Icelandic Doppelbock | Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)

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Icelandic DoppelbockIcelandic Doppelbock

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Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)

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.

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Photo of TH28
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
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 moose1980
3.14/5  rDev -12%
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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Photo of tone77
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
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 Bierliebhaber3
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
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

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Photo of 57md
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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 antott0523
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
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 jwhancher
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at the Pennsport Beer Boutique. Pours a clear Amber with decent head and some lacing on the glass sides. Aroma has some oxidative notes with caramel, chocolate, and some spice. Taste is like the aroma with some oxidation, chocolate, caramel. Bottled on date of 01.07.15 with best before 30 Aug 16. Reminds me of an English ale more than a doppelbock. Feel is slightly chewy with lots of caramel like a taffy bar. Alcohol notes are well on check with very slight warming in the throat. Overall, glad to have tried. Not my ideal doppelbock but very good nonetheless.

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Photo of tigg924
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
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 WunderLlama
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into a chalice

Brown like a dark brewed iced tea, off white foam layer with lacings

Aroma of malts

Malt taste, metallic, tin?

Low sudsing, smooth,

Can't get past the metallic taste which is off putting

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Photo of evianIPA
2.66/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

330ml bottle served at Hotel Búdír January 2015

This doppelbock is Einstok's Christmas Beer, but isn't spiced like other Icelandic Julbjor's

A - Rich carmine red with a semi sticky tan head that quickly recedes to a thin cap

S - Very light Munich malt and toasted malt

T - Light again, Munich caramel and toasted malts with a distracting metallic note

M - A touch too much carbonation and a bit light overall with soft bitterness

O - A good foundation, but needs more complexity, especially at this ABV and spoiled by brewing flaws

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Photo of woodychandler
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My New Year Beer of 2015! I was lucky to score a single at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop recently and I am anxious to give this beer a try.

From the bottle: "N65/W18"; "This limited-edition seasonal is only available through the holiday season, but this winter celebration ale is worth the wait. Malted barley and chocolate tones define the traditional style, while the robust aroma and long, mellow finish will make this the perfect companion for your holiday adventures. Get it while you can. DREKKTU. SIGRADU. ENDURTAKTU!"

I yelled, "KLAATU BARADA NIKTO!" before I Pop!ped the cap. I donned my horned viking helmet and began a heavy-handed pour. I wound up with two fingers of dense, light-tan head with decent retention. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) with copper highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose was rich and malty with notes of caramel, milk chocolate and marshmallow. I was again put in mind of Count Chocula! Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. It opened with a fusel heat on the tongue before giving over to an intensely sugary maltiness. The taste did not correspond as much to the nose as I would have liked. It was sweet and sugary, but more like an undefined syrup than a finished beer. It was like cold wort! I realize that this style is not in my wheelhouse, but I have had better. Finish was sweet, cloying and just not my bag.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.41/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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Photo of ZCW
4.69/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Classic dopplebock style. Deep amber/honey color. Smells like a dopplebock - sweet malts.. Perfectly carbonated, with a slightly light mouthfeel. Taste lingers. A fully enjoyable dopplebock that is a notch above most.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.7/5  rDev -24.4%

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 Thepleasantimbiber
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Deep mahogany color with a creamy head that falls away after about a minute. Smell is of deep, caramel malt character, hints of milk chocolate and a bit of toffee, though not as powerful as might be found in other examples of the style. Taste is much the same: very clean, crisp, sweet malt character, nice toasty breadiness, though subdued in comparison to a classic German doppelbock. Light-bodied and easy to drink, with a dry finish. This is a nice beer, clean and refreshing, though those looking for a big, full-bodied doppelbock might look elsewhere. This could almost be considered a doppelbock-light, or the happy medium between an Oktoberfest and a doppelbock. Still a pleasure to drink, and definitely worth picking up if you get the chance.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: a real nice chestnut brown color with some mild ruby red notes. very clear as well

s: smells sweet, rich, and silky. this is loaded with juicy caramel malts. loads of bready yeast, a hint of molasses and brown sugar. smells nice

t: those caramel malts hit you right away, and are immediately cut by a mild earthy bitterness, some metallic notes. it gently fades back to the caramel and brown sugar flavors. slightly nutty, and a hint of cherry. its not intensely complex, but it has a real nice progression of flavors and each of those flavors is pretty nice

m: medium mouthfeel - a bit silky. not really heavy at all. on the lower side of carbonation - just the right amount

o: its a quite pleasant beer. i could lose some of the bitterness, but it does do well to cut the sweetness and leaves a neutral flavor behind. like mentioned before, its nothing too crazy, but its enjoyable to drink

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Photo of wl0307
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from UTOBEER recently, coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle, not bottle-conditioned; bottled on 26/09/2013, BB 27/11/2014, served lightly chilled in a straight pint glass. Notes: According to the beer label, this brewery is based just 60 miles south of the Artic Circle…(!) in the fishing port of Akureyri, Iceland. Well, this has to be the “highest latitudinal beer” I’ve ever tasted…

