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Eisenbahn Escura (Dunkel) | Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda

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Eisenbahn Escura (Dunkel)Eisenbahn Escura (Dunkel)

Brewed by:
Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Eisenbahn Dunkel uses six different types of imported malt. The result is a marvelous beer, perfect for consuming year around with notes of toasted malts and coffee.

Added by soper2000 on 08-30-2004

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Photo of RBorsato
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of rjlemos
4.52/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brazilian dunkel brew is excellent. The smell and taste of toasted malt, coffee and chocolate is so pleasant. It somewhat reminds the english and irish dark beers. It goes really well with barbecue, strong meat dishes, " feijoada " (the traditional brazilian dish) and with cigars. Not strong in alcohol, but a rich beer, that worth a try.

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Photo of Monks
4.52/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fosterific
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from batch number 17
Poured clean and dark, really dark like only a few rays of red light make it through. The head came and left, but carbonation was fairly good and constant.
Smells of chocolate and caramel with a malty backbone. Sweet with a hint of coffee.
Yep that was coffee. Pronounced roasted coffee flavor. Powerful dunkel. I do enjoy the complexity the flavor has, a good mix with much to explore. There is a hint of bitter near the end, otherwise the hopping is light.
The mouthfeel is clean and crisp. A unique lager.
A nice drinking winter beer when you are looking for flavor but don't want to chew through another imperial stout.
I always like to see one of these done well, and I believe for a brewery in Brazil, they did an outstanding job. I will be sure to try their other brews.

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Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of thiagovalenti
4.36/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the best brews of this brewery. The smeell is the best, and characteristic of the Dunkel.

A - Not the greatest apearance, but the dark and opaque look is nice and strong yet.

S - Coffee, roasted smell, you can feel that all the malts (5) used the in the brew make it strong, complex, and with a full body.

T - Roasted taste, just like the smell, smooth coffee, and not too hoppy, for the malt gives the brew the bitterness necessary.

M - Smooth, full body, strong. Tough, it remains a soft brew, not as thick as Beamish (and both are great).

D - Three are enough, my opinion, because it can make you lose the mouth feel, and the taste too.

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Photo of willer
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark brown with a light tan head.

Smell - Sweet and toast malt, with hints of coffee and toffee.

Taste - Toast malt character is predominant with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and carbonation.

Drinkability - Excellent balance between slight sweet smell and the predominant toast malt flavor.

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Photo of AdvocateFan
4.31/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ap: Nice, tight, light tan head. Holds indefinitely as a collar and cover. Dark brown. Nice lace.

Ar: Chocolate and roasted malt notes drive the nose. German-like mustiness (yeast) and biscuity, breaddy tones. Some dryness evident on the nose. Crisp, clean scents. While this beer is only 4.8% ABV, there’s an unexpectedly strong note of alcohol coming off of it. I should say however that I'm drinking it at above cellar temps, a bit warmer than I ought to.

T: Nice, big, creamy mouthfeel. This will do well at a wide range of temperatures. Now, it’s about 60oF and a bit too warm for most, but I like it here (but know that it would be even more refreshing at 40-45oF). A malty backbone, with quick spikes of sweet, juicy malts, but mainly dry, roasty, chocolate and light coffe notes. Mustiness is true to style, as is the sturdily dry, slightly bitter finish. A but of dark rum in the profile.

F: Nice, very dry finish, still clean, but retains a lightly bitter, chalky, roasty finish with a bit of sweet. Very well balanced. Exceptionally easy to drink.

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute.

A - somewhat translucent, very deep dark amber color with a nice thick head that settles somewhat but still has a nice foamy collar

S - rich, roasted malt scent with notes of coffee, chocolate and some smokiness

T - the taste delivers on the aroma: rich, smooth but vibrant roasted malt character with no perceptible hops - there's enough there to balance the malt so it's not sweet - at all (but not bitter either)

M - medium creamy body, moderate carbonation

D - this is an excellent Munich dunkel style, at the moment I couldn't pick a better example really - most of the German imports are heavy with diacetyl

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good Dunkel Lager. Probably the best I've had for the style, though that doesn't say a whole lot since it's not a style I typically care for. This is a great beer for any style, however, and a very easy one to drink.

The beer pours to a very dark brown color, nearly black except for the ruby highlights. Has a medium off-white head that sizzles down to a small film in minutes. While it lasts, snap crackle pop factor is a 9.0. No lacing is left on the sides of the glass.

The smell is good. A bit of black patent and chocolate malt with a hint of munich, and likely a pilsener base. Smells like a chocolatey coffee roast. Has just a hint of that lager smell, but it's a good one (as in, not at all vegetal).

The taste is great. The only difference between this beer and a good porter is the yeast, but that adds a whole new dimension of drinkability since it is a little more crisp and crackling than your average porter. Also has more of a distinct munich malt flavor than your average porter, but not enough that I would blindly taste this and think it was anything but an over-carbonated porter. Very clean and dry finish, but sweet, bold and roasty up front.

The body is on the smaller side of medium with a nice crisp feel. Fairly dry with an amazingly clean finish. I could easily suck back an entire six pack of this stuff, but alas it is expensive and I only bought a single to try out. Looking forward to trying the others soon, however, and I'll probably revisit this one eventually.

