Doppelbock Dunkel - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
3.66/5 rDev -2.1%
Poured from the bottle into a pilsener glass. A dark reddish brown beer with a shapely off-white head, with an aroma of light toffee, dried dark fruit, sweet wet grains, and some mellow spice notes. The overall aroma is homogenized, with the elements merging together. This smells like the Platonic ideal of a bock beer: A classic brown lager. The palate is similarly well-integrated, with no sharp corners or overtly bold flavors ... No one component tries to trump any other but there's complexity nonetheless. Quite crisp and dry for a doppelbock, with moderate carbonation and body on the thin side. Tastes like brown bread, nutty yeast, molasses, light rum, earthy ginseng spice, and sweet dough, with assertive hopping for the style. Finishes quite crisp and clean with some lingering noble hop spice and grass notes. Certainly well-crafted, although perhaps I was expecting more body and a richer, more sweet flavor profile.
03-02-2014 18:11:22 | More by CalgaryFMC
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3.6/5 rDev -3.7%
Poured a deep russett brown with some reddish tint a large fuffy slight off white head that settled into a creamy mass for the duration of the glass was nice.Kind of a green sour apple note hit it the nose along with some toasted nut and mineral and lightly sweet brown sugar,light to medium bodied creamy mouthfeel coats the mouth nicely.Lighter flavors really sweetish brown sugar and molasses tones along with hint of green apple with an underlying mineral note.Pretty standard but good nothing to go out of the way to find like I did today though.
12-09-2007 23:23:29 | More by oberon
3.8/5 rDev +1.6%
Into a flute glass pours a dark yet mostly translucent mahogany ale with a beige head that shows promise before hanging around the edges and finally fading. Carbonation is ample, and head reappears with a swirl.
Aroma is stale when cold, then produces fig with some caramel notes with warmth. Faint herbal, even minty hops.
As with aroma, warmth induces the best flavors from this beer. Highlights are the dark fruit esters of figs and dates, slight butteriness, and a sugary caramel that comes to the forefront towards the end of the bottle.
Mouthfeel is excellent, a bite from the carbonation but otherwise balanced; full-bodied but not heavy.
Alcohol not pronounced at all despite the 8.5%. Highly drinkable, but might start sitting heavy if sessioned. Worth a try if you see it.
09-07-2008 03:31:09 | More by boston2bburg
3.6/5 rDev -3.7%
Single bottle from the LCBO. I find the fact that the bottle calls this "malt liquor" amusing and confusing...
Poured into a goblet. Light ruby-chestnut, surprisingly light in colour for a doppelbock. Looks more like a brown ale or Belgian dark. About a half inch of head, recedes into a thin ring.
Nose is malty goodness, caramel, dark bread, grapes, a bit of spice. Quite nice.
Solid doppelbock, dry to the finish. Dark bread, malt and grape dominate the palate.
Thin bodied, easy carbonation. Dry on the tongue.
Though I tend to like my doppels to be malty monsters, I do enjoy this lighter take on the style. All the flavors are there, but it ain't quite so heavy as some of the others. Affordable too, might pick up a few more for the pre-Easter drinking season.
03-18-2012 00:07:24 | More by JohnnyBarman
4.38/5 rDev +17.1%
Appearance: root beer brown; clear; minimal head; induces salivation!
Aroma: crisp wheat/malt and mild hop - similar to a lager, but with more caramel and roasty hints
Taste & Mouthfeel: great molasses, burnt caramel flavours - it's actually tasting like root beer too with a hint of earthy spice; crisp and clean, very well balanced to make an easy drinking beer that could have mass appeal; as warms get more yeast character with some more spice and dark fruit (cherry, raisin)
Overall: complex and fun flavour for an easy drinking brew; balances everything perfectly, from sweet to bitter, crisp and smooth, complex and familiar
11-02-2012 01:27:34 | More by BGDrock
3.85/5 rDev +2.9%
(Served in a tulip glass)
A-This beer pours a clear warm brown body with a thin film and a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles.
S-The smell of caramel malt and cream is followed by a smell of fresh toasting dark malt.
T- This beer has a caramel dark roasted malt flavor with a nutty quality to it and finishes with a smooth bitterness that balances the malt nicely.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slightly creamy texture and a clean finish.
D- This beer has a smooth rich flavor but the lagering really gave it a clean flavor, perhaps a bit to much of a clean flavor.
