Icelandic Doppelbock
Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)

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Style:
Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #202
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
84
Ranked #38,807
Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 12.74%
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
197
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Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)
 
Iceland
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Icelandic DoppelbockIcelandic Doppelbock
Notes: 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.
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can - $2.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

BF 30/SEP/2021.

Appearance: Pours a darkened mahogany-hued body, nearly clear and topped with a finger or so of lightly yellowed froth.

Smell: Well-toasted breadcrusts, dark brown sugar, a hearty brushing of toffee, a touch of earthy spice, thin sniff of booze and an aromatic jammy dark fruit note.

Taste: Sweet, though not sugary, with a rich albeit even-keeled maltiness of cracklingly crisp toast, toothsome hints of brown sugar, toffee and stroop. Emerging, growing fruitiness of prune, black cherry and fig. Low, light herbal, woody, spicy element. Minimal alcohol presence. A little roast and cocoa peeking out near the finish. Closes out malty, everso slightly warming and even a bit drying.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth with a touch of richness.

Overall: Nice. Delivered those D-bock tastes without going too sweet or too hot.

Dec 12, 2020
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mntlover from Tennessee

3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown but almost walnut furniture color when held to the light, small finger sized tan head falls slowly.

Aroma is malty caramel, toffee hints some light earthiness and dark fruits.

Taste is like the nose a good malty treat, loads of malt and caramel nice hints of toffee, dark fruits and some good earthy notes that linger into the finish. Smooth easy drinking satisfying.

Mouthfeel is medium carbonation is mostly smooth.

Overall not bad not the best but enjoyable malty treat non the less.

Dec 09, 2020
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this is probably the punchiest doppelbock I've had, though considering my baseline is the Spaten and my bar is Ayinger, this brew seems to register somewhere off screen. perhaps more interesting, perhaps a fad - who is to say, really?
definitely not me, but this brew - with its murky brown-with-red-tinges body and zero-retention head that drops to a halo without a single remnant, its subdued but funky-barley with chocolate and side of darker caramel malt leading to a damn-near furious barley-led malt explosion - signals something different for a style I've gotten comfortable with in my extended autumnal visits.
the mouthfeel kicks around a higher carbonation with a lighter-than-i-am-used-to-in-this-style body and results in a "fluffy billowing water" effect with a slightly hopped-bitter lowkey dry finish.
it's odd, for sure. enjoyable in short bursts, but not ever going to be a go-to session like the ancient older brother Spaten.
try it for the novelty, the slight bump in complicated flavor packet.

Oct 18, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a dark brown mahogany color with a tiny tan colored head of foam. The head fades very fast leaving just a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is mostly of a roasted malt smell mixed with some aromas of molasses and caramel. Along with these smells comes a little bit of a roast and char smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a super sweet and malty taste that has tons of molasses, caramel, and toasted malt flavor. These tastes create a base flavor of the brew and last throughout, but are joined by some other tastes of a light stone fruit (cherry, plum, and prune) as well as a touch of grass and hay. These tastes take the flavor profile to the end, and are joined by a touch of smoke and char, where one is left with a sweet and roasty/toasty taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – the body of the brew is average in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather normal. A little thicker body may have been slightly better for the style and flavors overall, but in the end the feel was pretty decent.
Overall – A very sugary sweet doppelbock. This would make for a nice dessert style brew.

Jan 05, 2020
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RyanK252 from California

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours copper brown with a frothy khaki head that settles to a light layer and leaves some light lacing.

S: Molasses, dark fruit, bready, toasty and roasty malt, a hint of chocolate, earthy notes, and a touch of toffee.

T: Rich bready malt, lots of molasses, a little toffee, roasty toasty malt, a hint of chocolate, dark fruit, fig, raisin, plum, and cherry, earthy piney notes, and a touch of alcohol that can poke through.

M: Full body, moderate carbonation, rich and sticky.

O: Not usually my go to style, but I'm enjoying this one. Hits the spot on a cool night.