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4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle (Batch #36) in a classic conical pint glass

Poured loose, lively & with energy. Deeper nose than I expected, but very nice. Deep qualities of dark baking chocolate and oily, black expresso form the most intense bitter mocha quality, like a sugarless torte, accented with a hint of black licorice, burnt malts and even some charred qualities. Blindfolded one might guess porter or stout, a very intense, dark nose....wonderful. Head was lively yet short lived, a pencil's worth of agitated latte hued bubbles that disappeared quickly and left nada behind and obviously no lacing.

Hue is the deepest, cherry mahogany port or claret, just stunning, almost opaque and very umber to the casual glance. Were it not for the vanished head a definite 4.5 for Appearance...oh well.

Wow. The deep, dark bitter mocha qualities on the nose carry thru to the tongue in almost a Baltic Porter-esque style. Wonderful black coffee and dark chocolate offset by a relatively crisp, semi-dry mouthfeel that brings a lightness to what is otherwise a porter in sheep's clothing. Some of those burnt & caramelized malts add some sweetness, but only a trace and just enough to not let the mocha espresso quality run rampant. This is quite nice, very deep and admittedly unexpected in depth yet its easy to drink....very nice.

The dryness rises on the palate with a bready, crackerlike quality and crunch as the chocolate grows and becomes milkier, sweeter & thicker with a caramel feel while the coffee starts to fade. The finish is downhill and rather tame, thinner yet not watery, even with a bittersweet chewiness that coats the mouth and leaves a faint nutty quality in its wake.

That was great! A deep, dark Munich Dunkel that could pass for a light Porter. Its nice to find beers that are not overly sweet, and this one certainly fits that description. If you enjoy coffee with nothing in it or a good 70% cocoa butter chocolate, this would be worth checking out. Could see it pairing with a bittersweet brownie, torte or anything with some Mole sauce! Another great beer from Eisenbahn, and one I highly recommend.

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Photo of soper2000
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eisenbahn is a microbrewery from Santa Catarina in the south of the country and it's current brewmaster was schooled at Weihenstephaner in Germany. Pours a deep dark brown color with minimal head. A nice but faint malty aroma wafts from the pint. Taste is loaded with roasted malts but there are still some sweet accents around the edges. Pretty thin mouthfeel. A very solid brew especially coming from this tropical country. The German immigrants in the south have certainly left their mark on Brazil's brewing scene.

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Photo of sewald
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good Dunkel from Südbrack brewery. Medium bitterness with a toasted malt and chocolate character. With five different kinds of malt, this rich beer becomes very complex, with a fruity and coffee taste and mouthfeel. Very good for pairing with a feijoada and porch.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a rusty brown with a somewhat thin khaki head and no real lacing to speak of. Smell is a mix of dried fruits, roasty malts, toffee, fresh pipe tobacco, and ash. Taste begins with sweet bread, tobacco and dried fruits which then gives way to chocolate, leather, and coffee notes. Finishes dry with some passive hops. As it warms it brings on some artificial cherry flavor. Mouthfeel is rather light on the tongue yet the carbonation doesn't go all fizzy. A tasty rendition of the style.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep copper color with moderate off-white puffy head.

Smell has some rich notes of roasted malt and caramel.

Taste also has a nice roasted malt background, with some caramel and sweet chocolate mixed in. It is a bit sweet, but without being overdone.

Left a nice roasted malt/caramel flavoe in the mouth.

A above-average flavorful easy-drinking beer.

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Photo of rowew
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz longneck, imported by Shelton Brothers. Label has a batch number, but I don't see a date. Pours a nice dark brown with a bit of ruby around the edges, good head tan in color, nice retention and lacing. Aroma and taste are a bit more towards schwarzbier than dunkel to me, but both are very nice. Medium bodied with good roasted notes, highly drinkable and interesting. This is a nice beer - but it was also pretty expensive (over $12 a six pack here in Colorado).

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simply known as "Eisenbahn Dunkel" in Brazil, I sampled this beer at Guarulhos International Airport, as they have an Eisenbahn bar inside Terminal 2. On to the beer:

Dark, well duh! Ebony color with a solid white head on top. The aroma is sweet and soft. The flavor has notes of raisins and a hint of chocolate. Some plum and a faint roastiness, akin to a schwarzbier. Smooth on the palate with a gentle snap of carbonation, and more body than you'd think. It's very quaffable, ideal for a Brazilian summer, or my case waiting for a flight.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is rich, malty and smoky, more like a stout than a lager. It pours a dark translucent brown, not as dark as a stout or porter, but still appetizing and with a thick, fluffy, persistent head. Flavor is crisp, fuller than most lagers I have tried and with a definite smoky overtone. It feels just a little thin, but as far as lagers go it is outstanding.

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Photo of brdc
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Small capped bottle, poured into a tulip, quite fresh, in Brazil.
It is light brown in color, with amber highlights, and a tan colored head that holds reasonably well. Not a lot of lacing.
Aroma is surprisingly roasted, with some coffee and chocolate notes along the more dominant caramel.
It starts somewhat sweet and caramelized, evolving into some roasted and fruity flavors, but it manages to keep very light, refreshing and drinkable. It is by no means your full flavored dunkel, but it has higher drinkability than the avrage, assuming you manage to get it this fresh.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a amber to a black color with a small light tan head. In the aroma, roasty coffee. In the taste, coffee, chocolate, and espresso. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry coffee aftertaste. Nice flavor, big coffee. I was not expecting that at all, very nice.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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