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

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Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

Style: 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 josefnewsong
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of BeerWithMike
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A straight across the board "" for me! Sampling right now on 10/11/15 while watching NFL football. Picked this up at Hy-Vee for just $2.99. Comes in a single 500ml (16.9 ounce) nice looking bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a .5L "dab" glass-handled stein.

Brew pours a pretty deep mahogany in color with ruby highlights. A good 1+-finger creamy egg shell head is seen with some very light spotty lacing. Aroma is of sweet malts and yeast for the most part. Pretty much the taste follows the nose with with a hint of some dark fruits (maybe fig?) in the mix also. So very smooth and you don't taste the alcohol at all. Medium-bodied with perfect lower carbonation. Overall, one hell of a tasty brew and gonna go with a perfect "10". It has all you want in this style of brew! PROST!

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Photo of dmberger
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Sphinks
4.88/5  rDev +24.5%

Photo of HilaryBrust
4.84/5  rDev +23.5%
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 SinutabRamirez
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of clevelandhops
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of adam5454
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of Hrodebert
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of Gobigvt7
4.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16.9oz bottle from Grape and Gourmet in VB, VA into pils glass

pours a gorgeous deep mahogany with a hint of amber when held up to light. there is very little head despite adequate carbonation, and it is very close to white. Lacing is very loose and watery.

chestnuts, light milk chocolate, leather

rich malt character with a warm, boozy finish. hops very light, seems like they might potentially have been more prominent when brand new. Caramel, figs, vanilla.

Not syrupy, but not far off. Coating, creamy mouthfeel. Hides the abv well, despite my previous comment. The booziness never feels harsh, but very round and smooth.

overall, this could be the best doppelbock I can ever recall tasting. Intense malt bill without being too sweet, especially with the 9%abv. Artfully crafted, beautifully made. Utterly delicious!

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Photo of Dubbledown
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Freely poured into a 14.9 oz nonic.Quarter inch crown of creamy brown. First smell just water and yeast. Mouthefeel rich and luxurious, slighty oily with good weight. Great big malt-chocolate taste that slides down the sides of the throat turning from almost milk chocolate to black bitter baking chocolate followed by strong flavor of liquid malt. Next comes dark cherries, currants and other dark fruits I can't identify.There is just the right amount of bitter hop taste to let the flavor evaporate on your palate correctly.

To me, this is a near perfect example of the dark Doppelbock. It's 28 degrees outside, overcast with no wind. Everything is in stasis. Spring is still two weeks away and this beer takes all the flavors of the winter holidays and brews them into a near liquid meal that will sustain us until its warm and time for an IPA.

Grade A Purchased at Stony's - $4.99 ea.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby-tinted brown, with very little head, and little dabs of lace here and there. Rolls around in the glass with an almost syrupy patience.

Nose is semi-sweet and vinous; dark berry, lots of fig, cocoa. A slight bit of alcohol helps give it an edge. The marriage of toasted malt sweetness and succulent dark fruits is outstanding in depth and balance.

Big flavor here, with superb balance. Juicy, succulent fig is the highlight, followed by dark berry, light nut husk, molasses and a gooey yet subtle layer of chocolate syrup. Very grape-y throughout, and yet again the word "juicy" comes to mind. Grape bubblegum, grape juice, red wine, many variations on the mighty purple fruit are right here in this righteous doppelbock. And I can't forget the big bready doughy pumpernickel vibe. Earthy, almost woody finish, but far from dry, with tartness creeping in but ultimately keeping the whistle wet and glazed; has an almost holiday-like feel. Germany's equivalent of those big holiday Belgians? Sort of.

Slick and soft in the mouth...buttery, lightly syrupy, just the right balance of carbonation. Remarkably smooth.

Curator might be the biggest ABV German beer I've ever had. That won't make any beer an automatic winner, but in this case the higher alcohol highlights a recipe that's apparently generous with the ingredients. And wouldn't you know, with all that flavor I hardly noticed the alcohol, which is merely a bit player in the flavor. Big malts rule here; its complexity and depth make this a must-try for any fan of German beers, no matter the style. Das ist ein zehr gutes bier!

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WMBierguy
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is called the American version of the beer. I've never tried the German version, but I can't imagine it being much better than this one. It pours a typical doppelbock color (resembles a rootbeer), with a pure white head that lingered throughout the glass. The taste was malty and delicious, with very little aftertaste. The high alcohol content isn't noticable: I thought that this was a 6.5-7% alcohol beer, and was very surprised to discover that this had 9%. I've never had a beer this powerful that was this drinkable. I fully recommend this beer.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got Dayum!

This beer brings it. I dunno what I'm missing that I think it's exceptional while the craft-beer community hasn't esteemed this to level of cult favorite.

A - Slightly darker than your lighter Brown Ales. Not as dense in body as many Brown Ales. No real head, even with an aggressive pour.

S - Maybe my bottle has some time to it, but there's no hops aroma and virtually no pronounced malt aroma. Pretty pedestrian.

