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Castle Eggenberg Urbock Dunkel Eisbock - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 106
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 10
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Austria

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 12-02-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (372 characters)

Photo of pezoids
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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, (566 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (571 characters)

Photo of Donnie2112
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (517 characters)

Photo of jordoo
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (696 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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... (649 characters)

Photo of Beertracker
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

PROST! Beertracker (747 characters)

Photo of janubio
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (294 characters)

Photo of irishevans
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (479 characters)

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (620 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (489 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (622 characters)

Photo of geetlord
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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. (569 characters)

Photo of woemad
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,242 characters)

Photo of EPseja
3.21/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (1,784 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really, truly enjoyed this beer. Who knew an Eisbock could be so approachable, even sessionable? It’s 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 doesn’t come through in the feel at all.

Very drinkable. In fact this drinks like a regular dunkel. It’s just a lot more flavorful and interesting. I could session this. (715 characters)

Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (392 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,127 characters)

Photo of Ego
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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...

eyes...
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.

nose...
deep and dark malts (and dark fruits), some molasses, this smells 'heavy', slight hints of smoke and a smattering of the alcohol. interesting.

taste etc...
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.

verdict?
a nice one for a cold winter's night, to sip along with some nice roasted almonds. nothing overwhelming but solidly brewed and executed. (950 characters)

Photo of theformula
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark, mysteriously red wine-like color. Shades or ruby and caramel. Decent light brown head that doesn't stick around too long. Looks like it means business.

S: Strong, almost brutal. Alcaholic phenols jump out, not too subtle, but my kind of beer. Dark, roasty-sweet malt and molasses come to mind. It has that Belgian dark ale scent. Next to no hops here. Dark fruit (prunes, dates and raisin) w/ a little yeast/wheat scent.

M: Creamy as butter, with minimal carbonation and little bite. Full bodied elixer for sure.

T: Big, strong and malty. An potent eisbock as it floods the 'buds with super rich malts. Brown sugar and molasses layer in between. It's quite formidable in alcaholic taste and aroma. Deep and rich, with dark fruits, spice, and just a little yeasty dough.

D: Good heavens this is a heavy-weight, not for children. Perfect for a cold, stormy night and very warming. Couldn't drink more than one 11.2oz. serving however b/c of the full, rich body. Great eisbock. (995 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Fluffy, light tan head that slowly falls into a thin layer of light brown/tan foam around the perimter of the glass and also coats the beer's surface. The beer is a very dark brown away from the light, turning garnet when held to the bulb. A surprising amount of carbonation is visible, despite the murkiness and anticipated thickness of this brew.
S: Strong brown sugar scents abound, also bringing in essences of plums and dark cherries. No detectable yeast or hop presence.
T: Thick, molasses-style sweetness upfront with synergizing flavors of plum and rum. The alcohol presents itself midway through and strengthens until the finish. Peppery ending notes with this beer, quite intriguing. Lingering sweetness in the aftertaste that does not come across as cloying.
M: Thick to medium-bodied, perhaps a bit thin for the style, little carbonation, smooth through and through.
D: The density of the elements and the high alcohol content make this an excellent sipping beer for the winter months. A simple creation, when one considers its core tastes of brown sugar, rum, and plums. Yet its depth is its strength, each element heightened to an elegant extremity. (1,170 characters)

Photo of scalffd
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a 11.2 oz bottle.

Appearance: Very nice, dark amber - kind of a maroon when held up to the light; clear, with some carbonation; small, cream colored bubbly head which leaves good lacing but dissipates quickly.

Aroma: Fruit, alcohol and wood.

Taste: Surprisingly smooth mouthfeel - alcohol is masked nicely; fruit and oak.

This is a fantastic beer and an excellent Eisbock. The more I drink this style, the more I like it. I would put this easily among my favorite beers. For the strength, it goes down with ease. Ausgezeichnet! (566 characters)

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid a dark but clear copper with very good carbonation for an Eisbock. The head was small 1 finger, off white and left very good lace.

The smell was faint but fruity.

The taste was exceptional, Fruity malt, cameral, molasses, and brown sugar, with a very pleasant and unique, peppery note. Out standing!

The mouthfeel was very good great body and nice carbonation.

Drinkability was great, and excellent brew. Prosit und Zum Wohl! MK (495 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark chestnut brown; light tan head, no retention, leaves a little leg.

S: Strong alcohol/sherry, dark fruit (raisins), brown sugar, with hints of bready malt & spicy hops.

T: Alcohol is up front, plenty of spicy/peppery nobel hop flavour, brown sugar, dark raisins; hints of caramel, nut & chocolate; warming alcohol in the finish. Taste is between a 4 and 4.5.

M: Very well attenuated & quite dry for its strength. Definitely not a concentrated syrup. Moderate carbonation.

D: It's a sipper, but surprisingly drinkable for its strength.

My review #666... perhaps I should've picked some more 'evil'... maybe a Duvel? (636 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter, the beer pours brown with some ruby tints to it. The main aromas I can smell are malt and caramel, with some raisins and prunes too. It tastes like malt, toffee, caramel, dark fruit and brown sugar, but it doesn't taste quite as good as it smells. The alcohol is somewhat noticable in this beer. The mouthfeel is medium, smooth and a bit creamy. The drinkability is good, even though the carbonation is a bit low. Overall this is a good beer, I'd drink it again. However, I don't know if I could drink more than a couple of these at a time because of the high ABV. (585 characters)

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Castle Eggenberg Urbock Dunkel Eisbock from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
91 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.