Castle Eggenberg Urbock Dunkel Eisbock - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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Reviews by byrd:
4.08/5 rDev -1%
Nice one finger head develops from a rather aggressive pour, then dissipates slowly to a good sized foamy lace. The color is a clear dark brown with a garnet hue. Great aroma of sweet malts, dark fruits, and rum raisins. Palate is similar to the aroma with lots of dark fruits - plums, raisins, dates - and rum notes. The finish is warming with a slight hop bitterness and a subtle roastiness. Medium mouthfeel with light carbonation. The rum notes linger in the aftertaste reminding you that this is a belly warmer.
EKU 28 is the only other Eisbock that Ive sampled to date, and this, by far, is the superior brew. This is definitely a sipping beer, but it wants to be something more. The flavors all meld so well and its such a smooth brew that it almost goes down too easily for its strength.
12-01-2003 15:32:53 | More by byrd
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4.47/5 rDev +8.5%
Appearance This one is a clear but very dark brown in color with a modest head that left a ring on top of the liquid.
Smell This beer just reeks of prunes. There are some plum notes and good tobacco along with sharp alcohol. The malts are heavily-toasted.
Taste The malts come up a bit more at the taste, but this is basically alcohol-soaked prune beer. On a smaller scale I can pick up some light maple and maybe some green grapes. Theres a bit of concentrated raisin to this one as well.
Mouthfeel This Eisbock is full-bodied and very chewy with a sharp but not hot alcohol sensation on the cheeks.
Drinkability The Doppelbock flavors come out nicely here. This is definitely an easy-drinking big beer. The finish is very long, which is nice. This absolutely has to be the last beer of the night.
Comments No one does big Ice Beer like the Germans, or in this case like the Austrians. I really enjoyed their Samichlaus so knew that this was going to be a good one to drink for my 1,200th review.
01-17-2005 04:35:27 | More by RoyalT
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
3.95/5 rDev -4.1%
It poured with no head into a dark caramel color. My first impression upon its aroma was of burnt rock candy. It had a slight milky taste, with traces of caramel, white chocolate, yogurt, and raisin. The mouthfeel left me with the impression of gritty charcoal on the throat and a creme brulee finish. This is a beer I would save to pair with dessert. I don't think it could hold up the end of a meal on its own, but paired with creme brulee, I expect this beer to be fabulous.
09-09-2006 05:41:59 | More by StoutHearted
4.65/5 rDev +12.9%
Ruby tinted mahogany color in the glass after an easy pour. Color is radiant when held to the light. Ecru head fades in seconds into a long lasting collar of lace that goes the distance. Some sheets of lace are present early on. Aroma, like the taste, is of a fine Bavarian doppelbock. Heavy molasses, coriander, rum-soaked plums, raisins, and figs.
Taste is enormous and complex. Imagine drinking a puree of tart Bing cherries smothered in spiced rum, with a cup of melted dark fudge mixed throughout. There is a soothing alcohol warmth stirred into this mixture that makes it a perfect nightcap, or an exotic session ale if you're stranded in a remote mountain cabin with a case of this Austrian nectar. I would bring a case of this Eisbock to a secluded villa If I were trying to impress Nicole Kidman on a date. Since that's never going to happen, I'm just going to mark in my journal that this is an exceptional ale that deserves a permanent place in my cellar. Tastes very much like a Celebrator, but is stronger, and, perhaps, more complex. World Class!
02-19-2004 05:04:05 | More by merlin48
4.2/5 rDev +1.9%
Deep copper red color with handsome light transmission. Head is mainly a skim of pale brown umber. Laces in incomplete but lasting sticky rings. Malty smells, some butterscotch diacetyl and a roasty bread and grain impression. Nice flavor, yeasty-chewy pizza dough with rum-soaked raisins and plums -- and a nice hot spicy cardammon snap at the finish. Luxurious mouthfeel and low carbonation, almost as velvety as a Capital Autumnal Fire. Perhaps a touch cloying, but there ARE occasions for this Eisbock, to be sure.
06-22-2003 12:18:06 | More by ADR
3.88/5 rDev -5.8%
11.2 oz bottle into a Chimay chaline.
Appearance: A very dark amber with lots of bubbles, though even so the head dissipates quickly and there's not much lacing at all.
Smell: Sweet malt with a healthy does of alcohol. Some ripe fruit, along with some plum and dates, and some pretty bitter hops, which I wasn't expected.
