Icelandic Doppelbock
Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)

Icelandic DoppelbockIcelandic Doppelbock
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Style:
Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #204
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
84
Ranked #38,999
Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 12.74%
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
200
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Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)
 
Iceland
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  15
Gots
  56
SCORE
84
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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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Reviews by superspak:
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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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kkazemi from New York

3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mar 08, 2015
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ffshore545 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Jul 22, 2014
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Limelite from United Arab Emirates

3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dec 23, 2014
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ramonjkk from Florida

4.59/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

Jan 17, 2015
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Bubbawilly88 from California

3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feb 04, 2018
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Dillinger from Mississippi

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

Dec 25, 2017
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BobMessina from New York

2.52/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Nov 25, 2015
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Mikemcgrath4 from North Carolina

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

Feb 27, 2017
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shaunyq from California

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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

Dec 04, 2014
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Gajo74 from New York

4.41/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with a decent off white foamy head that is about half a finger length high, the white/brown lace is creamy and retains well.
Strong aroma. The fruity esters hit me first. I'm thinking strawberries or raspberries. I also detect malty and caramel sweetness. As the drink gets further along, a strong combination of coffee and cocoa take over.
Taste is quite pleasant. Roasted malty sweetness pervades along with toasted dark bread. A mild hops finish balances out the sweetness perfectly resulting in a slightly bitter after taste. Also some hints of alcohol flavors become prevalent towards the end of the drink and as it warms.
Nice creamy and smooth feel. Low carbonation but just enough. Light to medium body; it feels like a heavier lager.
This is not the most complex or robust doppelbock I've had, but it really does the job nicely. A nice winter warmer drink. Also, my first brew from Iceland. Not a bad introduction.

Dec 30, 2014
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Cobrabob428 from California

3.92/5  rDev +6.2%

Oct 16, 2014
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iftcoach from Germany

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

Dec 27, 2016
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cdwil from Texas

3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nov 03, 2019
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Azuf from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Nov 22, 2014
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Alpha309 from California

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Nov 27, 2014
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Armen from California

4.76/5  rDev +29%

Dec 15, 2014
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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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Jason_cs from Florida

3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jun 13, 2015
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Zazzi82 from Tennessee

3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nov 25, 2017
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Jcarriglio from Florida

3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dec 20, 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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Shan-man from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Feb 02, 2020
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Jsalz21 from New Jersey

3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nov 09, 2016
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monk2021 from Texas

3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

May 14, 2016
Icelandic Doppelbock from Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 200 ratings