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Eisenbahn Escura (Dunkel) - Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda

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83
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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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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4/5  rDev +9%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Metalmonk
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Metalmonk, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of soju6
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

soju6, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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

Gueuzedude, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

WoodBrew, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of atigerlife
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

atigerlife, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of Jablonski
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep brown that is slighly see-through when held to light. The light appears ruby-red through the bottle. Head does not have much retention, and there is a light lacing.

Smell: malty arouma reminiscent of a stout

Taste: Chocolate/coffee taste really comes out and lingers for a while after each sip (seems to come on strong a few seconds after the sip)

Mouthfeel: a bit on the watery side; a wierd metallic feeling on the roof of my mouth

Drinkability: I could have a few in a sitting, but the taste isn't distinctive enough to make me crave it

Jablonski, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of tmitch75
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

tmitch75, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Halcyondays, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of drizzam
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. The label says it is batch 14...no freshness date. The body of this brew is a clear amber with ruby highlights. All of this is topped by a light khaki foamy head that has good retention.

S - Sweet caramelized malt with some dark chocolate lingering in the background.

T & M - The malt I smelled in the nose seemed more roasted than caramelized when I tasted it. Also hints of dark fruit, maybe figs, that I did not smell in the nose. Really no hop bitterness to note, which makes this one a little one dimensional. The body of the brew is pretty thin, almost watery.Moderate carbonation.

D - Easily quaffable. Low ABV and decent taste make this an easy drinking beer. Seems like this would make for a good Summer beer...though being imported, it's a bit pricey. It may not be the best example of the style but I'm glad I tried it.

drizzam, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of Offa
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Offa, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

philipquarles, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of Flavio_Gama
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

Flavio_Gama, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

DarkerTheBetter, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Gavage, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Georgiabeer, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of AlexLMS
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

AlexLMS, Dec 14, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

mve102, Jul 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Latarnik, May 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

djrn2, Nov 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

NandoPereira, Sep 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

AL89BR, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of Rifugium
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Rifugium, May 04, 2011
Photo of Beeryce
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Beeryce, Apr 01, 2007
Eisenbahn Escura (Dunkel) from Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda
83 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.