Taste: Lots of dark fruit at first, cherries especially, with much malt sweetness also. What happens by the finish, however, is a lingering ripe fruit combination, cherries and strawberries, before the attack of bitter hops. Quite and odd and satisfying finish by the end.
Mouthfeel: Not syrupy, but you can feel the thickness from the heavy malt and sugar. Still there are spread out carbonation levels to make this an easier go in a way; otherwise I imagine it'd be pretty heavy on the palate.
Drinkability: A style that's fairly new to me, and something of course that's pretty thick, huge, and needs to be sipped. Could this be another brew, like a scotch ale, that may go nicely with a cigar and a fireplace? Either way, I'm curious about trying others, even though I haven't seen many of them.
06-02-2006 03:25:03 | More by asabreed
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
4.6/5 rDev +11.7%
Deep cherry-wood with a momentary visit of a sandy beige crown.
Nostril-flaring aromatics of black cherries, cognac, prunes, raisins and tobacco.
Turn on the malt hose, and stand back.
Tortential blasts of raisin, figs and prunes spurt forth. Cedar trees are blasted with a chocolate spray. Rivers of black cherries and pears flood the street. White caps of liquorice and butterscotch. Cinnamon stands atop a hill to avoid the rushing waters, but is quickly drowned in the brandy alcoholic surge. The alcoholic deluge is not so much overwhelming in its force as in its width: A warming liquid envelopment of the body.
Glassy smooth and calm. The outward appearance of this beer masks the torrent within. Deviously inviting.
Grab me some Water-Wings, because, damn, I love eisbocks.
03-22-2003 22:52:48 | More by cokes
4.1/5 rDev -0.5%
their regular eisbock which is airline fuel alcohol but still drinkable, blended successfully with a malty tasty dunkel. It was still interesting drinkable. Chocolate brown appearance with a bit of white head and some chocolate in taste.Boozy, but less opffensive than their other eisbock.
05-07-2006 02:14:40 | More by Sammy
4.38/5 rDev +6.3%
Perhaps not too surprisingly, Eggenberg's Dunkel Eisbock is not much different than the Urbock 23º with the exception of its much darker color.
It pours a clear mahogany body beneath an average-sized head of creamy ivory foam that holds well at first, but can't seem to manage against it's 9.8% abv.
The nose is bready and caramelish with an undisguised whiff of alcohol in there as well.
In the mouth it's tingly and smooth with a dextrinous, medium body that becomes a bit creamy as it warms.
The flavor is fairly straight-forward malt and alchol. It's bready, carmelish, a bit honeyish, and somewhat raisin-like with a delicate touch of herbal/floral hops underneath. The bitterness is solid, and it's thoroughly attenuated so there's not the push and pull between bitter and sweet that sometimes occurs. The alcohol is clear, but unlike the enhancement that it lends to the Urbock 23º, it's a bit obtrusive here.
It's interesting, but not really complex, and the alcohol tends to hinder its drinkability quite a bit. Unless you seek the 'pepper' and burn of the alcohol, I think it'd be safe to say that the Urbock 23º or a doppelbock might be a better choice.
07-27-2005 22:10:46 | More by NeroFiddled
4.2/5 rDev +1.9%
Ruby-brown color with a fizzy, quickly thinning head.
Vastly complex and inviting aroma exudes notes of raisins, figs, additional ripe fruit, sugary sweet malt and a trace of alcohol. Very nice.
Essentially, this eisbock features nicely integrated notes of alcohol and sweet, fruity malt. Further notes of caramel, raisins, anise, overripe fruit and hints of cream sherry.
Solid mouthfeel that turns a bit thin around the mid-palate, but nicely carbonated and smooth.
Warming due to its alcohol content, this is a nice sipper. If only the aroma matched the taste, this would be an even better brew.
01-09-2004 03:58:00 | More by Jon
4.55/5 rDev +10.4%
Pours caramel to ruby red with a 1" off white head that drops to a filmy head pretty fast. Hazy strata from the alcohol & slight bubble are another noticable feature. No head retention or lacing, biggest detractor
Smell: Fruitty and licorice notes, with some alcohol notes
Taste: Fruitiness with some licorice notes. Mellow oakiness and brandy-like notes. Alcohol and dryness in the finish
MF: Rich & well balanced, more carbonation please!
Pretty damn drinklable for the style. I usually find most eisbocks too top heavy with alcohol tastes, smell, you name it.. Yummy
03-02-2006 04:49:21 | More by russpowell
4.38/5 rDev +6.3%
Pours a yellow-gold colour, with a strong head that has a tight bottom and a looser top.
The smell contains notes of banana,and a hint of mango, spice, and a bit of hops.
