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Doppelbock Dunkel - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Reviews: 144
Hads: 227
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: tavernjef on 02-18-2007

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brilliant deep rerddish chestnut with some chunks floating around – probably a sign of age. No bottle date, billowy off-white thick creamy head, nose has some chocolate, more chocolate on the palate, not a lot of hops – might have something to do with both the style and the age, there is some faint coffee on the nose and on the palate. Very creamy, very faint licorice to anise, lingering malty toffee chocolate flavors, excellent lace, soft carbonation. Even with the chunks and age, it is very very good.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle served fairly cold into a pint glass. Purchased at Chester's beers of the world in Hamilton.

Appearance - a dark Coe brown with honey hues and a finger of white head on too that coalesces into a small cap.

Smell - a little earthy, some cherries and a dose of molasses.

Taste - starts boozy sharp with some earthiness before transitioning to a hint of cherry, treacle, molasses and finally black licorice.

Mouthfeel- full bodied and a bit sharp from the booze. Too sharp for my liking.

Overall - not a flavour profile for everyone but for those who like it will like it a lot. Definitely worth a try for those who like the style and the treacle, molasses and licorice trio.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat in the spirit of Paulaner Doppel: Sweet, but boozier and a slightly harsher and more bitter finish: Copper-colored: not much head or lacing. Somewhat cloudy in the glass. Probably wouldn't seek this out again, given available alternatives.


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Photo of Sathanas
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

I really enjoy the look of Schloss Eggenberg both in and out of the bottle. It looks like a beer you would drink while listening to black metal which is my favourite style of music. The drink itself is pretty dark, not nearly the darkest I've had, with a slight reddish tone by the light but the colour definitely holds true to the name Dunkel. However, there is next to nothing carbonation wise and the head, at least when I poured it, is non existent. This is disappointing to me because I really enjoy a nice thick head on my beers. Also disappointing, to me at least, is the fact that this came with a plain, black cap (for the collectors out there).

What really confused me about the lack of head on this beer is that the smell is super malty. With aromatics of spices (cardamon or all spice?), caramel, and tonnes of coffee, this doppelbock really had me excited to taste it.

The taste is quite nice. I liked it from the first sip. With a blunt punch of coffee and a subtle pinch of caramel, the initial sip was nice. Soothing. Slight hints of dark cherry, some sort of fruit I can`t put a finger on, and toffee, giving the the lips slight stickiness as if drink hot chocolate or a very sugary coffee. I may be tasting some chocolate?

It is a very soothing beer, giving the drinker a warming sensation from tongue to stomach even when served at a cold temperatures. For an 8.5% alcohol beer, one would expect a large burn from the alcohol itself, but there is almost no burn to speak of. Only a spark, not a fire. I live in mid-north Canada and this beer would be perfect on a cold, dark winter night before a crackling fireplace.

Overall, though my experience with bocks are minimal and not exactly my preference, I would say this is a solid beer with very few flaws, and though I doubt I would ever go out of my way to buy Eggenberg again, if it is ever in my path, I will not hesitate to buy it.Granting I have enough money since it is quite expensive in my area. For fans of bocks, I recommend trying it at least once. Not a fan of that certain spice in this.


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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly cloudy deep reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, apple, toast, toffee, molasses, brown bread, light roast, floral, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt notes with light hops. Taste of big caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, raisin, brown bread, light roast, floral, light pepper, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, molasses, toffee, raisin, toast, dark bread, light roast, floral, light pepper, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance malty flavors; with a light hop balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent doppelbock style. Very nice complexity and balance of malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of FLima
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice brown reddish color. It made barely one finger of off-white head with low retention.
Malty aroma, raisins, booze, strong licorice and earthy hops.
Sweet malty taste, booze, brown sugar, pepper and earth hops. Dry and mild bitter aftertaste.
Full body with low to medium carbonation.
A bit too sweet and apparent booze, but still flavorful and warming.

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Photo of kvnstfrd
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark-brown, cola colour. Head fades away quickly, leaving some sticky lacing behind. Smells of toffee/molasses and a note of real liquorice. Taste is semi-sweet molasses, with a mild hop bitter, along with a coffee-ish bitter flavour in the finish. Picking up up some notes of fig preserves in there as it warms up. Body is between medium and full; carbonation is barely detectable. As I expected, another finely crafted beer from Schloss Eggenberg.

