Ettaler Curator Dunkler Doppelbock (US Import Version) | Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

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Ettaler Curator Dunkler Doppelbock (US Import Version)Ettaler Curator Dunkler Doppelbock (US Import Version)

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Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierman9 on 01-12-2006

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Photo of DOCRW
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of weareallfalafel
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beejay
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fig, dark bread and a touch of rye perhaps. Moderate feel and something lower carbonation. Not as sweet as some in this style. Toasty with hints of raisin.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a dark, slightly orange red with a thin, off-white head that dissipates to patches. Aroma of biscuit and lightly caramel malt, fresh and dried plums, figs and raisins; a little boozy. Flavor is biscuit and mildly caramel malt, dried plums, dates, figs, a hint of nuts and cocoa; a little more bright raisin and fresh fruit flavors pop out in the finish. Medium bodied with light carbonation, almost undercarbonated. A classic doppelbock profile with the expected maltiness and dark dried fruit. Flavors seem a little understated for the massive ABV, although the flavor balance and interest is good. The light carbonation did not help the moderate flavor depth. Good, but not stellar, classic German doppelbock.

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Photo of stevoj
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly sweet doppelbock, dark brown/ruby with thin silky beige head. Aroma is mostly roast grains with a hint of molasses. Taste has the sweetness come on full bore, with dark grains sharing the palate. Sweet nature hides the high ABV. This is a real gem.

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Photo of HilaryBrust
4.84/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Damn good...I've been drinking a lot of chocolate stouts lately, and this beats them all...

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

U.S. version. 9.0%.

This one pours a dark brown, with slightly reddish tints- this is seriously one of the darker dopplebocks I've ever seen. This has a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like very sweet dark cherry, port, booze, simple syrup, caramelized sugar, and toffee.

This is definitely one of the sweeter dopplebocks I've ever had. This is still tasty, but a little syrupy, with lots and lots of dark fruit- cherry and raisin, mostly. There's caramel syrup too, kind of like the stuff you'd put into Starbucks coffee, with toffee as well.

This is medium bodied, but very syrupy, with a lower level of carbonation.

This is decent, but pretty far from the best German brewed dopplebocks.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This dopplebock says it is vintage 2009 and I am drinking it in 2017, so that should be taken into consideration. It pours an opaque very dark brown color with a very slight red tint and almost no head. Never really seen a beer with this little head and I hope it is not something off because of the aging. The smell is very bready; a heavy, dark bread scent mingles with molasses and a mild alcohol scent. The smell is very nice, nothing off about that. The taste is also extremely reminiscent of heavy dark bread and molasses. A raisin flavor has also emerged. The sweetness from the scent has mostly disappeared though it comes back with a mild caramel flavor as it warms a bit. The alcohol flavor on the other hand has done the opposite. It is fairly assertive, but that is actually a positive in this case because it has the malt backbone to stand up to that. The lack of carbonation I think must be a bit of a flaw. It makes it taste a little flat, but to me that only detracts slightly from the mouthfeel. The body is on the heavy end, even for a dopplebock, only being surpassed by many stouts and porters. The flavors are excellent if you are a lover of big, bold dopplebocks, which I am.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

S: moderate to moderately low malt, dark bread, dark sugar and dark fruit aromas. There are no caramel, hop, chocolate, roast or burnt aromas.

L: The beer pours brilliant auburn with ruby highlights generating very little head with poor retention. Very tiny bubbles continue to slowly rise to the surface.

T: It starts mildly sweet with traces of light roast, toast, nuts, and dense dark bread. Some anise or horehound flavors along with the malt recall Dr. Pepper. Some soft alcohol flavors meld with malt derived dark dried fruit. the finish is on the sweet side.

F: The body is medium full and the carbonation is medium low.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was recently at Hunger-n-Thirst's bottle shop, noodling around as I am wont to do, when the duty attendant asked if I was interested in a German series that had recently arrived. My ears perked up and my curiosity piqued, especially knowing that I was close to a German horizontal anyway. Once I saw them & their relatively inexpensive cost, I was sold!

From the bottle: "Dark Beer".

This will be my only entry for today as I am coming off of a twelve-hour shift & I have to go back in about eight hours. My Pop! of the cap was followed by a gentle pour since I definitely do NOT want to deal with a mess at this hour. A vigorous in-glass swirl raised a brief finger of foamy, light-tan head that quickly reduced to wisps. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) but closer to 22 with NE-quality clarity and gorgeous garnet highlights. Nose smelled strong & sweet, like dried dark fruits soaked in alcohol. Whoa! I thought of rum-soaked raisins, but it could have been any fruit in that realm and I was also reminded of fruit cake at the holidays. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was big and full on the tongue & in the mouth with only moderate carbonation, so it seemed even bigger. The taste was still of dried dark fruit, but now I was also getting notes of milk chocolate & caramel along with a light nuttiness. It was a liquefied Cadbury Fruit & Nut bar! No wonder my brother monks invented this to hold them over during the fasting hours in Lenten season. It has me ready for a lie-down & I am not even a quarter of the way into it. Warming, the fusel alcohol began to take a foothold & become more assertive, making me think even more of those Christmas cakes. There was a definite dark breadiness to it that brought the term "liquid bread" to mind. Finish was once more in that Twilight Zone between semi-sweet & semi-dry. There was an inherent sweetness from the malt, but the yeast's action in getting it to 9% also dried it out nicely. On that note, I shall retire as the snow falls outside of my window.

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VoxRationis
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 16.0 oz (500 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; no production information.
A: Pours a slightly hazy, copper color with a minimal, bubbly head, no retention or lacing.
S: Aromas of raisin, fig, and cocoa blend with dark roast malt and licorice.
T: Semisweet with dark chocolate, toffee, licorice, and raisin/prune flavors. Bitterness understated relative to the malt.
M: Medium bodied with low carbonation.
O: A solid Doppelbock Dunkel without necessarily being all that top shelf.

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Photo of Vylo
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hman43
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours brown with Ruby highlights. There is not much of a head.

Smell: The aroma is a malt parade with caramel, roast, coffee, toffee, and molasses.

Taste; There are many malt flavors in the mouthful that include caramel, roast, coffee, toast, molasses, and a bit of coffee. In spite of the ABV, this is a very smooth lager. There is a slight dark fruit taste as well.

Feel: It is full bodied and thick. It has low carbonation and some alcohol warming.

Overall, this is an array of malt showcase and very clean. There are some hints of dark fruits but the malts showcase is what this lager is about.

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Photo of Azpittil57
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Haybeerman
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of VAcrossr
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of shelby415
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of teromous
2.97/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Literally no head. There are a few bubbles on the surface but nothing that would serve as a head. The body is a dark mahogany brown with hints of red.

Aroma: Light buttery caramel and a touch of alcohol. Light aroma of roasted grains.

Taste: Sweet malt flavor with a bit of toasted caramel.

Mouthfeel: Not enough carbonation in this; it feels completely flat. The body is on the heavier side of medium and while it does have a dextrinous feel it is not thick or syrupy.

Overall: As an overall experience it borders on the lower side of average. While the flavors are nice the beer has this flat carbonation that kills the drinking experience. The only way I would buy it again is if I could see somebody pour it first to verify that it is carbonated. It's not a beer I would recommend, as it did not feel like a complete beer.

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Photo of John_Beeryman
2.85/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

This beer was almost completely flat. I don't know if I had a bad bottle or water, but this was like drinking beer-flavored water. Good beer-flavored water, far as I could tell.

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Photo of SpaethJam
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of edthehead
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBen5
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rderedin
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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Ettaler Curator Dunkler Doppelbock (US Import Version) from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
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