Castle Eggenberg Urbock Dunkel Eisbock - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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4.03/5 rDev -2.2%
Review from 2/2011 notes. Most likely a 2006 bottle, properly cellared (purchased as a cellared bottle, no date). Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark, somewhat cloudy red brown amber. Minimal head, no lacing. Dark fruit and sweet malt aroma. Sweet malts, caramel and dark fruit. This has mellowed well and has an understated semi-sweet malt finish. Interesting.
03-31-2012 05:52:59 | More by LiquidAmber
4.8/5 rDev +16.5%
Well, now. I must say that this sample has been stored in the back of the fridge for maybe 3 years now. I didn't know what to expect.
Poured a DEEP ruby red. Very dark. Had a small ringy head, well - not really much of a head at all. Deep Nutty guteral aroma that is buried well. Also - some fruitiness and dark breadiness.
The taste is absolutely extremely smooth and silky, with very some slight tinits of medicinal properties.
Overall, this seems to be a well though out, quality beer. It does not disapoint my palette. In fact I could drink this all day long,
06-11-2010 06:54:29 | More by pezoids
3.48/5 rDev -15.5%
Cellared bottle, 2-3 years old. Poured into Duvel tulip at cellar temperature. Solid finger of creamy foam, dark brown body, ruby tinge when backlit. Spotty lace and a broken skim after a few minutes, with a solid ring of foam on the periphery. Sweet, vegetal aroma. Odd at first, but it makes sense in the context of an aged Eisbock. Some dried fig and brown sugar.
Very malty taste, oxidized with grape and sherry notes. Sweet fruit, a hint of candle wax. Thick, vinous feel with a ton of rich caramel. One and done, I wouldn't recommend this for cellaring long-term.
11-22-2008 04:26:34 | More by emerge077
4.18/5 rDev +1.5%
real nice translucent mahogany in color
very sweet smelling, a bit of toffee, lots of caramel
more caramel flavor with just a hint of something that tastes like sweet oranges, rolls into a warm peppery alcohol theres not much to it but it's quite pleasant
light carbonation and very FULL body, lots of alcohol warmth to it. Actually a bit of tannins on the finish
rather drinkable very smooth you don't really have to think about it.
It's weird it's complex, it's big and it doesn't require thought. Good beer.
07-18-2008 19:34:25 | More by Donnie2112
4/5 rDev -2.9%
11.2oz bottle poored into a pilsner glass. (next time I'll use a snifter for this style)
Brown with amber outlines and small frothy quickly disappearing head. Did have some paches left on the top, but the carbination was low and struggled to sneak through this obviously full bodied offering. The nose is strong with a warm alcohol sent to go with a dark candied fruit sent, pears and plumbs mainly. Huge malt sent but not toasted or carmelly much more like a fig or root smell. Taste is a pretty much what the nose advertised but with that wonderful earthy malt flavor taking the lead and even a hair of noble hop if your patient. Over all very syrupy brew but still very drinkable as a sipper.
07-14-2008 14:15:34 | More by jordoo
3.88/5 rDev -5.8%
Single, 11.2 oz bottle coppe from Total Wine and More in Union for $3.25...
You usually hear that the color of a beer has nothing to do with its overall strength, but this definitely decieved me on this one, pouring a light-copper, bright-honey colored hue with a minimal head, yet packing a serious punch at a hefty 9.8% ABV...
Serious alcohol smell noticeable along with a mixture of pears and ripe fruits...
What was evident in the nose also appeared in the mouth, with a burst of fresh citrus, pineapple, canteloupe, melon, and florals...
Heavy, full-bodied mouthfeel with a decent level of drinkability despite the strong ABV...
Worth a shot...
04-02-2008 03:56:09 | More by dsa7783
4.35/5 rDev +5.6%
Schloss Eggenberg Urbock Dunkel Eisbock pours up sublime with a short lived beige head that regally tops the dark mahogany body. The candied malt aroma has hints of arabica coffee, toasted pistachios, taffy apple, & figgy pudding. Very clean. No diacetyl or DMS. No hop aroma. Low dark fruity esters with some perceivable alcohol. The rich, roasted flavor starts of slightly sweet with some pleasant chocolate-cherry cordial notes which are nicely balanced by a moderately spicy hop bitterness. Schloss Eggenberg's Urbock Dunkel Eisbock is a surreptitious strong lager that shows some finesse & complexity. Highly recommended to all malt lovers. Enjoy this one after dinner paired with some traditional Austrian Topfenstrudel.
02-03-2008 07:17:01 | More by Beertracker
3.83/5 rDev -7%
Pours a clean deep brown colour, almost no head but with some brownish bubbles. It has some artificial sugary smell, with caramel, plums, cinnamon and dark fruits.
