Eisenbahn Escura (Dunkel) | Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda

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Eisenbahn Escura (Dunkel)Eisenbahn Escura (Dunkel)

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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 tmitch75
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, opaque, thin head. No lacing.

Smells of chocolate and nuts, with a sweet roasty malt base.

Taste is sweet, roasty, chocolatey. No hop bitterness at all.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but carbonation is good (despite small head).

Very drinkable and sessionable, but not great.

Tasted on 1/29/08

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Photo of JDV
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours basically light black, with quickly fading light tan head. Smell is malty and very nutty. Taste is nutty, slight notes of coffee, low carbonation and rich with a light nutty bitter finish. Interesting beer for sure, and reminds me of a thick nut brown ale.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark reddish brown with a relatively thin head that sticks around as a thin cap. Quite roasty and nutty aromas with some fresh grain smells on the end. Not quite as robust on the taste, but relatively clean and smooth. Lots of caramel malt, some roasted grain, and a slightly mineral aftertaste. Quite dry and relatively crisp, this beer is maybe slightly outside the style- a little lighter and dryer, but its close enough and regardless, quite tasty. I've seen this brewery's stuff around for a while, but this is the first I've tried it. I'm glad I did.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a black color with a thick but very quickly disappearing head. The aroma is sweet and roasted. The taste is malty and roasted with a hint of coffee. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I would have liked to uphold the flavor. Overall, this is a nice offering that comes off as almost a “light stout”.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a dark brown that looks cloudy around the edges with a foamy tan head that drops down to nothing within a couple of minutes.

Smell. Initial whiffs are waxy and unpleasant, but the more i smell the better it gets. I get lots of roasted malts with a good touch of dark chocolate and bitter roasted coffee beans.

Taste. Tastes roasted and dry. The chocolate flavor comes out nicely. Not much of a complexity really. Aftertaste is also dry and roasty.

Mouthfeel. I find this a little on the thin side with a little slickness. Carbonation is at a good level.

Overall, not bad, but nothing to it that gets me to really want more of it.

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
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 DarkerTheBetter
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark black with a dead brown that shines through lending an ugly feel to it. Not much head at all to speak of other than a narrow collar.

Smells almost comically of chocolate, perhaps chocolate candy as opposed to actual chocolate. There's a touch of caramel here too and it's thankfully backed up by a touch of coffee which adds some depth to it all.

Tastes rather dry and sour with an initial CO2 blast followed by old coffee which then settles on a touch of faint chocolate and a bit of coffee. Finishes really clean and tasty; probably the best part of the flavor with a reminiscent and lingering chocolate and a touch of doughnut.

Feels really light and crisp with an overwhelming swarm of carbonation that greatly distracts from the experience.

Overall, I enjoyed it if for nothing else than the uniqueness.

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Photo of Gavage
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear brown in color with a short 1/2" head that breaks apart immediately.

Smell: brown sugars and mild chocolate tones are pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, brown sugar sweetness, hints of chocolate, and light bitterness are wrapped in a bread-like blanket. Not too many dimensions here, just a basic dunkel lager.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout. Relatively clean aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: this is an easy to quaff beer that overall is decent but not great. Definite session beer here.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
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 Metalmonk
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Last of the 5 Eisenbahn beers sent to me by msubulldog25. Thanks Brian!

Pours a thin head atop a deep, dark brown with ruby highlights, nearly black, nearly opaque, but not quite abyssal. Tiny bit of lace here and there, very minimal.

Aroma: rich, round chocolate notes, some mustiness...reminds of a porter.

Flavor brings in obvious chocolate sweetness, with a roasty accent of something akin to toasted marshmallows. That smokey essence grows during the sipping, meshing well with the chocolate element. Some fudge and caramel notes appear too, but this is hardly a stout or porter, as the mouthfeel offers crispness and carbonation aplenty.

This brewery is 5 for 5 with me. Impressive stuff. Hope to see it in these parts soon.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Barely lucent roasted chestnut with sun-fired ruby highlights. The golden ecru cap is on the small side (even after a high-altitude pour) and doesn't look good at all. It's fizzy and unsticky and featureless. By the two minute mark, I'm left with a thin layer of bubbles and a spotlessly clean glass. Only the beer itself saves the appearance score from further embarrassment.