A: pours a bright, dark orangey amber colour, coming with a restrained foamy beer head dissipating pretty fast, on top of steady streams of mild carbonation.
S: on the nose, the aroma is pretty bock-ish, meaning the concentrated, slightly burned sugary sweetness is balanced by a sound level of acidity, surrounded by brown prunes, caramelised apples and a touch of herbs. Given a good swirl, the fine aroma of Munich malts comes through, lending a lightly gristy impact on the otherwise richly sweet and acidic aroma of fruity candy.
T: soothing on the palate, the impact on the palate is initially densely malty but not too sweet or jammy, with notes of burned sugar, brown malts, lightly spiced notes and very faint prunes around, and the sweetness is always kept in check by the nice level of acidity; a mild but focused flow of herbal hop bitterness at around moderate-plus level follows, leading towards a lightly dry finish without much unwanted cloying feel of sugar lingering. Very decent and drinkable.
M&O: the carbonation level is kept pretty well in the bottle, coming just refreshing but not too lively, which accompanies the surprisingly mild body, a low level of sugary impact, and an all-round approachable flavour profile very well. All in all, this is a rather low-profile but well-made bock bier, easily making it a staple drink for people living so close to the chilling/freezing Arctic Circle, or so I’m led to believe!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and toffee aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet malt, caramel, and fruity flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid toasty and caramel-like aromas and flavors.

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Photo of AltBock
3.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle with a forest green label of a Viking with reindeer antlers on his helmet and a glowing Rudolph nose. The back label has all the mandatory US info and a description of the brewery.

When poured into a simple Pilsner glass, this Icelandic Doppelbock was a nice looking honey amber color. I wish the head of foam was just as nice as the color. Up from the ashes of a Icelandic Volcanic eruption of honey amber rose a light tan head of foam that was around the 1/4 of an inch mark. It didn't have the best retention in the world. It faded away too fast for my liking. When it faded away, it only managed to leave behind a faint string of tan rings along the edge.

This beer smelled like it couldn't decide if it wanted to be mostly malty or to be mostly filled with chocolate. It was almost like a civil war between the two aromas. Starting off the aroma was the lightly toasted malt. Quickly following the malt was the chocolate. Once the battle between the two aromas was over, in comes a little black cherry, a dab of sweet caramel, a drop of toasted nuts, and a subtle whiff of olive at the end.

There was no civil war in the taste. This Doppelbock stayed true to the sweet side. Despite it being a lightly sweet Doppelbock, it was the lightly toasted malts that kicked off the taste. Right after the malts had their fun, in comes the sweet caramel chocolate, and toasted nuts. Once that portion was over, the beer then finishes up with a slightly bitter and yeasty taste. The taste was doing a fine job until the last two tastes swept in.

This was a light to medium bodied Doppelbock with a good level of carbonation and a lightly sweet aftertaste. This aftertaste contained caramel, toasted malt and nuts, chocolate, and yeast. Like the initial taste, the aftertaste could have done without the yeast at the end.

Not a bad Doppelbock, but I think it could have been more. Its pretty much an average Doppelbock. The only thing interesting about this beer is that it comes from Iceland. You don't find too many beers from there. It's a good thing this beer doesn't cost much.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

31st August 2012: Icelandic or should I say ‘Einstok’ tasting evening at a mates house. He’d bought two bottles of four different Einstok brews. All poured carefully into a ‘Straffe Hendrik’ badged chalice. Last beer of the four was a 33cl Bottle of this (best before 10/2012).

Dark brown, deep, deep amber coloured body with a thin almost white head on top.

The malty nose had chocolate and toffee esters to the fore with caramel arriving later.

The taste was also malty sweet, with the same flavours as the aromas except there was a distinct burnt bitterness towards the end of each gulp. Not sure whether it came from hops or the dark chocolate malts?

Most enjoyable and the best of the four Icelandic beers I had that night.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.14/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Stamped "171011-14:28." Best before October 2012.

A: I'm hoping this will be the first Icelandic beer I've enjoyed, but I'm not holding my breath. Still, it's in a bottle, which is unusual, and I like the label...It pours a rich, nutty auburn, with a finger of creamy head. We're off to a good start.

S: Alas! A grainy-sweet lager, which I suppose is what I should've expected. A touch of caramel malt gives the nose depth and complexity enough to merit an 'average' score. Smells like an amber ale.

T: Hrm. It takes like an average American amber lager. Given the strength, I suppose I can justify the 'doppelbock' moniker. Still, it's not really my thing. Grainy, lagery-sweet -- especially on the endtaste -- and generally uninteresting. A touch of carmelized sugar is welcome, but is too little too late.

M: Malty and round. Substantial.

O: An impressive effort by Icelandic standards (do keep in mind the country has only been legally brewing for 22 years), but not an objectively excellent beer. Not recommended. Worth trying, but won't have again.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
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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