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Photo of tonyf55
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From bottle into a Delirum tulip glass

Visual (4): Dark ruby colour with a good clarity. Robust, pillowy off-white head settles slowly to a single finger leaving a nice lacing on the glass. A stream of bubbles dance through the body.

Aroma (4): Malty and boozy. The nose tells of toasted biscuit, molasses sweetness, and a real boozy, alcoholic backbone. The aroma gives a bit of a smokey character.

Taste (4): Predominately sweet, with a bit of acidic/alcohol warming on the finish. Mirrors the smell with caramel rich sweetness, toasted biscuit and dark molasses. Rich in taste and boozy on the finish.

Mouthfeel (5): Medium to heavy body with a real silky smoothness. Very light carbonation with a lingering, mouth-coating alcoholic numbness

Overall (4): A real model of the style that does a lot of things very well. Good balance in the malt flavours, with strong but not overpowering alcoholic lingerings. The mouthfeel is really solid complimenting this robust, but smooth, beer.

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Photo of pkalix
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

doesnt eggenberg make samicluase too? and isnt samiclause a dopplebock also? interesting. and i have a dunkel samiclause ready to go in the frig....
pours dark ruby, small head.
smells sweet, chewy.... toffee? caramel? i havent had a sami in YEARS but it brings it to mind...
taste is... sweet, but funky sweet.... what IS that i'm getting?? says 'coffee' and toffee on the website.... and some beautiful women on the website also....
the taste is bringing back memories of a certain pub in the mall in las vegas called DER BARON's.... i cannot place the taste, but it is familiar. i am wondering if it is the sami....?
anyway, overall, this is an interesting brew. i need to do the sami now to see if it is the brewery which produces this peculiar taste or if it is the ingredients. or the region? i want to say i like it. it's certainly a HEAVIER doblebock than the typical german variety and very sweet, still... i give it a 4.5 overall simply for the memories... but it rightfully deserves it.

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Photo of PaulfromNoVa
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An agreeable - no: perfect - accompaniment to heavy Austrian fare. Poured into a pretty Eggenberg glass, tall and slender, like a pilsner.

A long, thick head that dissipated rapidly with nary a trace of lacing. Dark brown, but still admitting light: I could still see through it, a pretty root-beerish transparency. Nose was clean and predominantly malty, with a note of coffee candy.

A foamy mouthful, tightly carbonated. In fact, at the pour, tiny beige bubbles swirled in the dark brew, forming into a rising head. Like watching the formation of stars. Pleasantly burnt malt in the mouth, with notes of dark-chocolate-coated espresso beans. Slightly hoppy at the finish, tasted like "I'll have another, please."

Very satisfying.

Bottle was 11.2 oz.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The color of this Doppelbock is dark brown with lots of red hues. The head is beige, rather thin and sinks instantly, leaving only utter faint lacings.

S: Raisins galore! and loads of other dried dark fruits. Notes of bread and flowers is present but way in the back compared to the fruitcake and syrupy sweet doughy buns. Just the way I like it.

T: Sweet bready malt is way overrepresented in this style, and this Austrian product is truely no exception. Besides the malty flavours there is also rich notes of molasses and dried fruits, like raisins, dates and figs. In the back, there's some bitterness which adds to the complexity.

M: The first thing that hits you is the recemlance to dark syrup - thick. No surprises when the carbonation is non-existant, not that you miss it though... The aftertaste is short, but there is a lingering dry feeling in my mouth.

O: A nice Doppelbock, but not quite up there with the most complex Bavarian ones. I had high expectations on this Doppelbock from the brewery of Samichlaus, but yet again - the complexity is not what I hoped for, rather than expected.

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Photo of jsanto
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a aventenus fan. But this is right there. I will buy another 4-pack.

The one I had, must have been very fresh.

Taste . First sip, Bach. As it sat in my glass for awhile, jut as good 10 minutes later.

Mouth. I like a dat.

Over . My go to Bach.

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Photo of decimator
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a mug. ABV 8.5%.

A - Poured a dark mahogany brown with a 2cm bubbly head. Head reduced to a thin cap. No lacing.

S - Brown sugar, bread, dried dark fruit, hint of alcohol.

T - Bread, brown sugar, hint of burnt toast, some light fruitiness, some hops and a hint of alcohol in the finish.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body with some creaminess, some stickiness, light alcohol burn in the finish.