The nose is a definite improvement. It's full of chocolate with a small splash of black coffee. I wish it was more aromatic and a wee bit more well-rounded, but this is pretty much what a dunkel should smell like.

Although the flavor follows the trail blazed by the nose, there's a little more depth on the taste buds. Cocoa beans still lead the way and they're still followed by a coffee chaser. There isn't much hop flavor goin' on, but the bitterness that they provide is easily a match for whatever malty sweetness is present. In other words, the beer is balanced.

I can see how some feel compelled to compare Escura to a schwarzbier, but I don't think it's rich enough. Munich dunkel lager gets it about right. The lousy head gave me my first clue that carbonation would be an issue. Things are too harshly fizzy right out of the gate. Even with time, once the bubbles have had time to fade, there's almost no softness to be had.

I thought very highly of the two other Cervejaria Sudbrack beers that I tried prior to this one. Rauchbier and Dourada (Kolsch) were both delicious and highly drinkable. I have a feeling that Escura (Dunkel) would be close to that good if I had just managed to acquire a properly bubbled bottle.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
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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Photo of BuckSpin
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
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 smcolw
3.01/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Even with a violent pour, there is only the thinnest of heads. And that dies to only a ring of off-white bubbles. No lace what-so-ever. The color is a very dark ruby brown with a minimal amount of light making it through the thinnest part of the glass.

Burnt malt is the first aroma I pick up, very much like coffee grounds and burnt toast.

Tastes like a light version of a dry stout. There is very little body; it's closer to a pilsner. High carbonation. The flavor is an improvement but still reliant on black patent malts. I find it one-dimensional, not bad per se, simply not interesting.

If you can envision Guinness coming out with a Stout Lite, you can get an idea of my impression of this beer.

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Photo of Beeryce
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Used a tulip style glass, a very aerated vigorous pour was needed to produce a head. Two fingers of light khaki, loose foam dissipates quickly to a film and subsequently produces no lace. It is both much darker than I anticipated and than other Duunkels. Very dark brown and opaque, but ruby amber and crystal clear when candled. Highly carbonated in the beginning but quickly loses the fizziness and settles down.

The nose is a mixture of good and bad; coffee and musty wet cardboard. A swirl opens up more of the pleasant aspects of the nose such as the coffee and a slight sweet toffee like aroma. Further agitation releases roasty maltiness as well. A bit of alcohol is detectable in the nose as the beer warms.

The flavor begins with huge coffee notes before a bitter roasted maltiness takes over. A slight malty sweetness brings some balance to this and some hop bitterness cuts in to contrast as well as balance. This carries into the finish where again the taste of bitter toasted malt appears, which lingers on the palate dominating the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is watery with only a hint of weight and some oiliness to make it interesting but keep it light and drinkable.

This is a highly drinkable beer despite the temperature. I had a lot of these at Oktoberfest in Blumenau, S.C. Brasil. It is flavorful but not too heavy as to not make it a session beer. However, it like all Eisenbahn beers are a little pricey to have more that a couple.

All in all a good beer that I need to try again to see if some of the more unpleasant aspects were flukes. I have had it on tap and it had a nice head, producing nice lacing and in addition had none of the musty, cardboard smell to the nose. It is possible I got a bad, abused, mishandled bottle. I purchased it a store where some beers sit there for months or even years. I will get it on tap and review again for sure and maybe purchase another bottle.

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Photo of sewald
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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 rjlemos
4.52/5  rDev +23.5%
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 thiagovalenti
4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
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 tjd25
2.94/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The head faded quickly into a thin cushion of foam on a very dark mahogany color body. Very enjoyable smell, roasted coffee, chocolate, combined with a truffle like fruitiness. The taste shows the same intense roasted maltiness with light fruity notes of alcohol. The alcoholic notes get more and more present, and totally unbalanced. They give the brew a liquor taste that gets quite annoying. Mouthfeel gets chewy and unpleasing. I just wonder why this brewery keeps mentioning styles for their beers if they don’t respect them in the way they brew. This one might be the most disappointing one (oh no, it's the weizenbock).

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Photo of AdvocateFan
4.31/5  rDev +17.8%
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 soper2000
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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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