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Doppelbock Dunkel - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | 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 Sammy
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of brentk56
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hzy dark amber color with a very meagre head that fades quickly to a ringlet but leaves a few dots of lace

Smell: The caramel is there along with some fig and apple, but there is also a herbacious quality that seems misplaced

Taste: Opens with a rich caramel flavor that also brings along some apple, fig and herbal tea qualities by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweet flavors stick and are joined by an herbacious bitter element that just seems out of place for the style

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and viscous; low carbonation

Drinkability: At the end of the day, this is a real disappointment for a doppelbock; it's on the bottom of the list for me

Photo of BEERchitect
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Though a mild disappointment, I still beleive that the beer is worth a shot. The pour delivered a promising deep ruby / mohogany hue, but with head retention that started fizzy and loosely knit, and finished quite flat with no lacing. The aromas swayed be back with a deep, almond scent with heavy notes of dehydrated fruits (plumbs, dates), and a hint of chocolate, kona coffee, and rich toffee. The sweet flavors continues what was experienced in the nose, but the bitterness seemed more distractive than complementary. Over-hopped with earthy, pungent hops later gave an astingency to the mouthfeel. Alcohols gain intensity as the sweetness subsides, and often crossing the fence to fusal territories. Grainy flavors persist into the aftertaste. A rich bready, yeasty, toasty flavor arises early, but offers very little quality to the body. The body weakens considerably into the finish delivering a cola-like flavor late. I would have expected this lack of quality from the majority of American breweries who attempt a Dopplebock, but not a classic German brewery

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear deep burgundy color bock with a large creamy off-white head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of creamy banana bread with light toffee notes. Taste is a great mix between some banana bread and caramel and toffee notes. Body is a bit thin or the style with great carbonation but alcohol is bit too hot. Very well done overall but some less apparent alcohol would have been even better.

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark titian with bright orange trim. The tight-bubbled cap is ecru in color and filled at least half the glass after a vigorous pour. Considering the ABV and the lack of hop resins, there is quite a bit of soon-to-be-crusty lace.

This offering doesn't smell very dark. There's no roasted maltiness, just a little dark fruit (unripe figs) that is more sour than sweet. Here's hoping it makes a comeback on the palate.

What an odd beer. Doppelbock Dunkel isn't exactly bursting with barley and it's one of the most balanced examples of the style that I've ever run across. That is not a positive since bitterness has no place in a doppelbock. At least not to this degree. On a positive note, the alcohol is expertly buried.

The flavor profile includes burnt toast, black tea leaves, unsweet caramel, cocoa powder and bitter nut skins. The beer isn't so much smoky (which would be a good thing) as it is burnt (which is sometimes a good thing, but isn't here). It tastes better than the above description would suggest, although it isn't a beer that I'll buy again.

The mouthfeel is too light and too underbubbled. The result is a lack of mouth excitement in a lager that could use a little something to get it kick-started.

So far I'm not impressed with Brewery Castle Eggenberg. Maybe Samichlaus Bier will finally change my mind. As for Doppelbock Dunkel, there are any number of German doppels, or even a few from this country, that deserve your hard-earned money over this one.

Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown body with a small, eggshell-colored head.

Smell: Sweetish aroma of toffee and fruity prune and sour cherry juice with a hint of roasted malt.

Taste: Sweet maltiness and a taste of toffee-flavored coffee with the strong dark fruitiness jumping out at you. Very light touch of roast. Medium hop bitterness pre-finish. Some of the alcohol sneaks into the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Their Schloss is my gain!

Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of nickfl
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Small, light brown head with poor retention and lace. the body is brown and clear.

S - Malty with a slight coco aroma. Notes of plums and other dark fruit.

T - Strong malt character up front with dark caramel and a strong plum flavor. Sweet alcohol in the middle and a slightly roasty chocolate flavor in the finish.

M - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Sweet finish.

D - Reasonably drinkable for a strong beer, but a bit lacking in complexity and the sweetness becomes cloying towards the end of the bottle.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a medium off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramel, lager yeast, some roasted malts and touches of dark fruit and hops.

T: The taste starts with flavors of caramel and dark fruits, but there's a strong burst of alcohol during the first few sips. The malt character isn't quite as bready as other beers I've had in the style. The hops presence is mild and provides a little balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it's a decent beer I guess, but I don't think this is really the right beer for me to drink too many of. Something just didn't strike me right and I didn't like it too much.

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

Eggenberg Doppelbock Dunkel

Dark reddish brown, little head to speak of.

