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Eisenbahn Escura (Dunkel) - Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda

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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | 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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

2.4/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 14:24:29 | More by BEERchitect
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Dbot

Delaware

2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

12-31-2013 23:54:19 | More by Dbot
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felipeprates

Brazil

2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

05-29-2013 18:40:34 | More by felipeprates
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tjd25

France

2.85/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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).

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2005 22:46:18 | More by tjd25
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srbcurti

Brazil

3/5  rDev -18.9%

06-10-2013 20:36:16 | More by srbcurti
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 01:15:50 | More by beerthulhu
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2007 01:16:01 | More by smcolw
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JaimeLondon

Brazil

3/5  rDev -18.9%

12-23-2013 16:20:19 | More by JaimeLondon
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.9%

09-19-2013 20:21:02 | More by ejimhof
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 21:31:11 | More by NJpadreFan
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barefootbrewer

Mississippi

3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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”.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 01:40:18 | More by barefootbrewer
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acrawf6

Louisiana

3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2007 01:33:06 | More by acrawf6
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JDV

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 22:54:47 | More by JDV
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FLima

Brazil

3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 22:03:31 | More by FLima
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Beeryce

Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 16:54:05 | More by Beeryce
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 13:42:22 | More by Rifugium
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2007 12:09:59 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mve102

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

07-22-2014 01:25:12 | More by mve102
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

05-26-2014 15:03:43 | More by Latarnik
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

11-22-2012 21:13:35 | More by djrn2
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NandoPereira

Brazil

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

09-24-2013 03:36:09 | More by NandoPereira
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AL89BR

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

04-07-2013 03:27:36 | More by AL89BR
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 02:20:48 | More by Georgiabeer
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AlexLMS

Portugal

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 22:01:22 | More by AlexLMS
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 03:53:45 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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Eisenbahn Escura (Dunkel) from Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda
84 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.