11-27-2007 21:47:25 | More by rhoadsrage
3.98/5 rDev +6.4%
11.2oz bottle, with an elegant paper-wrapped cap, and stern black and white label presentation.
This beer pours a clear, radiant dark copper amber hue, with one fat finger of foamy and sudsy ecru head, which drops away quickly, leaving a few specks and some low-hanging swaths of lace around the glass.
It smells of bready, crackery pale malt, a bit of toffee and caramel, ethereal hints of day-old coffee, mild earthy, grassy hops, and a subtle alcohol edge. The taste is doughy caramel malt, hard toffee, rum-tinged brown sugar, raw molasses, mineral water, bitter citrus cream, and earthy, floral, and somewhat perfumed hops.
The carbonation is average, just a lilting frothiness, the body a fairly hefty medium-full weight, smooth, and even a little creamy. It finishes off-dry - sweet, actually - but adequately balanced by a rising alcohol warmth and still lingering bitter noble hoppiness.
Quite an enjoyable doppelbock, the hops more evident than usual for a European example of the style, and the expected elevated ABV not at all disappointing, in subtlety, or in assumed strength. Tasty, and well worth saving until the next time spring has a hard time wresting away the focus from a smugly lingering winter - so, next year, then.
06-01-2011 02:51:30 | More by biboergosum
3.1/5 rDev -17.1%
Chestnut brown with a fast receding head that doesn't lace. A delicate toasted bread note is difficult to pick out from behind it's powerful ethanol aroma. Tastes malty and sweet upfront with bread and brown sugar flavours before a note of watered down coca-cola comes through midway. Finishes a little boozy with some light bitterness. Just shy of medium-bodied with low carbonation. Lightly syrupy. Lacks weight. This is an enjoyable enough beer, but it doesn't hold a candle to Celebrator, Salvator, Weltenburger, or Optimator.
04-08-2012 21:18:34 | More by mintjellie
3.78/5 rDev +1.1%
Dark brown color with burgundy hues...finger-thick soapy head.
Caramel/toffee sweetness is the primary aroma, but then it opens up: peaty with dark fruits and just the slightest jab of alcohol, all reminding of Scotch ale.
The last few Doppelbocks I've had have reminded me of Scotch/Scottish ales, and this one's like that. The flavor is roasty, sweet, and just a little pungent, incorporating everything detected in the flavor, with a finish that reminds of having just eaten a Tootsie Roll. The flavor is subtly complex, a real grower given time and attention.
Mouthfeel is both prickly from fairly aggressive carbonation, and syrupy. Very interesting, and very good.
A compelling beer, it offers a twist to the usual doppelbock flavor. Not sure I'd want it often, as the syrupy flavor and feel makes it something to revisit only occasionally. Definitely worth spending some time with.
02-26-2008 23:12:59 | More by Metalmonk
3.8/5 rDev +1.6%
Another spot-on choice of John, from Smokeless Joe's. Brown with soapy head. Chocolate malt with caramel, lots of lace dots. Smooth and creamy, good dunkel. Expirey in 08. Chocolate nose. Brown sugar, and it is on sweet side, though bitterness and a drop of burnt molasses
11-11-2007 02:27:07 | More by Sammy
3.63/5 rDev -2.9%
Sangria with a pleasant head with good retention and lacing considering abv.
A sweet smelling beer from all the malt, with a subtle mocha and vanilla character. Slight hints of rum cake from the sweet alcohol and malt.
A toffee presence is present with some bread and alcohol. A very pleasant mocha character is the highlight which then segways into an alcoholic finish.
Full bodied but more hard than celebrator.
A good Doppelbock no doubt. For the price however I probably will not readdress this for some time.
11-06-2009 05:14:11 | More by alovesupreme
4.18/5 rDev +11.8%
Poured from the 330ml bottle into a Maudite snifter. Body is a rich brown color with garnet highlights, and not much head to speak of. Lovely aroma of rich malt, brown sugar and toffee, lightly fruity hops, and just a hint of roastiness. Palate is sweet up front with notes of toffee mild stone fruit, and again with a hint of roasted malt just before the swallow. A lingering rich, brown sugar sweetness comes on the finish. Body is light, although not particularly effervescent, as is typical of the style. The 8.5% ABV is integrated really well, making this beer a pleasure to drink. I'm a big fan of doppelbocks, and this does not disappoint.
