Icelandic Doppelbock | Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)

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Icelandic DoppelbockIcelandic Doppelbock

Brewed by:
Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)

Style: German 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

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Reviews by Mikemcgrath4:
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4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of Beaver13
1.73/5  rDev -52.5%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear, chestnut brown, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is chocolate and sticky caramel. Smooth and tasty. I prefer the German classics more, but this is solid. I will get this again.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2012. Picked up a while back from Harvey Nicks in Leeds. This is a seasonal dopplebock; a comedy Christmas viking appears on the label.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A clear reddish-brown with decent carbonation. Forms a thin off-white head that quickly subsides to a surface film. Aroma of sweet, nutty malt with hints of plums, dried fruit, brown sugar, marzipan and a big whiff of booze.

Tastes of sweet malt with a dry, fruity character. Notes of roasted grain, dried fruit, almonds, stewed hops and brown sugar. A dry bitterness upon swallowing, and a big hit of alcohol/solvent in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, but a little thin. Pretty astringent. Aftertaste of sweet, fruity malt.

Rather nice, though it probably doesn't compare with the best German examples. The aroma is good, but the flavour lacks depth and is somewhat overpowered by the booze. Body could also be a bit more substantial. Still, a decent beer that warms the cockles. Pick one up for Christmas.

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Photo of Robertas
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cobrabob428
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Jcbroome
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dacrza1
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: December 17, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Schnieder Edel-Weisse pokal... OCCASION: watching the Cavs, but already celebrating the kitchen victory--barbecue and beer/beef/potato turnovers, laced with the doppelbock I am currently rating, for tomorrow's holiday luncheon.. APPEARANCE: beautiful copper brown body that allows some daylight through; head is off-white, clinging in banking clouds; base stays at a strong half-finger... AROMA: caramel malts front and center, with deep chocolate overtones...malts are slightly toasted as well, with some toffee and sweetness... PALATE: medium to full-bodied, demonstratively weighty at the throat and warming at the tongue; average carbonation; creamy with a reasonable finish... TASTE: as the scent suggests, chocolate and toasted malts akin to caramel, making for a winter warmer of a different persuasion than the usual uber-brown or extra-alcoholic ale; chocolate at the finish as well--a singular, effective profile... OVERALL: the beer I took to Tom's beer fest was confirmed as a find by a friend who visited Iceland and sang its praises...this beer is a great winter companion (fantastic label, too), with strength and a flavor profile that compliments a relaxing night...

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Photo of ramonjkk
4.59/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not too heavy on the stomach. Nice pleasant taste and sweet aroma. Great for a relaxed day.

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Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of NorthCoastPranqster
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of osheamatth
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of let8it8grow
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fatehunter
2.7/5  rDev -25.8%

Pours a finger of off-white head on a clear dark red colored body.
The aroma is grains and caramel. Nice.
The taste starts mild and goes super caramel sweet with a slight metallic bitter finish. An abrupt profile.
The texture is crisp.
I didn't enjoy it. Too sweet too long.

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Photo of Lucho
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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

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Photo of Azuf
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of richj1970
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bbcamillo
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheGent
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was pleasantly surprised to see this beer in the store last weekend after my experience with their Icelandic Toasted Porter. My experience tells me this will be nothing out of the ordinary but just a solid beer that is highly drinkable. Love the clean and consistent labeling across their different beers. A Viking with a red Rudolph nose on green packaging. How festive.

A: Pours a clear auburn with a thick beige head that settles to a thin layer, almost disappearing. Minor amount of carbonation visible. Scant lacing on the glass.

S: Touch of raisins and toffee sweetness. Raisin bread. A hint of dry, walnut bitterness.

T: Touch of chocolate, dark bread, dark tea, nuts, toffee.

M: Somewhat chewey. Indeed a long a finish moderately dry again with some soft bitterness.

D: Highly drinkable doppelbock. This drinks more like a brown ale to me than some of the more popular examples of this style such as Ayinger Celebrator and Troegs Troegenator. The flavor profile here is less complex. At 6.7% the alcohol really does not play a factor either in the flavor profile. Overall there is nothing groundbreaking about this beer, but there's also nothing wrong with it. Flavorful and highly drinkable.

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Photo of waddellc2
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shaunyq
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Sweet, malty, medium-bodied. Bonus points for using glacial water

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Photo of tone77
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of TrojanRB
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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