. Nice looking beer.
Aroma of dark cherries, honey, malts and chocolate.
Taste is of cherries, honey, malts, smokey, brown sugar and some light chocolate.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and cleansing.
Overall, a decent beer which is drinkable.
03-21-2011 02:56:45 | More by atigerlife
3.58/5 rDev -3%
This beer pours a dark black with a dead brown that shines through lending an ugly feel to it. Not much head at all to speak of other than a narrow collar.
Smells almost comically of chocolate, perhaps chocolate candy as opposed to actual chocolate. There's a touch of caramel here too and it's thankfully backed up by a touch of coffee which adds some depth to it all.
Tastes rather dry and sour with an initial CO2 blast followed by old coffee which then settles on a touch of faint chocolate and a bit of coffee. Finishes really clean and tasty; probably the best part of the flavor with a reminiscent and lingering chocolate and a touch of doughnut.
Feels really light and crisp with an overwhelming swarm of carbonation that greatly distracts from the experience.
Overall, I enjoyed it if for nothing else than the uniqueness.
09-22-2007 03:53:45 | More by DarkerTheBetter
4.28/5 rDev +16%
This is a good Dunkel Lager. Probably the best I've had for the style, though that doesn't say a whole lot since it's not a style I typically care for. This is a great beer for any style, however, and a very easy one to drink.
The beer pours to a very dark brown color, nearly black except for the ruby highlights. Has a medium off-white head that sizzles down to a small film in minutes. While it lasts, snap crackle pop factor is a 9.0. No lacing is left on the sides of the glass.
The smell is good. A bit of black patent and chocolate malt with a hint of munich, and likely a pilsener base. Smells like a chocolatey coffee roast. Has just a hint of that lager smell, but it's a good one (as in, not at all vegetal).
The taste is great. The only difference between this beer and a good porter is the yeast, but that adds a whole new dimension of drinkability since it is a little more crisp and crackling than your average porter. Also has more of a distinct munich malt flavor than your average porter, but not enough that I would blindly taste this and think it was anything but an over-carbonated porter. Very clean and dry finish, but sweet, bold and roasty up front.
The body is on the smaller side of medium with a nice crisp feel. Fairly dry with an amazingly clean finish. I could easily suck back an entire six pack of this stuff, but alas it is expensive and I only bought a single to try out. Looking forward to trying the others soon, however, and I'll probably revisit this one eventually.
06-05-2007 06:50:21 | More by neonbrown82
3.65/5 rDev -1.1%
Dark brown, opaque, thin head. No lacing.
Smells of chocolate and nuts, with a sweet roasty malt base.
Taste is sweet, roasty, chocolatey. No hop bitterness at all.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but carbonation is good (despite small head).
Very drinkable and sessionable, but not great.
Tasted on 1/29/08
03-07-2008 05:39:39 | More by tmitch75
3.4/5 rDev -7.9%
First had: bottle at Eulogy, Philly, PA
Poured slightly hazy brown, with some orange-red highlights, and a nice white head that lingered for a while. Light aroma of malts, and not much more. Taste of toasted malts, wood, and a tad of smokiness finishing off. A bit of a harsh aftertaste. Medium body, and pretty drinkable.
05-04-2011 13:42:22 | More by Rifugium
4/5 rDev +8.4%
Pours a amber to a black color with a small light tan head. In the aroma, roasty coffee. In the taste, coffee, chocolate, and espresso. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry coffee aftertaste. Nice flavor, big coffee. I was not expecting that at all, very nice.
01-29-2009 01:16:34 | More by OWSLEY069
3/5 rDev -18.7%
Even with a violent pour, there is only the thinnest of heads. And that dies to only a ring of off-white bubbles. No lace what-so-ever. The color is a very dark ruby brown with a minimal amount of light making it through the thinnest part of the glass.
Burnt malt is the first aroma I pick up, very much like coffee grounds and burnt toast.
Tastes like a light version of a dry stout. There is very little body; it's closer to a pilsner. High carbonation. The flavor is an improvement but still reliant on black patent malts. I find it one-dimensional, not bad per se, simply not interesting.
If you can envision Guinness coming out with a Stout Lite, you can get an idea of my impression of this beer.
05-18-2007 01:16:01 | More by smcolw
3.58/5 rDev -3%
Appearance: clear brown in color with a short 1/2" head that breaks apart immediately.
Smell: brown sugars and mild chocolate tones are pleasant on the nose.
Taste: caramel, brown sugar sweetness, hints of chocolate, and light bitterness are wrapped in a bread-like blanket. Not too many dimensions here, just a basic dunkel lager.
Mouthfeel: smooth throughout. Relatively clean aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.
Drinkability: this is an easy to quaff beer that overall is decent but not great. Definite session beer here.
09-20-2007 20:23:34 | More by Gavage
3.38/5 rDev -8.4%
Used a tulip style glass, a very aerated vigorous pour was needed to produce a head. Two fingers of light khaki, loose foam dissipates quickly to a film and subsequently produces no lace. It is both much darker than I anticipated and than other Duunkels. Very dark brown and opaque, but ruby amber and crystal clear when candled. Highly carbonated in the beginning but quickly loses the fizziness and settles down.
The nose is a mixture of good and bad; coffee and musty wet cardboard. A swirl opens up more of the pleasant aspects of the nose such as the coffee and a slight sweet toffee like aroma. Further agitation releases roasty maltiness as well. A bit of alcohol is detectable in the nose as the beer warms.
The flavor begins with huge coffee notes before a bitter roasted maltiness takes over. A slight malty sweetness brings some balance to this and some hop bitterness cuts in to contrast as well as balance. This carries into the finish where again the taste of bitter toasted malt appears, which lingers on the palate dominating the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel is watery with only a hint of weight and some oiliness to make it interesting but keep it light and drinkable.
This is a highly drinkable beer despite the temperature. I had a lot of these at Oktoberfest in Blumenau, S.C. Brasil. It is flavorful but not too heavy as to not make it a session beer. However, it like all Eisenbahn beers are a little pricey to have more that a couple.
All in all a good beer that I need to try again to see if some of the more unpleasant aspects were flukes. I have had it on tap and it had a nice head, producing nice lacing and in addition had none of the musty, cardboard smell to the nose. It is possible I got a bad, abused, mishandled bottle. I purchased it a store where some beers sit there for months or even years. I will get it on tap and review again for sure and maybe purchase another bottle.
04-01-2007 16:54:05 | More by Beeryce
3.8/5 rDev +3%
A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a decent tan head that fades to some lacing.
S: Aroma of dark fruit some chocolate and roasted malt.
T: Flavor of roasted malt, dark chocolate, some dark fruit with a mild bitterness and a clean finish.
F: Medium body, smooth and creamy, nice balance.
O: Nice take on a traditional German style. Easy drinker. Worth a try.
04-14-2012 14:37:00 | More by soju6
Eisenbahn Escura (Dunkel) from Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda
83 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.