Icelandic Doppelbock - Einstök Ölgerð

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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Iceland

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

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(Beer added by: thepeter on 01-02-2012)
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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of Fatehunter
2.7/5  rDev -25.4%

Pours a finger of off-white head on a clear dark red colored body.
The aroma is grains and caramel. Nice.
The taste starts mild and goes super caramel sweet with a slight metallic bitter finish. An abrupt profile.
The texture is crisp.
I didn't enjoy it. Too sweet too long.

Photo of Lare453
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of Bix
3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

...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.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of AltBock
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a 330 mL bottle, thanks Chuck,

A: Pours a medium burnt orange, looks a bit like Alesmith Grand Cru, a hard colour to describe. Soft white head, clear.

S: Raisiny fruit, some light sugar character, not a huge nose.

T: Not super sweet which I like, more a maibock really than a doppel, both in colour and ABV. Fruity with some grape and plum skin. Nice beer, but not particularly full-flavoured.

M: Medium-bodied, soft carbonation, never cloying which is nice.

O: A good dopplebock, but the Toasted Porter was by far the superior effort.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of st9647v3
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of shaunyq
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Sweet, malty, medium-bodied. Bonus points for using glacial water

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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Icelandic Doppelbock from Einstök Ölgerð
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