Body is lighter than I expected. Taste of apple, dark fruits, plums, sherry wine or brandy.
Good one, have to give it another try.
01-17-2008 13:24:13 | More by janubio
4.13/5 rDev +0.2%
pours a dark red oak color(for those of us whom were shop kids) with a film on top, not a head by any means. smells much like a porter, roasted nose. tastes of caramel, some roasted malts(perhaps where the caramel flavor comes from) an uber subtle hop presance and a warming liquor quality to the finish. the mouth-feel starts out smooth but quickily crispens up and then returns to that malty smoothness, and she drinks at an average pace for a 9.8% brew, a new favorite for me.
01-13-2008 02:29:42 | More by irishevans
4.45/5 rDev +8%
Purchased for $3.99 at brown jug.
Pours a deep brown with the slightest red/orange tint. Good head leaves a ring after dissipation. Smell is very rich with caramel, bread, caramelized dark fruit really with raisin. plum raisin smell. Taste follow the nose. very caramely and dark fruity. Sugars and toffee abound. This is a wonderful beer but I will dock its taste a bit due to the slight coppery flavor just before the finish. smooth finish with the abv incredibly well hidden. (amazing how this is brewed by the makers of samichlaus!) A great eisbock and defenitely worth seeking out. Quite drinkable, but be careful!
01-09-2008 02:40:25 | More by AKBelgianBeast
3.98/5 rDev -3.4%
Pours a thick, viscous dark brown with very little carbonation and virtually no head. Some forlorn bubbles ooze upward through the thickness. Smells very sweet and syrupy, with mucho sweet malt and some yeasty estery notes. Taste is a tad dryer and with pronounced flavors of bready malt, sultanas, and honey. There is an almost crackery aftertaste tinged with a bit of bitter. Very smooth and clean mouthfeel. A bit syrupy, but surprisingly, not overly sweet. Drinks nicely as a digestif.
01-06-2008 04:03:12 | More by Georgiabeer
3.7/5 rDev -10.2%
Pours dark brown/mahogany with dark ruby highlights. A thin wisp of a patch sticks around awhile before disappearing.
The smell is of caramel, dark cherry and prune. Brandy-like with some woody spiciness.
The taste is of syrupy sugar - sweet. Something in it turns to grape-soda like throwing it off a bit. Caramel/toffee comes through as well as cherry and prune fruitiness. Something slightly metaliic comes through as it warms. The peppery alcohol is reasonably controlled until it comes forward quite aggressively in a sweet, hot finish.
Full-bodied and almost syrupy.
A slow sipper to be sure. It is interesting.
12-08-2007 16:59:02 | More by jwc215
4.3/5 rDev +4.4%
poured smooth clear and dark amber in color, it had a very short lived head which I expected. It smelled of sweet malts and caramel it also carried a fain metallic smell which was ever so slightly off putting. The taste was overall sweet but mellow. it had strong overtones of caramel and coffee, and had a coffee-like bitter finish. Again a slight metallic flavor crept in but it wasn't a problem. The mouthfeel was smooth and almost creamy though it also carried a nice level of carbonation. overall I found this beer to be astoundingly smooth and very well balanced.
10-06-2007 20:08:16 | More by geetlord
4.05/5 rDev -1.7%
11.2oz bottle purchased at Daanen's Delicatessen in Hayden, Idaho, for $3.95.
This poured a mahogany color that took on more of a rubyish tinge when held up to the light. Small, light tan head that dropped fairly quickly, but a minimum of swirling of the snifter brings back more foam that was originally present. Never had a beer before where a re-agitation yields more of a head than was originally present. Odd.
The smell is of rich, dark fruits and malty sweetness, along with a boozy odor and a scent reminiscent of pipe tobacco. Very tasty smelling.
The taste starts out with a brown sugary malty sweetness that is then coupled with a dark fruit bitterness. There's a slight warming alcohol taste as well, but it's hidden fairly well for the alcohol content. It becomes more noticeable as the beer warms up Yummy.
This is a little watery for the style. Needs more body.
Not a bad eisbock, but needs more body to compete with the Aventinus version for it's place as my favorite of the style. Too bad, as it's otherwise outstanding. Not really a session beer, but it makes a decent after-meal sipper or nightcap - for me it performed the latter function as I chilled to some old-school jazz before hittin' the mattress.
06-16-2007 08:41:11 | More by woemad
3.23/5 rDev -21.6%
Served from a 12oz bottle at just under cellar temperature in an Aventinus Weiss glass.
A - Almost completely clear, dark caramel brown - bordering on a full-bodied scotch in color. Head begins with promise, then settles to a wispy but contiguous mat atop the beer. Lacing is very spotty and almost non-existant. Blah.
