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Eisenbahn Escura (Dunkel) - Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 70
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Brazil

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: soper2000 on 08-30-2004

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.
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Photo of BEERchitect
2.44/5  rDev -34.1%
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. (962 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (1,619 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.01/5  rDev -18.6%
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. (712 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (525 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch Number 17; Sampled April 2008
As I pour this brew a nice aroma of caramelized malt, toasted grain and light chocolate wafts to my nose. The beer pours with an initially three finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer shows a dark, amber-brown color, but shows a brilliantly clear, cherry-red color when held up to the light. A deeper quaff of the aroma yields more, concentrated aromas as previously noted; light coffee aromatics, some light raisin notes and some berry aromatics are noticeable, though the roast character tends to dominate the nose if you spend more than a second smelling it.

Quite dry tasting up front, though a bit of caramelized malt sweetness creeps in towards the finish. Nice and roasted tasting, more leaning towards a nicely toasted malt character that burnt flavors. After my first sip a bit more of the malt sweetness becomes more noticeable, though not so much as to characterize this as a sweet beer. Quite light bodied, this beer is very quaffable though it does have a presence & heft in the middle. Light dusty cocoa flavors, some bitter dark grain notes as well as a light hop bitterness are found in the finish. This has a nice raisin-like maltiness to it at times, in fact a nice malt sweetness really does pick up here as the beer warms up (or perhaps it is my palate recovering from that overly sweet Pils I just had).

A tasty beer; I like how full flavored yet quaffable it is. It has more roast character than is typical of a Dunkel Lager, but I wouldn't call it a Schwarzbier either; either way though it is tasty.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ (1,638 characters)

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

12 oz. bottle, thanks Jon,

A: Pours a very dark brown with medium off-white head. Average retention and good lacing. Bold look to the beer.

S: Light smell, hard to get to at first. Molasses and smoke notes.

T: Not really a traditional Munich-style flavour, but a real nice tasting beer. Sweet toasted malt and brown sugar are there throughout mixed with dark chocolate/caramel and root beer notes. Sweet/smoky finish which I really like.

M: A little thin, but good overall. Light/medium body, smooth, creamy, medium viscosity, not the cleanest dunkel by a long shot.

D: An interesting New World take on this traditional German style. I quite liked it, an easy drinking dark lager, kind of a Euro Dark/Munich Dunkel hybrid. (727 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simply known as "Eisenbahn Dunkel" in Brazil, I sampled this beer at Guarulhos International Airport, as they have an Eisenbahn bar inside Terminal 2. On to the beer:

Dark, well duh! Ebony color with a solid white head on top. The aroma is sweet and soft. The flavor has notes of raisins and a hint of chocolate. Some plum and a faint roastiness, akin to a schwarzbier. Smooth on the palate with a gentle snap of carbonation, and more body than you'd think. It's very quaffable, ideal for a Brazilian summer, or my case waiting for a flight. (542 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
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. (567 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
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. (1,227 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is rich, malty and smoky, more like a stout than a lager. It pours a dark translucent brown, not as dark as a stout or porter, but still appetizing and with a thick, fluffy, persistent head. Flavor is crisp, fuller than most lagers I have tried and with a definite smoky overtone. It feels just a little thin, but as far as lagers go it is outstanding. (358 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (272 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep copper color with moderate off-white puffy head.

Smell has some rich notes of roasted malt and caramel.

Taste also has a nice roasted malt background, with some caramel and sweet chocolate mixed in. It is a bit sweet, but without being overdone.

Left a nice roasted malt/caramel flavoe in the mouth.

A above-average flavorful easy-drinking beer. (363 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (743 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
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. (375 characters)

Photo of Offa
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a fairly good, tasty if somewhat sweet, one-dimensional beer.

Deep reddish brown, it has a fairly big light tan head steadily shrinking to a thin top and leaving a hint of lace.

The aroma is roasty, caramelly-chocolatey with cereal, and coffee-brown-sugar candy. It's pleasant but definitely somewhat one-dimensional.

The taste is similar, toasty, at first a character of hard coffee candies, on the sweet side with almost no bitterness, a light zestiness. The sweetness then mellows out a bit and becomes drier with faint coffee bitterness. It's enjoyable and fairly easy to drink but overall a buit sweet, simple, and bland, and a bit out of balance. (663 characters)

Photo of JDV
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (362 characters)

Photo of brdc
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Small capped bottle, poured into a tulip, quite fresh, in Brazil.
It is light brown in color, with amber highlights, and a tan colored head that holds reasonably well. Not a lot of lacing.
Aroma is surprisingly roasted, with some coffee and chocolate notes along the more dominant caramel.
It starts somewhat sweet and caramelized, evolving into some roasted and fruity flavors, but it manages to keep very light, refreshing and drinkable. It is by no means your full flavored dunkel, but it has higher drinkability than the avrage, assuming you manage to get it this fresh. (575 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle served in a chalice.

A: Pours a deep dark amber to brown color (nutty). Clear. Forms a small bubbled tan head. Low retention and some lacings left

S: Sweet and roasted. Toffee. Roasted malts. Caramel malts. Notes of coffee

T: Roasted malts, caramel malts, toffee, notes of coffee. Upfront is slightly sweet, end is deliciously bitter which is a mix of hops and roastness

M: Light watery body. Medium carbonation. Bit molasses. Roasted bitter aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. Great Eisenbahn (514 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.59/5  rDev -3%
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. (839 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (495 characters)

Photo of rowew
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz longneck, imported by Shelton Brothers. Label has a batch number, but I don't see a date. Pours a nice dark brown with a bit of ruby around the edges, good head tan in color, nice retention and lacing. Aroma and taste are a bit more towards schwarzbier than dunkel to me, but both are very nice. Medium bodied with good roasted notes, highly drinkable and interesting. This is a nice beer - but it was also pretty expensive (over $12 a six pack here in Colorado). (469 characters)

Photo of neonbrown82
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,517 characters)

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Eisenbahn Escura (Dunkel) from Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda
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