03-09-2009 05:04:07 | More by ElGordo
4.22/5 rDev +12.8%
Poured into a 14.9 oz. nonic. Very large, creamy, beige head. Little lacing, color is a black-ruby-orange. Smell is of light alcohol and heavy, wet bread. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and very smooth. Flavor is like chocolate bread with a clean alcohol finish. Next one tastes a very big malty syrup. This is a big flavor beer but the body of the beer - its weight in the mouth - is light. Some may prefer a heavier feel; they might want to try the Ettaler Curator. Still, this is a very fecund, springtime brew. As the beer warms, you may notice an almost cognac-like taste with a hint of fruits and raisins. It promises the harvest to come. Call it a very refined Doppelbock. Serving temperature 52 degrees.
Grade B+ Purchased at Stoney's - $4.99 per bottle
04-17-2011 20:00:51 | More by Dubbledown
3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
A- Pours a dark brown color with an off-white head.
S- The aroma is very sweet and malty with raisins, caramel, hints of coffee and alcohol.
T- The taste resembles the aroma with a lot of sweet malt and dark fruits along with some toffee flavors and some alcohol in the finish.
M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied, but a little thinner than I expected with a good amount of carbonation.
D- This is a pretty solid Doppelbock. The alcohol limits it's drinkability a little bit but it is a pretty tasty brew that I wouldn't mind having again. Worth a try.
01-26-2009 01:54:04 | More by cjgator3
3.88/5 rDev +3.7%
11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Appearance-Dark mahogany brown with a deep garnet color and excellent clarity. Moderately tall khaki-beige head shows large bubbles and fair retention.
Aroma-Rich malt aroma-Toasted dark bread, toffee, molasses, and brown sugar with some nutty, sherry-like oxidation. Bread crusts blend with rock candy sugar. A hint of cocoa powder hangs in the background present. Light dark fruit presence. Not sure how old this bottle is, but it shows some oxidation characteristic of a couple years of age, and it's aging quite nicely.
Flavor-Not quite as varied on the palate as in the aroma, but still moderately complex. Opens with cola and licorice, followed by sweet, sugary molasses and rock candy sugar, and then finishing with a nutty toast-like character. The aftertaste is semi-sweet with a strange blend of nutty, sherry-like oxidation, rock candy sugar, and bread crust malt.
Mouthfeel-Medium body with soft, moderately low carbonation. Incredibly smooth, and probably a little thinner than when it was originally bottled. Alcohol warmth leaves hardly a tickle on the back of the throat.
Quite interesting. Although I'm not sure of the age on this one, I can tell based on the oxidation flavors present that it's probably been at least a couple of years since it was bottled. It is aging quite well, so I give it points for that. Underneath the oxidation character, there are remnants of a good doppelbock, and I can see this being a much maltier, robust beer in its younger days. Good, but there are certainly better doppelbocks out there. Still, I'm glad I got the chance to try it.
01-18-2012 05:06:52 | More by plfahey
4/5 rDev +7%
Tops Liquor - Phoenix , Arizona
a - dark amber, little head
s - sweet and clean, light hops
t - more on the sweet side, not too much hops.
m - complex, something a can't figure out that hangs around.
d - a good hang out beer...
i'll try another Eggenberg
09-16-2010 05:17:01 | More by eggland
3.98/5 rDev +6.4%
A - a clear deep brown, one finger of grey head left a thin covering
S - toffee and nutty with dark fruit syrup, herbs and spices
T - sticky sweet with caramel and candied fruit, some roasted nuts, light leafy and herbal hop notes
M - sticky thick body with a good carbonation balance, finishes syrupy and sweet
O - big in flavour and feel with the alcohol very well disguised, maybe a little over the top on sweetness, but still a fine example of the style
09-12-2011 01:51:26 | More by joemcgrath27
3.93/5 rDev +5.1%
Pours a thin cola color with a whispy white head that settled into a sparse cap. The aroma is of toasted caramel malt, light burnt wood or peat, and hints of fig or raisin. The taste is of a meaty broth, wet wood, a roasted malt with hints of raisin sweetness. The feel is thin for a malty brew and the alcohol has a slight noticable presence, the carbonation is thin and the brew finishes a tad sweet. Despite the 8.5%abv, this brew is quite drinkable as the body is thin. Some unique flavors makes this stand out from other dopplebocks.
11-15-2008 03:41:32 | More by Gmann
Doppelbock Dunkel from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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