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Icelandic Doppelbock | Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)

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140 Ratings
Icelandic DoppelbockIcelandic Doppelbock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)
Iceland
einstokbeer.com

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
The 2015 version of this limited-edition seasonal is only available through the holiday season, but this winter celebration brew is worth the wait. Malted barley and chocolate tones define the traditional style, while the robust aroma and long, mellow finish make this the perfect companion for holiday adventures. Get it while you can.

Munich malt, pilsner malt, crystal malt, chocolate malt, bavarian hops.

Added by thepeter on 01-02-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,861
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
140
pDev:
11.85%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
49
Trade:
0
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Photo of Squire123
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark burnt umber color with gold highlights and small cream colored cap.

Aroma of sweet caramel and toffee backed by chocolate dusted ripe figs.

Flavor on entry immediately reminds me of eating toffee. It's sweetish rather than sweet but there's a definite ripe fruit aspect to it along with chocolate and the richness of a full bodied Oloroso Sherry. Some heavier nut flavors as well. This is a seasonal holiday brew but it isn't loaded with spices, rather there seems to be an absence of them, yet it conveys a feeling of a holidays along the lines of Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale yet it has a deeper, richer flavor. It strikes me as more a Belgian style with a lighter touch. Very approachable yet complex enough to sit and ponder over.

Full, almost chewy texture with balancing carbonation.

There's a lot to like about and complement this one. It manages to bring out the fullness of roasted malt without the bitterness. Very refined and almost gentille drink.

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

Photo of richj1970
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kingjohnh
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Roberto11232
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Craven
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zazzi82
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beergoot
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Murky, ruddy color to the body; thin yet lasting head on top. Roasted malt aroma; sweet; some chocolate character; smells like figs and dates. The taste brings a stronger sense of roasted grain husk and chocolate; nutty; some alcohol flavors on the back end. Medium-heavy body; rather soft; somewhat watery.

By and large a fine doppelbock full of roasted grain and mild chocolate presence. As others have noted, it is a bit light on the alcohol for the style and the mouthfeel is a tad on the weak side, yet the overall beer is certainly worth trying.

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3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BobW696
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LJWalker
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TH28
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. 2/8/16 bottle date. Appearance: Deep rich ruby red, brilliantly clear, with a moderate off white foam head. Aroma: Toast, caramel, chocolate, and a touch of black cherry. No noticeable hop aromas. Taste: Rich bready, toasty, and molasses malt sweetness. Bread crust really stands out on the swallow, with a touch of chocolate. Minimal hoppiness just enough to prevent the sweetness from being cloying. Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with some syrupy quality, and a low carbonation. Finish: lingering bread crusts and touch of chocolate. Overall: Decent Doppelbock that is heavy on Munich malt character of toasted bread crust, but seems to lack the malt complexity of German versions that have a rich dark fruit flavor. Beer seems a little thick and syrupy, which throws off the balance a bit, likely due to the age of the beer

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Photo of Mikemcgrath4
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of moose1980
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

2016 bottle.

Copper-colored and quite clear. Two-finger, off-white head with decent retention. The smell is off-putting: vomit with a hint of soap. It is not a strong aroma per se, thankfully. None of the traditional toasted, caramel aromas of the type come through, nor any chocolate. Although the unsavory aromas did not come through in the taste, it is lacking depth. A noticeably thin mouthfeel doesn't help the lack of sweet maltiness associated with Doppelbocks Unfortunately, just bland and boring, though certainly easy to drink.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Icelandic Doppelbock from Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 140 ratings
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