Icelandic Doppelbock - Einstök Ölgerð
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United Kingdom (England)
3.94/5 rDev +13.5%
Purchased from UTOBEER recently, coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle, not bottle-conditioned; bottled on 26/09/2013, BB 27/11/2014, served lightly chilled in a straight pint glass. Notes: According to the beer label, this brewery is based just 60 miles south of the Artic Circle…(!) in the fishing port of Akureyri, Iceland. Well, this has to be the “highest latitudinal beer” I’ve ever tasted…
A: pours a bright, dark orangey amber colour, coming with a restrained foamy beer head dissipating pretty fast, on top of steady streams of mild carbonation.
S: on the nose, the aroma is pretty bock-ish, meaning the concentrated, slightly burned sugary sweetness is balanced by a sound level of acidity, surrounded by brown prunes, caramelised apples and a touch of herbs. Given a good swirl, the fine aroma of Munich malts comes through, lending a lightly gristy impact on the otherwise richly sweet and acidic aroma of fruity candy.
T: soothing on the palate, the impact on the palate is initially densely malty but not too sweet or jammy, with notes of burned sugar, brown malts, lightly spiced notes and very faint prunes around, and the sweetness is always kept in check by the nice level of acidity; a mild but focused flow of herbal hop bitterness at around moderate-plus level follows, leading towards a lightly dry finish without much unwanted cloying feel of sugar lingering. Very decent and drinkable.
M&O: the carbonation level is kept pretty well in the bottle, coming just refreshing but not too lively, which accompanies the surprisingly mild body, a low level of sugary impact, and an all-round approachable flavour profile very well. All in all, this is a rather low-profile but well-made bock bier, easily making it a staple drink for people living so close to the chilling/freezing Arctic Circle, or so I’m led to believe!
01-18-2014 20:38:07 | More by wl0307
3.49/5 rDev +0.6%
Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and toffee aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet malt, caramel, and fruity flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid toasty and caramel-like aromas and flavors.
10-30-2013 04:28:50 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.35/5 rDev -3.5%
11.2oz bottle with a forest green label of a Viking with reindeer antlers on his helmet and a glowing Rudolph nose. The back label has all the mandatory US info and a description of the brewery.
When poured into a simple Pilsner glass, this Icelandic Doppelbock was a nice looking honey amber color. I wish the head of foam was just as nice as the color. Up from the ashes of a Icelandic Volcanic eruption of honey amber rose a light tan head of foam that was around the 1/4 of an inch mark. It didn't have the best retention in the world. It faded away too fast for my liking. When it faded away, it only managed to leave behind a faint string of tan rings along the edge.
This beer smelled like it couldn't decide if it wanted to be mostly malty or to be mostly filled with chocolate. It was almost like a civil war between the two aromas. Starting off the aroma was the lightly toasted malt. Quickly following the malt was the chocolate. Once the battle between the two aromas was over, in comes a little black cherry, a dab of sweet caramel, a drop of toasted nuts, and a subtle whiff of olive at the end.
There was no civil war in the taste. This Doppelbock stayed true to the sweet side. Despite it being a lightly sweet Doppelbock, it was the lightly toasted malts that kicked off the taste. Right after the malts had their fun, in comes the sweet caramel chocolate, and toasted nuts. Once that portion was over, the beer then finishes up with a slightly bitter and yeasty taste. The taste was doing a fine job until the last two tastes swept in.
This was a light to medium bodied Doppelbock with a good level of carbonation and a lightly sweet aftertaste. This aftertaste contained caramel, toasted malt and nuts, chocolate, and yeast. Like the initial taste, the aftertaste could have done without the yeast at the end.
Not a bad Doppelbock, but I think it could have been more. Its pretty much an average Doppelbock. The only thing interesting about this beer is that it comes from Iceland. You don't find too many beers from there. It's a good thing this beer doesn't cost much.
06-08-2013 06:21:30 | More by AltBock
Icelandic Doppelbock from Einstök Ölgerð
80 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.