T - This one makes you wanna curl up into the fetal position. It borders creaminess with drinkability. It's not a heavy beer, but definitely what most folks imagine when they think of "dark beer". It has all the chewy continental malts that you hope for in German Lagers but so seldom get. There's plenty of sweet caramel notes, though this beer is never cloying. Not only is the sweetness contained, so are the metallic bite and graininess so notorious in Lagers.

As it drinks some alcoholic heat and graininess in the finish emerge, but they're actually welcome since they're qualities that restrain this beer.

M - This spilled over into the taste review above. It masterfully balances that delicate line between heavy, burdensome body and drinkability. Really, this is a cold weather beer that never turns into liquid concrete like other beers I know.

O - The 9% ABV is hidden by some ancient spell, I suppose. The flavors are complex while approachable. It's everything the stereotypical dark German beer should be, and then some!

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Photo of johnnybelgians
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of LtCracker20
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep ruby/mahagonay with a two finger off-white head that quickly falls to a cap of at least 1/4 inch! Not great lacing, but it's there.

S- Sweet dark fruits, molasses, and a little bit of an aroma I can't quite describe. A little smokey.

T- Just like the smell, with just a hint of warmness coming through in the end. Also a little toffee and caramel. None of the ABV shows. Also, a little cocoa shows up as it warms up more.

MF- Very creamy and smooth. Medium to full bodied beer.

D- I really like this beer, hate me if you must, but I liked it more than Celebrator.

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Photo of gwiedman1
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Fastwalker19
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bobgentzler
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Loved this dopplebock!

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Photo of George2744
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cokes
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, tawny brown with ruby highlights, it pours with a meager tracing of beige lace.
The nose is an veritable collage of malt, with roastiness, charred pork fat, cinnamon, nutmeg, hazelnut, liquorice, and sherry-esque booze traits.
Upon entering the mouth, roastedness takes control, full of burnt grain, and burnt meat flavors. These linger as a spiciness wells up towing notions of anise, mace, and a peppery rye-like quality. Back into the molten malt bath, it sweetens with fig, and hazelnut, and carob. Turns vinic on the outset, with vapors of sherry and marsala.
Moderate in the mouth, and only lightly carbonated. The sweet-bent of this brew, while wine-like and notably potent, is quaffable rather than cloying or gummy.
This is a delicious dopplebock, and carries enough uniqueness to make it a must find, even if your not a normal fan of the style. Though I am, and found this absolutely entrancing.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dull brown with a murky glow thats heavy in the middle getting slivers of dark gold at the edges and bottom. Huge topping of dark ivory foam thats loose, puffy, fluffy, and thick. Didn't sit for too long before slipping to its always present thick skim and concentrated bubbly center. Lots of great looking inky lacing coats the glass. A beautiful bock to behold!

Aroma is tenderly dark and sweet with semi tanged molasses thats deeply centered in a root beer soaked fruit bread dusted with cooked brown sugar and currants.

Taste is seemingly similar to what the smell leads ya too. A good thing here as this is quite solid in taste, flavor, and body. Smooth and luscious in a thickly coating dark maltyness that brings in a nice molasses tang thats mildly tanged and slow. Nice notes of brown sugar, dark fruity chewy things, caramel, chocolate, and a good portion of length into the finish. By far the best area of the beer. It transcends into its own as it finishes very lengthy with a stretched out dark malty coating and tiny warming.

Nearly perfect for a Doppel in body. Nice easy front with a steady medium body gaining a very complex tone into the finish as the dark malts gain in flavor, body texture, and warmth. Very easy goin' down with a great gooey little texture of smoothness. Ahhh, malts, malts, and more malts. Solidly good.

Drinkable and then some. Only a slight hint of warmth after a while begins to settle in as ya go and tends to slow it down. But for a Doppelbock, this is very solid and a showcase of the style. Import version or not. Me likey! ...yum...

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Photo of klewis
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful, rich-looking mahoghany color. A brief head subsides to a halo of big frothy bubbles.

S: Quite fruity overall with aromas of grape candy and bananas. Light phenols.

T: Again, fruity but balanced with a grainy taste and a strong caramel flavor. Fairly sweet.

M: Quite thick and full-bodied. A sticky, syrupy texture combined with light carbonation make this one soft and smooth on the palate.

D: A great beer. Maybe not quite as good as some of the doppelbocks on the BA Top 100, but as far as I'm concerned, it's at least in the ballpark. Recommended.

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Photo of Derek
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark reddish-brown/black, light tan head; very little retention, some lace.

S: Very malty: Bread, dark raisin, dark caramel, brown sugar

T: Very malty: Dark bread, dark raisin, brown sugar (light molasses), chocolate, nut; mild spicyness from hops is pleasant. Balanced slightly to the bitter side. Some warmth to the finish (though I wouldn't have guessed it was that strong). Taste is bordering on exceptional.

M: Full, chewy body. Carbonation is on the light side of moderate.

D: Very good, especially considering the strength.

mmmm... liquid bread!

I suspect it might be more attenuated than it was in 1609... but it's definitely fuller/chewier than a lot of its southern Bavarian counter parts.

Highly recommend it!

I've had more than 20 other doppels, and I'd put this on 4th, behind:
Domhof Doppelbockbier

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Ettaler Curator Dunkler Doppelbock (US Import Version) from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 295 ratings