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Eisenbahn Escura (Dunkel) - Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda

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83
good

65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda visit their website
Brazil

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Eisenbahn Dunkel uses six different types of imported malt. The result is a marvelous beer, perfect for consuming year around with notes of toasted malts and coffee.

(Beer added by: soper2000 on 08-30-2004)
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Photo of BEERchitect
2.4/5  rDev -34.8%

I'm always going after beers from breweries that I know nothing about. This would be my first of two from them on this particular evening. After the first, I'm surprised I bought the second. The beer has timid Dunkel charm, but problematic all along the way. Aromas of harsh roasted grains and butterscotch fill the nose, making me think it's a Scottish Ale. Although the aroma caught me off guard, the look was a pleasant mohogany / brown hue with a dense, froathy tan head retention -- a nice looking beer. Tastes, however, got back to the scorched and diacatyl flavors that I expected from the nose. These off flavors dominated the soft Pilsner malt and toasty characters. Perhaps a little wheaty at times, but no fruits, noticable alcohols or astringency. Finishes a bit on the thin, slick side but not badly textured otherwise. I was hoping that I had a bad bottle, but from looking at other's reviews, this is how the brewery intends it to taste-- too bad.

BEERchitect, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of Dbot
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Dbot, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of felipeprates
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

felipeprates, May 29, 2013
Photo of tjd25
2.85/5  rDev -22.6%

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 don’t respect them in the way they brew. This one might be the most disappointing one (oh no, it's the weizenbock).

tjd25, Sep 08, 2005
Photo of srbcurti
3/5  rDev -18.5%

srbcurti, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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.

beerthulhu, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of smcolw
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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.

smcolw, May 18, 2007
Photo of JaimeLondon
3/5  rDev -18.5%

JaimeLondon, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -18.5%

ejimhof, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of cirobordieri
3/5  rDev -18.5%

cirobordieri, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%

Eisenbahn- Escura

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.

NJpadreFan, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%

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”.

barefootbrewer, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of acrawf6
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%

Pours out a dark brown that looks cloudy around the edges with a foamy tan head that drops down to nothing within a couple of minutes.

Smell. Initial whiffs are waxy and unpleasant, but the more i smell the better it gets. I get lots of roasted malts with a good touch of dark chocolate and bitter roasted coffee beans.

Taste. Tastes roasted and dry. The chocolate flavor comes out nicely. Not much of a complexity really. Aftertaste is also dry and roasty.

Mouthfeel. I find this a little on the thin side with a little slickness. Carbonation is at a good level.

Overall, not bad, but nothing to it that gets me to really want more of it.

acrawf6, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of JDV
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Pours basically light black, with quickly fading light tan head. Smell is malty and very nutty. Taste is nutty, slight notes of coffee, low carbonation and rich with a light nutty bitter finish. Interesting beer for sure, and reminds me of a thick nut brown ale.

JDV, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of FLima
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%

Deep black color with a nice thick head with decent retention and leaving laces.
Light aroma of grainy toasted malts with hints of chocolate.
Flavor switches from chocolate to coffee from its roasted malts, with hints of wood, minerals and caramels. It seems that most of its mild bitterness comes from its malt rather than from hops. Dry aftertaste with residual roasted malt taste.
Medium body with good carbonation.
Decent but not exceptional, more for malty lovers.

FLima, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of Beeryce
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

Beeryce, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of Rifugium
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

Rifugium, May 04, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%

Barely lucent roasted chestnut with sun-fired ruby highlights. The golden ecru cap is on the small side (even after a high-altitude pour) and doesn't look good at all. It's fizzy and unsticky and featureless. By the two minute mark, I'm left with a thin layer of bubbles and a spotlessly clean glass. Only the beer itself saves the appearance score from further embarrassment.

The nose is a definite improvement. It's full of chocolate with a small splash of black coffee. I wish it was more aromatic and a wee bit more well-rounded, but this is pretty much what a dunkel should smell like.

Although the flavor follows the trail blazed by the nose, there's a little more depth on the taste buds. Cocoa beans still lead the way and they're still followed by a coffee chaser. There isn't much hop flavor goin' on, but the bitterness that they provide is easily a match for whatever malty sweetness is present. In other words, the beer is balanced.

I can see how some feel compelled to compare Escura to a schwarzbier, but I don't think it's rich enough. Munich dunkel lager gets it about right. The lousy head gave me my first clue that carbonation would be an issue. Things are too harshly fizzy right out of the gate. Even with time, once the bubbles have had time to fade, there's almost no softness to be had.

I thought very highly of the two other Cervejaria Sudbrack beers that I tried prior to this one. Rauchbier and Dourada (Kolsch) were both delicious and highly drinkable. I have a feeling that Escura (Dunkel) would be close to that good if I had just managed to acquire a properly bubbled bottle.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of mve102
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

mve102, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Latarnik, May 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

djrn2, Nov 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

NandoPereira, Sep 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

AL89BR, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours very dark reddish brown with a relatively thin head that sticks around as a thin cap. Quite roasty and nutty aromas with some fresh grain smells on the end. Not quite as robust on the taste, but relatively clean and smooth. Lots of caramel malt, some roasted grain, and a slightly mineral aftertaste. Quite dry and relatively crisp, this beer is maybe slightly outside the style- a little lighter and dryer, but its close enough and regardless, quite tasty. I've seen this brewery's stuff around for a while, but this is the first I've tried it. I'm glad I did.

Georgiabeer, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of AlexLMS
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%

Appearance: opaque with a jet-black colour. The head is low, brown and foamy with poor retention (disappears within seconds) and no lacing.
Aroma: roasted malts and black coffee aroma with a hint of chocolate notes.
Taste: roasted dark malts and coffee. Sweet maltiness well balanced by the hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: kind of dry, medium to low level of carbonation, average alcoholic strength and a medium body.
Finish: lingering roasted bitter aftertaste.

Overall: nothing spectacular but very nice clean dark lager. Best Eisenbhan I had so far. Lack a deeper complexity to deserve a higher rating.

AlexLMS, Dec 14, 2008
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Eisenbahn Escura (Dunkel) from Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda
83 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.