Dec 12, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(330 ml bottle, 10.07.19, BF 10/SEP/2020; purchased single off shelf... poured into fat tulip)

L: mostly-clear, garnet-ruby colored liquid - may have had a touch of sediment slip out into the juice; tall, thick pad of frothy, light-tan foam... yes, there was a 1/4" murky lees left in the bottle; one broad half-ring of lace, thin bubbly collar holds

S: black cherry candy, rum raisin(?), medium caramel, very delicate embery wood highlight; maybe a faint whiff of vinous alcohol, but not boozy... overall intensity light-plus; rich, but also potentially clipped malts apparent

T: clean, almost dunkel lager character up front, with more toasty dark bread crust, peppery bitterness, and booze unveiling through the finish; overall malt sweetness lower, finishing drier than anticipated... second sip seconds more of the same; woody, herbal, toasted but more nutty than burnt... halfway through, and a mild sweetish milk chocolate lingers in the aftertaste

F: delicate bouncy contour to its body, getting silkier in the finish as it goes; mild alcohol heat stinging the front, lighting up the back of the palate... lovely light viscosity; aft delicately feathered dryness... it's got substance, but a liter is doable (though maybe only just one)

O: moderately dry, but rather true-to-form flavors, getting exponentially tastier as the residual sugars collect on the palate... I'd totally get this again; Einstok does make some fine (though not distinctive) dark beer, a la Duck-Rabbit? (1583)

Oct 18, 2019
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reddish copper with some cloudiness, and a finger of orange yellow head.

Smells of malts, creme brulee, and a hint of butterscotch.

Tastes of creme brulee, burnt sugar, and a hint of butterscotch.

Medium, slightly syrupy body with lots of soda like carbonation.

I got this at World Market, and am drinking it in Redding, April 10th, 2019.

Apr 10, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- Very deep chestnut/red. Some sludge was in the pour but it's only very faintly cloudy. Pours with 5mm white head clearing to lacing.
S- Demerera sugar > molasses. Pleasantly pungent.
T- Molasses again, deep toasty puddingy notes, hints of deep stewed fruit including cherry.
F- Rich, deep very rewarding on the palate as a winter beer. Well balanced re: flavour vs it's foundation of 6.5% ABV. Would work nicely supping away sitting by a log-fire on a cold night.
O- Very nice, accomplished. Lovely balance, nothing out of place. A superb winter beer; I'd very happily drink this again, but ouch it ain't cheap [that's Scandinavian taxes for you].
Bought from Amathus [drinks shop] Wardour Street, Soho, London W1. 3330ml @ £3.45[!] BB: 11/11/19 [printed on neck].

Mar 04, 2019
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 ounce (330 ml) bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Chocolatey, medium brown color.Nice light brown head had little retention, fading into a ring that left meh lacing.

S---Sweet & malty. Very sweet. Mostly chocolate and caramel with some dark fruit (raisin?).

T---Sweet, but nowhere as sweet as the nose suggests. Chocolate, caramel and malts are dominant. Some fruit is in the background.

F---Fairly full body. Light carbonation. Feels like a winter beer.

O---A nice beer. Apparently, they can make good beer in Iceland. Who knew? I'd get this one again. Getting ripped off by .8 ounces is annoying, but the damn rest of the world uses the metric system, so what are you gonna do.

Mar 01, 2019
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

on draft in a tulip glass

very dark brown with a few ruby highlights. thin tan colored head that fades. sweet malty aroma - caramel, raisin, mild chocolate. similar flavor, but not too sweet. medium bodied, a bit of a sticky mouthfeel.

Jan 18, 2019
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pouring from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a tumbler whiskey glass this beer pours a nice deep copper color and forms a thin khaki colored crown that settles down to islands. Brown in the glass with light brown highlights shining in the edges. Almost looks like a tea.
The smell is almost like a fruit cake. Some lighter fruits along with darker too bouncing off of a slight malty chocolate element.
The taste brings that malty chocolate up front before turning to notes of banana nut bread, slight coffee and finishing with an almost dark cherry like presence. Has nice coffee cake notes.
The mouthfeel is much like a tea. On the thinner side (not for the style though) with nice carbonation and a crisp finish that I expect from lagers.
Overall, I feel I’m rating this really high, but it’s been the most enjoyable dopplebock to me to date (will admit I’ve not had many) but I really enjoyed this and it might just be a new holiday tradition.

Dec 25, 2018
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osheamatth from New York

3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I really enjoy Einstok's Arctic Pale Ale and I had high hopes for this 2018 version of the holiday doppelbock. Unfortunately, I found too much cloying sweetness with little depth of taste beyond the expected - syrup, coffee and maybe a little pine. The nose is not unexpected but with the look rates the best this beer has to offer; malty maple with a hint of espresso up front.

