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Icelandic Doppelbock - Einstök Ölgerð

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BA SCORE
80
good

33 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Iceland

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: thepeter on 01-02-2012)
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Reviews by AltBock:
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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.

AltBock, Jun 08, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.4/5  rDev -2%

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2012. Picked up a while back from Harvey Nicks in Leeds. This is a seasonal dopplebock; a comedy Christmas viking appears on the label.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A clear reddish-brown with decent carbonation. Forms a thin off-white head that quickly subsides to a surface film. Aroma of sweet, nutty malt with hints of plums, dried fruit, brown sugar, marzipan and a big whiff of booze.

Tastes of sweet malt with a dry, fruity character. Notes of roasted grain, dried fruit, almonds, stewed hops and brown sugar. A dry bitterness upon swallowing, and a big hit of alcohol/solvent in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, but a little thin. Pretty astringent. Aftertaste of sweet, fruity malt.

Rather nice, though it probably doesn't compare with the best German examples. The aroma is good, but the flavour lacks depth and is somewhat overpowered by the booze. Body could also be a bit more substantial. Still, a decent beer that warms the cockles. Pick one up for Christmas.

jazzyjeff13, Apr 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Lucho, Mar 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

TrojanRB, Oct 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Jerseyislandbeer, Aug 14, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev +11.8%

31st August 2012: Icelandic or should I say ‘Einstok’ tasting evening at a mates house. He’d bought two bottles of four different Einstok brews. All poured carefully into a ‘Straffe Hendrik’ badged chalice. Last beer of the four was a 33cl Bottle of this (best before 10/2012).

Dark brown, deep, deep amber coloured body with a thin almost white head on top.

The malty nose had chocolate and toffee esters to the fore with caramel arriving later.

The taste was also malty sweet, with the same flavours as the aromas except there was a distinct burnt bitterness towards the end of each gulp. Not sure whether it came from hops or the dark chocolate malts?

Most enjoyable and the best of the four Icelandic beers I had that night.

BlackHaddock, Sep 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

tjsmith910, Nov 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Giggy, Dec 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

mpalestino, Jan 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Kerne, Nov 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

Bix, Sep 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Lukebell15, Dec 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

scripna, Jul 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Cervezaconcalor, Feb 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Thedrizzle, Jul 29, 2013
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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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

jmathis, Jun 30, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Lare453, Apr 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

ffshore545, Jul 22, 2014
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3.2/5  rDev -7.8%

...and the second Iceleandic beer had at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

It's a mix of orange ruby brown color in the glass. The head has solid retention and dots a little lacing around the glass. Like its Toasted Porter sibling, the nose is its weakest point. There is some smoke, also some indifferent grainy notes that don't do much good.

Hope arises in the taste. The stereotypical notes of bready and sweet malt are is reasonable quantities. The balance of the beer seems to get better with more sips, as at first it seemed a little one-dimensional. It is medium bodied, and overall a decent effort at the doppelbock style.

DoubleJ, Mar 11, 2012
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3.13/5  rDev -9.8%

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Stamped "171011-14:28." Best before October 2012.

A: I'm hoping this will be the first Icelandic beer I've enjoyed, but I'm not holding my breath. Still, it's in a bottle, which is unusual, and I like the label...It pours a rich, nutty auburn, with a finger of creamy head. We're off to a good start.

S: Alas! A grainy-sweet lager, which I suppose is what I should've expected. A touch of caramel malt gives the nose depth and complexity enough to merit an 'average' score. Smells like an amber ale.

T: Hrm. It takes like an average American amber lager. Given the strength, I suppose I can justify the 'doppelbock' moniker. Still, it's not really my thing. Grainy, lagery-sweet -- especially on the endtaste -- and generally uninteresting. A touch of carmelized sugar is welcome, but is too little too late.

M: Malty and round. Substantial.

O: An impressive effort by Icelandic standards (do keep in mind the country has only been legally brewing for 22 years), but not an objectively excellent beer. Not recommended. Worth trying, but won't have again.

AgentMunky, May 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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Icelandic Doppelbock from Einstök Ölgerð
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