Icelandic Doppelbock - Einstök Ölgerð

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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 5
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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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.

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%

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 BlackHaddock
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of wl0307
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Lare453
2.75/5  rDev -24%

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 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 whatname
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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 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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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Icelandic Doppelbock from Einstök Ölgerð
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