Dec 11, 2018
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DanLane from Virginia

3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Amber color with a good, lingering amber head.
Chocolate chocolate chocolate aroma with a hint of caramel.
Tastes like hard chocolate milk, reminiscent of a stout.
The chocolate lingers lightly on the tongue, very pleasant to slowly sip.
I was very happy with this brew. The bottle describes it as a winter celebration ale and I think it does the term justice. Not a traditional holiday ale, but very pleasant nonetheless.

Nov 22, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/9/2017. Pours fairly crystal clear dark ruby red/brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread crust, toasted biscuit, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, fig, herbal, grass, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread crust, toasted biscuit, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, fig, herbal, grass, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Mild herbal/spicy hop and roast bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread crust, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, chocolate, cocoa, light dark fruit/herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and light earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Perfectly clean lager finish, never yeasty. Lightly increasing dryness from hop/roast bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 6.7%. Overall this is an excellent doppelbock! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, clean, and easy to drink for the ABV; with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Very rich, clean, and complex dark/Munich/light roasted malts; with just enough earthy hops to balance sweetness. Never overly fruity from malt. A really enjoyable offering, perfect style example all around.

Feb 03, 2018
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Beaver13 from Colorado

1.73/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

11.2 oz bottle. Pours deep ruby amber with a medium creamy off-white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet perfumey toasted biscuit malt with a little fruity leather.

The flavor is sweet toasted biscuit malt and coconut with some off chemical soapy notes and a bitter finish. The mouthfeel is pretty light and watery.

Overall, not my thing.

Feb 02, 2018
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent & ruddy caramel with 2+ fingers of tan head. Nice lacing & great head retention

S: Dark fruit, brown bread, a little leafy hop

T: Follows the nose, dryness as well, a slight grainy bitterness up front. Dryness, jammyness, a little bit of fig preserves & leafy hops as this warms. Finishes dry, with a little woody hops, figgyness & a touch of brown bread & just a whisper of booze

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation

A nice tamped down Dopple, but still pretty interesting

Jan 11, 2018
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Squire from Mississippi

3.91/5  rDev +6%
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.

Dec 14, 2017
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beergoot from Colorado

3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Nov 23, 2017
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TH28 from Florida

3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
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

Mar 25, 2017
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moose1980 from Germany

3.14/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Feb 25, 2017
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is not mild. Toasted malts, dark breads, just a touch of nuttiness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Dec 01, 2016
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Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This Icelandic doppelbock pours a dark brown color with a ruby red tint and a medium foamy white head. The smell is malty with tones of molasses, dark bread, and sugar. The appearance and scent are so far classic doppelbock fare. Like the scent implies the flavor is quite malt heavy with molasses, a little coffee and dark chocolate making an appearance as well as a fairly strong presence of caramelized sugar. The body is on the heavy end of medium. The flavor is solid, but it’s definitely a little overly sweet for my taste. I don’t usually say this about a beer style like this, but a little more hop presence might actually balance this out. In regards to alcohol it is also on the lower end of the spectrum for this style, which makes it lose points in my book. While this is a half way decent doppelbock I don’t think it even compares to the better Bavarian offerings. It’s a good beer to try, but for the price, which was quite high, I probably wouldn’t get it again.

Jun 08, 2016
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Tone from Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, mahogany. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, Euro yeast, alcohol, pale malt, earthiness, and a hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of a Doppelbock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, slight Euro yeast, alcohol, pale malt, hint of hop, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of wood. Overall, good appearance, distinctly European, good feel, and good blend.

Jun 02, 2016
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jeranbrews from Oklahoma

3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - syrupy golden cedar brown with a bit of red. Super high clarity. One first.get of quickly failing head. Some poorly clinging lacing. Minor continued carbonation. 3.5

S - malty syrup. Rawhide hops. Faint pine and cedar smells. An after hours beginners woodshop class. Not unpleasant. 3.25

T - mildly astringent. Bitter sour hops and stale rye bread. 3

M - great viscosity. The fizz just peaks around the edges of the smooth olive oil textures. 4

D - lacks distinctiveness but make up in drinkability. No major negative marks. If doppelbock and that vaguely bitter flavor is your cup of tea then this would be quite questionable. 3.75

Mar 21, 2016
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brownish copper with about a finger of head. The nose is appropriately malty and bready as is the flavor. The problem is that the flavor sort of falls off after an initial shot leaving the finish kind of bland.

Dec 23, 2015
Icelandic Doppelbock from Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 197 ratings