Icelandic Doppelbock | Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)

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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

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#36,860
Reviews:
33
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151
pDev:
12.36%
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of woodychandler
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
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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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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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Tone
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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 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 Lare453
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of CharlesK
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DoubleJ
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

...and the second Iceleandic beer had at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

It's a mix of orange ruby brown color in the glass. The head has solid retention and dots a little lacing around the glass. Like its Toasted Porter sibling, the nose is its weakest point. There is some smoke, also some indifferent grainy notes that don't do much good.

Hope arises in the taste. The stereotypical notes of bready and sweet malt are is reasonable quantities. The balance of the beer seems to get better with more sips, as at first it seemed a little one-dimensional. It is medium bodied, and overall a decent effort at the doppelbock style.

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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 mltobin
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Halcyondays
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a 330 mL bottle, thanks Chuck,

A: Pours a medium burnt orange, looks a bit like Alesmith Grand Cru, a hard colour to describe. Soft white head, clear.

S: Raisiny fruit, some light sugar character, not a huge nose.

T: Not super sweet which I like, more a maibock really than a doppel, both in colour and ABV. Fruity with some grape and plum skin. Nice beer, but not particularly full-flavoured.

M: Medium-bodied, soft carbonation, never cloying which is nice.

O: A good dopplebock, but the Toasted Porter was by far the superior effort.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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 waddellc2
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zekenyce
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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Icelandic Doppelbock from Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 151 ratings