Doppelbock Dunkel - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Reviews: 143
Hads: 225
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 7
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Austria

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.50% ABV

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Beer added by: tavernjef on 02-18-2007

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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. (1,358 characters)

Photo of plfahey
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,633 characters)

Photo of DCon
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a 11.2 FL. OZ bottle of this from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $3.99. Poured from the Black/White labeled bottle w/ two rams on it into a 16oz Tulip Glass. Has no freshness date on the bottle.

Aroma- Tons of malt and strength from the very beginning of the aroma. Caramel hits the nose as well and is sweeter than ever. A slight booziness is found at the end. Everything great for this style!

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has poor retention but a big group of bubbles stay on top. Has a nice deep caramel/medium brown colored body but clear. Leaves suds you can count on the glass.

Flavor- The flavor starts with tons of sweetness, malt, and caramel. Toffee comes up BIG time towards the middle of the drink and is great! Light-medium hops but the malt dominates this one.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Nice creaminess and then goes down smooth.

Overall Impression- A nice doppelbock but where is the body? Wish it had more depth and ingredient here. I REALLY enjoyed the toffee flavors in it though. Would definitely recommend if you can get your hands on this. (1,116 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was very tasty, I'm surprised it hasn't scored higher. Poured a 2" beige head with reasonable length. Clear dark burnt umber brown color. Smells not only of malt but fresh bread and that carries through nicely into the taste. Body is lighter than the smell and taste would lead me to expect. And it cost me under $5 which to me is pretty good for this quality of import. Nice. (381 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: medium dark brown, a little "dirty" mostly clear. Little head to speak of.
Smell: Malty fruitiness. Pretty simple profile but very nice.
Taste: Much like the nose. Simple, balanced, mellow.
Overall: Solid, very quaffable brew. (238 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 (457 characters)

Photo of cdkrenz
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Crisp deep brownish red color to the body. The head is light and airy but still starts over a half inch talll before fading to less than an eighth inch. No noticeable residual carbonation.

S - Deep plum, slightly smokey, a bit of Worcestershire, and even some prune scents in here.

T - A year of aging this doppelbock seems to have brought out some of the deep, moody flavors. All those in the aroma are present in the flavor except for the Worcestershire.

M - Plush in the beginning before turning slightly coarse on the lips.

~ I really like this doppelbock. It's just pungent enough to be a sipper but not so much that it loses any of it's drinkability. This is a good beer and one that I strongly recommend. (720 characters)

Photo of hoser
3.14/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle is not the best of shape as lover of dopplebocks I will have to try this on tap some time. Underneath the smell of oxidised cardboard there once was a nice beer. Chocolate malt with nutty, toffee coffee backbone to this beer but as stated before the beer is not of the best of shape. (295 characters)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
1.96/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: 1/4" white head that left a slight lacing over cola brown liquid.

S: Sweet, malt, and a hint of a metallic smell.

T: Metallic and somewhat malty.

M: Thin and low level of carbonation.

O: Hopefully this was just a bad bottle, and I could not particularly tell, but there are much better Doppelbocks that exist. (316 characters)

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a moderate brown and appears copper when held to the light. A 1/4 inch very light tan head forms and quickly reduces to minimal lacing.

The aroma hit me initially with a toasted bread note with some malty sweetness that kind of hides. I also think I'm picking up just a bit of earthy hops.

The taste has a very nice fruitiness the plays well with the caramel malt sweetness. There is again the lingering earthy hops and just the right dose of alcohol.

The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied. This is a very smooth and creamy beer with a well balanced carbonation. A pleasant and minimally dry finish.

Overall, this is a solid beer. The components work well together and I think the rate limiting step is the alcohol notes that seem to build. This would be a great beer in autumn. (829 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Above average double bock that falls short of the top tier but should definitely be tried if one is a fan of the style. Dark brown color with rapidly diminishing head. Modest aromas. Nicely balanced flavor, good and malty, low bitterness levels. Booze is subdued, moderate roastiness. Carbonation is modest as well, fairly drinkable. A solid B overall. Not on the level of Celebrator but you could do worse. Not as big as it could be, I think. But then nothing every beer has to be a big bomb anyway, right? (507 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad. Copper brown with a very thick, white head. Creamy, bready small. Big malts, a bit of hoppy citrus notes. Toffee, malts, bread and even mild coffee in the taste. Low hops. Note quite as spicy as I would like. There's a very faint spice to it, hardly even noticeable. Alcohol not really noticeable. A bit thin, but not bad. Needs a little more oomph. (358 characters)