Aroma brims with malt and alcohol. Not much more. Raisins and figs? That'd be stretching.

Dark, malty, some caramel, met with ash. Candy coated coffee.Tidy hops at work on the palate, riding through the finish.

Not too complex, not at all deep, but drinkable, and tasty, too. Has it's moments.

Photo of jwc215
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a very thin head that slowly recedes to a disappearing patch.

The smell is of toffee with a hint of coffee.

The taste is of toffee sweetness with an earthy, dark fruity bitter balance. Alcohol noticeable in the finish. Bittterness overtaken by malty sweetness in the aftertaste.

Full-bodied and pretty smooth despite noticeable alcohol. Mild to moderate carbonation. Slightly syrupy.

A warming doppelbock. Malty with some balance. Not overly complex, and there are better doppelbocks out there. But, it's still a nice one to sip on on a chilly late winter/early spring day.

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

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a 1/2" offwhite head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a sweet, malty scent that boasts of chocolate and crystal malts along with a dry lager yeast aroma. There seems to be some roasted malt character as well. The taste is good. It has a smooth, malty taste that goes down easy and finishes sweet with a dry lager yeast element. It's not very exciting. There also seems to be some sort of off flavor in the finish. The alcohol is hidden well. The mouthfeel is average. It's a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good beer, but nothing I'd buy again. It's much too sweet and syrupy for me.

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of corby112
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with a thin beige head that quickly dissapeared. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, toffee and dark fruit. Very smooth with the 8.5 % very well masked. Creamy taste of chocolate, coffee and sugary fruit.

Photo of wl0307
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Jasons supermarket in Taipei City, Taiwan; coming in a slim 330ml brown bottle, BB 05/2013, served chilled in a slim pilsner glass.

A: pours a dark amber to copper hue, coming with abundant fizziness but not OTT, topped with a lasting thin beige foamy head.
S: besides toffee-ish malt sweetness with a touch of sweet nuts, the jammy plums, prune and date-ish fruitiness accompany closely; lightly burned caramel is retrained while alcohol is clearly at presence when given a good swirl.
T: a mildly spritzy and lightly alcoholic swallow of toasted malts and toasted fruits is fast ensued by a flow of dry hop bitterness (not so much bitter as dry), leaving faintly nutty, spicy-woody and moderately sour-sweet dried berries-like undertones in the gradually warming finish. The maltiness is quite restrained, however, not like many beers of the same style I’ve tried from Germany.
M&D: the mouthfeel is lightly fizzy and refreshing, especially when taking into account the 8.5%abv.; it’s good that the beer never tastes too sweet as the hop bitterness does render a considerable balancing influence, and the sourness typical of a well-lagered bock beer also makes itself felt well enough. Not as good as the same brewery’s other Doppelbock, IMO, perhaps due to the less depth from the malts used, but still an easy-drinking heavy beer.

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

(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.

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of biegaman
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A rusty nail would make an identical match colour wise. Although the beer is fairly dark in tone it is brilliantly clear in complexion and glints with exuberance both when away and up to the light. It hosts a pageant of bubbles that hover at a calm and steady pace. Despite a slender outline there really isn't much to skim off the top.

The nose is sweet but not in the good sticky, caramel ladled toast malt kind of way that characterizes dopplebocks as a style. This seems to be sweet - and piercingly so - in a syrupy kind of way. There's a touch of toffee but no gooey caramel covered fruits. In fact, I'm picking up (just a little) on two big no-no's for the style: a smokey character roast and a solventy indication of the alcohol strength.

Yikes, if this was lagered it couldn't have been for very long - this doesn't taste smooth, crisp or clean - it tastes adjunct ridden. It doesn't have the heavy, sweet, rich maltiness of a dopplebock. It has the cloying, stale, cheap, off-putting feel of adjuncts. Instead of toast, caramel, chocolate or fruit I'm tasting burnt crust, soggy bread, and microwaved frozen corn niblets. This is not at all my ideal dopplebock.

Without a rich heavy-set malt base the alcohol is in full exposure. The impression of alcohol in dopplebocks can be quite present but it's usually masked by a ton of caramel as well as dried and candied fruits. The 8.5% in this, however, is caught bare naked. This isn't comfortably warming - it's a NASA rocket-sized engine full of burning hot fusels.

I would have figured Austrians could make a dopplebock as good as their German neighbours but if this example is any indication I'd be wrong. I've had a couple of less than stellar offerings from Castle Eggenberg now and I'm starting to become a little less optimistic about future encounters with Austria's oldest family owned brewery.

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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Doppelbock Dunkel from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
84 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.