S - Big notes of wet cardboard right off the bat, which isn't entirely innappropriate for this style. In fact, I kind of dig it. Nice, hefty maltiness... but where is the yeastiness? I guess you lose that when the beer is filtered. Also noticed are slight notes of raw honey and raisins.
T - Big, sweet malty beginning with the cardboard notes keeping it very tame. In the middle comes a massive alcohol attack, and only a slight twinge of yeasty tartness. Hops are only apparent from their drying effect, not their flavor. Finish is medium dry, and very warming all the way from the middle of the tongue to the pit of the stomach. Definitely improves and mellows as it approaches room temperature, and my initial rating was tweaked based upon that temperature.
M - Initally, this beer is viscous, and beautifully frothy. Then the alcohol comes in and slaps a bit of astringency on top, throwing it completely off. The swallow is foamy, tingly and anisthetic. As mentioned above, I suggest drinking this one at room temperature, as it rounds out the edges.
D - This beer is an unfortunate testiment to what can happen when you make a beer that's big, without keeping that alcohol in check. It's too forward for the style, and should only be reserved as a nightcap and a one-off to sip over a long period of time. Even with that though, the balance is still precarious and the enjoyment is marginal. If given the choice, go with the Aventinus instead.
04-10-2007 01:13:42 | More by EPseja
4.25/5 rDev +3.2%
I really, truly enjoyed this beer. Who knew an Eisbock could be so approachable, even sessionable? Its just great.
Pours a dark mahogany with a nice white head.
Aroma is surprisingly not that malty. Instead I find it pumped up with dark fruits and nuts. The booze shows through a little bit.
Spicy with cinnamon sticks, rum raison, caramel, plums, and toffee. Very approachable and lighter then expected. Booze is pretty well covered and that which shows tastes good and fruity. Chewy with some stick molasses character. The ABV doesnt come through in the feel at all.
Very drinkable. In fact this drinks like a regular dunkel. Its just a lot more flavorful and interesting. I could session this.
03-26-2007 20:10:36 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.22/5 rDev +2.4%
thanks to bwyker for this, it was my first trade.
pours a crystal clear mahogany with a few beige stray bubbles that symbolizes the head. this beer is very clear, brilliant, no haze.
the aroma is very clean, malty, sweet smelling, brandied fruit, cherries, hints of cocoa and alcohol.
the flavor is clean, malty, spicy, herbal, caramelized malt, cherries, hint of smoke, heat of alcohol.
03-19-2007 04:48:43 | More by plaztikjezuz
4.55/5 rDev +10.4%
Purchased Spring 2006, intended to enjoy over Christmas break but due to the unseasonably warm weather saved it for the NFL Playoffs 2007. It was sad to see the Pats loose to the Colts, but I enjoyed some fine eisbocks that night, sheltered from the cold wind and blowing snow.
Poured from bottle really slowly, almost completely flat minus some pearl white trim, (or crowning, get it - castle, crown! Ha!) Beautiful ruby colour when held to the light with tiny bubbles hard to see. An absolutely explosive aroma, like a fine brandy. Notes of dried fruit (most noticeably raison and plum), a cola like malt sweetness. A viscous mouthfeel, no alcohol noticeable. Sweet complex malts, so many, so complex! Wow. Flavour actually stays somewhat shy and understated. Could use a little more "umph", maybe roast. Dark earthy notes with some wheat. Aftertaste is like a rich chocolat dessert.
This is at the top for its style, an amazing eisbock. I had this aged slightly, but I wouldn't recommend it neccesarly, this is good to go whenever. What a fantastic winter (or even summer) warmer. I'd love to come across this one again.
01-29-2007 00:54:01 | More by biegaman
3.75/5 rDev -9%
haven't had an eisbock in quite some time, so to erase the memory of having to work today I picked this up on a whim.. and damn that was one hell of a football game tonight...
a small partition of head makes a slight appearance and then bows out quickly relegating itself into an o-ring, brownish with ruby hue, nothing too exciting here but ok.
deep and dark malts (and dark fruits), some molasses, this smells 'heavy', slight hints of smoke and a smattering of the alcohol. interesting.
nice and thick to the point of creamy, the carbonation is balanced and works well with the heavy nature of this beer. This alcohol is nice and warming but not a distraction in the flavor. Pretty much everything you get in the nose is involved here in the flavor profile.
a nice one for a cold winter's night, to sip along with some nice roasted almonds. nothing overwhelming but solidly brewed and executed.
01-22-2007 03:39:17 | More by Ego
Castle Eggenberg Urbock Dunkel Eisbock from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
91 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.