O - With the flavour on the lighter side how did they manage to hide the alcohol? It's quite easy to drink.

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Photo of SebD
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice clear deep golden/amber color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of caramel, bready malts, grains and some dark fruit (mostly raisins).

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a bready and caramelly malt character to it with light dark fruit and nuts. There's also a metallic note at the end.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a decent overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with ok flavors and aromas.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one's been hanging around for a while...

A - pours a copper brown colour, thin layer of head which quickly dissipates and leaves no trace of lacing.

S - Quite bready, hints of caramel, leafy greens, and peat with some alcohol detectable on the finish.

T - The bready caramel dominates, sweet corn, dark fruit, metallic notes and candied apple come through with a bitter leafy green and burnt toast and brown sugar finish.

M - Medium bodied, a tad prickly, finishes wet.

O - Decent doppelbock, but not my favourite. I wouldn't seek out another bottle and I'm hesitant to say I would even suggest that someone try it. If you're in dire need of a doppelbock and this is available, it would satisfy your craving but don't expect anything special.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle to Founders tulip.

A - Medium brown with some glowing amber around the edges and one finger of thick egg-shell coloured head.

S - Noticeable alcohol up front that gives way to sweet bready malts, caramel and a touch of molasses.

T - Sweet bready malts, dark caramel, toffee and a big overall sweetness that is cut nicely by warming alcohol. Hints of spice and molasses in the background.

M - Medium body. Somewhat creamy at times with light to moderate carbonation.

O - Nice and easy drinking for 8.5% ABV.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, 11.2oz into a tulip. Best before December 2013.

Filtered mahogany, with some ruby and violet hues as well. White head with some larger bubbles really, some remnants of a head and a thick sticky collar persists. Lager yeast and hop notes are there, with some toasty bread and caramel right alongside. Not too sweet, but a bit on the drier side. A bit of grain and dark bread. Warming and slightly alcoholic on the palate, more caramel and toffee slides through as anticipated, gets sweeter as it warms. Lightly fruity and gentle toasty malt notes. Not a ton of complexity but straightforward. Light bitterness in the finish, but sweetness and alcohol wash over this. Medium-heavy feel, and drinkable. A nice affordable doppelbock, I could seek this out again.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml Bottle - From the LCBO for around 3$

Appearance - Clear dark brown colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some fair acing. The head lasted for a few minutes.

Smell - Malts, raisins, grapes, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and the beer seems a little watery. Most of the taste is made up of malts, grapes/raisins, and grains. There was also some light notes of nuts and a touch of a smokiness. It ended with a malty sweet aftertaste.

Overall - The best part of the beer is probably how well it hides it's alcohol. The taste is decent but nothing that will wow you. Also the mouth feel leave a lot to be desired. I wouldn't pick this one up again but it was worth a try.

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Photo of korguy123
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tulip
Best before 12/2013

A- Crystal clear dark brown with ruby highlights. Half finger white head that shrinks to thin white ring leaving little lacing.

S- Toast, dark fruits, slight coffee and chocolate. There is a strawberry and metallic aroma.

T- Toast, alcohol, chocolate and stone fruits. Metallic aftertaste.

M- Thin to medium bodied. Medium carbonation with a slight warming from the alcohol.

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Photo of peensteen
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent cola brown colour, one finger of off white head, light lacing left behind. Smell is malty, cereal/bread like grain quality, light chocolate and coffee, sweet caramel scents, some light fruity qualites and a bit of alcohol. Taste is malty, sweet caramel, toffee, some raisin flavours, moderate bitterness, some alc in the finish, dark breads and some chocolate in the finish. Sticky feel especially in the back of the throat that took some getting used to, medium carbonation, syrupy and full bodied. Not bad but easily forgetable, worth a shot but there are better examples out there.

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Photo of Stocean1
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An aggresive pour yielded only one finger of off white foam upon a burnt brown coloured body, little retention although a nice collar of bubbles last throughout.

Earthy hops, dark fruit, and rye bread malt for the nose.

Taste follows the nose, rye and sweet bread, plums and figs soaked in booze.

Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Bitter on the back end with the booze lingering in the finish. Definitely drinkable although my constitution would be tested putting back a six pack.

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Doppelbock Dunkel from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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