Icelandic Doppelbock - Einstök Ölgerð
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United Kingdom (England)
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.
09-03-2012 13:21:53 | More by BlackHaddock
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.
05-14-2012 05:40:28 | More by AgentMunky
United Kingdom (England)
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.
04-08-2012 00:00:01 | More by jazzyjeff13
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.
03-11-2012 03:33:05 | More by DoubleJ
3.35/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
02-09-2012 00:52:39 | More by Halcyondays
United Kingdom (England)
3.6/5 rDev +3.7%
Chestnut Brown pour with a film for head that fades quickly. Aroma of dark fruits and roasted malt, grape skins and a tiny tinge of sour. Tastes of dryer malt, some roast nuts bit of dark fruit and a clean aftertaste. MF is a bit thin but great soft, smooth carbonation. Overall a decent Doppelboc but both the MF and the Taste lack intensity or anything special.
01-02-2012 19:37:19 | More by thepeter
Icelandic Doppelbock from Einstök Ölgerð
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