The flavour is a strong dark maltiness, followed by spice and hops with a woody finish that carries the alcohol.
Mouthfeel is fizzy up front, thick and syrupy after, with a tight fizziness at the end.
The strong alcohol here might make this too intense for a sessioner for most folks. It really warms you up.
10-03-2005 00:02:49 | More by UncleFlip
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
4.8/5 rDev +16.5%
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
12-06-2006 05:55:29 | More by MuenchenerKindl
3.63/5 rDev -11.9%
Poured a very small head that dissolved rather quickly. The lacing was sparse with this brew. It has a coffee aroma. An aftertaste was noticed with this brew. Definitely not a brew to be guzzled down. This brew is one to be sipped and enjoyed. I hope I have the opportunity to drink this one again!
06-10-2003 06:03:25 | More by hotstuff
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
3.78/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
10-08-2006 00:08:08 | More by bluejacket74
3.98/5 rDev -3.4%
Higly malty aroma with some brown sugar notes and a hint of spiciness. The body is a orange tinted brown and the head starts out a full thumb thick and somewhat tan, but the thickness of the head diminishes quickly. Syrupy feel in the fore along with a super sweet malty base and a sharp jab of hot alcohol. More brown sugar notes...mild chocolate and a hint of caramel/toffee. Some very mild spiciness, but hard to tell where that starts and the alcohol ends. Some very mild nutty notes effect a little dryness, but there is some sweeter hazlenut flavor as well. Very hot for the alcohol, but then 4 years ago this still would have been considered a beast alcohol wise.
05-19-2006 02:44:12 | More by Jredner
3.73/5 rDev -9.5%
Brown clear body with a touch of red. Spare head dies quickly. Aroma is -- wow! -- super sweet. Deeply sweet malt, touch of hops, thick and candy like. Rich and thick in the mouth. Creamy; it coats the tongue and teeth. Burn of alcohol. The sensation of the beer lingers in your mouth after you swallow. Mellow and liquor-like. Perhaps a bit too much alcohol for some. A pleasant fireside beer. Don't have too many, though, or you won't remember to keep the fire going! A couple of these and you won't NEED a fire...
12-08-2003 15:26:19 | More by Darkale
4.6/5 rDev +11.7%
Appearance: Poured into a tulip glass, it appeared a very clear but dark mahogany with ruby highlights and just a ring of head. Beautiful in color.
Smell: Massively fruity. Aromas were mainly of dark fruits, mainly grape juice, black cherries, raspberries, strawberries, with a hint of raisins and chocolate. Phenols were definitely noticeable and damn near burned my nostrils. Combine the fruit with the phenols and you have something that's very reminiscent of brandy. The bouquet was very complex and sometimes puzzling. I almost thought I shouldn't be smelling some of the fruits I was picking up on. I probably didn't do this wicked bouquet justice with my description but hey, I tried.
Taste: Yow. This is good, sweet stuff just begging to be drunk for dessert. It starts off big and spicy with dark fruits, as in the bouquet, overtaking the taste... big flavors of black cherries, black raspberries, ripe strawberries all up front. Very brandy-like. Then some mild chocolate and a severe tongue lashing by the alcohol. Finish was comfortably bitter with only hints of coffee... Noble hops representing I'm sure. Like the aroma, extremely complex and sometimes hard to describe. There's a lot going on here.
Mouth: Full and syrupy with tight carbonation. The high ABV makes it feel like an electric blanket for the tongue. Nice.
Drinkability: Amazing stuff. Definitely reminds me that I should include more Eisbocks in my repertoire. I don't think you can have more than one of these without losing sight of just how amazing this beer is.
10-16-2004 17:43:36 | More by oxmasterscream
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
4.33/5 rDev +5.1%
Its been a mere 490 days since I last sampled one of these beauties, and I must say its to long, Just so many great beers, so little time!
The beer pours an unclouded deep mahogany color after with drawing from its glass container; the head is modest in stature, the texture creamy and the color a winsome light tan with the lace forming a nice sheet upon the glass. The nose is molasses like, sweet and pleasing to the senses, a tad earthy, nice sweet malt start, the top moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish has a rascally acidity, the hops praiseworthy in their spicy presence, aftertaste desert dry and long lasting, also a nice tummy warming feel from the 9.8 percent ABV, delightful and a great way to start my day off from the Toil and Trouble of the work a-day world.
03-12-2004 18:54:50 | More by Gusler
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
Castle Eggenberg Urbock Dunkel Eisbock from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
91 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.