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

330ml bottle poured into tulip 6/6/11

A clear brownish copper with only a few bubbles able to feed a fast falling finger of foam that leaves some random patches of lace

S some bready caramel with a little brown sugar

T raisins and molasses with just the slightest nutty flavor to go with everything I smell

M enters silky and creams up fast from the bubbles, just a slight hint of heat from the booze but it's pretty mild for 8.5%

O a respectable brew but just not quite in the top examples for the style for me at least, worth trying but not mind blowing

great value for this one here in Alberta at 3.29$ its worth every penny but may not leave a beer snob impressed (676 characters)

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 some 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 another bottle until the next time spring has a hard time wresting away the focus from a smugly lingering winter - so, next year, then. (1,266 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

We pour a brew of a warm nut brown color. It holds a bubbly one finger head of tannish bubbles which recedes at a medium pace. Little lacing is left as it goes, but the voracious carbonation leaves a tiny crown of bubbles around edges of the glass. Big cylindrical flecks of yeast are noted throughout. When the pour settles it looks like a watery cola. The aroma is bright with metallic notes off the bat. These are lent by the deep, crystal and caramel malts. There is also a sugary sweetness to it, and a hint of adjuncty grain. The faintest esters soften the hard edges around the nose, without the help of much else. As did the aroma, we begin with metals and a dark and sweet graininess. This quickly transitions into a sweeter, toffee-like vibe as we peak through the middle. There is a slight bittering of black coffee beans, lighting quick, with another ping of metallics from the yeast. Moving to the conclusion brings about robust, slightly bittered, and toasted malts. This is their darkest appearance in the tasting. This mixes with a fine saltiness at the very end. The aftertaste breathes with clean malt, slight booze, black tea leaves, and white sugar. The body is medium to full and the carbonation is medium. The lips are left on the stickier side, smacked with the sweetness, while the mouth’s interior is cooled, and only mildly coated. The abv approaches the higher end for the style, but is relatively hidden, assisting this beer in drinking easier.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how the malts don’t really fade out through the finish. While the beer may appear on the watery side, and look more like a soda, the malts in the flavoring made up some lost ground. They actually became more robust as the flavoring wore on, becoming the most intense by the end of the tasting. (1,821 characters)

Photo of cnally
3.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a nice mahogany slightly transparent body, lots of active carbonation flowing through the liquid, and a fizzy off-white head barely stays after the pour.

The aroma is so incredibly subtle, with just miniscule toasted malt notes, slightly burnt, but little in the way of hops, yeast, or any fruity or estery qualities. Dissapointing.

The flavor is one of those that thinks it got swagga, but just doesn't. Initial burnt grains flavor, a little sweetness (slightly less oppressive than an average doppelbock), followed by an assertive alcohol bite. The depth of the flavors is lacking, and fades into an underwhelming black-or-chocolate malt cocoa bitterness. Decent aspects but lacking as a whole experience.

Mouthfeel is good. Slick but not oily, well carbonated but not a CO2 bomb, medium feel and lazily retreats down your throat.

A style typically dictated by sweetness, this beer has little in the way of syrupy and sweet characteristics. But the depth of the appealing toasty flavors falls short. Decent but not a great value. (1,046 characters)

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Ruby brown brew with a cream colored tapioca bubbled head.

S - A bold profile of sweet and syrupy malt. Sweet toffe, caramel and sugar inviting the nose.

T - Delicious sweet malt and toffee swirls around as some alcohol warmth and evaporation sets in. Very smooth malt body and a touch of hops to balance. This isn't a malt monster but carries a rich flavor. Some mineralistic and metallic notes at the end.

M - The mouth is soft and sweet, smooth and mellowed. Easy feeling micro carbonation and a clean finish.

O - Im a fan of this brewery and this is a well balanced dunkel. (585 characters)

Photo of bobhits
4.46/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow amazing deep black amber color. Held to the light the only thing I can see through it is the over head light itself. Just amazing depth and unlike anything I can think of. Normally no light or the glass will light up. Here just the image of the over head light. There is a decent amount of carbonation but that is already long gone before this description has been written.

This glass was recently cleaned and I’m sadly picking up the scent of the soap used to clean it, no impact on flavor I assure you. A bit more into the beer, the aroma of toffee, amber malts, dried figs,

Deep rich chocolate and caramel malts, Not sure on the age of this beer but the hops are gone from sight. Toffee and sweet malt are the show case here. A touch bitter hops perhaps at the end to give off a hair of floral flavors. Very much muted though.

A bit light in body and not enough carbonation, but at the same time the abv is just non existent. I have a feeling this is a WELL aged bottle but I can’t find any information on the bottle about that.

Just an amazing beer. I can’t express how nice an example of this style this beer really is. Based on other reviews I have a feeling this one was pretty well aged and many flaws have washed away. (1,245 characters)

Photo of Dubbledown
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (758 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to derek for this one. Had it last night with my supper, grilled broccoli and orange chicken.

Poured from a 330ml. bottle, best before 02.2010.

Appearance: A thick oatmeal colored head (3 fingers) with a heavily tinted reddish body(semi-opaque) and decent staying power.

Smell: Dark fruit with a bit of liquor. Musty a little.

Taste: Slight wood and dark fruits mostly at first. This is malt all the way though it's pleasant. Sweet but not cloying. A spicy, herbal finish that at first was hard to pinpoint but it's definitely mint.

Mouthfeel: Practically no carbonation and very smooth. A nice warmth at the end.

Overall: I really dug this one. Considering the age, it held up well. (696 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A hard pour into my Celebrator glass yields a thick, densely packed head that's light copper-gray-brown in color. Excellent head retention, lasts until the beer is finished. Lacing is tangled, thick, complex and all over the place, almost like a neural network diagram. Beer itself is a dark, rich brown color, like stained wood.

Slightly weak in the scent department: metallic tones, caramel malt, toffee, brown sugar.

The taste is very full and complex. Upfront and very clear tones of dark, heavy malt sugars, which melt into a kind of maple syrup flavor. I pick up hints of walnuts, dilute caramel or toffee, faint bitter chocolate, some toastiness, prunes, and raisins. Just a touch of spicy-like hops and a ghost of alcohol in the last moments for balance. Aftertaste is of lingering sweetness, though not cloying.

Mouthfeel fits the medium-heavy beer extremely well. It comes across best-described as velvety, with the foam softly hitting the palate first, followed by the adequately carbonated body. This effect is quite pleasing and I don't have the metaphor handy to describe it adequately. In the mouth, the beer isn't aggressively carbonated and one is happy to let it swirl around and taste from several vantage points before swallowing. The finish is dry and satisfying. Really enjoyable.

Probably tied with Celebrator as my preferred doppelbock (and I've had as many of the style as I can find). Far above Optimator and Salvator, as well as some other harder to find imports. Haven't found a domestic that compares. The only drawback is it's price: currently $3.59 for a bottle. (1,597 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a deep copper color, very clear, with a thin, off-white head. The aroma is malty, with a metallic, slightly acetic and honey scent. The taste, though, is full malt. Very sweet. A mixture of melanoidin-laden and toasty notes. The beer does not have as much complexity and fullness as most dopplebocks. It's a decent and enjoyable beer, but that's about as far as it goes. (383 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown color with hints of red on the sides. Bit of white head that left some stick on the sides.

S - Dark fruits, figs mostly, with some caramel malts and a lit but of nuts and grain.

T - Sweet, candied dark fruits, caramel malt, and some bock-like hop profile (meaning it has hops like a bock should) make this one pretty solid. Brown sugar and toffee notes in addition to the caramel malt backbone.

M - Full bodied with a healthy dose of carbonation.

D - This is a solid beer that I can drink and enjoy, but wouldn't go crazy over. (547 characters)

Photo of speter
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep ruby with a one-finger bone-white head that leaves almost no lace.

S: Toffee, raisins, prunes, brown sugar.

T: Candy-like sweetness up front persists through the center, where a bit of hop bite blossoms towards the finish and aftertaste to offer amazing balance. The toffee, sugar, and dried fruit flavors are more subtle than other doppelbocks. Very nicely done.

M: Full-bodied with light, but persistent, carbonation. Alcohol very well integrated.

D: Very drinkable for a doppelbocks, which is to say, one per evening, but you look forward to the next one. (578 characters)

Photo of rootbeerman
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from notes:11-20-10

A: pours clear dark brown, with a finger thick light brown head which fell to a light haze and a small amount of lacing.
S: sweet and malty, a bit of nuttiness and caramel.
T: again sweet and nutty malt, with a bit of caramel and even just a hint of coffee. also hops have a nice lightly bitter finish
M: smooth, lightly coating, medium carbonation.
D: very easy to drink, nice balance and easy mouthfeel (428 characters)

Doppelbock Dunkel from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
84 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.